A webcomic by Josh Lesnick.Can be found right here.Describe Girly hereGood luck with that!Explaining the plot is like explaining a train wreck. Not a bad kind of train wreck. Y'know, the kind of train that has lots of elephants, and puffy kitties, and weird superheroes...A half-Dada, half-Adventure, entirely comical webcomic about Otra and Winter, two girls with more than their share of quirks who live together in the city of CuteTown. They go on adventures (for the sake of adventuring). There is a very eclectic supporting/main cast, including, but not in any way limited to: El Chubacabre (or Chuy)- a carefree, then troubled (oh handy Character Development) young man with unique women issues, Collette- a half-cutpaste videogame nerd, Policeguy- a responsible, pragmatic officer of the law and occasional Butt Monkey, Lucy- a self-declared genius veterinarian/animal fitness trainer, Chuy's two brothers- who are attempting to get revenge for their brother (despite the fact Chuy is fine), Captain Fist - whose head is a fist - and the rest of the CuteTown PD.An overall lighthearted comedy, it revels in its own quirky humor. There's more to it than one might expect.The series also plays with tropes left and right, and in some very interesting ways that must be seen to be believed. It is definitely worthy of your time, and is recommended reading for tropers.What many people probably don't know is that Girly is actually a sequel to his previous comic Cute-Wendy which in turn was an alternate take on Lesnick's original webcomic and personal Old Shame, Wendy, which can be found here.After 764 strips, the comic reached its Grand Finale, but Josh is currently making a spinoff (set inbetween various Time Skips within the comic) called Down Together. Josh Lesnick's main project for a little while was Doctor Voluptua (too NSFW to link), and he's also a contributing artist and founder of Slipshine, a paysite, but now he's dedicating all of his time to working on Princess Panic, a 2-D video games project with Paper Mario-styled gameplay in the (very) early planning stages. Lesnick also has a new webcomic called You Suck which can be found here.Now has a character sheet.
Expy: A cavalcade of Josh's obscure and semi-obscure creations have appeared in the comic over the years.
Doctor Lucy and Nurse Yumi would be the most recognizable ones. They both come from his previous webcomic Wendy. Miki and her sister Yuki (who appeared in many old comics of his, but Wendy is the best known) also appear briefly as Evil Sidekicks toward the end of the comic.
The HappyCo staff — consisting of Tina the chairman, Cheyenne the secretary, the bodyguards Miles and Headlock, and the scientist Broadway — are all taken from his unfinished fantasy adult comic The Pet Elf. All the characters are drawn with hairstyles and headgear to hide the elf ears and ogre horns they originally had.
Josh Means and Lemon are childhood creations of his. Some of their comics are archived in his joshlesnick.horse site.
Captain Fist starred in a couple one-off comics during the Cutewendy days, before finally getting a starring role in Girly
The Knight originated from a comic he did for a high school assignment. Also archived at joshlesnick.horse.
Finally, Cutewendy herself was a character exported from Wendy... this character creation got the whole snowball rolling that led to Girly's creation. Essentially, the comic's entire existence stemmed from an Expy.
Chapter XIII is an arc about Winter avoiding having flashbacks after an arc that was loaded with them. A Take Thattoward Family Guy indicates that Lesnick may have wanted to stop his comic from becoming similarly overloaded by flashbacks.
Foreshadowing: That hackneyed romantic comedy plot Pop-Culture Girl outlines in the first two panels of the comic ever? That's a pretty handy summary of the first four chapters.
Happily Married: Chuy and Autumn were this, until it was discovered that monogamy was literally killing Chuy. They divorced, allowing Chuy (and Autumn) to casually screw other people as well. They're still an Official Couple, they just have lots of sex with other people in addition to each other.
Hartman Hips: Most of the girls in the comic are guilty of this. Winter and Hipbone are two glaring examples.
Hammerspace: Where Otra's sword and Winter's giant dildo reside when not in use.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Slightly subverted. Winter and Otra work quite well as a team; however, Winter is useless without a sidekick to protect, while Otra, though perfectly capable of solo adventures, hates doing them.
Later played straight in the last storyline with multiple new sidekicks popping up. It was eventually justified as they were specifically created to be perfect sidekicks and then deconstructed when the sidekicks decide to take the lead due to being so much better than the people they followed.
Improbable Weapon User: Winter's giant talking dildo and the epic dildo sword she made by combining it with Otra's sword.
Interestingly, this seems to be a personality she developed purely to get Otra. Before her, she was a very cultured, dull and incredibly selfish girl. So while having none of the personality of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Otra still plays the role for Winter.
Meaningful Name: The police guy who keeps running into Otra and Winter at the beginning of the strip is actually named Danforth Policeguy. Seriously.
There's also Officer Oneshot, who appears for a single story arc, then vanishes entirely.
And, of course, our protagonist, Otra. "Otra" means "other" in Spanish. In addition to reflecting her initial feelings of isolation and loneliness, Otra's name is a callback to Girly's parent strip Cute-Wendy, wherein Cute-Wendy's sidekick was known as "the other girl."
Moment Killer: Here. Yes, an unspeakable monstrosity of pure evil is just a moment killer. It's that kind of comic.
Nominal Importance / Meaningful Name: Subverted, Inverted, Played with, Lampshaded...just about anything except played straight. What else can you say when one of the protagonists is named "Officer Policeguy"?
Though Officer Getskilled is for sure the major offender... of subversion.
Played straight, apparently, here and then subverted, with prejudice, here. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how you play with a trope.
Noodle Incident: Many. Otra refers to a previous instance in which Winter instigated "interspecies animal bootknocking," and a lot of the plot of chapter VIII is driven by a particularly crazy adventure that is never explained.
Precision F-Strike: Graphical instead of in dialog, but still.. after years of censor panels, the "climatic" "battle" is fully explicit.
Prophetic Name: Pretty much all the CuteTown P.D. Poor, poor Officer Getskilled.
Punny Name: Collette is a pun on "collate", since she is half-cutpaste.
Put on a Bus: Literally with Detective Clampjaw (probably intended at the time to be a Long Bus Trip. It took him over 600 pages to return to the story.). Played straight with Chuy and Autumn's summer-long honeymoon.
Qipao: Otra and Winter's daughter wears something like this.
Red Shirt: Most of the Cute PD besides Policeguy, Hipbone, and the Chief. Officers Getskilled and Oneshot both make the leap to Mauve Shirt, then Getskilled achieves something close to Ascended Extra status (and finally just ascends).
Sex God: El Chupacabra possesses legendary skills to please any woman (and practically every woman) he ever faces. The action itself is never shown, but the immediate aftermath, quite a lot. Generally the ladies are barely able to walk from all the fun their nerves had.
Spinoff Babies: As revealed on the last page, Otra and Winter's daughter and Chuy and Autumn's daughter grow up, pair off, and go have adventures of their own.
Sprite Mirroring: In a rare non-video game example, one of visual cues that Collete is half cut-paste (before the artist stopped bothering with it) was that when she turned in one direction her shirt would be mirrored from its design when she's facing the other way. Especially obvious when she's wearing a shirt with writing on it.
Take That: Collete's father was drawn entirely with cut-paste, both in Girly and its precursor, Cute-Wendy. Her mother was drawn normally, and so she wound up being half cut-paste. Having her like video games falls right in line with the many other times he has criticized the artwork of many Gaming Webcomics.