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CYANIDE & hAPPINESS IS BACK! You hold in your grubby mitts the second collection from the hit online comic that was created by a quartet of depraved, inappropriate twentysomethings from all four corners of the world, and which has been compared to Family Circus by both the seeing and mentally impaired communities. Bigger, bolder, and badder than ever before, this book includ CYANIDE & hAPPINESS IS BACK! You hold in your grubby mitts the second collection from the hit online comic that was created by a quartet of depraved, inappropriate twentysomethings from all four corners of the world, and which has been compared to Family Circus by both the seeing and mentally impaired communities. Bigger, bolder, and badder than ever before, this book includes 120 hilarious, silly, and vile classics, as well as 30 brand-new strips that are guaranteed to have you in stitches. Though hopefully not literally*. And for your inner child, we've included some Interactivities to keep you entertained until the day you die, or for thirty minutes, whichever comes first. Complete with a foreword from Randall Munroe (author of XKCD), Ice Cream & Sadness is the book that will resolve, once and for all, the answer to the eternal question: What do I get Grandma for Christmas? *The creators of Cyanide & happiness do not openly condone or encourage the use of this book as a stabbing, cutting, or bludgeoning tool. Cover design by Amanda Kain Description from back cover


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CYANIDE & hAPPINESS IS BACK! You hold in your grubby mitts the second collection from the hit online comic that was created by a quartet of depraved, inappropriate twentysomethings from all four corners of the world, and which has been compared to Family Circus by both the seeing and mentally impaired communities. Bigger, bolder, and badder than ever before, this book includ CYANIDE & hAPPINESS IS BACK! You hold in your grubby mitts the second collection from the hit online comic that was created by a quartet of depraved, inappropriate twentysomethings from all four corners of the world, and which has been compared to Family Circus by both the seeing and mentally impaired communities. Bigger, bolder, and badder than ever before, this book includes 120 hilarious, silly, and vile classics, as well as 30 brand-new strips that are guaranteed to have you in stitches. Though hopefully not literally*. And for your inner child, we've included some Interactivities to keep you entertained until the day you die, or for thirty minutes, whichever comes first. Complete with a foreword from Randall Munroe (author of XKCD), Ice Cream & Sadness is the book that will resolve, once and for all, the answer to the eternal question: What do I get Grandma for Christmas? *The creators of Cyanide & happiness do not openly condone or encourage the use of this book as a stabbing, cutting, or bludgeoning tool. Cover design by Amanda Kain Description from back cover

30 review for Ice Cream & Sadness: More Comics from Cyanide Happiness

  1. 5 out of 5

    MischaS_

    A) I've been enjoying this one so much that my dinner went cold without me noticing. B) I found one or two, which made my mum smile (okay, it may have been more of a smirk) which is something. Because when I showed her the first book, I believe a word abomination may have been mentioned by her. Just briefly. A) I've been enjoying this one so much that my dinner went cold without me noticing. B) I found one or two, which made my mum smile (okay, it may have been more of a smirk) which is something. Because when I showed her the first book, I believe a word abomination may have been mentioned by her. Just briefly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I’m going to go ahead and let the book blurb speak for itself on this one: “If you’re younger than 15 or older than 50, there is an 87% chance that something in this book will offend you.” Actually, that estimate might be kinda low. There are no words to describe how much I adore Cyanide & Happiness. I’ve followed it via the interwebs since forever, so when I came across this little gem at my local Half Price Books there was no Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I’m going to go ahead and let the book blurb speak for itself on this one: “If you’re younger than 15 or older than 50, there is an 87% chance that something in this book will offend you.” Actually, that estimate might be kinda low. There are no words to describe how much I adore Cyanide & Happiness. I’ve followed it via the interwebs since forever, so when I came across this little gem at my local Half Price Books there was no way I was going home without it. If the heavens had really been looking out for me on my shopping trip I would have been provided with a half price “comic-a-day” kind of calendar rather than a book, but no such luck : ( My enjoyment wasn’t lessened by much, however, and if I were more than a half-ass kind of reviewer I would have posted this yesterday in order to celebrate the birth of one of the creators – Rob DenBleyker . . . Or if I really didn’t suck I would have posted it last week in order to celebrate my favorite time in the land of Cyanide & Happiness - “Depressing Comic Week” . . . Offended yet? If so, get the F*&^ out of here. This stuff is hilarious. Cyanide & Happiness offers a little something for everyone. From vacationing . . . to dating . . . to marriage . . . to parenting . . . to just plain stupid and funny . . . If you need some funny ha-ha in your life, I highly recommend a daily dose of this comic. You can find it here or here or even here. And for all of you who are poised at the ready – anxiously gearing up in your best Keyboard Commando Sweatpants (© Mitchell the Book Boar) in order to tell me this review sucks or that I’m a horrible human for enjoying these comics - I say “duh.” I know that already. And also????

