Pogeymanz is a sprite comic made by Ultimate Ridley and primarily hosted on Smack Jeeves, with Ultimate Ridley recently releasing the pages daily on deviantART as well. It is notable for its extremely satirical nature, with some pretty deep allegories buried underneath a very random and screwed up outer shell.It is also notable for the fact that each individual page is freaking HUGE, being 3 panels wide and between 20 and 30 panels high. As a result, you get a slightly different experience than with other comics; instead of being hit with one punchline each page, you get hit with several punchlines at a breakneck pace, with a fair share missing the mark due to the sheer volume of gags. In fact, the comic's pages feel less like an actual comic and more like a storyboard for an animated series, with much of the main laughs coming from punchlines that get built up to (and the buildup is often laden with zip-gags).Apparently, the author originally started the comic out of boredom and didn't expect it to be so popular (it's his most popular comic), but then began evolving it into the satire it is today. The comic makes fun of a wide range of things, from the Pokémon universe to the stupidity of noobs (and the fact that noobs are everywhere, and you can't stop them, is a major theme) to action movie clichés, sprite comic clichés, etc. The comic's outer layer is silly and random, however.The plot is, at first, coherent with the canon games', but derails rather quickly to become its own. For one, the main character's starter Pokémon is a freaking Kabutops at level 5. The plot as a whole is one big Mind Screw. It becomes both more ridiculous and less ridiculous as the plot moves forward, in that some aspects grow out of control whilst other aspects mellow out over time, as the comic was finding its stride for the first 15 or so pages. For example, the characters and events become more zany as time goes on, but the out-of-the-blue meme humor that characterized the early pages has been abandoned.Has a character sheet under construction.Also has a game that is currently under development: Pogeymanz: The Game
This comic contains the following tropes:
Author Filibuster: Not as bad as some other webcomics, but at one point the author clearly displays his hatred for the clichés of overly popular webcomics.
It's more that he hates that including particular clichés in your comic tends to make the comic automatically popular (and that having prior popularity as an author almost always guarantees an audience regardless of the comic's actual quality).
It's never actually stated by a characterized manifestation of the author. It's also presented as a normal conversation between two people, so this is an aversion.
Bait and Switch: The protagonist meets the real Clair at first, but sometime when they were at the Power Plant in "Pseukanto", Clair was switched with Eusine, who was cast to play Clair in an action movie (confirmed to be titled "Pogeymanz" in a deleted panel of one comic). The protagonist does not realize this until Eusine takes a swim and his make-up gets washed off. To be fair to the protagonist, though, the disguise was pretty flawless.
The action movie itself. For the longest time since the bunch left Pseukanto's Power Plant, the protagonist thought they were cast in an unfilmed action movie. Basically, he thought they were pretending. They weren't.
Berserk Button: The director guy doesn't like it when his actor is missing.
Or when a crewman or actor takes an unscheduled coffee break. He'd prefer you drink Coke.
Big Damn Heroes: Almost every time [No Name] gets in a pinch, he (and whoever is unlucky enough to be with him at the time) is saved by something. Sometimes it's a Pokémon (usually one of his, and usually Hitmonchan), sometimes it's Bob, one time it was some random biker dude who just calls himself a plot device and leaves it at that.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done sometimes. The most egregious (but still quite funny) example being when [No Name] says "someone should make a comic about my adventures" and then the other guy says it won't be successful if it doesn't follow any of the many trends in Smack Jeeves comics, especially prevalent around the time of the comic's run (late 2009). (Including yaoi, "author apartment" collaboration comics, heavily caked in special effects [with that being the only good thing about several popular comics of the time])
Not to mention, the movie. We're not sure exactly how much of [No Name]'s journey has been filmed, we just know that it didn't win the Oscar.
Butt Monkey: [No Name] can be downright cruel to a number of recurring characters who have only mildly wronged him or inconvenienced him in past encounters. The cameraman Stephen Talker gets the worst of it all, being painted as mostly incompetent (he doesn't know how to give interviewees space and always forgets to remove the lens cap) and getting his ass handed to him by Hitmonchan every single time he appears in the comic.
Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": The Director calls a Tauros a "bull" off-hand; his cameraman quickly interjects, "Uh, Tauros, sir. Bulls are fictional."
Confusion Fu: When Lolbat uses "lol". And, though to a lesser extent, when /b/bat uses "Interwebz Logic".
Curse Cut Short: Played straight once, in a later issue. After a Garchomp buys a lot of Carbos in the protagonist's name (irony noted), the shopkeeper says the price is 9800 yen. After shrugging the price off, the shopkeeper adds the word "each".
[No Name]: FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
It's cut off by the comic ending.
Don't Explain the Joke/Genius Bonus: An old man offers the nameless protagonist a beer, and when the protagonist says he's underaged, the old man says that back in his day, there were no age limits. As the author notes point out, in the 1920s (actually 1920-1933), there weren't any age limits on alcohol in America—it was just plain illegal. (This implies that the old man is probably a nonagenarian.)
Early-Installment Weirdness: A bit. The comic starts off as a straight parody of the Pokémon universe (with a... few changes) but begins to abandon that as soon as [No Name] enters Saffron City (or Safron City as it's called on the comic—intentionally, mind you) immediately after Cerulean City, talking to the guard at Saffron's gate and surprised that he can go in. The comic really hits its full stride a short bit after Irish Hitmonchan is introduced (around page 15), and doesn't really falter until the Pseudoenn tangent wanes.
