Comic Collection Review: The Elderberries by Phil Frank & Joe Troise


The Elderberries is a syndicated comic strip about life in a retirement community.  There are some great characters and an original premise which makes this strip such a great success.  You can check it out on Go Comics here:

This collection centers around Dusty and his transition from being the last of the free cowboys to the confines of life in a retirement community.  The stories don’t end there, the collective genius of Frank and Troise bring this comic to life in the form of road trips and continuity based story lines which make this a comic strip to remember.

With the death of the modern newspaper and the comic sections shrinking due to falling sales, this is a gem of a strip which may have slipped by a lot of people.  The Elderberries is the only book format collection of this strip available and it came out back in 2008.  You can get it on Amazon at

I picked this book up as part of a lot on e-bay.  We are big advocates for used books here at the Root Beer Party.  It saves a lot of the limited resources of the party to reallocate to root beer acquisition, as well as being good for the environment.  The e-book versions of this book are also available, but I still prefer the old fashioned book format for the root beer party archives.

There was a slew of new comics which came out at the turn of the century and only a few have been able to overcome the old newspaper decline and the syndicate system of promoting and selling comics which are no longer even being made.  The Elderberries is one of them that made it through and is still being made today.  There is only the one book so grab your copy today while you can, before it becomes a collector’s edition of a long lost era in comic history.  Until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.


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