''[[http://www.machall.com/ Mac Hall]]'' was created through a bet between the creator, Ian [=McConville=], and a friend who claimed he "couldn't make a comic like ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''". After the 15th comic, [=McConville=] was joined by Matt Boyd who began to write the comic. It follows the exploits of a group of college students, Ian and Matt, for example, who are typical slackers. The series primarily focused on the events that occurred between classes and after hours, and only rarely references actual class work. The comic takes its name from [=MacDonald=] Hall, a dormitory at Bowling Green (OH) State University. Later in the series, the cast moves into a house, where they reside until graduation, and the comic's conclusion.

''Mac Hall'' concluded on September 22, 2006, with Ian explaining that creating the comic was no longer fun. He also mentioned that the comic would continue in a new phase in October 2006, and after some delay a new project began. Thus, ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' was born.

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* ArtEvolution: The strip started out with [[ThickLineAnimation thick outlines]] and went through many different styles (often for only a few comics) before gradually moving to its final style, which is reminiscent of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''.
* AuthorAvatar: Ian and Matt
* CalvinBall: Australian Indoor-rules [[Franchise/HarryPotter Quiddich]]. From the rules: "The winner shall be [[ShapedLikeItself the one who wins]]."
* TheChick: Helen, who later becomes a GamerChick.
* ConRecap
* CowboyCop: [=McGillicutty=], poster boy of said trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: A shorter list would be who ''isn't'' one.
* DeusExMachina: How Matt's unemployment issue is solved after he quits his office job. Lampshaded [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2005-04-27 here]].
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Arguably justified. [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2002-08-15 A]] [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2002-08-21 three]] [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2002-08-30 strip]] arc, which points out that while anti-piracy measures may be inconvenient, all the blather pirates throw around doesn't change the fact that they'll pirate from ''anyone'', bad DRM or not. The strip was done in 2002, and still remains relevant.
* EscalatingWar: A "whiteboard" war, which was ultimately and ''cruelly'' subverted after only [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2001-11-18 two]] [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2001-11-29 volleys]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The titular [=MacDonald=] Hall dormitory, where most of the comic was set
* FacePalm: Helen's reaction when her little sister is sent home early because she drew a picture of a duck wearing a bikini, which according to the teacher might give people "bad thoughts."
* FictionalSport: Australian Indoor Rules Quidditch. About the only thing true about the name is that its played indoors.
* ForgotToPayTheBill: Ian neglects to pay the electric bill in lieu of buying some new video games. Oops. (Of course, in a later strip when the power goes out again, Ian is immediately blamed, even though that time it isn't his fault)
* GamerChick: Helen, later.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Drew.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Ian has a Good Conscience (an angelic Ian), and ''Cthulhu''.
* HeadPet: Ian has one in-universe, an unnamed cat that does not actually seem to be his if one strip is to be belived. Its based on a convention ancedote where someone placed a plush cat toy on Ians head during a panel, and he didnt notice for hours.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Drew.
* LifeEmbellished
* LogicBomb: In one strip, Helen's sister asks her teacher how to spell a word; the teacher tells her to look it up in the dictionary. The poor girl is left crosseyed.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Helen's boyfriend in the early strips, Jason, who is a total nerd, and not the [[{{Nerdcore}} cool kind of geek]], either.
** Helen and Jason stop dating because ''Jason'' wanted to see other people; Micah, who went rage-mode when he first encountered the couple, nearly went prompt critical because Jason was so stupid.
* OnlySaneMan: JM
* RecapEpisode: Various [[ConRecap convention recapping]], as well as other trips or delays in updates.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter An unnamed cat appeared on Ian's hat for a while. This was started after one convention, when someone placed a kitty plushie on Ian's head at his booth and ''[[RealLifeWritesThePlot Ian forgot it was there for three-and-a-half hours]].''
* [[RoadMovie Road Trip]]: A spontaneous road trip, at that.
* RunningGag: People apparently come to [[Webcomic/MacHall the Mac Hall Web site]] looking for ''Digimon'' porn. When the guys mentioned it, the relevant hits went up. Repeat.
** It has to do with the way search engines work: Early in the strop, several top search hits for "Mac Hall" resulted in Web sites of that nature. [[FromBadToWorse It kinda spiraled outta control from there]].
* SadistTeacher: This being a college comic written from the point of view of the students, college professors tend to range between this and simple idiotic incompetence.
* SchmuckBait: The above "Buttsex" storyline. Ian warned the guys ''not'' to talk about...
* TheSlacker: Everyone in the strip has this by degrees, some more so than others.
* SlasherSmile: Look at Ian in [[http://www.machall.com/view.php?date=2001-07-31 this strip]]. Now look at the dummy. Scary as hell.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Three Panel Soul''
* SunglassesAtNight: Ian wears them. {{Justified|Trope}}; they're prescription sunglasses and Ian has to wear them everywhere. Yes, ''even in real life''.
** Joked about in one strip when he accidently walks into the girls bathroom because his sunglasses makes it hard for him to read the signs in the dim dorm hallways.
* TeenyWeenie: Micah, at least according to his ex-girlfriend's blog. (Helen says she thinks it's cute.)
* TooDumbToLive: A brief series had Ian trying to subsist on nothing but Tic-Tacs. The doctors say he has every single nutritional defect, including a few which hadn't been discovered yet, which they end up classifying as a new medical condition called DOGE[[note]]Deficiency of Goddamn Everything[[/note]].
** Micah at one point jumps off a three story balcony because he's in the middle of dancing to a song and forgets that he ''cant fly.''
* TwoGamersOnACouch: Played straight mostly in the early strips.
* UnsoundEffect: '''VOIP''' and '''VERY ADVANCED VOIP'''
* TheVerse: ''Mac Hall'' is part of a pseudo-canonical "Macverse" with ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' and ''Webcomic/{{Applegeeks}}''.
* WildlifeCommentarySpoof: "You English majors can all blow me!"

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