Beefer steals the spotlight from Keiki and Andrea...again
There are a lot of crazy people you think wouldn't live in Hawaii, but probably do.
-Peter Paltridge, Platypus Comix Official Collection 4: The Secrets of George Lucas's Fortress of Solitude
Peter Paltridge, the host of Platypus Comix
, created Keiki
in 2002. The comic features various grade-school age children living in Honolulu, Hawaii, such as Badbutt
Beefer Kekoalauliilnapalihauliuliokekoolau, Token Evil Teammate
Ivan, Too Clever by Half
Keiki Kikilaka (named after the Hawaiian word for "child"
), and Cloud Cuckoolander
Andrea. The series avoids portraying Hawaii as an island paradise, through its eccentric cast and outrageous occurrences. Paltridge initially wanted this comic to represent the "real" Hawaii, but it seems to have drifted farther and farther away from that premise.
In February 2013, Peter Paltridge announced
that the final Keiki
comic will come in 2015, at the latest.
This comic provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc: "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic" began in December 2002, then received a new chapter each December for the next several years. However, it hasn't received a new chapter since 2007. Word of God says there was never a plan for a story (only the first two parts really had anything to do with Christmas) and the previous parts didn't get many hits.
- Adults Are Useless: The main reason Beefer and Ivan turned out so ill-behaved. Specifically, Beefer's mother seems rather gullible, and Ivan's mother seems rather neglective.
- Alliterative Name: Keiki Kikilaka, Marie Magnolia (Ivan's mother and owner of a local restaurant), Tawny Twangstern (a Southern girl who has become the object of Beefer's crush)
- All Just a Dream: Any comic in which wheelchair-bound Amara becomes popular. The dreamer even sees this trope coming a page in advance during one of the instances.
- Artistic License – History: In "Take Your Keiki To Work Day," Keiki and her older sister, Queenie Waheenie, watch a documentary about Hawaii which teaches that the islands were formed from one of Pele's eggs, portrays King Kamehameha has a dragon, and boasts that Queen Liliuokalani willingly gave Hawaii to America after Americans saved the day and banished Tiki gods to the Phantom Zone.
Keiki: Wow, what a load of...
Well, some of it's true...I read it on Wikipedia
- Art Shift:
- The drawings of Beefer's futuristic vision in "Academia Nuts" all appear to be taken from an old, realistic, full-color comic book.
- The chase scene in "Deathburger in Paradise" is drawn as crude doodles due to budget constrictions.
- Batman Gambit: During the Student Body President election in "Total Recall," one candidate assumes the alias of "Candidate X," and gains support through advertisements that leave an intriguingly mysterious impression on the other students. Eventually, Candidate X wins the election in a landslide, allowing Keiki to reassume authority over the student body.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Haole Berry", Beefer exclaims that his life would probably go better if he became rich. Mulberry Sharona helps him learn otherwise.
- Bears Are Bad News: Subverted in "Total Recall."
- Big Red Button: "Take Your Keiki To Work Day" shows one in one of the subplots. Apparently, if someone forgets to push it every 108 minutes, Hawaii will explode.
- Bland-Name Product: That Guy With the Prematurely Receding Hairline, the website hosting Beefer's review series "The Angry Beefer," and several other shows hosted by No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of TGWTG personalities.
- Breakout Character:
- If not for the fact the title of the series hasn't changed, one might think Beefer displaced Keiki as the main character, since he's had several days in the limelight. Also, he was the only Keiki character to show up in the Platypus Comix Tenth Anniversary Ensemble. (Most of the other series were represented by at least two characters)
- The E-Venge spokesoman from "E-Venge of the Nerd," Vess MacMeal, went on to appear in some of Peter's other works (albeit with a different character design). These include the one-off comic "Vess MacMeal Starring in: The More You Know!", a Q&A column, Ask Vess Anything, in BANG! The Entertainment Paper, and some fake small-business advertisements in BANG!
- Canon Sue: Invoked; since Keiki is the most refined character in the comic, Queenie once called her a Mary Sue.
Norbit: I HAVE A BAD VIDEO OF YOU TOO!
Keiki: That's a lie. You don't have anything.
