When: Wed., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. 2014
You probably never thought that you’d need a guidebook for hugging, but once you read Attaboy’s The Book of Hugs, you’ll realize just how many kinds of hugs exist that you had never thought about. From the “Fear of Commitment Hug” to the “Excuse to Smell Your Coconut Shampoo Hug,” the book provides a whole range of nuanced expressions that each say something about the hugger. But the primary appeal of The Book of Hugs lies in the illustrations of adorable and awkward animals demonstrating them. Attaboy, the local author and illustrator of the book, is also the cofounder of the popular low-brow art magazine Hi-Fructose. He is known for his twisted, imaginative monster illustrations, which straddle the boundary between sweet and scary. Attaboy will be at Pegasus Books in Berkeley (2349 Shattuck Ave.) on December 3 to discuss and sign his little books. Fellow Last Gasp author KRK Ryden will be there too, presenting his book, Double Talk: A Book of Illustrated Homographs. Ryden illustrated irresistibly punny scenes in which multiple meanings and pronunciations converge — like a dream in which Thomas Jefferson draws the declaration of independence while sitting in a drawer. Ryden’s black-and-white, retro comic book aesthetic pushes each rendering from silly to surreal, making it easy to appreciate no matter your age.