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Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back is the mid '00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But it wasn't until a shoulder injury forced John to simplify his drawing style and improvise the comics instead of actually sitting down and writing them that Pie Comics became the beloved strip it is today! This collection showcases some of the funniest and most trencha Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back is the mid '00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But it wasn't until a shoulder injury forced John to simplify his drawing style and improvise the comics instead of actually sitting down and writing them that Pie Comics became the beloved strip it is today! This collection showcases some of the funniest and most trenchant of Onion writer John McNamee's online comic strips, found at piecomic.tumblr.com.


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Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back is the mid '00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But it wasn't until a shoulder injury forced John to simplify his drawing style and improvise the comics instead of actually sitting down and writing them that Pie Comics became the beloved strip it is today! This collection showcases some of the funniest and most trencha Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back is the mid '00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But it wasn't until a shoulder injury forced John to simplify his drawing style and improvise the comics instead of actually sitting down and writing them that Pie Comics became the beloved strip it is today! This collection showcases some of the funniest and most trenchant of Onion writer John McNamee's online comic strips, found at piecomic.tumblr.com.

30 review for Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears: A Pie Comics Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    Full review to come Although charming, it relies too heavily on pop culture references and too little on its attempt at humour. Full review to come Although charming, it relies too heavily on pop culture references and too little on its attempt at humour.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I found McNamee's absurdist humor and cynical jabs at pop culture hilarious. The artwork is basic stick figures, but that actually works towards getting the joke across. McNamee skewers everything from fairy tales to Batman to Godzilla. If you like pop culture at all, you'll dig this book. Received a review copy from Lion Force and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erikka

    These were really cute cartoons that take fairy tales and famous stories and turn them upside down. I like his art style and you can see the influence of all his work at The Onion on his sense of humor.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Stupid, clever, brutal, and most of all hilarious. McNamee has fun with familiar figures from fairy tales, comic books and the Bible. And caused me much embarrassment, as I failed in suppressing my guffaws in the break room at work.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    “Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears: A Pie Comics Collection” is a hilarious twist on fairy tales, movies, TV shows, and more in a comic strip format by Onion and New Yorker contributor John McNamee. Highlights his funniest and most incisive work, sure to produce guffaws and a humor-fueled boost whenever you page through it. For teens and adults. 5/5 Thanks to Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. #GoldilocksAndTheInfiniteBears:APieComicsCollection #NetGalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This collection of short, comics that have been online before has simple drawings, but not simple humor. Sometimes the humor is stubble. Sometimes it hits you over head. Some strips are funnier than others. But, quite a lot are laugh out loud funny. These images below are not the funniest. They are just funny random ones I picked out The whole book is 130 pages long, of which most of these are the aforementioned cartoons. These cartoons are pretty timeless, as they are caught up in humor fro This collection of short, comics that have been online before has simple drawings, but not simple humor. Sometimes the humor is stubble. Sometimes it hits you over head. Some strips are funnier than others. But, quite a lot are laugh out loud funny. These images below are not the funniest. They are just funny random ones I picked out The whole book is 130 pages long, of which most of these are the aforementioned cartoons. These cartoons are pretty timeless, as they are caught up in humor from revisiting old fairy tales, or common legends, or Genesis. If you find these humorous, you will enjoy the whole book If you find these offensive, then don't bother picking it up, as there are quite a bit more of the same. #GoldilocksAndTheInfiniteBears:APieComicsCollection #NetGalley Thanks to Netgalley for making tis book available for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears contains humorous short comics about pop culture. As fractured fairy tales did in the 1960s, this collection holds nothing sacred in its quest for laughter. In the time of online dating, how long would it take the frog prince to find someone to give him a kiss? Why is it a bad idea to be the angel of death’s biggest fan? Everyone knows the Romans had a god for everything. But a god of eye crust? Of atheism? What would happen if the hungry caterpillar was really f Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears contains humorous short comics about pop culture. As fractured fairy tales did in the 1960s, this collection holds nothing sacred in its quest for laughter. In the time of online dating, how long would it take the frog prince to find someone to give him a kiss? Why is it a bad idea to be the angel of death’s biggest fan? Everyone knows the Romans had a god for everything. But a god of eye crust? Of atheism? What would happen if the hungry caterpillar was really famished? This is a fun parody of fairy tales, religion, movies, plays, children’s stories and video games. It has some swear words making it unsuitable for children. Some of the references to religion might offend. However, the bottom line is it’s funny. Like haha—why didn’t I think of that—funny so 4 stars! Thanks to Lion Forge and Edelweiss+ for an advanced copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. So I wasn’t at first sure if I wanted to read this book, I was curious, but it wasn’t until yesterday, when the publisher posted a page from the book, that I wanted to read this book. I am more than happy that I finally decided to read this, it was absolutely brilliant. We have some recurring themes (like the king, the pages in between the comics (though I lost track of how that one went), the creation story, unicorns, death), bu I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. So I wasn’t at first sure if I wanted to read this book, I was curious, but it wasn’t until yesterday, when the publisher posted a page from the book, that I wanted to read this book. I am more than happy that I finally decided to read this, it was absolutely brilliant. We have some recurring themes (like the king, the pages in between the comics (though I lost track of how that one went), the creation story, unicorns, death), but there are also a ton that only pop by once (or maybe I was too teary-eyed from laughing). All the comics are hilarious. The comics feature zombies, wolves, ghosts, princesses (sorry, your princess has already left this tower), sheep (what if a sheep doesn’t look like a sheep?), superheroes, did I mention Steve Buscemi? The zombie apocalypse one on page 89? So me! There was also one choose your own adventure. A very short one, and um, well um, that ending. I love that you can make it as short as you want (just two panels) or try to make it much longer by not going into the cave. Of course, I had to share these with my fiance, he is at work while I am sick at home, so I spammed his Whatsapp with many of the comics. I do wonder if he is still in his chair after all the comics, or if he died from trying not to laugh too hard at his work. 😛 The art style just fitted perfected with the weird and silly stories. All in all, this is one comic I need in my life, and I hope that John McNamee makes more comics. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  9. 5 out of 5

