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Dean Blake’s graphic novel ‘Everyday A-holes’ is not for easily offended adults

David Bobis

David Bobis

Award-winning author David Bobis, also known as Dean Blake, has announced the launch of his second book, a graphic novel titled “Everyday A-Holes.” Suitable for adults who fancy dry humor and do not get offended easily, it is a collection of illustrations based on characters inspired by his day-to-day encounters.

In the book, there is a Kiera who pretends to look at her phone while “walking past a peasant she never ever wants to talk to again,” a Barry who uses shower water to hide his tears and Helen who literally has a walking, talking a-hole for a boyfriend. These are real people that we see around us in day-to-day life.

Blake grew up in the Philippines and is now based in Australia. He has traveled to many countries and experienced different cultures and lifestyles and met different types of people but one recurring personality among these encounters has been the everyday a-hole type.

Interactions and socializing with these types of people are what inspired Blake to come up with his much-loved web comics. As the world fights a pandemic amidst lockdowns and safe distancing, he believes that people can all use a laugh, and haneck, the decision to launch the book now.

“I’ve had more time to sit in front of my computer nowadays to really look back at my travels and experiences,” Blake said. “Hopefully, this compilation can lift a few spirits and also remind people that it could be a lot worse if they are stuck at home with someone who is an everyday a-hole.”

 

Taking things lightly and having fun in life

In an easily offended world, “Everyday A-Holes” inspires people to have a laugh and take things lightly depicting fun characters inspired by real-life conversations with over 160 sketches by Blake. The book contains some of his earliest and most popular online works.

Blake’s approach of using satire and irony helps encapsulate the essence of what an “Everyday A-Hole” is. He uses his unique style of drawing together with his quick-witted captions in order to produce quality content for the reader.

The comics may not be for the thin-skinned but it is definitely for anybody who enjoys a dry sense of humor. Some people may perceive his work in the wrong way but a forewarning is that the goal of this graphic novel is to make people laugh.

 

Early inspirations and how the book came along

Blake started drawing and writing at a very young age. His first book “Surface Children” was a collection of short stories.

The Filipino-Australian author used to run a blog called Always Eighteen, which contained vignettes and fictional stories about his life and the people around him. The blog has evolved to Generation End with a blogging site and presence on social media where he still continues to develop narratives as well as short comics.

A few years ago, Blake started making his own illustrations and sharing them online on platforms such as Instagram (@deanblakeauthor). As the handle’s popularity grew, he kept at it and soon enough, one thing led to another and self-published humor-packed graphic novel“Everyday A-Holes” was born.

Priced at SGD 18.21, the book will soon be available on all major online retailers namely Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book Depository among others. The book is also available on Blake’s website.

Shop for Blake’s books at https://www.everydayassholes.net/store. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the author in 2015:

 

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