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An award-winning [[NewspaperComic newspaper comic strip]], and later ComicBook, created by Frank Cho. It was syndicated in newspapers from 1997-2001, and since then has been collected in comic book form by Insight Studios and ImageComics.

The strip concerns both the human and animal denizens of Liberty Meadows, an animal sanctuary/rehabilitation clinic. Said denizens include Brandy Carter, a beautiful animal psychiatrist; Frank Mellish, a nerdy veterinarian with a huge crush on Brandy; Al, the often-injured handyman; Julius, the beleaguered owner; Ralph, a mad-scientist/former circus bear; Dean, a lecherous sexist pig (literally, a pig); Leslie, a hypochondriac frog; Truman, a cute and naive duckling; and Oscar, a mischievous dachshund (and one of the few animals not to talk). Other characters include Jen, Brandy's rocket-scientist roommate with a fondness for toying with men; Roger, Brandy's ex-fiance who constantly schemes to win Brandy back in that RomanticFalseLead kind of way; and Frank Cho, the author who [[AuthorAvatar appears as a monkey]].

The strip is notable for how Cho freely mixes visual styles in the strip, drawing the majority of the cast like [[ComicStrip/{{Pogo}} Walt Kelly's anthropomorphic animals]], borrowing DaveStevens's pin-up look for Brandy, FranklinBooth's lush landscapes and routinely throws in the styles of whatever artists and cartoonists Cho feels like homaging at the time.

Though it started its life on the comics page, after four years, Cho pulled it from newspapers claiming to be tired of dealing with newspaper censors. Most of the censorship concerned the large amounts of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes-esque violence, as well as Brandy and Jen, who were drawn in a style notably sexier than just about anything else on the comics page (with tons of MaleGaze to boot) and who were written as clearly aware of their sexuality in ways few other newspaper comics character have been. Another constant concern was Dean who, well, acted realistically lecherous and not just "newspaper comic" lecherous, if that makes any sense. Truthfully, the [[http://www.libertymeadows.com/uncengal/index.htm censored strips]] aren't that bad... they just toe the PG-13 line in ways newspaper editors were not comfortable with. Let's just say they didn't have these problems with ''TheBornLoser''.

After leaving the syndicated, Cho self-published the comic book until issue #27, with ImageComics taking over printing and distribution. The comic book went on a hiatus in early 2004 after issue #36 until June 2006 when issue #37 came out, the last issue published so far. Cho has said that he hopes to start the book up again soon.

The strip began as "University-Squared" in ''The Diamondback'' newspaper at Cho's alma mater, the University of Maryland. It was essentially a beta version for Liberty Meadows, and featuring Brandy, Dean, Leslie, Ralph and others (and Frank was an anthropomorphic duck).

