Webcomic: Furry Experience
"Comedy. Drama. Furries."
Started in August of 2009, Furry Experience
follows the lives of Dawn, Ronnie, and Cat, three college age girls who share an apartment. According to author Ellen Natalie
, most of the hijinks the girls get into are Based on a True Story
from her own life or on a "what if" scenario in the area she lives in.
The story is a Slice of Life
style that revolves around the girls' interactions at home, at college, and at work, alternating between showing them together and giving each A Day In The Lime Light
The comic is hosted here
Furry Experience contains the following tropes:
- A Dog Named Dog: Subverted; Cat is actually short for Catherine. Ronnie and Dawn thought for a moment her parents were just uncreative.
- Allergic to Love: Whenever Hunter, a husky, attempts to asks Cat out, she runs off in a panic.
- The fact that he's the sketch class' nude model and she's seen him naked certainly doesn't help matters.
- Almost Kiss: Dawn and Brian; that's the trouble with having noses like that. She kisses him on the cheek right after, though.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: When she first moved in Cat's mother told her that she would have to come home if her roommates were sexually active.
- Annoying Younger Sibling / Bratty Teenage Daughter: Diana has a tendency to take things without asking, feeling her "special projects" justify it, which gets on both Brian's and their mother's nerves. She also tends to procrastinate on her homework.
- Art Evolution: It started with a more crude, scratchy look to it, and has gradually shifted toward a much smoother appearance along with brighter colors. For comparison, Exhibit A and Exhibit B.
- Art Shift: Lampshaded when colors were first used.
- Author Avatar: Natalie has stated she most closely identifies with Cat, but that all three girls contain aspects of her personality.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Dawn doesn't want to work for a "wasteful, arrogant, indecisive pig." She gets her wish.
- BFS: One of Dawn's coworkers carries one. Well, it's technically a knife.
- Big Eater: Cat.
- Brick Joke: The Drama Llama makes his appearance at last.
- Burger Fool: Ronnie's workplace, Gulp-N-Go.
- Butt Monkey: When Brian is around Dawn the world seems to conspire against him and cause him to get into all sorts of accidents.
- Carnivore Confusion: Lampshaded.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Brian just can't work up the nerve to ask Dawn out on a date.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The arc where Ronnie tries to go to church.
- Chekhov's Gun: This tree.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Hilariously used in this arc.
- Contrived Coincidence: Jane Doe wants to introduce her daughter to Brian. Brian tells her he's already interested in someone. Readers know that both are talking about the same doe, Dawn.
- Cool Big Bro: David absolutely idolizes Hunter, especially since he thinks he's a secret agent who fights pirates.
- Cute Little Fangs: Cat has these, but these only show when she smiles or when she is angry.
- Day in the Limelight: Several of the comic's secondary characters have had an arc dedicated to them
- Brian, Dawn's classmate, as he volunteers at the hospital and tries to ask Dawn out on a date
- Vikki, Ronnie's friend, as she and Ronnie get roped into shenanigans with Vikki's über-Mormon roommates.
- Hunter, Kat's sketch class model (and Love Interest), as he tries to find a new job. A second one has him and Luke apartment hunting.
- Diana, Brian's sister, trying to get her master plan going while clashing with the local Alpha Bitch.
- Death Glare: Dawn has one. She gets it from her father.
- The Ditz: Cat.
Cat: ...I just realized something. I have living, fully functional skull in my head. Right. Now.
- Dope Slap: Ronnie gives Cat one after she says something stupid.
- Dressed to Plunder: Hunter's friend Luke has to dress up as a pirate for an interview at a pirate themed restaurant. Here's the whole crew.
- Ears as Hair:
- Ronnie styles her long rabbit ears as if they were long hair. However, she also has four sets of piercings.
- Dawn keeps her ears down, most of the time, as she typically wears more formal clothes. It should be noted that other does have been seen with actual hair.
