->''"Anything you're looking for, we'll help you find it. Any problem taxing you, we'll help you solve. Any question haunting you, we'll help you answer."''
-->--Howlett Creager

''[[http://pandora.xepher.net/daily Daily Grind]]'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long-running]], [[FunnyAnimal talking animal]] webcomic by Michael H. Payne that's [[Quotes/WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not necessarily for children]] and follows the adventures of the employees of Daily Grind, a "general assistance service" that operates out of a former pawn shop downtown in the port city of Gadsden.

As an action/adventure series that's posted ten (10 panel Long) pages a week since the last day of February 2005, it's probably hit - or is going to eventually hit - all the ActionAdventureTropes; the artwork falls solidly into the 90% dictated by SturgeonsLaw (who says FurriesAreEasierToDraw?); and the FiveManBand of the main characters shakes out as follows:

* TheHero is the snake, Howlett Creager, the founder of Daily Grind. He's also a CelibateHero, not only because his [[LoveInterests love interest]] is a mammal and Howlett seems uncertain how that would work physically, but also because, even though he's only five years older than the aforementioned love interest, he was her [[WifeHusbandry legal guardian]] for the five years before she turned 18. So thinking about sex with her gives him a bit of the {{Squick}}. A variation on the theme: Howlett's love interest is TheBigGuy - or Big Gal in this case - rather than TheChick.

* TheLancer is the rabbit, D.F. Tharka. He spent 111 years working for {{Satan}}, called Scratch and in a lot of ways the BigBad of the series, did his HeelFaceTurn after his LoveRedeems moment, and has since become Daily Grind's unofficial number two. He and Gana, the object of that LoveRedeems moment, also work as [[PrivateDetective private detectives]] and are something of a BattleCouple.

* TheSmartGuy is the cat, Dr. Everard Chalko. Technically an endocrinologist, he's become in practice a bit of an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, handling everything from general medicine to electronics. His [[LoveInterests love interest]] is [[HotScoop newspaper reporter]] Alice Bryson, and since she's a canine, their relationship adds a touch of FantasticRacism to all the InterspeciesRomance going on. He is also TheSpeechless in the series because a gangster's bullet tore up his jaw and tongue, but he has a voice synthesizer that he types his lines into.

* TheBigGuy here is The Big Gal, the squirrel Jolene. Short but stronger, faster, and more neurotic than all the other characters combined, she's an ActionGirl and a not-that-cute CuteBruiser who tries her hardest not to be a BrokenBird. She's madly in love with Howlett but is violently [[{{Asexuality}} asexual]], something Howlett is absolutely fine with. She also recently discovered on her 18th birthday that she's inherited a legacy as a MagicalGirl, and she's dealing with that.

* TheChick, then, would be the moth Constance Teasdale, but she pretty much [[AvertedTrope averts]] all the listed characteristics of TheChick. She's not TheHeart, she's a LadyOfWar; not an example of WomenAreWiser, she's a DeterminedWidow, leaving the others and going off on her own like TheLancer if she thinks that's the best approach. She's almost literally a BlackWidow, too, due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding her husband's death, becoming an IceQueen as a result though she's begun [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]] lately due to the attentions of Alban Sathmont, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent a prince of the Fae]] who's been courting her.
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Other tropes include:
* BiggerBad: During one of their jobs, Daily Grind unearths a creature known as the Nulla Lucis, and [[{{Satan}} old Scratch himself]] comes to them for help disposing of her.
* LawfulStupid: Steven Aramis was adopted as a child by the [[AncientConspiracy Sons of the Black Swan]] and has devoted his life to following their by-laws [[spoiler: even when it turned out that, to follow the by-laws, he had to kill all the other members of the group...]]. Later subverted the "stupid" part when [[spoiler: he dropped the necessary hints to the group's new leader such that the by-laws would be changed before Steven got around to killing the members/ex-members who Steven felt were actually innocent of actual wrong-doing.]]
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Since all the characters are [[FunnyAnimal talking animals]], the Fae are, of course, giant glowing spiders.
* WebcomicTime: The first 4 pages of the comic were posted 28 Feb 2005, and that's the day in the comic as well. Five years later, in the 2 pages posted on 01 Mar 2010, only 7 1/2 months have passed for the characters.
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