Why are we scared again?''PragueRace''
, aka Prace, is an ongoing webcomic "about friendship and adventure", by finnish artist Petra Erika Nordlund, better known as LEPPU. Its update rate is somewhat irregular.
The story (not counting the prologue) begins when Leona, a jobless belle, and her neurotic friend Colin buy a poster labeled "Prague Race" on a strange shop that is manned by even stranger people. Soon enough odd, roach-like creatures start appearing all over Leona's apartment and the group of friends (with gentle animal-lover Miko complementing the Trio) see themselves involved with the weird shenanigans that surround this place, and the "other side" that it appears to be a portal of.
The author's DA and Tumblr account are filled with sketches and additional art that promise a lot for the story to come. Leppu's DA account is here
and her Tumblr account is here
The comic has now moved from SmackJeeves
to its own site. Links in examples need updating.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Sela, the shop owner. If the scars are anything to go by.
- All There in the Manual: The author's DA account contains many doodles and sketches that really promise a lot of the story to come.
- All Trolls Are Different: the actual, scandinavian, horns and cow-like tail —type. Not the internet one.
- Bad Ass: Invoked here.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Miko is a Giant Giant, a Supreme Chef, and a Friend to All Living Things. He is also trained in martial arts and can take on people much bigger than him.
- Bland-Name Product: Banana Computers instead of Apple.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: The writer is Finnish so it was bound to happen once in a while. You can still understand it but occasionally there is an awkward grammar problem.
- Blood from the Mouth: Leona.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Toska gives one almost constantly. It's the first hint that something is... off about him.
- Cliff Hanger: Lampshaded.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Toska, the man from the shop. So much. For example, when Toska is fighting Miko, he complains that he shouldn't be losing because he was made to kill. Miko points out that the difference is that he has actual training while implying that Toska is animalistic and clumsy. Toska then asks for training despite the fact that he already told Miko he's trying to murder him. Miko is flabbergasted.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: A thousand punches.
- Disney Death: Colin was eaten by a supernatural shark. The strip for the actual scene is blacked out. Since it's a main character we're talking about, it probably doesn't stick.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Colin.
- Fanservice: Every now and then on the author's accounts. There's also that shot of Leona's bare back... Then there's this.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Inverted with Toska and Miko. Toska does the charging and ends being the one tossed.
- Freudian Trio: The main characters.
- Superego: Colin
- Ego: Miko
- Id: Leona
- Friend to All Living Things: Miko, to a fault. Toska uses it against him by throwing the Conecow at him as a distraction then tackling Miko.
- Gentle Giant: Miko, by far the nicest of the main trio.
- Invisibility: There's an apparently empty shelf in the shop labelled "Invisible Stuff".
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Colin repeatedly says this about Leona. For example, Leona first buys a creepy poster and later she excitedly claims that they should kill Toska with the silliest grin on her face.
- Losing a shoe in the struggle: In chapter 2, Colin is eaten by a oversized shark dog and is presumed dead. The creature hawks up one of his shoes so his friends can be tracked by it's scent. In chapter 4 he is regurgitated and survives where he stubbles in this new monster world.
- No Bisexuals: Averted. Miko seems to like women and dudes that are cute and petite.
- Norse Mythology: Has a strong influence from it.
- Shout-Out: "Little Shop of Rare Goods." Same page. "Fight the Power."
- The Slacker: Leona is the rare female example.
- Slice of Life: the story takes its sweet time to get on to the more fantastic stuff, so most of the comic so far is mostly about a group of friends eating pancakes and throwing out the trash. Which is done quite nicely too, by the way.
- Weak, but Skilled: While Miko is strong for a human, he is weak compared to Toska, a minor Humanoid Abomination. However, Miko easily bests Toska in hand-to-hand combat because he has actually trained to fight.