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Bodie Troll

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In the fairytale village of Hagadorn lurks Bodie Troll, a fuzzy little grump who wants to be big and scary, but is doomed to be cute and cuddly, and no help from his Fairy Godmother-employer or barmaid-best-friend can change that. But what Bodie lacks in terror, he makes up for in mischief. Silly and suspenseful adventures await just beyond his bridge!
Paperback, 273 pages
Published March 12th 2014 by Red 5 Comics (first published February 12th 2014)
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Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'm so unbelievably happy I checked this out. Jay Fosgitt tells an amazingly adorable and funny story of Bodie Troll. Bodie wants nothing more than to be scary to others and eat gross stuff. The book is delightful and I want everyone to read it. Yes, its an all ages book but that's a positive not a negative. The stories aren't dumbed down for kids but are appropriate for everyone. I'm not equipped to say how much I enjoyed this book. ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite discoveries of Free Comic Book Day day was Bodie Troll. This collection of the first four issues is simply fun. I will definitely be continuing in Bodies's adventures. Highly recommend it for kids of all ages, for any fan of class Sunday strip humor, and fairy tales. ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The art is really attractive in this comic. The stories are just OK, though. They serve mainly as a delivery vehicle for gags, which don't always hit. ...more
Jan 31, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: graphic-novels
DNF at 10%.

I found the writing in this somewhat illegible, which made for a frustrating reading experience. While the illustrations were cute and entertaining, I found myself uninterested in the tone of humor Bodie liked to use.
Emma Lauren
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt is the story of Bodie, a little troll who wants nothing more than to be feared and heralded as the scariest troll of all... and to eat some stinky roots. However, he constantly ends up being a hero by mistake, and no one fears him due to his unending cuteness. With his best friend Cholly, and Cholly's Fairy Godmother, Miz Bijou by his side, Bodie finds himself in adventure after adventure. This book was so cute, and I loved reading about Bodie's silly adventures. ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
[3.5 stars] Bodie is so darn cute i cannot.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked this more than I liked Bone, and that's saying a lot. ...more
Becky B
The adventures (and misadventures) of Bodie the troll. Bodie wishes he were big, strong, and super scary. But he's small, fluffy, and way too cute to be taken seriously. He gets his beloved fill of roots by doing odd jobs for Miz Bijou, the fairy who runs the Drunken Pumpkin, and Cholly, her barmaid and ward. During his jobs for Miz Bijou or his outings with Cholly Bodie inevitably finds trouble.

You know how when you watch a cartoon show they usually fill the 30min or 60min time slot with a cou
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bodie Troll is, well, a troll, who wants to be considered vicious and mean, but is generally just cute and a help to those around him (if frequently a mess). Just don't get between him a nice, dirty root. This volume covers a bunch of the starting adventures between him, a former fairy grandmother who runs a tavern he works for, and the young woman/playwright/barmaid who works there as well. Tonally (and artwise as well, for that matter), it's kind of Calvin and Hobbes minus the philosophy meets ...more
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Surprisingly well developed characters and plot given the comic-strip humor and hijinks. This review is for the Red 5 Comics tpb from 2014 that collects #1-#4 of the series. It looks like there is a more recent volume by BOOM! (2018) that is easily twice the length (the pages in this one are unnumbered) but I can't find any information about what else in included in the more recent version. I'll put a hold on it and let you know :). ANYway, the art is very cartoony and cutesy, but the reproducti ...more
Kelly Frazier
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bodie is a troll that is trying to be scary but he's too damn adorable! The stories are funny and interesting, and ultimately about having self-love and appreciation for those who genuinely care about you. Jay's artwork is so amazing and visually unique that is brings out the joys, the sadness, and even the grumpiness of Bodie and his wild collection of characters. In the end, as much as he doesn't act like it, Bodie is a great protector of his friends. Great comic for all ages! I wish this was ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this title: the art, the colouring, the STORY! My favourite things are included: fairy tale tropes, a red head protagonist, jokes about sonnets (English Minor and theatre kid here) and of course the inclusion of puppets. This is a perfect nerdy storm of everything I love and it’s a great read for little Geeklings but also a wonderful mash up for adults to dive into a new fairy tale that twists some old notes into a fantastic new story.
Was surprisingly charmed by this book! First impressions were that it was kind of cramped and a lot of text on the page, but once I settled into the story, I just fell in love with Bodie, Cholly and Miz Bijou. The book is made up of chapters that function more or less independently from each other, so it's nice for picking up for a short reading session. I hope there are more adventures of these characters! ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very cute series that revels in its cuteness. Bodie is adorable even as he thinks he should be ferocious, and his adventures are mad-cap and zany, with a decent supporting cast, good art, and a lot of heart. There's a good amount of world building, but it doesn't get in the way of bad puns, slapstick action, and warm fuzzies (and lots of root-eating). Perfect for a young audience, but works pretty well for adults too. ...more
Poor Bodie, he wants to be a scary troll, but it's just not happening - he's too cute! I hope there are more of these in the future, as it was pretty darn adorable. :D

The stories were a bit surprisingly wordy for juvenile graphic novel stories, better for an advanced reader rather than a beginner. The art work is really, really good!
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A very enjoyable fantasy comic for ages 10+. Jay's delightful characters are brought to life with snappy dialogue and action. The puppet "newscaster" really cracked me up.

I particularly enjoyed the surprise ending, which leaves me wanting to know what happens next.
Maggi Rohde
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bodie is gross and beautiful and hilarious and confusing. It’s an all-ages book that reminds me of Bone in some ways, but I worry that the jokes are too complex for all but the most astute young readers.
Destiny Henderson
"Everybody's mean and angry sometimes, Bodie, and that's okay."

Bodie Troll is gross, wonderfully dumb, and packed with heart and adorable moments in a fun, imaginative world. Surprisingly there's a little character development too. This is a book for all ages.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books-read
This book was almost painfully cute. Bodie is Adorable. I would happily read another volume of this fluffy furry cuddly monster.
Stephanie La Bue Robles
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun adventure story for kids or adults. Leaves on a cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next installment to see what happens next
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fosgitt’s art is a delight. A great read for all ages.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful tale of Bodie the Troll.
Reminds me of Bone.
I wish there was a follow up.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rated 5 stars!
Ages 12+
Micah Ulibarri
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun. Funny. Cute. Original.
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The illustrations on this were fantastic and the plots were very sweet. Interested to see what might happen in future volumes!
A. Nixon
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
---Originally Read March 12-13, 2014-----
This was as great as I was hoping it would be. Adorable, funny. It's well-drawn and well-plotted. Great for Atomic Robo fans, if you're looking for something a little lighter - it's definitely Red5 fare and I like that!
A. Lee
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun and lively book, buoyed by wonderfully expressive art.

Simply charming. There's a surprising amount of potty humor here, which I'm not usually a fan of. But here it worked, and the charm of the story is aided immensely by the art, which is simply adorable. A lot of fun.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
entertaining and fun but nothing special. suited for all ages I think.
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Jay P. Fosgitt is a member of The National Cartoonists Society. He has garnered back to back annual awards from the Michigan Press Association for “Best Original Cartoon.” In 2009, Ape Entertainment published Jay's debut graphic novel Dead Duck . His second full-length offering from Ape Entertainment is Little Green Men . On the convention scene, Jay has made appearances at Motor City Comi ...more

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