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Mac Hall was created through a bet between the creator, Ian McConville, and a friend who claimed he "couldn't make a comic like Penny Arcade". After the 15th comic, McConville was joined by Matt Boyd who began to write the comic. It follows the exploits of a group of college students, Ian and Matt, for example, who are typical slackers. The series primarily focused on the events that occurred between classes and after hours, and only rarely references actual class work. The comic takes its name from MacDonald Hall, a dormitory at Bowling Green (OH) State University. Later in the series, the cast moves into a house, where they reside until graduation, and the comic's conclusion.Mac Hall concluded on September 22, 2006, with Ian explaining that creating the comic was no longer fun. He also mentioned that the comic would continue in a new phase in October 2006, and after some delay a new project began. Thus, Three Panel Soul was born.
This comic provides examples of:
Art Evolution: The strip started out with thick outlines and went through many different styles (often for only a few comics) before gradually moving to its final style, which is reminiscent of Samurai Jack.
Deus ex Machina: How Matt's unemployment issue is solved after he quits his office job. Lampshaded here.
Digital Piracy Is Evil: Arguably justified. Athreestrip arc, which points out that while anti-piracy measures may be inconvenient, all the blather pirates throw around doesn't change the fact that they'll pirate from anyone, bad DRM or not. The strip was done in 2002, and still remains relevant.
Face Palm: Helen's reaction when her little sister is sent home early because she drew a picture of a duck wearing a bikini, which according to the teacher might give people "bad thoughts."
Fictional Sport: Australian Indoor Rules Quidditch. About the only thing true about the name is that its played indoors.
Forgot to Pay the Bill: Ian neglects to pay the electric bill in lieu of buying some new video games. Oops. (Of course, in a later strip when the power goes out again, Ian is immediately blamed, even though that time it isn't his fault)
Head Pet: Ian has one in-universe, an unnamed cat that does not actually seem to be his if one strip is to be belived. Its based on a convention ancedote where someone placed a plush cat toy on Ians head during a panel, and he didnt notice for hours.
Sunglasses at Night: Ian wears them. Justified; they're prescription sunglasses and Ian has to wear them everywhere. Yes, even in real life.
Joked about in one strip when he accidently walks into the girls bathroom because his sunglasses makes it hard for him to read the signs in the dim dorm hallways.
Teeny Weenie: Micah, at least according to his ex-girlfriend's blog. (Helen says she thinks it's cute.)
Too Dumb to Live: A brief series had Ian trying to subsist on nothing but Tic-Tacs. The doctors say he has every single nutritional defect, including a few which hadn't been discovered yet, which they end up classifying as a new medical condition called DOGEnote Deficiency of Goddamn Everything.
Micah at one point jumps off a three story balcony because he's in the middle of dancing to a song and forgets that he cant fly.