Many webcomic artists are college students or recent graduates, so it is only natural
that many webcomics are also set in colleges. However, these institutions of higher learning are of often strange places even by the standards of World of Weirdness
: the faculty are all Mad Scientists
or Incredibly Sadistic Bastards
, the buildings are often substandard, haunted and/or highly explosive
, and as for the students...
Roughly the equivalent of the Elaborate University High
in anime; high school settings of this sort are less common in webcomics, but not unknown, and conversely, university settings are relatively rare in anime. This may be a reflection of the different roles these institutions play in U.S. and Japanese cultures, though it may also reflect the target demographics
Not particularly related to Strawman U
, though the name may make one think such a thing.
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- Though it is only alluded to once, and we never hear about anything that happened there, Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim attended the University of Carolina in the Sky, which must have been...interesting.
Live Action TV
- Greendale, where everyone is accepted! And they offer an insane variety of exotic courses, hold annual paintball tournaments, and the Dean loves wearing inappropriate costumes.
- GURPS Illuminati University takes place in a university that nearly defies description. The Dean of the history department is a Captain Ersatz of the Fourth Doctor, the Botany department is housed in a giant tree, the sample characters include a witch-girl, a cave-man, and a football-playing werewolf, and the favorite sport on campus is moopsball.
- The Trail Of Anguish offers Elkland, where the professors set paint bombs for one another.
- The Zork franchise gives us GUE Tech, a prank-happy engineering school that teaches magic.
- College Roomies from Hell!!!!! For certain values of "wacky."
- Mad About U.
- Mac Hall
- Mac Hall is notable in that it's at least semi-autobiographical (the name is short for Boyd and Mc Conville's old dormitory, Mac Donald Hall), so it's entirely possible the college they went to was actually somewhat like this.
- U.C. Rats
- Roomies! at first.
- Happy but Dead is nominally set in a college dorm, but you'd never know it
- Building 12
- The Class Menagerie
- Umlaut House had this as its original premise, but dropped away from it almost immediately.
- Piled Higher and Deeper
- For quite possibly the most extreme example, Nowhere U has students who literally have no idea where the school is, are taught by important figures from classical literature, and tend to randomly receive mysterious powers.
- Halls, a short-lived webcomic by Craig Munro, focuses more on the main character and his roommates (all of whom are weird, but not in any particularly "wacky" way) than bizarre goings-on at the school. The only mention of a teacher is after the main character makes an inspiring speech about what he's about to learn at "Generic U". Last panel: A hand, holding a paintbrush, explaining that it is a paintbrush.
- Like Mac Hall above, probably semi-autobiographical. There comes a point in an art student's life when some of the more basic classes, like color theory, start to feel like an insult to your intelligence.
- In a case of What Could Have Been, Bob and George was originally going to be in a setting like this, until the author realized he couldn't draw nearly well enough to make the comic, and settled into writing the Mega Man Sprite Comic that ran for seven years.
- Enjuhneer is set at one of these.
- The Succubus and Incubus Academy in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures
- A now-defunct web series named College University had the double-named school portrayed as pretty much what every drunken frat boy believes college to be like: lots of drinking, weird and eccentric teachers, and out-and-out craziness all around. Even the Only Sane Man was pretty blind to the facets of the actual "learning" part, as one episode saw him pass out from too much studying for an open-book test.
- Chatoyant College: The college is like other American colleges only that it teaches magic and not everybody there is human.