...In a nutshell.Out at Home
is a webcomic by Alex Wendzel that started on November 19, 2008. It started as a family Sitcom
-style strip, but morphed into a comic about HighSchool-aged
Kate Beckett (Not this one
) and her best friend Penny O'Brien. The comic combines slice-of-life dialogue and attitude with outlandish, outsized situations and gags. Most of the strips fall into story arcs, sometimes with added audio or video content. Each arc is separated by one-off gags. It's different, as it rarely if ever delves into the emotional and relationship drama featured in most webcomics about teenagers.
Character page under construction. We mean under construction
- Accidental Misnaming: Andrew Luaertet (the agent in the Appetite for Destruction arc) continually calls Thurman "Thimrod". When corrected the first time, he simply states that Thimrod has more bite and continues to refer to him as Thimrod.
- Alt Text: Starting here.
- Art Evolution: The artist bet on art school and the strip was the winner.
- Bond One-Liner: Ordog cracks one after beheading a man with a garbage can lid.
Ordog: I think it's time to take out the trash."
[Ordog picks up a garbage can lid and heaves at his pursuer. It slices through the man's neck, beheading him.]
Ordog: "...pickup Monday, eight A.M."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Penny, a bunch of times.
- Call Back: In one strip, Penny mentions that it's the third-worst situation she's ever sobered up to. A while later, we see this.
- Crazy-Prepared: At least Penny has this covered with her alarm clock, on account of her breaking them every morning, just look here.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ordog.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: The General to Mim: "You worthless whore! I'm going to boil your eyes and feed them to the bears!"
- Disproportionate Retribution: Mim has it out for Herman for firing her... which was entirely her fault. That doesn't stop her from trying to kill him, though.
- Dissimile: The General does this in one strip.
The General: "The American soldier is a finely-tuned machine, capable of literally anything except for the things it cannot do."
- The Ditz: Thurman, who's inherited his father's complete absence of sense (see Idiot Savant below,) but apparently not his sporting ability.
- Eating Contest: Thurman enters one here.
- Fiction 500: According to the cast page, Herman's net worth surpasses the GDP of Uruguay. His ability to attract wealth is so great that he receives a literal boatload of money, in the form of a yacht filled with gold coins, just for starting a podcast.
- Frame Break: Penny does it here.
- Fur Bikini: Penny wears one for the 300th strip celebration.
- Green Eyes: Penny.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: Invoked and lampshaded here.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Penny.
- I Always Wanted to Say That: Alasdair, in this strip.
- Idiot Savant: Herman, who is an idiot in every way except for being an incredible baseball player.
- Impairment Shot: Penny has one after being drunk for much of a story arc.
- Literal-Minded: "My dad always told me a penny saved is a penny earned..."
- Non-Indicative Name: Operation Karate Bullets, a top secret military initiative which Herman is nearly killed just for appearing to get in the way of, is... a health care plan.
- Noodle Incident: Penny has a few of these tied to her being drunk. Some are mentioned here.
- Reality Ensues: 30 seconds after Ordog and co. break into a heavily guarded government facility...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The General in the Karate Bullets arc.
- Shout-Out: One story arc is called "Appetite for Destruction".
- Stylistic Suck: The clip art Wendzel used for The General's slideshow presentation on Operation Karate Bullets is intentionally out-of-date.
- Take That: Here, to Bill O'Reilly.
- To the Batnoun!: To the Hermanmobile!
- Worst News Judgement Ever: As a background gag; the town paper chooses "Editor's Daughter Available for Prom" as its cover story over "Robots Enslave Iowa" here.