Scandinavian folklore meets Tiny Toons.
*nods in agreement with herself*
That is how I’d describe Jay Fosgitt’s ever so charming, Bodie Troll.
It’s an immense challenge to cater to the “all ages” market.
I mean, to actually captivate an audience of adults and children whilst maintaining substance and wit. The secret? I believe it’s simply because it’s one of the last remaining testaments to classic Warner Bros. Fosgitt invites us into his realm of the fanciful village of Hagadorn. A realm in which I want to believe Tex Avery and Chuck Jones reside in the afterlife. Glancing up from their drawing tables to laugh at the foolish misadventures of the hardheaded (but lovable) troll, Bodie.
On a constant mission to prove he’s big and scary, the frustrated Bodie Troll is all but that. His cute and cuddly image really undercuts any chance of him being the biggest and baddest of them all. This doesn’t stop him, however. Oh no.. Though at times he’s clever and slick, it isn’t enough to prevent him from stumbling into all kinds of dangerously foolish predicaments. From herds of lick-crazy goats to monstrous sand worms, there’s hilarity and a chance to temp fate at every turn. Through the mayhem and mischief, his best friend Cholly (a barmaid at the Drunken Pumpkin) often finds herself hanging on for the ride and saving his hide! Even if she’s defending that hide from her spatula wielding no-nonsense boss (and fairy godmother) Miz Bijou.
Bodie Troll: Fuzzie Memories #1
Our issue begins with Cholly having a good laugh at Bodie clumsily chasing after a drove of rabbits. Their speed seemingly mocks him as does Cholly by calling him out on having no intention to actually eat one. Our pint size wannabe beast stubbornly insists that he could, would, AND WILL! ..Or at least eat another living creature.
To prove he’s predator material, Miz Bijou challenges him to it. The terms of her bet involve the shaving of his head to be the “bald dragon tamer” for Cholly’s play if he doesn’t. With a fool’s pride, Bodie pulls up his fuzzy britches to announce not only is the bet on.. But he wishes to raise the stakes! He will stalk his prey in the forbidden Dragon’s Maw; a place ridden with unspoken monstrosities! Miz Bijou reluctantly shakes on the bet (she didn’t think he’d pick such a damned place). Cholly accompanies Bodie to watch his back.
Shortly after entering, our pals can see Dragon’s Maw lives up to it’s reputation. Monstrous beasts run about the land. But it’s what they’re running from that Bodie has a run-in with. It’s that chance meeting that uncovers his past with a tribe of monster slayers, their savage femme-fatal, and butt truffles.
Yes, butt truffles.
Once again, Jay’s supreme wit bring life to his animated-style illustrations. That’s something I really love about his work. It’s almost a guarantee that if you place a Bodie issue in my hands, a hearty “HA!” will pierce the silence eventually. Bodie reminds us why we fell in love with comics in the first place. They’re fun! An all ages comic FINALLY done right!
Thank you, Mr. Fosgitt.
Meet Jay and pick up Bodie Troll: Fuzzie Memories #1! His signings and conventions (2015) are posted in the link below!by