Why are we scared again?''PragueRace''
, aka Prace, is an ongoing webcomic "about friendship and adventure", by a 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" from 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 completing the Trio) find themselves involved with weird shenanigans that surround the shop, and the "other side" that it appears to be a portal to.
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.
- Alternate Universe: The magical world where trolls and other creatures come from.
- Art Evolution: The art isn't at all bad to begin with but as the comic goes on, the style gets more fluid and the character designs evolve.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Miko is a Gentle 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 is 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.
- Blond Brunette Redhead: Miko, Leona, and Colin.
- 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. Although Toska doesn't die from it.
- 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 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... And also with Sela's cleavage later on.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Colin, Miko, and Leona, as expected.
- 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".
- Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: In chapter 2, Colin is eaten by Fishsticks, an oversized walking shark, and is presumed dead. The creature hawks up one of his shoes so his friends can be tracked by it's scent. Later on, in Chapter 4, Colin is vomited out into the magical world and, of course, one of his shoes is missing.
- Nice Hat: Seems to be the werewolves' reaction here, when Sela gives one of them Tahvo's hat to look after temporarily.
- 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.
- No Bisexuals: Averted. Miko seems to like women and dudes that are cute and petite.
- Norse Mythology: Has a strong influence from it.
- Prolonged Prologue: The comic takes it's time setting up characters and their relationships to one another before throwing us into the actual plot of the story.
- Shout-Out: There are a ton of these in Prague Race, as the author is known to include inside jokes and even her friends' characters (or characters from her other projects) in her works.
- The Slacker: Leona is the rare female example.
- Tahvo, who according to his official cast page "works at the Rehoming Center for the Accidentally Immigrated, where he spends his days trying to avoid doing anything."
- 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.
- True Companions: The main trio.
- 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.