Webcomic / One Phone Call
One Phone Call
is a cut-and-paste webcomic
about a man named Garth, who is using his one phone call to call his mother and ask for bail and attorney.
The situation is complicated a little, as Garth's mother is very tolerant of anything her kids do, except outright crime. Garth needs to explain to his mother why he was arrested, and he has to do it in a way that will cause her to want to help him.
The comic is composed of a bunch of copies of the same picture of Garth on a phone, over and over, but with different speech bubbles and text. See, 'cause it's only one phone call.
It can be found here.
(Note: It shares a website with another comic, 0 0 0 This Comic Appears First Alphabetically
. The latest update, regardless of which comic it's from, is on the home page)
If you're looking for the trope, see One Phone Call
This comic provides examples of the following tropes:
- Alt Text: Unlike the other comic hosted on the site, 0 0 0 This Comic Appears First Alphabetically, this alt text claims not to be a separate character in the comic.
- Read that again; it claims not to be one.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Garth's mother speaks Yiddish, and they both seem to argue a lot, but that's hardly conclusive evidence.
- Anthropic Principle: Garth keeps trying to make potentially fatal events in his story seem suspenseful, but we obviously know he lives to tell the tale, because, well, he's telling it.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: EVERYONE. With the possible exception of Dale the guard.
- Beat Panel: Usually used when Garth's mother says something long, but sometimes played straight.
- Bilingual Bonus: More like Quadrilingual Bonus. Nemo, Knoll, and Nadia are all corruptions of a word for "nobody", in Latin, German, and Spanish, respectively.
- The Blank: Garth, 'cause he's clip-art or something.
- Butt-Monkey: Garth, as shown here.
- Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Garth's mom believes Cloverfield actually attacked New York, and that Al Capone is still alive because she saw Scarface.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Garth's mom.
- Cut-and-Paste Comic: Obviously.
- Don't Tell Mama: A variant. The situation forces Garth to tell his mother what he did to get arrested, but he really doesn't want to.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Justified. Every motor vehicle that exploded so far either had a trunkful of nitroglycerin, or was transporting propane.
- The Everyman: Garth.
- Framing Device: The comic is both about Garth talking to his mother, and about the story Garth is telling her.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Nadia.
- GIS Syndrome: That background is obviously a photo run through a filter.
- How We Got Here: Garth was arrested for something, but he hasn't gotten to explain what.
- So far, we know it's not murder, grand larceny, resisting arrest, or involuntary manslaughter.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every update has a quote from the page as its title.
- Informed Judaism: Garth's mom speaks Yiddish, but Garth does not. The Alt Text says that Garth is half-Jewish, but it also says the Alt Text isn't canon, so who knows?
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Dale the guard, according to Garth, anyway.
- Latex Perfection: The three criminals use a variation of this to make artificial fat, warts, an entirely different head shape...
- Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Inverted, with Garth's mother immediately thinking her son's a murderer, and Garth trying to deny it. Of course, given her nature, she wasn't really taking the situation seriously.
Garth: No, Mom, I didn't kill a man.
Garth: Mother, I most certainly did not put a bullet— are you trying to get me to quote the Bohemian Rhapsody?
- Masters of Disguise: Nemo, Knoll, and Nadia.
- Momma's Boy: Garth zig-zags this. Sometimes he does everything she says, other times he resents having to rely on her help.
- Newhart Phone Call
- One Phone Call: Nope, this one's totally averted.
- Open-Minded Parent: Garth's mom is surprisingly okay with her daughter undergoing a sex change. It's not like she's a criminal or anything.
- Overly Long Gag: "That was a very long proverb, Ma."
- Parental Sexuality Squick: Here.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Garth to Nadia.
- Prison Rape: Subverted here.
- Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: The conversation flows fairly naturally, but One Phone Call is clearly guilty of this.
- Title Drop: Here.
- Transgender: During the years Garth spent avoiding his family, his sister Emily became his brother Emile.
- Trial Balloon Question: There wasn't a question, per se, and we never hear the answer, but this trope basically appears here.
Garth: Uh, haha, yeah! [Emily/Emile] isn't a criminal or anything!
Garth: So, you're probably wondering why I called...
- Unreliable Narrator: Garth. He mentions he doesn't know the name of the guard outside his cell is, but calls him "Dale" two panels later. It's completely possible his description of Dale as a big, scary man with a Judge Dredd tattoo is completely false.
- Unwitting Pawn: Garth, in picking up some hitchhikers, unknowingly aids in a casino heist.
- The Voice: Dale.
- What Are You in For?: Here.
- It's actually the whole point of the comic.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: Garth's mother speaks Yiddish, but Garth does not, so it is unknown how much of it Garth's mother actually uses.