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[[http://www.the-opt.com/ The Optimist]] is a weekly black & white comic strip of dumb gags, little complainy rants, parodies, designery crap, infographics, fake ads, and bad writing by Tom Pappalardo. The comic was named Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot! from 2007-2008 (also archived on the site) before a new layout and name change in 2010. Pappalardo is also the author of [[BrokenLines Broken Lines]], an illustrated story/graphic novel. The Optimist runs in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_Advocate#Sisters_and_competitors The Valley Advocate]] weekly paper.

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* AmusingInjuries - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=6 ouch.]]
* ArtEvolution
* BeatPanel - Often used to represent [[http://the-opt.com/?p=24 listening]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=25 waiting]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=14 pausing to consider]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=12 watching TV]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=7 drawing]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=942 consideration & reconsideration]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=421 boiling with rage]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=30 waiting for acknowledgement]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=1314 disbelief]], and [[http://the-opt.com/?p=3186 scowling]].
* BlandNameProduct - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=96 Stabbucks]] and [[http://the-opt.com/?p=1211 Monsanta]].
* CharacterOverlap - The two kids from W!T!F! carried over into The Optimist
* ComicBookTime
* ComplainingAboutComplaining
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathGlare - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=40 An angry retail worker]]
* DoubleEntendre - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=1200 A hot steaming pile of double meanings]]
* EyesAlwaysShut - The grumpy kid scowled for almost the first two years of the strip.
* FacePalm - What an [[http://the-opt.com/?p=30 incredible joke]].
* FourFingeredHands - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=128 here]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=805 here]], and [[http://the-opt.com/?p=14 here]].
* FriendlessBackground - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=105 What a loser]]
* {{Homage}} - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=792 A reference]] to TheFamilyCircus
* HumansAreBastards
* HypocriticalHumor
* {{Jerkass}}
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=48 Napkins]]. [[http://the-opt.com/?p=89 Grammar correction]].
* LazyArtist - A single drawing is often reused over several panels w/ slight adjustments, as seen [[http://the-opt.com/?p=33 here]] and [[http://the-opt.com/?p=12 here]].
* NewYearsResolution - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=107 In this comic]] and in [[http://the-opt.com/?p=1229 this comic]].
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=38 In this strip]]
* RubberHoseLimbs - This guy has elbow issues [[http://the-opt.com/?p=19 here]] and [[http://the-opt.com/?p=87 here]].
* SelfDeprecation
* SeriesHiatus - Tom Pappalardo published the comic strip Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot! from 2007-2008, took a year off, and returned in 2010 with a retooled layout & new name.
* StripBuffer - Most strips are drawn well in advance of publication, but occasionally semi-topical material is included.
* SliceOfLife
* StrawmanPolitical - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=97 In this comic]]
* TakeThat
* UnsoundEffect - [[http://the-opt.com/?p=992 EXPIRE]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=794 THROW]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=125 GOUGE]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=49 FLEX & SWELL]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=56 REND & MASTICATE]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=69 SUBMIT & REFRESH]], [[http://the-opt.com/?p=88 FOLD]], and [[http://the-opt.com/?p=476 this comic]] and [[http://the-opt.com/?p=1299 this comic]] have multiple examples. [[http://the-opt.com/?p=1229 This comic]] has a very large unsound effect as a punchline.
* UnwantedGlassesPlot- The fat kid gets [[http://the-opt.com/?p=70 a wrong prescription]]
* VitriolicBestBuds
* WithFriendsLikeThese - Those two WTF kids with no names.
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