From prankster brothers and tattling sisters to hijacked fortune cookies and dad jokes, Baby Blues: Gross! by Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman brings together the best of the MacPherson family once again. As it highlights the fun and foibles of family members, this comic collection reminds me why I enjoy Baby Blues so much. Perhaps the most hilarious moments come not from the kids, as you might expect, but from the parents. In particular, I think these comics reveal a lot of Darryl’s personality and sense of humor.
Join me on a brief exploration of the comics to understand family dynamics a little better through Baby Blues‘ well of insight. (Also, for those who are interested in the writer and illustrator’s perspectives, commentary from Scott and Kirkman accompanies most of the comics.)
1. Have you ever wondered why fathers acquire such high-power yard tools?
2. Kids’ question of the century and a bit of male psychology.
3. If only pointed word puns could win little girls ponies…but kudos for creativity.
4. Sometimes your own arguments come back to haunt you.
For more fun, find a copy of Baby Blues: Gross! and keep on reading for yourself. Additionally, if you are looking for another good collection of Baby Blues, try No Yelling!, which I reviewed here. I think there is some overlap between the two volumes, but there are plenty of unique comics in each to make them both worthwhile.