Nedroid is the pen name of online artist Anthony Clark who draws silly pictures and comics "when there's nothing good on TV." You may recognize his work doing the colors for an—ahem—little-known comic called The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.On his own site, Nedroid draws all kinds of interesting stuff - he has a special fondness for dinosaurs, ladies, and lovingly rendered landscapes following his self-image character, the Eternal Homeless Robot.But the most popular and recurring subject, and likely the reason you're here, is comics based around the adventures of Beartato, Reginald and their friends, officially titled Beartato Comics. Here are some of the characters:
Beartato is half-bear, half-potato, all heart. He's naïve, and impossibly charming.
Reginald is his best friend who is all bird, all muscle, all brain, and totally available, ladies! Ahem. Reginald is also all ego, and rather desperate. He fancies himself a ladies' man yet hasn't had much success so far.
Also of interest are his collaboration comics with Emmy Cicierega (Yes, sister of THAT Cicierega) under the shared name Laserpony Studios. There aren't any recurring stories or characters, but they're always a new, surreal and hilarious experience.Not to be confused with Metroid. Not even as a Shout-Out.
Aborted Arc: Actual story arcs are rare but Nedroid is infamous for switching back to gag-a-day mode and never finishing the ones he starts.
Accidental Misnaming: Reginald takes this to the extreme when, at the end of an evening of romance, he accidentally calls his date Becky "Lord Voldemort."
Alt Text: Most comics have it (the first one, a one-off, is July 2008; it became a more regular feature the next month). When switching web hosts in May '09, however, converting all the alt text (and comic titles) from before that date was deemed unreasonable to convert. You can still get all that on the livejournal mirror.
April Fools' Day: In 2010, Dinosaur Comics replaced the entire cast with Nedroid characters (Reginald in place of T. Rex, Beartato in place of Utahraptor, etc). Not just in the latest page, but in the entire archives. You can still see it here. The newspost at the bottom shows you where to find some other cool ones.
Art Evolution: Over time, the art style got more simplistic, yet more polished. In contrast, the older comics had a bunch of artistic experimentation, ranging from sketchy to finely touched.
Decoy Protagonist: The site calls comics featuring Beartato or his friends Beartato Comics. If you read from the beginning, he definitely seems to be the focus. However, as time goes on it becomes increasingly clear the main focus of the comic is Reginald as most of the jokes are about his insecurities or negative qualities and a lot more information is revealed about how he lives and thinks, with Beartato only there to play the Straight Man. He even appears later on in Harrison's Adventures while Beartato is absent.
Fling a Light into the Future: Beartato's parents sent him off in a rocket before their planet was destroyed, playing the Superman origin story straight. Parodied with Reginald, who ended up in a similar rocket, but his father just wanted to get rid of him.
Flanderization: Inverted, interestingly. Beartato's earliest appearances implies him to be dim-witted and un-popular. As time goes on, he starts seeming more like a normal person, plays the Straight Man to Reginald what with having more common sense and apparently having more friends than Reginald. A recent comic even calls Beartato cool while Reginald is uncool.
"It grows from here. Reginald begins reducing more and more actions to simple lines of dialogue: "nod", "dance", "laugh", "love". Eventually his muscles atrophy; his body wastes away. Only the left hemisphere of his brain remains alive, the spoken word itself reduced to mere thought. And once Beartato earns his master's degree and invents a brain-to-speech synthesizer, that final thought is at last heard: "Weep a single tear for the life I have wasted".
Insane Troll Logic: This strip. Reginald's advice on working out, given that it's better to do fewer reps with more weight, is to take it to its logical conclusion and do zero reps of a million pounds.
Mind Screw: A storyline revolving around Reginald's "brain problems".
Missed the Call: Harrison constantly pines away to be swept up in some big heroic adventure like Beartato and Reginald often are. He's offered several chances practically on a silver platter, but turns his nose up at all of them until recently. Then he comes across Beartatonote Well, actually just a Beartato doppelganger, Buttfranklin and Reginald, who literally fell into the same thing he was chosen to do.
Negative Continuity: "Everything I draw is canon, even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff."
Harrison, though acknowledgement of this has become a sort of Running Gag.
Nedroid: When I was originally drawing this, I was trying to think of as many characters as I could that had appeared in Beartato strips. I honestly forgot about Harrison until I was about halfway through the coloring process.