Not to be confused with Powerpuff Girls Z, the PPG Doujinishi is a series of webcomics by Victor Ngo, more commonly known as Bleedman. If you’ve been keeping up with the hype of being a 90’s kid that has been made very prevalent on both Twitter and Facebook, this webcomic will without a doubt bring up a sense of nostalgia comparable to that of Toonami’s recent return to television.
The series gets its name from the Japanese term for self-published works; appropriate considering the art of PPGD is very much manga-style. Bleedman’s talent is truly incomparable; the art is never sloppy, the action is relatively easy to follow, and as the story progresses, his skills with a pencil only seems to improve page by page. Did I mention each page is fully colored? As visually impressive as PPGD is, Bleedman’s story telling doesn’t fall short; he offers the right combination of comedy, suspense, shock, and even romance. I’m pretty sure I cried at some point along the way.
My favorite thing about this webcomic, and certainly the icing on the cake, are the characters. I’m sure you could guess by the title who the leading ladies are. That’s right; everyone’s favorite little girl super heroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, still saving the world before bedtime. Granted, the girls are a bit older in this but Bleedman captures their personalities perfectly; Bubble is still the cute, innocent baby sister, Blossom the bright, responsible leader, and Buttercup is as rash and stubborn as ever. Even, the girl’s “father,” Professor Utonium, is not much different than the lovable klutz of a scientist we remember. But Bleedman surprises you with the rest of the cast, most of whom you’ll have no trouble recognizing from other popular 90’s cartoon shows, like Dexter, from Dexter’s Laboratory, as well as his ballerina sister DeeDee and evil nemesis Mandark, all of whom have big roles in the story. Other major characters include “Jack” from Samurai Jack, Courage from Courage the Cowardly Dog, Otto Osworth and his buds, Buck Tuddrussel and Larry 3000, from Time Squad make an appearance, and finally, my favorite, Megas XLR and its video-game playing pilot Coop show up to kick some ass. If you look carefully, you’ll find Ed, Edd and Eddy, Timmy Turner and his godparents, Susie from Johnny Bravo, Billy and Mandy, and many more making cameo appearances at Megaville Elementary. Even Zim, the Rowdyruff Boys, Brick, Butch, and Boomer, XJ9 (a.ka. Jenny the Teenaged Robot), and I Am Weasel are seen briefly. A little warning; seeing all our wonderful crudely drawn TV friends appear as manga style masterpieces may come as a shock at first, but it’s truly nothing short of impressive fun.
The story is not without Bleedman’s own cast of original characters, most notably Bell, a would-be Powerpuff Girl with questionable origins and even more questionable alliances (you’ll see her not-so-sweet-side threatening our unforgettable evil monkey scientist, Mojo Jojo).
PPGD launched in January of 2004 and it continues to be updated regularly. Bleedman has two other major works in the making: Grim Tales from Down Below and Sugar Bits. Grim Tales is another favorite and the plot of this webcomic is cleverly intertwined with that of PPGD. Grim Tales takes more elements from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy than anything else and –yowza!- adult Mandy is one hot momma (literally). In Grim Tales you’ll see appearances by Him of Powerpuff Girls as the main villain, Danny from Danny Phantom has an interesting but as of yet vague role in the story, and even Raven of the Teen Titans shows up at one point (I was pretty excited about that). Grim Tales is also a tad darker and contains some adult themes so beware: it may just ruin your childhood. All three webcomics have been put on hiatus several times as Bleedman shifts his attention between them but they’re definitely worth the wait. PPGD currently has 9 chapters and 259 pages uploaded on its host site Sanfu-Comics, where you can find works by other artists, including an interesting but relatively young webcomic based on the popular manga/ anime Nartuto called Naruto: Hero’s Path.
I have been following and reading all of Bleedman’s works since I discovered it in 2005 and I cannot recommend them enough. So what are you waiting for? There are 259 great pages of sugar, spice, and everything nice to catch up on!
Stay Comic Booked, folks!