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 New Jersey cartoonist releases new book, gets set for local signing


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Doug Bratton, author of "The Deranged Stalker's Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy"
(Nov. 12, 2010) —
New Jersey cartoonist Doug Bratton released his book, "The Deranged Stalker’s Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy" on Nov. 2. His latest comic collection was released by famed publishing house Andrews McMeel, publisher of "Calvin & Hobbes," "The Far Side," "Dilbert" and "Doonesbury." A book signing will take place at Barnes & Noble in Paramus Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The book is not only a compilation of more than 300 comics by Bratton, but also includes a warped narrative by a fictional stalker of the comics. Fashioned as a mock-style journal whose author is just a little bit unstable, "The Deranged Stalker's Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy" lambasts the best — and worst — of popular culture, one cartoon panel at a time.

“We wanted something a little different than a collection of comics,” said Bratton of his brainstorming sessions with his editor at Andrews McMeel Publishing, Caty Neis. “I took it from the angle of not only the absurdity of someone stalking a cartoonist, but also the craziness of how this guy goes about stalking me.”

The comics come from Bratton’s Pop Culture Shock Therapy comic archive, a daily entertainment media comic panel that he created in 2002. Pop Culture Shock Therapy started out on the Internet and now appears in newspapers across the country — primarily in college papers and alternative newsweeklies.

“Inside 'The Deranged Stalker's Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy,' Bratton skewers pop culture icons ranging from Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie to Harry Potter,” said Caty Neis, book editor for Andrews McMeel Publishing. “From recent news headlines to celeb-inspired mockumentaries, Bratton offers a humorously skewed view of fame, popular culture, and American Idol-worship.”

"The Deranged Stalker's Journal of Pop Culture Shock Therapy" is being promoted in several ways, including different forms of social networking media.  A total of four webisodes were created for YouTube and ran weekly leading up to the book release. In addition to updates on Facebook, Bratton’s online subscription service, and speaking engagements, Bratton will also be doing book signings at local book stores and venues.

Bratton’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in Manhattan alongside the works of Charles Schulz, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak and many others. Doug also serves as the New York Metro Chapter Chairperson of the National Cartoonists Society. His comics have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the United States and for clients such as Nickelodeon and MAD Magazine. Pop Culture Shock Therapy comics can also be found at

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