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Bob the Angry Flower
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First Appearance


Created by

Stephen Notley


Bob the Angry Flower is a webcomic that tells the story of an easily-angered anthropomorphic flower named Bob and his interactions with the world, often in search of either global domination or love. Bob has an intense hate of the incorrect use of the apostrophe to form plurals, and is also often found in outlandish but self-inflicted predicaments.

Bob's two sidekicks are "Stumpy" (a tree stump) and "Freddie the Flying Foetus" (self-explanatory). While Stumpy's appearance and demeanour epitomise existential ennui, Freddie – as befits his tender years – is a vital and innocent spirit, insuppressibly enthusiastic and trusting; the pair provide two different counterpoints to the single-minded irascibility of the protagonist. Other recurring minor characters include robots, ninjas and various evil masterminds. Dick Cheney, Kofi Annan, and other world leaders have also appeared as characters on occasion.

Bob the Angry Flower is the creation of Canadian cartoonist Stephen Notley, a native of Edmonton who has nevertheless been based in Seattle, USA, since early 2005. The cartoon has been carried, at different times, by several local newspapers and magazines including See magazine, Vue Weekly, the Edmonton Journal,and The Gateway. Notley also generally posts new strips to his website every Friday.

Bob the Angry Flower has had one spinoff series, Lovebot Conquers All, featuring Lovebot, a robot built by Bob and then abandoned, and who reappears occasionally in the strip to bring readers up to date on his fruitless quest for love. It appeared in black and white as a bonus feature in the collection Bob the Angry Flower: The Ultimate Book of Perfect Energy, and ran in color on the subscription site, Graphic Smash.

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