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Baby Blue
Author(s) Jerry Scott, Rick Kirkman
Current status / schedule Running
Launch date January 7, 1990
Syndicate(s) Creators Syndicate (1990-1995)
King Features Syndicate (1995-present)
Genre(s) Humor

Baby Blues is an American comic strip series produced by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott since January 7, 1990. Syndicated by King Features Syndicate since 1995, the strip centralizes on the MacPherson family. Initially, this family was composed of parents Wanda and Darryl MacPherson, and daughter Zoe, who was a newborn baby when the strip began. Throughout the strip's run, Zoe has grown, and two more children have been added to the family: Hammie, middle child and only son, and Wren, youngest child.

The strip focuses mainly on the MacPherson family — specifically, the raising of the three MacPherson children. Both Kirkman and Scott have drawn from their own parenting experiences as a source for much of the strip's content.

Contents

Characters

The strip mainly consists of three families, according to the strip's "Family Tree" Page[1]

Main family (MacPhersons)

  • Wanda Wizowski-MacPherson: The mother. Though she once originally had a job, she chose to stay at home to look after her children. However, she is easily frustrated by this job, and jealous of any mothers who seem to do better than she does. At one point early on, she had told Zoe that Barbie was a "freak of nature" shortly after her sister had given her a Barbie Doll for Christmas.
  • Darryl MacPherson: The father. A manager. He is sometimes unaware of his wife's exhausted state. In various strips, Zoe, Wren, and Hammie are there to meet him right when he gets home from work. In some strips, he appears to dislike "The Whistling Monkey Cowboy Band". One example is while Wren is obsessed with the merchandise, Wanda states that Bill Murray and Robin Williams have recently finished working on a "Whistling Monkey Cowboy Band" movie whereupon Darryl retreats to the roof. He also tends to swear when accidentally injuring himself or frustrated.
  • Zoe MacPherson: The first sibling (born January 7, 1990 – her birth starts the strip) Age 9. She tends to fuss the most over what Wanda does. She likes to blame things on Hammie a lot, even when she was the one who actually did something wrong. Originally, her middle name was Jennifer, but a strip dated April 9, 2007 See Strip, identified her middle name was changed to Madison. Zoe is not usually a brat, but an average child. This is represented when shown playing with toys, watching children's shows, playing with other children, and not having a clear view of the world earlier on in the strip (she was younger then). At one point early on, she was a huge fan of Barbie, though her ideas about how she is a fan of Barbie vary between wanting to become a real life Barbie when she grows up (with Barbie related items) or basically using her to beat up her toys while pretending that she's some sort of monstrous freak (the latter of which was because of Wanda referring to Barbie as a "freak of nature").
  • Hamish MacPherson: The middle sibling, usually called Ham or Hammie (born April 29, 1995). Age 6 1/2. He has great fondness and uninhibited enthusiasm for trucks, and can tell their model by sight, as proven in several strips.His first words were "bulldozer/'buh-dozer'" and "bazooka," much to Wanda's dismay. He often likes to report when his big sister teases or bullies him, but generally he gets mad less often than Zoe. He also likes driving Zoe mad or watching Zoe get into trouble (without doing anything himself). He was named after his great-great-grandfather, who was called "Ham". See Strip One event where Zoe got in trouble, much to his delight, was when Zoe asked if she and Hammie could have potato chips. Wanda replies "No, but you can have a banana, some grapes, or a carrot" to which Zoe protests "NO! WE WANT POTATO CHIPS!" resulting in a time out. The final panel shows Zoe sitting on a chair asking Hammie "What are you so happy about?" and Hammie states "I just realized I like watching you get in trouble more than I like potato chips."
  • Wren MacPherson: The youngest sibling (born October 26, 2002). Age 1. See Strip. She does not seem to be as much of a nuisance as her elder siblings. Wren is a very curious baby. She often is shown climbing on top of things or grabbing at things. She said her first words (First "Ma", then "Da", and eventually "No") on Monday, May 19, 2008. Wanda explained that she thought of her name when a bird collided with a window during breakfast time in the hospital.[2] As of February 16, 2009, Wren is officially able to stand. Wren has also learned the words "up" and "down". More recently, she had her first birthday. See Strip

