Comic Collection Review: Molly & The Bear by Bob Scott

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Welcome back True Believers as once more we descend down through the seemingly endless tunnels that make their way downwards into the womb of the earth.  Our single torch seems a feeble match against the oblivion of blackness that surrounds us.  The only thing we can see are the earthen walls all around us and the hand hewn steps beneath our feet.  The steps have been worn smooth from the countless pilgrims that have trod upon this path.  As the world above disappears the tunnel engulfs us with a sense of claustrophobic nightmare as the feeling of being buried alive washes over us.  Only our unwavering faith in our destination drives us on, for we are bound for the most holy of all sites, we are drawn ever downward towards the greatest collection of mankind’s greatest achievements.  We are going to The Official Root Beer Party Comic Archives.

Hidden away in an undisclosed location in an unexplored region of an unknown land secreted away miles below the surface of the earth lies the total accumulation of mankind’s greatest achievement, our highest form of art, the comic strip.  Within this repository are the greatest accomplishment of civilization.  Here are the forgotten treasures from the Maya codices of the Yucatán, Imperial Library of Constantinople, and the Glasney College, long thought lost to the world.  The comics survive here in The Official Root Beer Party Comic Archives, preserved for time immemorial by the dedicated Root Beer Party Monks.  Today we bring another volume to add to this esteemed collection Molly & The Bear by Bob Scott

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Molly and the Bear is a comic strip created from Root Beer Party member Bob Scott, who began his professional career working for Jim Davis and doing pencils for one of my personal favorite strips US Acres.  He also went on to work on other projects like Muppet Babies, Cat’s Don’t Dance and the animated movie, The Incredibles.  If that wasn’t enough of an accomplishment for one life he also began a webcomic called Molly and the Bear.

Molly is an 11 year old girl who comes home one day to find a bear in her house.  With the optimistic innocents of youth, she befriends the bear and the two become an inseparable duo.  Bear is a anxiety ridden animal which is scared of everything including fear itself.  He is insecure and neurotic and the perfect foil for Molly and her family.  We have Molly’s mother and father, Molly’s mother falls for the bear and convinces the father, Dean to allow Molly to keep him.

The comic is a warm family strip which is a sort of homage to the classic strips such as Dennis the Menace or Marmaduke.  The strip has a classic style of art which is reminiscent of Pogo, especially in the retro-newspaper prints that Bob does for Sunday comics.

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It is definitely a feel good strip, but it does have moments of introspection and drama and can also be read as an allegory for facing your fears and overcoming them with the help of true friends and family.  There is a feeling of genuine love that comes through in the comic as well as tributes to classic comics which creep into the strip from time to time.  Those who are in tune to the history of comic strips will greatly appreciate the subtle notes Bob Scott adds to the comic.  I would highly recommend this collection to anyone who is a fan of comics.  It will soon be considered one of the classics of it’s own era and reside in the elevated esteem of the great comic strip artists of history.  You can find the collection on amazon Here: https://smile.amazon.com/Molly-Bear-Bob-Scott/dp/1937359859/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511578430&sr=1-1&keywords=molly+and+the+bear

I offer this collection to the head librarian and Root Beer Monk, so that it may forever be preserved among the hallowed halls of posterity and be forever available to future root Beer Party members as they search through and discover for themselves the great treasures of The Official Root Beer Party Comic Archives.  So until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.

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