Strawberry Shortcake Review Gives Shout Out to Amy Mebberson

Kind of stunned just to get mentioned by anyone, we’re 5 issues in and this is the first article I can call a review:

Strawberry Shortcake #1
Publisher: Ape Entertainment (Kizoic line)
Written By: Georgia Ball, Russell Lissau, Meredith Lissau, and Heather Nuhfer
Drawn By: Amy Mebberson and Tanya Roberts

In the past few months we have drawn our attention to numerous revivals of nostalgia-titles, and in 2012 every character from the Power Rangers to My Little Pony are back in the comics. Ape Entertainment is no stranger to nostalgia, publishing new and classic Richie-Rich stories, and now they are bringing us a new Strawberry Shortcake comic, complete with scented cover (no joke).

Issue #1 is packed with three tales. In “Field Day,” the yearly Berrykin Power Plant picnic (try saying that three times fast) is taking place, and everyone wants to win the trophy for the many races that ensue. Strawberry picks Bosley Bookworm as her teammate to everyone’s surprise, and tries to overcome the odds despite his lack of athletic ability. Friendship and hard work does shine through in the end. In “Huckleberry Hill,” Raspberry and Blueberry are a little down when the old Huckleberry Hill sign is taken down as construction happens locally. The girls reflect on their younger days with the sign, and might just have a way to save it. In “A Recipe for Friendship,” another day at Strawberry Shortcake’s cafe is underway as she wracks her noggin trying to come up with a new recipes for breakfast, because her cookbook has gone missing. Her friends jump in, creating new dishes, happy customers, and of course good friendship. The issue also includes the text-story “The Mystery Dish,” and a recipe for Berry Bitty Bites, like the ones in the third story, that anyone can make.

Overall this update holds up pretty well, and like picking up an Archie comic, although the styles have changed and Strawberry Shortcake looks hip, nothing story wise has. It’s still innocent fun that encourages friendship, and the stories are a good read. The stand out on this issue is the art by Amy Mebberson, who drew the first two stories , and it’s nice looking stuff. I was delighted somehow by the text-story “The Mystrey Dish” being included, not for the story itself, but the nostalgia throw back in itself to have a text-story mixed in with comics. Also a scented cover is a guilty pleasure that I’m sure some folks will go nuts over. I got my copy digitally on the Strawberry Shortcake comic-app, so mine of course wasn’t scented (until they release iPad-5 with smell-a-vision).

Strawberry Shortcake #1 is out now in print and digital. Also worth noting for fans is that the 1980s Marvel Star Comics-line Strawberry Shortcake series is available on the app, too, for a buck an issue as Strawberry Shortcake Classics.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

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