Geodude also seems to have a British-ish accent that oscillates between Cockney and Londoner, sometimes veering into Australian.
The Game: The author has been working on a game for this comic for quite a while; he's developing it in Game Maker. It's an overhead platformer, and is divided into several different storylines, each with their own levels and gameplay mechanics. Each one seems to get more complex in terms of gameplay. More info on its page.
Cameraman: Ow! It hurts! Why are you punching my balls? What did they ever do to you?
Hitmonchan: I'mma punchin' 'em 'cos I'm not good at kickin' 'em!
Halloween Special: As seen here.The main punchline is both scary and hilarious, but only if you read all of the comics prior.
Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Played completely straight in one of the drawn specials (as in, an actual Skitty and Wailord). Later on in the same special, [No Name] leaves a Gible and Tyranitar at the daycare...
Item Get: Played with in "The Safari Zone". [No Name] gets a hold of the Warden's dentures (found in an incredibly open area) and delivers a panel-wide monologue basically detailing how one normally gets items in The Legend of Zelda games.
Kill It with Fire: [No Name] is the victim of a crazy pyromaniac. Averted, because the pyro did not express any intentions to kill him. Though he did say that the meaning of life was fire, so maybe he wasn't all there.
Later, Bob sets a pedophiliac ship captain aflame. He kinda sorta wanted to kill him.
Leet Lingo: Used a bit. Is supposed to be the lingua franca of Team Nubzorz, but never appeared beyond comic #10.
Even though the author earlier claimed it would be more frequent. Apparently he decided to really dumb it down because people complain about it.
Mr. Forchan's speech becomes this after he's brought back from the Valley of Noobs by Devinus.
Mind Screw: The entire comic. But it's an awesome mind screw.
Mythology Gag: As [No Name] watches a "reality TV show" (the Pokémon anime), he says "at least you don't have to deal with a Mafia-esque team like I do everyday." Naturally, this cues Team Rocket blasting off.
[No Name] is just Riley recolored to match Kabutops.
And the Team Nubzorz admins are just the Team Galactic admins with their colors exchanged around the bunch.
Punny Name: This is pretty much par for the course in Pogeymanz. Characters either get a Punny Name or get no name at all. (In the case of [No Name], it's both, since he's occasionally referred to as Anon E. Mouse)
Examples: Miss Nub E. Cake, Noobat, Lolbat, Mr. Forchan.
The best one so far, though, is Sofa King Stew Pidd (Stewart Pidd, the King of Sofas). Don't say that out loud if parents are near.
Schedule Slip: The comic never truly had a defined schedule, but updating has decreased significantly. Especially considering the vast majority of the pages thus far (about 40 out of the total ~55) were produced at a breakneck pace during late 2009 (September-December, to be precise, with September and October getting the highest volume of releases).
As of September 2013, however, the creator is working on the comic some more, with four new pages completed (three of which are currently posted).
Director Guy: WHERE THE [interrupted word] IS EUSINE?!
The interruption? An outlined rectangle, captioned "4Kids", diagonally placed over the word. The rectangle is only large enough to obscure the interrupted word.
It's implied that he dropped an F-bomb, since you can kinda see part of a capital F and part of a capital K in the obscured word. Likely intentional.
Surrounded by Idiots: Clair is the most right-minded person in the entire comic. At least when she isn't secretly Eusine.
Well, maybe not. She kind of babbles about something or other in "Skehwy Ghosty Tower, Part 3" and breaks down when she's asked to socialize with a construction worker. Then again, these might just be little quirks and flaws to be expected of characters from a comic such as this.
But they usually squawk their name, followed by the actual line of dialogue enclosed in parentheses.
Except a good number don't squawk their name first, particularly those that talk a lot (i.e. Hitmonchan, Registeel).
Tone Shift: Although the comic generally keeps a zany, off-the-walls tone with its humor, the later pages have grown exceedingly more comfortable with becoming Darker and Edgier with its humor. "Faint" is no longer the worst that can happen, apart from the one time when [No Name] kills a godly being named Kenny, and in one scene the villain instructs a few lackeys to arrange their suicides. The author seemed to largely avoid Black Comedy in the earlier pages.
Notably gone starting with "A Return to Form" (Page 53), from which point the author seems to have... well, returned to form. Word of God says that the Registeel campaign of the game (which is being made concurrently with the comic as of Page 53) is the main reason for this, as that campaign is being written for the audience the comic originally intended to cater to.
Tragic Hero: Shadowkilla762. Once given the nickname, he despises it. He then begs the trainer to change it to something more "normal" by visiting the Name Rater. In a sad stroke of truth, and unbeknownst to the poor Kabutops, the protagonist can't understand Shadowkilla762's PokéBabble because the protagonist yet lacked a translator. When he finally received one and heard one of Shadowkilla762's pleas, the protagonist claimed they were too far along to turn back and visit the Name Rater (even though they were just barely outside the city the Name Rater was in). Heartbroken, Shadowkilla762 eventually accepted the truth that his nickname will never change, but was still driven to madness by the name itself. He soon became emo, bent on cutting himself, but because he was made of stone, all of his attempts to slit his wrists were futile. As a result, he decided to take out his urges by cutting other things, including other people. 'Tis a sad story indeed.
You Look Familiar: Many characters cause this. Directly invoked by Mr. Mafia in one page.