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Webcomic: Blaster Nation
Actual Blasters not included.

Blaster Nation is a Slice of Life webcomic created by Leslie Ortigionote  and Brad Brown. The webcomic centers around seven different characters in the fictional city of Sucre Marron, each with their own hobbies:

  • Mathew Palmer: A fan of table-top gaming, magical girls, and space marines who just returned just from serving in an Air Force Haiti relief tour. Living with his parents, he tries to find his own place in the world. He likes to narrate his own life.
  • Daniel Foreman: A hardcore gamer, Daniel is eager to please, but also easy to frustrate. He lives in an apartment with girlfriend Kimberly and roommate Rinnie. He aspires to be a video game journalist, but aspiring is all he really does. Or is it?
  • Kimberly Adler: Daniel's girlfriend who loves to read books and works at a local bookstore, much to her delight. She is blindly devoted to Daniel and torn between Asleigh and Rinnie. She wants to write a mystery novel someday when she get her ideas together. She owns a ferret named Rikki.
  • Erin "Rinnie" Wilhelm: A slacker and comic book expert, her military-trained parents are disappointed in her, prompting her to sail across the seas and stay with Kim. She likes cooking, paranormal investigation, and writing adult fan fiction. She dislikes job-finding.
  • Ashleigh Hicks: A lonely otaku who lives in a trailer with her stepmother. Ashleigh lacks social skills and spends all her time on the internet, where she is well-known in her Deviantartist circle. She is very defensive when someone insults her favorite anime. She wants to be a self-published artist, but is afraid of what other people might think of her. Has a borderline obsessive crush on a mysterious fan fiction author.
  • Derrick Dominque: An expert Beatmania expert who is clumsy and awkward. He is Hai's best friend since early childhood and met Dan and Matt sometime in high school. He is very concerened with his material goods, which stems from the fact that he comes from a moderately rich family. He dreams of playing music as he can in video games.
  • Hai Wu: Derrick's best friend. A smooth guy who is not much better than Derrick at picking up chicks and is also a bit of leech (likes borrowing money, but hates paying back). Always concerned about his hair and clothes and is fond of fighting games. He usually hogs the Dance Dance Revolution machine at the arcade and plays nothing but the butterfly song on Hard Mode.

The link to the webcomic's archive is right here.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Rinnie, the amount of times she flirts with or gropes Kim, added with not having shown any interest in any guys, point to gay, but she writes and enjoys Yaoi fan fiction, and other than Kim doesn't really show interest in girls either.
    • Ash is a lot less Ambiguous, but while she is obviously in love with Rinnie and once tried to take a peek at Kim's panties, her favorite pastime is masturbating to Rinnie's Yaoi fanfiction.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Jenny.
  • Anime Hair: Rinnie has spiky red hair, though it's shown she has had many different hairstyles and colors over the years.
  • Art Evolution: Characters have gotten fuller and more detailed as the comic has gone on.
  • Artistic License - Military: Matt is a constant source of this, here is just a few.
    • Matt is constantly stated as being in the Army, despite being in the Air Force. Matt himself never says it, but he never corrects anybody either.
    • Then there is the issue of his deployment and enlistment status. Most deployments last longer then six months and an enlistment contract is three years for active duty and six years for reserve or guard, but according to Matt he left, was trained, and did his tour all in six months, despite training alone for basic and radio repair would have been around six months itself.
    • His being home, if he was Active Duty he would of had two weeks leave after basic before being shipped to live with his unit for three years. If he was National Guard he would of went home after basic then reported to his unit the next day, long before deployment.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ashleigh seems to be heading in this direction. The two times in which she was afraid some embarrassing secret was about to be discovered or revealed, her thoughts instantly turned to planning murder. Ash recognizes Rinnie as the fanfic writer she crushed on? She tries to brain her with a pipe wrench, being stopped only by copious levels of Slapstick and being too enamored by Rinnie's beauty(and all the time she spent "under the blanket" while reading her fanfics) to carry out the deed. Kim discovers an erotic drawing of Rinnie in her sketchbook? Ash is internally laying out plans on how to make her best friend's murder look like an accident, Kim's life only being spared by the pure dumb luck of her not recognizing that the drawing is supposed to be Rinnie. Spending so much of her time alone in her (very dark) room, with only her alcoholic mother and the internet to socialize with, seems to have had some very adverse effects on her psyche.
    • Maybe not dumb luck on Kim's part, as she tells Dan when she gets home she thinks Ash has a crush on Rinnie.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Rinnie hates Ash before even meeting her because Kim refers to Ash as her "first BFF". After meeting her, Rinnie is nothing but mean. Eventually she kind of apologizes.
  • Deus ex Machina: Hai and Derrick saving Dan, Kim, and Rinnie from a pack of stray dogs. Lampshaded by Dan.
    Kim: Do you think we'll ever see them again?
    Dan: Probably, if we ever need another Deus ex Machina.
  • DrillSergeantNasty : Played straight with Rinnie's father, but somewhat subverted in that he's a really loving father when his coworkers can't see him.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Rinnie can fall asleep instantly and is impossible to wake up.
  • Hikikomori: Ashleigh.
  • Hipster: Dan is a gaming Hipster, and will spend hours telling people why old games are better than new, and how the Dreamcast is the best console.
  • Hypocrite: Rinnie derides Ashleigh's love of anime, but Kim calls her out on it by making her remember how she (Rinnie) was once an anime fan.
    • Dan, when after spending a whole chapter stating crappy new games are compared to old, he is later seen buying Assassin's Creed.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Matt develops a bit of a crush on Ash and tries to go on a date with her, but he's quickly friendzoned and its obvious even before that, that Ash is in love with Rinnie. Later it becomes more obvious that Ash is gay, like when she tries to look at Kim's panties.
  • Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Rinnie, well maybe not gold, but she isn't as heartless as she likes people to think she is. She also apoligises. in her own way, to Ash for being so mean to her on their first meeting.
  • Inner Monologue: Matt likes to do it when he gets the chance.
  • Man Child: A lot of the fans think Matt is quickly starting to come across as this, what with his overblown despair over Ash "friend-zoning" him and his melodramatic reaction to his parents telling him to find a job and move out. To many people, these reactions come across as childish Wangst from an overgrown kid with entitlement issues who really needs to get over himself and stop blaming the world for his own problems. However, it's made intentionally ambiguous if Matt is really as pathetic as he seems, as there are several moments in the comic where Matt is legitimately screwed over by things out of his control, even by his friends (Dan in particular is not the greatest friend in the world).
  • Meganekko: Kimberly.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Both Kim and Rinnie seem to take turns in this role. Kim seems mostly oblivious to it while Rinnie seems to enjoy doing it to mess with people.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Rinnie and Kim are pretty bad about this.
  • Official Couple: Dan and Kim, Derrick and Melissa.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shower Scene: Just one frame, with Censor Suds, here.
  • The Slacker: Rinnie. Though, she's trying to get better recently.
  • Speech-Bubble Censoring: Used to preserve some degree of work-safety here.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Rinnie.
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