5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth by Matthew Inman

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)
by Matthew Inman
Andrews McNeel Publishing, 2011

Most readers will already be very familiar with The Oatmeal. This excellent webcomic is best consumed on a weekly basis, one episode at a time. A little goes a long way, so reading this collection of nearly two years’ worth of the strip in one go is like overdosing on tasty, tasty nachos dipped in liquid orange cheese, although it’s interesting to see Inman’s interests laid out in print:

The ‘How To’ series, including an explanation of how cheese is made and the popular grammar comics, also available as posters. These infographics clearly explain the difference between weather and whether using real-world examples, i.e. “Your correct usage of this word will determine whether or not I kick you in the hemorrhoids”.

Explanations (as if any were needed) of why pterodactyls, tyrannosaurs and bears are awesome.

Frustration at the essential stupidity of human beings and how they interact with each other, inspired by Inman’s real life experience of working as a web designer.

A fascination with unhealthy food, which seems incongruent with the slim author photo on the back cover.

The book is packaged with a fold-out poster, but unfortunately (in the copy I read, anyway) it’s ‘Why I Believe Printers Were Sent from Hell to Make Us Miserable’, which isn’t one of the most interesting cartoons to own in a large format.


2 Responses to “5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth by Matthew Inman”

  1. Hi Grant. Matthew Inman is in Wellington 14-16th Feb… but you probably already know that.

  2. I didn’t! I feel a Jitterati coming on…

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