Spacetime is Curvy
—From Anaïs' notes for her Physics class
is a webcomic
by Sylvan Migdal
, under the psuedonym
of "M. Magdalene" (though all his other works are linked from the Curvy page). It updates weekly on Saturdays. The comic is way too NSFW to link.
Anaïs Phalèse is an Ordinary High-School Student
, who plays softball and worries about passing her Physics class. One day she meets Fauna Lokjom, Despoina (Princess) of Candy World. Anaïs helps Fauna flee from the bad guys who are chasing her. They flee from reality to reality. They are chased by the minions of Prince Boglox of Stupid World, and by Fervid Wexler, a Federal Agent who believes that Anaïs and Fauna are terrorists.
This comic shows examples of:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Fauna uses a little visit down south, to help locate Anaïs in Super World. Yes, she has mystic masturbation location powers.
- Abusive Parents and Arranged Marriage: The Imperator of Candy World (Fauna's father) agreed to marry his daughter to Prince Boglox. In exchange, Boglox will pay the royal gambling debts.
- Accidental Marriage: In marriage ceremonies on Candy World, the bride is wrapped in a plastic bag and the groom unwraps her. Anaïs arrives in the nick of time, breaks up the wedding between Fauna and Prince Boglox, and unwraps Fauna herself. Fauna now believes that she's married to Anaïs.
- Air-Vent Passageway: used by Fauna. Justified, as her liquorice body is more... squeezable than a human body.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After returning home she covers for her absence by admitting to working on a political campaign.
Student 1: Anaïs! I heard you were living under a bridge in Topeka with a meth addict.
Student 2: I heard you had a nervous breakdown and got put in an asylum where they spray you with ice water!
Student 3: I heard you volunteered for the Romney campaign!
- Awesome McCoolname: The humans (with the exception of Anaïs' mother Colette and Boglox' teacher Mallory) all have unusual or outright off-the-wall names, including Anaïs' brother Torus, and dumber-than-a-sack-of-hammers special agent Fervid Wexler.
- Badass Normal: On Super World, Anaïs adopts the identity of Slurve, who beats up muggers and other bad guys with her baseball bat.
- Barrier-Busting Blow: After "Dropping some carnal knowledge" with Anais, Mallory jumps downstairs with her, slightly disappointed that Fauna isn't there. Cue Fauna punching through the wall, and into Mallory's face.
- Big Bad: Prince Boglox is Too Dumb to Live, but his evil scheme (marry Fauna, then invade Boring World) launches the plot.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Susie is rather pudgy but she has a dashing prince pining for her.
- Big Damn Heroes: Anaïs and fifty mimes arrive just in time to break up the wedding.
- Jonathan's mother and a huge group of merfolk arrive in time to save Bloodybelly's ship from being taken over.
- Bizarro Universe: In Fauna's universe, ice cream is a staple, but broccoli is a treat and should be avoided when one is dieting.
- Blatant Lies: Anaïs denies she's thinking of Fauna while making out with the Invisible Man... and promptly offers him some liquorice.
- Bond One-Liner: "There's your fucking lunch money!"
- Buffy Speak: Anaïs: "Hey, I just had a brain... thing!"
- Captain Obvious: A literal one. He's a hero in Super World. It's a bit of a subversion; he has yet to say anything humorously obvious or understated.
Captain Obvious Huh. I'm still alive.
Ages into dust.
- Chekhov's Gun: Boring World's monolith gets a brief mention in chapter 1 but doesn't become significant until chapter 6.
- Clothing Damage: About as prevalent as any other method of getting someone naked. Anaïs falls victim to this when Mallory hits her with a nudifier spell.
- Any time Fauna uses her full power her clothes usually end up shredded.
- Cosmic Retcon: How the heroes of Super-World are always brought back from the dead. Captain Obvious uses it to finally kill himself for good.
- Crapsack World: Out of all the ones shown so far, Corporate World is one of the least friendly, with all people basically slaves to the leaders of the world, and absolutely everything must be bought and paid for, including pleasantries like small talk (to say nothing of smooches or sex).
- Self-Loathing World and Boorish World didn't look too good, either.
- Culture Clash: Fauna believes that she's married to Anaïs. Anaïs doesn't believe that she's married, and doesn't understand that Fauna has no clue about monogamy or sexual faithfulness. This causes Anaïs to run away from Fauna in Chapter 3-1. As of 1-2, they seem to have an understanding.
- Death Seeker: Captain Obvious, due to being basically Immortal.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Fauna and Anaïs use it against Fervid.
- Used by Anais again to win her game of Suicide against Mallory.
- The Dragon: Mallory for Phince Boglox. Also a Dragon with an Agenda
- Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Seriously.
- Everyone Has Standards: Wexler helps free the liars even though he still believes them to be terrorists, stating that even terrorists deserve better treatment.
- Everyone Is Bi: Practically, anyway. Even, eventually, the obnoxiously straight-laced Wexler.
Wexler: So...does having sex with a man and liking it make you, like, necessarily gay?
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Upon seeing the leader of Stupid World, and Acuto on the streets of Corporate World, Anaïs promptly grabs her new roommate Katey Anne, and plants one on her. Katey Anne...doesn't seem to have much of an issue with it.
