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I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

(I Hate Fairyland #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,638 ratings  ·  1,391 reviews
From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of OZ, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem.

An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year old's
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 20th 2016 by Image Comics
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So, this is the story of a little girl that gets sucked into a magical fairyland, and 30 years later is still stuck a little girl.

The concept is cute and the art is cute.<--gory but cute!
However, after a while, I was sort of bored with not only Gertrude's attitude but with the overuse of words like fluffer & mother duckling to take the place of curse words.


Skottie Young is an awesome artist, but I'm just not always a big fan of the way he writes. The plot in this one was sort of (to m
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
"Is anyone ever really ready for a riddle? They're kind of the worst, right?"

Who never dreamed of getting sucked into the Wonderful World of Fairyland?

That would be Gertrude. Do not fear, though, because as always in Wonderland (or whatever its name) she only has to find the Key to come back to her world.

Meanwhile, Gertrude can embrace all the joy and fluff and RIDDLES and - IT'S BEEN TWENTY-SEVEN FLUFFING YEARS, during which Gertrude offered the worst better of her awful wonderful persona
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Why Lovely Gertrude, the enchantingly charismatic main character in this graphic novel, is my dream child :

She has the mostest awesomest name ever in the history of mostest awesomest names ever.

She is a 37-year-old in a sometimes slightly damaged super cute 10-year-old's body.

Such a youthfully gorgeous heroine indeed.

She has the sweetest disposition ever.

Gertrude dear, you are such a darling. Why aren't all children like you, I wonder?

Her delightfully flowery language would make Lord
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
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Once upon a time the was a girl named Gertrude who wished she could be taken away to an amazing world filled with magic and wonder.


This review contains *spoilers*.

That was nearly thirty years ago. Gertrude, a forty year old woman, is now stuck in her eight year old's body that’s been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland.


Along with the help of a magical maggot (named Larrigon), she has to find the key to escape— but, of course, not without consequences and difficulties along thei
Sam Quixote
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-comics-2016
Once upon a time, a little girl called Gertrude wished to visit a magical fantasy land - and then promptly found her wish granted! But when young Gertrude wished herself home, she discovered it not nearly as easy to leave Fairyland as it was to enter it…

Twenty-seven years later - she’s still looking for the way out.

Physically Gertie remains the cute ten year-old girl she was when she arrived in Fairyland; mentally, she’s thirty-seven and has become very, very disenchanted with how her life has
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
This was everything! It's such a crazy, twisted and amazingly fun adventure. I love the idea of a 30-something trapped in a child's body and stuck in a happy, sugar-coated world and has been driven completely homicidally insane because she has been trying to finish her quest and go back home for years. Our protagonist, Gertude, is one violent chick and I loved every minute watching her hack and slash her way through too many creatures than I can count. I think a lot of us can relate to the chara ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I really liked this. It's weird and seriously gory ...more
probably 3.5 - i'm not sold-sold yet, but i will certainly continue with the series.

review to come...
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I wouldn't let kids read this one! It's extremely gory and funny to boot!


Poor Gertrude it just a normal little girl playing into her room when she falls into fairyland.

She ends up being stuck there for 27 years because she can't find the key that will lead her home. And she's not a happy camper!





The Queen wants Gertrude out of fairyland because all she does is reek havoc! I mean she's inside of a little girls body still and she's in her 30's!

The Queen sends all kinds of things her way but it j
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest; I don't think I've ever appreciated a lettering designer before Nate Piekos in this bind-up. I know that sounds awful, but I always get so wrapped up in the story, the art, the coloring, that I get too distracted to pay the proper respect to the lettering. But in I hate Fairyland, Vol. One: Madly Ever After the lettering completely made this graphic novel for me.

I don't mean to sell the story, art, or coloring short; they are also amazing. This story is whimsical and hilarious,
3.5ish stars.

