A great comic strip
, but – let’s be honest – not a particularly innovative one in terms of plot or characterization. What sets it apart is its wit, charm, and attention to detail. The jokes go beyond simple themes like "What a bad cook mom is" or "Look how dad likes golf
". Andy doesn’t burn the pot roast
, she cooks with tofu
. Jason doesn’t just like math, actual calculus
appears in the strip instead of random numbers and squiggles. When Peter gets a girlfriend, she is a blind girl, and their courtship is handled with an astonishing amount of charm and sensitivity for a daily comic strip.
has a clean, uncluttered drawing style that I enjoy. Some critics attack it for being too simple, however. I have only one complain – sometimes it is difficult to tell some of the characters, such as Andy and Paige, apart.
Andrea "Andy" Fox
– a housewife with a love of high art and vegetarian
cooking, and she likes to inflict those things on her family.
– typical bumbling computer illiterate
father and mid-level executive
– typical teenager who is always wearing a baseball cap
with the letter "A" on it. He eats constantly and loves sports, but is very bad at them.
– typical fashion obsessed teenage girl
– pint sized computer genius, with a love of all things geek
and a loathing of his older sister
– Jason’s pet iguana
– Peter’s blind girlfriend
– Jason’s best friend and partner in crime
. He has a hamster
but is jealous of Jason’s iguana.