- Flipping the Bird: Fauna gives Mallory the double-bird. Mallory passes it off as pre-wedding nerves.
- Flung Clothing: When Anaïs accidentally calls Fauna in superhero disguise by her actual name, Fauna is naked before her flung clothes even hit the ground.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Mallory left Boring World by taking the place of a child of a pair of Stupid Worlders. Said child was a young Fervid Wexler. Subverted in that neither Mallory or Wexler have realized it (or Mallory just hasn't cared enough to tell him).
- Genre Savvy: Susie knows when to hide.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The appropriately named Vice President Angry T. Nelson.
- Hammerspace: Anaïs keeps baseballs and her bat hidden in her shirt, even though there's no indication they're their until she pulls them out.
- "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": After Torus knocks out a possessed football player with a chair.
Anaïs: Tor! How did you know that guy was possessed?
- Hypocritical Humor: Anaïs was jealous and angry over Fauna sleeping with Bell, yet she goes on to have quite a few affairs of her own before she and Fauna are reunited.
- Important Haircut: Anaïs cuts her hair shortly after she becomes disillusioned with Fauna.
- Inspector Javert: Fervid Wexler, The Men in Black who has convinced himself that Anaïs and Fauna are terrorists out to get the United States and keeps pursuing them, confusing the alternate worlds for Middle Eastern countries.
- Intimate Healing: Fauna's brand of magical healing often involves smooching.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Stupid World is apparently an entire world of this. Its inhabitants insist that it's really called "Smart World."
- Magical Girlfriend: Fauna
- Magitech: Boring World's leaders lack access to magic, so they just build mechs that suck the magic out of captured liars.
- The Men in Black: Fervid Wexler
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Anaïs' "nosy sense" is what gets the story started.
- Multiverse: Each reality has its defining characteristic (or gimmick, as Fauna refers to it): Candy World, Stupid World, Water World, Mosquito World (Now with more poison ivy!). Anaïs is upset to learn that her reality, which has no particular defining characteristic, is known to the rest of reality as Boring World.
- Naked on Arrival: Anaïs, upon entering Corporate World in Chapter 4-1; she apparently forgot she was nude at the time she grabbed the transfer device and winds up in a human resources department surrounded by people.
- Naked People Are Funny
- Official Couple: Anaïs and Fauna
- Only Sane Man: Mallory seems to be the only resident of Stupid World with a working brain. It turns out she's originally from Boring World.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Anaïs
- Paper-Thin Disguise: this trope seems to operate in full force in Super World, apparently preventing Fauna and Anaïs from recognizing each other while they're in their superhero suits.
- Planet of Hats: Anaïs insists you can't sum up a whole world in one word, but apparently you can.
- The chapters are divided among which Hat Planet Anaïs is on. So far, Boring World, Candy World, Ocean World, Corporate World, and Super World.
- Boorish World was also visited briefly, by mistake. Visitors are informed that if they don't like it there, they can go eat a bag of dicks.
- Pirate Girl: Bloodybelly “Bell” Comb Jelly.
- Political Stereotype: The Candy World word for politician is actually "liar". Hence the line, "I must speak to your nation's liars".
- It's later revealed that all multiverse leaders are called lairs, not just Candy World's.
- Porn with Plot: And humor. Virtually every scene involves at least a little nudity or sex.
- In-universe, Anaïs hijacks a porn movie on Corporate World to add some plot.
- Pretty Freeloader: Katey-Anne, after leaving Corporate World. Anais gets fed up with her, and kicks her out.
- Reality Warper: Mallory, after absorbing the power of Boring Worlds Monolith.
- Runaway Bride: Fauna really doesn't want to marry Prince Boglox.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: and how! (Although Anaïs seems to be bisexual — she did hook up with mer-transman Jonathan and her
softball cardcast listing describes her as a switch-hitter. Fauna, on the other hand, has shown no interest in any males so far.)
- Anaïs was really enjoying watching the two male prison guards get it on, until she remembered that she wanted to escape. Not to mention the roomful of gay porn actors.
- Ship Sinking: Anaïs' promising proto-relationships with Jonathan and Katey-Anne hit the rocks surprisingly fast.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: Anaïs makes it back to Boring World in Chapter 1-2 and before she realizes it she's almost back right where she started. Fauna disappears (secretly kidnapped by the government), Anaïs is drugged to think the whole thing was a dream (maybe), and she's surrounded by reminders of how humdrum everything is.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Lampshaded as part of a major Take That to The Dark Age of Comic Books.
- Time Skip: An unspecified amount of time passes after Anais and Katey-Anne enter Super World. Long enough for Anais to grow her old haircut back.
- The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: Anaïs has a habit of adapting rapidly to whatever weirdness she encounters in the worlds she winds up in and taking charge when necessary. Sanity Has Advantages and she's pretty much the Only Sane Man.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Mallory usually walks around with a pair of what can best be called "Boob claws". And they don't really hide anything.
- Walking the Earth: More like Walking the Earths.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Liar magic is useless against plastic.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wexler thinks he's doing the right thing... In the latest chapter he finally is.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: The heroes of Super World are Immortal, due to selling the right to their lives to Corporate World, in exchange for a planet saving laser. They effectively are living comic book characters, dying, and never staying dead. And they don't like it.
- Yaoi Fangirl: Anaïs. Frequently.