Additional characters

  • Butch and Bunny: Bunny and her seeming perfection in terms of appearance and lifestyle is the target of any possible jealousy from Wanda. Nearly all main adult characters dislike Bunny and have frequently tricked her in some way or another. Bunny seems to be oblivious to how she irritates Wanda, or anyone else around her. She is similarly oblivious to the needs of others and thereby often comes off as self-centered and tactless. Bunny has a husband, Butch. Together, they have three sons: Bogart (the eldest), and identical twins Wendell John and Wendell Jon. The latter two were born August 10, 2002 See Strip. Zoe has commented that when Bunny is not looking, she shuffles the twins, which proves that even Bunny cannot tell the difference between the two. Bunny once looked for identical twin goldfish for Wendell John and Wendell Jon when they get older.
  • Yolanda and Mike: Yolanda and her husband, Mike, are close friends to the MacPhersons. Together, Yolanda and Mike have two daughters: Keesha and Dziko (nickname "Dizzy"), the latter of whom was born November 11, 2002 See Strip.
  • Rhonda Wizowski: Wanda's younger sister. Enjoys the life of being a single woman, except when given a hard time about not "having children and settling down" by her mother. She usually shows up as the babysitter when Wanda and Darryl go out and leave their children behind. She is sometimes even tricked into babysitting for them. Recently, she is shown wanting to find a man and start a family. She was recently shown to have an online relationship with a person named Thom, who called her Linda (He said "I love you, Linda") and caused her to throw wine at her computer; she broke up with him.
  • Hugh and Maggie Wizowski: Wanda's parents.
  • "Mac" and Pauline MacPherson: Darryl's parents.
  • Trent: Best friend of Hammie since kindergarten.

Timeline

The children in Baby Blues have aged as the strip has progressed, although at a slower rate than real-time. Kirkman and Scott have stated that the strip's timeline is "about a 3 to 1 ratio."[3] As of 2008, Zoe, Hammie and Wren are 9, 6, and 1, respectively.

Books

Title Date ISBN
Baby Blues: This is going to be tougher than we thought. April 1991 0-8092-3996-5
She Started It! September 1992 0-8092-3266-9
Guess Who Didn't Take a Nap? March 1993 0-8362-1715-2
I Thought Labor Ended When the Baby Was Born March 1994 0-8362-1744-6
We Are Experiencing Parental Difficulties… Please Stand By March 1995 0-8362-1781-0
Night of the Living Dad March 1996 0-8362-1310-6
I Saw Elvis in My Ultrasound September 1996 0-8362-2130-3
One More and We're Outnumbered! March 1997 0-8362-2692-5
Check, Please… March 1998 0-8362-5423-6
Threats, Bribes & Videotape August 1998 0-8362-6750-8
If I'm a Stay-at-Home Mom, Why Am I Always in the Car? March 1999 0-8362-7845-3
Lift and Separate March 2000 0-7407-0455-9
I Shouldn't Have to Scream More Than Once! August 2000 0-7407-0557-1
Motherhood Is Not for Wimps March 2001 0-7407-1393-0
Baby Blues: Unplugged March 2002 0-7407-2323-5
Dad to the Bone August 2002 0-7407-2670-6
Never a Dry Moment March 2003 0-7407-3304-4
Two Plus One Is Enough March 2004 0-7407-4140-3
Playdate: Category 5 September 2004 0-7407-4665-0
Driving Under the Influence of Children May 2005 0-7407-5005-4
Our Server Is Down! October 2005 0-7407-5445-9
Something Chocolate This Way Comes April 2006 0-7407-5686-9
Briefcase Full of Baby Blues April 2007 0-7407-6355-5
Night Shift October 2007 0-7407-6842-5
My Space March 2009 0-7407-8089-1
We Are Not Alone May 1996 0-8362-1325-4
The Super-Absorbent, Biodegradable, Family-Size Baby Blues September 1997 0-8362-3657-2
Ten Years And Still in Diapers August 1999 0-7407-0008-1
Butt-Naked Baby Blues August 2001 0-7407-1852-5
Wall-to-Wall Baby Blues August 2003 0-7407-3811-9
Framed! September 2006 0-7407-6194-3
The Day Phonics Kicked In: Baby Blues Goes Back to School September 2008 0-7407-7738-6
X-Treme Parenting April 2008 0-7407-7097-7
The Natural Disorder of Things October 2009 0-7407-8540-0
It's A Boy February 2010 978-0-7407-9166-6
It's A Girl February 2010 978-0-7407-9167-3
We Were Here First April 2010 978-0-7407-9111-6

Television adaptation

In 2000, "Baby Blues" was adapted into an animated cartoon series which aired on The WB Television Network for a few weeks in the summer, from July 28, 2000 to August 25, 2000. The animated version featured Darryl and Wanda raising the infant Zoe as their first child, as distinct from the comic strip's storyline at the time which showed Zoe as the older sister to Hammie. Mike O'Malley supplied the voice of Darryl while Julia Sweeney played Wanda.

The Baby Blues television series differed from the comic strip by focusing on Darryl and Wanda's relationship with the Bittermans, a neighbor family with three children (Rodney, Megan, and Shelby); Kenny, Darryl's co-worker; and Bizzy, the babysitter for Zoe. Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott had little creative control over the animated version. [1]

The WB typically aired two episodes each week, thus enabling eight different episodes to be shown in the five-week run, but abandoned plans to air additional episodes which had been completed. Previously unaired episodes were later shown by the Cartoon Network in its Adult Swim block. Like fellow WB primetime animated series The Oblongs and Mission Hill, this show was cancelled after 13 episodes.

The Theme Song was "It's All Been Done" by the Barenaked Ladies.

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