Webcomic: Mulberry

Mulberry fears no authority.

"Not everyone in a regal situation is an airheaded whiny stuck-up bimbo. No, some of us are intelligent. Some of us pose an actual THREAT to you. Get me?"
Mulberry Sharona

Peter Paltridge, the host of Platypus Comix, created Mulberry in 2004. The title character, who has also become Platypus Comix's mascot, had previously appeared in the final strips of another comic, Marin Meadow. Mulberry features Mulberry Sharona, a 16-year old heiress from Seven Springs, California, who has managed to avoid becoming an Upper-Class Twit thanks to Parental Abandonment. Accompanied by her friends Jack, The One Guy, and Taffeta "Taffy" Sparks, the Dumb Blonde housekeeper, this Non-Idle Rich girl makes adventures out of any scheme she comes up with.

Mulberry made a leap to the printed page in 2012, when Peter Paltridge began including new comics of hers in his periodical, BANG! The Entertainment Paper.

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  • All Just a Dream: "The Holiday Issue" is all just a pitch Mulberry makes for a possible Christmas Episode of her series.
  • Author Avatar: Mulberry usually fills this role, but one of the minor characters in "Friendship is Voodoo"-Jeff, the "Socially Impaired Penniless Cartoonist"- does as well.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry tries to make new friends at a coffee bar, but everyone becomes too distracted with their tablets to chat. One of her failed attempts to get their attention involves exclaiming that a meteor will destroy the bar, muttering, "...I wish!" afterward. Right after she leaves, a meteor actually crushes the bar and its patrons.
  • Big Applesauce: Mulberry spends "The Holiday Issue" visiting New York City.
  • Brick Joke: In "Coporatocracy", a salesman at the Comcast Store tries to pressure Jack into buying some Comcast cottage cheese, even though he doesn't want any. At checkout, Jack gets charged for buying some cottage cheese, and fails to find enough time to dispute the charge through customer service. Later, a jet targets its laser at Jack, and the salesman pops out of the plane to explain that Jack hasn't yet paid the charges for 370 buckets of cottage cheese.
  • Broken Record: A Comcast commercial in "Mulberry's Wraparounds" consists entirely of the CEO repeating the word, "XFINITY", much to the viewers' annoyance.
  • Celebrity Resemblance:
    • "Game of Homes" has an apartment-or rather, Microapartment-building owner who resembles Peter Dinklage. A café owner points this out, and Mulberry agrees with her.
    • In "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry gets mistaken for Aubrey Plaza.
  • Character Blog: Mulberry had one to promote BANG!. In August 2013, Peter Paltridge took it over.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Holiday Issue"
  • Comically Missing the Point: Mulberry holds a "Greatest Person Alive" Award Show in "First World Problems", and tells viewers to answer via the Internet. To her dismay, some Trolls declare Adolf Hitler the winner. The foremost reason Taffy sees not to give Hitler the prize money concerns the fact that he's not alive.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In "Mulberry's Wraparounds", Mulberry and her friends act rather terrified at their inability to fast-forward commercials when watching TV live, instead of on their DVR. The stupidity of the following ads makes their fears seem justified.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" has Taffy announce "The first all-Taffy issue of BANG!" However, Mulberry admits that she forgot about promising Taffy the whole issue, and already gave most of it to the other contributors. Consequently, Taffy only ends up getting one page to herself, most of which she spends recapping "GameSaw".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The drawings look black and white, not unlike the other comics featured in BANG!
  • Deus ex Machina: Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation saves Mulberry from getting killed by Mitt Romney in "The Holiday Issue".
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Mulberry does this in "First World Problems" after saying that a Madonna song sounded good.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Jack has no role in "Game of Homes," so when he pops up in one of the other BANG! columns, he asks, "Why is this my only appearance this issue?"
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Game of Homes" begins with Mulberry and Taffy eating at a café with a sign reading, "Best Burgers Ever". Taffy comments that the burgers live up to that claim.
  • Global Ignorance: When Mulberry and her friends visit Portland, Oregon in "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr":
    Taffy: HEY! Isn't this place near that city where fairy tale characters come to life and befriend you? There was something on ABC about that!
    Mulberry: You're thinking of Portland, MAINE. Portland, OREGON is where fairy tale characters try to kill you!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: "Mulberry's Wraparounds" portrays the title character of The Legend of Korra as constantly upset at anyone and anything that seems to try to boss her around. In the same comic, Mulberry eventually gets so fed up of the stupid commercial breaks, she smashes the TV with a baseball bat.
