The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE FUN FAMILY from Top Shelf Productions and IDW Publishing. The story and art is by Benjamin Frisch.

Robert Fun is a successful cartoonist based off the funny adventures of his family. Life is good…until the day they get the call informing them that Grandma Virginia has passed away. The family unit disintegrates with the final nail in the coffin being a dark secret that is accidently revealed. Robby, the oldest Fun child must now become the responsible one and try to maintain SOME order. All he wants is things to be the way they were…

At first glance this looks like a parody of Bill Keane’s THE FAMILY CIRCUS and it is, but there’s more here than that.  It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting, not that it’s a bad thing. One would assume that Frisch is commenting on how people turn to religion or therapy during a crisis. Mom and Dad Fun become more childish while the children are left to fend for themselves. While this book is not one for everybody, it was a real interesting read.

THE FUN FAMILY is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.topshelfcomix.com or www.IDWPublishing.com.