As a simple illustrated piece of art, a cartoon shows many essential features to its reader. Be it with a simple color or the way that a character is portrayed, each cartoon is different and sends different messages to the viewer. Although cartoons are supposedly for children, they can be incredibly entertaining, as they cater to almost every type of genre that you can think of. Drawn in a semi-realistic or looking a little bolder with more accentuated lines, cartoons are a famous form of art throughout the world. A renowned cartoon artist known as Matthew Thurber is only one of the multitude of cartoonists in the world. However, he is the only one known to willingly take a new angle in his artistic masterpieces that the world of cartooning has ever seen.
Matthew Thurber is well known for his previously published books, which includes 1-800- MICE, which was released in 2011. He is not only a cartoonist but a filmmaker and a multimedia artist. His latest book is known to target the art world and its artists. Majority of the stories included in the book is said to be the stories of those who graduated from art school and are pursuing a career in an art internship and what they come across during their career.
Thurber manages to make the stories sound incredibly serious yet funny, and narrates it in a very satirical tone which is maintained throughout the story. Each of the accounts provided in the book is designed to flow in and out of each other, following one character to another as they somehow manage to make it through their careers. Some examples of the characters that are displayed in the stories include, two art graduates who are obsessed with Barney, known as Cupcake and Boris, one of these two characters commit suicide in the story and the rest of his story follows him as he resides in heaven. Most of Thurber’s work isn’t designed for children to read as they include content that is not suited to the mental limits of a child.
Throughout the book and its hugely entertaining stories, there is an exceptional display of skill and art. Spreads are a common way that Thurber showcases his talent in the book. With spreads that span a distance of at least two pages, Thurber efficiently accentuates a scene in the story and makes it so incredibly detailed that sometimes the only thing you think of is how he managed to have so much patience for the piece of art. Not only does his artwork seem extremely wild and unpredictable, but Thurber also ensures that his readers are hooked throughout each edge and turn of the book itself. However, like many authors, he knows exactly how to keep an audience wanting more. This is efficiently displayed when he ends the storyline in the book. The book ended with Matthew Thurber speaking directly to the readers in a Platonic dialogue and discusses with the character about the message being conveyed by the book and if there is hope for the young artists of the new generation making it to the top.