* BizarroEpisode: Every year for Kwanzaa, the strip runs a two-week-long StoryArc that involves new, made-up characters doing absolutely ridiculous things that resemble African folktales, with little concern for anything other than being awesomely over-the-top, often toeing the line between RuleOfCool and an outright MindScrew. Past arcs have included [[http://joshreads.com/images/07/01/i070102curtis.jpg a golden, telepathic otter and a magic sandal]] and [[http://joshreads.com/images/0601/i060109curtis.jpg bat-winged bears]], among others. Consensus among fans (or at least among TheComicsCurmudgeon and his followers) is that these are among his best works; he even considers the otter "still the gold standard."
** They actully ''do'' tie it into the strip, but always in the same way: It always turns out to be [[spoiler:a book Curtis was reading.]]
* CriticalResearchFailure: One story has a butcher that used to be a Disney animator who was laid off. The reason for said layoff was ''Pixar'', which if you know anything about how Disney and Pixar work, is completely untrue.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Many readers only check in for the Kwanzaa strips.