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On my fridge resides a magnet that makes me smile whenever I see it. Gilmore girls fans will recognize this as a depiction of Gypsy (Rose Abdoo) in a hilarious scene from Season Two, where she breaks the windshield wipers off Dean’s car because she can’t find anything wrong with it. But who drew this amazing piece of refrigerator art? Let me tell you the backstory. Last year, I had a coveted ticket to the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in Washington Depot, CT. One of my goals was to meet the funniest resident of Stars Hollow– Gypsy. And I did! Here’s my once-in-a-lifetime (or not) photo with Rose Abdoo.
With her that day was her husband John Matta. He is the genius behind my fridge magnet, but that just scratches the surface! It was such a pleasure to meet John, TV writer and producer. He was peddling “Gypsy’s” wares, and had copies of his book with him, Matta Napkin. Due to limited spending money, I didn’t buy it that day, but it stuck with me. That’s why I contacted him, asking if he would consider letting me review it for the blog. He graciously agreed, yay!, and even sent a package to offer as a prize giveaway. (Keep reading! I’ll tell you all about that, promise.)
One thing I didn’t realize before perusing this book was that the project started as a labor of love. This introduction is pulled directly from the Matta Napkin website: “It all started when his wife Rose Abdoo was going though cancer treatment and drawing a comic on a napkin was a silly way to make her laugh every day. It both delighted and exhausted her. Finally, she told him to please share them with other people. So he uploaded them to the web and Matta Napkin was born.” You can see a similar dedication here, right from the book. (Gilmore girls fans, I dare you to read this without hearing Gypsy’s voice in your head!)
Let’s dive right into the book. I have a tremendous respect for artists, seeing as about the only thing I can draw is a heart with googly eyes and stick limbs. John ranges in topic from the mundane to the macabre; his humor is dry, unexpected, and sometimes a little twisted. (The best humor is!) I’ll pepper this post with a few examples that made me laugh out loud, without giving too much away! There are 300 examples of his napkin art included in this reasonably priced paperback book. The page layouts and graphics in the book are visually stunning, and although it isn’t organized in any strict order, you’ll see themes running through, and special holiday pages. Elf on the Shelf? That’s old news. Meet Matta Napkin’s Elves on a Toilet. 😀
As we do here, we’re going to look at food references! Fitting for napkin art, there is a lot of food humor here, as well as a lighthearted look at weight issues. I noticed Pringles, soda, a “why did the pizza cross the road” type quandary, patty melts, popsicles, suicidal alphabet soup, and an open-casket sandwich spread (don’t say I didn’t warn you). He even has a couple of his own food inventions. Such an irreverent approach to eating, weight gain, medical issues, cannibalism, death, and more is sure to make you think about things in a different light as you laugh your way through this book.
Ready to read it? I’m partnering up with John Matta to offer you an amazing prize giveaway. This prize package includes one (1) copy of the book Matta Napkin, and a print of John’s “Comapalooza” napkin (as pictured). Just for kicks, because of the diner theme and Gilmore girls connection, I’m throwing in a Luke’s Diner bumper sticker. Act quickly! This contest will only be open until July 23, 2017 at 23:59. The winner will be selected randomly, and your chances of winning are determined by weighted draw, depending on how many people have entered the contest and how many entries you accumulate. Sharing is
caring self-serving! You can increase your chances of winning by sharing with your friends. After you enter, you’ll see social media buttons and a link generated especially for you. Whenever one of your friends enters the giveaway through your link, you’ll earn 10 extra entries, no limits! Good luck to you and happy sharing!
Unfortunately, there’s only one winner for this prize, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t own the napkin art book of the century. I don’t know about you, but I think that my coffee table is crying for a laugh. Matta Napkin fits the bill. And what about gifts? Do you know someone who needs a little laugh break? As a busy mom, I love flipping through this as I’m enjoying a five-minute break with my (hopefully still) hot coffee. There are funny parenting sketches inside, too! Stock up and include this in your next hostess gift, baby shower gift, Secret Santa office gift… the possibilities are endless. Makes a great present for that hard to shop for person, too (*cough* bathroom reading for dad *cough*).
While we’ve talked about how Matta Napkin was born, did you know that he hasn’t stopped? You can follow John on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and through his website to get your daily dose of Matta Napkin. I’ll turn off the news in a heartbeat, but anything that gives me a little laugh break is a good thing to add to my day. By the way, the last page of the book is a blank napkin. We’ve already talked about my non-existent doodling skills, but something about that page makes me want to draw on it SO MUCH! I’ll have to practice first. Maybe I can submit it to the Matta Napkin Hall of Fame. There are only a few celebrities there already, no pressure. Check it out here! I think I spied Sally Struthers’ self-portrait.
P.S. Can we all agree that John needs to draw more Gypsy art on his napkins? Better yet, a second book comprised solely of Gilmore girls napkin art! Let’s flood his website (mattanapkin.com) with requests. “More Gypsy napkins! More Gypsy napkins!” 😀