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The Cowboy Wally Show

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Kyle Baker
Publisher: Marlowe & Co.


Cowboy Wally looks the way his name sounds. He has a stetson hat, boots and everything. He's big and fat. He's loud and drinks a lot. He's also America's most beloved television personality. That he has no discernible talent is neither here nor there. The point is that he's utterly unflappable, and is famous and rich.

This is a chronicle of Cowboy Wally's chequered career, including the time he was in trouble with a senate committee, his brief spell in jail with his cranky writing partner Ed and the production of Hamlet they put on together starring their fellow inmates, to his highly-rated talkshow on late night television.

This book is Kyle Baker's first foray into writing his own stories, and the fun isn't so much in the story as in the quick-snap dialogue and outbursts of pure farce as Cowboy Wally lurches from one ridiculous episode to the next, with the nutbag characters who are either more or less wacked than he is. Baker understands the rhythms of repartee and the timing of punchlines, and serves them up like a cook effortlessly tossing off burgers while juggling several balls in the air. The result is a light and breezy celebrity satire that's surprisingly free of meanness or nastiness, which is a rare thing these days.

-- Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh is a screenwriter and filmmaker who writes comics when he has the time. He has recently completed JLA: The Age of Wonder for DC Comics, and written and directed Open House, a short film for Studio FP in Italy. His current projects include the forthcoming Blackshirt for Moonstone Books, Anna Passenger, a novel being serialised on Opi8.com, and various film and television projects.


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