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pedro Plassen Lopes

    One of the best word scrambles :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    What a strange collection of comic strips. Correction: What a strange comic strip. A couple of them were funny. The rest were what I call "boy humor". Not 'male' and not 'man' because those require at least some level of sophistication. These were random and sometimes gross and just... not funny. Clearly I am not part of the target demographic. What a strange collection of comic strips. Correction: What a strange comic strip. A couple of them were funny. The rest were what I call "boy humor". Not 'male' and not 'man' because those require at least some level of sophistication. These were random and sometimes gross and just... not funny. Clearly I am not part of the target demographic.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    This was my first exposure to Cyanide & Happiness, apart from a couple of online comics. I laughed out loud several times and that's a good thing. The gags did start to wear thin or maybe they were less funny in the second half of the book. An enjoyable read. This was my first exposure to Cyanide & Happiness, apart from a couple of online comics. I laughed out loud several times and that's a good thing. The gags did start to wear thin or maybe they were less funny in the second half of the book. An enjoyable read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Not my type of humor really.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    Not as good as the first one. There are a few funny ones in here if you have a dark sense of humor, but.... I found a lot of these more mean-spirited than funny.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carina

    I'm really surprised I've never read and reviewed this book on the 5 years I have been on this site... I'd swear I'd read it in that time, but apparently not... despite me knowing I read it when I got it in 2012/2013! This was a Secret Santa gift from my manager at a previous company, (who sadly gave it away a few months later), and this is still considered by me as one of the most genius Secret Santa gifts I have ever got as I still have no idea how he knew I was a fan of the online comics! Cyani I'm really surprised I've never read and reviewed this book on the 5 years I have been on this site... I'd swear I'd read it in that time, but apparently not... despite me knowing I read it when I got it in 2012/2013! This was a Secret Santa gift from my manager at a previous company, (who sadly gave it away a few months later), and this is still considered by me as one of the most genius Secret Santa gifts I have ever got as I still have no idea how he knew I was a fan of the online comics! Cyanide and Happiness is an online comic that doesn't pull its punches, so if you are easily offended I doubt you'd enjoy this. Some of the jokes in here are definitely on the side of very very black humour. A few of my favourites would be the new ending to the rhyme "X and Y, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G", Arts & Crafts, and Spoonful of Sugar. Though the Jockey one is totally worth a mention...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Airi

    Oh..my..God.. I'm not sure if I've ever read a more perverted, graphic, horribly ironic comic strip in my life..and I loved it! XD Okay yeah, it was intense at times, but it's so worth the damage to your innocence! It took me about an hour, probably less to read it cover to cover. Oh..my..God.. I'm not sure if I've ever read a more perverted, graphic, horribly ironic comic strip in my life..and I loved it! XD Okay yeah, it was intense at times, but it's so worth the damage to your innocence! It took me about an hour, probably less to read it cover to cover.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nickie

    Well that didn't strike me as funny. This set of comics did not resonate with me like some of their earlier work. I definitely didn't feel comfortable reading a few of these. Well that didn't strike me as funny. This set of comics did not resonate with me like some of their earlier work. I definitely didn't feel comfortable reading a few of these.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel A.

