Head Trip is a Webcomic by Amanda "Shinga" Bussell. It is largely a Slice of Life comic, focusing on the trials, tribulations and Manatee Gags of its main character, Fiery Redhead Malory. Mal's two younger sisters Kat and Lilian are featured to a more limited extent, as they (like Shinga's real sisters) live in a different state.In addition to the regular comic, Head Trip also runs Emokid and Chemokid, a story about two maladjusted superheroes who join a group of other equally maladjusted (and weird) superheroes. They meet Cane and Rider, two disabled superheroes who are the only ones in the group with brains and fight against their archnemesis, Memoman.The comic was originally hosted on Comic Genesis until it was "promoted" to Keen Spot.
Author Avatar: Mal, along with using her as a mouthpiece, and having a similar resemblance to her, she also uses the main character to play out things that seem to have happened to herself now and then. To the point where readers are still confused at times whether they're looking at a drawing of the author or the character today, or if there's still a difference. The fact that Mal has a boyfriend identical in appearance and mannerisms to Shinga's doesn't help. She even hangs out with real life friends of Shinga's.
Black Comedy: Number of strips before jokes about selling wire coat hangers to pregnant women? Zero. The best part? Shinga is friends with Something Positive creator Randy Milholland, who started his comic in a very similar way.
Even Evil Has Standards: The strip starts lampooning reality shows... only to stop halfway through because the author felt dirty to even be associated with them. Similarly, even Mal's devil is disgusted at the depths certain people will sink to
Pet the Dog: After many strips of insulting Twilight and its fans, Mal, in true Christmas spirit, decides to make it up to a Twilight fan by giving her "a beautiful gift with pale skin, cold as ice, dark brooding eyes, and yes, he sparkles in sunlight..." The gift? A snowman.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: Mal essentially acts like a bully (often a violent one) towards any Acceptable Targets she comes across (Twilight fans, emos, people who drink bottled water), but will enact violent vengeance on anyone that does even the faintest hint of something similar to her or her friends/family. The closest thing there is to a Hypocrisy Nod is the devil that occasionally notes these actions are wrong, but half the time he says he supports her anyway. Justified since he's a devil.
Schedule Slip: Shinga hadn't put a new strip up since the third of April of 2009, and fans feared Author Existence Failure. Was a recurrence of a previous shoulder issue, and has recently updated, explaining that life had gotten pretty bad, and she's only recently gotten back on track. The comic resumed on November 23, 2009.