By day, hapless, grouchy straight guy, Bernard Wilde, works his job managing an office supply store. By night his alter-ego, a charming, energetic gay werewolf named Buster navigates the club scene, playfully torments his arch-nemesis, Trey the bouncer, spends time with his best human friends, Gordon and Hector, howls at the moon, chases his tail and dances the night away.
Conceived in 1997 when the Furry Fandom was rather young and the Internet even younger, Buster Wilde was one of the first well-known furry webcomics of the late 90's and ultimately of the entire fandom's history. The comic has become a notable Cult Classic within the fandom from the great storytelling, charming characters, humorous slapstick, and high-quality GIF artwork.
Despite Buster being the only "furry" in the entire webcomic, it is still considered a furry webcomic because of Buster being the protagonist.
You can read the webcomic here! The last page was posted as long ago as the year 2000. Unfortunately, the artist has since then moved on to other projects and no longer plans to continue the comic.
In 2011, the webcomic is now available for sale online, remastered in ink and published as a paperback comic book by the author himself including bonus content like the artist's sketchbook and never-before-seen artwork.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Affectionate Nickname: Buster gives the name◊ "Pearl" to Gordon's cat, Lucretia.
- Agent Peacock: Buster may be effeminate, but he can tear cars to shreds.
- All Gays are Promiscuous: Buster never misses a chance to hit on any man he sees.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Poor Buster, he tries to hook up with DJ Marshall Beat but fails every attempt. And when he believes that he has found true love◊ with another werewolf, it was actually a man in a werewolf costume during a Halloween party.
- Alternate Identity Amnesia: Bernard never remembers anything◊ he did last night and Buster can never remember◊ what happens during the day.
- Ambiguously Gay: Bernard. His "coming out" at night could be a metaphor for his own repressed sexual thoughts and is quick to deny that he is gay even when people never mentioned it.Assistant: Hey, boss! Did you see this werewolf thing in the paper? Weird, huh? Plus, I heard a rumor he's gay!
Bernard: BUT I'M STRAIGHT!
Bernard: I mean, "Let me get this straight, he's gay?"
- Amusing Injuries: Buster suffers through many, like getting slapped around by people and falling off of tall buildings with only minor injuries.
- Animals Hate Him: Lucretia doesn't seem to get along well with Buster.
- Animorphism: Bernard, a human, transforms into Buster the werewolf every night.
- Asshole Victim: Bernard can be a jerk but it is never explained how exactly he became a werewolf.
- Badass Adorable: Of course, he is still friendly and cuddly any other time.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He kicks ass while wearing a sleek blazer.
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do to Buster, do not call him◊ or any of his friends◊ "fags".
- Beware the Nice Ones: While Buster and his friends◊ are walking around at night, a homophobe in a car learns the hard way from a gay werewolf when Buster rips the license plate and trunk off the car. Unforutunately, Buster also rips off the license and rear bumper of another car◊ but it was actually one of Gordon's friends only joking around.
- Blah, Blah, Blah: Buster zones out◊ while Gordon and Hector are going over their house rules.
- Blank White Eyes: Sometimes, the characters are drawn without pupils.
- Bouncer: Trey the bouncer either whacks Buster with a newspaper he keeps in a holster or just kicks him out of the club every once in a while.
- Bullying a Dragon:
- Carpet of Virility: Trey the Bouncer; Buster occasionally lampshades it, complaining that Trey is hairier than him when first meeting him or calling him "simian" and "ape-like" (which promptly gets him a rolled-up newspaper to the face).
- Cassandra Truth: When Bernard found photos of "himself" from last night:Bernard: I AM A WEREWOLF!
Person #1: Yeah?! Well I'm Dracula's nephew!
Person #2: I'm Elvis!
Person #3: I'm the ambassador from Uranus!
- Cast Full of Gay: With the comic mostly taking place during the night at gay clubs, Bernard is the only straight character in the main cast.
- Camp Gay: Buster.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Buster can be wacky◊ a lot of times and when he calls out to people from the top a building, he tells them he will be down in a second. But, people didn't think he meant exactly one second and that Buster would actually jump off the building and straight into the ground next to them.
- Club Kid: Buster hits the local clubs every night and never misses a chance to visit his favorite club.
- Crazy-Prepared: Trey had a holster made for the newspaper he uses to whack some sense into Buster when he needs to.
- Cursed with Awesome: Although Bernard transforms into a gay werewolf, it also gives him superhuman abilities, an improved sense of smell◊, superior social skills, and the ability to recover from major injuries easily.
- Cut Short: After 52 pages, the comic abruptly stopped without any indication of it ending.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone gets to snark every once in a while but Gordon is the king of snark.
