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Webcomic: Sticky Dilly Buns
Their names aren't Andrea or Richard, and he's gay.
Sticky Dilly Buns is a webcomic created, written, and drawn by "Giz" (Gisèle Lagacé) and "Shouri". It started on January 7, 2013. The two main characters and some of the supporting cast come from Giz's earlier and still-running webcomic, Ménage à 3, and both comics are set in Montreal, Canada. Like its parent comic, Sticky Dilly Buns has a sitcom atmosphere with Slice of Life elements and a degree of (comedy) explicitness about sex — though maybe without quite so much Fanservice. Although Ménage à 3 is explicitly rated R, Sticky Dilly Buns hasn't shown anything really NSFW yet — but there's been some quite explicit dialogue, some just-off-screen intercourse (straight and gay), and some nudity reflected very small. Given its themes and some of its characters' careers, more may follow in the future. The creators have noted that the creative team is all female, and the comic may be slanted slightly more towards a female readership than Ménage à 3, although the difference may be subtle.

The title character of the comic is the (very, very) Camp Gay aspiring actor Dillon O'Brien, and many of the early strips concern his romantic life, and especially his new relationship with his neighbor Jerzy. However, much of the drama in that period involves the second lead character, his room-mate and fellow actor, the ex-porn star Amber Larose, and the unexpected appearance of her younger sister Ruby, who moves into their apartment while searching for a job in the city. As they don't have a spare room, Ruby has to share Amber's room, putting a crimp in Amber's hope for a love life, which is already complicated by her difficulty in getting to know men outside of the porn business. A bigger issue soon turns out to be Ruby's personality, which makes her difficult to live with — and the history which explains this attitude, and which can make the relationship between the two sisters quite melodramatic, as and when the writers choose to exploit this. (Ruby certainly isn't going to treat Amber as a Cool Big Sis if she can help it.) Dillon also tries to make friends with Ruby, although this gets a little weird a lot of the time, leading Ruby to develop her capacity for snarkiness.

The first strip is here.

Sticky Dilly Buns contains examples of:

