Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An Early FoxTrot with Shakespearean Overtones

Amend, Bill. The Best of FoxTrot. Andrews McMeel: Kansas City, 2010.

I've always adored FoxTrot. Bill Amend does marvelous things with the genre and provides intriguing insights into all sort of issues.

But I like it best when it has some Shakespeare.

Is anyone surprised?

Despite being from an early period, this comic has some marvelous things to recommend it. Look at the marvelous foreshortening of Antony in the panel above. Yes, it does look a bit like a boot scrubber, but look over that to get at the emotion that's captured there. The third panel below has something of the same intensity. Perhaps Mr. Amend was watching films by Orson Welles when drawing this comic.

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