Webcomic / Love Me Nice
Love Me Nice
is a webcomic by Amanda Lafrenais. The story takes place in a world where toons are real and are actors in cartoons. The story focuses on Mac T. Monkey Jr., who is following in his father's footsteps by starring in Mac Sr.'s old show, as well as his co-star, Carolina, and his manager, Claire.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Art Evolution: Really fast, too. The comic takes ten to twelve pages to settle into a consistent style, and by that point the look is almost completely unrecognizable from the first page. Carolina specifically takes a little longer, but same deal otherwise.
- Big Brother Instinct: Jackson to Carolina, despite being 6 months younger.
- Blatant Lies: Carolina claims she got the boob job because Mac said they'd make her look more mature so that she'd be taken seriously; while Mac did say words which could be rearranged to make this statement, saying they were "advice" is taking some pretty grievous liberties with them (she actually did it because she was crushing on Mac at the time and wanted to get his attention).
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Carolina, despite the comic having very little to do with her actual home life.
- Buxom Is Better: Debbie, Claire and Cassidy. Carolina tries to invoke to get Mac Jr.'s attention but has them repeatedly bound down for the sake of the show.
- Inverted in Claire's case, she couldn't get a job on-screen because of her figure.
- Chaste Toons: Averted and shown in-universe with the Monkey family but invoked for the show. Also why Mac and Claire can't get together in public.
- Contractual Purity: In-Universe. Several of the characters (especially everyone involved in the Show Within a Show and most of Mac's relatives) have to maintain a squeaky clean image to protect the kiddy-friendly Mac T. Monkey brand.
- The Cutie: Carolina has this as a job. Kelly as well.
- The Ditz: Carolina.
- Dogfaces: Carolina and Claire's father look like this, being basically toon-human apart from the ears and nose.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Fran is attempting to make Elegant Toon Lolita take off as a fashion trend. So far, no dice — it probably doesn't help that A) she's human, B) she's trying to spread this through her work as the frontwoman for Kelly's band, and C) said band is not exactly making the Top 100 lists.
- Executive Meddling: In-Universe almost everything regarding Fable's image, but special mention goes to Kelly's show, which is wearing her out.
- Farm Boy: Jackson, Carolina's adopted human brother. Carolina would count too if she weren't too small to help growing up.
- Get Back in the Closet: Roger's advice to Kelly Monkey in the aftermath of the "Bongo scandal".
- Gossipy Hens: Gabby.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The Macs.
- Happily Married: Mac's parents seem to be quite happy together, even though Mac Sr. was something like twice Cassidy's age when they got married.
- Hartman Hips: Claire, Debbie and Cassidy.
- Hide Your Gays: Used in a metatextual sense with Kelly Monkey. There was some kind of scandal with someone named "Bongo" (later revealed to be her ex-boyfriend) and Roger's advice afterwards was for her to "stay in the closet" in order to maintain the squeaky-clean image of the company. Claire is horrified when she finds out. It's later revealed that Roger gave this advice to Kelly because that's how he lived his life.
- The Ingenue: Carolina.
- Iron Lady: Claire and sometimes Cassidy.
- I've Come Too Far: Roger gives this sentiment for explaining why Fable can't go back on it's hypocritical policies, since Mac Sr. wanted Fable to become too big to be brought low by a more progressive decision.
- Jerkass: Roger, but...
- Jerkass Has a Point: ...It could be argued that for all the awful advice and LOTS of nasty decision making, he's kept Fable afloat, and all of the main characters in a stable-ish job.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fran and Mac Jr. Also, Jackson.
- Ms. Fanservice: Cassidy, Claire, Debbie and Carolina.
- Muppet: What Praline looks like.
- Nice Guy: Mac Sr.
- Oblivious Adoption: Carolina.
- Pie-Eyed: Most of the male Toon characters have these eyes.
- Post-Stress Overeating: Claire struggles with this and the Weight Woe that follows. It's stated that a lot of toons suffer depression, and that she's not the only toon who struggles with binge-eating - but that she has to watch how much she eats because she's not as "elastic" as other toons.
- Rapunzel Hair: Claire's hair goes down past her knees. It's not always noticeable, since she usually has it up in a bun or ponytail.
- Rule of Funny: A hardwired part of toon behavior; if there's an obvious joke to be had in a situation, a toon will instinctively walk into it. Mac once protests to Claire that this last week he's only slipped on, "like, three" of his own banana peels
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Given a brief nod when Mac's mom threatens to ground both her kids, and her husband, for being weird in a maintenance closet. Mac Sr. declares that he is exercising the immunity afforded him by being her husband and the birthday boy on top of being old.
- A show within a comic that's a revival of a show by the star of the original's son, while the comic is about the Son's life. Deep Huh?
- Shout-Out: At one point, a comment is made about how some toons have "explosively bad" reactions to consuming alcohol - a reference to Roger Rabbit's infamous "steam whistle" scenes in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- When Kelly is first introduced, she has a Hammer Space bag that she rummages through. The shape and patterns on the bag are a shoutout to Felix the Cat and his magic bag of tricks
- Shrinking Violet: Kelly.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Fran and Mac.
- The Slacker: Praline.
- Toon Town: Claire mentions that obvious toon products like Hammerspace bags are banned outside the "Toon Quarter", and mention was made of "Inkblot Grove", which was explicitly referred to as a de facto Toon Town. We finally visit Inkblot Grove in Chapter 9.
- Wingding Eyes: Carolina.