Webcomic: Pokey the Penguin
HOORAY FOR POKEY!!!!Pokey The Penguin
is an absurdist webcomic
created by Steve Havelka (aka "The Authors"), crudely drawn using MS Paint (or something similar). Irregularly updated since 1998
, it chronicles the (mis)adventures of a bunch of penguins living in the Arctic
, along with other creatures that usually don't live there, either
. Oh, and a very British
snowman. Everybody speaks in ALL CAPS
In the first strip
, Pokey The Penguin is described as "AN EDUCATIONAL CHILDRENS CARTOON!"
in which "POKEY AND HIS PALS HAVE FUN AND LEARNING ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE!"
The main recurring characters are Pokey (the titular penguin), "little girl"
(Pokey's little sister), Mr. Nutty (the ever scheming
British snowman), Headcheese (a french-canadian
female penguin, sometimes Pokey's "girlfriend", sometimes a victim of his random acts of violence), Skeptopotamus (a skeptical hippopotamus
that denies being one
), Gustavo (a mexican
potato with long, prehensile moustaches
named "Democracy" and "Stalin"
), and the Italians
, which often come to the Arctic in their ships to steal the penguins' "Arctic Circle-Candy". There's also a boxing glove (apparently posessed by the devil) appearing at random to deliver a flying punch to someone
Most of the secondary characters are penguins identical to Pokey. A bear is depicted as a brown penguin, a dinosaur
as a green one, and the devil
as a red one with horns. Even "little girl" and Headcheese are just smaller Pokeys with ribbons
. While, for example, Stephen Hawking is depicted as a penguin wearing a wizard's hat, and Superman
is another penguin with a blue cape, others, like Batman
and "Bobdole" are completely indistinguishable from Pokey. There are also variations of other characters, like Old Man Nutty (Mr. Nutty's grandfather, a smaller
, gray-outlined snowman) and Nostrapotamus (a Skeptopotamus with a wizard's hat
).Pokey the Penguin
also made appearances as an Easter Egg
in Hitman: Contracts
and Hitman: Blood Money
. Pokey the Penguin
has also made a cameo
Pokey the Penguin contains examples of the following:
- Abandoned Warehouse: Pokey visits one in San Quentin Holds the Key.
- All Just a Dream: At the end of Pokey and the Boxing Glove, the scene abruptly cuts to Pokey's sister telling him "IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A DREAM!!!!!", followed by a blank panel of the Boxing Glove with the words "OR WAS IT!" crossed out.
- Are We There Yet?: Pokey's sister asks this in Pokey in Ancient Scotland, and again (albeit crossed out) in Pokey Finds an Artifact.
- Beat Panel: Rare, but not unheard of.
- Bilingual Bonus: Pokey is Relaxing (Heirate Mich)
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers:
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: In Best Trip Ever, Little Girl offers to fire up the Time Canoe. Unfortunately...
Little Girl: "POKEY I HAVE FIRED UP THE TIME CANOE!!"
Pokey: "GOOD JOB!!! "
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Pokey in Monochrome
WHO TOLD YOU TO STOP WRITING YOUR RESEARCH PAPER???
- Bullet Time: A true deconstruction in Slow Motion.
- Canada, Eh?: Headcheese
- Cereal Induced Super Powers: "Clot-Busting Megapower" in Pokey and the Breakfast Cereal. The ingredients are bread crumbs and caffeine.
- Chained to a Railway: The Italians do this to Pokey in Pokey and the Train.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Little Girl manages this in a a single comic. note
- Cut and Paste Comic: Sometimes you can see the outlines around pasted characters.
- Cyberspace: Pokey is "learning handshakes from around the world" through VR in Happy Birthday Pokey. Also, Pokey the Penguin in Cyberspace
- Dada Comics
- Deal with the Devil: Pokey is tricked into this in The Devil.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Pokey in Monochrome, natch.
- Dramatic Thunder: In The Big Storm.
- Drowning My Sorrows: A Drink to Solve Problems
Little Girl: "POKEY IF YOU ARE SAD THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE A DRINK!!!!"
