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The Best of FoxTrot Paperback – Nov 23 2010

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Slp edition (Nov. 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740777335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740777332
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 4.6 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Bill Amend was named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society in 2007. He creates FoxTrot cartoons for Sunday newspapers and maintains an online presence at He lives in the Midwest, with his wife and two children.

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I gave this 5 stars because the cartoons are HILARIOUS. However, I would give it ZERO stars for originality. ALL cartoon strips are COPIED from other cartoon books by Bill Amend. If you have the full size books, you already have these strips. I feel RIPPED OFF.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b55496c) out of 5 stars This One's Annotated! Dec 22 2010
By tvtv3 - Published on
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For years, "FoxTrot" was one of the best comics published in newspapers. The strip ran daily from 1988-2006. At the end of 2006, creator Bill Amend semi-retired and switched over to a Sunday only format. With the strip only appearing as a regular Sunday strip, a lot of the promotion surrounding the strip is similar to that of a strip that has been permanently retired. First there was what seemed to be a final "treasury" (FOXTROT WRAPPED-UP). Then there was a collection of themed strips (MATH, SCIENCE, and UNIX UNDERPANTS). Now there is THE BEST OF FOXTROT, a massive two volume set of over 1,000 "FoxTrot" comic strips. The first volume covers the years from 1988-April 1998 and the second volume covers April 1998-February 2008. What I enjoyed most about this set is seeing how the strip evolved over time, both physically and the personalities of the characters. During the first couple of years the family members looked almost identically the only difference being that Jason wore classes, Peter wore a hat, and Roger had less hair. Over time, they became more distinctive in both appearance and in personality.

Some of the strips are annotated with comments from Amend. Some of the annotations explain where the idea came from and others explain some detail about the strip (for instance, many of the names of teachers are named after teachers and friends of Amend). There are more annotations in Volume I than in Volume II. However, I was a little disappointed by the number of annotations. Unlike many comic strips, "FoxTrot" treasuries are notorious for having no annotations whatsoever. I was thankful that this "Best Of" collection has some, but for a set that covers two books and over 1,000 strips, there isn't a whole lot here.

I think my favorite storyline in the entire set was when Jason and Eileen Jacobsen actually were boyfriend and girlfriend. The entire story lasts for several weeks and it's one of the funniest and most touching in the entire series. I have been an avid reader of FoxTrot for years, but I had never seen or read this story. Amend has a short not explaining why their relationship ended. However, I find it interesting that their prior relationship was "forgotten"; when I was reading the strip it always seemed that Jason and Eileen liked each other, but Jason would never admit it. The characters could have referenced the prior relationship, but they never did and after reading this storyline I find that a shame. But, que sera, sera.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5549e4) out of 5 stars A fantastic book! Nov. 29 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on
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'The Best of Foxtrot' is a very good book consisting of Bill Amend's finest stories over the years. Some are:
* The first week of strips
* Jason goes to 'Batman'
* Jason goes to summer camp
* Jason turns into a mini-Paige
* Jason vs. Laura Croft
* Andy becomes obsessed with Titanic
* Peter goes crazy from paranoia
* Roger's cigar

And lots more!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5560fc) out of 5 stars Worth the investment Jan. 23 2011
By James P. Ebert - Published on
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Much love for the FoxTrot. There are a few strips I wish he would have included in this, and I kind of wish the annotations would cover why a few major characters vanish in the last few years, but still, Funny and fun to read.
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5560b4) out of 5 stars Fine for newbies, skip if you're an old fan Jan. 5 2011
By J. Cook - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love behind-the-scenes comic books. There are usually essays about the characters and the creative process and tons of pithy little comments about the strips. Bill Waterson, Scott Adams, and Jim Davis have all released such books that were quite enjoyable. The difference here is that while each of those books reprinted old strips, there was an abundance of new content as well.

In this two book collection, there are reprints of old comics (the newest is from two years ago), one new three page essay, and one short, not entirely insightful comment for every 2 pages of comics. For a new fan, who didn't own any of the books, this is a nice collection of the best of Foxtrot to get them started. However if, like me, you own all the comics in previous collections, don't bother.

I would be surprised in all the new content in this collection took more than 15 pages put together.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b556138) out of 5 stars Makes Watterson look like a chatterbox June 7 2011
By km - Published on
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I was a big fan of Bill Amend growing up, and the humor and banter of FoxTrot has probably been more influential on modern cartoonists that he might initially get credit for. So I was eager to get this collection, despite not having really kept up with the comic in recent years.

Amend is perhaps notorious for never including any "bonus" material in his book compilations, but at the same time, he hasn't been one to shy away from interviews or convention appearances. So this best-of seemed like a great opportunity to get some insight into his creative process, character observations, and the origins of FoxTrot. Maybe some "scrapbook" material, sketches, rejected ideas, anecdotes...

Alas, it ends up feeling like a favorite musician's greatest hits album, where the liner notes are nothing but artsy photos. All we get is an introduction, described by Amend himself as "mercifully short" (don't be so hard on yourself, Bill!), and as also described by him, occasional annotations, which he wasn't kidding about.

To be fair, the annotations are about as frequent as those given by Watterson in his Tenth Anniversary Calvin book, although he had more space for each one. And Watterson included a surprising bounty of essays and analysis, which we don't get any of here.

As far as the actual comics go, it's fun to look at how much the characters have changed visually over the years (lankier bodies and more angular noses), and how much more ambitious Amend has gotten artistically, for an otherwise simply drawn strip. And it's amusing how many pop cultural milestones have come and gone in 20 years, as usually seen through the bespectacled eyes of a 10-year-old Jason.

It was nice to see the entire "Jason summer camp" storyline included here, but I was bummed to see that the "Eugene Blankenship" saga from "Pass the Loot" wasn't. All in all, it's great if you don't own all the previous books, otherwise there's not much here that really sheds new light on a modern comics classic.