Chad Carpenter being Chad Carpenter, he just had to include a visual pun on the cover:
Look closely. If you don’t see it, you probably don’t deserve to win this week’s giveaway.
Chad started his cartooning career in Alaska but he’s branched out in recent years. His daily strip runs in more than 450 newspapers in the United States and Canada. (I read it in The Seattle Times.)
His “propaganda packet” notes that Chad’s strip has been called “the next ‘Far Side’.” That’s not far wrong. When I first started reading him in the Anchorage Daily News back in 1991, he did cartoons that were hysterically funny to Alaskans but that didn’t always translate in the Lower 48.
Since then he’s broadened his scope to include topics such as fairy tales, lawyers, the Grim Reaper, non-Alaska wildlife, singles bars, mythology, dung beetles and parrots. And snowmen — lots of snowmen.
Chad even takes out after the Bible. Nothing is sacred, so to speak: The book I’m giving away includes a panel that shows Noah putting the animals through TSA-style security before he’ll let them board.
Proving that yes, all Alaskans do know one another, I have met Chad. We’d say hello when he stopped in at the Daily News, and no Alaska State Fair would be complete unless I went to his booth and tormented him a bit. The drawback of being an entrepreneur is that you have to be nice to everyone, even newspaper reporters.
By way of atonement, I’d like to suggest that if you don’t win this book you should go to Chad’s website and spend money on a calendar or a T-shirt or a mouse pad or something. I’m not getting a commission. I just think he’s funny.
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