Poodle: The Other White Meat
A Sherman's Lagoon Collection
By Jim Toomey
”It’s easy to understand why Sherman’s Lagoon has captured a considerable national following—and this number includes children as well as adults.” —Mount Airy News
As the title of this Sherman’s Lagoon collection would indicate, creator Jim Toomey is not overly concerned about his strip being politically correct. “Nothing is above ridicule,” says Toomey. Poodle: The Other White Meat is filled with the no-holds-barred humor that has made Sherman’s Lagoon an international success. The popular cartoon takes a lighthearted yet satirical look at pop culture through the eyes of its namesake character, Sherman, the dim-witted but fun-loving shark.
While the strip centers around the adventures of Sherman, his fellow underwater brethren are good for great laughs as well. There’s Fillmore, the leading shark’s trusty turtle sidekick; Megan, Sherman’s significant-shark-other; Hawthorne, the cranky hermit crab who lives in a beer can; Ernest, a computer-hacking pop philosopher; and a host of other silly sea creatures that inhabit the lagoon just off the make-believe South Pacific island of Kapupu.
Sherman is, shall we say, not the sharpest fishing hook in the tackle box. One minute he exasperates Fillmore with nonsensical ideas like videotaping every moment of his day in case something happens. Then, when something really does occur—the arrival of space aliens—Fillmore later discovers that all that was documented was the back of the camera’s lens cap!
And so it goes with the irreverent cast of characters featured in Poodle: The Other White Meat. This Sherman’s Lagoon collection offers a knee-slapping good time for readers of all ages—if only fish had knees.
About the Author
He has been twice awarded the Environmental Hero Award, given by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration "for using art and humor to conserve and protect our marine heritage."
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