Saturday, September 30, 2023

Shakespeare in FoxTrot's Welcome to Jasorassic Park

Amend, Bill. Welcome to Jasorassic Park. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 1992.

Note: I'm backdating this post from its actual composition date of 15 December 2023 so that it fits into the chronological journey through all the FoxTrot volumes. 

As with Eight Yards, Down and Out, my first trip through Bill Amend's Welcome to Jasorassic Park didn't reveal any Shakespeare. But Bardfilm doesn't give up that easily. Bardfilm will, of course, see things that aren't really there and say they're related to Shakespeare.

In this case, though, there really is some Shakespeare in one comic strip in Welcome to Jasorassic Park. In the last panel of this back-to-school strip, Paige has a stack of books. We can't see any of the titles, but I recognize the third one up as a copy of The Tempest (the Penguin edition). It's encouraging that her teachers assigned her not only the longest book Tolstoy ever wrote but also a delightful example of late Shakespeare.

With that in mind, enjoy this strip even more!

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