Webcomic / Camp Weedonwantcha

It's a fun, family friendly place.

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 only 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: Purdy started on this path in regards to Malachi, but it seemed like she turned her attention towards Brian at the end of her introductory arc. However, nothing else has been made of this so far.
    • Neiman has taken up the mantle as Malachi's creepy stalker, even making dolls of him and Malachi.
  • Adults Are Completely Absent: The camp is completely devoid of adults, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. It's also implied heavily that most of their parents just left them at the camp to fend for themselves.
  • Always Someone Better: Pretty much the point of the talent show arc. Also the driving force behind Malachi's need to prove himself.
  • Breakfast Club: All of the campers are unwanted by their parents or guardians and come from different backgrounds and have varying personalities, but what they all have in common is that they were all sent to that camp and left to fend for themselves and all seem to have emotional and personality problems and seem to be miserable together, but over the course of the comic series, they grow closer to each other.
  • Black Comedy: A significant percentage of the comics are disturbing but funny. Examples include the kids playing with the parachute of a skeleton hanging from a tree, Seventeen mistaking a dead possum for one pretending to be dead and sitting over it for an entire day waiting for it to get up, and Malachi blowing on some improvised birthday candles to wish he wasn't at the camp, accidentally knocking them over and causing a huge fire.
  • Child Popstar: Dani, formally.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Seventeen becomes upset over losing her Love Bug inside her supposedly bear-infested cabin, Malachi reassures her with the fact that it's probably already been eaten anyway.
  • 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 Child: Several of the campers are either somewhat creepy as a result of the psychological trauma involved in their abandonment, or were deeply disturbing beforehand.
  • Creepy Twins: Gwen and Liesel. They 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: It'd be easier to name who doesn't have one, given the nature of the plot. The talent show auditions are a great example of this, as is the more in-depth exploration of Seventeen's past experienced after she eats the "elephant candy" dropped by the stream.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The entire cast is barefoot, save for Malachi, Colin, Purdy, and Linus.
  • 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.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: The comic which immediately follows this comic
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Mushroom Samba: Seventeen's "natural remedy" for nausea causes Malachi to hallucinate vividly. Interestingly, some hallucinogenic chemical components of deadly nightshade and Jimson weed actually are used to treat stomach upset in very low doses, but it may be giving her too much credit to assume that Seventeen knew this given that her cure for the overdose is a poultice made of crushed up bugs and bear feces.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted so very very hard.
  • Parental Abandonment: It's a camp for parents to leave unwanted children at.
  • Significant Scar: Tanner, the kid who antagonizes Malachi in the beginning of the mountain lion arc. He got his scar from being bullied by kids in his school.
  • Small, Secluded World
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: The comic's premise hinges on this trope. The only indication anyone apart from the kids, and their parents, even knows of the camp's existence, let alone cares about the kids' well-being, is the occasional supply drop. And even most of those "supplies" are so useless they might not be intended for the kids at all.
  • Summer Campy
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The mountain lion was willing to wait days to get a chance to pounce on the kids in the mess hall. In real life, most mountain lions don't pursue and wait for their prey for very long.
  • 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
    • Turns out this might apply to many, if not all, the campers. Self-delusion and memory repression seem to be very common coping mechanisms.
  • 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.
  • William Telling: Subverted in this strip.
    Malachi: Get my apple off your head or I will shoot you.
  • World Limited to the Plot