Webcomic / Ape Not Monkey
Ape, Not Monkey
is a webcomic by Jeffrey Watson that has been running from July 2008. The three main characters of the strip are Toby, a skeptical atheist ape; Pastor Bear, a fundamentalist
and creationist Christian bear; and Wilbur, a dog who swears by alternative medicine and is an environmentalist.
Later, more characters are added: H.R., a confidence trickster
who is a mongoose; Thomas, a religious moderate tortoise; Arlen, a pika who is also a paranoid Conspiracy Theorist
; Piggy McCarthy, a pig who believes vaccines are dangerous; Clemens, a Hollywood Atheist
who treats "every religious claim as a scientific one", and Dee-Quack Chopra, a duck Captain Ersatz
of Deepak Chopra
The strip doesn't pull punches when criticising people's beliefs and is written from a clearly atheist and skeptical perspective.
Tropes in Ape Not Monkey:
- Captain Ersatz:
- Wordof God in this interview says Dee-Quack Chopra is one of Deepak Chopra and Arlen is one of Alex Jones.
- Glenn Bear, a side character in a few strips, is one of Glenn Beck.
- Deadpan Snarker: Toby. in strip two.
Pastor Bear: "...Now if you excuse me, I'm going to Church."
Toby: "Maybe God will favor you with a present for such behaviour."
- Cloudcuckoolander: The strip runs on this. Examples are everything Arlen thinks about the world, Pastor Bear trying to make his own gasoline, and numerous side characters' beliefs.
- Con Man: H.R.
- The Fundamentalist: Pastor Bear, who also preaches of Fire and Brimstone Hell.
- Hitler Ate Sugar: In this strip.
Pastor Bear: "You know who also liked evolution?"
Toby: "You know who also associated things with Adolf Hitler?"
- Hollywood Atheist: Clemens
- Lethal Chef: Pastor Bear in the third strip.
Toby: "And there's a shoe in it!"
Pastor Bear: "Perhaps having faith in my cooking abilities isn't enough."
- Orphaned Series: The strip only published 4 or 5 updates between June of 2014, and January of 2015, and none since. Comments to one of these strips suggests a new job swallowed up the artist's time, though he still posts comments and links on his Twitter.
- Superstition Episode: A running gag (for example, the short arc starting here) is for Toby to try and discredit some superstition or other, only to be hit by a "coincidental" strike of bad luck.
- Un Entendre: in this strip:
Pastor Bear: "God has planted the seeds of success inside you."
Toby: "And he didn't even buy me dinner first!"
- Unexplained Recovery: A man who was clinically dead for 45 minutes, mentioned in the very first strip.