Bloody Urban is, to quote its creator, a completely normal slice-of-life webcomic
, set in an Alternate Universe
of Sydney, Australia populated by vampires, werewolves and other sorts of monsters.
A surreal parody of both the Supernatural Soap Opera
and the typical Work Com
, Bloody Urban follows the lives of Murray Manson and Shannon Arcuni
, a couple of hipsters in their mid-twenties who work together in the creative department of what is possibly the world's strangest advertising company. Murray, a writer, is an awkward, slightly neurotic werewolf who is endlessly frustrated with his life. Shannon, an artist, is a gleefully insane, food-obsessed ghoul who is usually getting himself into some kind of trouble in the name of True Art
. Along with their various friends and relations, they go about their lives doing things that usually precede hilarity
Most of Bloody Urban's humour comes from the fact that, instead of the typical Masquerade
setup, the general population is aware of every weird thing that exists in the comic's universe, they have always been aware of them, and they consider it all to be completely normal.
The series is mainly a gag-per-week webcomic. The comic, including some of the original hand-drawn strips can be found here
and the old, unfinished storyline can be found here
This comic provides examples of:
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Groovy Roo and the Time-Travelling Lesbians
- All There in the Manual: A lot of unused characters and additional information can be found on the author's deviantART and tumblr
- Alien Blood: Vampires' blood is black. Ghouls' blood is green.
- Alternative Calendar: All we know about this world's calendar is that there's a September 40th.
- Amazing Technicolor Population
- Ambiguously Brown: Jenna. Lampshaded in the artist's comment here. Eric qualifies as well. So does Libby.
- Animated Adaptation: Human
- Black Comedy
- Blob Monster: Upside-Down Amoeba Dude.
- Bloody Hilarious
- Big Eater: Shannon.
- Call Back: In Heat Wave, you can see black markings on the wall where they've scrubbed off Murray's madness-induced scribbling from A Visit From the IT Guy
- Chupacabra: Forms part of Shaun's ridiculous Scooby-Doo Hoax in this strip.
- Creator Provincialism
- Couldn't Find a Pen: Played for Laughs in Scare Campaign
- Deadpan Snarker: Murray and Shannon are both this about 80% of the time.
- Dinner Deformation: Happens to Shaz when he tries to eat an iPad and it goes down the wrong way. He almost chokes to death and has to have his throat cut open.
- Drool Hello: in this comic.
- Earth Drift: ASCZ often refers to the older comics as 'the boring period in which everything was sane and relatively normal'.
- Eye Glasses: Libby and Murray
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: So far, there are vampires, dinosaurs, mermaids, mad scientists, Frankenstein monsters, chupacabras, werewolves, ghouls, Eldritch horrors (including Slender Man) and land-walking dolphins. Concept art suggests there are also, gorgons, wendigos, fish people and giant land-dwelling octopi.
- Frankenstein's Monster: Parodied-Murray's Frankenstinian coworker Eric has two left hands, lego teeth, a hunchback and one eye that's a golfball. This poor construction is explained to be the result of the Mad Doctor being completely stoned. He also is in advertising because he has Leo Burnett's brain.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: Played with. They aren't quite at the Always Chaotic Evil level, but the Bloody Urban Vampires tend to all be pretty dickish.
- Fun T-Shirt: Shannon, naturally, has a few.
- Geeky Turn-On: This page.
- Glamour Failure: Whenever Shaz turns into a copy of somebody, his eyes stay yellow and his skin maintains a greenish tint.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: The result of seeing IT Guy's true form.
- Halloweentown: AU-Sydney is shades of this. Despite the bright colours, the sky is varying shades of red and purple and the buildings have a distinct Dr. Caligari vibe to them. Then of course there's the people.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Angelica.
- Heat Wave: The aptly named Heat Wave. If you look out the window in one panel, you can see the city skyline in the background. All of the buildings are melting.
- Heroic Dolphin: Subverted- The dolphin in 'Sea Rapist' is a registered sex offender.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Angelica and Libby.
- Horror Hunger: Played for laughs. Always.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: At 6'5", Murray is the tallest character in the series. Camille barely comes up to his chest.
- Humanoid Abomination: The IT guy, who 'may or may not be Satan.'
- Husky Russkie: Completely averted with the Pasternak twins, who are both tall, gangly and uncoordinated.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The very appropriately titled 'the Worst Pun Ever'
- Invisible Man: The CEO of the company Murray works for is completely invisible, except for his eyeballs. Because if his eyeballs were invisible, he would be blind. And that would just be silly.
- Land Down Under: Usually, the only way a non-Australian could guess the setting is by the odd-coloured money, the weird trees, and (occasionally) the slang. However, Tennis is nothing but this trope, depicting the Australian Open as a blood sport played entirely by crocodiles.
- Then there's Heat Wave, which depicts Australia as being ridiculously close to the sun- so close that the city is literally melting.
- Odd Friendship: Libby and Angelica
- Our Ghouls Are Creepier
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Overly-Long Tongue: Most of the vampires, but especially Shaun. Ghouls have them as well, apparently.
- Madness Mantra: TROJANS TROJANS TROJANS
- Noodle Incident: Got Libby kicked out of MENSA.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Murray. The Irishman. Also Sebastian Dark, and unused character who Looks Like Cesare.
- Reality Ensues: Surprisingly, given the generally unrealistic tone of the series, this trope gets pulled out a fair few times.
- Retcon: Shannon was a vampire until very recently.
- Retraux: Murray's prescription drug-fueled hallucination features inanimate objects with 30's-style cartoon faces.
- Shout-Out: The green hat Shannon is wearing in Heat Wave looks very similar to the hat worn by Carl in Llamas with Hats. Later on, in Neck Scar, he's wearing a purple t-shirt with 'DON'T BOG ME DOWN, SON' written on it.
- Special Guest: Parodied-Every time a nameless, one-shot character appears in a strip, they will be introduced as 'This Week's Special Guest' in the artists comment. In strips where there are only recurring characters present, the 'guest' will often be a random object in the background.
- Spit Take: On this page
- Surreal Humour: The more recent strips tend towards the bizarre. For example, in this universe, Slender Man is a therapist.
- Swallowed Whole: Shannon did this to one of his classmates when he was in 6th grade. He got better.
- Truth in Television: There is, believe it or not, an actual company that wants to one day produce Kanye West-flavoured sausages.
- Who Is This Guy Again?: Bloody Urban is terrible about this in the old comics.
- You Meddling Kids: Quoted nearly word for word in the aptly titled 'Meddling Teens'