For those not in the know, doujinshi is the japanese word for amateur or fan comic. Don’t let the term fool you, though it may be an unapologetic example of copyright infringement, The Powerpuff Girl’s Doujinshi is a professional quality comic, far better than than many titles to be found at your local comic book store.
The plot follows Bubbles. Blossom, and Buttercup, those stars of the popular cartoon network series, as well as a host of other recent American cartoon characters, from series such as Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Lab, My Life As a Teenage Robot, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Megas XLR, Grim and Mandy, Invader Zim, and more.
Bleedman clearly loves these series, and, not only that, he gets them. His characterization is spot on. His dialogue impeccable.
The plot itself has the Powerpuff Girls moving to a new school, one curiously populated by other cartoon characters from the nickelodeon and cartoon network world. After a brief playground squabble between the girls and Dexter, Boy Genius, the Powerpuff Girls enter into their new lives and make friends. Naturally, they’ll have to save the world from an evil force, one quickly labeled as being worse than anything they’ve ever encountered in Townsville.
What’s interesting about this story is that its a bit more “serious” than the source material in comes from, yet still far from it. They live in an environment where things can get a bit nastier, where the possibility of death is a bit closer, but friendship and love will still prevail over all that is evil.
It’s an interesting re-imagining, to take these extremely innocent characters and do some more trying things to them, while also not losing the sense of fun that made them great. It’s a balancing act that most writers these days would seem to be incapable of, but Bleedman nails perfectly.
The art is done in an anime inspired style, which is interesting since these are all based on american cartoons. Bleedman, who lives in the Phillipines, says that he prefers american stuff to anime, and its a wonderful to see a celebration of the better parts of american animation. This comic will make you want to discover, or rediscover, the source material.