1. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    I love the PowerPuff Girls.

    I even loved them before I found out – years ago, while they were still popular – that the “Chemical X” that was accidentally added to the sugar, spice, and everything nice in Professor Utonium’s “Perfect-Girl-Concoction”*1, was, in fact, a very specific and well known chemical that can only safely be stored in tin. Opening that can gave the girls their first, not-fit-for-children’s-television, group name.

    I’m still not sure if I like it better with the name PowerPuff. (Though the Chemical-X Stew name format for the proposed show would have definitely needed to change to Chemical-X Girls.) There’s some great gender-irony going on there.

    In fact, maybe someday I’ll get around to writing about gender in the PowerPuff Girls TV show (and the unaired pilot that McCracken used to get the gig writing PowerPuff back when it was envisioned as more “adult swim” material).

    *1: a stew that was intended by the absent minded professor to create the perfect girl but which instead created the 3 PowerPuff Girls: I don’t know where I found this out, but apparently, although the original experiment was designed to create one perfect girl, the power of Chemical X could not be contained within a single girl. The “perfect girl” portions of the mixture, however, guaranteed that when they split up aspects of girlhood-perfection, each was a “perfect” version of a subset of girls – this to explain the meta-conundrum of employing simplistic archetypes for Blossom, Bubbles, & Buttercup

  2. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says


    Buttercup is the vicious one! Veeeshuss, I tell you!

    See a truly Veeshus Cat in action by visiting this site, scrolling down to/searching for “veeshus” and then reading the Peals Before Swine strips presented.

    You can start with the full-color comic (the 4th strip). The first 3 are, respectively,
    1. a global warming joke
    2. a fat joke (and, yes, it’s also an in-joke about the personality of the person making the fat joke, but I don’t really care)
    3. a joke about the difficulties of family.

    I’m kind of surprised that PBS writer even made that stupid and offensive fat joke, but it was particularly jarring to see a fan collect it as a “favorite” and put it in with other, truly good strips. You’ve been warned, though it might be impossible for your eyes to skip over #2 while reading the others (which are definitely good & worthwhile).

    If you’re not familiar with PBS, you can see the current strip online here. Like most comics on the web, you can go backwards & even go to a particular date or date range, but the comics aren’t tagged well enough to make image searching a viable way to find a specific strip if you have one for which you’re looking. However, if you’re not familiar, you’ll only be browsing anyway.

    BTW: Feb 10th makes good use of a car feature I keep expecting auto-makers to develop.

  3. yazikus says

    My sister rigged our home computer to play the theme song every time you turned it on. Now that song is stuck in my head again.

  4. Becca Stareyes says

    Crip Dyke @ 2

    I actually like the idea that three girls were created because no single being could encompass all of what ‘girlhood’ is without contradicting itself.

  5. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    ahhhhhh…You throw like a GIRL!!!!!

    good they ended with that. any reply would have been pointless.

  6. says

    Crip Dyke, normally Buttercup is, but don’t push Bubbles. She. Will. Take. You. Dooowwwwnnnn.

    Also, I haven’t read PBS for ages. I enjoyed the Vicious Cat strips you linked to, thank you.

  7. sugarfrosted says

    Given how bad the late season episodes got, I’m expecting this to be horribly unwatchable. Though, I hope to be pleasantly surprised. Girls Gone Mild is an example of such a bad episode.

  8. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    @Tabby, #7:

    Crip Dyke, normally Buttercup is, but don’t push Bubbles. She. Will. Take. You. Dooowwwwnnnn.

    Well, yes. Any of them will. I concede that part, of course.

    What I like about Bubbles is that she uses her kind, caring, sweetness-and-light side to motivate the take downs. She’s patient and jokey and loving, but if you start doing things that are against her core values or against those who can’t properly defend themselves or who are unusually vulnerable, well then the love she feels so deeply and so well only becomes the most powerful motivator for righteous takedowns ever.