Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death: Wondermark collection is Terry Gilliam meets Far Side, with trusses

Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death is the latest collection from Wondermark, the demented and delightful webtoon built around Victorian engraving clip-art and snappy dialog. As the title suggests, this volume is loosely structured around medical themes, with loads of funny little arch snippets of text and graphics on the theme of absurd, notional Victorian quack remedies (I kept being reminded of The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases).

Wondermark reads like Terry Gilliam crossed with The Far Side, and I found myself laughing my ass off throughout this delightful little journey. Dark Horse did a great job on the presentation and cloth binding, too. A must-have for truss-aficionados, clip-art nuts, webcomix geeks, and happy mutants.

Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death


  1. @ Imipak #1:

    I always thought of caloric restriction as a clever way to stave off life.

  2. One thing that doesn’t come through in the picture is how beautiful and classy the binding looks.

    I strongly recommend them.

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