Mike Cope, a Canadian cartoonist and multimedia designer (also a regular here at The Daily Cartoonist), has written a book called “Last of the Funnies” a project he’s worked on for about a year now. The book’s plot is described as:
After a worldwide energy and economic crisis, newspapers have ceased production and nearly every form of art and entertainment is a digital simulation. In this seemingly impossible (but plausible) future, a crusty old cartoonist named Frost has a great gift to leave Giles, his only child. Frost is the creator of Li’l Nibs – the most celebrated comic strip about four little aliens who crash-landed on Earth during the crisis and aptly announced, “Weez Comez in Peez!”
However, to Giles, the funnies have caused nothing but conflict in his life. He’s grown to resent Frost’s crudely hand-drawn creations. But as the young Virtual Art professor soon learns, things aren’t always as they appear.
Like a cartoon wizard behind ink-stained curtains, Frost weaves a whimsical tale about the origins of the funnies, webcomics, and a terrorizing menace that threatens to kidnap every artist’s childhood dreams!
Whether Giles believes it or not, the fate of the funnies is in his hands . . .
I had the opportunity to read the final draft of the book and readily enjoyed it. It’s a quick read and I thought it justly emphasizes the magic of cartooning and delves into important topics such as comics after newspapers and digital copyrights. It’s a sci-fi book, but you won’t read about laser beams or aliens – except the ones in the comic.
You can read an excerpt from the book over on the “Last of the Funnies” web site.