Rating: 5 / 5
Thank you to Random House for the free copy of this book!
Finck is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and other top-notch publications, and it’s clear why. The drawings contained within this book are wrought with emotion and careful thought. While most of the pages hold drawings, some also include musings through written word. This is a book of drawings that take us through Finck’s life and thoughts – highs and lows – and that will surely resonate with readers.
Within Excuse Me, Finck has an uncanny ability to put into drawings universally understood feelings and scenarios that is second to none. While reading, I was continually nodding my head, audibly saying “YES!,” and passing the book around to show others the funniest comics. The cartoons are funny, insightful, and clearly very well thought-out – they’re quite thought-provoking and caused me to pause and consider their meanings often.
The amount of time and effort that this book requires absolutely feeds into why I gave it five stars. Reading this book, and experiencing these wonderful, entertaining, captivating drawings, is a fantastic use of time – and you won’t even be dedicating that much time! This is a perfect read-in-one-sitting or keep-on-the-coffee-table-and-flip-through-slowly book.
I so enjoyed this book, and I think anyone can and will enjoy it too, but I specifically recommend it to lovers of Instagram cartoonists like @awardsforgoodboys (Shelby also has a book!), @lizclimo, @brooklyncartoons, @violetclaire, and @butlikemaybe – to name a few of my faves!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on Excuse Me. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!