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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER • WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER • LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER “I've always looked upon cartooning as comedy’s last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a capt #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER • WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER • LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER “I've always looked upon cartooning as comedy’s last frontier. I have done stand-up, sketches, movies, monologues, awards show introductions, sound bites, blurbs, talk show appearances, and tweets, but the idea of a one-panel image with or without a caption mystified me. I felt like, yeah, sometimes I’m funny, but there are these other weird freaks who are actually funny. You can understand that I was deeply suspicious of these people who are actually funny.” So writes the multitalented comedian Steve Martin in his introduction to A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection. In order to venture into this lauded territory of cartooning, he partnered with the heralded New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Steve shared caption and cartoon ideas, Harry provided impeccable artwork, and together they created this collection of humorous cartoons and comic strips, with amusing commentary about their collaboration throughout. The result: this gorgeous, funny, singular book, perfect to give as a gift or to buy for yourself.

30 review for A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    First book I've reviewed in quite a while and it's a book of cartoons. Understandable, if one realizes how life has sent my way, one too many griefs, challenges, and for the first time in my life I struggled to maintain equilibrium. This book was fun, fun I so needed. Some of the cartoons are more amusing than others, but the illustrations, all black and white, were wonderful. A good gift book I think for the holidays. This has been a tough year for so many, might be nice to pass on a little hum First book I've reviewed in quite a while and it's a book of cartoons. Understandable, if one realizes how life has sent my way, one too many griefs, challenges, and for the first time in my life I struggled to maintain equilibrium. This book was fun, fun I so needed. Some of the cartoons are more amusing than others, but the illustrations, all black and white, were wonderful. A good gift book I think for the holidays. This has been a tough year for so many, might be nice to pass on a little humor.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Celadon Books) in exchange for an honest review. This was a delightful book of cartoons! In such uncertain and anxious times, it’s nice to be able to just sit down, take a breather, and have a laugh. This book did exactly that! The humor is very much like the cartoons you encounter in the newspaper. The same goes for the artwork. It definitely made me nostalgic for the cartoons I used to read in my local paper when I was a kid. As typic I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher (Celadon Books) in exchange for an honest review. This was a delightful book of cartoons! In such uncertain and anxious times, it’s nice to be able to just sit down, take a breather, and have a laugh. This book did exactly that! The humor is very much like the cartoons you encounter in the newspaper. The same goes for the artwork. It definitely made me nostalgic for the cartoons I used to read in my local paper when I was a kid. As typical with a cartoon collection, there were some cartoons that I really liked and some that I didn’t quite get. I liked that there were cartoons about the creation of the book interspersed throughout it. It was a fun touch and I liked seeing the collaboration between Steve Martin and Harry Bliss come together. I also liked that the end pages showed rough drafts of some of the cartoons. It was cool to see that behind the scenes aspect. Overall, if you like the cartoons that you get in your Sunday paper, then you’ll probably like this collection! This book would also make a great gift.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    I was sent a copy of this book for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book was hilarious! I really enjoyed this. Steven Martin and Harry Bliss worked together to create a short collection of 1 to 5/6 panel cartoons about various things. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, but this was done very well. There were some pages that really spoke to me and made me laugh out loud. While this is an easy read, it was nice to take my time to appreciate the artwork and the stories that th I was sent a copy of this book for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book was hilarious! I really enjoyed this. Steven Martin and Harry Bliss worked together to create a short collection of 1 to 5/6 panel cartoons about various things. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, but this was done very well. There were some pages that really spoke to me and made me laugh out loud. While this is an easy read, it was nice to take my time to appreciate the artwork and the stories that they were attempting to create. This book is the perfect remedy for the crappy year that has been 2020. As a reader you'll find yourself laughing when you least expect and honestly it feels awesome considering all things. Honestly, this would be a great holiday gift for family and friends. This is one that I'm definitely going to pass along to my dad because I think that he'll find it hilarious.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Taydra

