Friday, January 29, 2021

Bob Scott's Bear With Me New Comic Strip Collection from Hermès Press


The history of talking animals in comic strips goes way back to the first comic, The Yellow Kid by Richard Outcault. In this first newspaper comic strip to put all of the graphic narrative elements together (sequential art, word balloons and the like), it's revealed that the then-new phonograph has a chatty parrot inside. 

Comic strips that went on to feature talking animals were constant: Buster Brown, Pogo, Peanuts, Animal Crackers, Shoe, Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, Pooch Cafe -- to name a few. 

Bear With Me by Bob Scott, a syndicated webcomic since 2010, continues that tradition. This winter, there will be a new book from Hermès Press collecting the comic strip. (Garfield creator Jim Davis writes the foreword.)


Who's Bob Scott? 

Bob Scott lives in both the world of comic strips and animation. Born in Detroit, Bob began drawing at a young age, copying what he saw in the funny pages. Acceptance and graduation from California Institute of the Arts opened the world of character animation for Bob. He has worked over 35 years in the industry as an animator, character designer, storyboard artist and voice talent. His credits can be found on projects from Warner Brothers’ Bugs Bunny in Box Office Bunny (1990), Turner Animation’s Cats Don’t Dance and Pixar’s The Incredibles. He has worked for Jim Davis, co-penciling U.S. Acres and co-directing Garfield: His 9 Lives. Bob has always wanted a comic strip of his own, and so Bear with Me (aka Molly and the Bear) was born and became a syndicated webcomic in 2010.

What's Bear With Me?

Molly has real-world problems; Bear has problems with the real world! It can be tough being a tween. You want to do big things, change the world, and right some wrongs. But you also have to deal with math homework, getting enough sleep and the drama between your dad and pet bear. This is Molly’s world.

Being a tween is so much easier when your BFF is an 800 pound bear.

Bear is no ordinary bear. He sheds like a normal bear, he snores like a normal bear, but he is afraid of absolutely everything. Plus, he is allergic to fur. His own. But with Molly holding his paw, he can muddle through.

The deluxe hardcover is scheduled for release this month. Preorder here.

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