Webcomic: Camp Weedonwantcha
is a story by artist Katie Rice about children left to fend for themselves at a nature camp that has no adults, with their only contact with the outside world being supplies occasionally dropped in by parachute, which are just as likely to contain feral cats as they are anything useful.. The comic is centered on twelve-year-old Malachi, the newest resident of the camp, and the people he meets and gets to know there.
Katie Rice is the winner of the 2013 Season of the Reality TV Game Show Strip Search
; Camp Weedonwantcha is the comic she created for that competition.
Camp Weedonwantcha contains examples of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Looks like Purdy is gonna be one for Malachi.
- She's apparently moved on to Brian.
- Adults Are Completely Absent: The camp is completely devoid of adults, leaving the kids to fend for themselves.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Brian in his "dark place".
- Big Brother Instinct: Seemingly with Brian towards Seventeen, though he has control over it.
- Black Comedy
- Crapsack World: Any world where the camp is a thing would count, but consider this: Seventeen was happier not remembering how terrible her life was before the camp.
- Creepy Twins: The twins, who object to being called weird, despite speaking in unison, claiming to have psychic powers, and possibly wanting all the other campers to die.
- Dark and Troubled Past: So far, every named character has something horrible that brought them to the camp. To date, we have...
- Colin: dropped off by his hard-nosed sports-loving father for wanting to do magic instead.
- Seventeen: the youngest of a large family of bootleggers, she was shipped off in a box for being too childlike.
- Malachi: hates admitting fault or guilt because his mother seems to be a crazed perfectionist who possibly abandoned him over a C+, as well as getting mad at him for conducting messy science experiments in the sink and saying that he shouldn't follow in his father's footsteps because his father was a genius and Malachi isn't.
- There are signs that Brian and Purdy have had some kind of trauma in their past since Brian almost lapses into rage-induced states and Purdy has some anger issues when she thinks someone is going to abandon her.
- It's worth pointing out that when Malachai said they couldn't have find Malachai Jr's (A Cute Kitten) father because "Moms and dads don't fight like that," Brian looks off to the side, with a look that makes it seem he doesn't believe that.
- Does Not Like Shoes: The entire cast is barefoot, save for Malachi and Colin. Purdy as well.
- Dysfunction Junction: You know, we were gonna do some thing where we asked you to name one genuinely sane and well-adjusted kid, but, ah... they, don't exist. Like, at all. Happy fun summer camp.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The original pilot comics from Strip Search have Malachi as a Jerkass who abuses Seventeen's naivety for cheap laughs while Brian actually talks regularly.
- Easter Egg: Every single comic after "Special Delivery #2" has one of the feral cats in it. Sometimes it's obvious, sometimes it's hidden.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: The twins.
- Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. The kids act like they're just at summer camp, but they still have to deal with starvation, diseases, wild animals, and even murderous campers. It's implied that the casualty count is high.
- Friend to All Living Things: Brian.
- Gentle Giant: Brian, when he isn't in a "mood."
- Horrible Camping Trip: The camp itself is okay, it's the lack of parental supervision, inconsistent supply drops, and general lack of basic necessities that makes it horrible.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Malachi and Seventeen share a bed.
- Intoxication Ensues/Mushroom Samba: Malachi after being treated for a tummy ache with Seventeen's "medical herbs".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Malachi definitely shows signs of this.
- Kids Are Cruel: Not quite at Lord of the Flies levels yet, but we've already seen the kids start to act like dicks to eachother. One strip even implies that murders have occured. However, just as often, averted when kids manage to not be cruel, and to pull together and empathize with one another in tough circumstances. (Ex. The "mountain lion" story.)
- Loads and Loads of Characters: A lot of side characters and regular background characters have already been introduced and the Author promises a lot more are on the way.
- Meaningful Name: The title. The "camp" is a place where all manner of "unwanted" things get dumped, from recalled products to feral cats to, yes, children.
- Mood Whiplash: One story goes from stealing a whistle to something... not as funny.
- Nobody Poops: Averted so very very hard.
- Parental Abandonment: There is no real clues to just why the kids are at the camp yet, but one of the most common guesses is that its a camp for parents to simply leave unwanted children at.
- Small Secluded World
- The Stoic: Brian doesn't talk much. Or make expressions. At all.
- Summer Campy
- Unreliable Narrator: Colin, the oldest kid in the camp and self proclaimed camp counsellor keeps order with the whistle his dad, the school gym coach, gave him when he dropped him off at camp, to keep order like he would have done. Colin is in denial. His father actually abandoned him there for not living up to his demands that Colin be an athlete like him, instead being interested in magic and illusions. Colin only got the whistle because he was clinging to it when his father physically pushed him out of the car and left him
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: This comic.
- Wham Episode: So far, both Colin's and Seventeen's backstories have turned the comic from black comedy to heart-wrenching tragedy.
- Wild Child: The Proto Kid, the first camper to come to the camp, went insane, and is now living as a feral child out in the woods.
- Most of the incidental kids show signs of this, most likely having been there much longer than Malachi and a few others.
- World Limited to the Plot
- X Meets Y: Camp Lazlo meets Lord of the Flies