Norbit: I do too! I have a video of you, um, doing, um...
Keiki: You don't have anything because I haven't done anything! Now quit bluffing!
- Cassandra Truth: The nerdy things that Darcy did in "Beefer Madness" (such as rambling about DC Comics) caused Beefer to initially disbelieve that she's a vampire.
- Chekhov's Gag:
- Continuity Nod: After (almost) no one gets what they asked for on Christmas in the first part of "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic", Beefer exclaims, "If only Johnny McRotten were back in power!" One of Peter's abandoned series, Guava Guava, had a comic in which Santa Claus' new rival, Johnny McRotten, rewarded people who misbehave.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Beefer tries to play hooky in "Beefer Madness," but finds all the television channels playing tributes to Jerry Lewis.
- Cool Chair: In "Freewheeling," hovering chairs become the hottest new children's trend.
- Crossover: Happens briefly but semi-frequently in the old comics. Stitch's cameo in "Academia Nuts" is a notable example since Peter has acknowledged his movie's trailer as an inspiration for Keiki's tone.
- Cursed with Awesome: "Twilight Princess" saw Darcy return to Hawaii during a surge of popular vampire-related romance books and movies, and gain instant popularity after revealing that she's a vampire. Eventually, she starts finding this condition less awesome after questioning the possibility her new friends like her for what she is instead of who she is. After witnessing celebrities confess themselves to be vampires simply to gain publicity, she finally rants about the negative repercussions.
- Cute Monster Girl: Darcy, such that Beefer even asks her out in "Twilight Princess"
- Date My Avatar: The Valentine's Day Episode "Love Stinks (Yeah Yeah)" has Ivan court a "Cassandra Catfish" over the Internet. He eventually discovers that Cassandra has claimed several other men as her boyfriends. The news then expose her as not a high school cheerleader who resembles Emmy Rossum, but Taylor Swift with a fake name and profile picture.
- Enforced Plug: Beefer gives one in "Beefer Madness."
- Everyone Join The Party: As Keiki chases a vote thief in "Total Recall."
- Fake-Out Opening: "Freewheeling" has one.
- First Name Basis: The kids address Ivan's mother by her first name, Marie.
- From Bad to Worse: "Beefer in the Time of Cholera" starts with Oahu becoming a Crapsack World during the 2009 recession and eventually shows global warming flooding the island, sparing only Keiki, Queenie, Beefer, Andrea, Ivan, and Tawny. Fortunately, Amara finds all of them (apparently, her wheelchair can float) and takes them all to Oahu's last piece of dry land. Unfortunately, a volcano erupts not long after the group reaches the land, but Amara manages to restore status quo by realizing the comic was All Just a Dream.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: After Andrea receives an infinite number of December wishes in "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic", she decides to make her first wish involves turning back time to December 1st.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Beefer and Ivan
- Hypocritical Humor: "The Angry Beefer" includes some examples during Beefer's review of Barbie In A Mermaid Tale.
Who says "slam you?" Seriously, how froggy
can dis ting get?
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: After "Edison Day" replaces St. Patrick's Day in "The Wrath of the Irish," two robots, named "Magi-Bot" and "Happyrobo," duel over the role of Edison Day's mythical gift-giver.
- Informed Attractiveness: Peter wrote the following about Marie in the bios:
Marie is one of those beautiful Hawaiian girls you hear about but rarely actually see there. (Beauty is hard to pull off using this drawing style, so just take my word for it).
- Intoxication Ensues: After Keiki drinks Beefer's Super Brain Drink in "Academia Nuts," she engages in several destructive activities, none of which she has any memory of.
- Invisible Parents: Keiki's and Queenie's parents have yet to appear in a comic. Beefer's mom only appears from the neck down, and his father only appears offscreen. Andrea's father has only made one appearance, which probably isn't canonical. The only parent who has made a sufficient number of appearances is Ivan's mother (she's also the only adult with a full bio).
- Ironic Nickname: The Stereotyped Smart Kid only had a C average. He gave up his title after Keiki than him or anyone else in Hawaii.
- Karmic Jackpot: "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic" sets into motion when Santa Claus gives Andrea an infinite number of wishes for the rest of December as reward for becoming the only person on Oahu to do good that year.
