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[[caption-width-right:209:[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext This makes even less sense in context]].]]

-->-- '''Pokey''', ''Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin''

Geeks have a weird sense of humor. Geeks also read a lot of webcomics. As a result, many webcomics tend to have a bent towards surreal, non sequitur humor. DadaComics take this to the extreme, being composed of nothing ''but'' surreal, non sequitur humor. They may be gag-a-day comics, or cover story arcs that make little or no sense. They may also be ([[StylisticSuck intentionally]]) badly drawn and scripted -- the biggest difference between this and unintentional bad drawings and scripts is the difference between imitations of [[WordSaladPhilosophy timecube.com]] and ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''.

Since they're not meant to be taken seriously, DadaComics are (with at least [[Webcomic/OneOverZero two]] [[Webcomic/DresdenCodak exceptions]]) almost never subject to CerebusSyndrome.

A SubTrope of SurrealHumor. Compare DreamLand, SurrealThemeTune. See also DerangedAnimation, PostModernism.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Bob Burden's ''ComicBook/FlamingCarrot Comics'', combining {{surreal humor}} with occasional bits of wisdom. Also formed the basis for a movie that wasn't much like the original: ''Mystery Men''.
* Michael Kupperman's ''ComicBook/TalesDesignedToThrizzle''.
* From Brazilian comic ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'', Louco (Nutty Ned). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Avss7-EVqM Animated example]].
* Most of the humor in ''ComicBook/LeGenieDesAlpages'' is of the Dada variety.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror]]'' #15 features quite a few of these.
* The Happy Noodle Boy [[ShowWithinaShow comic within a comic]] from ''ComicBook/{{Johnny The Homicidal Maniac}}''.
* Comicbook/DoomPatrol featured the Brotherhood of Dada. They were pretty darn weird, and considering that this comic is ''the'' example of WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs, that's saying something. One of their most memorable moments was when they first met the Doom Patrol and the leader of the Brotherhood, Mr. Nobody, threw a fish on the ground and said "There! Now we've taken over the world! What are you going to do about ''that?"'', and a line used to introduce them goes ''The Brotherhood of Evil is dead! Long live the Brotherhood of Dada!'', a reference to a slogan used by Dadaists which went 'Art is Dead! Long live Dada!'.
* In the German comic ''ComicBook/{{Werner}}'': Some one-pagers can only described as that. %% This entry was added automatically by FELH2. In case the wording doesn't make sense, rewrite it as you like, remove this comment and tell this troper.
* George Carlson's ''Jingle Jangle Comics''.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Though rare, DadaComics do appear on the printed page. A well known example is ''ComicStrip/ZippyThePinhead'' and its [[ShowWithinAShow comic-within-the-comic]] ''Fletcher and Tanya''.
* "The Angriest Dog in the World" consists of a panel that briefly explains the, um, "premise" of the comic, followed by three panels of the dog in his owners' yard. The final panel is the same as the preceding three, but set at night. The only way to distinguish one comic from another is by the word balloons emanating from the house, which expound on topics ranging from silly puns to existentialist dilemmas to the makeup of obscure chemical compounds. Oh, by the way, it's written by Creator/DavidLynch.
* Max Cannon's ''Webcomic/RedMeat'' [[http://www.redmeat.com/redmeat/ (Available online)]]
* Steve Notley's ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' ([[http://AngryFlower.com Also available online]])
* Gary Larson's ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' (no recurring characters, with some minor, still non-canon exceptions), twisted non-sequiturs, blenderized pop-culture in-jokes -- pretty much the forerunner of all the other DadaComics in the newspapers)
* Creator/GahanWilson's comics in ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'', ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' and other publications.
* Creator/CharlesAddams' comics in ''The New Yorker''.
* There is perhaps also no better way to describe the [[http://www.glenbaxter.com/gallery.html oddities]] of artist [[http://www.glenbaxter.com Glen Baxter.]]
