Sequential Art is a webcomic drawn by Phillip M. Jackson (aka Jolly Jack) about a group of unlikely anthropomorphic housemates.Art is a chronically frustrated graphic designer (and the only human living in the house); Kat, a cat girl, is a fun loving photographer; Pip, a penguin, is a stereotypical geek who is obsessed with comics and computers, and Scarlet is a naïve and energetic squirrel girl whose erratic behaviour and short attention span masks her true intellect.After the arc covering Scarlet's Backstory, the other members of a Think Tank also live with the foursome.
Attention Whore: Hillary. It's revealed that the reason why Hillary and Kat are having their feud is because Kat had the same lunchbox as Hillary, and Hillary thought that would take attention away from her.
Aura Vision: Vanity Thorn can see auras as well as ghosts.
Author Tract: A few minor barbs, rather than rants. (The author has other comic strips for his full-fledged rants.)
Awesome, but Impractical: Pip grabs a rather large gun because it looked dangerous. It actually is powerful as it was shown to blast off a door, but it's actually just a popcorn popper, and as such has a range measured in only a few centimeters.
Referenced in-universe: Art draws such material for a commission in one strip.
Also, Hilary, a former porn star.
Averted in Real Life, since the artist is still drawing the naughty stuff- it's even advertised on his main site. The reason he's against his portfolios being shared is because they're the majority of his income, as he's ranted about several times.
Break the Haughty: Hilary, Kat's arch-nemesis from grade school, downgraded from high-powered advertising executive to sitting in the unemployment office. Next to Pip, who wants to talk about her previous "career".
Brick Joke: After the Denizens storyline, Pip scavenges some of their technology from the basement of the house and sells it on eBuy, and as a result, on strip 344, a couple of collectors get transported to the Gobi desert due to one of the pieces of technology being still functional. On strip 765, Pip gets his eBuy account cancelled on account of an outlandish claiming about those very memorabilia collectors being stranded in the desert and supposedly one having to eat the other.
The spider from all the way back in strip 7 makes a re-appearance during Scarlet's flashback, as well as somewhat justifying how Pip managed to blow up the bathroom with a deodorant flamethrower.
Another call back is in strip #765 regarding the Denizens' technology that Pip sold to the two nerds in strip #344. It teleported them to the middle of the Gobi desert in Mongolia, and one apparently had to eat the other.
Collecting insurance when a penguin with a homemade flamethrower blows up the bathroom trying to kill spiders.
Emergency services outright disconnect the phone call when they learn that it's yet another insane story from the gang's house.
Catch-22 Dilemma: When Pip first starts playing Legends of Lorcraft in panel 136, he starts as a Level 1 serf, and needs armor and a sword to go on treasure quests. However, armor and swords cost money, which is earned by obtaining treasures. Pip lampshades his dilemma nicely.
And the reason he's even in this mess? When he tried to join a Pick-Up Group upon first spawning, he made the mistake of partying with a Griefer, a thief who stole all his gear.
Cerebus Syndrome: Downplayed. Several times the artist has taken a few months to do long arc stories involving the plucky characters combating dangerously powerful adversaries like the Denizens or Oz, only to have the conflict resolved and go right back to the "Gag-A-Day" Format.
Colourful Theme Naming: The SquirrelGirls: Ambernote the one with the slicked-back hair and the small ahoge in front, Scarletnote the one with messy Peek-a-Bangs, Jadenote the one with the longest hair and Violetnote the one with a similar hairstyle to Scarlet, but not ruffled.
Disembodied Eyebrows: Pretty much everyone who has eyebrows has had them floating off their head at one point or another.
Distracted by the Sexy: A drugged Kat trying on a borrowed swimsuit that's way to big for her, to the point of threatening to fall off if she weren't holding onto the garment, distracts Art from thinking about how to escape a Reality Show also serving as a prison for those threatening to reveal a covert Alien Invasion.
Droste Image: Pip meets the Author Avatar hamster in the strip itself. He gives Pip a copy of his latest strip (which at the time was that very strip.) Pip looks at the strip, which is about Pip looking at the strip, looking at the strip, looking at the strip and so on.
Pip: Woah. Trippy.
Dynamic Entry: Kat slams Hilary with a flying kick to the face for the above-mentioned lies she spread about Kat.
Expy: Many, usually Bland-Name Product-type expys, but special mention should go to the Eldaks, who are fairly obviously inspired by Doctor Who's Daleks. They even use the same Catch Phrase: EXTERMINATE!, and their name is an anagram of "Daleks."
Fate Worse than Death: When Art, Kat, and Pip get captured by the "aliens", they beg not to be killed. Instead, they get put in a cast for a reality TV expy of Big Brother. The trio immediately wished they had been killed instead.
Faux Affably Evil: Jack and Oz are both extremely evil, but they're just so funny at the same time.
Flashback Twist: Twice. Art asks Scarlet if the washing machine broke. Kat asks Scarlet if anyone messed with the Christmas lights.
Then there's this non-canon fanservice-y accident. There was plenty of times it could've happened during DeCerto storyline. A pity it didn't.