- Edutainment Show: Pokey the Penguin is an educational children's cartoon about the hazards of the Arctic Circle.
- Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks: Averted. They just fin the shark and eat the fin for "lunch" Pokey and the Shark
- Filler Strips: The comic features guest artists such as William Gibson in Pokey the Penguin in Cyberspace, the ghost of Claude Monet in The Waterfront on a Summer Day Mary Lou Retton in an eponymous strip and a propaganda strip from Laos: Our Glorious Leader.
- Gainax Ending: The last panel often has fuck all to do with the rest of the strip.
- Genie in a Bottle: Averted in Pokey and the Magic Lamp
- Global Warming: Something akin to it occurs in ''POKEY THE HIS FRIENDS.
- Halfway Plot Switch: Often. You're lucky if there's just one.
- Halloween Episode: Happy Halloween
- Hat Shop: Pokey wears a mortarboard on his graduation in Pokey the Penguin and Harvard.
- Honest John's Dealership: Mr Nutty in some of his incarnations. In others he is a criminal or a Mega Corp. CEO.
- Human Cannonball: Pokey and the Cannon
- I Have Many Names: The Devil
- I'm a Humanitarian: Chicken Delicious Is a Bad Influence
- It's Probably Nothing: Pokey Is Camping Subverted in that there actually is no noise.
- Jet Pack: Headcheese and the New Haircut
- Long-Lost Relative: Pokey Has an Identical Twin! or Grampa Is Alive
- Mathematician's Answer: ''YES.''
- Mega Corp.: Nutty Industries
- Mind Screw: Most of them, sometimes with a helping of Gainax Ending.
- Mundane Afterlife: Subverted in Grampa Is Alive.
- Negative Space Wedgie: Pokey and the Anomaly
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: "Bobdole" in Pokey the Penguin Meets Bobdole and Pokey and Bobdole
- No Smoking: Let Us Meet Chicken Delicious
Chicken Delicious: "POKEY LET'S RELAX WITH A CIGARETTE! "
- Omnicidal Maniac: Pokeyzilla
- Or Was It a Dream?: Pokey and the Boxing Glove.
- Palette Swap: Yekop and Yttun in Pokey and Yekop.
- Pirate Booty: Pokey and the Buried Treasure
- Polar Bears and Penguins: Pokey lives with his family in the Arctic Circle.
- Prepare to Die: San Quentin Holds the Key
- Red Boxing Gloves: Pokey and the Boxing Glove
- Rip Van Winkle: Parodied in Rip Van Pokey
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Grampa Is Alive
Pokey: "IT'S PAYBACK TIME, GRAMPA! "
Grampa: "LET'S ROCK AND ROLL!!!"
- Scotland: Pokey in Ancient Scotland. ...Sort of.
- Snake Oil Salesman: Yttun, literally. Pokey and Yekop
- Stock British Phrases: Mr Nutty
- Stock Yuck: Pokey and the Broccoli
- Talk Like a Pirate: Pokey and the Buried Treasure
- Technicolor Science: Pokey's test-tubes in Pokey the Penguin and Harvard
- The Big Board: Pokey and the Situation
- Time Machine: The recurring "Time Canoe" that first appears in Pokey in Ancient Scotland.
Pokey: "WITH A FEW SMALL MODIFICATIONS, ANY CANOE CAN TRAVEL THROUGH TIME!!!"
- The Face of the Sun: Lo, spake Pokey, and thusly did come the bus
- The Great Flood: No ID Means No Whiskey
- The Infiltration: Pokey and the Situation
- The Talk: Averted in Pokey Has Unternet.
- Wackyland: Pokey visits one in King of the Podium.
- Wanted Poster: Mr Nutty and the New Money
- Weaksauce Weakness: The rain melts the witch in Pokey Was Correct
- What Have I Become?: Inversion in Someone Has Stolen My Face
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
- Wretched Hive:
- Wrongly Accused: Pokey in San Quentin Holds the Key.