is a webcomic found on Deviant ART
about Joel Maxwell, a 16-year-old in Minnesota during the '90s, who is a big fan of music, cartoons and movies.
His friends include his disgruntled food court worker girlfriend, Michelle Hseign; his best friends, Steve and Aaron; Steve's girlfriend, the punk rocker Jocelyn (she, Joel, Steve and Aaron form the band Westworld), and the animation fanatic and object of Aaron's unwanted affection, Kendra.
The series takes place in the 1990s and allows the author, JB Warner, to pay homage to the culture of that time while quite a number of strips take place in modern times as well.
Can be found here; http://jbwarner86.deviantart.com/
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Aborted Arc: When Kick-Ass came to theaters, JB made an outline for a story where Steve and Jocelyn dress up as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl and become vigilantes. This gets a Discontinuity Nod in this strip when Steve wants to do the same thing again when he sees the Green Hornet movie.
- Adorkable: Most of the main cast, but in particular Abby (even her spinoff is called this).
- AI Is A Crap Shoot: Michelle's upgraded Watson-esque computer trys to kill Joel in order to be Michelle's boyfriend.
- Alpha Bitch: Lindsay Duquense, also head cheerleader.
- Author Appeal: JB loves putting his (or other) characters in a pool of water (in either swimsuits or street clothes). Also anything from the '90s.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Michelle has this in the story line where the school's Alpha Bitch tries to break her and Joel apart. Do not make her angry. You wouldn't like her when she's angry...
- Casanova Wannabe: Aaron West, definitely.
- Creator Back Lash: JB has been reported saying that he hates the strips from 2010-2011, such as the Prince and Pauper story because of how they're so many plot holes and feels he could've done better.
- DreamWorks Face: Demonstrated here;
- Distracted by the Sexy: Joel is very in to Michelle's dancing to Zumba Fitness.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The strips of what eventually became Forever 16, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, had this with rougher artwork and a Joel who was more like his friend, Aaron West, early on here.
- Fan of Underdog: JB is a huge fan of Meg Griffin, Roberta Tubbs and Hayley Smith for the shows putting them off to the side. He has made much fan art for the three of them, Hayley in particular.
- Foregone Conclusion: The 2014 storyline of Joel going on a date with Mary Brunner is this as it takes place before he met Michelle (trope namedropped here).
- Heroes Want Redheads: Joel and Steven admit that they find Kim Possible and Frankie attractive in this comic.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Literally demonstrated here;
- Homage: To TheBoondocks in this page. Also the below mentioned examples of Pulp Fiction and Jurrasic Park in the Shout-Out examples.
- Jerk Ass: Aaron and Jocelyn at their worst, the Duquense family is perennially assholes described here and Kendra's older brother demonstrates this here
- Ms Fan Service: Jocelyn can be this from time to time, but Mary Brunner takes the cake in the "Animal Magnetism" arc. Aaron describes hr by saying "She's got great hooters and she never wears a bra", later offers Max sex here and here
- Murder the Hypotenuse: See AI Is A Crap Shoot above.
- Oh Crap: Joel gets this face in this comic when he learns before having sex with Denise that Denise doesn't shave.
- One of Us: The comic itself could be called One Of Us: The Comic.
- Prince and Pauper: Justin Beiber, of all people, and Joel as explained here.
- Retcon: Word of God says strips from 2010-2011 are non-canon here.
- Shout-Out: The comic is this out of universe and the characters do this deliberately themselves in universe. Such examples include;
- Something Completely Different: In January of 2014, JB has started another side comic, ''Off The Deep End'' as a pet project about an underwater photography model. The first strip can be seen here:
- Spin-Off: The strips Adorkable features secondary character Abby as a college student.
- Take That: JB uses the comic to take shots at tings he doesn't like, such as Justin Beiber, the 2010 Yogi Bear movie and Jenny McCarthy's anti-vaccine crusade.
- Time Skip: Not an in-universe one, but a sketch page has the main cast appear as 21-year olds.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Joel gives this to Lindsay Duquense when she tries to get him to cheat on his girlfriend, Michelle, here.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Said word for word by Jocelyn when her little brother switches Mystery Science Theater 3000 to CatDog. Her boyfriend, Steve, doesn't mind.
- Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Kendra, fed up with the formulaic lineup of Fox's animated programming, decides to make her own cartoon. Crosses into Self-Deprecation with this strip;
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Abby's roommate in Adorkable has blue hair.