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''[[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/ Original Life]]'' is a comedy webcomic written by Jay Naylor. The strip began on June 1, 2009, right after Naylor finished up its predecessor, ''BetterDays''. It details the life and times of Fisk and Elizabeth and their children - Abigail, Thomas and Janie - as well as the lives of other ''Better Days'' cast members and their children.

Unlike ''Better Days'', ''Original Life'' features a lighter and more humorous plot, with minor segments of dramatic moments interspersed throughout. Also, rather than following Fisk and Lucy as they progress through life as in ''Better Days'', the characters of ''Original Life'' do not age; the comic is also set in modern times, as opposed to the gradual timescale of ''Better Days''. These changes are mainly due to Naylor opting to "just keep it fun," stating that he enjoyed the lighter chapters of ''Better Days'' far more than the somber ones.

!!This webcomic provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: The love letter. Maybe. Just when you least expect it, it pops up again.
* AdultsAreUseless: Played mostly straight. The kids get up to some crazy stuff and adults rarely intervene even when it escalates into violence, such as during the [[SeriousBusiness Muffin Arc]].
* AscendedMeme: [[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/comic/OL125.10-08-09.jpg Maybe.]] Could be nothing more than a coincidence, though.
* BareYourMidriff: Janie, making Elizabeth's refusal to buy her a two-piece bathing suit pretty ridiculous.
* CompressedHair: Charlie's [[TomboyishPonytail bangs and ponytail]] turn into a mane about twice the size of her head when the cap comes off.
* DeepImmersionGaming:
** Thomas plays ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' in one of the first comics... with the badass protagonist coincidentally drawn like his father.
** Semi-justified with ''Franchise/MassEffect'', as Shepard's appearance is customizable.
* DisappearedDad: Fisk, since his job keeps him on the road. It's been argued that he just drops by occasionally to enjoy the parts of fatherhood he likes, while skipping out on most of that messy parenting stuff.
* FantasticDrug:
** Abby's "Ferrigno Fluid", which turns fat into muscle and reduces intelligence and sexual inhibition.
** Turns out she has entire shelves of "chemical solutions to life's problems", among them a LovePotion.
* GirlsHaveCooties: [[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/11/052.html This storyline]].
* ImaginaryEnemy: When she tries to kick the habit, Stacy's addiction to nicotine briefly manifests as a giant, talking, ''smoking'' cigarette trying to coerce her into relapsing.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: Fisk is visited by an angel with this in mind. Cue throatpunch.
* LighterAndSofter: Naylor himself said that he wants to "keep it fun".
* LittleKnownFacts
-->'''Janie:''' Daddy, where does the baby in Mummy's tummy come from?
-->'''Fisk:''' Wal-Mart
* MostWritersAreAdults: None of the kids in this strip talk or act like kids.
* MrImagination - Or ''Ms'' in Abigail's case, though half of what she gets up to in real life is even more unbelievable.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Bonk redesigned his character, so we get a couple comics dealing with Bonk's redesign in-universe.
* ShoutOut:
** Abby reenacts scenes from ''Film/TheFly'' and ''Film/{{Darkman}}''. She also quotes random bits of [[AerithAndBob Yoda and Patton]].
** Thomas wanted Abigail to train him, like ''[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Cato did for Inspector Clouseau]]
** Abby's stuffed animal is a representation of Naylor's fellow artist friend Bonk.
** Abby builds some [[{{Videogame/Portal}} rather familiar-looking]] turrets as part of Thomas' self-defense training.
** [[Film/{{Patton}} Blalock, you magnificent bastard...]][[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2009/07/013.html I read your book!]]
** [[http://www.jaynaylor.com/originallife/archives/2010/10/145.html This strip]] features an appearance by singer Grace Jones. This was an InJoke that also occurs in ''BetterDays''.
* SliceOfLife: The comic shows the daily life of Fisk and Elizabeth and their children.
* StrawmanPolitical: Angelica, the bunny girl mentioned above and one of Janie's friends, seems to have this as her entire character purpose. She stands for and likes many things that Naylor dislikes, like belief in anthropogenic global warming, new age spiritualism, and Music/JustinBieber.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Fisk and the group of unsanctioned assassins that employs him seem to fall under this, judging by the explanation in ''Better Days''.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: After having the effects of Abigail's drug reversed, Jeffery wakes up to find that he had basically turned into a caveman and tried to abduct Amanda before being sedated. His response? "Oh. Cool."