    jess

    This is a collection of one and two page comic strips that were obviously created by someone who worked at the Onion. Almost every page is genuinely funny, and many of the comics were actually "LOL" funny for me. There is a lot of humor around contemporary perspectives on mythological or historical contexts, like "The Romans had a god for everything." is met by the god of eye crust and the god of atheism. Goldilocks finds herself in a hell for porridge thieves, infinite bowls of porridge, someth This is a collection of one and two page comic strips that were obviously created by someone who worked at the Onion. Almost every page is genuinely funny, and many of the comics were actually "LOL" funny for me. There is a lot of humor around contemporary perspectives on mythological or historical contexts, like "The Romans had a god for everything." is met by the god of eye crust and the god of atheism. Goldilocks finds herself in a hell for porridge thieves, infinite bowls of porridge, something wrong with each of them. It is a really funny book that would be really successful on a coffee table or waiting room, where someone can pick it up and read 1-3 pages at a time. I received a copy of this book free from netgalley but these perspectives and opinions are solely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    Although I didn't know him by name, I have been somewhat familiar with McNamee's artwork (mostly through comics popping up on Facebook). This collection certainly did not disappoint. The comics are (mostly) genuinely funny, and there were quite a few that are actually "laugh out loud" funny, which I always find refreshing. McNamee tackles a wide array of topics, from fairy tales to talking animals and childhood monsters to superheros. In short, it was a fun and funny collection and I really enjo Although I didn't know him by name, I have been somewhat familiar with McNamee's artwork (mostly through comics popping up on Facebook). This collection certainly did not disappoint. The comics are (mostly) genuinely funny, and there were quite a few that are actually "laugh out loud" funny, which I always find refreshing. McNamee tackles a wide array of topics, from fairy tales to talking animals and childhood monsters to superheros. In short, it was a fun and funny collection and I really enjoyed reading it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This collection of comics, usually literature related, was just not for me. It’s not my type of humor. There were a few strips that put a smile on my face, but most, not so much. My favorite strips are probably Humpty Dumpty and the Mirror on the Wall.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Templeton

    I love all things cheesy and terrible and great. This is one of them. It had me laughing out loud while eating lunch alone and wanting to show different pages to specific friends and family. Definitely not one for all audiences, but it was right up my alley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    patrycja polczyk

    I truly liked it :) Some stories are pure perfection! Thanks, #Netgalley :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Just ok. Some funny millennial stuff. The Frog Prince and Mirror Mirror on the Wall were my favorites.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    hilarious

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    After a day of reading indie comics about indie comic writers who were too depressed to write indie comics, this was a welcome change. Brief spins on clichés and tropes. Humor is always subjective, but I found myself laughing several times at this collection. I recommend it for fans of Tom Gauld, people having a succession of bad days, and ducks who look like Steve Buscemi.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    Pro tip: Don't read while drinking coffee. Spit laughs may occur.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Geoffrey

    (Note: I recieved an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley). McNamee's is exactly the kind of fun and wonderfully ridiculous work one would want to have around whenever anyone is in need of an absurd pick-me-up. In other words, by this reader's standards it's nothing short of top notch comic collection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    One and two page gag strips, often riffing on fairytales or genre fiction, and done in a deliberately simple art style. A few are so good I had to show them to people, plenty of the rest are funny, and only a few fell flat. But be warned - cover aside, it's sadly short on bears. (Edelweiss ARC)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bree | alibraryforone