- Killed Off for Real: Miss Munupi in part six of "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic". The permanence is confirmed in "Deathburger in Paradise".
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Read "Twilight Princess" before "Beefer Madness", and you'll know right away that Darcy is actually a vampire.
- Reading the archive's synopsis of "Twilight Princess" also spoils this.
- Let There Be Snow: Andrea's Christmas wish in "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic Part 1". Unlike the others' wishes, hers actually comes true.
- Milestone Celebration: Averted in the first panel of "Lady Marmalade."
- Nightmare Fuel: Explored in-universe in "Queenie's Kindertrauma." The comic reveals one source of Nightmare Fuel for Queenie: The gruesome animated movie The Miserable Bunnies, which many parents of the '80s apparently rented for their children.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Word of God says reporter Natali Marmalade was inspired by Portland television reporter Natali Marmion.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Michelle Rodriguez, who became the new fifth-grade teacher after Miss Munupi's death, is drawn more realistically than the main characters. This also happens to some guest stars.
- Her design became simplified in 2013, after Keiki became a lower priority for Peter than the rest of Platypus Comix and BANG! The Entertainment Paper.
- Out of Focus: This struck Keiki so hard, she didn't make any appearances in the year 2011. Her bio even says her status as the main character is, "debatable."
- Pop Culture Pun Episode Title: Too many examples to list here.
- Production Foreshadowing: "Haole Berry" has a scene where Beefer throws rocks at Winnie Goodwin, Jessie Harper, and Gene Harper, three of the stars of Free Spirit. He admits to Keiki that he doesn't know who any of them are, but has an inexplicable hatred for them.note
- Recursive Canon: The Facebook page of Ivan's "girlfriend" in "Love Stinks (Yeah Yeah)" says that her Likes include Once Upon a Time, Once upon a time, and Platypus Comix.
- Skintone Sclerae
- Spin-Off: Scary News with Natali Marmalade, included in Platypus Comix's sister site For Portlanders Only.
- Spiritual Successor: A Hawaiian vacation Peter once took inspired him to try and make a comic about crazy occurrences in an island community. One of his first attempts was Cocktails and Dreams, which only lasted three issues. Peter's discontent with this comic led him to try and make one set in Hawaii itself.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Peter has admitted that Keiki Kikilaka's status as the main character is "debatable," since the comics focus more often on several of her classmates.
- Stylistic Suck: Word of God said "The Angry Beefer" contains so many examples, Peter managed to complete the first nine pages in only two days.
- Surrounded by Idiots: In "Academia Nuts," after Keiki scores higher on a standardized test than anyone else in Hawaii, she begins contemplating the possibility that everyone else is dumber than her. Marie and Andrea fail to alleviate her concerns.
- Think of the Children!: "Grandiose Thievery of Automobiles" examines the need to shield youth from graphic content.
- Third-Person Person: Beefer
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Andrea and her two older brothers.
- Unexplained Recovery: Queenie dies in the hastily-drawn-and-written climax to "Deathburger in Paradise," but reappears in the next comic, which is drawn entirely in Peter's typical style.
- Verbal Tic: Beefer's tendency to end sentencies with "brah".
- Waxing Lyrical: Beefer quotes The Monkees' "I'm a Believer" in "Love Stinks (Yeah Yeah)".
- Written-In Absence: After Keiki and Beefer acknowledge Andrea's absence in "Wrath of the Irish," the story cuts to her and her brothers visiting Neverland.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Beefer becomes director of the school play in "Christmas Carol II: This Time, It's Seriously Personal!" and goes out of his way to make sure the school doesn't produce another retelling of the old tale.
- You Can Panic Now: Several of Natali Marmalade's news reports, in both Keiki and Scary News with Natali Marmalade, exaggerate the risk factors of everything from casual video games to babies◊ to playing outside. The issue "Lady Marmalade" detailed Beefer's attempts to end these reports.
- You Mean X Mas: Ms. Munupi made her students celebrate "Sparkle Day" in the first part of "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic". One of them accidentally provoked her to refer to Christmas by its actual name, prompting some police to arrest her.