    I picked up this book thinking it would only be an amusing compilation of cartoons by two acclaimed artists. Instead, it completely changed my life. My bills have been paid in advance, with my student debt wiped out. My colon is now squeaky clean, free of toxins. I now have luscious flowing hair and manicured nails. I’ve been blessed with a $1.5 million resort home in Turks and Caicos with a built in jacuzzi and slushie machine. Thanks Steve and Harry!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    Steve Martin, who has the Midas touch with creative endeavors, tries his hand at New Yorker style ironic cartoons, with that Martin-edged absurdity. Working in collaboration with New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Martin is one of the funniest people I have ever encountered. And this collection ranges from pretty good to good. Here's some of it: https://tribunecontentagency.com/stev... Steve Martin, who has the Midas touch with creative endeavors, tries his hand at New Yorker style ironic cartoons, with that Martin-edged absurdity. Working in collaboration with New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Martin is one of the funniest people I have ever encountered. And this collection ranges from pretty good to good. Here's some of it: https://tribunecontentagency.com/stev...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    Thank you to Celadon for surprising me with yet another book. :) I love how i never know what or if something is coming...they choose for me and it isn't always something I would choose for myself. This book is probably one of those I wouldn't have chosen for myself. I would have seen it at the bookstore or library and I would have thought it was really cool Steve Martin brought out a book of cartoons but I would have bypassed it. In actuality, I thought it was full of adorable cartoons througho Thank you to Celadon for surprising me with yet another book. :) I love how i never know what or if something is coming...they choose for me and it isn't always something I would choose for myself. This book is probably one of those I wouldn't have chosen for myself. I would have seen it at the bookstore or library and I would have thought it was really cool Steve Martin brought out a book of cartoons but I would have bypassed it. In actuality, I thought it was full of adorable cartoons throughout. I didn't always understand why each cartoon was supposed to be funny but I would say 99% were funny AND great drawings... a few even make me laugh out loud. :) This book was a nice change from my usual mentally involved books and it was great to just sit back and be amused for a little while :) And yes, I know that Harry Bliss created the cartoons and they are amazing....but I did not know the name before this. Sorry :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Thank you @celadonbooks for this amazing book I have enjoyed over and over again! There are some books that truly bring joy when you need it most, and this cartoon collection is one of them! Super funny, super silly but also super real, with lots of heart and soul. The illustrations were incredible and the captions oh so amazing!! This duo was a match made in comedy heaven!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    I enjoy Bliss's artwork, and this humorous collaboration is a collection of mostly one-panel cartoons poking fun at various life situations. I liked the Slinky going down the stairs wondering "Is this all there is?" There are also lots of dog-related comics. I enjoy Bliss's artwork, and this humorous collaboration is a collection of mostly one-panel cartoons poking fun at various life situations. I liked the Slinky going down the stairs wondering "Is this all there is?" There are also lots of dog-related comics.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tex

    A clever collaboration of a humorist and an illustrator. Thoughtful cartoons (laughed out loud a few times), but I really loved the endpapers best.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Grace

    ‘A Wealth of Pigeons’ was such a lovely contrast from the books I’ve been reading... Who couldn’t use a laugh right about now?! There’s enough work in it to ensure that almost anyone can find a laugh within these pages. It’s such a beautiful book too. The cover, the interior, the variation in drawings and technique, it’s all so lovely to look through. The pop of color every now and then, as well as having the comics on every other page, really allows you to sit within each work. No distractions ‘A Wealth of Pigeons’ was such a lovely contrast from the books I’ve been reading... Who couldn’t use a laugh right about now?! There’s enough work in it to ensure that almost anyone can find a laugh within these pages. It’s such a beautiful book too. The cover, the interior, the variation in drawings and technique, it’s all so lovely to look through. The pop of color every now and then, as well as having the comics on every other page, really allows you to sit within each work. No distractions from whatever was going on in the previous pages. You’re able to be fully present for the next punchline. This book will be remaining on my coffee table to share some laughter with those curious friends and family members. I really enjoyed this partnership between these two creative minds. I hope and look forward to more cartoon collections from this wonderful duo of Steve Martin and Harry Bliss. 💕

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bec

    This book is very boring and not hilarious.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf

    Ok, to be completely honest, I opened this book mail and was like “what is this?” Then I flipped through a few pages and was like “oh this is awesome!” Steve Martin teamed up with New Yorker Cartoonist Harry Bliss to make a fantastic book of cartoons. This is a great coffee table book to flip through when you need a laugh, or just to keep out when visitors come (yea, I know…whenever that day comes again!) It’s also a great gift idea if you are looking for something fun and different!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue Jackson

