I’m a newcomer to Bob’s Burgers, a surprisingly addictive animated sitcom. The antics of the Belcher clan have warmed my heart. Media tie-in comics are a messy, typically crappy thing. Usually nothing more than a heartless cash grab, they often miss everything that makes their associated property beloved. I’m glad that isn’t the case with Bob’s Burgers. Sure, without the voice actors, there is something missing. But throughout the comic there are little moments, odd beats and throwaway lines that feel so right.
Similar to the Futurama comic (another surprisingly not bad media tie-in), this is an anthology of gags and bits. And it probably works more for it. Instead of trying to recreate the magic of a full episode, this takes one little joke or humorous scene and tells it in a few pages. I can’t imagine this would bring new people to the show, or be particularly exciting for folks who don’t watch it. However, if you are a fan of Bob’s Burgers, check it out. It’s fun and you’ll get a laugh or two.
-Matthew J. Constantine