Review: BBXX

A comic review article by: Jason Sacks

 

Baby Blues has been one of the most dependable comic strips in your ever-fading daily newspaper for over 20 years now. In this era when the newspaper seems to be dying, it’s great to see that a quality strip can still appear each day and earn its talented creators a very nice living indeed.

As you may know, Baby Blues tells the story of a young couple, Wanda and Darryl, and their ever-expanding family. The strip loves to explore all the funny little elements of domestic life with kids – the endless grind of tending a baby, the insane lack of sleep and dreams of getting out of the house, the way that no matter how much experience you have as a parent, the work just seems to get harder rather than easier.

Baby Blues comic strip

This is all very familiar territory for those of us who have kids, and of course that's really the point of this strip. We can laugh knowingly about the endless chores that parents have to do in the house…

Baby Blues comic strip

…or the weird things that your kids do (my son used to do this strange crawling thing where he half-walked, half crawled. It was so cute and remind me to never bore you with that story)…

Baby Blues comic strip

…or the fun and chaos of the birth itself…

Baby Blues comic strip

…or the horrors of waking up and wondering "my god, what have I done?"…

Baby Blues comic strip

Now the good folks at Andrews McMeel Publishing have put together a wonderful hardcover collection of Baby Blues that will be a perfect Christmas gift for your friends or family who are experiencing the very special stress of parenthood.

BBXX is over 300 pages of collected Baby Blues strips between two hard covers, complete with a whole slew of extras. You get to watch Darryl and Wanda's little brood grow from one adorable and overwhelming baby to a small tribe of three little kids beginning to start school. It's a story that any parent can appreciate in intimate detail, nodding every page or two with recognition that their life is just as weird and frustrating as these parents – and that you wouldn't have it any other way.

Baby Blues comic strip

For those of us who love to appreciate good comics art along with our love for humor, we can enjoy the wonderfully evolving art style, the very clever layouts and the wonderful color art on the Sunday strips. It's impressive how well this strip works even with the small space given the strip in most newspapers.

This is a charming and sweet book, one that my non-comics reading wife and I laughed over together, recognizing the insanity that recently was part of our daily life (my kids are older now and chaotic in completely different ways).

Baby Blues comic strip

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