Groovitude: a Get Fuzzy Treasury
Reviewed: January 31, 2003
By: Darby Conley
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
255 pages, $22.95
Get Fuzzy is a very funny syndicated cartoon strip about a dog,
a cat and their human. Doesnít sound funny that way does it?
Well, the dog is a shar-pei-yellow lab cross, the cat is a very
twisted Siamese with permanently laid back ears, and the human is a fellow
named Rob who works for an advertising agency.
Still not funny? Okay, the dog is naively innocent, very polite
and maybe a few cards short of a full deck. The cat is a bundle of attitude
with delusions of grandeur. Rob is a relatively normal fellow who has to
deal with the fact that he lives with two talking animals.
Getting better, right?
Conley says his inspiration was Larsonís The Far Side, but Iím
betting it was more like Wattersonsís Calvin and Hobbes filtered through
Breathedís Bloom County, which in turn owed a bit of a debt to Trudeauís
At any rate, the end result is very funny. How funny? Well, let
me put it this way. Cartoon collections generally end up in one of the call
of nature closets in our house, and while this one was in circulation I had
to keep telling my wife to ďput the book down and come to supper.Ē I rarely
ever have to do that; itís usually the other way around.