Comic Strip / Prickly City

A comic strip of a conservative/libertarian bent written by political cartoonist Scott Stantis and drawn by another political cartoonist, Eric Allie. Set in the eponymous southern town, the main characters are Carmen, a young Hispanic girl, representing the conservative point of view and Winslow, a coyote pup representing the liberal view.

Tropes found in this work

  • After-Action Patch-Up: After one of Winslow's attempts to fly, Carmen hurries up with a firstaid box.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Carmen. Kevin wants her to go undercover in Obama's campaign.
    Carmen: 'Cause I'm a girl.
    Kevin: Well that. Plus you're... Uh, you're... What the heck are you?!
  • Anxiety Dreams: After supporting Kevin's election
  • Are We There Yet?: Carmen following Kevin through the tunnel.
  • Bad Dreams: After supporting Kevin's election
  • Big "NO!": Carmen's reaction to being told what the Obama campaign wants her to do.
  • Big Red Button: Which disappoints Winslow: no boom.
  • Briar Patching: When Kevin angles for the VP nomination.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Kevin, Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A large chunk of the cast disappeared in the first couple years.
    • Kevin the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse reappeared after a long absence (with a different design) and has become a regular again since the 2010 election.
  • Only Sane Man: Carmen often plays this role. A common way for the strip to present its political message is to have a caricature of liberal attitudes or policies portrayed as something silly or crazy, then have her respond in this way. She has also been known to do this however to Republicaans when the author felt they were going too far.
  • Pretty Butterflies: Carmen and Winslow admire one one lazy day.
  • Raised by Wolves: Reversed. Winslow is so humanized that an attempt to live with wild coyotes failed miserably.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: As with most political comics. For example, in one story Winslow refused to let Carmen buy football cards just because she's a conservative; meanwhile, she pointed out that the football players are far worse ("drug abuser... deadbeat dad... adulterer...!"). This was based on the controversy over Rush Limbaugh wanting to buy a football team.
  • Running Gag: Winslow trying to fly, for one.
  • Schmuck Bait: Unsatisfactory for Winslow, since it does nothing.
    If you break the rules you deserve a boom.
  • Talking Animal: Winslow the coyote and other desert-dwellers.
  • That Cloud Looks Like: Carmen's looks like a bunny; Winslow is gone because he sees a T-rex with fork and knife.
  • Weird Moon: the moon starts to make faces when Carmen says we haven't been back in a long time