Concession is a Furry Comic centering on a group of movie theatre concession workers.The series originally started out as smart remarks the author Immelmann could never make when he worked at a concession stand, but it gradually evolved into a complex story, with a fair amount of Mind Screw. The plot centers on a rather small cast, the main characters eventually being: Joel, the Villain Protagonist; Artie and Matt.On October 8, 2010, it was announced that the comic was coming to an end. Immelmann cited the often nonsensical and convoluted plot as the main reason. He does have a new stand-alone gag comic called Ballerina Mafia that began about a month before the end was announced, and a storyline oriented comic The Black Dogs that started April 2012. The final comic was posted February 11, 2011.
This webcomic provides examples of:
All Gays Are Pedophiles: Completely inverted. Of the characters who are confirmed pedophiles, none are gay or bisexual. And the one who appears most often is a woman.
All Just a Dream. Immelmann's Author Avatar puts in an appearance at one point. Turns out it's just a hallucination that Clarissa is having thanks to Joel screwing with her head.
All There in the Manual: A lot of the relationships and character development and characters in general were shown in the "concession chronicles" blog. And then brought into the comic later without any warning for people unaware of the blog, which is rather easy since it for the longest time it had no links to it on the official site. Leaving many to wonder "Wait, who is that? Wait, when did they start dating?"
Alt Text: Present since #239 (though absent in a few of them even since, probably intentionally)
Art Shift: When Matt became spiritually aware, the rough outline sketches are left in the picture.
As the Good Book Says: Concession contained a few religious debates back when Matt was still in the Transparent Closet and Joel was trying to get him to come out. Other than that it doesn't really get into religion all that much, and the only priest shown so far in the comic seems to be a genuinely good person. He does his best to assuage Matt's gay guilt, and warns him about Joel, though the latter has little effect. He also proves to be a Badass Preacher and fights Joel.
Later, he was pleased to wake up next to Melusine and Palatyne (both women), but not so pleased to also find Ronin (another guy) in the bed.
Bestiality Is Depraved: Even anthro animals consider sex with non-anthro animals taboo—for instance, Artie strongly remembers an incident involving Joel and a feral dog. The Church of Gaia is frowned upon as it not only condones zoophilia but performs marriages between anthros and ferals.
Best Served Cold: Recent revelations show that Joel's plan all boils down to getting revenge against his brother for killing their sister.
And framing him for the murder. And getting him sent to a mental institution. Where he was raped by a doctor and/or orderly. Repeatedly. For years.
And apparently it seems that the entire plan was pointless, as Julian was apparently innocent and unaware of any wrongdoing the entire time, and that Joel's just a deluded insane person.
Black Comedy Rape: One of the randomly generated background characters is described as a "very frequent rape victim".
Breakout Character: Joel, Nicole, as well as Clarissa and Zoe who were introduced near the end of the comic's run all still make appearances in Immelmann's new comic. Despite the fact that it's his autobiographical Journal Comic.
Camp Gay: Nicole is a fluttery cross dresser. Matt as well, though to a lesser extent, and he doesn't crossdress regularly like Nicole does.
Cerebus Syndrome: The comic slips in and out of this, in that it started as a gag-per-day comic and then shifted into something with a (admittedly very weird) story, but it often switches back to its original premise every now and then. Joel and Artie even seem to forget that they're enemies every couple of months.
Child by Rape: Thonnen's daughter Naomi. However, her mother appears to genuinely love her and the circumstances of her conception don't seem to have affected her negatively, and she even becomes President in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
Confessional: Multiple characters talk to Father Tim in the confessional.
Don't Explain the Joke: "See, it's funny because you're a pedophile. Kate's 25, so I'm implying you'd be happier dating a 10-year-old."
Joel's sense of humor is not subtle at all: "I'd rather do your mom! See it's implied necrophilia."
Downer Ending: All the main characters fail in everything they intended to accomplish, the only main character with a chance to redeem the others (Matt) turns into a psychic addict, and this is apparently the upbeat ending to how things could have gone.
Dysfunction Junction: Not helped by the fact that Joel routinely screws with everyone close to him as part of a convoluted revenge plot against his brother for events that never happened.
Everyone Is Bi: A lot of characters are, even characters that are supposed to be straight, like Artie, tend to have sex with the same gender, though the first time he was being mind controlled and the second time he was really drunk not to mention the time Artie literally Mind Raped Joel. And of course there's Thomas, who is described as heterosexual but is shown flirting with men and having sex with his own son. This may be related to the fact that the author is also bi. Or just an extreme case of coincidence.
Evil Gloating: Joel probably shouldn't have told Artie that he had powers while he was killing him.
Expressive Ears: Clive's ears hang down, while his alternate personality Ernest's ears stick up.
Faceless Masses: Averted. Every background character is generated randomly with a complex formula and given a rather humorous backstory.
Freudian Excuse: Joel was treated harshly as a child by his father and his brother. Then his brother killed his sister, and his parents thought Joel did it, so he was put in a mental hospital and appears to have been sexually abused by a doctor and then released before he was ready to face the outside world again.
