Book Reviews

Review — Stars and Swipes: 30 Postcards of Awkward America and Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance by Wilhelm Staehle

Stars and Swipes: 30 Postcards of Awkward America and Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance by Wilhelm Staehle. Source: Quirk Books. Format: Postcard books, 30 pages each, Quirk Books, December 3rd, 2014.

What? What is this? What are these strange, little enchanting postcards? Here’s the description from the Quirk Books website:

Wilhelm Staehle’s Silhouette Masterpiece Theater (silhouettemasterpiecetheater.com) is the rare Web comic that deserves to be printed. Each panel in the popular weekly strip features a painstakingly detailed etching carved from a beautiful painting; the results are gorgeous and very funny. These two postcard books feature some of Staehle’s finest work. Hugs and Misses is a terrific Valentine’s Day gift, full of lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals. Stars and Swipes offers a hilarious vision of classic Americana, with farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.

I was fortunate enough to receive these two postcard collections from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And, in all honesty–these postcards are just delicious! Each one depicts a gorgeous silhouette portrait with a brief line or two of humor, some more awkward than others. The dry quips perfectly go with their artwork and made me chuckle. Snail mail is a dying form of communication that I believe needs to be taken up again; the feeling of receiving a beautiful, witty postcard with a handwritten note on the back would make anyone feel all warm and fuzzy, wouldn’t it?

Stars and Swipes and Hugs and Misses each contain 30 beautiful postcards by Mr. Staehle. I’ve flipped through the collections numerous times just to smile and marvel. Some favorites from Stars and Swipes: Caption, “Miss Susan B. Anthony. The “B” stands for… BADASS.” And a silhouette of the Statue of Liberty with the caption, “100 years with my arm raised in New York and still NO CAB…” The jokes in Hugs and Misses are more dependent on their silhouettes, but they are also pretty funny (and, as you’d imagine, perhaps a bit more awkward than the jokes in Stars and Swipes). I’m not sure which postcard book I prefer… They’re both great. Pick ’em up if you get the chance. Everyone needs a giggle.

Happy Release Day, Stars and Swipes and Hugs and Misses! ♦

*I received these books from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This in no way affects my review; all opinions are my own. Thank you, Quirk Books!

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