- Did They or Didn't They?: When Bernard wakes up in bed with another man, he asks if they had sex and they didn't because Buster curled up at the end of the bed to sleep.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: When Buster finds out that the bouncer's name is Trey, he calls out his name, multiple times, and proceeds to call him "très ape-like" and "très simian". To make matters even worse, Buster decides to drink his wine upside-down but ends up spilling it all over his face and into his nose and spits it out all over Trey. Trey then promptly whacks him with a newspaper.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Buster first hits the town, everyone he encountered always ran for their lives. And when Buster scares away an entire crowd in a club, he gives out a speech◊ on how he is just like one of them and that they should accept him for who he is. To really drive the point home, Buster even says that "I AM HERE! I AM WEER! GET USED TO IT!!"
- Dogged Nice Guy: Buster tries to win Marshall Beat's affection by complimenting him and flirting with him but when he confesses his love to Marshall, Buster gets the You're Not My Type and "Just Friends" talk.
- Double Entendre: When Gordon and Hector introduce themselves to Buster◊, after Hector tells Buster to "shake hands" as if he were talking to an actual dog, Gordon jokingly tells Buster to "roll over" like a dog. However, Buster takes this another way.Buster: Oh, you randy thing...we just met. (giggles)
- Dynamic Entry: Buster jumps off of tall buildings when he wants to meet up with people he sees walking on the streets. Unfortunately, he never lands properly.
- Entendre Failure: Buster takes offense to the word "fetch" so he and Hector decide to use the word "felch" instead. Hector asks Buster if he even knows what it means and Buster thinks it means "chasing something hungrily".
- Gratuitous French: Buster uses words like "très" and "petite soirée"◊. He also orders "un gin pamplemousse"◊note at one point... Though, oddly, he seems to think it's actually portuguese, not french.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Buster has smiley-face boxers.
- Funny Background Event: During Gordon and Hector's conversation◊, Buster is seen being cussed out by Trey and then Buster throws his shoe at him but then Trey throws a big boot at Buster.
- I Am What I Am: Buster delivers a speech on how he shouldn't be ashamed of who he is and that people should accept him for being a werewolf.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Bernard wishes to have his old life back.
- Insistent Terminology: "That's MASTER Trey to you, flea-bag."
- Interspecies Friendship: Buster with Hector and Gordon.
- Interspecies Romance: Buster and whoever he ends up hooking up with.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: Bernard involutarily transforms into Buster and vice versa.
- Gym Bunny: Hector, who usually wears a T-Shirt with "Pexaco Gym" written on it and has got the gym body to prove it.
- Karmic Transformation: A homophobic and grumpy straight man transforms into a cheerful and hard-partying gay werewolf every night.
- Kirk Summation: Downplayed and Played for Laughs. Buster delivers this◊ to the people who are afraid of him and oppose him with I Am What I Am thrown in, but everyone had already ran away and only one person was there.Buster: PEOPLE! I BESEECH YOU! Run not away! Please hear me! While it is true that I am a were-wolf, a bloodthirsty animal, a moon-crazed creature of the night, if you will...uh...Is it not true that, in a manner, we're all...um...all that and more? And less? More or less. Hm? Am I not human half the time...I think? Must you condemn me thusly? *sniff* What of compassion?! And empathy? Can you not accept me for who I am? Cast out me not! Shun no more me! I AM HERE! I AM WEER! GET USED TO IT!!
- Laser-Guided Karma: Insulting gay people and their werewolf friend will get your car messed up.
- Leatherman: Trey the bouncer is this and once Buster wore the same clothes as him but Trey didn't agree with the idea of someone copying him.
- Left Hanging: We never get to find out just how exactly Bernard became a werewolf or if there is even a cure.
- Loony Fan: Buster is this towards Marshall Beat, the club DJ.
- Made of Iron: Buster can survive fatal injuries with only a few scratches like falling off of tall buildings and he sure can take a beating.◊
- Manly Gay: Trey the Bouncer.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body:
- When Bernard becomes Buster, his mind becomes much more wolf-like, or dog-like, where his instincts such as fetching balls, chasing his tail, and howling at the moon are more prominent.
- Buster finds men attractive but finds other werewolves◊ even more attractive and when he finally gets to meet one, it's actually someone in a costume.
- Mistaken for Gay: Bernard, due to ending up in people's homes and usually with little to no clothing.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: A drag queen doesn't believe that Buster is a werewolf and thinks he is just wearing a costume.
- Mood-Swinger: Buster goes from rabid to polite◊ in a matter of seconds.Buster: (To Trey) THAT'S NOT FAIR! YOU CORKED THAT ROLLED-UP NEWS-PAPER, YOU BASTARD! (To Gordon) 'Scuse me. I have to go pee.
