Sock Monkey

"Sock Monkey" is a series of comics and illustrated books written and drawn by the American cartoonist Tony Millionaire.


"Sock Monkey" relates the adventures of the titular sock monkey, named Uncle Gabby, and a plush crow named Mr. Crow. Despite being toys, they are able to move, think, talk, and eat, as are most of the other toys in the series. The books are notable for their intricate artwork, dark humor, and quaint, vaulted dialogue. The inspiration for books' detailed settings come from Millionaire's childhood memories of his grandparents' Victorian house. In contrast to the scabrous humor of his weekly comic strip "Maakies", Millionaire has said that "Sock Monkey" is me trying to rise above all that bullshit, to be more poetic, looking at the bright side, remembering the things that used to delight me as a child." At the same time, "the main theme to all the "Sock Monkey" books is the crashing of innocent fantasy into bone-crushing reality." [ [ Flak Magazine Interview ] ]


So far, four volumes of black-and-white "Sock Monkey" comics have been published; each volume consists of two issues. Volume 3 won the 2001 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication. Volume 4 featured one issue drawn in charcoal, as opposed to the ink of the other issues, and another issue in which the character designs were changed dramatically. These comics have also been collected in two trade paperbacks, each containing two volumes: "The Adventures of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" (2000) and "The Collected Works of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" (2004). As of late 2006 a four-issue "Sock Monkey" miniseries featuring an extended story titled "The Inches Incident" is being released one issue at a time. In addition to the "Sock Monkey" comics, Millionaire has also produced five other "Sock Monkey" books. "Sock Monkey: A Children's Book" (2001) and "Sock Monkey: The Glass Doorknob" (2002) mix comics with illustrated prose. "Sock Monkey: Uncle Gabby" (2004), "That Darn Yarn" (2005), and "Little and Large" (2005) are full-color, hardcover comic books.

All the "Sock Monkey" books are published by Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse also sells a variety of "Sock Monkey" merchandise including stationery, t-shirts and figurines.

For children or adults?

Though the titles, format, and general ambience of the "Sock Monkey" books are strongly reminiscent of classic children's literature and picture books, Millionaire has emphasized that "some of the "Sock Monkey" books I do are for kids, and some are definitely not." [ [ G4 - Feature - Ten Minutes with Tony Millionaire ] ] He describes them as being "based on kids' books. They're for adults who remember and love great old kids' books." [ [ LA Weekly - News - Give Me a Tall Ship and a Monkey to Steer Her By - Bill Smith - The Essential Online Resource for Los Angeles ] ]

Recurring characters

Uncle Gabby: A sock monkey with a hat and a penchant for poetry. He is curious and eager to help others. Together with his friend Mr. Crow he cooks up various schemes, such as going on a salamander hunt or match-making for a widowed mouse, which tend to lead to unforeseen calamity. He is loosely connected to the character of the same name in "Maakies".

Mr. Crow: A plush crow with buttons for eyes. He has a fondness for alcohol, and is generally more brash and excitable than Uncle Gabby. Unaware that he is not a real bird, he occasionally attempts (and fails) to fly, and does not understand why other crows are not friendly toward him. Though ostensibly an alternate version of Drinky Crow from "Maakies", in the "Sock Monkey" stories he is referred to as "Mr. Crow" or simply "Crow," never "Drinky."

Ann-Louise: The young girl whose home is the starting point of most of the stories (although the house itself is drawn differently each time). She owns Uncle Gabby, whom she treats very dearly, as well as most of the other toys. It is unclear whether or not she owns Mr. Crow; in the first issue he is depicted as living in the house next door, but in others he seems to live with Ann-Louise.

Inches: A large doll with an egotistic, inconsiderate, and bellicose personality.


External links

* [ Tony Millionaire's official website]
* [ Dark Horse Comics]

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