''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net mezzacotta]]'' (yes, [[AllLowercaseLetters all-lowercase]]) is a website launched by [[Tropers/{{Dmmaus}} David Morgan-Mar]] and The Comic Irregulars (authors of ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' and ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'') to showcase "all the weird, crazy, half-baked ideas we come up with."

It contains the following webcomics:

* '''mezzacotta''', a webcomic "with two people talking to each other. Mostly." Though it launched in October 10, 2008, its archive of daily strips extends significantly farther into the past. The archive contains strips for every day that has passed since the introduction of ''Darths & Droids'', ''Irregular Webcomic!'', ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the World Wide Web, the year David Morgan-Mar was born, [[OlderThanTelevision television broadcasts]], [[OlderThanRadio radio]], [[OlderThanSteam the steam engine]], [[OlderThanPrint the printing press]], [[OlderThanFeudalism the fall of Rome]], and so on. The 'earliest' strip in its archive [[OlderThanDirt is supposedly 9,986,270 million years older than the presumed age of the Universe]].[[note]]If you want to know where the comics ''really'' come from, they are [[spoiler: generated by a fractal algorithm seeded from the "publication date".]][[/note]] One could, perhaps, think of it as the [[Creator/JorgeLuisBorges Webcomic of Babel]]... or maybe the [[HouseOfLeaves Webcomic of Leaves]]. You can find the "first one" '''[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-9999999999999-01-01 here]]'''.

* '''Lightning Made of Owls''': a webcomic consisting entirely of user-submitted {{Guest Strip}}s, launched on 15 November 2008. Its name is a deliberate WordSaladTitle. It features the following stock characters:
** Holly, an optimistic, lively young woman. Always depicted with clear round NerdGlasses.
** Ambrose, a learned, eccentric older man. Always depicted with a yardbrush moustache.
** Samantha, a smart, vain, self-motivated young lady. Always depicted with large earrings.
** Oliver, a bald man who is AlwaysLawfulGood. Always depicted with an [[ScarsAreForever L-shaped scar]].
** Meridien, a long-haired spiritual woman. Always depicted with a cloth fashion accessory, typically a ribbon.
** Delkin, a young technician, and the joker of the bunch. Always depicted with HiddenEyes.

* '''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield''': a user-submitted RemixComic inspired by ''Webcomic/GarfieldMinusGarfield''. Each strip is a remixed ''{{Garfield}}'' strip, but remixed in an entirely different manner to the previous strips. Launched on 21 November 2008.

* '''Comments on a Postcard''': Having finally completed their magnum opus, the phenomenally acclaimed genre-defying webcomic known as ''Postcard'', the Comic Irregulars have started to re-run it from beginning to end. But there's a problem - all of the comic image files have mysteriously been deleted! Furthermore, nobody else seems to have ever heard of ''Postcard'', or have any memory of ever reading it. But, [[RippleEffectProofMemory unperturbed]] by this apparent [[DelayedRippleEffect glitch in the time stream]], the Comic Irregulars are simply running the {{News Post}}s without the comic images, and hoping that the reader's imagination will suffice until they can find someone, somewhere, who has a backup copy of the files in their browser cache. [[note]]Actually, [[FictionalDocument there never was a webcomic]] - the "commentary" is user-submitted and the reader is left to imagine the described non-existent image. Whether or not this even counts as a "webcomic" is a question that'd have Scott [=McCloud=] lying awake at night.[[/note]] Launched on 8 December 2008.
** [-The above description is one of many [[MultipleChoicePast random descriptions]] of the webcomic that load when the "About" page is viewed.-]

* '''Awkward Fumbles''': Launched on April 14, 2009. A collaborative webcomic where ''mezzacotta'' readers send in comic strips with blank speech balloons, and [[strike:the Comic Irregulars]] other readers insert dialogue and captions of their own making, to create a finished comic that isn't quite what either of the parties intended! (If this sounds like something that the ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' creator Ryan North already did a while back, that's because it is.)
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'''Awkward Fumbles''' contains examples of:
* PixelArtComic: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/fumbles/?comic=5 Pixels]]
* ScheduleSlip: Although it doesn't have a schedule, it didn't update at all between May and August 2009, due to it being more work for the Irregulars than the other comics, where the readers do all the work. It changed with an overhaul, allowing readers to not only draw but also write the strip.\\
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And then it slipped again. Currently, the latest strip was published on March 30, 2010.