* Edward Gorey's [[SurrealHumor blatantly surreal]] and occasionally nightmarish illustrated short stories provide an early example for this trope-- likely a TropeMaker-- with particular credit due to ''The West Wing'', ''The Epileptic Bicycle'' and ''[Untitled]''.
* ''ComicStrip/DreamOfTheRarebitFiend'' by Creator/WinsorMcCay is perhaps the UrExample, running from 1904-1925. The plot of each strip involves a new character finding themselves in increasingly bizarre and surreal situations--sometimes humorous, sometimes horrifying-- only to [[AllJustADream wake up]] and find out that it was all just an AcidRefluxNightmare brought on by eating too much Welsh Rarebit[[note]]a dish consisting of seasoned melted cheese on toast[[/note]]. The FramingDevice let [=McCay=] get away with some eye-popping examples of absurdism and surrealism long before either was a recognized artistic movement.

* ''Ame'', by Daisuke "[[StudioPixel Pixel]]" Amaya of ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' fame, a short-lived, [[DarkHumour darkly comedic]], and ''very'' surreal and {{Mindscrew}}y YonKoma.

* ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' is a Dada Comic that exists in the ''Franchise/HomestarRunner'' universe to vent [[{{Jerkass}} Strong Bad]]'s sadistic sense of humor in a poorly-drawn KillEmAll format.

* ''Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin'', a bizarre comic about a penguin who [[PolarBearsAndPenguins lives in the Arctic Circle]] with Mr. Nutty, a drunken and inexplicably British snowman, Skeptopotamous, an Eeyore-esque hippo, and a bunch of other penguins, going on crazy misadventures and occasionally butting heads with the Italians, who want his Arctic Circle Candy. Dialogue is in all-caps, occasionally scribbled out or in strike-through, and is peppered with lines like "THE FLYER HAS A CUTE KITTEN DRAWN ON IT! IT REPRESENTS VIOLENCE AND CARNAGE."
** Demonstrated beautifully with help from [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Cait Sith]] in this [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/55133 flash video]] by one of the minds responsible for ''WebAnimation/{{Arfenhouse}}'', itself an animated example of DadaComics.
** And then there's ''[[http://www.crummy.com/features/dada/pokey Dada Pokey]]''...
* ''Webcomic/MrSquare'' seems to take this trope as it's manifesto, though they are ALL extremely out there, these in particular are some of the weirdest: [[http://revfitz.com/issue164 issue 164]], [[http://revfitz.com/issue93 issue 93]] [[http://revfitz.com/issue95 and issue 95]]
* Most of the comics at ''[[http://www.renderosity.com/ Renderosity]]'' fit this category.
* If ''[[Webcomic/ListeningTo11975MHz Listening To 11.975 [=MHz=]]]'' doesn't count, ''nothing'' does. It seems to take place in a literal DreamLand. The cast includes a girl with antennae (of Pac-Man chasing a ghost) who speaks only nonsensical French, a girl in swirly OpaqueNerdGlasses who speaks only in calculus equations, a Chinese Girl who speaks only nonsensical Chinese, a BarbieDollAnatomy-subverting InnocentFanserviceGirl (possibly Brazilian, from her dark hair and Markov-chain Portuguese) a Hippie Chick who wears 1 less item of clothing each time she appears (last seen wearing a lab coat, glasses, peace sign, hair band, sandals, and nothing else), and a walking radio that can only say the words "Zachary", "Acetaminophen", and "Beige". Oh, and random scenery that quotes... random things. Like the names of European dictators, or random snippets from 1960s novels. Randomly. This doesn't include the backgrounds and minor characters, which can be charitably described as "screwed up." Oh, and the contact page gives information on contacting the author over ''CB radio''.
** (Note: The author claims to have never heard of Dadaism.)
* ''[[http://www.supermegacomics.com/ Super Mega Comics]]'' certainly qualifies. The art consists entirely of poorly-drawn stick figures that put [[Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}} Shirt Guy Dom]] to shame, and the plots make a marginal amount of sense, at most.
