is an English language
comic strip by Mell Lazarus
which debuted on October 26
. It is currently distributed by Creators Syndicate
to about 400 papers.
The main character is Sonja Hobbs, a short, opinionated senior citizen with a controlling personality and three grown children she appears to get extreme kicks out of nagging:
- Francis, a chronic and shameless slacker with little interest in working for anyone or anything (he always looks for loopholes in work contracts), is the single largest source of her exasperation. It suits him perfectly to sponge off her and sometimes other people, yet he can't be bothered to lift a finger to clean up his own apartment or otherwise help out. He has a single taste in women: airheads built and dressed like Playboy bunnies. His friends, with similar work ethics, sometimes show up.
- When Francis accompanies her for walks outside, Momma will sometimes meet acquaintances who show up with and boast about their own sons.
- Marylou, her youngest, has frequent relationship problems (particularly with her mother, as evidenced by her comment that she was living the comic strip Momma was talking about in the October 6 2006 strip). She has a thing for losers and outcasts — the very types of men Momma loathes. She does not, however, have much interest in the types of men Momma is determined she marry: well-educated and / or well-heeled. Nor does she appreciate Momma reading engagement notices of other daughters from the classified section in her presence.
- Thomas, her oldest, is employed and happily married. His wife Tina tends to be just as lazy as, if not worse than, Francis and therefore is a frequent target of Momma's criticism. For her part, Tina doesn't think too highly of "Mother Hobbs," either.
While she constantly tries to make them feel insignificant without her, they consider her little more than a tool.
Momma also has a variety of dream sequences, some of which include her late husband Jerome.
Though based on Lazarus' own mother, he reports that she thought the character was based on his Aunt Helen.