Webcomic: Original Life

Thomas, Abigail, and Janie

Original Life is a comedy webcomic written by Jay Naylor. The strip began on June 1, 2009, right after Naylor finished up its predecessor, Better Days. It details the life and times of Fisk and Elizabeth and their children - Abigail, Thomas and Janie - as well as the lives of other Better Days cast members and their children.

Unlike Better Days, Original Life features a lighter and more humorous plot, with minor segments of dramatic moments interspersed throughout. Also, rather than following Fisk and Lucy as they progress through life as in Better Days, the characters of Original Life do not age; the comic is also set in modern times, as opposed to the gradual timescale of Better Days. These changes are mainly due to Naylor opting to "just keep it fun," stating that he enjoyed the lighter chapters of Better Days far more than the somber ones.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The love letter. Maybe. Just when you least expect it, it pops up again.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played mostly straight. The kids get up to some crazy stuff and adults rarely intervene even when it escalates into violence, such as during the Muffin Arc.
  • Ascended Meme: Maybe. Could be nothing more than a coincidence, though.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Janie, making Elizabeth's refusal to buy her a two-piece bathing suit pretty ridiculous.
  • Compressed Hair: Charlie's bangs and ponytail turn into a mane about twice the size of her head when the cap comes off.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming:
    • Thomas plays Gears of War in one of the first comics... with the badass protagonist coincidentally drawn like his father.
    • Semi-justified with Mass Effect, as Shepard's appearance is customizable.
  • Disappeared Dad: Fisk, since his job keeps him on the road. It's been argued that he just drops by occasionally to enjoy the parts of fatherhood he likes, while skipping out on most of that messy parenting stuff.
  • Fantastic Drug:
    • Abby's "Ferrigno Fluid", which turns fat into muscle and reduces intelligence and sexual inhibition.
    • Turns out she has entire shelves of "chemical solutions to life's problems", among them a Love Potion.
  • Girls Have Cooties: This storyline.
  • Imaginary Enemy: When she tries to kick the habit, Stacy's addiction to nicotine briefly manifests as a giant, talking, smoking cigarette trying to coerce her into relapsing.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Fisk is visited by an angel with this in mind. Cue throatpunch.
  • Lighter and Softer: Naylor himself said that he wants to "keep it fun".
  • Little Known Facts
    Janie: Daddy, where does the baby in Mummy's tummy come from?
    Fisk: Wal-Mart
  • Most Writers Are Adults: None of the kids in this strip talk or act like kids.
  • Mr. Imagination - Or Ms in Abigail's case, though half of what she gets up to in real life is even more unbelievable.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Bonk redesigned his character, so we get a couple comics dealing with Bonk's redesign in-universe.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slice of Life: The comic shows the daily life of Fisk and Elizabeth and their children.
  • Strawman Political: Angelica, the bunny girl mentioned above and one of Janie's friends, seems to have this as her entire character purpose. She stands for and likes many things that Naylor dislikes, like belief in anthropogenic global warming, new age spiritualism, and Justin Bieber.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Fisk and the group of unsanctioned assassins that employs him seem to fall under this, judging by the explanation in Better Days.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: After having the effects of Abigail's drug reversed, Jeffery wakes up to find that he had basically turned into a caveman and tried to abduct Amanda before being sedated. His response? "Oh. Cool."