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[[caption-width-right:260:Meet your heroes (from right): [[StalkerWithACrush OCD Stalker]] and [[NotGoodWithPeople Extreme Recluse]]]]

Tory Blake is [[EmoTeen fifteen]], a [[TeenGenius genius]], and [[BrilliantButLazy bored]]. He spends his time breezing through school, doodling, worrying his mother, playing 90s computer games with his college-aged neighbor, and [[SuperOCD documenting everything that happens in his life in worrying detail]]. One night, something happens that promises to alleviate his boredom: a mysterious boy, Colin Stephens, and his guardian move into the duplex next door. Over the next year, Tory becomes increasingly obsessed with [[SeekerArchetype figuring out the mystery]] behind his neighbors' bizarre actions, to the point of transferring schools to [[StalkerWithACrush get closer to]] Colin. What secrets could Colin be hiding? What is the Gaia Project, and how does Colin fit into it?

''Off*beat'' is an OEL manga by Jen Lee Quick, the first two volumes of which were published in 2005 and 2006 by Creator/{{Tokyopop}}. Despite the efforts of its small but devoted fanbase, the third and final volume is still in limbo. However, Jen posted a notice on her DeviantArt page assuring her followers that ''Off*beat'' would be concluded sometime in 2012.

By the same author, a webcomic named ''[[http://witchsquarry.smackjeeves.com/ Witch's Quarry]]'' was started in 2012, also containing GLBT* themes.

A Kickstarter was successfully funded on May 3rd, 2013 for reprints of volumes 1 and 2 by the new publisher for the series, Chromatic Press, as well as a serialization of volume 3 to begin summer 2013.

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!!Tropes:
* TheChick: Mandy, who is surprisingly likable despite being "the girl" in a BoysLove story.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The first volume ends with Colin [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asking]] Tory, "Why are you always around? What do you want?" The second volume ends with [[spoiler:the two of them getting in a ''fist fight'']]. And there's no volume three. WTH publisher.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Tory has moments of these, particularly involving Colin and Dr. Garrets.
--->'''Tory''': Are they counterfeiters? Arms dealers or illegal immigrants? Spies, drug dealers, part of the occult, the Mafia, KKK or maybe aliens...
* CrashIntoHello: Purposefully invoked by Tory. However, it completely backfires on him.
* [[CrazyCatLady Crazy Cat Guy]]/KindheartedCatLover: Colin sits somewhere between these two. He has at least six cats.
* CrazyPrepared: Tory's alleged reason for keeping his journals as obsessively detailed as he does.
* CreatorBreakdown[=/=]WritersBlock: Jen Lee Quick went quiet for a long period of time, with no updates to her DeviantArt page or much artistic activity. She recently came back and explained in a post that she had been deeply depressed after the death of her father in 2009.
* DisappearedDad: We don't hear much about Tory's father, except that he was apparently kind of a {{Jerkass}}.
* DoNotCallMePaul: Despite his first name actually being Christopher, our hero prefers to be called by his middle name, Tory. Mostly because he shares the name with his {{Jerkass}} [[DisappearedDad absentee father.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A big, unsubtle one from Chapter Nine [[spoiler:is the ending closeup on Colin's backpack. In it is one of Tory's stalker journals from 1st quarter of school.]]
* GaiasLament: Judging from Colin's sickly-looking visualization of Mother Earth, the Gaia Project may have had something to do with this.
* GirlPosse: Mandy's two friends, who start out as unsympathetic harpies but turn out to only have Mandy's best interests in mind. After all, they're right that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tory]] tends to step all over other people's feelings.
* GuileHero: Tory, although he hasn't yet learned to use his powers for good instead of stalking.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Breaking into a guidance counselor's office for information on Colin is just another one the tasks on Tory's list.
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: Apparently Tory does a risk analysis every night before he goes to bed to see the odds of anything happening.
* IllBoy: Colin.
* ImagineSpot: Tory has a tendency to daydream about everything from {{Mad Scientist}}s to [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Ninjas]] to a ShowdownAtHighNoon, complete with [[ButYouWereThereAndYouAndYou casting his friends and family as characters]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Colin has one of these, although he insists he isn't sick.
* InHarmonyWithNature: Colin is implied to be this.
* IntertwinedFingers: Colin "tests" Tory by holding his hands like this in the park. [[spoiler:He thought Tory had "attunement," based on his awareness of his surroundings, but what exactly that is has yet to be explained.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Pleasantly subverted.
* LonersAreFreaks: Both the leads fit this. Tory gets a little better. Colin doesn't.
* LuminescentBlush: Tory gets a fair bit of this.
* [[MagicVersusScience Nature Versus Science]]: Implied with Tory's skill at math and physics contrasted with Colin's association with plants, animals, and the Gaia Project, as well as his dislike of physics, which he feels is frustratingly "arbitrary."
* MindScrew: The author has drawn [[http://wulfmune.deviantart.com/gallery/#/dki5n0 fanart]] of a fanfic of her own book. Make sense of that.
* NoSocialSkills: Both protagonists, though Colin's got it worse.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Colin, most likely a Type-2.
* OneHeadTaller: Would be straight example... if not for the fact that Colin's height seems to [[OffModel keep changing.]] At one point he'll be a head shorter, then eye level with Tory, and then half a head shorter. ''All in the same volume.''
* ParentalAbandonment: Colin lives with his guardian, Dr. Garrets.
* PhotographicMemory: Tory, although it isn't perfect, so he obsessively writes things down in his notebooks.
* RedheadedHero: Tory.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Tory's closet full of journals documenting everything that happens to him kind of comes off as this.
* ShipperOnDeck: Mandy seems to know there's something going on between Tory and Colin. On a slightly more malicious note, Mandy's friend Mira invokes this when she tells Mandy to 'give the newlyweds some space'. In her defense, Tory is kind of [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a huge jerk]] and had just blatantly ignored Mandy's attempt at small talk.
* TheSlacker: Paul, Tory's upstairs neighbor, a college student who tends to skip class and mooch off the Blakes.
* SnowMeansLove: Tory and Colin go to a bakery to get Colin's favorite cake. Guess what happens on the way back? Coupled with a short moment of HoldingHands.
* StalkerWithACrush: Tory. First he keeps strange notes on the weird neighbor kid. Then he transfers to the weird neighbor kid's school. Then he sets up a study group in his physics class to spend time with the weird neighbor kid. He's aware that he's a creepy stalker and seems mostly fine with it, but it's unclear whether he's picked up on the crush part yet.
* SuperOCD: Tory, at least when it comes to his journals.
* WhatTheHellHero: Tory gets a succession of these as his obsessive behavior alienates his mother, Paul, and Mandy. He gets better, and then [[spoiler:manages to accidentally bait his LoveInterest into taking a swing at him]]. Go figure.
* YaoiGenre
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