Synopses & Reviews
Combining the politics of The Boondocks
, the surrealism of Zippy the Pinhead
, and the pop-culture madness of The Simpsons
, Bob the Angry Flower
is an edgy, trenchantly political, and achingly funny comic strip. Whether hes building killer robots, running for pope, or just getting creamed at 20 Questions, Bob is locked, loaded, and ready to destroy the Earthunless theres something good on TV. Bob the Angry Flower: Dog Killer
is exactly what disaffected teenagers, jaded grownups, disgruntled geeks, and Peter Pans of all ages have been waiting for: a flower with a brilliant mind, a bipolar temperament, and the attention span of a five-year-old loaded up on sugar and Saturday-morning cartoons.
This first U.S.-published collection of Canadian cartoonist Stephen Notleys syndicated masterpiece is a crazed love letter to monster movies, petty demagogues, and vegetarian tyrants alike. Unpredictable, original, and wholly outrageous, Bob is coming to Americaand not a moment too soon.
"Intensely funny. I've been laughing like a supervillain for days."
Joss Whedon, creator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Notleys syndicated Bob the Angry Flower exemplifies the new science-fiction comics. Instead of rocketing around the galaxies, it generally stays on terra firma and lets the aliens come to it. It features robots, especially the lugubrious authors alter-ego, Lovebot, and, getting brainy for a change, quantum phenomena, as when Bob, instead of just chopping a spunky crippled kid up with an ax, whacks him with a quantum waveform decollapser that renders the annoying child into innumerable, identical, possible spunky crippled kids. Trenchant references are made to highbrow fantasy (Kafka) and SF (Brave New World), but Notley is obviously most inspired by 1950s sci-fi flickers and their progeny of giant reptile/bug/thing attack yarns (though the big critter that most excites him is the already-big-enough bear; see the long, wordless story in the center of the book, Pure Action). And hes incensed by the Bush administration. Bob is pretty transparently another Notley alter egothe main oneyet he also seems an ambulatory bud from The Little Shop of Horrorss Audrey. Energetically drawn, top-drawer madness.”
I just laugh my butt off every time I see Bob having one of his hissy fits. And who else describes what we live with now so succinctlyCheneys tiny Republican heart, tight with hate.? Bob is me and Bob is you...”
Donna Barr, author of Desert Peach and Stinz
The long-awaited Dog Killer (Tachyon) is a whole new chance to revel in Notleys fevered, nihilistic madness.”
How I pity those English monolinguists who will only know Bob the Angry Flower as a hysterically funny force of chaos. Those who read Bob in its original Klingon know it to be a keen, insightful look into the humorous nuances behind todays headlines.”
Phil Foglio, co-author of Girl Genius
Dog Killer is rife with wry political commentary and subversive play, but its also an appealing work of dark surrealism.... Its courageous alternative art. Sounds a lot like what I enjoy about horror fiction....”
Michael Arnzen, The Goreletter
Bob the Angry Flower will rock your world.”
Keith Knight, author of The K Chronicles
Its amazingly funny, totally offbeat, and like nothing else Ive ever read.”
Combining politics, surrealism, and pop-culture hilarity, Bob the Angry Flower is an edgy, trenchantly political, and achingly funny comic-strip character. Whether he's building killer robots, running for Pope, or getting creamed at 20 Questions, Bob is locked, loaded, and ready to destroy the earthunless there's something good on TV. This collection of syndicated comic classics, the first to be published in the United States, is unpredictable, original, and wholly outrageousperfect for disaffected teenagers, jaded grown-ups, disgruntled geeks, and Peter Pans of all ages.
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"Intensely funny. I've been laughing like a supervillain for days." Joss Whedon, creator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer"Cartooning at its finest." Flak Magazine"Stephen Notley germinates the page with his comic seed, impregnating the unsuspecting reader with writhing fetuses of laughter." Keith Knight, The K Chronicles"Bob the Angry Flower experiences all emotions at exaggerated levels. He's sort of like your id with an unlimited budget." Michael Swanwick, author, Bones of the Earth and Cigar-Box Faust"Amazingly funny, totally off-beat, and like nothing else I've ever read." iComics"Bob the Angry Flower eludes genre...Notley's approach to sequential art is incomparable." The Goreletter"Quirky, funny, and just a bit too true." Bookloons"The long-awaited Dog Killer...is a whole new chance to revel in Notley's fevered, nihilistic madness" The Onion