    I never would have imagined that I would rate a book of cartoons so highly yet I truly enjoyed it. It seems amazing to me that comic Steve Martin would come up with sayings and artist Harry Bliss would be able to draw them. The fact that they had never met each other but seem to have connected makes this even more unbelievable. This book took less than a half hour to read although I picked it up again and discovered some nuances than I had originally missed. Some of these cartoons with captions I I never would have imagined that I would rate a book of cartoons so highly yet I truly enjoyed it. It seems amazing to me that comic Steve Martin would come up with sayings and artist Harry Bliss would be able to draw them. The fact that they had never met each other but seem to have connected makes this even more unbelievable. This book took less than a half hour to read although I picked it up again and discovered some nuances than I had originally missed. Some of these cartoons with captions I just didn't get, some made me smile, and others made me stop and ponder. Each one was a stand alone and provided a brief comic relief in this crazy world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tayler K

    The cover caught my eye, but the first couple random pages I looked at didn't do much for me. Then Chella said it was really funny so I gave it another shot and paged through the entire thing. That time I opened straight to a van Gogh comic, which I loved. There were a few other highlights as well, but overall I think not quite my style of humor. The cover caught my eye, but the first couple random pages I looked at didn't do much for me. Then Chella said it was really funny so I gave it another shot and paged through the entire thing. That time I opened straight to a van Gogh comic, which I loved. There were a few other highlights as well, but overall I think not quite my style of humor.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Well I know I’ve been a huge fan of Steve Martin for as long as I can remember and now he has collaborated with New Yorker Cartoonist, Harry Bliss to create this hilarious book of comics. Reading through I instantly could feel the fun & laughter to be had from this witty twosome. It’s definitely a must buy and a great gift!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Winkler

    I won a copy of this through Goodreads Giveaway. And it is so cute and funny. I loved it. 😄 A book full of the ORIGINAL MEME. lol I think there are about 150 Cartoons/Jokes/Pictures in this book. My Favorite being the 🧜‍♂️Poseidon one and the funny little story behind it that you see in the back of the book. The artwork/Cartoons are great, Beautiful even. Definitely my favorite part of this book. I just got it in the mail Today and I sat down and read through the whole thing immediately because I c I won a copy of this through Goodreads Giveaway. And it is so cute and funny. I loved it. 😄 A book full of the ORIGINAL MEME. lol I think there are about 150 Cartoons/Jokes/Pictures in this book. My Favorite being the 🧜‍♂️Poseidon one and the funny little story behind it that you see in the back of the book. The artwork/Cartoons are great, Beautiful even. Definitely my favorite part of this book. I just got it in the mail Today and I sat down and read through the whole thing immediately because I couldn't wait to see what was on the next page. Steve Martin is such a funny man, My Mom and I used to watch his movies together all of the time when I was growing up (She is a big fan of his. Lol) and some of his movies are still my favorite today. I think this book will do better with the older generation though, but really EVERYONE should be able to find something they enjoy about it. It's a book full of JOKES and CARTOONS. Intended to make people laugh and be happy and I can't find anything wrong with that, especially lately. So with that in mind, I plan on sharing the happiness and laughs and GIFTING this book to my Mom, who is still a big fan of Steve Martin Today.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bob Lingle

    Steve Martin and Harry Bliss were the combination nobody asked for, and some likely protested against (Martin Short comes to mind). The subtle humor that the comic medium provides, allows for Steve Martin's classic sarcasm and wit to shine through. This will make for a great gift for the comedy fan on your list. Steve Martin and Harry Bliss were the combination nobody asked for, and some likely protested against (Martin Short comes to mind). The subtle humor that the comic medium provides, allows for Steve Martin's classic sarcasm and wit to shine through. This will make for a great gift for the comedy fan on your list.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Just pure 15 minutes of laughter!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Orsolya