* ''Webcomic/ButtercupFestival'' usually consists of a protagonist, dressed like the Grim Reaper, conversing with an off-screen character about nothing in particular, and features some exceptionally strange dialogue. [[http://www.buttercupfestival.com/9vol1.htm An early example can be found here.]]
* ''[[http://www.witchsbrew.org/ Witch's Brew]]'' is ''literally'' Dada. Each strip is produced via the Exquisite Corpse game, where multiple artists collaborate on each strip, but must make their contributions without seeing any more than one panel of the strip.
* ''Webcomic/{{Chicanery}}'', a sprite comic starring an assortment of ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'' characters and other clip art. After the events of the game, Pokey embezzles $44 million from Giygas so that he and Ness "have enough legal tender [[LampshadeHanging to go on nonsensical zany adventures]]". They are quickly joined in their escapades by a trigger-happy Mr. Saturn who is relatively more coherent than others of his kind, Mr. T (represented by the "generic black guy" sprite from ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'', which looked unmistakably like the real T), Ness's former comrade Jeff, and Pip from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. These escapades include traveling through time to prevent a nuclear detonation (and briefly ending up in medieval times, represented by graphics from ''VideoGame/UltimaI''), the occasional treasure hunt, extended parodies of ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' and ''Franchise/MetalGear'', and a fight between a giant Mister B. Natural and a HumongousMecha based on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'''s Frank Conniff ("the 2000-inch TV's Frank").
* ''Webcomic/BeaverAndSteve,'' in their [[http://www.beaverandsteve.com/index.php unfeasible adventures,]] do encounter the occasional recurring character or plot point (which occasions probably make for the weaker of the strips); at its best, though, this sometimes-single-page, sometimes-story-arc webcomic shows no interest in consorting with such dull companions as continuity or logic. ThereAreNoRules here. Anything can happen. (Although there is a better-than-average chance that there will be toasters, robots, and time travel involved.)
* ''[[http://www.damonk.com/prime/d/20001003.html Framed!!!]]'' is very surreal, starting with its self-referential metafictional premise of real people trapped in a comic strip. It frequently identifies conventions just so that it can violate them, such as having a character turn into abstract art or shove a tilting panel back into position. It's also responsible for the massive "Framed!!! Great Escape" crossover event, a weeks-long orgy of [[PostModernism metafiction]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' sometimes falls into that, as in [[http://bukucomics.com/loserz/go/323 this]] strip.
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' and its science-based surrealism qualifies, despite having CerebusSyndrome for a short while.
* It is nigh on impossible to describe the black-and-white comic ''[[http://www.somethinghappens.net/ Something Happens]]'', but it sure fits in this category.
* Another webcomic example is ''Webcomic/{{Fluble}}'', with evil penguins (why is it always penguins?) working for THEM bent on galactic domination, clowns, fish, and random celebrities killed with axes.
** EverythingsBetterWithPenguins.
* ''[[http://www.crummy.com/features/dada/ Dadasaurus Rex]]'' takes the already eccentric ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' right off the rails.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' does this occasionally with its Chef Brian comics.
* ''[[http://www.electricretard.com/ Electric Retard]]''
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}!'' Yes, the exclamation mark is part of the title.
* ''[[http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/ Garfield Minus Garfield]]''. While some show how much of [[TheWoobie a woobie]] Jon is, others simply make absolutely no sense.
** Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield isn't quite as dada as the ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield''.
** And ''[[http://www.joshmillard.com/garkov/ Garkov]]'' is what happens when you throw the dialogue in a blender.
* ''[[http://likelystories.com/ The Dada Detective]]'', which neatly subverts this trope by having a technically sensible plot -- a detective is trying to find a missing duck -- but is filled with talkative mimes, goons who are overly fond of metaphor, disco, and Peter Lorre.
