is a Furry Comic
by Ralph E. Hayes
(also known for Tales of the Questor
and Nip and Tuck
). It stars Ben Bruin
, his wife Lily (a mountain lion), her younger sister Penny, and a septet of goblins (Sheldon, Velvet, Slick, Zoot, Mort, Gunther and Pif) that Ben inherited along with the old mansion they all live in.
In a previous incarnation, the comic was called "Under The Lemon Tree" and the goblins weren't goblins, but aspects of Ben's subconscious brought to life (Ex. Sheldon was his intelligence, Velvet his sensitivity, Mort his pessimism, etc.)
. "Under The Lemon Tree" can be found here
Goblin Hollow contains examples of:
- Aborted Arc: There were hints of a mysterious past that would explain why someone of Ben's skills and intelligence was basically working as a janitor at a Woolworth's. This seems to have vanished along with the previous continuity.
- Author Appeal:
RH Junior Ben is an unashamed gun "enthusiast".
- Author Avatar: Ben, originally
- Badass Boast: Ben has one toward old man Feldspar, seen here.
- Bilingual Backfire: "Actually I was deciding if I should tell you I speak Navajo..."
- Blah Blah Blah: An interesting variation found in this strip.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Or in Penny's case, "Teenage Sister." (Hayes may have been going for "seriously troubled" and missed the mark a bit)
- Captain Ersatz: Ookami Lobo: Totally not The Joker.
- Character Development: An odd case. When Penny first arrived, she was very much the Bratty Teenage Sister described above. But as time went on, we saw instances of her playing nice with the other kids, showing more good grace about helping out around the arcade, moments of real humor and, most importantly, ferocious protectiveness of her family. Most of the fandom saw her as having matured out of Bratty Teenage Sister and into a Grumpy Bear with some Deadpan Snarker tendencies and a Mama Bear right beneath the surface. The cartoonist, however, still saw her as an ill-behaved brat who needed to A) be brought up short with the kind of real discipline she's never had before, and B) get the dead little sister issues at the root of her troubled personality dealt with.
- Christmas Special: Not in D&D thank you kindly.
- Continuity Reboot: The comic dropped UTLT's Life Embellished tone to more supernatural hijinks, to the point where the older strips were redrawn to give the menagerie their goblin wings.
- Cross Over: With Schlock Mercenary - though that turned out to be All Just a Dream.
- Does He Have a Brother?: A goblin wants to marry a woman who skritches him behind the ears. She's married. But does she have a sister?
- Express Delivery: Lily goes from "not even showing" to "about to drop" in the space of two panels (via lampshaded Time Skip).
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Walk about freely. It's covered
- Girl Goblins Have Cooties (And boys are weird.)
- Good People Have Good Sex: Those in the comic who have unmarried sex lives are of questionable moral character, at best. And the good people have really good sex.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Another Hayes staple
- Half-Human Hybrid: Ben, by his own words, is of "mixed heritage." What that actually means has yet to be disclosed.
- Haunted House: Which Ben converted into an old-school arcade.
- Heartwarming Orphan
- Hypocrite: The Neighborhood Watch, among others. When they complain about Ben's building, he proves that all of them have extended their own buildings onto his property.
- Indian Burial Ground: Subverted, it's an ancient Indian garbage dump.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Lily briefly moved in with Ben for protection, in earlier strips.
- Interspecies Romance: Ben (bear) and Lily (mountain lion)
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique - here.
- Literally Shattered Lives - The gargoyles, goblins' natural predators.
- No Biochemical Barriers: Feline Lily is pregnant with ursine Ben's child.
- Obvious Pregnancy: Invoked, and subverted
- Oireland: Tam O'Shanter shakes.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Starting with the fact that they're (now) green-colored Funny Cartoon Animals, with bat wings and pointy ears.
- Out Giving Birth, Back in Two Minutes: Lily gives birth between comics.
- Parental Abandonment: You can argue about whether sending Penny to stay with her sister counts or not, but if their parents couldn't guess (or if they did guess, they didn't warn Lily and Ben) that maybe, possibly, in theory, it was not inconceivable that Penny's issues just might have at least some of their source in her best friend's suicide, they were pretty useless anyway.
- Smelly Skunk: Ronnie, whenever he's scared or surprised.
- Time for Plan B: When Ben tells the Snotworthy Heights snobs politely that if they call it quits, he will too. But when the head Jerk Ass threatens to sue Ben for everything and anything he can think of, Ben vividly illustrates his backup plan. In blood-curdling detail on how he would turn the leader and his friends from very rich entitled bastards to Land Poor losers.
- Title Drop: "Little sis… welcome to Goblin Hollow."
- Trick Dialogue: Penny on the phone, without actually having dialed.
- You All Meet in a Cell: After the players complained that meeting in an inn was too cliche.
- Uncle Pennybags: Ben was able to start his arcade due to an inheritance from his Uncle Phineas(a Shout-Out to P.T.Barnum)... who rather than leaving him money, left him his extensive collection... of arcade games.