Webcomic: Nothing Nice To Say
Nothing Nice to Say (or NN2S as it is often shortened to) is a webcomic about Punk Rock by Mitch Clem. It's mostly gag-based, but has a few brief storylines, including a parody of superhero comics that involves Glenn Danzig, the formation of a bike punk gang and the "selling out" of the strip's artist.The characters include:
- Blake - Often the Only Sane Man and Author Avatar, named after Blake Schwarzenbach from the band Jawbreaker. Expect a lot of Lampshade Hanging over the bizarre size of his eyebrows.
- Fletcher - A crazy bald Small Name, Big Ego, Blake's best friend. Blake and Fletcher together are the main characters.
- Alice - A Perky Goth who goes out with Karen.
- Karen - An overly serious Riot Grrrl who starts dating Alice to get attention for her feminist agenda, but actually develops feelings for her. Although initially something of a Straw Feminist, Karen later becomes a harbinger of common sense.
- Chris/Charlie - A vegan guy with a mohawk who appears whenever a spare character is needed. His name is disputed. The most conventionally "punk" looking.
- Phillip - An emo kid who turns down dates on Valentine's Day so that he has something to complain about and draws on his sideburns in pencil.
This comic provides examples of:
- All the Good Men Are Gay: Fletcher actively attacks this trope in one strip, when a woman at a bar utters it practically word for word. His response? "You mean, why are the only guys you find non-threatening the ones with no possible ulterior motives to sleep with you? Yeah, the mind boggles." Fletcher is, perhaps rather obviously, far from the best counterexample to trope...
- Animal Wrongs Group: Preachy veganism is often mocked in the strip. Here's one of the earliest examples.
- Art Shift: Since the relaunch in fall 2011, the characters have become far less boxy and more fluid-looking. Compare this to this
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: There's a minor running gag involving Blake's eyebrows.
- Fake Cross Over: The Doctor shows up in a strip!
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Averted (and also serving as a Take That to misogynistic fans) in this strip.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: The Negative Adjectives.
- The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Played straight in an early strip, then lampshaded more recently.
- Name's the Same: Played for Laughs when describing the real vs. fictional bands known as The Misfits.
- New First Comics: The earliest comics have been redrawn, but this is due to the originals being in a file format that prevents them from being usable for the upcoming book. The original first strips are still online so anyone can see the Art Evolution if they want.
- Self-Deprecation: A Band, Part 1Fletcher: I'm just so bored with the state of punk rock today. I should start something. Like a zine maybe. No - - a band! I'll start a band.Blake: I know, you could start a comic strip! You'll make fun of people more successful than you and draw funny pictures of emo kids and the like.Fletcher: ...uh - - okay. So band it is then.
- Smug Straight Edge: Bort the lapsed Straight Edge hasn't abandoned two parts of the straight edge lifestyle; taking himself too seriously and beating people up.
- Take That: Extremely common in NN2S, happening in practically every other strip; see the numerous "I Hate The ____" strip titles.