I have two of his Bunny Suicides books.
I found these books in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. I bought two other of his books at the same time, but will talk about them in another post.
It says “Book Exchange”, but the receipt says Bookmark It, as does the address in the ‘phone book, and on the internet.
Oh, and Bookmark It suggested I try another store down the street to see if they might have cartoon books. Here is a photo of that store’s parking lot.
Can you guess what kind of a store it is. No? Jeeze, com’on look again.
Ok, enough of that. On to Andy Riley. The books do not have a lot of information on the gentleman, so off to the Internet we go.
Wikipedia© has an article which while rather short, is jam packed with his accomplishments in the cartoon field, and other types of media.
He has his own webpage, with links to his blog, information, cartoons, etc. You can spend an hour or so getting lost there. Time well spent. And if you don’t have the time, here is a brief summary from that site.
Andy Riley is a cartoonist and scriptwriter from Britain.
He has created a series of best-selling cartoon books:
The Book of Bunny Suicides
Return Of The Bunny Suicides
Great Lies To Tell Small Kids
Loads More Lies To Tell Small Kids
Dawn of the Bunny Suicides
He drew a weekly strip cartoon for The Observer Magazine called Roasted, which is also collected in hardback edition. So far his books have sold around one and a half million copies and have been published in eighteen countries, producing calendar, greetings card and poster spin-offs. Lucky Heather is his self-published mini-comic.
His comedy scriptwriting is done in partnership with Kevin Cecil. They have won two BAFTAS, for the sitcom Black Books in 2005 and the animated special Robbie The Reindeer in 2000. They created and wrote the sitcoms The Great Outdoors and Hyperdrive for the BBC, and Slacker Cats for the ABC Family Channel. Other television writing credits include Little Britain, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Come Fly With Me, Trigger Happy TV, So Graham Norton, Smack The Pony, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Bob and Margaret, Spitting Image, Harry and Paul, Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Alexei Sayle’s Merry Go Round, Man Stroke Woman and Big Train. Their Radio 4 panel game, The 99p Challenge, won a Sony silver award.
As well as writing comedy, they are experienced writers of feature-length animation: their credits include Gnomeo and Juliet (released February 2011) and The Pirates! (in production at Aardman). They did an uncredited rewrite of Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride.
Andy is originally from Aylesbury but now lives in London. He used to be the stage dancer for The Pod, Julian Barratt’s comedy techno band which was the forerunner of The Mighty Boosh. His hobbies include urban canoeing.
Despite rival claims on the internet, Andy Riley is the true originator of the tradition of cross-dressing at the Towersey folk festival.
As usual, google© has a bunch of images.
Internet Movie Database has a page of his accomplishments. I mentioned earlier his other media expressions, so take a look at the Internet Movie Database for up to date information. Sadly, I am not up on movies and TV, so I can not even begin to comment on the references on that site. I would assume that readers in the UK would be more familiar with his work than in this country (US).
This site also mentions Alternate Names:
Andy Reilly | Cecil & Riley which he might use.
Andy Riley is a British author, cartoonist, comics scriptwriter, and television screenwriter. Riley has written several best-selling cartoon books, The Book of Bunny Suicides, Return of the Bunny … Wikipedia
|Born: April 27, 1970 (age 42), England|
When I went back to the site, the above was not there. Maybe I got it somewhere else. If so, my apologies to that somewhere else site for not identifying them.
I was in my ‘library’ the other day, perusing Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader, Bathroom Reader’s Press, Ashland Oregon, and came across the following.
I see the Lady lives in Halsey, which is a small town between Corvallis (Oregon State University) and Eugene (University of Oregon), so she and her neighbors probably have all their teeth, wear shoes and all that. I could have seen the book burning mentality a bit further south, down along the California border, but I guess you can find these folks just about anywhere. Anyway, on to the cartoons.
There are a couple of things about the cartoons. First, they are appealing, given the vacuous look on the faces of the bunnies, and second they sometimes rely on popular media for the gag.
First, the simple one panel vacuous bunny gazing at us.
Actually the above, even though we can not see all of the face, still meets the vacuous quotient.
Then there are the more the more complex single panel
Well, you have to imagine the complexity of this, or wait for the moon to move away.
Then we segue into the media references.
I really like this one,
Well the next two are not single panels, but they read as if they were.
Now to the real multiple panel format. Let’s start with the UFO folks
Which leads us into Star Wars,
And the Print Media, as books are called today.
And Finally the ex-governor of California. These panels give us the Bunny and his suicide, but then Riley hits us with a second punch line in the next-to-last panel.
Well, there you have it. All courtesy of Bookmark It, Alice Springs, NT, Australia. The next time we visit Andy Riley we will read along as he provides a world of information for young children.