Congratulations You’ve Been Selected to Win another Day on Planet Earth by Hunter Payne
Congratulations You’ve Been Selected to Win another Day on Planet Earth is a wild untamed book. It roams across the great state of Florida wreaking havoc in its wake. Anybody who encounters this wild book created by the mad artist Hunter Payne should play dead. Once the book has sniffed around and has begun to move then one must capture it. Whoever picks up the book must be ready to never put it down. This is exceedingly easy. Hunter Payne’s book possesses teeth and bites into whoever touches it. First the pain hurts but later becomes. Eventually one can’t put it down because the book binds with a person’s DNA, making the book and person a whole new creature.
Long ago Hunter Payne began this project. Armed with a crayon Hunter wanted to make a ‘fucking feel good book’. Indeed there is something freeing about a book done only using the power of the crayon. Hunter’s imagination takes hold too. Many of these pictures are impressive. The simplicity is important. Without it they would fail. Combined with Hunter’s utterly bizarre sense of humor they soar like an eagle or some other airborne bird. If one fails to laugh or outright smile at these drawings they must be dead inside.
The combination of the high and low brow is fantastic in here. Hunter Payne summons his inner child. Many artists lose their ability to tune in with that child. Hunter not only supported his inner child but kept him on a steady diet of sugar judging by the contents of this book. And the contents spill out all over the place. Cross-outs, yeah that is okay. Random jokes that appear stupid yet upon greater inspection provide some sort of reassuring feeling. Yeah Hunter’s got that too. Jokes that are just plain stupid, nope, each one of these has a deeper, far sillier method.
Much of the humor results from gentle poking fun. There isn’t anything here particularly vicious or mean. The whole family could enjoy this book if the whole family was a bunch of whacked-out weirdoes. A number of times Hunter’s words appear to reach out and grab the reader. Yep, those are the teeth, biting through the mind to the creamy milk-chocolate center. One can save a turtle or read the additional lines Hunter wrote chastising the reader for continuing rather than saving the turtle.
Is this excellent? Does a ladder change when somebody walks under it? Should TGIF stand for reevaluating one’s life? Hunter’s answer: yes. One must embrace the weird for when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. And Hunter is a pro.