Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Booknote: Zits: Sketchbook 1

Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, Zits: Sketchbook 1. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel, 1998. ISBN: 978-0-8362-6825-6.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: humor, family
Format: trade paperback
Source: Berea branch of the Madison County (KY) Public Library

This was a nice find I borrowed from my local public library. According to the book's description, the comic debuted in 1997. This book was published in 1998, so we are looking at the early times of the comic.

The comic is fun, but some of the humor in this volume is getting dated fast. If you remember the early days when the Internet was new, and Netscape was the browser to use, you will appreciate some of the jokes. On the other hand, much more of Jeremy's travails as a teenager with caring but clueless parents make for pretty universal humor. Plenty of parents will likely relate, especially of they have a teen or two. Still, it is early in the comic. Having read later volumes, I feel the comic hits its stride later in time.

A detail I did not know is that Hector, Jeremy's best friend, is Latino. His parents are Mexican immigrants, and his grandparents live with  them. Apparently the author for some reason or another gradually dropped those details from later comics as there is no mention or reference in later books. I  had no idea Hector was Latino until I read this early volume. Part of me cannot help but wonder if that later omission was intentional or not. Seeing Hector's family now and then was a nice touch you do not get in  later volumes.

In the end, it was an entertaining read. I always find this comic to be amusing, and this volume certainly provided amusement. This particular book is a nice glimpse into the early days of the comic. Only real issue, as I mentioned, is that part of it are getting very dated. It is getting to 20 years now. Still, it makes a good read, and it may make you want to read more. I liked it.

3 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2017 Reading Challenges:

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