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Comic Book: The Bojeffries Saga
The Bojeffries Saga is a humour comic strip created by Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse. Early installments were published along with V for Vendetta and Miracleman in the Anthology Comic Warrior. After Warrior ended subsequent installments were published in various comics titles around the turn of the 1990s, and a new Distant Finale strip was created for the complete collection published in 2014.

The basic concept of the series, similarly to The Munsters and The Addams Family, involves a family of weird horror entities trying to live a normal life in an ordinary world. Except in this case, the "ordinary world" is a council house in Northampton.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Alien Geometries: A trapdoor that should lead up to the house's loft opens in the back garden.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Barely averted when Ginda tries to have a one-night-stand. It's averted because she thinks "safe sex" means masturbating in different rooms.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Raoul is... somewhat strange. (For example, innocently giving white supremacist propaganda to a black workmate because he finds it too stupid to take seriously, and not noticing that all his relatives have moved out and the house is derelict.)
  • Decoy Protagonist: The first arc introduces us to the family through the eyes of a rent collector trying to get a century's rent arrears out of them. It ends with Grandpa turning him into a geranium plant.
  • Dirty Cop: After a fight breaks out at Raoul's works party (due to Raoul giving a black workmate white supremacist propaganda), the cops turn up, violently beat up and arrest the black guy, and promise to meet the white supremacist guy at "the meeting next Wednesday".
  • Distant Finale: The final installment created for the 2014 collection, which happens twenty years after the last strip.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: Ginda's attempt to pick up a guy is this.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Grandpa Podlasp is some kind of muck-monster who has reality-warping powers and speaks in a mixture of garbled malapropisms and Lovecraft-speak.
  • Fast Forward To Reunion: The Distant Finale works on this.
  • Genius Bruiser: Ginda has super-strength and also super-intelligence.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Festus can't even see a hot-cross bun or hear the bible quoted without crumbling to dust.
  • I Have No Son: In the Distant Finale, Reth has been disowned by the rest for becoming famous by writing a memoir in which he expressed his loathing for them all. And when they're reunited, instead of being reconciled, they kill him.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Festus mostly speaks in cod-Cyrillic gibberish, which all his relatives can understand.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Grandpa in the greenhouse, and "baby" in the cellar.
  • Misery Lit: Reth gets disowned by the rest for writing one of these about his upbringing.
  • Mr Muffykins: A negative attitude to little dogs is probably implied in Raoul's self-defence at the beginning when accused of dog-eating:
    Raoul: Was not dog anyway. Was poodle.
  • Monster Mash: The basic concept of the comic.
  • Musical Episode: The "Song of the Terraces" story.
  • Neck Snap: Ginda does this on a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of David Cameron during Prime Minister's Question Time.
  • Nuclear Nasty: The never-seen "baby" is powerfully radioactive and, in the Distant Finale, is being used as a nuclear energy source.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Raoul sometimes becomes a pure wolf and sometimes a Wolf Man, based on Rule of Funny.
  • Perception Filter: The rent collector's intrusion on the house is blamed on the "curiosity damper" breaking down.
  • Present Absence: The mother of the family, (who presumably is Raoul's and Festus's sister, given their different surname) is noticeably never seen or mentioned.
  • Reality Show: The Distant Finale ends with the family being reunited on Celebrity Big Brother.
  • Running Gag: Raoul eating dogs, and Festus constantly dying.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Straw Feminist: This is pretty much the only joke where Ginda is concerned.
  • Symbol Swearing: Parodied with Colin's girlfriend Sheena, who has "*** OFF" tattooed on her forehead. As in, she literally has "*** OFF" tattooed on her forehead, with the asterisks.
  • Take That: Several in the Distant Finale:
    • Festus is lead singer of a ridiculous Black Metal band called Pram Of Shit.
    • The art presenter "Mark Glasses" is a caricature of BBC presenter Mark Lawson.
    • Reth's memoir was adapted into a dreadful film called Meet the MacJeffries, which is a parody of the various poor-quality film adaptations of Alan Moore's comics, especially their dubious grasp of British culture and language.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Festus keeps horribly dying after falling foul of various vampire weaknesses, and having to be resurrected.
  • Überwald: Both Raoul and Festus are Eastern European in accent, and their surname is "Zlüdøtny". (Actually no language uses both ü and ø.)
  • You No Take Candle: Raoul's dialogue has weird grammar and is sprinkled with Scandinavian "ø"'s.
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