Webcomic: Sketch Comedy
A cartoonist sits down at his desk to create a new webcomic. But what exactly will it be about? Who will the characters be? Will it be a simple gag-a-day strip or a greater dramatic work that speaks deeply to the human condition? And is Jackson Ferrell really qualified to handle an entire fictional world?Sketch Comedy is a metafictional, No Fourth Wall webcomic about a cartoonist's interactions with his characters and the comic world he creates. Said characters include:
- The strip's creator, prone to deranged abuses of power and bouts of self-consciousness about his comic.
- Howard, the comic's resident wizard, called into being to provide it with a central character. Promptly wandered off in search of a sandwich.
- Karen, a carryover from Jackson's previous strip Pungirls!. Straight Man and a bit of a worrywart.
- Becky, Karen's carefree, enthusiastic roommate, and also a carryover from Pungirls!.
- Independent Music James: He's not a hipster, he's an elitist. James is the critical voice the world needs—if only he could get the world to listen.
- Teri, James' snarky friend who enjoys teasing him about everything he takes seriously (which is everything). Prone to flights of Cloudcuckoolandishness.
- 17th-century French philosopher René Descartes
Oh no, trope examples:
- Author Appeal:
- Beat Panel: beaten to absolute death.
- Black Best Friend, Black and Nerdy: Paul from the Devastator Babies.
- Captain Ersatz: Independent Music James began as a quasi-parody of Indie Rock Pete, but developed into more of an angry critic than hipster. They're both music snobs, but for different reasons.
- Centipede's Dilemma / Writer's Block: When faced with the boundless potential of creating a new webcomic, Jackson Ferrell can't decide what strip to draw.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Played with. Relentlessly.
- Creator Breakdown: Parodied twice.
- Genius Bruiser: professional wide receiver Ubiquitus Moss.
- Medium Awareness: Fricking everyone.
- No Fourth Wall
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Parodied with organ cuts.
- Rage Against the Author: Howard and the cartoonist refuse to play nice.
- Stylistic Suck: Rene Descartes' comic strip "School of Thought."
- Tropes Are Tools: invoked by Becky here.
- Wall of Text: parodied (getting in a jab at Cerebus the Aardvark in the same breath, no less).
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Karen predominantly, but at one point or another pretty much every member of the cast gets in on the complaining.
- Write Who You Know: the cartoonist's friends and coworkers have been known to insert themselves into the comic.