I'm a long time fan of Skottie Young. He pencilled one of my favorite (short) runs of Chris Yost and Craig Kyle's New X-Men series, and it was such a refreshing change to see his interpretation of superhero teenagers actually looking like teenagers (superpowers aside, of course) and not all like 'roided out Mr. Olympias.

As such, I've been eagerly awaiting my chance to pick up this title of which Skottie Young is both the artist and writer! And the art is absolutely perfect. His ca
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

Why this book?

It seemed fun

What I thought

This was a fun read! It was entertaining and the artwork was awesome! Definitely going to check out more from Skottie Young.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
More manic craziness from the mind of Scottie Young. An inventive and disturbing take on the Wizard of Oz. Gert's been on a quest to find the key to leave Fairyland for 27 years, completing quest after quest. Now she's fed up and taking it out on Fairyland.

Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

When we think about all the stories ever written about girls getting transported to a magical land, we think of this:

And yes, some might be tired of the same-old same-old trope of happy child going on magical adventures, which is why the creators instead came up with this:

Meet Gertrude. She was a normal girl until Fairyland sucked her in. She was supposed to go on a quest to find the key so she can go home. She was even given a map and a companion

... b
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was exactly what I was hoping it would be. Quirky, violent, chaotic, and entertaining. I love the concept and the contrast of the happy, vibrant fairyland to how psychotic and murderous Gertrude is. I'll definitely be continuing with this one. ...more
Julie Zantopoulos
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a bloody, brutal, and beautiful graphic novel. The art style is gorgeous and the storyline is both hysterical and deeply troubled. I fluffing loved it and can’t wait to dive into more of the series.

Gertrude wishes to go to fairyland and her eight-year-old self is rewarded with a trip to the magical land. When she wants to go home she’s told she had to find a key to her doorway and she sets upon her quest. 27 years later she’s still looking and has aged to a 37-year-old jaded woman inside a
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just adored this, it's so sadistically adorable! It takes a seemingly innocent enough story of Gertrude falling into Fairyland where she has to find a key to get out, simple enough. However after thirty years of looking she's still stuck there, she has poor Larry trying to help her find the key and they are adorable as they travel across Fairyland killing everything and anything in their paths. Plus the Queen of fairyland is sick of the sight of this woman who is stuck looking like a kid, and ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it


The most fun, creative, hallucinogenically-colored comic I've read all year. While this isn't the "deepest" plot, it's actually more than I expected, and it works perfectly for the fairytale genre it's beating the living shit out of. This is Ren and Stimpy meets Disney, and it's obvious Skottie Young is sick to death of all the cutesy dancing and singing.

What this breaks down to is a quest fantasy. Gert is looking for THE KEY, literally, to her escape. And she's not necessa
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars simply aren't enough.

It's just like Alice in wonderland.If Alice went homicidal and started murdering the fluff out of everything in wonderland.
It has ton of pretty dark humor and I laughed and giggled almost on every page.Illustrations are beautiful with lot of very colorful violence.Here is pic that illustrates it well:

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Language is also colorful.There is no cursing in Fairyland which doesn't stop Gertrude from tying so we often hear things like "Go fluff yourself or muffing fluffer
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to destiny ♡⚔♡ by: Ellyn → Allonsythornraxx
#1 Vol. 1: Madly Ever After ★★★★★
#2 Vol. 2: Fluff My Life ★★★★☆

What a killer way to start off a series. Oh my gods, this was hilarious and so twisted! I highly recommend this for anyone who, like me, really gets their kicks from cutesy little girls doing demented, violent things. I love the juxtaposition of the bright, intense colors and how cute some of the art is, mingled with the ridiculous, Saw-esque levels of gore and violence many of the scenes play out.

I really wasn't sure what to expect
Imagine Alice in Wonderland if Alice was stuck there for 30 years and in that time turned into a crazed, homicidal maniac.

