Mental Floss Praises Benson's Cuckoos

“The Most Interesting Comics of the Week” / Mental Floss / Rich Barrett / July 9, 2014

A comic that's like 'The Office,' but with funny animals

Anouk Ricard is a French cartoonist most known for her award-winning series of children’s graphic novels, Anna and Froga. Her first graphic novel intended for grown-up readers is the office place comedy Benson’s Cuckoos.

Describing the comic as "The Office with funny animals" feels a little reductive, but there truly are a lot of similarities. It takes place within a company that is populated by comically disgruntled employees who work for a hilariously inappropriate boss. There’s even a budding office romance between Sophie (a dog) and Richard (a duck) that has as many false starts as The Office’s Jim and Pam. We are introduced to the cuckoo clock company through the new guy, Richard, as he tries to become accustomed to his eccentric co-workers. When he finds out that the guy he was hired to replace has gone missing, Richard realizes things are even stranger than he first thought.

Anouk Ricard’s humor is dry and subtle and she draws in a straightforward and simple style that manages to make these animals seem familiar.

 

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