Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Impeccable Stupidity

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Impeccable Stupidity

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Impeccable stupidity The Mighty Book of Boosh By Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. Illustrated by Dave Brown Canongate, £19.99

Reviewed by Roger Sabin

Occasionally, a comedy show enters the public consciousness so far as to become a 'cultural resource'. It happened in the 1960s and 70s with Monty Python, and now with The Mighty Boosh (aka Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding). Normally sane people start to speak in a language that only other fans will understand ('Eels! Eels!'), and go to parties dressed as characters from the show. Like Python, the Boosh have now produced a book, and, as Python's were, it is a cut above the usual comedy Christmas stocking-filler. The Mighty Book of Boosh is beautifully produced, with a graphic design sensibility, and, above all, funny.

Photos, drawings, illustrated 'crimps' and comic strips nod towards tv episodes but spiral off into graphic delirium. Howard Moon's Trumpet Full of Memories ('A Budgie Book') is an affectionate take on a vintage Penguin cover; a boxing bout with a kangaroo is advertised on a classic Warhol / Basquiat red-yellow poster. …

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