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Even the author doesn't know the answers.Com'c
is a webcomic by Krixwell
about "four neighbors in an apartment building where anything can happen". It is drawn in MS Paint
at low resolution, and shows only the faces (in profile, and not including eyes or ears) of at most two characters per panel, although this is simply the art style that suits the author the most.
The humor of the comic is largely driven by the character personalities and the conversations that result from them, as well as the occasional random events
. There is no ongoing storyline
, although some of the events are clearly connected, and minor storylines do happen.
The name Com'c
refers to the fact that characters are drawn without eyes
. Word of God
says it is the only thing about the art style that is pretty much guaranteed to always stay the same. By extention, the installments are called "str'ps" (instead of "strips") by the author.Com'c
normally updates three times a week: Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Art Evolution: The art very gradually improves, but has so far had two major, sudden improvements: The early speech bubble revolution (str'ps #18-20) and Project Twex (started at #69, in effect since #74), the latter of which involved a doubling of the resolution.
- Art Shift:
- Some post-Twex str'ps have shown other views than the typical "face view", such as a highway or even full bodies.
- #142 employs perspective and includes hands as well as the front of Jane's shirt, a kitchen bench, and other related things.
- Specials get a free pass for art shifts. The most notable of these is the first anniversary special (spoiler), which was handdrawn and showed all the characters in full-body view.
- The most notable non-special instance so far was #158, when the comic took on a handdrawn (but as opposed to the anniversary special, traced and colored) art style very different from the usual one, and a full-page layout.
- Author Avatar: Krixwell is a recurring character in his comic, interacting mainly with Block.
- Author Powers: Krixwell's author avatar rarely makes use of them.
- Better Than a Bare Bulb: While the commentary says (lampshades?) that "semi-frequent" Lampshade Hanging might be an exaggeration, this str'p nearly lampshades lampshading lampshading using a lampshade to lampshade lampshade hanging. No wonder Block got a headache.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Krixwell (the character, not the author) seems to be a nice guy at first look, which fits his status as a Foil to the bitter and cynical Block, but if you think about it, he has done some really awful things to Block that might be the main reason for the latter's bitterness.
- Canon Discontinuity: Str'p #23 has later been declared non-canon.
- Characterization Marches On: Marc was originally intended to be a stereotypical teenager (he is 17) with a love of music (with similar tastes to the author), but he quickly evolved to more of a sensible teenager, taking over the original role of Victor to some extent. Victor, on the other hand, became slightly sillier than the original idea already in the first str'p.
- Cypher Language: Sirphane. The Sirph alphabet actually predates the comic, and in its first appearance it was just transliterated English with no relevant meaning ("This is written in the Sirph alphabet"), but as of str'p #118, the alien language Sirphane is used. Sirphane is written like English, but backwards in terms of clusters; e.g. appearance -> a-pp-ea-r-a-nc-e -> encareappa.
- X Days Since: Com'c has one of these here, which admits to be a reference to xkcd's example of the trope here.
38 days since someone reset this xkcd
- Do Not Try This at Home: Seriously, don't.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Early on, a couple of characters would use character-specific words as Unusual Euphemisms, most notably Block's "what the generic word"note . This idea faded away soon.
- Elite Zombie: Jane is the "Smart" variety.
- Fanservice: Averted/parodied, as it is tricky to do when you only see faces.
- Ear Worm: In-Universe. In this str'p, Jane implies having immunity to this as a benefit of not having a brain. A week later...
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The file alarm.
- Expospeak Gag: In the form of a 16-line sentence. Translation
- Fictional Field of Science: Asafeiology. Partly explained by Word of God in the commentary of the 2014 New Year's special.
- Flat Character: Nope Guy. Lampshaded: The author has stated in several commentaries he doesn't know much more about him than what's shown in the str'ps. Which isn't much compared to how frequently he appears.
- Foil: Block and Krixwell are contrasts to each others. For example, while Block very rarely smiles, Krixwell rarely says something without smiling. Block has a very negative, pessimistic and cynical attitude, while Krixwell is positive and optimistic.
- Fourth Wall Observer: Block is introduced as a professional wall breaker specializing in walls labeled "4". He doesn't fit the "not believed by anyone else" part of the trope, however, because the author has made him unnoticable to the characters with an intact Fourth Wall.
- As of str'p #144, he has become noticable, and has decided to help keep the wall secret from other characters.
- It seems this isn't a problem with Nope Guy - NG has been shown to interact with both Block and the main characters, which may indicate that he is also an example of this trope. Even the author doesn't know if he is or not.
- Insane Troll Logic: Certain characters, especially John, tend to do this, for example by proving the speed of sound to be 1 mph (~1.6 km/h).
- Invisible Anatomy: Eyes and ears are not shown.
- Invisible to Normals: Block cannot be noticed by those who are not Fourth Wall Observers. He manages to blackmail/torture Krixwell into reversing this in the first anniversary special.
- Irony: In #38, "Ironically", Victor thinks it's ironic that "ironic" is one of the most misused words in the language. Ironically, that's not ironic at all, which means he's misusing it himself.
- Mondegreen: Victor is prone to this. In addition, he is a horrible singer and doesn't realize either fact. This trait is shown already in the first str'p.
Victor (to himself): Oh, I know that one...
Victor (singing off-key): YOU GIVE UP THE BRIGHT WHEN IT'S KEPT IN A POT!note
- Lampshade Hanging: Some. See Better Than a Bare Bulb above for an example.
- Lampshade Wearing: Used to lampshade "semi-frequent" lampshading... which is promptly lampshaded. See Better Than a Bare Bulb above.
- Lost in Translation: Coupled with Incredibly Lame Puns for added awful. Lampshaded and parodied here.
- Nice Hat: Many characters are never or rarely seen without their headwear, despite most str'ps being set indoors.
- It took until str'p #131 before a character established with headwear was seen without it.
- No Dialogue Episode: Subverted for laughs here. The subversion is also a lampshade on itself.
- Noodle Incident: The Sandaled Horse Experiment.
- Noodle Implements:
- Palette Swap: Occasionally pops up. Lampshaded in str'p #118:
Son: Dad, why do all the cars look like ours?
Dad: They don't, son. Ours is blue.
- Portmanteau: Oddevices (odd+devices) and "complinown" (complicated+known).
- Pun-Based Title: Com'c is an i-less comic.
- Random Events Plot: Occasionally, random events happen. The effects rarely stick.
- The Rant: Com'c has one, which can sometimes get ridiculously long.
- Self-Deprecation: Some of Block and Krixwell's dialogue, as well as plenty of the comments in The Rant is this. Block's Rage Against the Author and somewhat cynic nature causes him to criticize Krixwell a lot.
- Shout-Out: Some, usually to other webcomics. See X Days Since for a Shout-Out to xkcd.
- Singing in the Shower: Victor is heavily implied to do this by the punchline of str'p #36.
- Snap Back: The effects of some random events don't stick around. Memories might, however.
- Speech Bubbles Interruption: Here.
- Tagline: "Odd stuff happens; it's normal."
- Tropes For Dummies: The local bookstore carries the ''For Drummers'' series.
- Unsound Effect: *ODD*, *ILLUSION*
- You Can See Me?: Played straight and subverted here.