  • Humans Are Bastards: By attending Vess MacMeal's Friendship Academy in "Friendship is Voodoo", Mulberry learns that friends tend to unexpectedly separate, mooch off of each other, and refuse to listen to each other's emotional problems.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the end of "Mulberry's Wraparounds", Taffy asks how they can avoid obnoxious commercials if they turn up everywhere. Jack answers, "Let's use our WINDOWS PRODUCTS to find the answer!"
  • Irony: In "First World Problems", Mulberry wins $10,000 in a Name That Tune-esque Radio Contest, which she entered only because she became fed up with having to listen to people incorrectly name the song.note  Since she already has plenty of cash to spare, she decides to give the money to someone who desperately needs more. It ends up going back to one of the radio station's DJs, who also gave Mulberry false reasons (partially ripped off of "The Christmas Shoes") for needing it.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: The fifth page of "Game of Homes", located on page 11 of its BANG! issue, begins with a text box reading this:
    For those of you who opened this paper to the middle portion and are now wondering why Tyrion Lannister is living in a dinky apartment next to a group of rowdy fratboys, that's what you get for skipping ahead. Nothing but confusion!
    Go back and read this issue properly, from page one, like we suggested in the first place. Go on!
  • Lonely Rich Kid: "Friendship is Voodoo" explores Mulberry's struggles in trying to make more friends.
  • Mega Corp.: "Coporatocracy" portrays a scenario in which Comcast owns America.
  • Mood Whiplash: "The Holiday Issue" begins with Jack promising the readers a heartwarming holiday story, only to get interrupted with news that New York must become vacated in preparation for a hurricane.
  • Multi-Part Episode: "Coporatocracy" seems divided between the November 2014 and (month TBA) 2015 issues of BANG!
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: "First World Problems" has one regarding news of Katy Perry endorsing a line of fake eyelashes.
  • Older Is Better: "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" has some waxing for the glory days of printed newspapers, as well as a brief piece of praise for independent video stores.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: A Taco Bell commercial in "Mulberry's Wraparounds" bears the slogan, "Our ads are stupid! Just like you!"
  • Parody Commercials: "Mulberry's Wraparounds" includes several.
  • Pop Culture Pun Episode Title: Too many examples to list here.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • "Mulberry Killed the Brenda Starr" sees Mulberry and her friends consider buying the former Portland, Oregon headquarters of the periodical The Oregonian, which recently lost those offices due to cuts performed by the corporate sponsors.
    • "Things I Actually Saw at Rose City Comic-Con" recreates occurrences and experiences that Peter had at the eponymous convention.
    • Peter based the Microapartment building owner's scheme in "Game of Homes", to build an apartment building with no parking lot or individual kitchens, on the activities of the proprietor of a complex in Portland.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: One part of "Mulberry's Wraparounds" has Mulberry lament (by quoting This Very Wiki) that Blondie's "One Way or Another" gets used in advertising so often, she can't hear it without thinking of one of the many moronic commercials that played it. This segues into a collection of other examples of Repurposed Pop Songs, at least some of which actually happened.note 
  • Shaggy Dog Story: During the last page of "Things I Actually Saw at Rose City Comic-Con", Mulberry notices her phone missing. She proceeds to borrow someone else's phone to call a ride home, then tell a policeman who she suspects of stealing hers. When Taffy comes to pick Mulberry up, she notices her phone in the back seat of the car, and realizes it must have fallen out of her pocket before the convention.
  • Stepford Smiler: Among other pieces of discouraging advice Mulberry receives from attending Vess MacMeal's Friendship Academy in "Friendship is Voodoo", Vess encourages students to suppress negative emotions, instead of ask friends for comfort.
  • Take That: "First World Problems" has Justin Bieber get denied an invitation to Mulberry's Greatest Person Alive Award Show.
  • A Taste Of Their Own Medicine: "Game of Homes" has Mulberry challenge the propietor of a cheap residential complex to live among the tenants for a week.
  • Tempting Fate: While getting pursued by a Sinister Silhouette in "The Holiday Issue", Mulberry comments, "I don't see how this day could get any-", shutting herself up before she can say the word, "worse." She then nearly gets engulfed in a hurricane.
  • Trade Snark: When Taffy mentions Bing in "Mulberry's Wraparounds", a trademark symbol appears next to the name.
  • Uncle Pennybags: "First World Problems" has Jack and Taffy use Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a female example.
    Jack: She must do something with that Seinfeld syndication money, right? She doesn't even need it!
    Taffy: Yeah! She must have funded like, forty hospitals by now!
    Jack: Yeah...
    Taffy: Presumably...
    Mulberry: She's NOT reading this, knock it off!
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: "Friendship is Voodoo" has two of Mulberry's seemingly successful attempts at making a new friend fall flat. First, her new Black Best Friend becomes too preoccupied to talk to her again. Later, she strikes a geeky conversation with some other guests at a party, only to learn that they're actually Portlandia cast members who mistook her for Aubrey Plaza.