Don’t Get Eaten by Anything: A Collection of The Dailies
5.75×8.25 inches, 368 pages
full colour, hardcover, $25
Webcomic nominated for the Slate Cartoonist Prize and a Shuster Award
For the past five years cartoonist Dakota McFadzean has been drawing a four panel comic strip every day and posting to his website. EVERY DAY! This is a remarkable achievement — though a schedule familiar to any syndicated newspaper cartoonist — but in the digital age artists can do it themselves. Inspired by James Kochalka’s American Elf, McFadzean began the project in January 2010, originally as an autobiographical daily. Soon, however, it morphed into its current state: death, cosmic insignificance, facial mutation, and ghosts are all used to point out the absurdity of life and the fundamental loneliness of the human condition, more often than not to humourous effect. McFadzean features characters with disparate ages in these strips because they provide different perspectives on related experiences. A kid character is experiencing everything for the first time, but an older one may wonder if he’s experiencing something for the last time. This collection of The Dailies will document three years of sequential strips into one handsome package.