All it takes is two pencils taped to your head to transform any office into a deadly cubicle maze, where all who get lost meet a grisly death at the hands of the OFFICE MINOTAUR!!
Toothpaste for Dinner by Drew
220 pages, HOW Books, October 2005
I’m not sure when I started reading Toothpaste for Dinner. Had to have been many years ago, because I feel like I’ve known about it forever. Something about Drew’s weird, off-the-wall sense of humor and strange, somewhat-melted-looking drawings makes me happy, and totally makes me snort-laugh. I even have one of his tee-shirts. Yep. I like him just that much.
Drew is…I really don’t know how to describe his work. They’re comics, but he’s like this jaded sarcastic scientist you want to be best friends with in your office. Except you totally couldn’t, because he wouldn’t be friends with anyone. He’d be in his cubicle scowling at everyone and probably drawing unflattering cartoons of you. He’s like the cool guy that doesn’t know he’s cool. He’s the hipster who would hate being called a hipster. And he’s hilarious.
I’ve had this book around forever (I mean, look at that publication date. 2005? That’s just embarrassing, it’s been sitting around so long) but was saving it for when I needed a really good laugh. This week, I needed a really good laugh. Plus, with the unemployment and all (oh, yeah, my job disappeared this week – thanks, economy!) I have more time to read than I probably should. More time to read, and apply for jobs, and think, “huh, in about a month, I’m going to have NO MONEY IN THE BANK.” So it’s nice to laugh a little when you’re panicking. Right? Right.
This book won. It made me laugh. A lot. There were some comics I’d seen – like I said, I’ve been following his site for a while – but since he’s so prolific and I tend to miss days here and there, there were a lot of comics that were new to me, so the whole thing made me happy. I got to revisit old favorites and got some new content in the bargain.
This book (and Drew’s site) is for you if you have a weird sense of humor, if you like webcomics, if you’re heavily into sarcasm, if you don’t mind a cuss here and there (I don’t, but I know some people are sensitive to such things), and, well…if you’re one of my people. My people tend to really like Toothpaste for Dinner. Because most of us have the same kind of warped sense of humor. I assume that’s why we’re drawn to one another. In good news, this book is now out of print, and you can get it used from a variety of sellers for a penny. A PENNY, YOU GUYS. With shipping, you’ll pay about $4 for this. That is NOTHING. That is daily-coffee money.
And on a side note, Drew also has a site called The Worst Things for Sale, and it’s just what’s promised – he finds ridiculous things daily and pokes fun at them. I’m constantly sending these things to my friends. “WORST THING EVER, THIS IS YOUR BIRTHDAY PRESENT!” I will say. They are not amused. Or, ok, they’re a little amused. They won’t be when I send it to them as their birthday present, I’d guess.
Go read some snarky webcomics, either on Drew’s site, or with this book. They’ll make you happy. And I think we all want to be happy, right? Right.