Artie:(about to eat fish and crab with Melusine) This feels weird. It's like I'm about to watch cannibalism. Melusine: Dolphins are mammals, Artie. Artie: I know! I know. But it's still weird, you know? Melusine: You know what's weird? Furries that have dogs for pets. I think that's weirder than anything we do.
Gambit Roulette: Deconstructed, maybe? Definitely subverted. Joel's plan was complicated and relied on a series of things happening just so but there were so many variables that it fell apart pretty easily when someone acted in a way other than what he expected.
Gender Reveal: Artie's incident with Chelsie, after which he reveals Chelsie's real sex.
Hypocrite: Minor example. While Artie may or may not have intentionally committed mass murder with his powers, Matt's really in no position to preach the higher road when he's aiding his boyfriend and turning into a monster of the like himself.
Brother-Sister Incest: Rick and Kate. It was just implied for awhile, but it was recently outright confirmed. Also Joel and his sister Miranda appear to have been very close, her spirit form is usually shown wrapped around Joel's like a cloak. And there is a scene in which she anally rapes him.
Incest Subtext: In a Halloween special in Immy's other webcomic, Joel has a sudden fantasy of his brother's "shapely ass"
Parental Incest: Nicole and his father, Tom. Also Joel's mom won't stop sneaking a peak and taking photos of her son's naked ass, so... Let's just say, if there isn't some kind of incest going on in a character's family, they just haven't been revealed yet.
Karma Houdini: All Joel gets for his machinations, rapes, and murders is the knowledge that it was all pointless and a few days in a coma. And Artie destroyed a small city and essentially gets off scot-free.
Kudzu Plot: The reason Immelmann decided to end the series.
Melusine getting pregnant with a land-dweller's baby, which is a taboo punishable by death in her culture, even though Artie used protection.
Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Humans exist in the Concession world, but don't interact with furries much: "Yeah, for most humans it's a bit of a culture shock. Not to mention the allergies ..."
One-Shot Character: Immelmann made a "random character generator" in Excel for making these (name, gender, species, sexuality, religion, and a humorous bio he came up with). Oddly a couple randomly generated characters ended up recurring or even major characters, most notable Nicole.
Immy's ex-boyfriend Quetzadrake uses the same generator for his own webcomic, Furthia High.
Only Six Faces At first, pretty much all the characters looked the same regardless of species. Once the big character redesign rolled around, faces and head shapes were much more diversified.
Plot Tumor: The comic was originally about stupid customers who appeared at a concession stand, then alternating between concession-stand gags and Joel's life in college, a subplot about a dinosaur family, and nowadays is almost the original comic In Name Only with how little the Concession stand has to do with the actual plot. (The author is of course aware of this and states this in the "About" section.)
Put on a Bus: Pretty much half the cast of the concession stand. (Again, Immelmann is aware of this, and has even made fun of how some characters will never get any arcs.)
Raging Stiffie: There are multiple comics with visibly tented pants, though the only erection-based humor is here.
Rape as Drama: Thonnen Turunen was raped by order of her grandmother, Rajah Jensen, an Evil Matriarch, in order to preserve the Turunen bloodline. The rapist, Valae Jensen, only did it because he needed the money to save his daughter, who was dying of an unknown disease. When his daughter dies, he reveals himself to the family elders, Rajah is disgraced and the family falls apart.
Also an arc of the author's other comic "At The Heart Of It All" in which Joel is institutionalized for apparent schizophrenia and abused by a doctor. Recent revelations in the main comic show that this is in fact his canonical backstory.
Then there's Artie's incident with Chelsie - since Chelsie is a small child with bipolar-related hypersexuality and Artie was in a trance, technically * both* of them were raped by Joel, who arranged for the incident to happen. Borderline example, since Artie is clearly traumatised by the incident and it turns out to be related to The Plan, but the deeper implications on his psyche aren't brought up in much detail and it's often brought up again for a gag strip.
That said, the debate on whether "converting" criminals with this is unambiguously good is still open, so he still has a point.
Remember the New Guy: Characters just seem to sort of appear out of no where with the comic acting like we should know them, with no proper introduction at all except for them being suddenly added to the cast page. Like Joel's ex girlfriend from France that suddenly exists. Or the purple haired crossdresser. Or the guy with multiple personality disorder. Or Nicole's dad. Or the girl who wants to be a human. Some of them are cases of All There in the Manual; Joel's ex Chloe was introduced in a Concession Chronicles blog entry, Zoe, Clarissa, and Clive had this trope lampshaded in their introduction. The fact that Concession Chronicles is no longer linked to on the site sort of makes this difficult, especially for new readers, who don't exactly expect to go searching off the site to read blog posts to catch up with stuff that isn't properly mentioned.
Where Are They Now: According to the epilogue, Kelly will become the first furry mayor of the city, and Thonnen's daughter Naomi the first reptilian President. Also, Nicole takes over his father's supervillain career. Closer to home, Chelsie is officially adopted by Father Tim and fully transitions by the age of eighteen, and they dedicate their lives to stopping the evil spread by Joel and Matt.