'''Comments on a Postcard''' contains examples of:
* AprilFoolsDay: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/postcard/?comic=1547 This strip]] does the entire point of the webcomic in reverse for an April Fools gag.
* CelebrityParadox / RecursiveCanon: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/postcard/?comic=121 Here]] (a shout out to [[DarthsAndDroids the other work by the Comic Irregulars]])
* ContinuitySnarl: A natural outcome of having each strip's comments submitted by somebody else. But most of the continuity errors are invisible to the reader thanks to the broken image links, and the rest are presumably due to the frequent TimeTravel and ParallelUniverse plots.
* FictionalDocument
* FundamentallyFunnyFruit: eggplants
* LampshadeHanging: One of the "About" pages: "How awesome would it be if someone produced a webcomic without the comic? Each day, they'd just post the author comments for the comic, and leave it up to the reader to imagine what they actually drew. Perhaps there could be a fictional backstory about the mysterious lost comic for which only the author's comments survive."
** This was actually the original pitch, as posted on the Mezzacotta forums.
* NewsPost
* NoodleImplements, NoodleIncident: Pretty much the entire point of the strip.
* RunningGag: Several, particularly those involving cows and the tendency of the author's keyboard to stop working.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The author ''really'' didn't like cows, [[AbortedArc until (s)he]] [[RealLifeWritesThePlot went into]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/postcard/?comic=1642 therapy]].

'''Lightning Made of Owls''' contains examples of:
* AlwaysLawfulGood: Oliver
* ArtisticLicenseMusic: Parodied in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=538 "The Sound of Failing at Music"]]. After Holly finishes writing a song, Delkin starts criticizing her on various aspects, one of which was that she used the wrong tunings. Holly points out that those aren't even real tunings.
* BlindingBangs: Delkin
* TheChewToy: Steve becomes this quite rapidly after his introduction as a new main character.
-->[[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=427 Steve's permanent feature: someone trying to kill him.]]
* CaptainObvious: Oliver in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=147 these]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=151 three]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=154 strips]].
* DependingOnTheArtist
* TheGlassesGottaGo: The trope all but lends its name to the title of [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=540 this one.]] Holly abandons her NerdGlasses, and Delkin decides she looks great without them.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha
* JennyEverywhere
* LightningCanDoAnything: Being made of owls helps.
* {{Metamorphosis}}: Samantha turn into a gigantic Kafka in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=442 this one.]]
* NerdGlasses: Holly
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=29 parodied]]
* ScarsAreForever: Oliver
* SharingABody: Delkin and Meridien in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=457 this strip]] (and nowhere else).
* VisualPun: In [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=536 A Turning Point in the Conversation]], Ambrose is sitting on a line touching a cubic function. He's going off on a tangent.
* WaxingLyrical:To Buzzcocks lyrics in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=320 this strip]].
* WhatYearIsThis: Parodied [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/owls/?comic=319 here]]
* WordSaladTitle
* TitleDrop
* UniversalAdaptorCast

