Mister O

    (NBM, 2004)
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How many different ways can a guy fall off a cliff? The answer appears to be as many as Lewis Trondheim can dream up, because that’s what happens in virtually all of these 60-panel strips on each page of this book. A circular fellow named Mister O tries to get from the edge of one rocky cliff to another, using ropes, birds, and other objects as the mechanism to do it. His efforts, needless to say, are destined to fail—they have to, or he wouldn’t have to try a new one in the very next strip.

Reviewers of Trondheim’s creative efforts have drawn comparisons to the coyote and roadrunner cartoons and also Charlie Brown’s attempts to kick a football, and both are apt. Like Mister O, those endeavors speak of both futility and the indomitable human spirit, which continues to get up and try again, no matter how often it falls short.

— Andy Richardson

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