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The Fun Family

The Fun Family

by Benjamin Frisch

ISBN 978-1-60309-344-6 - Diamond: APR16-0643


"Frisch takes our joyful expectations of sunny, jolly comic imagery and relentlessly tortures us with them in a harrowing tale of surreal family dysfunction." Booklist (starred review)

"Readers will be thinking about [The Fun Family] for days afterward." Library Journal

"A surreal exploration of the fractured suburban family, worthy of a Sam Mendes directorial turn... revealing that nothing is ever quite as fun as it seems." — Publishers Weekly

"Menacing… If you’ve ever dismissed newspaper comic strips as shallow and trite, The Fun Family is for you." — Paste

"The Fun Family... combines deceptively wholesome cartooning with an increasingly dark story.” The Hollywood Reporter

"The Fun Family manages to defy expectations by opting for things that too many shy away from in works like these — depth and truth, for instance, resulting in remarkable insight." — Comics Beat

"Best Emerging Graphic Novelist" The Austin Chronicle

"Simply wrenching... Benjamin Frisch subverts the iconography of family cartooning, exposing the seedy underbelly of America's obsession with the perfect family." — Jessica Abel, author of Out on the Wire and La Perdida

"Required reading for the coming sanity wars, this story is the stuff of my nightmares... Cute-ify this monstrosity any way you like, Mr. Frisch, I will be in the fetal position weeping, giving you a thumbs up for a job brutally done." — Paul Hornschemeier, author of Life With Mr. Dangerous and Mother, Come Home

Beloved cartoonist Robert Fun has earned a devoted following for his circle-shaped newspaper comic strip, celebrating the wholesome American family by drawing inspiration from his real home life... but the Fun Family bears some dark secrets. As their idyllic world collapses and the kids are forced to pick up the pieces, can they escape the cycle of art imitating life imitating art? In his debut graphic novel, Benjamin Frisch presents a surreal deconstruction of childhood, adulthood, and good old American obsession. -- a full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 240 pages, 6.5” x 9.25”