''The Lounge'' is a slice-of-life webcomic by artist John Joseco. The comic stars Italy Ishida, a Japanese-American young woman who takes over running the titular family business (a comic, anime, video game and coffee shop) after her father takes ill, and Max Espinosa, a teenage Filipino-American who is a close friend of Italy and the assistant manager of The Lounge.

The comic started as a gag-a-day strip, but very quickly became a story-driven slice-of-life comic. It can be found [[http://thelounge.keenspot.com/ here]] at Keenspot, and occasionally has NSFW updates.
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!! This comic provides examples of:
* {{Animesque}}: The artist also borrows a few of the anime artistic trademarks, beyond just the general style of the characters.
* ArtEvolution
** However recently it has been devolving (mostly due to the artist working on other projects) now looking worst then when it started.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Quite common in the earliest strips, though anymore, the most abuse the Fourth Wall gets is a bit of leaning on.
* ButchLesbian: Altough Italy can be girly when she wants, but she is also a very masculine.
* ButLiquorIsQuicker: Vilehelm daughters try to pull this on Italy.
* [[CastFullOfGay Cast Full Of Lesbians]]:
* CerebusSyndrome: The inclusion of longer story arcs led to some more serious plots being incorporated, culminating [[spoiler:in serious family conflict between Italy Ishida and her father, and the introduction of the children of her father's former business partner, hellbent on destroying the family business]]
* CutenessProximity: [[http://thelounge.keenspot.com/d/20021008.html Jamie]] [[http://thelounge.keenspot.com/d/20021009.html has]] [[http://thelounge.keenspot.com/d/20021022.html it]].
* DateRapeAverted: [[spoiler: Good thing Italy's friends saw Elsa and Rain take drunken Italy away...]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Quite often, to point of RunningGag. It's generally better to shout before entering 18+ section of the shop...
* DepravedBisexual: The antagonists, Elsa and Rain Vilehelm.
* {{Fanservice}}
* FeudingFamilies
* FirstGirlWins: Aya to Italy.
* GamerChick: Italy
* GuestStrip:
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Italy and Elsa resort to settle matters.
* {{Homage}}: Several, usualy non-canon pages, sometimes longer.
* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter]]: Italy's father after Italy and Aya official hook up.
* IncestSubtext: Between Rain and Elsa.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Jamie [=MacKenzie=], who is the quirky, irrepressibly happy foil to her coworkers Italy and Max.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Tobiasn Ingram
* NoBisexuals: First averted, then played straight thanks to {{retcon}}, then traded out for the DepravedBisexual trope.
* OtakuSurrogate: Italy. Not only does she like {{video games}}, {{comic books}} and {{anime}}, but she fancies women, too.
* PlotWithPorn: There is a very well-written and though-out dramatic story running through this comic series, but it also has a number of scenes involving characters having sex.
* PunchClockVillain: Tobias again, who really couldn't care less about feud between Vilehelm and Ishida.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The comic stays on calendar, and there are regular seasonal and holiday story arcs, particularly centered around Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This can lead to stories getting rushed to keep up with the calendar.
* SuddenlySexuality: Italy. While having a bunch of sexual encounters with her female friend Aya (which were usually played for laughs), Italy also showed interest in men including the main male character Max, which made it seem like she was bisexual, or that her sexuality didn't matter. Later, she declared that she was only a lesbian, and a bunch of other times Italy and Aya had sex were retconned in to justify their new relationship.
** Made more complicated but Italy's continued tendency to tease Max, often in a highly sexualized manner.
* {{Yakuza}}: Implied that Italy's Japan branch to be involved with.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: It should be of little surprise to anyone that the author/artist is a huge anime and video game fan.
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