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Funny Books - FoxTrot: How Come I'm Always Luigi? - Bill Amend

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How Come I?m Always Luigi
A Foxtrot Collection
Bill Amend
Andrews McMeel 2006
128 pages

FoxTrot by Bill Amend is not a must read comic strip for me. It is one of the strips I go to after I check out my personal favorites. There is something about the lines and the constant in profile presentation of the characters that simply does not float my boat. How Come I'm Always Luigi?, the latest Foxtrot collection by Bill Amend, on the other hand is a very good collection. Maybe Foxtrot gains by being in a book where you can follow the storyline.

How Come I'm Always Luigi?, A FoxTrot Collection by Bill Amend certainly pushes my funny buttons. This comic strip about Jason the scheming geek and the Fox family is very pop culture in its references. There is a very good series of strips here about Jason and his friend being told to go play outside because he plays too many computer games so they end up playing Asteroids, Pac Man, and Super Mario in a very elaborate series of snow sculptures. Bill Amend does show his age in these strips or understands that many of his readers are boomers, like the Fox parents, who would not related to more contemporary references. I guess this means that this family is very 20th century Fox. Pop culture wise there is also a very neat joke about the relationship between CNN and Darth Vader.

Personal favorite in How Come I'm Always Luigi?, A Foxtrot Collection is on page 26 where Jason and his friend do an Abbott and Costello "Who's on first?" salute to How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Bill Amend is not afraid of a really bad pun or two as obvious in the "snow tires" strip.

Not that Foxtrot is only about Jason and the kids. The parents also have their foibles. The mother keeps the thermostat way down, the father gets seduced by a Hummer (I loved the kicker in the last panel where the Hummer catalogue was about as big as the beast itself) and makes bulk purchases.

How Come I'm Always Luigi? A FoxTrot Collection by Bill Amend scores big points.



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