FoxTrot

foxtrot-header-e1577844069708.pngFoxTrot by Bill Amend carries on the legacy of comic strips like Calvin and Hobbes and ranks with other great comics like Baby Blues and Zits.  Amend brings his own style to the genre of comics about families and kids, though.  FoxTrot has its own creative personality, humorous style, and amusing cast of characters.

A Profile of the Fox Family

Roger (Dad): Loves golf and food, enthuses about sports with his oldest son Peter, grills in a life-threatening fashion, has no computer skills, and demonstrates quirky behavior at times (like taking his family camping in the desert).

Andy (Mom): Struggles to keep her family in check (especially her precocious and plotting son Jason), is usually pretty no-nonsense, and occasionally reaches a breaking point.

Peter: Detests yard work and driving Paige to the mall, wants an electric guitar, struggles to understand his girlfriend Denise, sometimes teams up with Jason against Paige, and exemplifies the stereotypical comic book teenager.

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Paige: Loves shopping at the mall, drives her brothers crazy, finds her brothers annoying (especially Jason), and has imaginative, romantic dreams about a French boyfriend named Pierre.

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Sometimes Paige gets the upper hand.

Jason: Plays pranks on Paige as his favorite pastime, loves school, math, science, and video games, plays with his friend Marcus and iguana Quincy, exasperates his family most of the time, and is an undeniable nerd.

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A typical example of Jason’s passion for school

 

Have a wonderful New Year!

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Comics for Any Time of Year

Assorted FoxTrotAs a new year approaches in just a few hours, I wanted to share a collection of comics that is perfect for any season, from summer to winter and Christmas to Halloween.  Assorted FoxTrot by author and artist Bill Amend features the five-member Fox family.  While the scenario of three siblings, two often exasperated parents, and the travails of school, pranks, and modern life may sound like a rehash of so many family comic setups, FoxTrot brings a fun new perspective to this comic genre.  From cover to cover*, Assorted FoxTrot disperses fresh humor and is a perfect sampling of Amend’s comic strip.  To read the latest, check out the comic at its website, and be on the lookout for a more comprehensive review of the comic in the coming year.

*Literally.  At least in the edition I read, the front and back covers were designed like the packaging on a cereal box, with the characters as ingredients and details like serving size listed on the nutrition label.  Once I noticed the cover design, I thought it was rather clever.

Happy New Year!

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