|This webcomic has had a reboot since this review was written. It may be the case that the creator has used this opportunity to improve the webcomic to the extent that this review may no longer apply. But probably not.|
|Original review author:||Long Tom|
|Webcomic name:||Hailey Flower|
|Author:||AnimatedJames, real name James Barkley|
|Start Date:||The strips have no dates on them, but I assume this webcomic only started maybe weeks or months ago at most.|
|End Date:||Not sure exactly when, but the author decided enough was enough.|
|Genre:||In the webpage's own description: "a webcomic for eproctophiles".|
|Defining Flaw:||The very genre, duh!|
Mimics the cartoon style of his animations on YouTube, which is itself akin to some modern-day TV cartoons.
The original version was a gag-a-day webcomic; the new version has a storyline about Hailey and how she and other females love to fart upon one another for pleasure.
|Characters:||[no stars given]
The author's wish fulfillment creations. I have NEVER heard of any real-life people who behave like this.
I never would have imagined there would be an audience for this sort of thing. But as the old saying goes, it takes all kinds (of sick fucks).
The original version was simply disgusting; the new version is genuinely creepy.
UPDATE: This webcomic has been rebooted into an entirely new format. Instead of pages of strips to click on, we now have a text story with strips inserted in between. Artwork and subject matter are the same as before though.
Hailey Flower was brought up on the BWW forum and I decided to review it out of the sheer novelty of its horribleness.
The new webcomic manages to be creepier than the old one.
Story and Plot
This was originally created as a gag strip (in more ways than one). Since that time, the original webcomic was scrapped entirely, and the new version has strips interlaced with text (explained in more detail in the "Writing Review" section).
In this incarnation, the story begins with Hailey Flower being interviewed by her agent Angel, who informs her that she is now hosting her own TV show. Hailey celebrates by farting on Angel. Hailey returns home to Day, her lesbian lover, and they celebrate by farting on each other. Later, they go to the TV studio to meet with the bigwigs and there is more farting, and Hailey goes to visit friends at a bar, and does plenty of farting while there, and Hailey and Day go to visit Hailey's mother, who also loves to fart and be farted upon. Mother and daughter fart upon one another, then Hailey goes to fart upon her 13-year-old brother...
If you think I'm going to bother following any more of this story, you're crazy.
Geometrical line drawings with blocks of color, with little detailing and shading and minimal backgrounds for the most part. The author does animations which he places on YouTube, so his static drawings would naturally be like the pictures he does for the animations. His animations, like his pictures, are styled after cartoons such as Phineas and Ferb, Total Drama and most of all Danny Phantom.
As the author admits, this is not a fart joke webcomic, but a fart fetish one. What does that mean? Let me elaborate:
Most of the webcomic (text as well as illustrations) almost continuously depicts farts and fart sounds and greenish-brown fart gases and people being sprayed with them all the time and people actually enjoying having it happen to them (the women anyway), in some instances to the point of sexual arousal. This is not lowbrow frat-boy humor; this is taking a scatological theme to extremes, the way Kit n' Kay Boodle takes furry pornography to extremes by having all the characters being naked all the time and having sex every single minute. Are there really people other than the fictional characters in this webcomic that enjoy being farted on, and even get sexually aroused by it? Perhaps there are. Are there any shit fetishists besides James desperate enough to get off to this webcomic? I doubt it.
Pages are structured so that there are several strips with text sections between them. The strips are not meant for illustration; you see a strip, then the text describes what happens next, then there is another strip as part of the story, then more text, and so on.
What Oddguy has to say about him:
I'll try to keep this brief because if I go into detail about every single thing he's done then this section will be about 70 times longer than the rest of this article.
James was a YouTube cartoonist who made a show about Sonic characters fighting MLP characters (he only needed to add Homestuck characters and his cartoons would literally give you autism) and was involved in a minor drama when one of his cartoons implicitly threatened to murder the director of Teen Titans GO!. He only became infamous when, in a Tom Preston-esque twist, people on 4chan's /co/ noticed a striking similarity between his art and that of a fart fetish comic (not this one but its predecessor)... You can all guess where this is going.
From that moment on James has been in a perpetual state of meltdown, in which he shows everyone what a giant douchebag he really is. He first tried to delete everything and thereby confirmed it was really him, then he overreacted and threatened to commit suicide, but eventually decided to instead own his creepiness and embrace what a gross asshole he is. He made a bunch of asking-for-it cartoons directed at his trolls, which he later deleted, and revealed that he has had a fart fetish ever since a female friend of his farted on his head, which she still does believe it's just a joke because she doesn't know James jerks off to it later. He then got defensive when people pointed out many of the cartoon girls he draws farting and jerks off to are pre-teens, but after promising not to do it again continued anyway. Still, his pedophilia wasn't confined to the realm of fantasy and he was soon revealed that he was cyber-dating (and some might say "grooming") an underage girl. In his most recent debacle he made some rape jokes at a female artist at an SJW-infested MLP convention and then tried to buy said artist off by buying her art. Then, when he was invited to speak at a panel, James retold the story paining himself as a victim and implying she manipulated him to steal his money.
The playing the victim thing is important because I also want to talk for a moment about James' attitude, which schizophrenically shifts between obnoxiously and ostentatiously confrontational, to self-pitying and pathetic at the first hint of criticism. He spends half of his time online being a dick to people, and the other half crying and accusing people of being out to get him, trying to garner pity by divulging his inner monologue that interprets any form of critique of his art or of his person as a vicious insult, worthy of either suicide or everlasting vengeance.
It's funny that James is young, black and skinny because, while visually being polar opposites, in all other ways he and Tom Preston are exactly the same person.
At least this webcomic says upfront what it is meant to be. But that is the only good thing to say about it.
As mentioned above, this is not a frat-boy humor webcomic. It takes fart fetishism into freaky creepy sexual territory. Like Sabrina Online, there is no graphically-depicted sex or nudity (that I found, anyway), but it still is a sleazy porn webcomic, where Hailey and her lesbian lover Day fart upon one another as their way of getting sexual satisfaction. (The original version, as far as I know, did not incorporate this concept.)
It should be noted that all the farting is done by the female characters of this webcomic, and only the women in this webcomic are enjoying the farting. It's women farting on one another and enjoying being farted upon, and even mother and daughter enjoying each other's farts-a sort of incestuous relationship I suppose. Shockingly enough, none of the males blow farts, nor do they enjoy being farted upon, not even by hot chicks. Which says something about the author and his intended audience.
UPDATE: The author has elected to discontinue this webcomic. In his own words:
We understand, Mr. Barkley. We at BWW do enjoy it when you do more redeeming artistic endeavors.
- His YouTube page
- His DeviantART page
- His thread on the KiwiFarms forum
- "Tails Reacts To 'What Does The Fox Say?'" by James Barkley. Like Immelmann, the author is actually capable of being quite good when he chooses to be.