Webcomic / Las Lindas

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The main cast from left to right: Sarah, Randal, Taffy, Rachael, Idward, Minos, Miles, Mora, and Digit.

A long-running furry webcomic drawn by Chalosan and written by SoulKat. And that ID_Fox guy.

The story is a Slice of Life that revolves around Mora Linda, who inherits her family's farmland after the death of her mother Diana. At first attempting to manage the farm on her own, she quickly realizes that she will need help, and goes out to recruit some more workers. Things are complicated when an old rival shows up and tries to run Mora out of business.

The comic can be found on The Katbox, which hosts this comic here, along with The Eye of Ramalach, Caribbean Blue, and Anthronauts. The main comic, as well as some of the side comics and supplemental material, contains occasional NSFW material.

Generally updates on a week with the main comic and one bonus comic, but tends to slip due to the usual hassles of life.


Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: In Taffy's backstory, her mother beats her for getting her hair dyed.
  • Animal Stereotypes: In one page, Sarah mentions she hates water because she's a cat.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Tootsie finally forces herself to tell Alej that she loves her.
  • April Fools' Day: Every year since the comic's inception, they've had a joke comic on this day. In fact, the very first joke comic was considered a real comic for so long, it eventually had to be labeled an April Fools' comic just to clear up the confusion.
  • Alcohol Hic: Mora and Patches sit down and proceed to imbibe
  • Artistic License Law: Mora forces Miles to work on her farm by posing as a prostitute, luring him home and beating him unconscious with a frying pan. She tells him that since he thought she was a hooker, if she tells the police, he'd go to prison. When sex is solicited illegally, both parties are culpable- IF they lose their trials. Also: this is enticement, assault-and-battery, extortion, and enslavement - plus perjury if she were to get caught in any lies. To be fair, she was probably bluffing.
  • Armed with Canon: It's a little more subtle than most canon fights, but there's some pulling and tugging behind the scenes, as ID, SoulKat, and Chalo all have rather different ideas for where the comic should go. SoulKat usually pulls the most Executive Meddling and takes away ID's canon ammo, but since Chalo's the artist he can usually get the last laugh just by drawing it the way he wants it to go.
  • Art Evolution: Chalo's art has improved in practically every area since the strip's beginnings. Naturally folks argue about whether any given arc has a dip in quality.
  • Ascended Extra: Idward was originally meant to be a one-shot character used purely for comic relief. However, he was later reinstated into the comic during the Harvest Festival arc, and eventually became a main character.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Sage Freehaven. It all started when he won a cameo contest. Fast forward to the present day, and he had what amounts to an entire arc of "Breasts Are the Best" dedicated to beautiful girls fighting over him. He is currently the canon love interest of Tila Sunrise.
  • Attempted Rape: Mora is assaulted by a group of workers in one of the earliest installments of the comic. They get as far as removing her top... and then Minos shows up.
  • Author Avatar: Miles and Idward are avatars of SoulKat and ID_Fox, respectively. Chalo has also drawn himself within the comic, but only as a Creator Cameo.
  • Berserk Button:
    • People who make Sarah when Rachael is around end up with serious trouble on their hands.
  • Bowdlerise: The pages "Nice Smell" and "Clothes" originally featured Geckuu going full nips. But it was eventually edited to have leaves and hair cover them.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In one panel, Sarah questions what other people Ambar's story will inform. Ambar replies with "oh, everyone!" and smiles over her shoulder, looking directly out of the panel. Maybe not so much breaking it as using one of those diamond-tipped circle cutting whatchamadads to stealthily cut a hole through it.
  • Break the Haughty: At one point in Learning Curves, Vixy crashes a party hosted at Davin's place, talks trash about his "quarterback slut" girlfriends, and states her plans to seduce him. His girlfriends respond appropriately. To say nothing of Alej's "wardrobe malfunction".
  • The Bus Came Back: Idward had a conversation with Sarah in late 2010... and then vanished utterly until July 2014. He was hiding in the basement.
  • Butt Monkey: Amusingly, despite his Author Avatar status, Miles tends to be the character who gets comically injured the most. And if you're curious why, this Elf Only Inn comic provides some insight.
  • The Cameo: Several forumites have had cameos in Las Lindas and its bonus arcs; the forum runs cameo contests from time to time that allows for someone to win a cameo in the comic of their choice by producing an edit of an existing strip that most amuses the comic's creators. The winners so far are:
    • Guno (Winner #1; the girl leading Miles off)
    • Zarmir (Winner #2; the bartender)
    • Sage Freehaven (Winner #3; the merchant)
    • Dingo (Winner #4; the guy behind the register)
    • Fyxe (Winner #5; the girl with breasts that are huge even for Las Lindas)
