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FoxTrotFoxTrot is a daily American comic strip by cartoonist Bill Amend centering on the daily lives of the Fox family . Syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate, it began syndication on April 10, 1988, and is now carried by over 1,000 newspapers. 27 FoxTrot books have also been published and have sold over two million copies to date.
In addition to typical "family" humor, the strip has many stories built around fandom, nerdiness and popular culture. The characters (especially Andy and Jason) frequently have new obsessions or interests which reflect the time period at which the strip was published. Andy, for example, has had obsessions with collecting "Bitty Babies (Beanie Babies)," the movie Titanic, the Nintendo DS game Nintendogs, and her Mango-Kiwi-colored iFruit computer in the past.
Amend majored in physics at Amherst College, and this is reflected in FoxTrot's frequent inclusion of complex mathematical or physics formulae, usually written by Jason Fox. The formulae are correct, though oddly flavored; Jason often uses them to describe bizarre situations, or, more rarely, they are school assignments for Peter Fox. Amend also uses Jason to express his knowledge of computer languages in much the same way that he uses physics formulae (once Roger asked for a cup of java to start his day and Jason gave him about 20 pages of code). Both these elements add a layer of superfluous complexity to the strip, and juxtaposed with the odd circumstances in which they appear, give FoxTrot a uniquely surreal air.
Similar to most comic strips, the characters do not age. This leads to amusing situations if a fan reads earlier strips. For example, an early 1990 storyline involves Paige making an effort to go from being a "child of the 80's" to a "woman of the 90's". As she is still 14, she now would not have been born by 1991. There's also a comic where Andy tells Jason that Roger donated blood(even though he is scared of needles)because "We all have to grow up, kiddo", and Jason remarks "Whoa, did I stumble into 'For Better or For Worse'?", a comic where the characters actually grow up.
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