Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1910-2010

Mark Twain s Autobiography Michael Kupperman has already indulged his love for Mark Twain in the pages of Tales Designed to Thrizzle but the recent publication of Twain s real autobiography has inspired the cartoonist to a ful

  • Title: Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1910-2010
  • Author: Michael Kupperman
  • ISBN: 9781606994917
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Michael Kupperman has already indulged his love for Mark Twain in the pages of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, but the recent publication of Twain s real autobiography has inspired the cartoonist to a full blown book length master piece of hilarity Twain s own introduction says it all GREETINGS, STRANGER OF THE FUTURE If you are reading this, it means the written word haMichael Kupperman has already indulged his love for Mark Twain in the pages of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, but the recent publication of Twain s real autobiography has inspired the cartoonist to a full blown book length master piece of hilarity Twain s own introduction says it all GREETINGS, STRANGER OF THE FUTURE If you are reading this, it means the written word has survived, that the world of tomorrow still exists, and that for some reason my ramblings are still considered worth reading My name is Mark Twain, and I write these words to you in the good old days of August 2010 What s that, you say, didn t you die a hundred years ago, you old coot I hear your memoirs have just been published, right now in 2010, because they had to wait a century after your death, blah blah blah and so on The truth is I never died, but the same old rumors got exaggerated and then the Great War happened, so people forgot I was still alive And I ve kept alive, due to a magic spell cast upon me by a wizard but I ve promised not to tell that tale until 1,000 years have passed I let them do the century book because otherwise I might have to pay the advance back again, and I couldn t afford it I suppose by now you all know how I was Jack the Ripper, and why it was in a good cause that I committed those foul murders Also that I was directly responsible for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln Hopefully you ve forgiven me these indiscretions Readers eager to see how Twain hunted the Yeti Come out here and face me, you snow covered coward , met the Six Million Dollar Man, had a love affair with Mamie Eisenhower Boy oh boy, this lady was one hot dish , and accidentally became involved in X rated films, will devour this tome, which of course is augmented with Kupperman s hilariously deadpan illustrations.

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    • Peter Landau says:

      I'm not one to throw the word genius around casually, so I told my genius children to go to their genius-painted room and leave me in my genius chair to ponder the genius that is Michael Kupperman and his genius tome. It is pure genius mixed with enough humor and art drawings to attract an audience of mammals, reptiles, insects, extinct animals and even humans. The genius of Michael K. is that he was there, ready and willing, to accept this document from the long-thought dead Mark Twain and had [...]

    • Adam says:

      I've liked Michael Kupperman since I read "Snake 'n' Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret," one of the funniest books I know. His art in that book is so crisp and detailed, like an etching. The other books I've read by him (this pseudo-Mark Twain memoir and Tales Designed to Thrizzle) are far less exciting. There are moments of comedic genius, but the work is largely disposable, forgettable. He's also switched to simpler art style that probably lets him work faster. The result is a step back in quality. Any [...]

    • Emmy says:

      This was such a strange and bizarre book! According to Kupperman's accounts, Twain never died, and has been living on for hundreds of years getting into all sorts of trouble. Adventures you can look forward to includes his encounter with JD Salinger, a trip to the moon, alien abduction, secret societies, and time travel.

    • Quinn Rollins says:

      I kept seeing book reviews in odd places for a new book by Michael Kupperman. The 2011 hardcover graphic novel is Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010. As a fan of graphic novels, and a casual fan of Twain's writing, I thought I'd pick it up. I guess I didn't read those reviews (or even the title of the book) very carefully, because what I was expecting was some kind of adaptation of Twain's recently released autobiography. That made what I got even more of a treat.Kupperman's book opens with a [...]

    • James says:

      I think Michael Kupperman is one of the funniest people producing humor today, and "Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1910-2010" doesn't fall off his high standard. The book is basically a series of riffs on America's great writer, exploring the global hijinks he's gotten into since his purported death in 1910.Kupperman conjures Twain as a roaming schemer, game for anything to gain a fortune, find a bit of trouble or win over a hot dame. Twain/Kupperman's narrative has the overheated tone, bizarre non [...]

    • Joseph says:

      You start off with a quotation from Twain's obituary: "America's greatest author died today at his home, surrounded by etc etc.", followed by another quotation: "The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated again" -Mark Twain, 2010. At least, that's how I would have done it. When you're writing a book about the secretly-extended life of a famous historical personage who has actually been quoted (well, misquoted, but ) about erroneous reports of his death, how can you not take advantage?I re [...]

    • Nick Rudzicz says:

      1) ''I pledged the monsters not to release their album until the nineteen-sixties, and then, disguising myself as a pile of clothes, I very slowly made my way back to England.Winston was upset, but tried not to show it -- typical Winston. As for me, I went underground again and joined the French Underground, where I became known as 'The Nazi Stranglers,' because I strangled Nazis and they thought there was more than one of me!''2) ''And then I saw it: a patch of gravity directly behind us. I man [...]

    • Penelope says:

      This book is pretty silly. I actually had no idea what I would be reading when I picked this up. Mostly I just noticed that it involved Mark Twain and I generally enjoy things published by Fantagraphics so I decided to check this out from the library.I'm not really sure how I felt about it. It's silly, it's funny (at least in concept). It didn't actually make me laugh, or even chuckle. Maybe it made me smile? I can't remember. I guess I just have a cold, black heart. Or I'm just not easily amuse [...]

