Webcomic / Finders Keepers
is an Urban Fantasy
webcomic focusing on the exploits of Cardinal, Lord and Aspect of the Primary Directions and some other stuff
, and Cailyn Asher, the owner of his Soul Jar
through a bit of poor choice of words. Now she's being chased by Living Shadows
, meeting The Powers That Be
face to face, and discovering that pretty much every myth she's ever heard is true... but not always the way she heard it.Finder's Keepers
is written and drawn by Garth Cameron Graham, also the author of the now-ended Slice of Life
The comic has been placed on indefinite hiatus, but the artist claims they will be starting a new comic in 2013.
Not to be confused with the game show where what you find is what you keep
Tropes in Finder's Keepers include:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Cutting Edge. Remember that "many things on this side [of the Veil] are more literal than you might imagine. "It is the line between theory and reality, between what is defined and what isn't, between open and locked, perhaps between knowing and not knowing. It seems Lady Death has given the key to the answer to all questions right at the start of the story but no-one is the wiser.
- Bazaar of the Bizarre: The Wyrd Bazaar.
- Bigger on the Inside: Morlock's shop. According to Cardinal, "Doors don't have to open to the same place on both sides."
- Bilingual Bonus: Sort of. If you know how to read Tarot, then you can see exactly why it is that the fortuneteller in Chapter 5 reacted the way he did.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe
- Could Say It, But...: Robin leans on this here.
- Deadpan Snarker: Cailyn, mixed with enough Good Old Ways style Fey terminology that she instantly gets on Robin's good side.
- Exact Words: Cailyn refuses to surrender Cardinal's Soul Jar until she knows exactly what's going on. Now Cardinal can't take it back from her until the Umbra explain why they're after him... something they seem reluctant to do.
- The Fair Folk: Pixies are dicks.
- And Robin Goodfellow is a sly little ***.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Justified(scroll down).
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: "Every myth, every belief, every dream, every nightmare, they all are residents of this side. The Veil separates the Every-Day from the Every-Daydream. If Humanity has dreamt it up, you'll find it lurking around here somewhere."
- Fiery Redhead: Cailyn.
- First Episode Resurrection: The story begins with a flashback of Cardinal dying, and Cailyn claiming his soul as a result.
- Forgot I Could Find Literally Anything:
Cailyn: I can take care of myself.
Cardinal: So you keep saying. Yet, I still don't like it. How will I find you afterward?
Cardinal: Oh. Right. Nevermind.
- Genre Savvy: Cailyn. Not only does she pick up on things quick, but she remembers legends and myths told to her by her grandmother that prove quite useful when they start coming true.
- The Grim Reaper: The Reapers fit the trope more than Death herself.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Cardinal.
- Heroes Want Redheads: &c
- Let's Split Up, Gang: Invoked by Cailyn. Cardinal points out that would be Tempting Fate. Cailyn replies that they're trying to find Fate.
- Literal-Minded: EVERYTHING on the Other Side of the Veil is. Intentionally.
- Living Shadow: The Umbra.
- Meaningful Name / Overly Long Name: Cardinal the Finder, Lord and Aspect of the Primary Directions, second son of the Lord Navigator, great-grandson of The Seeker.
- The Morlocks: Or more accurately, Old Man Morlock, who dismisses Cailyn's inquiry about stalking Eloi as "They're not nearly as good eatin' as you'd think." Runs a weapon shop in the Wyrd Bazaar.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Cardinal. He's flirted with Cailyn, but he's utterly unaffected by Lady Death taking a stretch. On his lap.
- Perky Goth: Death. She may seem familiar.
- Powers That Be: So far two have been introduced - Lady Scarring, Aspect of Natural Healing, and Death herself; a possible third, the Earth Mother, has been mentioned, as has a for-sure fourth, Fate.
- And, to be painfully exact, the term "Powers That Be" is used to describe what are apparently the most powerful beings in the comic's setting. There are 9 total, listed in the world description page: Bliss, Suffering, Order, Chaos, Energy, Matter, Life, Death, and Void.
- Shout-Out: Oh where to begin...
- Slasher Smile: Morlock's grin is creeeeeeeepy.
- Soul Jar: Cardinal's compass.
- Swiss Army Weapon: The Cutting Edge can unmake you, relocate you via emergency reality surgery, and lock doors if thrown at them, apparently. It's also a bitchin' bracelet.
- Trickster Archetype: Robin Goodfellow, the one and only.
- Unflappable Guardian: Boris Alexander Charkov, Canid Guardian of the Earth Mother.
- Unusual Euphemism: Cardinals tend to be navigation-based: "Compass and Cross, Cailyn!"
- Urban Fantasy: At least it started that way. Now that they've moved to the Other Side of the Veil it might become more traditional.