Webcomic / Listening to 11.975 MHz
Listening to 11.975 MHz
is a Webcomic
started in December 2002 by Ethan Forsythe.
And it's ... really weird
. It's about a girl (whose name is never given within the comic but Word of God
says is Deco Bleu
), and her, um... adventures
in a very surreal dream world.
The comic is filled with obscure references (especially to shortwave radio), and the comics sometimes contain messages to the author's friends. These are incomprehensible to anyone else.
It can be found here
(currently down, but many if not all of the strips can be found on its Tumblr page
In late 2014 the author re-launched the comic as a self published indy comic, "11.975 MHz", which is available via ComiXlogy
for a small fee. The updated version is simultaneously much less and much more surreal than the original, switching the storytelling style to a more traditional comic format while retaining much of the Dadaesque elements.
"Deco and her mother, Pascale, wake up one day to find themselves in "The Archives", a near-infinite warehouse of every known archetypal location in the Multiverse."
This webcomic provides examples of...
- Arc Words: wm
- Art Evolution: As in most webcomics, the art gets better and better as the comic progresses, with a particularly noticeable shift when the shading style changes. Another trend is how Deco seems to be looking younger and younger.
- Badass Cape: This one here.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted like crazy with the Brazilian hippie, aka Fussy Britches. Most pages with her are somewhat NSFW due to nudity.
- Beautiful All Along: The Girl Who Speaks Math (Caboose) is adorable when she takes her super-thick spiral glasses off.
- Big Ball of Violence: here.
- Bilingual Bonus: Averted; while the comic uses a myriad of languages (see below) all of them are apparently nonsense aside from the references, which are always in English.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Multilingual would be more accurate; between Deco's French, Lunchbox's Chinese, Fussy Britches' Portuguese with occasional Italian, whatever the white-haired devil speaks, the English used by signs and assorted one-off characters, and the calculus equations used by Caboose, this trope is present in spades.
- The white-haired devil's speech in at least one strip seems to be Dutch/Flemish. Elsewhere she seems to speak Greek, or at least in Greek letters. Sometimes itís Dutch/Flemish written in Greek.
- And starting here, a floating mouse-like creature (with a distinct resemblance to Pikachu) speaks Catalan.
- Body Horror: Whatever is happening on this page, it's a good thing Deco is turned the other way...
- Can't You Read the Sign?: Of course the signs warning of the deep, deep hole ahead aren't worth noticing. Though neither Deco nor Lunchbox actually speak English, so I suppose it's justifiable.
- Catchphrase: Deco says "Bassoon!" quite a bit at the beginning.
- The phrase "drink Early Times" shows up with fair frequency in later comics. Early Times is a brand of whiskey, by the way.
- Catgirl: Deco, in one comic only, and these one-off characters.
- Cute Mute: Antithesis (Fussy Britches' daughter) has blank speech bubbles.
- Dada Comics: Of which this is a prime example.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The character often called "The Girl Who Speaks Math" is exactly that. Though her real name is Caboose.
- Fanservice: The characters are randomly naked every so often. (Here's an example.)
- Godiva Hair: Deco, in this comic.
- Guest Strip: Only one, by someone named Divine. It makes about as much sense as the rest of the comic, as in none.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: The Brazilian hippie girl who rarely wears pants or underwear and frequently doesn't even button her shirt.
- Large Ham: The TWONKY. A boon to mankind? Or its terrible fate?!
- Meganekko: Deco
- Mindscrew: Almost inverted, it's the parts that near comprehension that are disorienting.
- Mood Whiplash: The comic is cute and whimsical, right? Then you have this, which is pretty damn depressing. Then it's back to cute and whimsical.
- Ms. Fanservice: See Innocent Fanservice Girl above.
- Mushroom Samba: What do you expect from brownies made by a hippie?
- Shout-Out: Lots and lots, particularly to old video games such as Pac-Man (Deco's headband has the game's titular character and a ghost, not to mention this), Zork (when Deco and Lun Che Box fall into a pit, the opening text is in the background), and plenty to Super Mario Bros.. There are also excerpts from The Idiot at Home by John Kendrick Bangs every once in a while, and one comic has the last few lines from Tennyson's Sir Galahad.
- Talkative Loon: Nearly all characters gives off this impression.
- Sistine Steal: Tag!
- The Unintelligible: EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. But especially Deco herself, the Anime Chinese Girl Lunchbox, and Caboose.
- Unsound Effect: Many of the "sound effects" are things like celebrity names. Actually, none of them are real sounds...
- Wholesome Crossdresser: One-off character Sinbios
- Widget Series: Ohhhh yeah.
- The comic's host site is also pretty weird.
- Wrench Wench: Caboose.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Deco's hair, though it can only be seen in the colored pages, is bright blue.
- Word of God: The characters' names have recently been clarified. For reference, Deco is still Deco, "Lun Che Box" is just Lunchbox, "Fuzzy Pants" is Fussy Britches (her daughter is Antithesis), "The Girl who Speaks Math" is Caboose, and finally, the succubus/minister who shows up from time to time is named Elsepeth.