A {{webcomic}} that, unlike most webcomics that have a set story and [[SureWhyNot swipe reader speculation periodically]], takes a ''lot'' of reader input. Frequently, the author will take so much reader input that nearly the entire webcomic is made of user suggestions. As such, they ''always'' have some way to put in suggestions, whether it's a designated forum where you can post in a suggestion box, comment in a comment box, a ShoutBox, or an email address you can send suggestions to. In fact, many of these comics had their origins in forum threads, where the update panels are [[DirectDemographic in-line with the discussion of said panels and the suggestions]].

In many cases (nearly all since the TropeCodifier ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures''), the webcomic will be [[FramingDevice presented as if it were a log of an]] InteractiveFiction game (with pictures). Because commands are parsed by a human and only one (or a very select few) command paths are actually used, the story usually ends up [[KudzuPlot far more complex than is possible to program into a game]] (mostly because the CombinatorialExplosion is much smaller and can thus be handled manually). [[WriteWhatYouKnow Due to the sort of people who make these comics]], these comics also frequently spoof such things as {{Adventure Game}}s, {{Simulation Game}}s, {{Puzzle Game}}s, {{Roleplaying Game}}s, or TurnBasedStrategy games.

These comics generally update with only one panel at a time and as such can be updated ''very quickly''. [[ArchivePanic Often even more than once a day.]]

For obvious reasons, these comics cannot use a StripBuffer at all.

Frequently these comics straddle the boundary between {{Webcomic}} and NewMedia[=/=]WebOriginal. General precedent seems to be to put {{Interactive Comic}}s in the Webcomic category. More and more however, traditional web comic creators are experimenting with the medium.

!Tropes often used include
* ForegoneConclusion: ''Homestuck'' has proven that as any InteractiveComic becomes popular enough, it begins to defy the medium. The creator of ''Homestuck'' has said that before ultimately closing the suggestion boxes, there were so many suggestions that he could pick any direction he wanted, subverting the idea of the interactivity.
** ''Homestuck'' is also an interesting case study in that the author eventually got incredibly fed up by endless streams of countless moronic suggestions; something usually considered a strength of this genre.
*** Even more interesting is that without suggestions, fans still affect the comic in small ways as community jokes and theories often appear in the comics or have nods to them.
* OntologicalMystery: Often of the YouWakeUpInARoom kind. [[SturgeonsLaw Fortunately or unfortunately]], this type of beginning to a story is ''incredibly'' easy to pull off.
* PresentTenseNarrative
* SecondPersonNarration
* SchrodingersGun
* SureWhyNot: and ''nothing but''. Collectively, these comics may well be the best example.
** Beyond direct suggestions, authors often take direction of the future updates by canonizing fan speculation.
* GenreSavvy or GenreBlindness: Depending on the quality of reader suggestions, the protagonist in question can be [[IdiotBall a bumbling idiot with no brains]] or [[SmartBall an incredibly smart ninja who knows all the trappings of his fiction]], or anything in between.
* CerebusSyndrome: Specifically, once the OntologicalMystery is slightly less of a mystery, the author will often reveal a backstory for the world and the character. This generally tilts the comic away from silly hijinks to plot-driven story.
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!!Examples:[[index]]
* The genre really arose out of InteractiveFiction and joking around on forums (both Ruby Quest and [=MSPA=] started on forums), so pinning down the UrExample is probably impossible.
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' and all the other [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Quest /tg/ quests]] are the [[TropeMaker Trope Makers]] (though ''Ruby Quest'' itself is younger than the TropeCodifier).
** ''Roleplay/JohnQuest'', GaidenGame-esque SelfParody of Ruby by the [[Creator/TheWeaver same author]].
** ''Roleplay/NanQuest'', ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''[='=]s SpiritualSequel.
** ''Roleplay/DiveQuest'', a fantasy roleplay and possible prequel to ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''.
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' is the TropeCodifier.
** This has changed a bit since the site was started. While completed series ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' is still an excellent example of the genre, the current series ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has long since closed its submission boxes and is for all practical purposes a "normal" webcomic styled like an InteractiveComic. The audience still has a significant influence on the story, though, as author AndrewHussie enjoys reading fan theories and [[AscendedFanon employing]] the ones he likes into the story.
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the guru is visited by the Goddess, which introduces a [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/146/ complicated puzzle game that few people have solved]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Voices}}'' (which was originally an [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MSPA Forum Adventure]] before getting its own site.)
* ''Webcomic/LittleRobotBigScaryWorld''
* ''Roleplay/DorfQuest''
* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise''
* ''Webcomic/AetheriaEpics''
* ''[[http://what-do-you-do.net What Do You Do]]''
* ''Webcomic/TouhouNekokayou''[='s=] Create.swf Adventures
* ''[[http://www.epicsplosion.com/ Epicsplosion: Tripp Rougestar's Space-filled Adventure]]'', whose story depends on which of several paths you take, something that AndrewHussie tried with ''Bard Quest''.
* ''Webcomic/WickedAwesomeAdventure''
* ''Webcomic/{{Prequel}}'' (which was also a [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MSPA Forum Adventure]] before getting its own site.)
* ''Webcomic/DemonThesis'', a mix of interactive comic and java based tactical game by Chris Doucette, who also brought us ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Gengame}}''
* ''Webcomic/DeepRise''
* ''Webcomic/OmnitopiaThePlayground'' where all the main characters are people from the Gitpg forums who have given permission to appear in the comic.
* ''[[http://banditsquest.com/ Bandit's Quest]]'', stated to have been inspired by MSPA, originated on [[http://banditsquest.tumblr.com/ tumblr]].
* ''Webcomic/CityOfTheDead''
* ''Webcomic/LunarHill''
* EvilPlanTheWebcomic switched over to a MSPA style for April Fool's 2012, and took suggestions from the readers. The comic was updated nearly a hundred times that day, with several of the images being [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/comics/1460787/start-game/ animated .gifs.]]
* ''Webcomic/PantsSeatCarpetRide'', which is told from the third person and contains no images, was inspired by MSPA.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', is based around this to varying degrees for all of its comics besides it's primary one, Moonless Age.
* ''[[http://www.rebuildempyrean.com/ Mystic Empyrean Rebuild]]'', is entirely based around user suggestions either on the forums or every other week to determine the course of the primary narrative.
* ''Webcomic/StableQuest''