    Don’t judge me but I’ve had a crush on actor/comedian/writer/musician/etc/ Steve Marin since I was seven years old (I’m 36 at the time of this review). I can’t pinpoint what it is – but there is something very dashing about Steve Martin and it works for me (isn’t ‘dashing’ a wonderful descriptor?). Martin decided to embark on a new artistic outlet – probably the only one he has yet to traverse: cartoon/comics. Thanks to a mutual friend; Martin paired up with Harry Bliss (“The New Yorker” cover a Don’t judge me but I’ve had a crush on actor/comedian/writer/musician/etc/ Steve Marin since I was seven years old (I’m 36 at the time of this review). I can’t pinpoint what it is – but there is something very dashing about Steve Martin and it works for me (isn’t ‘dashing’ a wonderful descriptor?). Martin decided to embark on a new artistic outlet – probably the only one he has yet to traverse: cartoon/comics. Thanks to a mutual friend; Martin paired up with Harry Bliss (“The New Yorker” cover artist/cartoonist and children’s book illustrator) to present, “A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection”. “A Wealth of Pigeons” is a visually graphic coffee table book that is exactly what the title states: a collection of cartoons. Within the introduction to the piece, Martin explains that the creative process for “A Wealth of Pigeons” followed two avenues: (1) Martin had an idea or caption and sent it to Bliss for him to draw the accompanying image or (2) Bliss drew an ‘orphan’ cartoon and asked Martin to think of a caption. This results in a solid collaboration with both men enjoying an artistic release. The cartoons in “A Wealth of Pigeons” vary in illustration style, content, comic delivery (puns, dry humor, etc) and detail which helps the reader avoid boredom or stagnant art. The consistent tie between the images is the ability to be subtle. None of the cartoons are “in your face” and thus “A Wealth of Pigeons” is best for a soft chuckle rather than a loud guffaw. A whimsical addition to “A Wealth of Pigeons”, are the cartoons in which Martin and Bliss poke fun at themselves and their collaboration. Somehow these are the most entertaining and ‘real’. Plus, many of these images are in color whereas 98% of the book is in black-and-white. Unfortunately, some of the cartoons in “A Wealth of Pigeons” are dated and may not make sense in the future (i.e. “Un-Chance the Rapper”) but this is probably related to the position Bliss holds and his perspective from a publication space. They are creative; but dated nevertheless. Personally, I didn’t find “A Wealth of Pigeons” to be funny overall (I’m sorry Steve! Don’t hate me! I love you!); but it regardless occupied my mind for a short time. “A Wealth of Pigeons” is a charming, quick (one day) read but don’t expect anything life-altering. Although Martin’s one-offers are appreciated; he should stick to his other award-winning talent streams. “A Wealth of Pigeons” is suggested for die-hard Steve Martin fans or for a ‘passing’ laugh but otherwise it isn’t crucial reading material.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bella Brightman

    I received a charming cartoon collection from Celadon Books and thoroughly enjoyed it! A Wealth of Pigeons will unleash plenty of chuckles! The 130 cartoons were created by delightfully droll and multi-talented Steve Martin and illustrated by renowned New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Both would send ideas to each other and their collaborative process created rich nuggets of humor. If you're wondering why it's called A Wealth of Pigeons, I read in an interview they imagined themselves sitting o I received a charming cartoon collection from Celadon Books and thoroughly enjoyed it! A Wealth of Pigeons will unleash plenty of chuckles! The 130 cartoons were created by delightfully droll and multi-talented Steve Martin and illustrated by renowned New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. Both would send ideas to each other and their collaborative process created rich nuggets of humor. If you're wondering why it's called A Wealth of Pigeons, I read in an interview they imagined themselves sitting on a bench at the park feeding pigeons - not to be mistaken for just your run of the mill birds - quite posh and highbrow avian ones. Yes - some of the cartoons will make you think and marvel at how humor can be both intellectual and daft.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    A Wealth of Pigeons is a fun collection of cartoons. The book itself is a beautiful hardcover without a dust jacket. I love when a publisher puts the artwork right on the cover, rather than relying on the cheap paper jacket. The cartoons are only printed on the right side. The reverse side of each page is blank, so the art doesn't bleed through and make for a smudgy appearance. All the cartoons are black & white. I love the artwork, which made me nostalgic for the days of Sunday comics. The humor is A Wealth of Pigeons is a fun collection of cartoons. The book itself is a beautiful hardcover without a dust jacket. I love when a publisher puts the artwork right on the cover, rather than relying on the cheap paper jacket. The cartoons are only printed on the right side. The reverse side of each page is blank, so the art doesn't bleed through and make for a smudgy appearance. All the cartoons are black & white. I love the artwork, which made me nostalgic for the days of Sunday comics. The humor is hit or miss for me. Even so, I enjoyed looking through all the cartoons, even when the captions didn't strike me as funny. *I received a review copy from Celadon Books.*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    With all the heaviness going on in the world right now, this book was a breath of fresh air. It felt like a quiet Sunday morning - but with some humor mixed in for good measure. I savored it, enjoying a handful of pages each morning with my coffee and during my afternoon breaks. It reminded me of reading the cartoons in the newspaper as a kid. I loved that Steve & Harry mixed in sketches of their process as they worked together to come up with their ideas for the book. Such a fun concept! Overall, With all the heaviness going on in the world right now, this book was a breath of fresh air. It felt like a quiet Sunday morning - but with some humor mixed in for good measure. I savored it, enjoying a handful of pages each morning with my coffee and during my afternoon breaks. It reminded me of reading the cartoons in the newspaper as a kid. I loved that Steve & Harry mixed in sketches of their process as they worked together to come up with their ideas for the book. Such a fun concept! Overall, wonderful artwork and so enjoyable. It was just the thing to lift my spirits after this crazy year. Would make a fabulous gift! *Thanks Celadon Books for the gifted copy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamele (BookswithJams)

