By Scott Hilburn
Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99, 128 pages

The Argyle Sweater is a nationally syndicated newspaper and web cartoon drawn by Texas-native Scott Hilburn. This volume is a collection of his single full-color panels that appear in more than 130 newspapers, including the Washington Post and New York Times. Inspired by cartoonist Gary Larson and reminiscent of the popular and long-running Far Side series, Hillburn’s humor is simultaneously quirky, topical and irreverent. Popular culture drives the content with the subject matter of each panel pulled directly from current social, political, and cultural observations. Hilburn effectively uses puns, silly situations, talking animals and inanimate objects, comic facial expressions, and off-the-wall captions to capture the often ironic and frequent ridiculousness of daily life. A few of the selected comics may be slightly debatable, but most are worth a grin and many are simply laugh-out-loud funny. An enjoyable read for fans of Hilburn and other modern-day cartoonists.


Reviewed by Linda Frederiksen,