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->"''Easily the most perverted squeaky clean comic on the net.''"
-->--'''"One person"''', [[http://www.tangentsreviews.com/comic/el-goonish-shive-2/ quoted]] and popularised by '''Tangents Reviews'''
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''[[http://www.egscomics.com/ El Goonish Shive]]'' is an {{Action|Series}} {{Adventure|Series}} {{Dramedy}} {{Webcomic}}, written, drawn, inked and (sometimes) colored by Dan Shive. He has stated that all of the comic can be summed up in one of the main characters' quotes: "[[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2005-01-28 Because it sounds like one big awkward moment]]." Oh, and pay no attention to the art quality of the early strips. [[ArtEvolution It gets better]], [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-27 drastically]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2012 better]]. Now in Color! (Again!) Now Not in Color! (again)

It's about a cast of characters and their relationships while in the middle of [[FunctionalMagic spellcasting]], {{Shapeshifting}} ({{voluntary|Shapeshifting}} and [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting otherwise]]), [[GenderBender gender-bending]], and blatantly disregarding the laws of physics. Or, alternately, it's about a cast of characters who occasionally take time off from obsessing over their relationships to cast spells, change shape, and break the laws of physics. The gender-bending is pretty constant, though.

The series has a heavy focus on interpersonal relationships; it's easy to get so wrapped up in the characters' lives that you forget that an inter-dimensional EvilOverlord has [[OrcusOnHisThrone possibly been attempting to attack them]] since his [[FinalBossPreview last appearance]] (seen in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-06 a picture]]) when he sent monsters to kill his dimensional counterparts in one of the first story arcs.

The comic itself is split into three publications: ''Main Story'' comics, which are a series of tightly connected storylines, ''EGS: NP'', which is newspaper style comic strips that make up self-contained storylines, some of which are canon with the Main Story comics, and the ''Sketchbook'', a place for one-off gags, concept art, fulfilling fan requests, special occasions (like holidays and anniversaries), and other miscellaneous stuff.

[[TheWikiRule It has its own wiki]], [[http://elgoonishshive.wikia.com/wiki/Shiveapedia Shiveapedia]], which contains the definitive timeline of the comic (which is considered {{canon}} by WordOfGod), plus practically exhaustive arc summaries and character bios.

Now has a [[Recap/ElGoonishShive recap page]].

!!This webcomic provides examples of:
* ElGoonishShive/TropesAToE
* ElGoonishShive/TropesFToL
* ElGoonishShive/TropesMToR
* ElGoonishShive/TropesSToZ