Artist-writer-comedian Dominic Moschitti created Paperback Paradise, where he gives paperback covers from the 70s, 80s, and 90s funny-af updates.
An ’81 Harlequin Romance novel North of Capricorn with two lovers in an embrace in the jungle loses the original title for It Cool if My Parrot Watches?
Moschitti started remaking books back in 2013 while creating web content for the now-retired comedy recap show, The Soup and while brainstorming jokes, he thought of the Something Awful Photoshop contest. It asked participants to remake a serious cover into something funny. Moschitti says,
“I decided to run with that idea.”
Since then has added countless Photoshopped covers to his Twitter & Instagram (Follow him!) To create them he sifts through thrift stores and used book shops for illustrated covers and has some 500+ stuffed into his apartment.
“I’ve managed to store them all in my closets, but I’m definitely at my limit. I have a bad habit of buying books I don’t have any intention of using, but are weird in their own right.”
Like a biography of right-wing politician Ben Carson geared toward kids, and Bunnicula, a series based on the adventures of a vampire rabbit.
“There are probably three types of jokes I tell. Something relatable, something absurd, or something ridiculously crass and gross.”
Sweet Valley High offers great set-ups with its bizarre innocence. The cover illustrations are ripe for new headlines like I Want This Date to End so Badly or The Wokening.
“Comedy has always been an escape for me. That’s why I do it, because it was there for me when I wasn’t happy. All I want is to just make people laugh at an absurd, stupid idea—to take their mind off whatever they’re going through, or what’s going on in world.”
With what’s going on we all could use a laugh…