Widgey Q Butterfluff: gross-out lampoon of saccharine 1980s Saturday morning cartoons

By Cory Doctorow

Stef Cherrywell's Widgey Q. Butterfluff is a fun, slightly raunchy gross-out comic lampooning 1980s-era cutesy Saturday morning cartoons/toy adverts like Strawberry Shortcake, Teddy Ruxpin, The Smurfs and Care Bears. Widgey Q Butterfluff, the series' heroine, is a fat, sweet pixie so filled with syrupy good wishes and treacly sentiment that she is practically a walking advertisement for insulin. She lives in idyllic Snugglepump valley, where she and her cutesy friends have adventures that are, on the one hand, pitch-perfect sendups of the 80s cartoon genre, and, on the other hand, Mad-Magazine-grade gross-outs, filled with drug and sex references and highly entertaining self-reflexive humor.

The black-and-white Slave Labor Graphics collection is great, lightweight entertainment -- check out this excerpt for yourself.

Widgey Q. Butterfluff


Published 2:16 am Mon, Jul 5, 2010

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About the Author

I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a nonfiction book about the arts and the Internet called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

10 Responses to “Widgey Q Butterfluff: gross-out lampoon of saccharine 1980s Saturday morning cartoons”

  1. Yamara says:

    YES! This is why I slip little links like this in in the comments at BoingBoing! In the eternal hope that the deserving get their boing!

    Needless to say, I already have my copy, having snagged it on pre-order. Brilliant, subversive stuff.

    More of “Steph Cherrywell”‘s online work:

    Intragalactic

    Muertitos

    And the original chocolatey goodness of Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy

    Who knows what fantastic webcomic I shall sneak into the comments next?!

     

    …uhh, always within the context of the conversation, of course…

  2. Yamara says:

    Needless to say, I already have my copy, having snagged it on pre-order. Brilliant, subversive stuff.

    More of “Steph Cherrywell”‘s online work:

    Intragalactic

    Muertitos

    And the original chocolatey goodness of Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy

  3. Nadreck says:

    Somewhere on the interWebs is the “60’s Porn Star or Strawberry Shortcake character?” quiz: April Showers? Snuggle Bunny?

  4. seanc0x0 says:

    I that love the “customers also bought” section on that Amazon listing includes “American Terminal AT-31604 60-40 Rosin Core Solder (4 Ounces)”. Go nerds!

  5. Yamara says:

    See, now, there I downplayed a repost thinking my exuberance had gotten me in trouble with the mods.

    I know Antinous, for one, is very select in his exuberance.

    Anyway. Nadreck @3: Where do you suppose Miss Muffy and the Muff Mob fit in that quiz?

  6. Dewi Morgan says:

    More than one link gets you held for moderation on most boards on the interwebs :)

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      It’s completely automated. I have to fish them out of the bin for approval.

      • Dewi Morgan says:

        They get auto-trashcanned, rather than queued for moderation? That sounds like it’s more work for you than it should be, but I don’t know what the UI looks like, so maybe not.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Steph is honestly one of the funniest (and sweetest, and kindest) people I have ever met, and I cherish my little autographed copy of Widgey! It’s wonderful to see how her work is beginning to take off.

  8. Eos47 says:

    I believe we have absatively posilutely found a new wife for Ned Flanders.

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