* ''Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}}''. It's expected when there are trillions of strips and that they are generated by randomizing the lines.
** From the same people behind it comes ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'', where people can contribute their own ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} strips, resulting in variants of ''Garfield Minus Garfield''[='=]s premise like ''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=53 Garfield Minus Jon]]'' and ''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=2 Garfield Plus Garfield]]''. Others make tributes to other things like ''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=5 Dinosaur Comics]]'', ''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=534 MS Paint Adventures]]'', and ''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=22 Homestar Runner]]''. Of course, there's lots of variety like ''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=52 Plush Garfield]]'' and ''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=51 Dark Side of the Lasange]]''.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' does this occasionally, usually with the Twisp and Catsby strips.
** ''Twisp and Catsby'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/3/24/ started off]] as a bit of a parody of DadaComics.
* ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' uses this for a bit of its humor, though it is not exclusively Dada.
** However, it is the spinoff series of ''[[http://cutewendy.com/go/1 Cutewendy]]''; which was ''very'' Dada.
* ''Webcomic/{{Jerkcity}}'' is essentially a series of one-off chatroom conversations in comic strip form, sometimes rendered illegible, and sometimes [[http://jerkcity.com/tags/picture isn't even a comic strip.]]
* ''[[http://www.slowwave.com/index.php Slow Wave]]'' is a collective dream diary in comic form. It makes roughly no sense. Although this might be a subversion, since A) The whole thing is descriptions of dreams, and B) sent in dreams have been rearranged by the author to make ''less'' sense.
* ''[[Webcomic/MountainTime Mountain Time]]'' is completely inane, though the author [[http://mountaincomics.com/?page_id=2 claims]] it is deeply meaningful.
* ''[[http://www.megagamerz.com/ megaGAMERZ 3l33T]]'' is a parody of this genre. It is ostensibly written by Diablo, a fictional evil chicken (not to be confused with all those real evil chickens) from the comic ''[[http://www.goats.com Goats]]''. Early strips are barely distinguishable from real Dada Comics, but over the comic's year-long run "Diablo" pushed the comic into being a more obvious and extreme parody.
* ''[[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com/ Flying Man and Friends]]''. Pick a strip. Any strip.
* This one's called ''[[http://dada.warped.com/dada.html Dada]]''. There are references to the original Dada movement; for instance, the Mona Lisa is a major character. Plots are followable, but are interrupted by word-association battles so often that you might not notice.
* ''Webcomic/TheComicAdventuresOfLeftAndRight'' is about two very similar friends that crack contrived {{Visual Pun}}s when they're not plotting to kill each other.
* Everything at ''[[http://www.isthistomorrow.com/ Is This Tomorrow]]'' qualifies, especially Aether Transmission.
* [[color:purple:Expecting a funny example? TOO BAD!]] [[Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily WALUIGI TIME!]]
* ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' a webcomic that ties into ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}''. It's a two-gamers-on-a-couch series only totally incomprehensible and ''so ironic'' you can't even begin to understand all the layers of irony.
* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'' sometimes veers into this territory, as well as having at least one [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=48 in-universe example]].
* ''Webcomic/TheTripadelicLifeOfSpannithNoPunchlines'', troper-written.
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'', drawn by professional artist Ethan Nicolle and written by his 6-year-old brother Malachai.
* ''[[http://www.perfectstars.com/ Perfect Stars]]'' is beautifully drawn but barely intelligible.
* ''[[http://z11.invisionfree.com/WOAM/index.php?s=a0e34c78016c838eaf3e5449919e0761&showforum=30 These Webcomics Are Bad]]''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''[[http://gooddaysir.smackjeeves.com/ Tonight is a good day]]'' is an obscure example, as well as one of the straightest examples of this trope (I think so, anyway.)
* ''Webcomic/FallCityBlues'' -- the recurring Transitfish Syndrome filler.
