Book Review | The Knight Life
Author: Keith Knight
About the Book:
The Knight Life is a hilariously twisted view of life through the eyes and pen of its creator, community-oriented urban hipster and award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight. The Knight Life deftly blends political insight and neurotic humor in a uniquely fluid and dynamic style, offering a comic strip that’s fresh, sharp, topical and funny. Designed for daily newspapers,Â The Knight Life follows Knight’s long-running, 2007 Harvey Award-winning weekly comic strip “The K Chronicles,” which appears on salon.com.
An unabashedly provocative political and social satire, The Knight Life tackles contemporary issues like consumer culture, bacon, the media, race, family and everything else, gently mocking the minutiae of daily life with self-deprecating humor, honesty and goofiness-a combination that’s perfect for the comics. And The Knight Life‘s energetic style reminds readers that comics can look funny as well as read funny. The result is accessible yet edgy, compassionate and political-and never preachy. Cartoonist and comic historian R.C. Harvey said, “The Knight Life is undeniably the best new laugh- and thought-provoker on the comics page. Not since Calvin and Hobbes has there been so novel an entertainment in the funnies.”
I love cartoons in all different forms. I’m a huge fan ofÂ The Far Side and many other quirky types of humour. When I read the premise of “Chivalry ain’t Dead” (The Knight Life) I thought I would really enjoy it. It was unfortunate that I was wrong.
I’m not sure what is about Keith Knight’s humour that I don’t find particularly funny, but it just didn’t speak to me for the most part. The only set of cartoons that I did find humourous where the ones about the “Frugality Fair” – those did make me laugh! In my opinion, cartoons are a type of art and, as such, not everyone enjoys every piece of art that they see or read. Others may find that they obviously love Knight’s humour – I really think it just wasn’t what I expected.
While this wasn’t a cartoon collection for me, other people may well enjoy it. It truly is a matter of taste. If you enjoy cartoons, check outÂ “Chivalry ain’t Dead” (The Knight Life) as you may well enjoy them!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*