FCBD Review: Fresh Off The Boat

Fresh Off the Boat FCBD

Fresh Off The Boat

Fresh Off The Boat isn’t a comic series- is it? Well, not really. It’s a popular sitcom about a Chinese-American family on ABC. The TV show is loosely based on the life and memoirs of Chef Eddie Huang. There are many layers to this story- but for Free Comic Book Day, a special issue of a Fresh Off The Boat comic, inspired by the sitcom, is hitting the shelves. It can be yours if you visit a participating comic book shop on Free Comic Book Day- for the great low price of Free!


This comic is written by Gene Luen Yang, famous for great books like New Superman, Boxers and Saints, and Level Up. Recently, he was honored with the designation of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. It’s no surprise, then, that this Fresh Off The Boat comic is funny and great for all ages. There is a complicated relationship between Eddie Huang’s original memoir and its television adaptation, and Yang manages to reference that in the story while not taking away from the special elements of the book. As Yang says, “I’m a huge fan of the Fresh Off The Boat television show. It’s clever and funny, plus it taps into pieces of my childhood that I’ve rarely seen on a screen, large or small.”

Fresh Off The Boat Presents: Legion of Dope-itude Featuring Lazy Boy manages to capture the essence of the sitcom while delving into aspects of Chinese-American culture that aren’t often seen in mainstream media. Yang focuses his story on the person experiences of each member of the family as they discover their newfound super powers and their own real-life talents. The story is fun, entertaining, and easy to follow. 

Fresh Off the Boat FCBD


With art by Jorge Corona and colors by Jeremy Lawson, this comic perfectly animates the Fresh Off the Boat sitcom. The art captures the real-life actors and the personality of the individual characters. The art is animated and lively, which supports the superhero theme and the all-ages content. The bright colors and exaggerated, cartoonish style perfectly capture the setting of the show. 


Fresh Off the Boat Presents: Legion of Dope-itude Featuring Lazy Boy is one of the many all-ages free comics you can pick up on Free Comic Book Day. If you’re a fan of the show, interested in Superheroes, or just want a nice, family-friendly comic book, this is a great choice. If you like it, consider picking up some of Gene Yang’s other works and delving into the world of comics!

As a bonus, you can watch The Season 3 episode of Fresh Off the Boat: Pie vs Cake, to get a special glimpse of how this comic was created by Eddie and Emery, two of the Huang brothers. However, the show is not necessary for understanding the events of the comic. 

Free Comic Book Day is the First Saturday in May- May 6th, 2017.

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Megan Rae

Megan is a pint-sized nerd in a big comics world. She loves Aquaman (not just AquaMomoa), ice cream, zines, and her idiot cat, Durin. She works for a rad comic shop in Sunny California. Her Super Powers include changing her hair color too often, awarding herself imaginary Lumberjanes badges, and always having snacks. In her spare time, she reads books without pictures and googles slang to seem cooler. How Lit!

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