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* TheAestheticsOfTechnology: Leslie activates Ralph's time machine because it looks just like the coffee maker
* AuthorAppeal: A predilection for busty, intelligent chicks who look like Creator/BettiePage has to be a more common thing than most other AuthorAppeal examples.
* AuthorAvatar: Frank the Monkeyboy. Though the fact that the main character is a short man named "Frank" (and his previous "Frank" in "University-Squared" WAS an Author Avatar also in love with Brandy) seems to imply there's more than one, Cho denies it (and says Frank is partially based off of a friend of his).
* AxCrazy: The Cow starts out as a CloudCuckooLander, but ends up as one of these - literally. She also combines it with StalkingIsLove.
* BettyAndVeronica: Brandy and Jen
* BigWordShout: "'''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan KHAAAAN!]]'''"
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to [[spoiler: Leslie and Ralph at the hands of the Cow]], complete with ball gags in a ShoutOut to ''Film/PulpFiction''. [[spoiler: Evil Brandy also does this, to Brandy and then to Frank.]]
* TheCameo: Brent and Francis from ''Webcomic/PvP'' appear at [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2009/03/06 a sci-fi convention]]. And Skull a few strips [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2009/03/10 later]].
* CasanovaWannabe: Dean.
* TheCatfish: Khan.
* CheekCopy: Dean tries this, and cracks the glass.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Al holds a [=PhD=], but still just tends the tavern
* ComicallySmallBribe: Dean tries to bribe Frank to perform liposuction with [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2005/12/26 a five dollar bill]].
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Brandy is very clearly based on Lynda Carter of ''Series/WonderWoman'' fame. In the same vein, her father John Carter was originally supposed to be a dead ringer for {{Superman}}, which can be seen in a panel from [[spoiler: Brandy's wedding]] that must be gold to all Superman/Wonder Woman shippers (he eventually ends up looking an awful lot like TomSelleck).
** Brandy's resemblance to Wonder Woman is parodied in the strip itself several times. One instance is when Liberty Meadows [[spoiler:catches on fire]] and the cartoonist fantasizes about Brandy saving the day by turning into Wonder Woman (this is scrapped when he decides it's too ludicrous). Another time is at the comic convention, when geeky fanboys continue to insist that Brandy is Lynda Carter and ask how many times she spun around to turn into Wonder Woman. When she finally convinces them that she is ''not'' Carter, they immediately start insisting that she is the actress who played {{Xena}}.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Al the bartender, though his theories tend to be a bit further back than normal. Like his rant about Francis Bacon writing Shakespeare's plays every time someone mentions "bacon".
* ContestWinnerCameo: Dave Colombo, "a huge fan from the Midwest" who pays Monkeyboy Cho a shoebox full of twenties for a 30 second appearance.
---> '''Dave''' ''(facing the fourth wall):'' "Ladies, I'm a lonely, lonely man..."
* {{Crossover}} with PlayerVersusPlayer while many other characters sneak in now and then
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Duckling And His X]]: Truman and Oscar.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Come with everything from claims that Truman is related to dinosaurs, to Ralph's inventions malfunctioning.
* [[RuleOfCool Everythings Better With Dinosaurs Fighting Giant Monkeys]]
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* EvilTwin: Evil Brandy
* ExecutiveMeddling: Frank Cho has since spoken of how often his editors wanted to make the strip "[[LowestCommonDenominator Five-Year-Old Accessible]]" which lead him to switch from syndication to Image Comics. He did however note they made the positive suggestion of turning Leslie into a bullfrog rather than as a living lima bean as he'd originally envisioned.
** Happens in-universe a number of times. Notably, [[spoiler: Evil Brandy's Evil Pikachu monster is conveniently deleted from existence at the urging of his editor.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Brandy and Jen were walking fanservice while wearing ''clothing'', much less the skimpy outfits and underwear Cho sometimes drew them in. Censorship got to most of it, but let's just say that this is Frank Cho's most notable artistic quality to comic fans for a reason.
* FormFittingWardrobe
* FunnyAnimal
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Deserves a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field. Of course, 90% of the time his editors or censors caught the "I tore my sac", "Nice Beaver, Brandy!" or Jen's ridiculously-skimpy bikinis, and made Frank re-do the strips. He pretty much intentionally created things to get rejected.
* HomemadeInventions: Ralph
* HotScientist: Jen is a rocket scientist
* {{Hypochondria}}: Leslie the frog is a hypochondriac who diagnoses himself with anything from lead poisoning (from a pencil) to "ovarian cysts", much to Frank's frustration.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/cbc5e3ac64da44a9b116f6ec908c24b7/tumblr_mpb4fzqSUO1qhg4cco1_1280.jpg Jen demonstrates the technique.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: At one point, our heroes are trapped and among the foodstuffs they have is SoylentGreen.
* JeopardyThinkingMusic: The Words "Jeopardy Music" literally appear over Leslie's head when Frank tells him "That's not an ''oral'' thermometer."
* LandingInSomeonesBathtub:
** In one strip Ralph is shot into Dagwood's bath in the strip below. Frank changes the gag so that Ralph lands in Blondie's bath.
** There's another, where Ralph is testing a device he invented that makes teleporting possible. He ends up teleporting himself into the shower, while Dean is in there. He does this, incidentally, just as Dean [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything drops the bar of soap he was cleaning himself with]].
* MadScientist: Ralph tends to make stuff like self-warming toilet seats and instant bacon fryers, which then explode. In one arc though he made a teleportation device for shortening his trip to the bathroom, during one of the tests it opened a portal to an AlternateUniverse and allowed Brandy's evil twin in.
* MaleGaze: Remember, This is Frank Cho.
* MarshmallowHell: Jen's (obviously successful) [[http://www.libertymeadows.com/uncengal/pages/217.htm tactic]] for [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey persuading Frank to accompany her to Tom's art show]], among other occasions. Notably of the "soft and gentle" variety, as opposed to the "forceful, suffocating" type.
* MeatGrinderSurgery: Once Frank is forced to use "Moby Dick" as anaesthesia due to budget cuts. And then there's Ralph and Leslie's attempt at liposuction.
* MeatOVision: At one point Dean succumbs to [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2003/02/07#.U1RfMPldU0J this]], after 30 minutes without food.
* MsFanservice: Brandy and Jen.
** InnocentFanserviceGirl, in Brandy's case. She's certainly bright enough to understand why males react so enthusiastically to her; however, she's idealistic and professional enough to not intentionally flaunt it (unlike Jen). Indeed, one of the classic gags is Jen asking for Brandy's opinion on an outfit, being told it's trashy or too revealing, and then liking the outfit even more because of the disapproval.
* MyBelovedSmother: Brandy's Mom. Frank's mother on the phone
* NakedPeopleTrappedOutside: Jen seduces and strips Frank, only to toss him outside and lock the door leading to a number of awkward and embarrassing situations.
* NewspaperComics
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Al the Bartender refuses to serve Jenna Bush.
* NostrilShot: Leslie mimicked this close-up shot from below when he and the guys were lost in the woods.
* PrisonRape: Almost happens to Frank when he gets arrested after a bar fight, but his friends bail him out just in time.
* RelaxOVision: the "graphic and nonpolitical correct" panels have been replaced by a picture of a bunny, who says, "[[http://www.libertymeadows.com/uncengal/pages/238.htm Gosh, I'm so cute and nonthreatening.]]"
* RomanticFalseLead: Brandy's ex-fiance, Roger.
* ShoutOut: A massive amount of pop culture references
** There are also several references to landmarks in and around College Park, Maryland, home of Frank Cho's alma mater, the University of Maryland. These were even more frequent in University Squared, when Jen was rarely seen without her "Beltsville USDA" t-shirt (such as when she just wasn't wearing a shirt).
** Characters in Liberty Meadows would occasionally be seen reading [[ActorAllusion University Squared]]
** On a recurring basis, [[StarTrek Khan]] the biggest, meanest catfish in the tri-county area. And Julius and his arch-nemesis Augustus.
* SlowLoadingInternetImage: Dean has a problem with [[http://www.gocomics.com/libertymeadows/2008/01/23 it]].
* TakeThat: Many a NewspaperComic such as ''ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}'', ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail'', ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' and much more
** Which lead to some of the [[ExecutiveMeddling censoring]], such as one making fun of ''[[ComicStrip/{{BC}} B.C.]]''[='s=] [[AuthorTract evangelical turn]].
* ThermometerGag: "That's not an ''oral'' thermometer!"
* WillTheyOrWontThey
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