Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Fun Family
author: Benjamin Frisch
average rating: 2.83
date added: 2017/04/22
'The Fun Family' by Benjamin Frisch is a harsh look at modern family life that starts out rather humorous, but at 240 pages, it wears a bit thin.
Robert Fun is a successful cartoonist who has a cartoon that is reminiscent of The Family Circus by Bil and Jeff Keane. The Fun family seems to live a picturesque and idealic life, but hiding beneath the surface are all kinds of weird things. It takes the death of a beloved family member to send Robert over the edge. His marriage falls apart and his son Robbie is left to continue the strip, even though he is only a child. There are collector obsessions, pop psychology obsessions, and religion obsessions among the many extremes that this family finds itself in.
The moral is normal is weird, or normal people are really sick, or something like that. I got the nods to problems with American culture and their need to obsess over things. I liked the idea of it being based on a familiar comic strip, and there are some gags that are pretty clever. The problem is that by the end, I felt beat over the head and I don't know that I felt any sympathy for any character.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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