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A Mundane Fantastic comic set in suburbia, chronicling the adventures of Alice, a child in preschool; her brother, Petey, a neurotic and absurdlyPicky Eater; and their family, friends and neighbors.Started as a Sundays-only strip in the Washington Post Magazine. The setting was explicitly somewhere in suburban DC, but after going to nation-wide syndication in September of 2007, the setting changed to a more generic suburb, though there are still references to the original setting. The strip ended in 2012 after the author, Richard Thompson, decided to concentrate on managing his case of Parkinson's disease.Can be read here. Has nothing to do with the Roman Polanski film.Now has its own Character Sheet.This comic strip provides examples of:
The Alleged Car: Dad's car runs perfectly fine, but it's apparently small enough to fit in a bathtub or get buried in a sandbox.
Ancient Conspiracy: The 'Future Adults of America' society. One day, they will control everything.
Art Shift: Whenever a comic by Petey, Andre, or Loris appears.
Art Evolution: Like most other comic strips, Thompson's character designs have evolved. For example Alice originally had long hair, and Petey was much more rounded-looking.
Author Existence Failure: Kinda - Richard Thompson is very much alive, but his Parkinsons disease has resulted in the strip ending in September 2012.
Guest Strip: Early in 2012, several weeks of these ran as Thompson was undergoing treatment. These were drawn by talents Mo Willems, Ruben Bolling and Lincoln Peirce. Stephen Pastis contributed what was basically an extra Pearls Before Swine about his inability to copy Thompson's style as a Sunday strip on April Fool's Day.
The Ghost: Dill's brothers are frequently referred to, but never actually seen.
Summer Campy: Both the 2010 and 2011 summers, but with a day camp. For Alice it's Camp Blisshaven(Basically a camp version of her pre-school) and for Petey it's Cartoon Camp(where he and other kids draw comics and what not). Notable for introducing Sophie, Andre and Cloris.
Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Odd example, in that the strip was originally located in the suburbs of Washington DC. After the strip became nationally syndicated, the setting changed to a more generic suburb.