Giveaway: “Tundra” comics collection.

Many years ago, cartoonist Chad Carpenter had just a few syndicated clients. One of them was my then-employer, the Anchorage Daily News, so I actually know the guy. (Well, if “know” is the same as “I used to bug the crap out of him every chance I got.”) These days his daily strip is syndicated in just over 500 newspapers and other publications, mostly in the United States and Canada but in some other countries as well.

At first I wondered how some of the humor would translate to, say, a Norwegian or Jamaican audience. Then again, I guess jokes about outhouses, snowmen and the Grim Reaper are pretty universal.

Which is why I’m putting another Carpenter collection up for grabs — who wouldn’t snicker at a drawing of  people being forced to wear life jackets while heading across the River Styx?

If you haven’t read “Tundra,” you should. Chad’s work has been likened to Gary Larson’s “The Far Side” series. This article from the ADN gives a humorous look at Carpenter’s progression from a guy who mostly did Alaska humor to a guy who slays ’em in the Caribbean.

Some things are just always funny: lawyers, singles bars, mythology, dung beetles, things like that. But Carpenter stays current with digs at the absurdity of modern life, such as Noah parading the animals through a metal detector before letting them board. Visit the official Tundra Comics home page for a look at some of his work.

First, though, take a shot at winning this collection. That’s the frugal way.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 9 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 19. If the winner does not respond to my e-mail by Wednesday evening, I’ll have the random number generator draw another winner.


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  1. Elizabeth

    This would make a fun gift – thanks!

    • I subscribe through email. My husband would definitely love these. If I would win, it would make a nice belated Father’s Day gift, or even keep for Christmas, if I could wait that long to give it!

  2. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  3. This sounds like humor I would like.

  4. I subscribe via email and you are on my blogroll.

  5. Veronica

    Fun give-away!

  6. Veronica

    I subscribe via email.

  7. Veronica

    I also subscribe via RSS. Thanks!

  8. An excellent idea! Especially for those of us who used to live up there!

  9. So cool! This would make a great present for my brother-in-law. Thanks for the opportunity!

  10. I also subscribe via RSS. And PS, while thinking of my brother-in-law, you had me at jokes about outhouses. Apparently that’s his kind o’ humor! Thanks again.

  11. Love these comics. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I get your emails.

  13. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  14. Carrie

    They are great reading.

  15. Ria Neubauer

    I love Gary Larson, so I really want to read this. Thanks for the heads up!

  16. These look great!! Thanks for another give away!!

  17. Tracy Stone

    Sounds like my kinda guy…

  18. Greg Lundblad

    This would be terrific!

  19. I want to win!

  20. email subscriber

  21. SherryH

    That sounds like fun! Please sign me up – and thank you for the giveaway.

  22. Thanks for the opportunity. This is a great comic strip.

  23. I subscribe via RSS.

  24. Jennifer

    I read Peanuts, Tundra and Dilbert each Sunday in the ADN. This looks like a fun read!

  25. Would Love to win ! Subscribe via e-mail

  26. This looks like it would be a lot of fun to read! I would enjoy something new.

  27. As a midwesterner, I can totally relate to his humor! 😉

  28. Oh, I totally *LOVE* Tundra – and I’m in the South!

  29. maryegankirk

    i’ve seen these ~~ he is so funny! would love to gift this to my brother for his 45th birthday on the 25th of this month. keeping my figes crossed!

  30. Please enter me! Sounds like a fun read.

  31. Caroline Kipps

    We love comics! Please enter us in the Tundra contest. I subscribe via email & facebook.

  32. CindieA

    I follow on facebook and email! Please enter me in the drawing!

  33. Checked out the comics – awesome! Sign us up for the drawing please!

  34. Chris B.

    Wow, could really use some laughs! Maybe since the creator has a universal appeal, my mexican husband would even enjoy it. Would love to put a smile on his face.

  35. I’m an e-mail subscriber!

  36. This is exciting. I would love to have this to give to my son. He would love this!

  37. Sounds like fun! I think my 12 yr old grandson would love it too!


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