'''mezzacotta''' contains examples of:
* AnachronismStew: References to modern technology and concepts, and the use of modern vocabulary (like "dude"), pop up long before their invention.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Not the exception, but the norm.
* CutAndPasteComic
* DadaComics: Almost the entirety of the 'archive'.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-9999999999999-12-10 This strip]].
* EternalEnglish: Plenty of the comics are in ''nonsensical'' English, but English nevertheless, even though most of them were written before the English language came into being.
* ForScience: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=2008-01-07 This strip.]] [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=1703-04-18 Or this one.]] And [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=1926-11-06 this one]] is verging on FrankensteinsMonster.
** [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=522-03-23 For hypothetical SCIENCE!]]
* FunWithForeignLanguages
* FramingDevice / {{Kayfabe}}: It's pretty clear that the Comic Irregulars haven't ''really'' been making comics since before the universe began, but that's the story.
* HehHehYouSaidX: Random attempts at this trope often fail because the DoubleEntendre is absent; "X" has [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-569-02-16 no second meaning]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There are at least 50, but only a few of them have a name.
* MadScientist
* NoFourthWall: The sheer number of strips make it impossible to say if [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breaking]] happens constantly or not, but at least [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-99-11-18 this strip]] is an example. And [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=616-11-21 this]].
** So is [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-9999999999999-01-01 the "very first" strip]].
** There seems to be [[FourthWallObserver a character behavior set dedicated to breaking the fourth wall]].
*** Specifically Brian has two FourthWall-breaking quotes on the [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/cast/ cast page]] and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=2011-08-25 there's more]].
** [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=1569-02-14 This strip]] is even a ShoutOut to TVTropes itself.
* DarthWiki/RuinedForever: The first line in the first comic is "I think this comic is going downhill." If so, it's been doing so since before the universe existed, so it must either be pretty horrible now or have been ''really'' good at some point before.
* RussianReversal: Some characters try to make these jokes. One character states something, and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-271828-04-01 the other character reverses it]]. The reversal tends to be as nonsensical as the original statement.
--> "In Soviet Russia, you make no sense to this joke!"
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=193-09-22 Here]].
* SturgeonsLaw: Mitigated by the inclusion of a Hall of Fame for top-rated comics.
** Used [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-516-08-28 in-comic]].
* TagLine: Quite a lot
-->The webcomic that uses the proleptic Gregorian calendar.
-->The webcomic with two people talking to each other. Mostly.
-->The webcomic that uses SVG.
-->The [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative most innovative]] webcomic for quite some time. By some measures.
-->The website that went online before it was ready.
-->The webcomic that reduces hair loss and increases virility.
-->The website with The Hyperstig.
-->The webcomic that could use more publicity.
-->Post about us in your blog!
-->From the people who brought you [[DarthsAndDroids Darths & Droids]].
-->The webcomic that everyone is talking about.
-->The longest running webcomic on the net.
-->[[LampshadeHanging The webcomic with the rotating taglines.]]
-->From the people who brought you IrregularWebcomic
-->The webcomic that will revolutionise your web experience.
-->The website with the International Phonetic Alphabet pronunciation.
-->The Emil Zátopek of webcomics.
-->The webcomic that broke TVTropes.
-->... [[TopGear All we know is, he's called The Hyperstig]].
-->The webcomic that ''started'' [[JumpingTheShark on the other side of the shark]].
-->The proleptic webcomic.
-->[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Dare to be stupid.]]
-->Now totally sold out for the advertising bucks.
-->The website that went online before it was ready.
-->The website with the non-rotating taglines on static pages. (a special one for on static pages)
* TimeAbyss: Did we mention "making comics since before the universe began"? Even if the Comic Irregulars are time travellers, there are literally ''quadrillions'' of comics, sloppily [[CutAndPasteComic drawn]] and [[DadaComics written]] though they may be. To create them all manually would require an absurd amount of time.
* TheyCalledMeMad: Mild in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=1926-11-06 this one]], meaner in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=2011-04-29 this one]].
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-6021-07-19 The strip for 19 July, 6021 BC]]
* TheWebAlwaysExisted
* WordSchmord: This is one of "Character 1"'s standard ways of being a JerkAss, like in [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=1788-08-10 this strip]].
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Used in this [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=1793-04-06 strip]] from the late 18th century.

'''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield''' is so trope heavy that it gets its own page.
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