is a Furry Comic
by artist Jay Naylor
. It follows the lives of a cast of characters, originally primarily focused on siblings Fisk and Lucy Black, and their mother Sheila, though as the comic went on much of the story also involved Lucy's former college roommate Beth.
While Better Days
has a fairly well-established fanbase of its own, it likely has an equally large or larger number of people aware of it due to its politics, its sexual themes, and other material and philosophies many find objectionable. Surprisingly, most of these don't involve it being a furry comic
In the beginning, the comic focused on Fisk and Lucy's childhood, and their mother's love life. While even this early, there were vague themes of misogyny (one comic that stands out is essentially an Author Filibuster
stating that most girls only want stupid guys for boyfriends so that they can feel intellectually superior), the comic earned the most ire for having a conservative bent. At this point, this was not overly strong, and manifested generally in a defense of gun rights, the idea that war is sometimes an acceptable option, and the notion that violence is sometimes necessary to solve certain problems (such as when Fisk attacked his mother's rapist with a baseball bat). The comic attracted both insults and praise for a storyline involving the siblings having sex with each other, as it treated the subject fairly realistically.
The drama really began to set in about the time Jay Naylor's relationship with fellow artist Mat Sherer (creator of Badly Drawn Kitties
) hit the rocks. All credit for Lucy Black as being Mat's creation was removed, and the character of Beth who was introduced soon after was a rather obvious uncredited Expy
of Mat's character Lydia. Jay also ceased following Christianity and became an Objectivist
, and the comic's characters gradually moved away from being people who liked, were fine with, or tolerated a conservative bent in the comic to being people who liked, were fine with, or tolerated roughly the same amount of Objectivism
as displayed in the Sword of Truth
Fisk, a fairly emotive child, grew up into a character so stoic that his expression rarely changes at all; the discovery that his father did not die fighting as a member of the armed forces in Vietnam, but was instead a covert operative for a non-government group of independent killers (many of which were former government agents), didn't get so much as a raised eyebrow from him. When offered a spot in this group, Fisk quickly and without hesitation joined this unofficial, unrecognized, unchecked organization.
The comic ended at the end of May 2009, having lasted a little over six years and 639 strips. Its successor, Original Life
, began on June 1, 2009.