'The Fun Family' Comic Uncovers Darkness Behind Suburban Life (Exclusive Preview)

Benjamin Frisch's upcoming satire peeks behind the circle.
Courtesy of Benjamin Frisch/Top Shelf Comix

For decades, audiences have seen The Family Circus serve up slices of suburban perfection — but what if what happens outside of the circle is less than ideal? A new graphic novel, The Fun Family, explores that idea and shares the imperfection behind the American dream.

The upcoming book by Benjamin Frisch — creator of political satire Ayn Rand's Adventures in Wonderland: America 2010 — centers on Robert Fun, a cartoonist responsible for a familiar circle-shaped newspaper comic all about his family, and the dysfunctional reality that he purposefully leaves out of his creation.

Combining deceptively wholesome cartooning with an increasingly dark story, The Fun Family has already won praise from creators including Mother, Come Home's Paul Hornschemeier and La Perdida and Soundtrack's Jessica Abel, the latter of whom praised the book for "subvert[ing] the iconography of family cartooning [and] exposing the seedy underbelly of America's obsession with the perfect family."

The 240-page graphic novel will be released by Top Shelf Comix on July 12. For now, check out the exclusive preview below.