- Paperback: 224 pages
- Published: 7/19/11
- IBSN: 9781617750144
- e-IBSN: 9781617750687
- Genre: Art/Music/Pop Culture
The debut collection of Mr. Fish’s searing and hilarious political cartoons, featured in Harper’s, Truthdig, and elsewhere.
One of the Village Voice‘s Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2011.
“Mr. Fish dissects the journalistic responsibility he faces as a cartoonist to make it make sense. It being his raw emotional output in response to a given stimuli (government, society, et al.) manifesting itself via pen on paper without regard to the cleverly pointed punchline that will accompany and ultimately define it . . . The drawings are a celebration of the technical mastery and unbridled emotional truth of Dwayne Booth — the Clark Kent to Superman’s Mr. Fish.”
“Fish’s work . . . makes you want to do something—even if you’re not entirely sure what that something is—to change things for the better, and the feeling stays with you long after the book is closed.”
“I thought I was getting a picture book of politically incorrect satirical cartoons to review. What I got was an evening of wonderment, thought, confusion, discovery, and a deep appreciation of a really deeply disturbed and brilliant journalist, cartoonist, and satirist.”
—New York Journal of Books
“Few individuals are as clued in to the volatility of the current political climate as iconic cartoonist Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish) . . . known for pointed and piquant single-panel cartoons that fearlessly and relentlessly take on the most sacred of cows in public life.”
“A vibrant example of political cartooning as it is practiced at its heights . . . Anyone who thinks political cartooning is stale need only take a closer look at this body of work . . . Certifiably brilliant . . . The photographic elegance and immediacy with which this drawing is executed is typical of the most refined Mr. Fish style.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“[Mr. Fish] is a revolutionary with a sketch pad . . . a courageous truthteller, brilliantly illustrating the world’s insanity.”
“Raw, severe, raging, and twistedly funny, Go Fish is a one-of-a-kind compilation meant to provoke thought as well as entertain . . . motivating readers to stop being complacent, open their eyes to injustice, and actually do something about it.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Nobody does what Mr. Fish does, and even if they did, they wouldn’t do it as well as Mr. Fish does. Go Fish is that rarest of creatures; an essential collection of political cartoons.”
—David Rees, author of Get Your War On
“Mr. Fish is one of the few brilliant souls who describes and illustrates the earth’s insanity and all of the hypocrisy and still somehow doesn’t detract from my need to masturbate constantly.”
—Richard Lewis, Comedian/Actor
“Behold the cartoons in Go Fish: there is no more savage yet brilliant wit than that possessed by Mr. Fish, who will never compromise on his deep artistic insight or the outrageous honesty of his social commentary. In a sellout culture he is that rare witness for unfettered truth.”
—Robert Sheer, author of The Great American Stickup
“Mr. Fish’s penis obsession has evolved into unique visual metaphorical truths that probe the very core of politics, culture, religion—pick a target, any target—yes, he has indeed learned to think outside the cocks.”
—Paul Krassner, author of Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture
“[Mr. Fish is] the first person in the media I’ve talked to, in the forty years I’ve been in public life, who put his finger on really what [are] deep philosophical questions.”
“You [Mr. Fish] get the gold medal for asking me things that nobody’s ever asked me before.”
This debut volume of political cartoons from the revered Mr. Fish spans politics, popular culture, the economic crisis, the Obama presidency, and much more, where nobody—right, left, nor center—is safe from his razor-edged satire. The volume also includes original essays from Mr. Fish.
See an interview with Mr. Fish on Last Call with Carson Daly.
MR. FISH has been a freelance writer and cartoonist for eighteen years, publishing under both his real name (Dwayne Booth) and the penname of Mr. Fish with many of the nation’s most reputable and prestigious magazines, journals, and newspapers. In addition to his weekly cartoon for Harper’s and daily contributions to Truthdig, he has also contributed to the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader, Slate.com, MSNBC.com, and others. He has also worked for National Public Radio. In May 2008 he was presented with a first place award by the Los Angeles Press Club for editorial cartooning. In May 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Cartooning from the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and twin daughters. Go Fish is his latest book.