La Mouette Noire ("Black Seagull" in French) is a comic series rendered in 3D by an artist going by the online name "eyeteeth". It follows the adventures of the eponymous character, a StripperificPirate Girl who's also the heroine of a (fictional) video game.Mara de Oiseau, or "Mara" (as she is known to close friends), had just turned 18, and decides that she wants to follow in her mother's footsteps as a swashbuckling pirate. Along with her first mate, Isabella ("Easy"), Mara begins her adventures, while being fully aware that she's in a video game.A charm of the series (aside from the highly NSFW content, according to your mileage) is the amount of lampshading regarding just about every video game trope there is out there. It's also way on the Silly end in the Sliding Scaleof Silliness Versus Seriousness.Six issues of the series have been released, and the seventh is being updated weekly for subscribers. The first two issues can be read for free at eyeteeth's Yahoo! Group and Tumblr. Previews, concept art and other information not found in the series are over at the deviantART page.
Critical Existence Failure. Played with. While most of the time Mara can act as if nothing is wrong even when her Life Meter becomes low, with just a wee bit left, she was unable to escape Lady Faucon.
Death Trap: Sarena gets killed by many such traps.
Erotic Asphyxiation: Played with. To the audience, it looks like this trope. To Mara, she was being choked to death by an enemy.
Everyone Is Bi: At least, Mara thinks so. Cue her surprise when an enemy mermaid turns out to be straight, and guessing her orientation wrongly turned out to be the mermaid's Berserk Button.
Fate Worse Than Death: Esmelle was beheaded and her body trapped in the figurehead of Brule's ship, preventing her ghost from passing into the next life.
Final Death: For players like Mara and Sarena, losing all their lives will result in this.
Fridge Logic: In-universe example. Mara wonders how her mother could accumulate so many lives despite her many deaths due to traps, when she herself find it impossible to keep even the one life that she found.
Foreshadowing: The cover of Issue 5 hinted at how Mara lost a life in the issue.
Idealized Sex: The series runs on it. Helps that the cast are all video game characters. And that as 3D models with off-the-shelf geometry, the female characters' bathing suit areas are a little lacking in detail.
My Rules Are Not Your Rules: The natives of Thong Atoll are supposed to kill anyone who sets foot on the atoll in anything more than a thong. They will enforce the rule strictly if said person is a player. Mara lost a life because she wore her headband in addition to the thong. For non-players, apparently a fine will suffice.
Naked People Are Funny: No, they are not in this series. No one cares if any character is seen running around naked.
It must be mentioned that Mara was surprised when she was relieved of her fancy dress in Issue 4. All three times.
Never a Self-Made Woman: Mostly averted. Sarena and Esmelle became pirate queens on their own merits. Lady Faucon has the credentials to be Blackbeard's first mate. Mara invokes this trope in that she relies on her mother's fame for most of the respect she gets from others.
Parental Incest: eyeteeth was so amused by a fan suggesting that Mara and Sarena should be together (without realising that they are related) that he drew a one-shot depicting Easy suggesting the idea to Mara. Mara was horrified by the thought.
Pirate: Mara sees herself as type 2. Blackbeard is a clear type 1.
Unreliable Narrator: Mara was told that Sarena died her Final Death as part of her execution by the Cerulean Armada. However, Mara knew for a fact that her mother's Final Death came from a fight with Lady Faucon. The narrator is Tethys, who is somehow involved in Sarena's Final Death.
Up to Eleven: Let's just say that the amount of sex and gore in the series will not be seen in a mainstream videogame anytime soon. It's all Playedfor Laughs though.
Video Game Lives: Both Mara and Sarena have them. While the highest number Mara has been spotted with is 3 (at the beginning of the series), Sarena has been seen with 27.