- Alice, from Diana's high school, is an Afghan Hound/Labrador Retreiver and has long ears that hang down her back, which she has a tendency to smooth back like they were long tresses. Given the coats on Afghans though, a good portion of it may actually be hair.
- Fleur, a poodle, has ears that look just like hair from the front.
- Everyone Is Single: Dawn only just recently started dating Brian, a buck. The other girls don't have boyfriends.
- Hunter, Cat's sketch class' nude model, has asked her out at least three times. Each time, she's run off in a panic.
- Four Girl Ensemble: Has moved towards this.
- Cat is the sweet-naïve one, almost painfully naïve at times
- Dawn is the wise Team Mom, even if her ideas don't always work (see Swapped Roles)
- Ronnie has taken the role of the mannish Deadpan Snarker, while helping Vikki adjust to life in Utah
- Vikki is the sexy one, a foxy lady if you will, attractive, not afraid to show it off, and the most boy-crazy out of all of them.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Cat has a bunch of stuffed animals that she builds a nest with to curl up in when she's feeling down.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Despite the Cluster F-Bomb mentioned earlier, Ronnie drops "heck" here. The Alt Text lampshades it:
Everyone says "heck". Even those with a wider range of profanity in their vocabularies.
- Hotter and Sexier: Lampshaded and subverted. Ronnie is very secretive about her job, leading the others to think she's a stripper.
- I Call It "Vera": Dawn's coworker's knife is named Stabby.
- I Read It for the Articles: Cat's Goals, where she wants to buy a Playboy magazine to see what the articles are like, since everyone's reading them. The Alt Text comments: "Every time you find out someone has a Playboy magazine, they protest they have it for the articles."
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Cat can't hit Ronnie with snowballs even when she's three feet in front of her.
- The Internet Is for Porn: Cat finds this out the hard way.
- Knife Nut: Dawn's coworker, Mousetta, with the knife.
"Sometimes I think you're my only friend, Stabby
- Lampshade Hanging: What would a furry zoo look like?
- Medium Awareness: An odd example. Cat is studying to draw furry comics, despite being a furry.
- Moral Guardians: Cat's friend Courtney manages to find immoral messages in nursery rhymes.
- Mormonism: Cat and Dawn attend the church. Hunter is also evidently a member.
- Slightly subverted in that Dawn isn't an official baptized member.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: One of Vickie's Halloween costumes when she was a kid was a princess samurai ballerina
- Pass the Popcorn: Cat and Ronnie have a discussion here.
- Punny Name: Dawn's mother's name is Jane Doe. Take a moment.
- Cat's parents are named Tom and Kitty.
- Running Gag:
- Cat running from Hunter whenever she gets embarrassed.
- Employees dropping dead at the call center.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Vikki gets one for a double date she's going on with Mariah.
- Shrinking Violet: Cat. She hates meeting new people, but is very friendly around her friends.
- Snow Means Cold: Cat is excited over the first snowfall of the year, for all of five seconds.
- Species Surname: Cat's last name is Feline.
- Squick: In-Universe example. Dawn's reaction to Cat giving herself a tongue bath.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Cat gains the ability to do this just when Hunter is deciding he needs to ask her out.
- The Stoic: Hunter's friend Luke possesses a grand total of four facial expressions: neutral, a little miffed, slightly nervous, and a bit surprised.
- Swapped Roles: Cat and Ronnie for a week (Dawn's idea), needless to say it was disastrous.
- Symbol Swearing: A black box instead.
- The Talk: Cat never actually had one, her dad bailed on her, and her mom's explanation left her thinking kissing would get her pregnant. Ronnie takes it upon herself to educate the poor girl.
- Viewers Are Morons: And so are a lot of people coming into Ronnie's workplace.
- Virginity Makes You Stupid: One arc focused on Cat's complete ignorance of anything related to sex.
- Yiff: none seen onscreen, but Cat doesn't understand what she's seeing until Dawn explains it.