Several websites include entire sections in which {{Interactive Comic}}s can be created.
* The [[http://www.mspaforums.com/forumdisplay.php?85 MSPA Forum Adventures]] forum, which as the name suggests is part of ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures''' forum. A substantial number of these are fanfiction of ''{{Homestuck}}'', and a lot of them are archived on [[http://mspfanventures.com/ MS Paint Fan Adventures]], a collaborative mirror site which transposes these adventures from forum posts into the style of MSPA proper.
** ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse''
*** ''Webcomic/ChairmanJackEmerge'' (sequel)
** ''Webcomic/ACompleteWasteOfTime''
** ''Webcomic/AllNightLaundry''
** ''Webcomic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood''
** ''Webcomic/{{Castelocked}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Chiasmata}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Cordless}}''
*** And it's Reboot, [[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?47265-Rebuild-of-Cordless Rebuild of Cordless.]]
** ''Webcomic/CorgiQuest''
** ''Roleplay/CrystalRave''
** ''Webcomic/DarkDungeonsLightBot''
** ''Webcomic/{{Datastuck}}''
** ''Webcomic/DontNameIt''
** ''Webcomic/DoubleReacharoundOrange''
** ''Webcomic/DoubleReacharoundRed''
** ''Webcomic/DungeonsOfSunnydale''
** ''Webcomic/{{Godquest}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Heartstuck}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Hexane}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Hoofstuck}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Housetrapped}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Iji}}''
** ''Webcomic/LegendOfTheHunter''
** ''Webcomic/{{Lucidstuck}}''
** ''Webcomic/MarySueQuest''
** ''Webcomic/{{Masquerade}}''
** [[Webcomic/DotMemoria .Memoria]]
** ''Webcomic/TheMotleyTwo''
** ''Webcomic/NepetaQuest2011''
** ''Fanfic/{{Nightfall}}''
** ''Webcomic/OneChillyNovemberDay''
** ''Fanfic/{{Selfstuck}}''
** ''Webcomic/SinisterEvolution''
** ''Webcomic/STuCK''
** ''Webcomic/{{Superego}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{TheHumanGame}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}''
** ''Webcomic/{{Wildlife}}''
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* A section of ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' forums (Facepunch).
* [[ImageBoards tgchan]] that was created because all those quest threads were bloating /tg/.
* [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress Bay 12]] has several in the Forum Games and Roleplaying section, including such works as [[http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=55601.0 thiiiiiiiis]].
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