Webcomic / Gene Catlow
"Just keep doing what you're doing, Gene."
is a semi-weekly Web Comic
about a world of Funny Animals
and humans (among other forms of life) doing their best to just get along (...or not). The comic starts with technical office banter but quickly progresses into an in-depth adventure as the Status Quo
starts to unravel... and boy
does it unravel...
Gene Catlow, the titular character, is not only the Author Avatar
for Albert Temple but is partnered with CatsWhisker, the Author Avatar for Temple's sweetheart Tawana Gilroy. Temple and Gilroy have collaborated on Gene Catlow
since its inception.
Not to be confused with a Western movie starring Yul Brynner
- Aerith and Bob: Gene and CatsWhisker, for one...
- All There in the Manual: subverted in that much of the manual is a fanfic (The Basalt City Chronicles)
- Applied Phlebotinum: What is the Sight of the Soul, exactly?
- Are You Sure You Want to Do That?: Implied by CatsWhisker, and later invoked.
Cross that line and you can NEVER
- Art Evolution: It's very subtle, but it's there. Compare the 2004 version of Matt with the 2015 version, for example.
- Art Shift: When Michelle uses the Sight of the Soul, in particular. Whether this changes when she's finally born... who knows...
- Aside Glance: At the end of this strip, after having spent the entire thing making crazy faces at each other, to be interrupted by someone they'd previously chastised for arguing over whether 50's TV Superman or 70's TV Wonder Woman twirly-sparkly transformations were better.
- Benevolent Alien Invasion: The amphibious aliens.
- But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Tavatania and Cotton's reaction to her pregnancy, since they've never had physical sex. This last for about five seconds before they decide Sight Of The Soul is responsible.
- Character Title: Sure is.
- Carnivore Confusion: According to the Word of God, yes, sentients eat other sentients. Specifically, sentients who donate their mortal remains to be processed into food, so there's no problem at all.
- Deus Est Machina: Oh, at first he thought so, eh?
- Distracted by the Sexy: I have a feeling the boys don't hate furries anymore.
- Energy Being: The Friendship Island, for one. They don't require form, but they may take form to meet certain goals.
- Fanservice: Lots of characters appear naked, frequently, for almost any reason. We rarely get to see private parts, though.
- Fan Disservice: Naked Matt was not designed to be hot. Even if you think he looks hot, he's too mean for a healthy sexual relationship.
- Fake Crossover:
- Gene and CatsWhisker have both ... er... "appeared" together in Kit 'N' Kay Boodle. For very obvious reasons it shouldn't be considered canon that they partook in a backyard orgy so powerful that they were given blessing by the gods themselves. Given an ironic nod in this comic.
- Jack has made multiple cameos, and similarly Gene and CatsWhisker have appeared in his comic, but for a variety of reasons they can't be the same 'verse.
- Fantastic Racism: The Furry, Human, and Animen relationship seems to be a bit of this.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Played with. Humans have five fingers, Furries don't.
- Funny Animal: To varying degrees. There are the major Funny Animals as well as the Kotreeka Birds, amphibious aliens, Animen, the race from which human and furry branched off, and even—if you want to be absolutely thorough about the variety of life—living energy and technology!
- Furries Are Easier to Draw: One look at his human characters and you can quickly tell why the majority of the comic only contains furries.
- Furry Reminder: When Gene dreams of fighting, he makes angry cat noises.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Ancient Canovian uses a hamburger for "yes"?
- Heel–Face Turn: Quite a few villains in the course of the series.
- High On Catnip: Gene avoids catnip for this reason.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The hulking Crendall has become almost a father figure to Diane.
- Humans Are Bastards: Accused of this at the first instance of a human, Michael Alan Avariss, but eventually disproved—at least for the majority.
- Immodest Orgasm: When the Kotreeka Birds mime Gene and CatsWhisker having sex on the beach.
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Any electronic device can develop self-awareness over time, but Gene gains the ability to make machines self-aware instantly.
- Klatchian Coffee: Coffee Squared, used near the start of the comic to unlock Cotton's Sight of the Soul ability.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: You may be surprised how many of them appear to play an important part in the grand scheme of this epic.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: Tavatania, nine years and counting.
- Long Runner: It's been on the internet for a good eleven years now. And yet it's still only in the middle of its story.
- Manipulative Bastard: Matt.
- Meaningful Name: Michael Alan Avariss, though a bit less so for his son.
- Mechanical Lifeform: Not at the beginning, but...
- The Medic: You have Animen and Michelle, plus Dusk and Dawn have shown healing powers. Take your pick!
- No Name Given / The Nameless: Surprisingly common among important characters.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: All female characters, except for The Amphibious Aliens.
- Opposites Theme Naming: Dawn and Dusk.
- Out of Focus: Gene himself for the longest time. And these days Cotton has taken a back seat.
- Power Glows: Literally.
- Punny Name: Cottontail-or, anyone?
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: When one of the puppets wants just one more marshmellow.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Do NOT attack CatsWhisker in front of Gene! He may be a nice fellow but he will nearly ''KILL THAT PERSON for doing so.
- Rule 34: Besides Gene and Catswhisker showing up now and then in Kit N Kay Boodle of all places, the artist also draws a lot of porn of his characters, but posts them on other websites.
- Shout-Out: Lots. Batman, Star Wars, and Doctor Who, to name a few. Usually done by the Kotreeka Birds, oddly enough. In this strip the equine mayor is annoyed that people keep expecting him to be a super fan of "Some television show about horses that's become incredibly popular, people keep asking him about "Shutter-fly" or "Butter-shy".
- Talk to the Fist: When Crendall shows the leader of the Ancient Animen that one doesn't need special powers when a good, old-fashioned right hook to the chops will suffice.
- The Speechless: Eubie/"UB" ("Unimportant Bear"), whose vocal cords are damaged beyond use after his erstwhile allies tried to hang him.
- Webcomic Time: How long is Michelle going to be a fetus? Gene and CW's canon son also has yet to enter the comic more than ten years into the comic. (9 months or so in the story, if furry rabbit gestation is the same length as human.)
- You Didn't Ask: Used by the island later on.