* ''Webcomic/TheBookOfBiff''. Every single update, Biff has found some way to defy the laws of physics, do something inexplicable, or simply apply everyday objects in absolutely insane ways. The second comic pretty much solidified this early on -- it involved Biff inexplicably trying to smother a grease fire by beating it [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer with two hammers]]. (This has since become a mini-meme among the commenters for early comics.)
* [[http://www.leonatkinson.com/random/index.php/comic.html This random generator]] provides a new Dada comic every time you refresh the page. ''WHEN ARE METEORIC INTERSCINDINGS MARLING YOUR FORWARD PITYINGS?''
* [[http://www.bogleech.com/comics/latest.htm Bogleech's comics]] are definitely this, mixed with a healthy dose of {{Squick}} and horror.
* [[http://www.eegra.com/show/sub/cat/comics/ Eegra's 'Hilarity Comics']] are dada gaming humor.
* ''[[http://www.woodsofevil.thecomicseries.com WoodsOfEvil]]'' fits here.
* ''Webcomic/LargeBagel'': A human sized bagel named Pinisu-chan and her friends protect the earth with their vaguely defined {{magical girl}} powers. A bizarre parody of {{magical girl}} {{anime}}s and {{fanime}}s.
* ''Webcomic/PurplePussy'': Which deconstructs and plays up toilet humor to near incomprehensible extremes.
* ''[[http://www.whiteninjacomics.com/index.shtml White Ninja Comics]]'' has some consistency in White Ninja's character, but his role and the the supporting cast always change from one inexplicable situation to another.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlR''.
* ''[[http://www.fiascos.thecomicseries.com/ Fiascos]]'' is a comic about an unnamed man in a suit with a TV for a head and a fluorescent alien called Jam try to return to their homeland. Things descend into chaos almost immediately.
* ''Webcomic/{{Educomix}}'', despite picking up a storyline a few strips in, remains completely insane in comparison to anything in real life, yet runs on its own [[MagicAIsMagicA consistent internal logic]].
* ''keithiscoolbykeith'' was a mind-bogglingly random.lo-rez and deliberately(?) amateurish strip. And then it randomly disappeared.
* [[http://www.negamaki.thecomicseries.com ''Negamaki!'']] starts with talking sushi, immediately devolves to Cthulu Mythos, and pretty much keeps riding the slide down from there.
* ''Webcomic/{{Ghettonauts}}'', a fancomic of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', has it's first page being a shot of one of the campers laying in the grass, apparently on an acid trip, and that's it. It gets weirder.
* ''Webcomic/DeerMe'' has an occasional example with in-verse comic "Wonder Wonder" wherein the featured Wombat does nothing except say one word in the final panel. Viana loves it while the rest of the cast understandably fails to see the appeal.
* [[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/02/spaghatta-nadle.html Spaghatta Nadle]], a [[ShowWithinAShow Comic Within the Webcomic]] Webcomic/HyperboleAndAHalf.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfSueAndKathryn'' is about a zombie and a MadScientist wraith trying to fit into suburban life. Except for the elves. And the were-elephants. And the Haunted Tree. And so on. It's also a ShowWithinAShow in the artist's other webcomic, ''Webcomic/{{Selkie}}''.
* ''[[http://inklingstudioshub.deviantart.com/gallery/59844196/Swageon-and-Glacigeon?set=59844196&offset=48 Swageon and Glacigeon]]'', a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fancomic that's about 2 Pokemon and their lives. [[SugarWiki/BetterThanItSounds It's better than it sounds.]] CerebusSyndrome is in effect in this comic though.
* ''Webcomic/{{Cawwwwmic}}'' is about the hip young Chud Thuck Kankle trying to find his cunk, and it makes about as much sense as you would expect from something with that title.
* ''WebOriginal/AirRideAdventures'' has Kirbies with Stands going on an adventure just because they were bored. Also, the daily strips aren't much more sensible.