    A highly enjoyable collection of comics. The drawing style is cute and harmless, while the plot of the individual strips portrays a subversive sarcastic streak. Each comic is 1-2 pages long and completely hilarious. A few of them even made be laugh out loud. It was a new experience to read individual comics in a collection format like that. I tend to enjoy more of a storyline format, but overall an entertaining read. *Thank you Net Galley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest re A highly enjoyable collection of comics. The drawing style is cute and harmless, while the plot of the individual strips portrays a subversive sarcastic streak. Each comic is 1-2 pages long and completely hilarious. A few of them even made be laugh out loud. It was a new experience to read individual comics in a collection format like that. I tend to enjoy more of a storyline format, but overall an entertaining read. *Thank you Net Galley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Woycik

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own. “Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back is the mid '00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But it wasn't until a shoulder injury forced John to simplify his drawing style and improvise the comics instead of actually sitting down and writing them that Pie Comics became the beloved strip it is today!” I’ve never read or heard of Pie Comics, but I wish I’d fou Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own. “Pie Comics began as a college comic strip way back is the mid '00s, when flip phones roamed the earth. But it wasn't until a shoulder injury forced John to simplify his drawing style and improvise the comics instead of actually sitting down and writing them that Pie Comics became the beloved strip it is today!” I’ve never read or heard of Pie Comics, but I wish I’d found them sooner! I was expecting a graphic novel with a plot, maybe a retelling of Goldilocks, and it seems like lots of people who have read this thought the same. This was almost better than I thought it would be. It’s just a collection of adorable and hilarious comics. Each comic was wonderful and just my kind of humour, with the cutest illustrations. I would absolutely love to read more from McNamee because I loved this collection so much!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    3.5 stars -- While the simple line drawings won't break any new grounds, the comics themselves are genuinely funny, inspired, and clever for the most part.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul Franco

    There’s no defining plot to these hilarious bits of insanity; this is more like those one-panel strips that have a slice of life, except these are longer. None of that matters, as this is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. On to the best jokes. Right off the bat I laugh at the joke that names this collection: how cold the porridge is, and how many there are, and why. Frogs can do anything with social media. “I like my glass a little stained.” What started off as a bit of social commentary tur There’s no defining plot to these hilarious bits of insanity; this is more like those one-panel strips that have a slice of life, except these are longer. None of that matters, as this is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. On to the best jokes. Right off the bat I laugh at the joke that names this collection: how cold the porridge is, and how many there are, and why. Frogs can do anything with social media. “I like my glass a little stained.” What started off as a bit of social commentary turned into a well-crafted and slightly naughty joke. Awesome. “East Hell?” Sure. Some of these are more incredibly clever than LOL funny, like the Shakespeare lost opportunities. “Aw, I’m their boo!” I can picture Trump in that role. That thing about certain badly-named animals. . . totally me. Yep, don’t trust that road-crossing chicken! Puppies are so an element. I admit I had the same thought about Little Red Riding Hood. Murder-spikes and rainbow tails of pain. Perfect. Totally get the Rudolph thing. The dragon that barfs peanut butter could get a job anywhere, even if it is chunky. . . especially since it’s chunky. “Let me check the rescue/sexual favor exchange rate first.” Something felt really good inside when I read the blurb on the back and saw that the author writes for The Onion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *thank you to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. This book is HILARIOUS!!! Ohh I really enjoyed this! If you have ever had a bad day (and seriously, who can say they havent!), and are wanting something that is light and easy to read, but can make you laugh, then this is the book you need to pick up. My only downside is that im not such a fan of the cover. I dont know what it is and yeah it may grow on me, but first glance at i *thank you to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. This book is HILARIOUS!!! Ohh I really enjoyed this! If you have ever had a bad day (and seriously, who can say they havent!), and are wanting something that is light and easy to read, but can make you laugh, then this is the book you need to pick up. My only downside is that im not such a fan of the cover. I dont know what it is and yeah it may grow on me, but first glance at it is not why I chose to read this. But that is my only complaint (and it's not really much of a complaint because the inside of this book is amazing) I loved all the references to tv shows, movies, fairy tales and ever other type I haven't mentioned. Aimed for teens to adults (definatley not for children), this comic book is one you could pick up time and time again and still not get sick of it. I'm definatly going to be reading this as much as possible while I have it and I strongly suggest you do too. Highly recommended.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Arca

