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Webcomic: Sinfest
A festival of sin... or at least temptation.

Sinfest is a webcomic by Tatsuya Ishida, an outgrowth of a strip he originally created for the UCLA college newspaper. The primary characters are (or at least were) Slick, a Calvin-esque teenaged "pimp" who's always trying to look as cool as he can, and his hot friend Monique, who spends her days fighting for feminist causes when she isn't flirting with hot guys (of whom Slick doesn't qualify).

Other characters include God and Satan, who still hold a silly grudge; Seymour, a religious zealot; Li'l Evil, a Satan zealot and offspring; Squigley, a pig who gets high all the time; Jesus; Buddha; The Dragon, an embodiment of Eastern religion; Percival and Pooch, the artist's cat-and-dog duo; and Criminy, the sheltered bookworm. They have surreal, metaphysical adventures that often involve Slick's high view of himself, Monique's oversexed behavior, Satan's desire to acquire their souls, and other goings-on.

The strip originally lived up to its name, playing with Black Comedy scenarios, drug humor, and subversive pokes at the nature of religion and morality, among other topics, usually with little or no regard for continuity. Over time, however, it's gotten softer and more focused on social issues. Longer story arcs have been introduced and playing above and beneath others, such as Criminy's chaste romance with one of Satan's hot succubi, and the tragic back-story of L'il Evil. While still poking fun at religion and comfortable with language that won't play in newspapers, following the reclusive Tatsuya's evident turn to a radical brand of second-wave feminism, the strip's name is no longer really accurate and depicts a world where most people are brainwashed by dominant culture and a Matrix-like Patriarchy is responsible for most evils. Said evils involve excessive consumerism, marketing of everything, male chauvinism, and just plain bad old intolerance.

As of 2014, Slick and Monique (along with several others listed above as main characters) have been essentially reduced to supporting characters, with most of the action focused on the ongoing battle between the feminist Sisterhood and the Patriarchy as led by Satan.

A rare example of a webcomic becoming Lighter and Softer, and at the same time becoming far more controversial with its fanbase. Also good for anyone who wants to go on an Archive Binge, with just over 4,500 strips! Indeed, it's one of the longest running webcomics on the net.

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