Webcomic / Daisy Owl
Daisy: "Oh no! Here comes a meteor! So much for the dinosaurs!?"
Cooper: "Oh, but I'm too quick! I dodge your meteor!"
Daisy: "Oh, but the debris from the impact is blocking out the sun, destroying the rich ecosystem you depend upon!"
Cooper: "OH NO! I'M FOSSILIZING! REMEMBER ME... AS BONES..."
is a comic strip by Ben Driscoll that began in 2008. It is slightly similar to both Calvin and Hobbes
with its often light, whimsical humor and simple grayscale line art.
follows a precocious girl named Daisy and her adoptive father Mr. Benjamin Owl. Mr. Owl
is an actual owl
. Rounding out the cast is Cooper, Daisy's little brother, and Steve Brown, who is Mr. Owl's friend who is also a bear (a polar/grizzly hybrid raised by humans, to be exact).
They live in a seemingly normal world
, except for the talking animals, wizards
, and super-advanced honey making technology
Currently undergoing pretty extreme Schedule Slip
— there hasn't been a new comic since June 2010, when Driscoll stopped with no warning at the beginning of a new a storyline, as well as deleting the entire comment section on every strip. After fan inquiry in the Cracked.com forums (where the strip had initially gained popularity), Driscoll announced
that cartooning professionally turned it from something he wanted
to do into something he had
to do, and he had gone back to being a programmer. He said that he wants to continue the comics in the future, but the ongoing lack of Daisy Owl is making the fanbase rather sad.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Artistic License – Biology: Played for laughs and often fitted with a lampshade in the Alt Text.
- Art Shift: In this strip to amplify the drama.
- Berserk Button: Mr. Owl of all people loses his cool (not to people thankfully) while playing Monopoly and Risk, since he always forgets that he hates actually playing those games.
- And of course, kidnapping his kids.
- Big "NO!": Here, when Steve realizes that he just accidentally initiated an orphanage's self-destruct sequence.
- Boring, but Practical: Cooper realises that a real dinosaur would be very hard to take care of and prefers to have toys. Also brooms are apparently the ideal space weapon because of a lack of bullets to create air leaks or edges to cut your suit on. The perfect weapon and quiet too.
- Casual Danger Dialog: After Steve's Big "NO!", he tries desperately to fix the problem...and one of the people he's theoretically just sentenced to death comes along and fixes the problem in less than a minute, mocking Steve for shouting random gibberish at a computer.
- Characterization Marches On: Compare Steve's initial apearance to how he behaves now; they're completely different.
- Children Raise You: Played with - the children fell out of the sky one day, but Mr. Owl was fairly mature already, has maintained his slightly immature interests, and they seem to have done absolutely no matchmaking for him. They do make him go to the vet, which could be construed as "raising" him.
- Crazy-Prepared: NASA is running a Space School to train grown Space Babies to fight invading aliens. They don't know of any invading aliens- or any aliens at all- yet, but better safe than sorry.
- Department of Child Disservices: DSS would take Daisy and Cooper away from a perfectly lovely father just because he's an owl who lives in a treehouse and doesn't wear any clothes, but they never find out even though he meets with Daisy's principal.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After going through so much to save Daisy and Cooper from Space Baby school, Steve is forced to suffer through the horrific ordeal of sitting in the middle seat.
- Eye Scream: After reading this strip you may not want to go to the dentist for a while.
- Eskimos Aren't Real: Played for bleak tenderness, rather than comedy, in "Cooper's Bad Dream."
- Family-Unfriendly Death: SPLORT
- Fantastic Racism: Polar bears and brown bears represent white and black people respectively.