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I just got bought a book based on the "cake-wrecks" blog - it has brought me so much joy. If I like smbc/xkcd/cakewrecks - what other books would fulfill that niche (that I can just pop them open and laugh) - and that are possibly also based on an internet-project with some backstory (but that's not a necessary boundary condition).
posted by mathiu to Writing & Language (30 answers total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong. I almost cracked a rib laughing.
posted by Melismata at 8:25 AM on April 19, 2017

The messages in Damn You AutoCorrect always make me laugh, even the ones I've read many times before. I've laughed at these to the point of having tears pouring down my face.
posted by essexjan at 8:25 AM on April 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Passive Aggressive Notes
posted by Melismata at 8:29 AM on April 19, 2017

There, I Fixed It.
posted by FencingGal at 8:31 AM on April 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Citation Needed
posted by bowbeacon at 8:35 AM on April 19, 2017

My other half thoroughly enjoys the parenting-focused Hurrah For Gin.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:51 AM on April 19, 2017

Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF
posted by ringu0 at 8:52 AM on April 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Wait, what? There's no print book for Photoshop Disasters?? There should be.
posted by Melismata at 8:53 AM on April 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

WTF, Evolution? and Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest (the latter is maybe more serious/practical, but that doesn't stop it from being as amusing as hell)
posted by veggieboy at 8:53 AM on April 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Seconding regretsy, sometimes just looking at the prices makes me cry with laughter.
posted by Trifling at 8:53 AM on April 19, 2017

You want Tiny Art Director! It's no longer running but there was a blog and then a book.
posted by BlahLaLa at 9:03 AM on April 19, 2017

Awkward Family Photos, based on the blog of the same name.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:31 AM on April 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Hyperbole and a Half is a webcomic and at least one book. The writer of The Oatmeal has also published some books.
posted by soelo at 9:40 AM on April 19, 2017 [9 favorites]

Molly Erdman's Catalog Living
posted by ldenneau at 9:46 AM on April 19, 2017

The Book of Ratings.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:26 AM on April 19, 2017

Also Terrible Estate Agent Photographs, based on the blog Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs.
posted by FencingGal at 10:37 AM on April 19, 2017

This is kind of a deep cut, but the book that's based on the several-years-old, amazing, real-time fake twitter account of Rahm Emanuel's candidacy for Chicago mayor (worth it for Quaxelrod the duck), eventually revealed to have been written by Dan Sinker, is absolutely stupendous.
posted by Occula at 10:46 AM on April 19, 2017

I think Perry Bible Fellowship scractches a lof the same itches that xkcd/smbc do. There's a nicely made book of PBF strips.
posted by cosmicbandito at 11:48 AM on April 19, 2017

From 1997, which probably makes it one of the earliest internet-project-based books along these lines, it's Minneapolitan writer James Lileks' "Gallery of Regrettable Food," and its sequel, "Gastronomalies."

You can get a look at the original internet material here.

He has two other books, and internet sites that spawned them, along the same lines: "Interior Desecrations," and "Mommy Knows Worst."
posted by Sunburnt at 12:15 PM on April 19, 2017 [3 favorites]

Reasons My Kid is Crying based on the blog of the same name.
posted by Ziggy500 at 12:27 PM on April 19, 2017

Came in to recommend Lileks, see it's been done so I'll just favorite the first comment.
posted by COD at 1:22 PM on April 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Animals Talking in All Caps was based on a tumblr blog.
posted by Iris Gambol at 2:31 PM on April 19, 2017

It's not a book but it's a tumblr so you can do the random thing. And it amn well should be a book because it's delightful. Field Guide to Dumb Birds of America. It's brilliant.
posted by fshgrl at 10:21 PM on April 19, 2017

Pinterest Fail is always good for a laugh! Also, these tend to be text more than images, but Clients from Hell and the Not Always [SOMETHING] series of websites are pretty hilarious.

Also, one of my friends started a (VERY NSFW) tumblr called Sex Toy Buzz that posts pictures of sex toys accompanied by carefully curated excerpts from the user reviews for the item. It's WONDERFUL.
posted by helloimjennsco at 5:45 AM on April 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

Mil Millington has a novel called Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About: A Novel. I am not sure if it's as funny as the blog of the same name was, but if it is, it will be worth it.
posted by bink at 4:19 PM on April 20, 2017

The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan was based on the vintage Weight Watchers recipe cards on the Candyboots website and is hilarious.
posted by Threeve at 5:29 PM on April 20, 2017

Wow, these are all wonderful, I will go through all the websites and I have some book-ordering to do!
posted by mathiu at 7:47 AM on April 26, 2017

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