    • Bad x Ash (Winner #6; his cameo has not yet happened)
    • Greycat R. (Winner #7; the guy resembling Idward in the first frame)
      • Uber-popular furry artist Jessica Elwood's fursona has also made several cameo appearances, mainly because she's a close friend of Chalo.
  • Canon Welding: Chalo has fully incorporated Kate and the other characters from his Crest saga, which he began in 2002, into the Las Lindas since it started in 2004.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Miles' "CRIPES!" whenever he's on the butt end of a joke or otherwise gets hurt. This reaches a new level of hilarity when this word is his reaction to WALKING OFF THE EDGE OF A CLIFF.
    • There's also Taffy's adorably flustered cry of, "Oh, raspberries!"
    • SK seems to be trying to turn "awesome" into Miles' new word in an attempt to get everyone to realize how "awesome" he believes Miles to be. Instead he's just making Miles sound like Michael Bay.
      • And now his thing seems to be calling every girl he talks to "babe". This has proven to be even more grating to most than his "awesome" phase.
  • Character Focus: Each of the bonus comics focus on one or two of the characters in the main comic, while the main comic features arcs that focus on certain characters at certain points in the story.
  • Crossover: The comic occasionally has small non-canon sideplots with the other Katbox comics, usually around certain holidays (especially Halloween).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Many character's pasts sucked to some degree, but Minos gets special mention since he used to work for the Big Bad of the universe.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Tootsie Roswell qualifies for this, having gray fur and blond hair.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Ambar has traits of this, with brown fur and red hair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Miles, Mora and Rachael do this now and then. Alejandra comes a little closer since she spends most of her time deadpan, and only rarely lets her temper get the better of her.
  • The Primes as a whole mildly deconstruct the concept of "anthro races". In most media with anthros, they tend to be almost identical, or at least very similar, to humans. The Primes, on the other hand, have their own unique history, culture, beliefs, political system, etc.
  • Determinator: The Emperor. He chased the Primes (the anthro animals of the comic) all the way to Earth simply because they left his iron-fisted rule.
  • Deus ex Machina:
  • Minos had a big problem with this as well, having a tendency to show up and resolve any situations with either a Megaton Punch or solemnly-delivered "wisdom".
    • The plane is a plot element that came right out of nowhere to magically end Miles' troubles, letting him keep his horrible attitude and not learn anything, and—judging by the dialogue—convincing everyone else in the cast that he's AWESOME. While Minos has to be made less wise and Ambar has to stop showing up in the main comic altogether to prevent more Deus Ex Machina from happening.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Miles was unable to figure out Mora's true intentions of making him work for her in the beginning of the comic due to her flaunting her sex appeal at him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Alejandra is about to start construction near the Las Lindas farm, she actually stops at the last moment after learning the starting point was actually Diana's grave. Needless to say, the executives that she works with questioned her decision until she pointed that very fact out.
  • Evil Redhead: Din turns into this when she and Jin trick Sarah into nearly killing Digit.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: See Meaningful Name
  • Expy: By Chalo's own admission, the main girls. Chalo once stated on the forum that Mora, Taffy, Rachael and Sarah are directly modeled, in behaviour and character type (and in Rachael's case, design), after Love Hina characters Naru, Mutsumi, Motoko and Kaolla.
  • The Fair Folk: Din and Jin fit this perfectly.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Cocoa gets engaged after only three months of dating.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: The forums have a section where readers can ask questions to the cast. They can actually be quite informative (and funny) sometimes.
    • It's through this forum that Ambar gained a good amount of her popularity with the strip's fans; since she appears only rarely in the actual comic, the forum gave the Katbox Krew the chance to use her as a way to answer questions about Neo Earth and the Primes, as well as questions about Ambar herself.
  • Furry Confusion: "I'm not a cow!" To say nothing of the fact that Alejandra, who for all intents and purposes looks like a cow, runs a dairy factory.
    • Went over a bit here in The Rant. Chalo points out that the Primes, being foreign to Earth, aren't related to wildlife. Still a bit jarring to see a anthromorphic antelope around your standard Earth antelope.
  • A God Am I:
    • Idward gets a little carried away and declares this on his island sojourn. Hilarity or injuries would've been sure to ensue if the bonus comic this trope happened in hadn't been canceled. However, it seems the comic is still canon, as the further events that would have happened are explained in the main comic.