- My Instincts Are Showing: Buster howls at the moon, chases his tail, fetches after balls, barks and woofs occasionally, and urinates to mark his territory.
- The '90s: In one strip◊, Bernard/Buster's driver license lists his birth year as 1962 and Gordon notes that it makes him 36 years old, meaning the comic takes place circa 1998. Of course, the comic itself is from the same decade.
- Noble Wolf: Buster stuck up for his friends◊ when they were insulted by a homophobe.
- Noodle Incident: Gordon◊ getting bit by a Pomeranian in high school.
- The Nose Knows: Buster can tell◊ straight and gay men and women apart by their distinct smells.
- Not a Mask: A drag queen pulls on Buster's head◊ while thinking it was just a mask but Buster really is a werewolf.
- Old Maid: Rare male example. Gordon and Hector find Bernard's driver's license and find out that he is 36 years old. (Which is about 252 in dog years.) When they tell Buster that he is 252 years old, he breaks down, thinking he was just 21 years old and Buster then considers himself old and undesirable.
- Only Sane Man: Gordon.
- Orphaned Series: Sadly, the author no longer works on the comic and does not want others taking over the comic.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Bernard turns into a werewolf every night, even when there is no full moon out.
- Precision F-Strike: While Buster and his friends◊ are walking around at night, a car passes by them and someone yells out "FAGS! FAGS! GO HOME, FAGS! HAW HAW!"
- Properly Paranoid: Gordon asks Buster if he might snap one day and want to eat him and his roommate.
- Punctuated Pounding: "YES." (SWAT!)◊
- Real Men Hate Affection: Played for Laughs when Hector is slightly disgusted◊ by Buster and Gordon's over-the-top reconcilation after Gordon slapped Buster.
- Really Gets Around: Buster hooks up with any man almost every night.
- Running Gag: Trey kicking out Buster as well as whacking Buster with a newspaper.
- Say My Name: "Trey"?! Your name is "Trey"? "Trey"?! "Trey"!?! "Trey".
- Sexier Alter Ego: Bernard has only one known ex-wife while Buster has plenty of people's phone numbers and is able to hook up with almost any man in just a night.
- Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Buster still has Bernard's clothes when he transforms.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Buster is usually in a nice suit thanks to Bernard's work clothes. Ironically, Buster hates the suit and yet it looks much better on him than it does on Bernard.
- Shout-Out: Buster watches Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this page.◊
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Trey the bouncer is this to Buster because Trey is always having to kick out Buster from the club but Buster somehow makes it back in, only for Trey to throw him out once every now and then.
- Split Personality: Bernard the straight human and Buster the gay werewolf share the same body.
- Straight Gay: You wouldn't believe Gordon and Hector are gay by their looks but then you see them talk about cute guys and hitting the gay clubs.
- Symbol Swearing: There is still mild swearing, but explicit words are censored out.
- They Have the Scent!: According to Buster:◊
- Straight men smell like old sofa cushions and aerosol cheese.
- Straight women smell like strawberries and disinfectant.
- Lesbians smell like wet carpet and sesame oil.
- Gay men smell like an explosion in a chlorine factory.
- The Taming of the Grue: A gay werewolf who loves to go clubbing is definitely miles away from the original folklore concept of a werewolf.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Try as he might, but every time Trey kicks Buster out of the club, Buster always ends up getting back in.◊
- Transformation Comic: The comic focuses on Bernard and Buster's double life while mostly focusing on Buster.
- Troll: One strip◊ has Buster pulling a surprisingly mean prank on Gordon when the latter gets worried that Buster's werewolf instincts could potentially lead him to kill him and his room mate and feast on their flesh, though Buster is quick to admit that he was just kidding... While pointing out at the same time that there wouldn't be much to eat on Gordon to begin with, anyway.
- Vague Age: Most of the cast, though Bernard himself is confirmed to be 36 years old... Which makes Buster 252 years old in dog years, much to his distress◊.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: After a while, Buster hanging out at the clubs no longer fazed anyone and newcomers to the club will be met with indifference◊ from the frequent clubgoers when asked about Buster.
- Window Love: In an unrequited fashion, Buster tries to get Marshall's attention by tapping and rubbing his face on the window much to Marshall's annoyance.
- Wolves Always Howl at the Moon: Buster has an unhealthy habit◊ of howling while sitting at the edge of building rooftops.
- Your Costume Needs Work: A drag queen meets Buster and thinks he is just a lunatic in a costume and tries to pull off Buster's mask but Buster really is a werewolf.
- You Sexy Beast: At first everyone feared Buster because he was a werewolf wandering the streets but when they realized that Buster was harmless and only loved to go clubbing, they became used to his presence and eventually some people started to find him attractive◊ despite him being a werewolf.