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Buttercup Festival by David Troupes, Series 2, #74.  Reprinted with permission of the artist.

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Buttercup Festival is the webcomic creation of artist and poet David Troupes. Though he brought Series II to an end on November 4, it and Series I reside in their full surreality, whimsy and beauty on his website here. He temporarily retired BF to focus on Renaming of the Birds, “an illustrated storybook about a young clerk who is assigned to rename all the birds in his town.” You can read more at its Kickstarter site here and order an advance copy at the bottom of David’s website.

David’s “hooded little friend,” depicted in most of his comics and above, spends much time talking to nature, sometimes abstractly, sometimes to the moon and stars, sometimes to a plant or animal with a “Hey there.” Randall Munroe of xkcd, featured often on EarthDesk, calls Buttercup Festival “my favorite webcomic.”

According to David:

Buttercup Festival started back in 2000 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, began a three-year hibernation in 2005, and emerged groggy and hungry in January of 2008 as Series II. Every strip is drawn on paper with pencils and pens. More information can be found in the Wikipedia article. I didn’t write it.

Most of my creative energy at the moment goes into poetry. Two Ravens Press have published my two full-length books, Parsimony (currently out of print) and The Simple Men. Other poems have been published as smaller projects, some of which you can buy directly from me on the poetry page.

I was born and lived more or less the first twenty-five years of my life in Massachusetts, and now (after much moving around) reside with my wife in the north of England. I have a day job, the way people do.

Most of my work can be related back to an adolescence spent wandering through the woods.

David’s Facebook page is here.

David’s Twitter page is here.

Order Renaming of the Birds through PayPal