Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Family Circus is an award winning syndicated comic strip made by comic book artist Bil Keane and inkers Frank Kern and Michael Green. The comic strip has been running for over thirty years and is still one of the most popular ones in the United States. The comic book was originally drawn as a weekly strip on News Stand and was later extended to fortnightly strips, before being brought to television in 1980.
The cartoonist/writer/illustrator, Bil Keane, enjoyed a lengthy career in comics, working on titles such as Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, and many more. Eventually, he decided to try his hand at writing, drawing, and eventually doing live-action feature films. As a cartoonist he has had a large number of successes, including Family Circus. To date, the comic series remains one of the most popular ones aired on American television.
The reason why the Family Circus still continues to be so popular is simple. Readers of the strip are constantly entertained through the panels of this humorous adventure featuring the characters thel has developed over the decades. Thel has managed to build an ensemble that is both hilarious and sentimental, drawing in viewers from all walks of life. Thel has also managed to develop characters who are flawed but have great hearts, just like his beloved family. His take on father-son relationships is also endearing and his interactions with the various other characters just as enjoyable to watch as they go throughout the comic.
Thel has also written several episodes of the animated TV show, Family Guy, which is similar to the Family Circus. He has written a number of other episodes, some of which have been made into movies. As an artist, Thel is very skilled at depicting slapstick humor that is often parodied in syndicated cartoon strips. Many of his characters act as real people, except for the lovable zippy zaphodski.
Much of the humor that is featured in the Family Circus comic strips is built on exaggeration. Thel draws his stories with an exaggerated point of view, making his characters seem like old newspaper comics. Although he has created his characters with exaggerated features, he has chosen not to exaggerate on the body size or hair length of his characters. Instead, he portrays these characteristics in such a way that the reader can relate to them. In many ways, he has succeeded in writing a successful comic strip.
Another advantage that The Family Circus has over similar comic strips is the creator's uncanny ability to create humor from seemingly mundane items. Take, for example, the everyday object pricking of his friend zappy. Thel creates a small, yet amusing controversy over pricking the pet of another character named Mr. Squig. The comic strip evolves around this issue and the creator ends up having a major conflict with the main character. Thel also does a good job of creating a cast of supporting characters that support the main character, adding some much needed human interaction.
The Family Circus has been called the greatest comedy show aired in decades. Family Circus has cemented its place as a classic, recurring theme in American television. The cartoonist draws a large number of loyal viewers who follow his every move, watching his every decision. The writer/cartoonist, Bill Atkinson, has also achieved nearly cult-like status in the United States. In fact, his second film The New Family Band, based on the first cartoon, has just launched a nationwide tour and promises even greater things to come.
There are many other cartoons that have had varying degrees of success. Chief among these are the ones based on the life of the central characters, such as the Sesame Street characters, and the ones that take place in a setting other than the city of New York. Still, few can match the charm of The Family Circus, which is hardly ever mentioned by critics as one of their favorites. This, along with the relatively low cost of an animated television series makes The Family Circus the perfect family for television.