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
in tone, whether it's running on Rule of Funny
and playing with discontinuity
or getting serious with ongoing plotlines and Character Development
. Just what the heck the author is trying to do here is an ongoing question for all of the characters.
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