    • Michelle says:

      A pleasantly ridiculous confection from Michael Kupperman, of Snake 'n' Bacon fame, this was a very entertaining and quite compact. If you're a fan of Mark Twain, it sometimes is sort of amazing the number of lifetimes he crammed into his 75 years - failed soldier, frontier journalist, riverboat pilot, inventor/investor, lecturer, man of letters, snooty Hartfordian. Kupperman simply asks: why stop there? His Mark Twain continues on after the "exaggerated rumors" of his 1910 death, adding careers [...]

    • Sherah says:

      This is an entertaining read, though at times a bit silly, so don't read it all in one sitting or you'll be annoyed!Mark Twain, who faked his death, was involved in a lot of extra-mortem activities that shaped our history. You didn't know? This book explains everything. Mark Twain was more than just a literary great, he was an astronaut, Italian, Woodstock musician, a friend to ants and an olive chocolatier. Amazing. I hope I can be half as great as this man.The illustrations are kind of boring [...]

    • Dave Zackin says:

      Like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy with less plot and shorter descriptions. Also, about Mark Twain's 20th Century adventures.Each page is a new chapter. Each chapter is an absurd concept that could be an outline for a much longer story. Kupperman is wise to avoid milking any individual idea (Twain in space, Twain on loveboat etc.)for more than a page.I laughed out loud while reading, but had a hard time getting through more than six pages at a time. Twain's deadpan narration plays well against [...]

    • Twan says:

      Turns out that after writing about Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain didn't indeed die like history tells us but faked his death and then went on some wild and mostly hilarious adventures. Featuring a cast of hot broads, Al Eintstein, ventriloquist dummies, spies and a boat load more. A really funny and absurd read. Chuckles were had, some even after I hadn't been reading the book for a while. Geddit.

    • Samantha says:

      Utterly ridiculous and chock full of silliness, I'd definitely recommend this if you enjoy random, humor. Conan O'Brien endorses the author, if that gives you any indication of what you are in for. If nothing else, you can read about the zany adventures of Mark Twain teaming up with Albert Einstein, hunting Yeti and accidently being on board the rocket ship that first landed Americans on the moon. Basically, it's Forrest Gump, minus the Oscar-bait story line.

    • Stephen says:

      I really enjoyed this book! If you fancy the humor of John Hodgman then I think you'll be in stitches with this read. It's my first (of what I hope to be many) grand times opening a book by Michael Kupperman. I'm so tempted to put a fifth star up there, but I have to save thoseor do I? I'm not sure, but a solid 4.5 here.

    • Trey says:

      Kupperman's wild and absurd stories about one of my favorite characters of his, Mark Twain, reminded me of the unadulterated stories spewing forth from the mind of a child in Axe Cop, except with marginally more knowledge of 20th-century history. But the format (more book than comic) was somehow less fun than Tales Designed to Thrizzle or Snake and Bacon's Cartoon Cabaret.

    • Fred says:

      Mark Twain fakes his own death in 1910, and goes on to fight in both World Wars, stow away aboard the Apollo 11 mission, seduce Mamie Eisenhower and supplement his rising and falling fortunes with work in advertising and wacky morning "zoo radio". It doesn't add up to much, but goes by pleasantly enough and only weighs about a pound.

    • C says:

      Um, one of the funniest books I have ever read in my entire life. This is clearly written for closet schizophrenics (I'm using this in the strictly clinical term) like myself who believe that vampires can be big fans of literature. Also, Mamie Eisenhower is the world's hottest babe, period. i learned that in this book.

    • Brady says:

      Enjoyable, but not as consistent as some of Kupperman's other stuff. Some of the humor was a little easy, though the illustrated parts were good stuff. Also, I was surprised at the number of typos and occasional misused word (such as "passible" when he means "passable"), but perhaps that's more of an editorial flaw

    • Jason Coffman says:

      Michael Kupperman is the funniest man alive, and here's more proof. Thrill to the adventures of Mark Twain as he inspires Einstein, writes gangster pictures, gets frozen in a block of ice, parties with Hobnoberella and Jonah the Biblical Figure, guest-stars on "Fantasy Peninsula" and "Falcon Hole," meets the Princess of the Moon, and countless other amazing tales!

    • Kirk says:

      I knew that this would not be anything high-brow (Mark Twain kept alive by a wizard's curse?), but this was just silly to the point of being nonsensical. I didn't want to waste any more time reading it.

    • Jason Dikes says:

      Kuppermann's talent is his ability to combine visuals and words into unique comedy. When trying to do straight writing with little artwork, it doesn't work as well. The funniest bits involve Twain's career writing scripts for porn movies.

    • Tom Blumer says:

      This was an easy to read fictional account of Mark Twain's life if he still lived. It is completely over the top, which made it fun to read. Part text, part graphic novel. A book not to be taken too seriously.

    • Christofer Reimar says:

      It's not nearly as fantastic as Tales Designed to Thrizzle, but it's good with more than a few laugh-out-louders.

    • Khairul Hezry says:

      Absurdity for absurdity's sake is a tough act to pull. Not many writers can get away with it. Michael Kupperman sadly did not. Mark Twain's Autobiography promises a rib tickling read but most of the time falls flat.

    • Anthony Sako says:

      Some good one-liners, but the stories were much shorter and more random than I expected.

    • Kevin says:

      My favorite part was the Highlander/Santa crossover

    • Raphaele says:

      So much milk came out of my nose.

    • Amy says:

      I could see what he was aiming for, but he didn't always get there. Still, a fast, humorous read, and the art is ok. I think I'll pick up some real Twain next time.

    • Chris says:

      Mildly amusing, but would have been better if it was more Twain-like in the writing style. 2.5 stars

    • Jeff says:

      Delightfully demented and silly, like everything Kupperman does. Perfect post-bar exam brain cleanse.

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