    Thanks to Diamond Book Distributors who publish lots of graphic novels (yay!) and shared one as an ARC. Mcnamee’s humor really cracked me up in some panels. This is definitely for adults, but I could see quite a few pages being of great use in lessons in a middle school/high school classroom. You do need to have background with fairy tales and other older famous stories (like the creation story) to understand the humor. I did laugh aloud for a few and that’s pretty impressive in my book! A dinos Thanks to Diamond Book Distributors who publish lots of graphic novels (yay!) and shared one as an ARC. Mcnamee’s humor really cracked me up in some panels. This is definitely for adults, but I could see quite a few pages being of great use in lessons in a middle school/high school classroom. You do need to have background with fairy tales and other older famous stories (like the creation story) to understand the humor. I did laugh aloud for a few and that’s pretty impressive in my book! A dinosaur who is smashing cities who realizes maybe he’s not feeling it today.. a kid asking God for swag.. there’s a few funny gems in here. A fun read if it matches your style of humor and you’re a fan of graphic novels/ comics. I also wanted to mention that I really did enjoy the style of his simple drawings— it works well paired with his humor.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    This is a hilarious collection of comics. Each comic is about page long and has parodies of fairytales or popular characters. I loved them, and I laughed out loud many times. For example, Super Mario runs through tunnels, but he forgets that his actual job is to unclog drains. That makes fun of how the games have drifted so far from the original premise. There were multiple stories from the story of Cinderella. In one, Cinderella goes to a pawn shop with her jewelry from the fairy godmother, and i This is a hilarious collection of comics. Each comic is about page long and has parodies of fairytales or popular characters. I loved them, and I laughed out loud many times. For example, Super Mario runs through tunnels, but he forgets that his actual job is to unclog drains. That makes fun of how the games have drifted so far from the original premise. There were multiple stories from the story of Cinderella. In one, Cinderella goes to a pawn shop with her jewelry from the fairy godmother, and it turns into bugs after midnight. Another one makes fun of the fact that Prince Charming doesn’t actually know what her face looks like. Though there are references to kids stories, it isn’t a collection for children. It is a laugh-out-loud collection of comics. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased opinion. Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears is a collection of mostly one-page and two-page comics that take stories from pop culture and introduce an unexpected element. Some of the comics made me literally laugh out loud, and almost of all them made me at least smile. There were one or two that I didn't “get”, so I probably am just unaware of the original material being spoofed in the comic. Be warned there are a few jokes at the exp I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased opinion. Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears is a collection of mostly one-page and two-page comics that take stories from pop culture and introduce an unexpected element. Some of the comics made me literally laugh out loud, and almost of all them made me at least smile. There were one or two that I didn't “get”, so I probably am just unaware of the original material being spoofed in the comic. Be warned there are a few jokes at the expense of Christianity, so if that's not something you can laugh about, you might want to pass by this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela Holtz

    **Big Thanks to NetGalley for lending me a digital copy of this.** I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I love fairy tales, and this had jokes about fairy tales and modern content. I laughed a lot. These are for adults, I guess that's one to stress. Some of the comics I shared with my kids, other pages I swiped through immediately. I had read it first. But just keep it for yourself to be safe. I found it interesting that the creator had suffered an injury that changed how he drew, and these comi **Big Thanks to NetGalley for lending me a digital copy of this.** I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I love fairy tales, and this had jokes about fairy tales and modern content. I laughed a lot. These are for adults, I guess that's one to stress. Some of the comics I shared with my kids, other pages I swiped through immediately. I had read it first. But just keep it for yourself to be safe. I found it interesting that the creator had suffered an injury that changed how he drew, and these comics came out of the recovery. I highly recommend this comic!

  29. 4 out of 5

    I'mogén

    Thanks Netgalley for a free e-copy. All thoughts are still my own. This was a fun little book, filled with simple illustrations that reminded me of the ASDAF videos. It made me chuckle quiet a bit, through it's humourous retelling of some of the worlds most famous/popular stories, e.g. Goldilocks, Harry Potter, Robin Hood, and some original little scenes. The stories were in short bursts, so it fit a lot in, which was good, but I wouldn't say this is something that would stay with me for a long ti Thanks Netgalley for a free e-copy. All thoughts are still my own. This was a fun little book, filled with simple illustrations that reminded me of the ASDAF videos. It made me chuckle quiet a bit, through it's humourous retelling of some of the worlds most famous/popular stories, e.g. Goldilocks, Harry Potter, Robin Hood, and some original little scenes. The stories were in short bursts, so it fit a lot in, which was good, but I wouldn't say this is something that would stay with me for a long time. Pick it up, give it a go and enjoy! >(^_^)< Gén

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sai Ram (ZanyAnomaly)

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I loved revisiting childhood fairy tales through this book. Each page added a fun twist to some tale or the other. Sure, I did forget most of them 5 days after I read the book, but it is still fun to flip through the book and landing on a funny strip. I looked for the instagram account for piecomics but couldn't find it. Would love to read these little strips every I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I loved revisiting childhood fairy tales through this book. Each page added a fun twist to some tale or the other. Sure, I did forget most of them 5 days after I read the book, but it is still fun to flip through the book and landing on a funny strip. I looked for the instagram account for piecomics but couldn't find it. Would love to read these little strips every day, if possible! Definitely check this book out for some snorts and smiles.

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