There are juvenile comics that make crude jokes about occurrences in the bathroom and things that should only occur in the bathroom but are apparently funnier when they occur elsewhere. Then there are juvenile comics whose squeaky clean humor is generally funniest to children under the age of 10.
Fetch the Bee falls into the later category.
It stretches just beyond the scope of Laffy Taffy jokes while remaining simplistic and occasionally clichéd. Arguably the humor could be classified as classical instead of clichéd, but a change in labels does little to add to the humor. A pie in the face can only be done in so many ways. The jokes come fast and they range from brain shatteringly obvious to utterly incomprehensible.
Fetch the Bee chronicles the non-sequitur antics of a honey bee, robot ninja thing, and other strange creatures. While a seasoned reader will likely spot the punchline of these three-paneled ha ha’s in panel one, the comic occasionally branches into potentially interesting storylines featuring dust bunnies. That’s right. Those little balls of dirt under your furniture.
Remember the dust bunnies from that PBS show The Big Comfy Couch? No? Then you’re either too old or were spoiled by cable TV as a kid. Anyway, Fetch’s dust bunnies are the militant version of the cute and cuddly guys who lived under the couch. Unfortunately in the year and a half the comic has been running the dust bunnies have made little progress in their quest for world domination. Their numbers are slowly growing though. Perhaps they’ll soon overwhelmed Fetch and his compatriots and we can get a long running story going.
There are a few short storylines, so short they could probably be crammed into a Sunday style comic and no one would be the wiser. The stories presented in this format don’t really have time to develop and don’t actually go anywhere. Though this is preferred over the storylines in Get Fuzzy which have a tendency to beat the theme into an irritating fiber that rubs you raw until you start to avoid the entire comic for weeks at a time. There are only so many British versions of movie names I can handle before I begin to lose interest. Fetch doesn’t give you time to lose interest. It seems to lose interest in itself. The storylines simply don’t develop. An intriguing idea is introduced and it’s allowed to nibble away at a few choice morsels of clover before it’s squashed under the foot of progression.
Speaking of Sunday comics, Fetch follows a typical newspaper three panel format. Interestingly, the whole comic is drawn by 15-year-old Thomas Ogden. The young artist seems to have inherited his father’s artistic talents. And who is his father? Why, non other than Steve Ogden of Sid Meier‘s fame, and in particular he was heavily involved with a game called Civilization. At least at the beginning of the series the elder Ogden gave his son a little boost by coloring Fetch’s world. This served to enhance Thomas Ogden’s already enjoyable drawings.
Over all Fetch could someday develop into a rather humorous comic about a bee and an invading horde of dust bunnies. Ogden certainly has the potential to become a great artist. Let’s just hope his story telling improves someday. In the mean time I’d give Fetch a pass for the foreseeable future. Especially given the sporadic update schedule. there are few comics in the world that fail to give me any laughs at all, but Fetch is successful in this endeavor. Sure there might have been a chuckle here and there and plenty of groans, but the only interest came from the beginnings of stories that, as I said, died before they really got going.
Oh well, I can think of a few more entertaining bees for the time beeing. (Speaking of groans! Wow. Also, for all our international fans I apologize for the last link. NBC seems to think they should make money off the internet. Also, they won’t share the good bee videos unless you stream them off of Netflix.)