Introduction by New Yorker Cartoonist Tom Cheney
Over the past three decades, Eric Decetis’s fellow cartoonists have watched in awe as he grabbed the single panel cartoon by the scruff of its neck, hauled it into his studio, and showed us just how ingeniously the human body could be corrupted for a laugh. I know of no other cartoonist who possesses Eric’s command of anatomy combined with a sense of humor that should probably be registered as a lethal weapon. I’ve yet to see a Decetis cartoon that didn’t leave me laughing out loud, and if he doesn’t already hold the patent on how to draw the human buttocks then the U.S. Congress should award it to him unconditionally.
A cartoonist is required to wear many hats, among them: artist, humorist, writer, philosopher, and journalist. Here is a collection of Eric’s work which represents a unique and potent blend of these skills. After viewing them, I can promise that you’ll never again walk through a crowd without seeing one of his characters in the flesh (fully clothed I hope.) You will never look at yourself in the mirror in quite the same way. You will never again be able to look at a fat lady with a Chihuahua without imagining the catastrophic possibilities. Mr. Decetis has brought us a powerful message . . . that even during our prettiest, coolest, and noblest moments we are, each and every one of us, just another ass in the crowd.
About the Author
A native of California, Eric Julius Decetis was born to a Roman Catholic family on Mother’s Day in 1952 and, according to scripture, was destined to 12 years of Catholic school discipline under the watchful eye of a wary clergy.
Immediately after receiving his degree in Biology in 1974 from the University of California at Davis, Decetis embarked on a road trip without destination which ultimately found him in San Antonio, Texas, after which his car caught on fire.
Eric cuts his own hair and has a subtle scar above his ear where he accidentally stuck a fork in his head. He presently has neither body piercings nor tattoos and hopes to one day go to heaven.