"We do what we can, because we're bored."Comic Shorts
— The Comic Shorts Slogan
is a webcomic, originally hosted on Freewebs before switching to ComicFury
for its more efficient layout.
The story takes place in the universe of Comicshortsia, an Alternate Universe
comprised of things that have been somehow displaced from other universes. These things can range from missing socks or writing utensils to living creatures and sentient lifeforms to entire planets and even more than one star system. Because the infinite different universes within the Multi Verse
are at varying stages of technological and cultural development, Schizo Tech
abounds and culture clashes
happen quite frequently in Comicshortsia.
The comics follow the adventures of Zanshlou, Leko, and Label Buddy, who are a ninja
, robot, and idiot respectively. Other characters include a 1920s gangster named The New Yorker, a thief named Tailii, a hot space marine chick named Sammy, an evil superintelligent clone of Label Buddy, a Shadowy Figure, an evil demon/ninja named Villain, and many more
Currently, two series are available on the site, separated by Comic Fury's chapter system, with the original series moved to a separate site due to its length.
Essentially, a massive collection of random (mis)adventures, inside jokes, total nonsense, and violence against Label Buddy
. There are several multi-part episodes, with the later ones attempting to have a somewhat more serious story. This was abandoned after a long delay between episodes, and ended with an admission from the author that he lost track of what was even going on.
A remake/reboot/reworking of the original series featuring improved artwork, the removal of certain superfluous characters, and more of the same old jokes it was "known for." There may or may not be plans to reduce the amount of physical injuries inflicted on Label Buddy.
A currently ongoing Sprite Comic
about the Comic Shorts characters going on an adventure IN SPACE. It is noticeably more story-focused than the Original Series.
Note: Due to the occasional shuffling around of filler comics in the archive, links to specific episodes may not be accurate for very long. Please refer to episodes by number, without directly linking to them. Original Series episodes may be linked to, as no changes will be made to the archive.
All series provide examples of:
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- AI Is A Crap Shoot: The ship's main computer turns evil and becomes the main villain for the first story arc.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Tailii disables LE-37 in Episode 37 by getting in a slice at his unarmored ankle.
- Buffy Speak: Zan combines it with Sword Beam and Calling Your Attacks when he uses his "NINJA ENERGY SLASHY THING!"
- Call Back: LE-37 was introduced in Episode 6 and referred to as a gray Spartan, after which Leko accused the author of the comic of being too lazy to create new sprites. In Episode 53, soldiers from the DDF board the ship and are revealed to be recolored LE-37 sprites, prompting an additional accusation of laziness.
- Calling Your Attacks: Tailii has a tendency to do this.
- Combat Pragmatist: Inverted by 37 during his fight with Zan in Episode 49. He simply defends himself and stalls for time because his victory depends on the ship they're on reaching its destination. Unfortunately for him, Zan decides play the trope pretty much straight.
- Cyber Cyclops: The ship's Main Computer.
- Electric Torture: LE-37's interrogation of Label Buddy under the Main Computer's orders in Episode 32.
- Exposition Diagram: Leko uses one in Episode 30 to explain several possible ways to deal with the situation. He cuts off Tailii's attempt to ask where the board came from.
- Face-Heel Turn: LE-37.
- Fusion Dance: After a massive glitch, The Main Computer ends up fusing with Lavos.
- Grand Theft Me: The virus infecting the Main Computer jumps into Leko's body after being defeated.
- Have You Tried Rebooting?: Sammy tries to restore the Main Computer. It works, but she didn't set it back far enough, so the computer goes back from being stupid and evil to just plain evil (and actually dangerous) again.
- Hostage Situation: Attempted by LE-37 with Label Buddy. It doesn't go well.
- Incredibly Obvious Bomb: Subverted, as the device Tailii and The New Yorker are searching for is technically not a bomb (just a machine that has the unfortunate side effect of making stars blow up), and it is pointed out that they don't have a clue what it looks like.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: The characters split into several groups to simultaneously attempt various methods of thwarting the Main Computer's plan.
- Mistaken for Badass: In SV Episode 29 The Main Computer erroneously believes Label Buddy to be a stealth master.
- One-Product Planet: The entire planet Repairia is one big junk yard inhabited by robots who fix things for visitors.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Main Computer in SV is represented by a gigantic eye that is green when it is operating properly, but turns red during critical malfunctions.
- Star Killing: The ship was apparently involved in a failed plot to accomplish this long before it was acquired by the characters.
- Sprite Comic
- Talk to the Fist: 37 is shot right in the middle of his rant about The New Yorker's apparently inferior weaponry in SV Episode 37.
- The Alleged Car: The ship Leko and RL Leko buy in for $20.00. Even after extensive repairs, it is prone to inconvenient breakdowns.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: A couple in-universe examples.
- Sammy and Leko are able to connect to the Main Computer (despite being effectively locked out) using a secret directory installed just in case the AI goes psycho.
- When the virus takes control of Leko's body, he gets locked down when he tries to activate the combat functions and it recognizes the unauthorized code.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Leko has this done to his body, rather than risk letting the virus back into the ship's computer.
- You Will Be Assimilated: MC/Lavos absorbs Sammy to gain her AI permissions, and thus complete control of the ship.