By Hervé St.Louis
July 11, 2006 - 22:41
Bosko is the first issue of an anthology featuring the title character created years ago by creator Holmstrom. There is a mix of older comic strip reprints and newer ones. Bosko is an irreverent fellow who likes to drink beer and pass out. He has trouble holding a job and really is a loser. A few other strips focus on Holmstrom and Bosko’s friend Roscoe. Bosko is intended for mature readers or rather, adulterers.
Bosko’s creator likes to collect rewards about how bad and disliked Bosko is. He even says that Bosko is America’s least favorite cartoon character. Just to piss off Holmstrom, I’ll say it. I liked this strip and although Bosko curses readers and tries to gross out people. This comic book is not as disgusting or insulting as it claim to be. In fact the plot and jokes are funny enough. I didn’t feel insulted by reading this. I’ll say Bosko is really a nice guy who doesn’t get a clue and in the end is a harmless pit bull. Holmstrom tries too hard to be nasty and comes off as rather tame and nice.
The artwork has the same quality as the plot. Holmstrom draws as if he could not and that the artwork was ugly. He tries to include a few puking scenes that really aren’t that gross. Sure, Bosko is one hell of an ugly guy, but the drafting quality of the strip is solid.
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