You see, once upon a time there was a cute little girl named Gertrude who, like any little girl, dreamed of going to a colorful land of teddy bears, rainbows, and powder puffs. She's able to get her wish but in order to leave Fairyland, she must find the magical key to unlock the door back to the real world. How hard can that be right? Well, fast-forward 27 years later and no
2019 Reread - still funny, though the gut surprise is absent on a re-read. But still very, very funny and wonderful.

Well, fluff. This is the most demented thing I have read in a long time. I love it! If you read Jim C. Hines's short story that chronicles what happens when a werewolf meets a certain children's show, you are going to love this.
Paz R.M.
2.5 Stars
Well, Mother Puffer. I thought I was going to love this.
This is a weird one, it seems like everyone enjoyed I hate Fairyland and here I am quite indifferent, when this should have worked for me, I should have loved this title.

I hate Fairyland it's an extremely cutesy story. Also, really violent, I mean it is gory as fluff. It is a colorful world with fairies and trolls and magic and joy, the place you wished for as a little kid to go and have a wonderful adventure, and Gertrude, our
Scarlet Cameo
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gertrude was a cute little girl who turns in a histerical big girl after been abducted for the Queen of Fairyland. After that she wants return home and the Queen, as help, just give her a little fly, a map and instructions to find a key.

Only will take a day, she said. Will be easy, she said....and 27 years, Gertrude still can't return home!!!

This thing is so freaking great!!! Gertrude is so mean and you can blame her, she is trapped in a place that she hates and still doesn't grow up a single da
This is really funny at first ... and then around issue #3 it gets monotonous. I also kind of wish Happy stuck around longer so Gert had someone to fight with other than the locals. (view spoiler)

Artwork is nice and super colorful.

This wasn't horrible or anything but it is very one-note and it's easy to lose interest with that.

Jeannette Nikolova
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I read the first issue a couple of months ago and while I enjoyed it, I was not sure whether it will be my cup of tea in the long run. (review of issue #1) But ultimately, I'm really happy I got this entire volume because it turned out to be great!

I Hate Fairyland tells the story of Gertrude, who becomes stranded in Fairyland because she cannot find the key to the portal back to her world. In the course of the 27 years she spend
Jul 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was terrible and I couldn't wait for it to end.

Now, don't get me wrong. I like juvenile humor. In fact, juvenile humor is probably my favorite of the humors. The problem with this book, however, is that the humor isn't clever at all. Anyone in the world can write a story where a little girl chops things up with an axe and gives everybody the finger.

It also grated on my nerves that they replaced all of the curse words. reading "Get your SASS over here" and "That MOTHER FLUFFER" (and yes, t
Alja (alyaofwinterfell)
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I Hate Fairyland is what happens when Happy Tree Friends cartoon meets Alice in Wonderland, on acid.

Once upon a time, a little girl's dream of an adventure in a magical kingdom has turned into a nightmare.

Little Gertie's wish was granted and she was invited to a magical kingdom of Fairyland, where she would have to complete her quest to find the key in order to return home. What was supposed to be a short, fun adventure had gone sour - Gert is still looking for the key 27 years later, trappe
Melissa Chung
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be a short review. Totally a 5 star read.

1. Hilarious
2. Colorful
3. Uses fluffers as a cuss word
4. Is about fairyland
5. There's killing! A whole lot of killing. And blood!!! Lots of blood 😈

My 5 reasons for the 5 star rating. Back to the review.

Once upon a time, Gertrude our little main character used to be a sweet and innocent child until one day she fell into Fairyland. The only way back home was to go on a quest. Gertrude had to adventure the fluff out of Fairyland and find th
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Skottie Young has been an illustrator and cartoonist for over ten years working for entertainment and publishing companies such Marvel, Warner Bros., Image, Upper Deck, Mattel, and many more.

He is currently illustrating the New York Times Best Selling and Eisner Award Nominated adaptions of L. Frank Baum's OZ novels with writer Eric Shanower. The series has gained acclaim from both fans and criti

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