A Waste of Timeby: Rick Worley
The first full-length collection of irreverent and sweet comic strips from Rick Worley. Foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed and misanthropic, Rick is no ordinary cute cartoon rabbit. The strips in this hysterically funny, surprisingly sweet collection range from fantasy tales about a closeted fundamentalist teddy bear, an oversexed fox, and a doomed robot love affair to autobiographical comics that share maybe a little too much information about the author.
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The first full-length collection of irreverent and sweet comic strips from Rick Worley. Featuring a foreword by StevieD and EvilJeff from the Comic Book Queers podcast.
Foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed and misanthropic, Rick is no ordinary cute cartoon rabbit. The strips in this hysterically funny, surprisingly sweet collection range from fantasy tales about a closeted fundamentalist teddy bear, an oversexed fox, and a doomed robot love affair to autobiographical comics that share maybe a little too much information about the author. In their quest for contentment, the characters fail, fail, and sometimes fail again, but they never stop looking. There’s always the chance they’ll find that one person who was worth the search.
Or maybe not.
“There’s a brutal frankness and honesty coming from these foxes and teddy bears that you rarely see anywhere else. Comics are the one of the last havens to be truly offensive and beautifully unapologetic.” — from the foreword by StevieD and EvilJeff from the Comic Book Queers podcast.
“Beautifully drawn, hilarious, wistful, profane and very human. Rick Worley’s A Waste of Time knocked me out.” — Robert Kirby, creator of Curbside, Boy Trouble and THREE.
“Rick Worley’s insightful A Waste of Time comic strips are simultaneously tender and perverse—like his bunny.” — Howard Cruse, author of Stuck Rubber Baby and Wendel.
Publisher: Northwest Press
Publish Date: 2011
Page Count: 136
Starving for Ink –
“Ultimately, A Waste of Time is just the opposite. Worley has given us a refreshing dose of reality that I believe people will relate to, whether they’re gay, straight, or in between.” Read the review on Starving for Ink.
Pink Kryptonite –
“Take the authenticity of Pekar’s American Splendor, and blend it with classicist artcomix values, and you get an idea of the beauty behind Rick’s book. He even goes so far as to invite all his readers so moved by his work to contact him and be his groupies. Literally fucking with your audience. It’s genius.” Read the review on Pink Kryptonite.
Andrea Speed –
“I found this book riveting and hard to put down. It’s very relatable whether you’re gay, straight, or an anthropomorphized rabbit. It’s a little ironic that a comic with so many animal proxies is so very human.” Read the review on cxPulp.
Joe Palmer –
“…while he cites the auto bio comics work of R. Crumb and Jeffrey Brown for thematic inspiration, Worley has his own voice. Oh dear, the die hard spandex crowd just had a collective wide-eyed stare at those names. Don’t you worry! You can enjoy this book without danger of your superhero-lover card being revoked.” Read the review on GayLeague.com.
Roberto Friedman –
“It’s rare to see the sometimes kinky sides of gay sexuality portrayed with such tenderness and knowing candor. If the habitues of Worley’s world are footloose and sorta depraved—but in a good way—his cartoons are solid keepers.” Read the review on Bay Area Reporter.
Greg McElhatton –
“Gay or straight, most readers will find a lot here that rings true; the inability to pin down where a relationship is going, the desire for steps that clearly aren’t going to happen, the big gestures that go over like a lead balloon. By the time the chapter came to a close, I had a new-found respect for Worley and A Waste of Time; he’d clearly found his voice in the comic and was moving it in interesting directions.” Read the review on Read About Comics.
Cathy Camper –
“The bunny uses his drawing skills as a pick-up trick, meeting young guys, inviting them home to pose, art modeling digressing to sex. It’s odd seeing realistic-looking guys conversing with cartoon animals, even more unnerving seeing them inter-porking. It’s not sexy, but it’s hella funny.” Read the review on Lambda Literary.
Anthony Glassman –
“Besides being sexy and funny, A Waste of Time shows the depth of Worley’s talent. He can draw cute animals and adorable robots, but he is also quite adept at portraiture, as the almost-pin-up pictures interspersed throughout the book attest. If there is anything wrong with A Waste of Time, it’s the fact that reading it leaves you wanting more, more, more!” Read the review on Gay People’s Chronicle.