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Alex Shumacher’s Mr. Butterchips Returns with Political Statements and Social Satire from the Perspective of an ill-tempered Monkey

Mr. Butterchips

Get set. One seriously maniacal monkey is about to be unleashed on the unsuspecting public! Weekly installments of Mr. Butterchips by Alex Schumacher have launched on SLG Publishing, accompanied by new apparel to help fans show their love for the celebrated curmudgeonly capuchin.

Mr. Butterchips illustrates the day-to-day antics of a prickly organ grinder’s monkey set in a surreal fictional West Coast town, which is populated by an array of quirky characters. It’s through this satirical hallucinogenic lens that the pitfalls of a “gig economy” are examined while touching on such timely issues as class disparity and intolerance; amplifying the absurdity of what it means to be alive in a world which seemingly becomes more insane by the second.

The comic first appeared in the online literary magazine Drunk Monkeys beginning in April of 2016. SLG Publishing released Mr. Butterchips: A Collection of Cantankerous Commentary in 2020, assembling the initial run of the webcomic along with a 22-page standalone acid trip of a story entitled “Psychotropic San Francisco Sojourn.”

Review: Mr. Butterchips: A Collection of Cantankerous Commentary

Mr. Butterchips: A Collection Of Cantankerous Commentary

As incendiary as the news cycle is these days, it’s hard to imagine a simpler time. A time where discussing politics was an uncomplicated disagreement at best and not a blood sport. There was a time where right and wrong were varied along party lines but now the differences between liberals and conservatives are a solid moral line. The spread of misinformation just adds to this nightmare cycle of fake news and irrational pundits.

The liberal side has a few “loud” voices who often get held back by their moral compasses making them pause to take the “high road”. Bill Maher is considered one of the most vocal liberal voices who sees this line wider by the minute. Alex Schumacher also has as his Mr. Butterchips comic gives readers that rare unfiltered truthful yet comical view of right-wing derangement. In the first collected volume of Mr. Butterchips: A Collection Of Cantankerous Commentary, Schumacher gives an unvarnished yet comical look at the times we live in.

As one of the first comics in the collection gets into the ridiculousness of internet celebrity while another espouses the pressure of having a different relationship and going against societal norms. We find Butterchips in a different comic expressing the frustration most of America has with Donald Trump when he ran for president and how we didn’t have any strong choices, which where Schumacher gives a rather irreverent and interesting alternative. In another comic, he faces harassment when out with his girlfriend from a Trump supporter, where they spout a form of racism and xenophobia, for which the right-wing is most known for in present times. In one comic, Butterchips gives a sanctuary to Bees who have traveled thousands of miles and illustrates brilliantly how fogged your moral compass must be not to give respite to the downtrodden. One of my favorite comics is his tribute to Chris Cornell,  as Schumacher’s love for the singer rings true within the panels. Another one of my favorites is the impertinence of the “war on Xmas”, where Schumacher skillfully dissects how moronic the argument really is. The “Alt-Right Reaction Figures” dives into how outlandish and anachronistic these archetypes are, despite their very real existence. The “Pro-Life” cartoon is an excellent example of just how this argument is incredibly uninformed. The last comic, where Butterchips makes a trip to San Francisco is the perfect bookend, as it surmises what the character is about and how provides a voice to the voiceless. If you wished had someone like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm in comics, then Mr  Butterchips is for you. As his irreverence will immediately remind you of Larry David and Ray Romano, his heart will remind you of Ricky Gervais and Billy Crystal, his relevancy will remind you of Dave Chappelle and Iliza Schlesinger and his spot-on comic timing will remind you of George Carlin and Robert Klein. Schumacher’s brilliance and timeliness of subject matter make this a  MUST READ  as he makes the reader laugh as much as he makes you think.

Overall, an excellent book which both pushes boundaries and pushes the reader to take inventory of their own belief systems. The stories are by Schumacher, are powerful, funny and relevant in more ways than most books. The art by Schumacher is simply gorgeous. Altogether, a book you will want to pick up and buy for your best friend, as this is that one in a million.

Story: Alex Schumacher Art: Alex Schumacher
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Mr. Butterchips Gets His First Collected Edition from SLG Publishing

Mr. Butterchips, the ill-tempered monkey with zero patience for right-wing alarmists, is getting his first collected edition with the SLG Publishing release of Mr. Butterchips: A Collection of Cantankerous Commentary!

Written and illustrated by cartoonist Alex Schumacher, Mr. Butterchips first appeared in the pages of Drunk Monkeys magazine in 2016. Beginning life as an homage to the underground comix of the 60’s and 70’s, Mr. Butterchips eventually took a hard left turn and became an ongoing political commentary following the 2016 presidential election.

Mr. Butterchips: A Collection of Cantankerous Commentary assembles the 45 previously published strips which appeared in Drunk Monkeys and adds a 22-page standalone acid trip of a story entitled “Psychotropic San Francisco Sojourn”. Also included in the collection are a brief history of the character’s genesis, a foreword by editor Kevin Ketner, and a gallery of pinups by artists like Keith Knight.

Review: Defiling the Literati: A Collection of Magazine Work

Defiling the Literati

There’s something infinitely jest about reading a one panel comic strip and it making an impact on your day. As it only takes a few words some days that will either make you smile, cringe, or think. There’s a reason comics is considered the “Fifth Art” in France and it is truly an artform.

Cartoonists can either make or break their career with their effectiveness in telling a viewpoint or story. Some of the best cartoonists have thrived with the ability to say much with nothing more than a few panels and caricatures.  In Alex Schumacher’s Defiling The Literati, the prolific cartoonist collects some of his best work and redefines a genre.

In “Downtown Weed,” he espouses about the dangers and hilarity of buying drugs from unknown dealers. In “The Big D,” he imagines that a one Donald Drumpf infiltrates the Justice League, only to be laughed off. In “My White Privilege Doesn’t Exist,” he shows how white nationalism didn’t start with the present administration. In his “Mr.Butterchip” series we get a character much like Bojack Horseman but with a snider sense of humor that cuts like a knife. In “Waiting for The Day,” Schumacher gives a sobering look at the horrors of what happened at the Pulse Orlando incident. In “Someday Never Comes,” gives readers some of the truths of what the #MeToo movement has been about. In the last story I will highlight,” Day Of Atonement,” an unlikely encounter with a homeless woman seems to be more than meets the eye.

Overall, it’s an invigorating collection of comics that provoke thought and ruminate on your own life. The stories by Schumacher are enjoyable. The art by Schumacher is awe inspiring. Altogether, Alex Schumacher is a burgeoning artist that every comic fan should know more about.

Story: Alex Schumacher Art: Alex Schumacher
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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