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Great social commentary with just the right amount of satire

  • Feb 27, 2010
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While I may have encountered it on occasion, until I read this book I was unfamiliar with the Rudy Park comic strip. The primary characters are overstated, as cartoon characters generally have to be, but in a good and relevant way. Darlene is a woman that is so organized that she even schedules her time down to the minute during her vacations. To her, someone that could enrich and change her life is a potential client. Rudy is the male that is largely incompetent at everything except acting like an overspending consumer and Sadie is a bitter old woman that yells at everybody for just about everything. Rudy tries to get Darlene to go out with him but all attempts are miserable failures.
There are cameo appearances by Saddam Hussein look-alikes, John Ashcroft as a spy operating out of a pastry box and a potted plant and Dick Cheney moonlights as a relationship counselor.
The humor is biting, topical for the administration of George W. Bush and contains just the right amount of sarcasm, at least for people on the liberal side. I enjoyed it immensely.

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Rudy Park and the other regulars and misfits who hang out at the House of Java coffeehouse form a modern nuclear family, drawn together by something much more powerful than blood: caffeine. Just as cavemen once hung out around a campfire, our regulars gather around the espresso machine discussing issues of the day, coping with modern life, and engaging in the occasional violent dispute over the bathroom key. The cafe also serves as a crossroads for current events and a watering hole for celebrities and politicians, such as J-Lo and Ben Affleck (contemplating a joint run for governor), Dick Cheney (doling out dating advice), and the gang from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (making sure everyone is dressed suitably for the comics page). So sit down with a warm cup of joe and enjoy Peace, Love, and Lattes, the second collection of Rudy Park, which Newsweek named as one of the top three contenders for new strip of the decade. Along the way, get to know the strip's main cast, including Rudy, a technolover of the highest order who is in a constant, chronic battle to stay current with the latest and greatest gadgets, pop culture, and fashion trends. Then there is Rudy's archnemesis, the aging technophobe and curmudgeon Sadie Cohen; Rudy's notoriously frugal 21-year-old boss, Armstrong Maynard; Darlene, the workaholic object of Rudy's affection; and a Fabioesque former football player named Randy "The Rock" Taylor. Rudy Park offers social and cultural ...
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ISBN-10: 0740746626
ISBN-13: 978-0740746628
Author: Theron Heir
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

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