    As with Cyanide and Happiness (the first volume in this series), there's really not much to say about Ice Cream & Sadness: More Comics from Cyanide & Happiness that I haven't said already in the former review: If you like humor that's oftentimes transgressive or downright sick, you may like Ice Cream & Sadness; how much you like Ice Cream & Sadness is consequently rather subjective. That said, there were two related things that stood out for me about this collection that I didn't quite notice be As with Cyanide and Happiness (the first volume in this series), there's really not much to say about Ice Cream & Sadness: More Comics from Cyanide & Happiness that I haven't said already in the former review: If you like humor that's oftentimes transgressive or downright sick, you may like Ice Cream & Sadness; how much you like Ice Cream & Sadness is consequently rather subjective. That said, there were two related things that stood out for me about this collection that I didn't quite notice before: First, Kris Wilson and co. have excellent comic timing in many of these strips. (view spoiler)[Yes, comic strips in general rely on such timing, but witness the "BUGS ON THE WINDSHIELD" strip on page 9 (and yes, all-caps deliberately): Wilson et al. rely on the usual nature of comics scripts being in all-caps to "spring" the punchline on the reader, and it does hit you, quite strongly. (hide spoiler)] On a related note, part of Wilson et al.'s comic timing is their arguable mastery of awkward silence as a tool of humor; in this case, there are far too many examples to go over. Add to that Wilson et al.'s usual styles, and I very much enjoyed Ice Cream & Sadness, much as I enjoyed Cyanide and Happiness volume one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Satangan

    I checked this book out of my local joint-use library and I really didn't know that it was in book form. I remember reading this online when I was younger and still do. The humor is great and interesting. Although, some might think otherwise. No judging and I understand. It really lives up to its unexpected twists and ending of comics. I still like them to this day and read them every now and then. I never get tired of cyanide and happiness comics and its animations as well. Also, the last three I checked this book out of my local joint-use library and I really didn't know that it was in book form. I remember reading this online when I was younger and still do. The humor is great and interesting. Although, some might think otherwise. No judging and I understand. It really lives up to its unexpected twists and ending of comics. I still like them to this day and read them every now and then. I never get tired of cyanide and happiness comics and its animations as well. Also, the last three pages were informative about its creators. It was easy and simple to read through. Some I have not read before and I still love the artwork of the comics.

  13. 4 out of 5

    B.

    I used to read Cyanide & Happiness all the time when I worked in tech. Webcomics weren't blocked, so most of us had 20 or so that we followed. Cyanide & Happiness was one of mine. So, when I had the option to swap for this book, I jumped on it. I wanted to see if it was what I remembered. Short answer yes, longer answer, yes, but it hasn't really aged well. Sure there's still some funny bits, but most of it I went through going, okay, I could see how someone in the early 2000s would have found t I used to read Cyanide & Happiness all the time when I worked in tech. Webcomics weren't blocked, so most of us had 20 or so that we followed. Cyanide & Happiness was one of mine. So, when I had the option to swap for this book, I jumped on it. I wanted to see if it was what I remembered. Short answer yes, longer answer, yes, but it hasn't really aged well. Sure there's still some funny bits, but most of it I went through going, okay, I could see how someone in the early 2000s would have found this one funny. It's not timeless, and if you're not in the right mood for something like this, better to just go watch Badger Badger, Foamy, HomeStarRunner, or something like that and leave it be.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Meh. I've always enjoyed the few Cyanide & Happiness comics I've come across over the years and I had high hopes that this book would be hilarious but it definitely was not. I had probably two laugh out loud moments while reading and the rest of the comics were just full of immature humor that really wasn't funny at all. I can handle immaturity, but it at least needs to be funny. I really don't get the appeal and I'm kind of annoyed I spent $1.99 on this. Meh. I've always enjoyed the few Cyanide & Happiness comics I've come across over the years and I had high hopes that this book would be hilarious but it definitely was not. I had probably two laugh out loud moments while reading and the rest of the comics were just full of immature humor that really wasn't funny at all. I can handle immaturity, but it at least needs to be funny. I really don't get the appeal and I'm kind of annoyed I spent $1.99 on this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon kong

