is a Journal Comic
written by Kyle Travers.
The series chronicles the life of the author through his day-to-day existence as a college student in Burlington, VT. Earlier strips focus on everyday dorm life but have shifted into focusing on apartment living and working retail. The comic is mostly self-reflective and often centers on the author’s life experiences and observations on life with sporadic appearances by friends and roommates.
Occasionally the strips take a more surreal turn in chronicling the struggles of Squid Fairy, a winged squid that grants wishes…pertaining to squids, as well as a short story about a snail’s dreams of flight and a trip into the refrigerator.
Updates weekly, but is occasionally subject to Schedule Slip
The comic went on hiatus in September 2013, but as of April/May 2014 is starting up again. The newer strips have been focused around Kyle's graduation from college, thoughts about that, and continued adventures in retail.
This series provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: The "Frigid" story arc primarily focuses on Squid Fairy and his feelings of inadequacy
- Anachronic Order: The only thing set in stone about a strip's position in the timeline is which semester it took place in.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: A non-video game example: Though Kyle is the main character, a few comics have focused on other members of the cast such as Robin, Allison, or Eboney.
- The filler comics early in the series' run focus on a snail which has nothing to do with the author or the main cast.
- Animesque: The short saga of Kyle running to catch a bus.
- Art Evolution: It's subtle, but there is a definite shift in style from the beginning strips to the current ones.
- Author Avatar: The main character IS the author.
- Bad Ass: Apparently, Kyle's cat, appropriately named Moxie Jones.
- Baleful Polymorph: Kyle theorizes that some of the neighborhood cats might be humans cursed by witches
- Beauty Mark: Kyle has a small mole on his left cheek under his eye.
- Berserk Button: Do not take Kyle's nutella
- Beware the Nice Ones: Allison, as evidenced here and here.
- Big Eater: Several strips focus on the author's love of food
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Ryan and Kyle, respectively. Though, the series has not shown one being any less intelligent than the other.
- Bishie Sparkle: Tends to manifest when Kyle is pleased with something
- Boss Subtitles: Every character introduction
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Allison, most definitely.
- Maybe Kyle, sometimes. Not nearly as much as Allison.
- Cute Little Fangs: Jeremy sports a pair of these
- Demon Head
- Demoted to Extra: Several characters, most notably Scott, looked like they would have a bigger role when first introduced
- Dramatic Wind: The last panel of Frigid 24, as well as other occasions throughout the Frigid arc.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Eldritch Abomination: Beware the reindeer.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Kyle and Squid Fairy get a massive power-up/gain new skills when they are attacked by King Boreas's receptionist who goes all One-Winged Angel on them.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Squid Fairy!
- Expressive Hair: When excited, Kyle's hair will often curl upwards
- Five-Token Band
- Freudian Trio: Detailed in terms of money here.
- Superego: Ryan
- Ego: Kyle
- Id: Robin
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Chico
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Kyle frequently changes his hair color on a whim.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: This can be problematic for Kyle
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Introducing Fishamelphant
- Mood Whiplash: The month of comics detailing the chronicles of a snail who wishes he could fly is immediately followed up in June by a comic announcing that Robin is leaving the school/main cast.
- Also, a comic poking fun at the strange noises Kyle's dormmate and his girlfriend made when she was visiting is followed up by an RIP comic for his cat, Hank.
- Oddjob Gods: Squid Fairy, who's only power is to grant wishes relating to squids
- Ominous Owl: Of the stuffed variety.
- No Indoor Voice: Robin
- Put on a Bus: Robin
- After strip #118, "Through The Eyes," the WHOLE rest of the cast disappears. The only characters featured are Kyle, Squid Fairy, and the snail. This means that the list of characters currently on the bus is: Robin, Scott, Allison, Jeremy, Chico, Ryan, and Eboney.
- Real Life Writes the Plot
- Sassy Secretary: Roz, the receptionist in "Frigid"
- Skunk Stripe: One of Kyle's more frequent hair styles is one or two of these on his forelocks
- Splash of Color: The comic is done in grayscale save for Kyle's hair color
- Spring Is Late
- Strip Buffer: Happened at the beginning of the comic's run
- Still happens occasionally, depending on the author's life at the time.
- The Cameo: The Snail makes an appearance, apparently living in the apartment Kyle and Squid Fairy share
- Those Two Guys: Kyle and Ryan in earlier strips of the comic
- Unsound Effect: The author prefers them in lieu of real sound effects.
- Weather Dissonance: Welcome to Vermont!
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Kyle has moments of this
- Word Salad Title: There is no moose anywhere in the comic. It is hard to tell if one is imminent, but there has been nothing pointing to that part being true either.
- This may be a Stealth Joke in reference to the many "Moose Crossing" signs that are stationed all over Vermont.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: One of the only colors ever seen in the whole comic is Kyle's frequently changing hair