Psychiatrist: So then there are other people like yourself? People who can see the "un-seeable"? Riley: Yeah, it's like they're all part of Little Orphan Annie's Secret Society and I finally have the super secret decoder ring... In my brain meats.
Geist Panik is a webcomic by Brian Wilson (not the one in the Beach Boys) about a young woman named Riley Hood, who wakes up with amnesia, glowing runes in her oddly-colored eyes, and a tattoo of a unicorn on her butt. She quickly discovers that she can see ghosts and other supernatural creatures and decides to do the only sensible thing: Hunt ghosts down for cash.When the official method of selling spirits proves to be not-so-lucrative, Riley takes to selling the spirits on craigslist... Which prompts her to receive unwanted attention from a mysterious murderer named Lee John and a life sentence of otherworldly service partnered with a Wendigo and a Goblin.You can start reading the archives online. Warning: Has not updated for quite a while. The site's domain also expired recently... which doesn't give much hope of the comic ever being updated again. (As of 9/20/12, the domain is back, but the comic still hasn't been updated. The last news post is dated 10/6/2009.)
Geist Panic provides examples of the following tropes:
And I Must Scream: Riley's jars. "You wanna see my jar of what I'm sure is infinite horrors?"
Action Girl: Riley shows signs of slowly growing into one, while Fiona is an English-accented variant of the most hardcore.
Affably Evil: Lee John is perfectly willing to be sociable with people, as long as they're not being difficult. It's only when things might potentially foil his plans that he has to take steps.
As Long as There Is Evil: The whole point of The Key of Solomon agency. They are the balance against evil. Which is, um, mostly employed by evil.
Badass Normal: Riley. She doesn't really have any special abilities beyond seeing dead people and she has literally no knowledge of how the supernatural works. Yet in her first engagement with a supernatural entity, she proves to be the deciding factor between her team's annihilation and the capture of the creature.
Bit Part Bad Guys: Ghosts. Most can be defeated by a manufactured jar available for twenty bucks, plus shipping.
Black Comedy: You know you're reading something dark when a dead psychiatrist tells the protagonist "No one will ever love you because you're a crazy bitch!" Doubly so when it's because said protagonist is currently sucking him into a containment jar because he's a ghost...
Blood Knight: Sevink is a Wendigo who gets off on pain... and fights for the privilege of eating any dead bodies he comes across.
Break the Cutie: Poor Riley. All she wants to do is survive. Her life sentence is bad. Getting paired with Sevink qualifies for breakage by itself, let alone the fact she's now fully in on The Masquerade.
Cameos Galore: During a scene involving zombies being raised from the grave, characters from several notable webcomics are used to fill the roles of the zombies. These include Greg Dean from Real Life Comics, Tycho from Penny Arcade, Lemmy from Fanboys, Jin Wicked from Crap I Drew On My Lunch Break... Also Ananth from Johnny Wander (a.k.a. the writer for Applegeeks) as well as a small ginger zombie who resembles Shelley Winters from Scary Go Round.
Cool Guns: Riley has a SPAS12 on her apartment wall.
Cool Loser: Riley has a decent pair of tits, blond hair, blue, er, demonic green eyes, and a very engaging (if sociopathic) sense of humor. Yet she's portrayed as being very down and out at the outset of the story.
Crazy-Prepared: Riley's apartment wall. In case of Cliché Emergencies. For Witches (wicked), a super-soaker. For vampires or tents, a wooden stake. For Jesus, a nailgun, for the Devil, a violin. For Daleks (or shelves), a Sonic Screwdriver. For Headcrabs, a Crowbar. And for Raptors, zombies or misc, the aforementioned SPAS-12.
Subverted heavily by a one-shot vampire. He's immortal, yes, but he looks ugly, is obviously no longer human, smells like crap, and his blood acts like an acid unless he wears a heavy, awkward machine at all times. And if he takes a life, big brother will be right there to end him.
Played straight with Connall. He's a "black shuck", a supernatural dog who's been cursed with Humanthropy. He is excessively happy with this turn of events.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Knob calls Sevink's depleted uranium knives Occam's Razors, "because the simplest solution is always stabbing." Knob is also a Goblin, a pun which Riley notes and makes fun of.
Informed Flaw: Much is made of Riley's supposed unattractiveness, both by herself and others. Yet she's a reasonably thin blond, blue-eyed (well, green-plus-freaky-runes-eyed) white girl with no noticeable facial deformities. And she still can't find work stripping.
Our Vampires Are Different: And very sad. Vampires in this comic take Blessed with Suck to unbelievable levels, to the point that there's practically no bless in the equation. It's a horrible disease that, without constant runic dialysis filtering your blood, will cause your body to rot and decay, and drive you mad. The victim is pitiably weak, has a horrendous stench, and their skin is turned pitch black (from it constantly necrotising), your hair turns a limp, lifeless grey, and your eyes turn pure red (probably caused by capillaries in the eyes bleeding out). But it's implied that you can live forever with this disease. Which is exactly as much fun as it sounds.