Created By: HueJass84 on March 21, 2012 Last Edited By: HueJass84 on March 27, 2012

A character reading the comic he is from

Reading your own comic

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Another trope very common in British Comics (especially humour ones like The Beano) is when characters from a comic read their own comic. This could overlap with some breaking the fourth wall tropes but it is used frequently and is more specific. A common gag in these comics is a characters parent trying to read this weeks issue of the comic (the character stars in) before their child does. Doesnt have to just be about reading your own comic, could also be watching your own show or playing your own game but I cant think of any examples of that.
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  • March 26, 2012
    See the Spoof cover used as the page image for Droste Image.
  • March 27, 2012
    Should this also include characters in a movie/TV show watching their movie/show and characters in a book reading their book?
  • March 27, 2012
    Elmer Fudd read a comic book with Bugs Bunny on the cover in "An Itch In Time" (Clampett, 1943).
  • March 27, 2012
    The name wouldn't be so bad if the laconic wasn't so bad. I thought this was a trope about a comic artist who literally reads over their own comic that they made themselves constantly. Make the laconic say "A character who reads the comic they are actually from" or something that explains the trope better. Other than that, I think this may be tropeworthy. Though, I can't think of any examples, so I can't be the judge of that.
  • March 27, 2012
    How about calling it "Reading Yourself" or something along those lines?
  • March 27, 2012
    • Bleach - Before the anime cuts to a filler arc in the middle of a canon arc, the episode ends with an omake about Ichigo wondering why everyone he's fighting is going off for a break, and Orihime shows up with a copy of the Bleach manga and shows him the point of the story they have reached!
  • March 27, 2012
    I think this is covered by Recursive Canon.