They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. For me, it was more like I didn’t know what I had until it was gone and then came back again.
Back when I first started reading Web comics, I started with the big names. All the usual suspects, Penny Arcade, PvP, Order of the Stick: all those must-reads. I would also spend time looking for new strips to add to my new hobby. One day when I was using a computer that wasn’t mine, I found a strip I really liked by the name of Buttercup Festival. It was a black and white stripe featuring an unnamed grim reaper looking character and his whimsical and amusing journeys through his beautifully rendered world.
I didn’t remember that name at the time, and I never found the strip again. Soon, I had all but forgotten about it.
I didn’t think of it again for years. It wasn’t until last week when I discovered it again. It turns out that soon after I found it, Buttercup Festival went on a three year hiatus and has only now just started up again.
The format remains the same. The strip is still excellent. The only that has changed is the update schedule (only once a week I believe) and creator David Troupes has dropped his previous pen name of Elliot G. Garbauskas (a change I fully support).
So go check out Buttercup Festival while you still can. You never know, in five years Troupes might do this to us again. And this time I’ll know and be sad.