Glasgow Grin: A variation. It's stated in Jack's official bio that his "mouth" is actually a crack in his face, meaning he's broken. This pretty much explains why he was the only Denizen who turned out to be evil.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Kat stays sober all year...until New Year's Eve, when she gets totally smashed. Her "New Year's Resolution" for several years now has been to "stop drinking so much alcohol during the holiday season".
Hive Mind: Again, Scarlet and her sisters. The reason they're such ditzes most of the time is that each is one part out of a 4-part superintelligence. As seen when everyone plays the board version of Land of Lorecraft: everyone against Pip, the squirrel sisters manage to pull off a spectacular plan on Pip to allow Kat and Art to beat him unhindered.
Which just goes to show, never challenge a bio-supercomputer to a strategy game
Human Resources: It turns out that the aliens are on earth to harvest the ambient energy naturally given off by the willfully ignorant to power their races machinery.....their civilization is powered by stupid people.
James Cameron wants to stop them...because they are hogging all the people dumb enough to pay to see his movies.
Also, Kat gets her hands on the Attacknoid's remote here.
Scarlet may be one of fiction's quintessential Genki Girls, but she can't stand it when a drugged up Kat starts talking a million words a minute.
I Am Legion: Scarlet and the rest of the Think Tank quartet. Partially subverted in that they are not willfully malevolent, but they are dangerously intelligent when in close proximity (they can weaponize practically anything they get their paws on), and it seems that they can only function as adults when they are in the same room. If any of the girls are even as far apart as being in different levels of the house, they devolve into spastic, ditzy Genki Girls with random bouts of super-genius.
Karma Houdini: A number of the more dangerous situations that the protagonists find themselves in can be traced back to Scarlet in one way or another, as well as more destructive actions such as when she activates a Kill Sat. These are typically never brought up again, presumably due to a combination of her cuteness and her essentially being socially and developmentally retarded.
Kids Are Cruel: To Art at least. Timmy talks to Kat nicely and normally while, at the same time, barraging the poor sod with snowballs.
Here, as well, although he's much less pleased with the situation.
Meat Puppet: OZBASIC does this briefly to convince Kat that the guards he's just gassed to death have become zombies in order to get her to flee the room so her friends don't find her. In the next strip, he is shown manipulating two dead scientists into having a pretend tea party, as a little girl would with dolls.
Not Afraid of You Anymore: Kat stands up for herself against her old teacher Mrs Strinpit after the woman tries treating her as she did when she was a little girl The shock of someone standing up to her kills the woman
Not-So-Harmless Villain: In his initial appearances, Jack was a complete joke of a villain. Then he almost nukes the world. Yikes.
Rapid Hair Growth: Art was shaved bald as an Easter prank. He pours a bottle of hair restorer on his dome in strip #132 and waits. No further hair appears on his head, but he does almost instantly push out a Russian czar beard. Next, in strip #133, Scarlet the squirrel-girl lost all her head fur to bubblegum. She drinks Art's bottle of hair restorer. The result is she gets her head fur back, plus triples her body fur.
Sadist Teacher: Ms. Strinpit - possibly only towards Kat and the kids in her last school, judging by how she gave Hilary the easiest questions while giving Kat detention for answering questions right while telling her she was wrong (Then giving her even more detention for using a calculator to prove she was right). More like Evil Teacher, really.
Sarcastic Clapping: Once Art and Pop have purged the stupid drugs out of chicken guy and he frantically announces that the aliens are controlling them Pip retorts with this while Art just stands with an expression that screams "Gee, no shit."
Scenery Censor: Scarlet originally ran around the house naked. Kat eventually got her a jumper. Her sisters wear shirts from their old science lab. They're still 1 awkward pose away from falling out of them.
Scooby Stack: The squirrel girls express their fear of open spaces by hugging a doorway in a Stack.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Art's arguably justified reaction to learning that James Cameron is actually a merman at war with ugly but affable reality-show-hosting aliens over 'retardium', a precious energy source derived from human brains when they're... idling.
Sequential Artist: Considering the title, it's not a surprise that this is Art's occupation.
The Martian Invasion story arc has one toDoctor Who. The Eldak are basically expies of the Daleks, their very name is an anagram of the infamous pepper-pots and they use the Dalek's Catch Phrase, "Exterminate!". Then another to Star Wars when Pip finds some TIE Interceptors to play with.
Pip the penguin apparently has an Uncle Feathers who was a career criminal. Sure enough, his last name turns out to be McGraw.
Stupidity Inducing Attack: It was what is keeping all the cast members of the reality TV show the three protagonists were thrown into from leaving. It turned out the aliens had injected something into the water that makes the victims stupid then discredit them on national TV as the victims are people who have found them out and could potentially blow their cover. Unfortunately for Art and Pip, Kat also falls victim to this....
Nightlight gets one as well, when Pip is disgusted with how the movie got Scarlet and her sisters to think that all vampires are hot, sparkly, and nonthreatening. He promptly treats them to Oldman's version of Dracula.