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Off the Shelf: Bee and PuppyCat, vol. #1

Bee and Puppycat, Vol. 1Bee and Puppycat, Vol. 1 by Natasha Allegri

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of stories written by Natasha Allegri & others following Bee & PuppyCat’s adventures as well as exploring their colorful world. Honestly, I love the Bee & PuppyCat series–weird, mysterious, silly & charming; I was sucked in from the first surreal short when it appeared on YouTube. But the episodes themselves are frequently open-ended & leave watchers wanting more, which can work in a creator’s favor–only to a point. This collection, unfortunately, is more of the same. Could we please have a little more story with the pretty pretty art?

The story by Allegri herself is another assignment that takes Bee & PuppyCat to Snowglobe Planet, undertaken so Bee can get back in her apartment after locking herself out. It’s a lovely little one-shot & the use of the QR codes are cool, but is this just another set-up for an unresolved plot? The rest of the stories are interstitial & cover everything from Bee’s inability to “adult” properly to game time with Deckard to actually putting off dealing with interesting consequences from one of the YouTube episodes. The varying art styles are fun & certainly recall the flood of fanart surrounding this series. But I’d hate for these characters to just be these cute objects without any real substance. Could I get some resolution please? Or is this series just a magnet of whimsy where everything is utterly precious forever?

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