    • The Emperor, who in the duration of its career killed several gods.
  • Hime Cut: Rachael, as part of her Expy package. Her background also contributes to this, as she actually comes from a very high-class family.
  • Hot for Student: Bonus comic "Learning Curves" features a relationship between college teacher Sammy and college student Toby.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Digit: Oh get real... flying magical nymphs? And we're going to get their secrets from a game manual? That's too weird to be real.
    Sarah: And you're a flying white ghosty thing who lives in a gem and is powered by love.
    • To be fair, Digit is technology that only appears supernatural.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Miles, after seemingly realizing how badly he's screwed up his own life, apparently decides once again that he doesn't need to change anything about his less-than-admirable lifestyle or his toxic personality, the world needs to start changing for him because he's so perfect and awesome. That's right, folks - after that sappy faux Nice Guy speech about "changing for the better" at the end of the Mall arc, he clearly states that he's the same Jerk Ass he's always been and that he intends to keep being this way.
    • Earlier, we had Alej during the climax of the Harvest Festival arc. Her response to Mora saying she never wanted their rivalry and that she genuinely wants to be friends with her again? Rant and rave about the "injustice" of the situation and how her factory is the best thing ever. Karma quickly bites her.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Mora seduces Miles in the beginning of the comic and eventually makes him a worker at her farm.
  • Implacable Man: The Emperor is implied to have been one in the backstory. Even with the power of the Crests, it still took the direct intervention of a god to stop him from destroying everything, and even then there was considerable collateral damage to clean up.
  • Interspecies Romance: It's pretty common actually. Idward who's a fox, has had this with Mora who's a cow, and Miles who's a cat has had this with Taffy who's a rabbit.
    • And now Randal, a border collie, with Taffy.
  • In Vino Veritas: In BB, Taffy manifests a completely different persona while drunk, and calls herself Ria.
  • It's All About Me: This is how Miles' mind works.
  • Jailbait: Sarah, lampshaded by Mora here.
    "How can she look like that and be so innocent?"
  • Karma Houdini: Din and Jin manipulate Sarah into almost killing Digit and send Miles into a trancelike state that results in him falling off a cliff, and their actions by extension cause a sizeable amount of fire-related damage to the farm and lead to Rachael almost drowning. With absolutely no repercussions.
  • Mora has done a number of things she's never been punished or even faced with the threat of punishment for since the beginning when she seduced, assaulted and blackmailed Miles.
  • Lampshade Hanging: This exchange from Breasts Are The Best.
    Ailana: How do you tan with white fur all over you?
    Vixy: Very carefully.
  • Lethal Chef: To say Randal tends to overspice his cooking would be a pretty big understatement.
  • Mood Whip Lash: It's a proven fact that Miles getting hurt is a great way to alleviate stress from the darker moments.
  • Moral Dissonance: Miles personifies this trope. He demands the world's respect and gives none in return.
  • Nanomachines: Nano-zells, which are what Digit and the other Resident Spirits are made of.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Played mostly straight. While Primes and Humans can have children together, it's apparently not very easy, making "hybrids" fairly rare.
    • This also applies between different Prime species, with any possible hybrids having only superficial physical distinctions (eg. Joy from the Knighthood side-comic).
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Averted since despite looking like a lizard Geechu explains in 'Ask the High Prime' that she is a mammal like all Primes, and then proceeds to 'prove it'.
  • Not a Date: Randall and Taffy insist they aren't going on a date together... and admit they are on the next page
  • Not Blood Siblings: Mora and Randal have a pretend wedding in the now-defunct bonus comic "Simpler Times".
    • Also Sarah and Rachael, who actually refer to each other as "sis".
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Din and Jin definitely qualify after tricking Sarah into thinking they were kindly wish-granting fairies and convincing her to help them nearly kill Digit and destroy the farm. On top of this, only three of the characters even know they exist, everyone Digit told about them thought she was making stuff up, and Idward never suspected they were capable of doing what they did.
  • Oh, Crap!: Din and Jin, upon being cornered by Digit.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Din and Jin never refer to anyone by their real names, instead using nicknames (i.e. "The Golem" for Minos and "The Great Artist" for Idward).
    • Taffy's real name is Ria.
    • Tiggs real name is Traci Biggs. Apparently, she doesn't seem to be able to make the connection.
  • Only Six Faces: The faces of most of the characters tend to gravitate towards "cat" regardless of what species the creature in question is actually supposed to be.
