Mad Men: The Illustrated World by Dyna Moe

Mad Men: The Illustrated World is an official book based on the international hit TV series (which screens on SBS in Australia and some channel on pay TV. I obviously do not have pay TV otherwise I’d know more!). As the title suggests, it’s illustrated by Moe herself (very cool name, by the way).

The characters of Mad Men are instantly recognisable in their illustrations from Don to Betty to Roger and Joan. They capture that kitsch 60’s feel.

Mad Men fans will recognise this scene from Season 3 – how do you know if your stewardess is keen on you?

The written content I feel is a bit of a let down. It’s a mixture of recipes from the 60s, ironic attempts at humour that didn’t work for me (however, I’m not a big fan of American style humour. Give me Monty Python or Shaun Micallef). Some things are giggle worthy (eg. Make Your Own Folk Song) and I’m still wondering if I’m actually meant to cut out the Joan paper dolls (which are beautifully done).

This is cute, but it’s a better library read than purchase. I’m disappointed- the series is great but this feels forced at times.

6.5 out of 10.

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