Webcomic / Greystone Inn
was a webcomic by Brad J. Guigar that ran from February 2000 through June 2005. The strip's premise revolves around the life and career of a group of actors, managed by the gargoyle
Argus, who produce a comic strip named Greystone Inn
, in which a bed-and-breakfast's owner discovers that his inn is home to a gargoyle...
The series takes place in the same universe as, and shares a few charactersnote
with, Guigar's strip that suceeded it, Evil Inc.
The archive can be read here
This Webcomic provides examples of:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Why Trever the intern dresses like a punk.
- Amoral Attorney: It turns out that Argus' lawyer is a vampire.
Mac: Did you know your lawyer is a blood-sucking vampire?!
- Back from the Dead: The comic company avoids The Character Died with Him by using cloned "franken-zombies".
- Breaking the Fourth Wall / Metafictional Device: The Narrator.
- Cats Are Mean: Mister Tummy-Tums
- Cigar Chomper: Argus
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A tourgoer remarks that the relationship between Mel Cooley and Argus reminds them of The Dick Van Dyke Show, much to Argus' amusement.
- Dramatic Downstage Turn: Parodied in one strip. The main characters are interviewing a woman who used to work for a soap opera; she keeps Downstage Turning, and they react the way one might expect if someone tried this in real life. Argus finally gets fed up and forces her to resume normal eye contact, at which point she admits that she can't work for a comic strip.
- Eccentric Exterminator: Carl Spackler blows up "varmints" with plastic explosives shaped to look like his targets.
- Exact Words: In the Show Within a Show Argus was enchanted by an ancient wizard to watch over the owners of the land Greystone Inn sits on.
Argus: You're my MTV, pal.
- Flying Brick: Titanic Man
- God Guise: The Narrator can't resist having a little fun with Mr. Warship.
- Golf Clubbing: Mac doesn't take criticism of his golf game well.
Argus: Funny, it's called a club but you use it like a spade.
Mac: Oh, I could use it like a club...
- Grammar Nazi: Lawrence
Argus: And you wonder why nobody ever asks editors to go to lunch!
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: The reason Mel Cooley is eager to get a job with Blondie
Argus: Good lord, man! What is she - 70? 80 years old?!
Mel Cooley: And she's still got it.
- Hair Antennae: Keagan has these
- Expy: "H. Ross Peroach" and "Bob Village".
- Insistent Terminology: They're not dolls, they're action figures.
- Large Ham: Argus
- Lethal Chef: Mac, until he practices to impress Samantha.
- Na´ve Newcomer: Mac gets the job as producer because he has no prior experience.
- Non Humans Lack Attributes: Argus rarely bothers to wear anything, and doesn't need to for modesty.
- Noodle Incident: Keagan returns from his stand-up comedy gig in Las Vegas with Godzilla with the tale of "the King Kong incident".
Something about Kong, Godzilla, a crate of scotch and the Statue of Liberty
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: In the flashback to the "early days of the strip", only Ned can talk to Argus due to the terms of the wizard's curse.
- Only Sane Woman: Sammy, who has no patience for Argus' antics.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Mac's roommate, who was accidentally killed by a rock while ghost hunting.
- Pungeon Master: Mac
Argus: (after a horrible date) I've been picking chewing tobacco out of my teeth all morning.
Mac: Ahhh. A Kodiak moment.
- Put on a Bus: Mel Cooley
- Roger Rabbit Effect: Argus, Ned and Inez are living cartoons.
- Running Gag: Argus is not fond of them.
- Second Face Smoke: The reason the plush Argus toy was discontinued.
Sammy: It was real smoke! The darned thing needed a Surgeon General's warning!
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Mac upon finding a mouse in his kitchen.
Mouse: I don't think the man saw me, but his girlfriend must have.
- Shipper on Deck: Argus, for Mac and Sammy.
- Show Within a Show: The entire premise of the strip.
- Stand-Up Comedy: Keagan's second job.
- Taken for Granite: Argus, being a gargoyle, has issues with his condo's "no lawn ornaments" policy.
- That Didn't Happen: A tour group is bribed to forget they saw anything when a scripting goes awry.
- The Cameo: A number of famous cartoon characters join Argus in Drowning Their Sorrows after failing to make People's "Sexiest Toons" list.
- The Casanova: Keagan, before he meets Lightning Lady.
- The Devil: When Argus decides he needs a new agent, said agent is decidedly diabiolical in both appearance and action.
- The Fundamentalist: Mr. Warship
- Token Non-Human: Argus.
- Your Mom: Lawrence tells Yo Momma jokes with style.
- Wings Do Nothing: Argus