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Long Story Short: Turning Famous Books into Cartoons


A collection of cartoons, illustrations, and paintings that condense the complicated narratives of famous books into one-page works of art.

Forthcoming: 7/7/20

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What people are saying…

“Mr. Fish’s chameleon-like versatility makes him the Ween of cartooning. He and his band of accomplices jolt you from one literary world to the next, each illustration like a little puzzle testing your cultural literacy. A short-attention-span joyride.”
—Jen Sorensen, Herblock Prize–winning cartoonist, the Nib, Daily Kos, and the Nation

“Words fail me when I try to explain why Long Story Short is so brilliant, which I guess is the whole point of the book! Why talk over Beethoven (he wouldn’t be able to hear you, anyway) or yammer on about poetry when a mute sunset can do it better? Here is art from an incredibly diverse group of cartoonists, painters, and illustrators that speaks for itself on literature’s most novel ideas—now shut up and listen!”
—Bob Mankoff, former cartoon editor of the New Yorker

“Mr. Fish’s ingenious collection of cartoon distillations of famous books shows why print editors so fear the art form. These succinct drawings by Fish and his artist collaborators really ARE worth a thousand words, and in Tolstoy’s case, many more!”
—Signe Wilkinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News


The Catcher in the Rye. Lolita. Moby-Dick. Infinite Jest. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. A Room of One’s Own. Native Son. These are but a handful of classic works spectacularly distilled into single pages by Mr. Fish and his talented Friends. By boiling down the big pictures of well-known works of both fiction and nonfiction, the contributing cartoonists, have, with Long Story Short, literally made long stories short by abridging their essence and encapsulating their meaning into succinct snapshots that are at times funny, sad, inspiring, rude, crude, beautiful, profound, stomach-turning, and mind-blowing.

Includes original artwork from: Mr. Fish, Ted Rall, Stephanie McMillan, Sarah Awad, Eli Valley, Wes Tyrell, Tamara Knoss, Keith Henry Brown, Sam Henderson, Lodi Marasescu, Surag Ramachandran, Tami Knight, Eric J. Garcia, Marissa Dougherty, Siri Dokken, John G., Andy Singer, Tara Seibel, Gary Dumm, Clare Kolat, Nate Ulsh, Benjamin Slyngstad, Ron Hill, JP Trostle, John Kovaleski, and Beth McCaskey.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Published: 7/7/20
  • IBSN: 9781617757969
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758355


MR. FISH (A.K.A. DWAYNE BOOTH) has been a freelance writer and cartoonist for twenty-five years, publishing with Harper’s Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the Atlantic, the Nation, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, Truthdig, and He has also appeared in international publications such as Information for Social Change (England), Umanità Nova (Italy), International Gallerie (India), and Internazionale (Italy). His numerous awards include a Los Angeles Press Club Award for editorial cartooning, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Cartooning from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience. Long Story Short is his latest work.

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