    Cyanise and Happiness was written in 2010 and is a picture book. this book will be great in the classroom for silent reading when students will have the option to read a comic book instead of a chapter book. many students may feel more intrigued to read when it is a comic book so this will definitely encourage reading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mahima Kohli

    Just one word - savage. Made my night.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kerrie

    Not for the easily offended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    Entertaining Yeah, this is dark, silly, exceedingly off the wall, and an abuser of puns. That being said, I laughed too much.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tim Shepard

    Okay This was okay for what it was. Most of the book isn't funny. But there were a few comics that were. Oh well. Can't win them all. Okay This was okay for what it was. Most of the book isn't funny. But there were a few comics that were. Oh well. Can't win them all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tanuj

    2 out of 5: for the 2 good strips out of every 5.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Andrews

    More depraved madness from the insane and unashamed crew. Still so funny you will feel guilt at laughing at at least a quarter of these comics.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan Corden

    Love it! These guys never disappoint. I don't recommend as late night reading waiting for your kid to fall asleep. The random outbursts make the whole process take a lot longer. Love it! These guys never disappoint. I don't recommend as late night reading waiting for your kid to fall asleep. The random outbursts make the whole process take a lot longer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessyca Bryan

    This was a funny little read. The jokes were good, but there were only a couple that made me actually LOL. Many of them were “snort funnies.” The back of the book had cute little “puzzles” that were kind of funny, too. Just now with the internet in existence, this book seems to be unnecessary because you can just look these up online.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Solange Guillen

    “Johnny and Marissa, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes an abrupt, tragic miscarriage. Then comes blame, then comes despair, Two hearts damaged beyond repair... Johnny leaves Melissa, and takes the tree. D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” “Hey kid, did Santa 🎅 bring you everything you wanted for Christmas? I asked for 🎅 to bring my daddy back for Christmas. Oh, I am sorry kid...I guess 🎅 can’t do everything for you, huh? No, no, he did: 💀” “Mom? Mom? Mom? I had an ‘accident’ Oh, “Johnny and Marissa, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes an abrupt, tragic miscarriage. Then comes blame, then comes despair, Two hearts damaged beyond repair... Johnny leaves Melissa, and takes the tree. D-I-V-O-R-C-E.” “Hey kid, did Santa 🎅 bring you everything you wanted for Christmas? I asked for 🎅 to bring my daddy back for Christmas. Oh, I am sorry kid...I guess 🎅 can’t do everything for you, huh? No, no, he did: 💀” “Mom? Mom? Mom? I had an ‘accident’ Oh, don’t worry, I once had an accident too... And now it pisses all over itself.” “Forgive me father for I have sinned I skipped church on Sunday... To commit adultery with my girlfriend’s mother Then my girlfriend came in and joined us... NICE!” “She sells seashells on the seashore. Seashores have self sustaining supplies of seashells. Selling seashells on a seashore is a shitty sales strategy.” Irreverent and totally free! That is how I see Cyanide and Happiness’ series. A sure laugh!

