I got this one in a lot off E-bay a few years ago and I can honesty say I had never heard of it. This collection came out in 2005 and I completely missed this one. I am glad to say, that a bulk buy off E-bay saved me and introduced me to one of the best and most unique comics to come out after the millennium.
Big Top is a comic strip which takes place in a traveling circus. The main characters are Pete and orphan boy who joined the circus and Wink, the trained bear. It also is inhabited by Stucco the clown, Dusty the poodle, Manfred the monkey and Kingston the lion. You can find it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Top-Rob-Harrell/dp/0740750046
There is also a 2nd volume available off Lulu press which you can get here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/rob-harrell/big-top-2-sawdust-and-greasepaint/paperback/product-1675760.html
I can’t say enough good things about this strip, it is a funny comic which goes from gag a day to storyline strips seamlessly and really develops the characters well. Despite a growing cast of characters, no one feels left out or forced into a storyline or gag. Everyone has a unique personality and seems to stand out regardless of their place in the hierarchy of the comic.
I am surprised to see a comic like this make it in the cynical world of syndication, but Big Top has snuck in there and found a way to thrive and keep going when most comics that came in the late 90’s and 2000’s have already disappeared or gone exclusively online.
There is a reason this one has made it’s way in the world of syndication, it really is that good. It is not a cynical sarcastic strip like most of the ones you find today, it is more of a classic strip which relies on the relationship between the characters for it’s humor. I can’t recommend this series enough, you can check it out on GoComics for daily updates, but check out these volumes to enter the world of Big Top. Until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.