    I really enjoyed this one and was grateful to have received a copy from the publisher. I flipped through this off and on as I was reading a heavier book and was cracking up the entire time. I am a huge fan of the New Yorker cartoons, and in fact keep their daily calendar at my desk for a smile. This is also why I was beyond thrilled to get this in the mail and I think this would make a great gift for someone this season, or also as a great coffee table book for yourself. Laughing is all somethin I really enjoyed this one and was grateful to have received a copy from the publisher. I flipped through this off and on as I was reading a heavier book and was cracking up the entire time. I am a huge fan of the New Yorker cartoons, and in fact keep their daily calendar at my desk for a smile. This is also why I was beyond thrilled to get this in the mail and I think this would make a great gift for someone this season, or also as a great coffee table book for yourself. Laughing is all something we really need right now. Thank you to Celadon Books for the gifted book to review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ame

    Merry Christmas to me! I received this lovely hardcover as a gift and immediately read it in one sitting. Pairing a New Yorker artist with Steve Martin's humor makes perfect sense, and I'm glad they were introduced by chance and went on to create this fun collection of comics, many of which are one panel. I haven't read this many great one panels since my last reread of a Far Side collection, so it provided some added whimsy to my holiday. Merry Christmas to me! I received this lovely hardcover as a gift and immediately read it in one sitting. Pairing a New Yorker artist with Steve Martin's humor makes perfect sense, and I'm glad they were introduced by chance and went on to create this fun collection of comics, many of which are one panel. I haven't read this many great one panels since my last reread of a Far Side collection, so it provided some added whimsy to my holiday.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne - ReadingfortheWeekend

    This is a fun collection of comics/graphic novel. Would be perfect to give as a gift or have as a coffee table book! Harry Bliss is a very talented illustrator and of course Steve Martin is a hilarious comedian. They complimented each other wonderfully! Thank you to the publisher for my gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Schoenfield

    I love Harry Bliss' comics, and Steve Martin is funny just standing there, so the two of them together are a hit. How their partnership came to be is explained in the book, as well as how they came up with the comics. Sometimes Martin would think up a punchline maybe with a rough idea of a sketch, and other times Bliss would come up with the picture and Martin would supply the tagline. In a year where everything seemed to have a deeper, darker meaning, it was a relief to read a book of clever co I love Harry Bliss' comics, and Steve Martin is funny just standing there, so the two of them together are a hit. How their partnership came to be is explained in the book, as well as how they came up with the comics. Sometimes Martin would think up a punchline maybe with a rough idea of a sketch, and other times Bliss would come up with the picture and Martin would supply the tagline. In a year where everything seemed to have a deeper, darker meaning, it was a relief to read a book of clever comics and laugh.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Khris Sellin

    Delightful.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    A collaboration between two of the drollest people on earth. What could be better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Cromer

    Loved this book even if it is cartoons. Read it in one sitting, but will keep and re-read again.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rona

    More, more, I want more! The best laughs I’ve had since Monday, November 7, 2016. 10 stars!

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