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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Pat Byrnes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Other

Audience: Adult;


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Byrnes lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pat Byrnes tried his hand as a design engineer, stand-up comic, advertising copywriter, and voice-over actor before turning to cartooning in 1998. His cartoons have been published in ''The New Yorker'', ''Reader's Digest'', ''America Magazine'', ''USA Weekend'', ''Ms''., ''Catholic Digest'', ''Barron's'', ''The Wall Street Journal'', ''Better Homes & Gardens'', and the ''Bulletin of Atomic Scientists''. His work has been featured in several anthologies, including ''The New Yorker Book of Kids Cartoons'', ''The New Yorker Book of Golf Cartoons'', and ''The New Yorker 75th Anniversary Cartoon Collection''. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the National Cartoonists Society.

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Titles At Your Library

What Would Satan Do?: Cartoons About Right, Wrong and Very, Very Wrong
ISBN: 0810992434

Harry N. Abrams. 2005

Whether you are an eternal equivocator or simply a person whose moral compass blows with the ethical wind, cartoonist Pat Byrnes delivers a delightfully depraved new cartoon book. A devilish play on the over-asked (if you ask us) "What Would Jesus Do?" question, this hilarious and edgy book delivers a host of witty cartoons on ethics in today's society.

The author himself would be the first to say we all like to think we know right from wrong, but in the heat of real-world moral decisions, things often arise to cloud our minds. From a doctor peeking into a patient's room to remark, "85 dollars just to poke my head through the door! Doesn't that make you sick?" to a minister telling his congregation, "I won't be giving a sermon today because you're all going to hell anyway," Byrnes's offbeat humor will delight anyone who has ever considered leaving a few (or all) of their morals behind. Byrnes offers guidance, too, to those still struggling with good and evil: "If you know what would absolutely be wrong, then you know that you absolutely should search in the other direction."

Because I'm the Child Here and I Said So: A Joke Book for Parents (Because You Need a Laugh!)
ISBN: 0740757385

Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2006

Parenting is a competitive sport these days. With all the pressure on the modern parent, a little comic relief is not just welcome it's a matter of survival. Because I'm the Child Here and I Said So offers a much-needed hilarious first-aid kit for parents of all types.

Between the fat stacks of parenting books designed to engender paranoia and hyper-competitiveness, and the culture that demands everyone must "have it all," today's parents don't stand a chance. Because I'm the Child Here and I Said So by cartoonist Pat Byrnes is a gleeful send-up of modern parenting: the obsession, the sport, the pseudo science, and all the maddening challenges parenting presents.

Each full-color cartoon features a smart punch line that will make you smile (or wince in recognition):

* "A birthday party? Didn't we already do that kind of crap with your older sister?"

* "I couldn't find a sitter, so I got a video."

* "Just remember, son, it doesn't matter whether you win or lose-unless you want Daddy's love."

Be advised, if you find yourself relating to any of the parents in this book, you need to chill out. Fortunately, Because I'm the Child Here and I Said So is the antidote to all your parenting woes. Whether you keep it for your own sanity or give it to a desperate parent, the cartoons of Pat Byrnes will delight and amuse.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Illustrated Ed.: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
ISBN: 159240488X

Gotham. 2009

The stickler-tickling punctuation polemic is even more fun with the whimsical art of acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist Pat Byrnes

The runaway bestseller that has everyone minding their p?s and q?s (and their commas and semicolons), Eats, Shoots & Leaves has delighted audiences around the world, sold more than 1.6 million copies in North America and elevated Lynne Truss to superstickler status among those in the know. Now the book is beautifully packaged with more than fifty vivid, full-color illustrations throughout by renowned cartoonist Pat Byrnes. Each illustration brings to life a different punctuation pitfall in a wickedly playful style that matches Truss?s trademark wit. We hope you?ll agree that it?s a chocolate-and- peanut-butter combination (even better than the sum of its parts). Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Illustrated Edition is also accompanied by a colorful foreword by wordsmith extraordinaire Frank McCourt.

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