  • Orphaned Series: Several bonus arcs have been cancelled since they became a fixture of the comic's schedule; this was done partially to lighten artist Chalosan's workload, and partially because the cancelled arcs just weren't pulling in donations.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Mora visits Alej on Tootsie's request to try and make peace with her before she destroys herself. It seemed to be going well, until Mora sticks her foot in her mouth when she WRONGFULLY assumed the reason why Alej hated her was over a high school crush years ago and that she's willing to forgive the trivial spat. Alej got so angry at the assumption she SNAPPED HER SHOTGUN IN TWO with her bare hands.
  • Really Gets Around: Geecku, who was once stated to have had sex with well over 4,000 guys.
    • Actually, Geecku did it with 3273 guys according to this comic (though it certainly wouldn't be surprising if she's broken 4000 by now, since we have no idea how long ago that was).
  • Really 700 Years Old: The Crests are all far older than they look, though exactly how old is uncertain.
    • Also Minos and Ambar.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Discussed between NZ Spirits and their creators. A warp spirit is born from a creator who thinks in details and has a strong analytical mind. A sacred spirit is born from a compassionate creator with a strong heart.
  • Retcon:
    • Rachael had once stated she went to high school, which contradicts the fact that she and Sarah grew up on the streets, thus Lost Kittens was made to show that she lied.
    • Tootsie was retconned into being straight.
    • Angel is now a former severe meth addict who was saved from the gutter and placed into college by Davin within about a year.
  • Right Behind Me: After successfully sneaking back to the farm after a secret day on the town, Miles and Rachael promise to keep it a secret from Mora...only for Mora to pop up behind them
  • Running Gag: Early comics would often have characters eating mint ice cream, as an in-joke to SoulKat hating the flavor.
  • Rachael is modeled almost completely, in design and character, after Motoko Aoyama from Love Hina.
  • Backgrounds in several strips during the Mall Arc featured images of characters from two of the other Katbox comics.
  • To My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Sarah describing a terrible sorceress can easily be compared to a similar character describing (or singing about) a certain Evil Enchantress.
459CA600* Skunk Stripe: Alejandra's hair color.
  • Start of Darkness:
    • "Learning Curves", which shows how Miles went from a (more or less) decent guy to the bitter, womanizing cynic he is today.
    • "Building An Empire" shows how Alej became the...morally grey business tycoon she is in the main comic.
  • Tabletop Games: The bonus comic "Dungeons and Dames" is all about a gaming group Taffy joins, featuring a Dungeons & Dragons expy. Includes further examples of:
  • Total Party Kill: This happens in the very first strip, as Taffy - new to her group - and the rest of her party meet with a dire fate that causes their GM to restart their adventure.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Following their game's restart, all of the characters meet at The Sunrise Guild, an inn/tavern run by Tila Sunrise.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Page 273, which is basically an entire page of Tiare calling Miles out on all the crap he's pulled.
    Tiare: Okay, my turn to talk. You Suck. Your turn.
  • True Companions: Yes, there's quite a few kinks to sort out (especially between Mora and Rachael), but ultimately the farm staff count.
  • Tsundere: Despite SoulKat bearing a hatred of the very word to this day, even going as far as wordfiltering it on the forum to prevent further use of it, Rachael is being steadily Flanderized into a textbook example. When this was pointed out to ID {who once stated Rachael is "not, not, NOT tsundere, and [he] will facestab the next person who says she is!"}, he said he couldn't really argue with the classification anymore since Chalo and SoulKat have seemingly decided to write her as one. Apparently, Rachael punched Miles when he said he respected her.
  • Unknown Rival: Alej. Don't tell her that to her face, though.
    • In a similar vein, while Las Lindas and Alej's dairy farm empire are directly competing with each other, neither Taffy nor Tootsie are aware of who the other's boss is. This is why they're able to play the Dungeons & Dragons expy together in "Dungeons and Dames".
      • Of course, since it's Taffy and Tootsie, it's unlikely they'd care even if they did know.
      • They do know, from a Funny Background Event here. It's quite adorable. And they also don't seem to care - after figuring out who they each work for, Tootsie's first question seems to be if they're still on for D&D. They are.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Both Miles and Mora have been called out on their Jerk Ass tendencies by Minos and Rachael, respectively. Later, Tiare calls Miles out as well.
    • And while Mora got to call Rachael out on one of her own tendencies of that variety, apparently only Minos is allowed to call Minos out on stuff.
  • World of Buxom: You can count the number of women in this webcomic that don't have tits the size of basketballs on a single hand. That's how buxom they all are.

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