  25. 4 out of 5

    ***Dave Hill

    The new collection of "Cyanide and Happiness" comics does just what you would expect it to do (if you read the webcomic) - shock you into submission with its dark, twisted, vile, unexpected (or simply scatological or gross or even just merely depressing) endings to what seem like normal comic strip setups. There's nothing in here you'd probably want your grandmother to read, unless you already know she likes the strip, which reads like Gary Larson on a mean drunk bender. To be honest, reading the The new collection of "Cyanide and Happiness" comics does just what you would expect it to do (if you read the webcomic) - shock you into submission with its dark, twisted, vile, unexpected (or simply scatological or gross or even just merely depressing) endings to what seem like normal comic strip setups. There's nothing in here you'd probably want your grandmother to read, unless you already know she likes the strip, which reads like Gary Larson on a mean drunk bender. To be honest, reading the rather unrelenting (if usually well-played) shock humor palls a bit. This is an awl-to-the-eyeball best taken an inch or two at a time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This is one of those books that I feel horrible about laughing through, but they really do manage to be funny within their over-the-top crassness and disgusting topics. The simple art style of Cyanide & Happiness abets the horror you would normally feel at their approach to some of the topics; and even so there were a couple strips in here that went 'too far' for me, although I kept reading. Not for the easily offended, and possibly not even for the moderately offended. But if you're able to set This is one of those books that I feel horrible about laughing through, but they really do manage to be funny within their over-the-top crassness and disgusting topics. The simple art style of Cyanide & Happiness abets the horror you would normally feel at their approach to some of the topics; and even so there were a couple strips in here that went 'too far' for me, although I kept reading. Not for the easily offended, and possibly not even for the moderately offended. But if you're able to set aside societal norms, you will laugh at this. A lot.

  27. 4 out of 5

    C. Varn

    Cyanide & Happiness is a strange little online comic that regularly breaks the forth wall and makes dark puns about self-mutilation, random acts of violence, murder, and sexual deviancy. It somehow manages to do this while staying fairly unserious and "light-hearted" in an extremely dark comic. The crude art actually helps play against tone. A few of the strips are lack luster and some of the "meta-gags" are done better elsewhere, but it is enjoyable. Cyanide & Happiness is a strange little online comic that regularly breaks the forth wall and makes dark puns about self-mutilation, random acts of violence, murder, and sexual deviancy. It somehow manages to do this while staying fairly unserious and "light-hearted" in an extremely dark comic. The crude art actually helps play against tone. A few of the strips are lack luster and some of the "meta-gags" are done better elsewhere, but it is enjoyable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    aaron

    a great if not completely disturbing read! this is a collection (second volume) of the webcomic cyanide and happiness, written by four twenty-somethings with some pretty messed up senses of humor! all in all this is a great read if you aren't easily offended...i give this fair warning...if you are easily offended, steer far away from this. for the rest of us, a great and incredibly funny read! a great if not completely disturbing read! this is a collection (second volume) of the webcomic cyanide and happiness, written by four twenty-somethings with some pretty messed up senses of humor! all in all this is a great read if you aren't easily offended...i give this fair warning...if you are easily offended, steer far away from this. for the rest of us, a great and incredibly funny read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandin

    This is a collection of some of their comics and it's as funny in print as it is on the internet. If you've enjoyed their antics online I absolutely recommend this book. The one thing that sets it apart is that there are even little "Activities" in the back like a connect the dots with only two dots and other silly yet amusing things. Definitely worth the money. This is a collection of some of their comics and it's as funny in print as it is on the internet. If you've enjoyed their antics online I absolutely recommend this book. The one thing that sets it apart is that there are even little "Activities" in the back like a connect the dots with only two dots and other silly yet amusing things. Definitely worth the money.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Delisa

    Wow! This is by far the best comic book strip I have read since Garfield's comic book strips. It was a very hilarious and amusing read. This book is not appropriate for kids at all. It has that adult humor that makes you die in laughter. A great read, it took me a little over an hour to finish because I read it at work but it was so good. This is something you can read over and over again. Wow! This is by far the best comic book strip I have read since Garfield's comic book strips. It was a very hilarious and amusing read. This book is not appropriate for kids at all. It has that adult humor that makes you die in laughter. A great read, it took me a little over an hour to finish because I read it at work but it was so good. This is something you can read over and over again.

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