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Stone Soup: The First Collection of the Syndicated Cartoon (1997)

by Jan Eliot

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You know what I love most about this comic strip? There's something for everyone. Yes the story starts off with a single mom living with her two daughters, her mom, her sister and her son so it is a lot of females in the beginning...but males appear along the way. And they don't push she the original cast out of the way, instead they compliment it, adding even more depth to the family than there was in the beginning. The stories are down to earth, without being overly sentimental or sappy (like some other comics that I won't name) and you can easily relate to the characters and recognize your own events in your life. It's a genuinely funny strip that I look forward to reading each day. ( )
  zzshupinga | Sep 10, 2011 |
The first collection of a strip that I've come to like quite a bit. Among other family strips, it's more inventive and realistic than Fox Trot, usually as funny (and edgier than) Baby Blues, and nearly as good as One Big Happy. It's the story of a modern sort-of blended family, with 40-ish widower Val as the sole support for her live-in divorced sister and toddler, widowed mother, and her own two daughters. The humor is wry, hip and clever, the characters have strong personalities, and the artwork is not bad (it improves over the course of the strip. With a foreword by Lynn Johnston, whose own strip bears only a slight resemblence to this one. ( )
  burnit99 | Oct 13, 2009 |
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To Ted, Jennifer, Johanna, and Val. Where would I be without you?
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"Life is too complex, sis."
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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Book 1 of the "Stone Soup" collected comic strips by Jan Eliot.
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Jan Eliot's funny and irreverent Stone Soup follows the saga of an extended, blended family, starring two working-mom sisters living just across the fence from each other. Val and Joan share life with their opinionated mother, a middle-school diva and 10-year-old tomboy, a reclusive teenage boy, a wild preschooler and his new baby sister...and of course Wally, the ultimate nice guy who steps into his stepdad shoes with grace amid the chaos. Working-parent hassles, pre-school tantrums, middle-school angst, love and the single mom... it's all here in Stone Soup. In Evie Rules , the poker-playing "Gramma" shows that enjoying life isn't just for the youngsters. Besides embarking on an African safari, she shows that Evie really rules by winning the lottery!… (more)

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