Webcomic: Least I Could Do
One of the three webcomics from the creative team of Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza (the others being Looking for Group
and The Gutters
). The award-winning Least I Could Do
is mainly a gag-based comic strip (although every month it features a Story Arc
or two that last about a week) about the misadventures of a group of longtime 20-something geek friends living in the city. The stories mainly revolve around sex, love, modern life and all things geeky from Star Wars
to Star Trek
to Lord of the Rings
to comic books
to video games and back again.
The main character is the incredibly promiscuous Rayne, who, if you were to judge lecherousness on a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest a human could possibly be, would probably hit somewhere around a twenty-three
. Throw in a lot of Idiot Hero
, a few dashes of Man Child
(with a few hints of Psychopathic Manchild
), and a lot of Jerk Ass
and you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Rayne, although there are many occasions where he shows greater depths behind the intentionally and unapologetically shallow face he presents to the world.
The rest of the main cast consists of:
- Issa, one of the few women to ever refuse Rayne's advances (and who has done so since at least their teens) or that Rayne has expressed deeper feelings for, and perhaps the closest thing he has to a confidante. (For example, she knows about some heartbreaks a young Rayne went through that no one else does). Can be a voice of reason, although she's not above joining in on the antics of the others or using her sex appeal to manipulate Rayne. Has been a neglected character in recent years.
- John, Rayne's oldest friend and a near polar opposite in views of love and dating. He serves as Rayne's most direct foil, but just as Rayne's commitment phobia is examined, so are John's issues with emotional neediness and his determination to find a wife or see anyone who comes along as a potential long-term relationship, regardless of their suitability for that.
- Noel, a Deadpan Snarker who tends to fall somewhere between Rayne and John in views on life and dating. Although added onto the strip several years into its run, he long supplanted John's role as Rayne's foil while also becoming Rayne's primary wingman.
- Mick, the overweight, tech-savvy and good-natured friend who has the misfortune of being Rayne's punching bag. He is perhaps the most socially awkward of the group, but although Mick's inability to pick up women has frequently been a source of jokes, he nonetheless has had the best luck in healthy and committed relationships.
Sohmer had tried to get a LICD cartoon pilot
off the ground. He asked $75,000 (half the projected budget, with him footing the other half) from his fans; by the projected deadline, around 1,200 backers had donated well over $100,000.
The pilot can be found on youtube, albeit unofficially. You can also buy the video on the official iPod/Android app. No word yet on if it's been picked up, however.
You can find the comic at http://www.leasticoulddo.com/
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