Rose Is Rose Running on Alter Ego
"An amazing collection of cartoons . . . imaginatively drawn and smartly written, the strips encompass the poignancy, impermanence, and fleeting everyday pleasures of the daily grind. It's all here: the humor, the pathos, the banality-and it's treated with such forthright affection that the results are downright giddy."When Pat Brady puts pen to paper, readers can't resist following his original images and tight story lines. This creator pulls more material from the one-child Gumbo family than other cartoonists can with five times the number of characters and settings.
That magic comes through in Brady's seventh collection, Rose is Rose Running on Alter Ego. The lively series of daily and Sunday strips revolves around Rose-devoted wife and doting mother-who, try as she might, just can't keep her biker chick fantasies totally in check. Rose never knows, as she manages her blue-collar husband, Jimbo, and their energy-fired son, Pasquale, when Vicki the Biker may show up. But when the long-haired, short-skirted babe surfaces, it's always with a breath of fresh air and a fresh take on "normal" family life.
Besides appearing on the cover, Rose as Vicki shines throughout the collection, in six new full-page drawings created just for the book. Each shows the seemingly satisfied housewife's alter ego performing some mundane chore demanded by Rose's less adventurous life, while Brady's usual mix of family fun, frolic, and fancy gives Gumbo fans plenty of delight.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
"Rose is Rose" is a refreshing comic strip in a world of put-down, insult-humor. The strip focuses on Rose and Jimbo Gumbo, their son Pasquale, and the cat, Peekaboo. Rose is a loving wife and mother, though she sometimes find she needs her alter-ego, Vicki the Biker Chick, to help her with those problems requiring a fearless and highly-opinionated personality (Vicki has a habit of riding her Harley into the unknown, speaking up when Rose is shy, and cooking rattlesnake chili). Jimbo writes love notes and hides them for his wife, is his son's hero, and fights the cat for his favorite chair; he's the dad we all wish we had. Pasquale is an imaginative boy who adores school and is protected at all times by his guardian angel (who usually appears identical to Pasquale, but with wings, a halo, and wearing a heavenly robe - but can morph into a skyscraper-tall warrior with sword and shield if needed). Pasquale's daily life includes battles with the drain-monster (who yearns to munch kiddie-toes), Play-Doh modeling, and nightly travels in his dreamship. Peekaboo is the cat's meow, and is every cat you've ever known personified. There's also spoiled cousin Clem, the local neighbors, a Let-It-Be Tree, Pasquale's Echo, Peekaboo's animal friends, Jimbo's zen garbage moments, garlic breath, and Meemaw (grandma)! A guaranteed mood-enhancer.
Review: Running on Alter Ego (Rose Is Rose Collection)User Review - Goodreads
Mildly amusing if badly rendered comic strip reprinted here. The love in the family is appealing, but the heavy dose of Catholicism is off-putting. For fans only.