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    Tropes A-H 

  • Adults Are Useless: Appears to be the case with Amber and Ruby's parents, if only for comedy purposes. According to a line in Ménage à 3, they're wealthy doctors, but... Aside from their failure to bring up daughters able to handle adult life competently (one went into the sex industry, the other is screamingly neurotic), and the fact that they've never even heard that their older daughter has become a fairly famous porn star, they also failed to notice that Ruby felt that they favored Amber (a problem admittedly probably exacerbated by Ruby knowing Amber's secret). Nor did they point out to Ruby that the very short skirts that she wore (thanks to some malevolently bad advice from a teacher) were hardly appropriate for someone seeking a serious graduate-level job in business. Finally, they sent Ruby to live with Amber, only telling Amber she was coming by e-mail, despite the fact that, according to Ruby, she told her mother that Amber never checks her e-mails. They seem to suffer from acute Parental Obliviousness.
  • All Gays Love Theater: Dillon really, really wants to be an actor. Jerzy may avert this a little, as he shows no special interest in the subject — but he's certainly not hostile to it either.
  • All the Good Men Are Gay: Amber occasionally invokes this trope, usually when she's complaining about her dating problems in the presence of the Camp Gay Dillon, if only to flatter him.
  • All Women Are Lustful: At first, Sticky Dilly Buns looked to set to inherit a tendency to hint at this idea from Ménage à 3, with Amber and Chanelle discussing their interest in sex with considerable enthusiasm. (Note that Amber apparently went into the porn business for the sex, and, despite being quite a nice person a lot of the time, she couldn't resist tricking Gary into giving her — admittedly uniquely high-quality — oral sex.) Then Ruby showed up and apparently averted the trope with extreme prejudice — although given her later attempts to check if various male characters were misbehaving, she probably has similar impulses, just under a layer of repression and denial.
  • Appliance Defenestration: A variant is demonstrated here by Ruby, despite the fact that the item was (a) small and (b) not what most people would call a domestic appliance, and the window was open.
  • Auto Erotica: Dillon and Jerzy have their first serious make-out session in the latter's pickup truck.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Dillon and Jerzy go into "mother hen mode" when Andy presents his rather disconcerting gift to Ruby.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Dillon's interest seems to generate this effect when he first sees an attractive man. See here with Jerzy, more noticeably here with Richie — or here with Gary.
  • Book Ends: In the very first strip, Amber says to herself, "Dilly... never change". In the last strip of the first 150-strip volume, Ruby thinks to herself "Something's gotta change here". The Call Back is clearly deliberate, especially given that Ménage à 3 uses visual as well as verbal callbacks to bookend its volumes.
  • But Liquor Is Quicker: Booze leads Jerzy to bad decisions here.
  • Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: When Matt guest-stars in a crossover with the parent comic, readers are reminded that he and Dillon have sometimes had trouble keeping their hands off each other even since they broke up, creating a barely-averted threat threat to Dillon's relationship with Jerzy.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Dillon uses the psychology behind this trope to demonstrate a point to Ruby here.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Ruby and Dillon are spying on Jerzy to determine if he has any faults, a conversation between Angel and Jerzy has Angel pointing out what a shameless flirt Dillon is, even when he's already dating someone. Dillon muses on how he doesn't deserve a guy like Jerzy.
    Dillon: Here's where you say stuff like "Of course you deserve him, Dillon! You're a nice, handsome guy!"
    Ruby: I don't like to lie.
    Dillon: You don't find me handsome?
    • This is a bit of a recurring trend with Dillon, primarily when Ruby tries to underscore that he's got a bad case of Never My Fault.
  • Continuity Nod: The pictures of Gary by Dillon's bedside, the references and flashbacks to Dillon's "bastard ex-boyfriend" Matt, and Amber's accidental Porn Stash, tie this comic back to Ménage à 3. Also, Dillon's reference to some straight men being "on the down low" is actually a nod to a much earlier strip in the other comic, as is then made explicit in the next strip (all of which also establishes that Dillon's source is far from trustworthy). The two comics also actually Cross Over at least once.
  • Cool Car: Jerzy's pickup truck. At least according to Dillon.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: A process visible, in low-key form, in Ruby's character arc. Learning about things like Yaoi puts a strain on her conventional, sheltered morality, and as it turns out, wearing a masculine disguise helps her develop emotional tactics for dealing with Dillon.
  • CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): When Ruby gets into trouble in the swimming pool (due to confusion caused by Dillon's antics) and is promptly fished out, Andy the swimming instructor immediately announces that she needs "CPR". So far as one can tell from subsequent strips, this actually means a little bit of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, rather than even Hollywood CPR, let alone anything realistic.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Dillon becomes flakily jealous about Jerzy, though he's relatively harmless as the trope goes; the concert plotline centers on him trying to assess Jerzy's faithfulness to himself by spying on him in disguise. (No, you're not imagining the hypocrisy there.) As might be expected, this doesn't go well; Dillon probably ends up learning more about himself than he does about Jerzy, Ruby gets to exercise her snarky side on him, and then Dillon blows the disguise in a moment of bad temper.
    • Angel is slightly more subtle about his jealousy regarding Jerzy, but also perhaps more vicious about it; he needles Dillon at every opportunity, and gloats when Dillon makes a fool of himself.
  • Crossover: When Zii's band in Ménage à 3, "Zii and the Troublemakers", get a booking, Zii invites all her friends to come and support her, triggering a crossover. See the notes on Gambit Pileup for some idea of the ensuing mess.
  • Cry into Chest: Parodied somewhat in the last panel here. (It's happened before with these two, but this is the most detail-twisting case to date.) Dillon (disguised as "Dilla") insists on crying into the chest of Ruby (disguised as "Rudy"). As Dillon is taller than Ruby (even without heels), the pose comes out wrong for the usual effect — and Ruby really, really doesn't want to play a "motherly" role. Given that Dillon's crying verges on Inelegant Blubbering, any heartwarming is ruthlessly averted.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Ruby is distracted by a kitten. A few strips later, she buys it, ensuring that she'll have many more such moments.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Comedy characters should never Think Out Loud just because they think they are alone, because they never are. Ruby discovers this here.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Dillon suggests, painfully plausibly, that this was the true nature of Professor Conried, Ruby's favourite teacher, who had an unfortunate influence on Ruby's wardrobe choices. Actually, he initially suggests that Professor Conried was a Dirty Old Man, until Ruby corrects him as to the Professor's sex. But as he points out, in this setting, that doesn't make much difference.
  • Disguised in Drag: Dillon is experienced at passing as a woman for theatrical purposes, but also uses that skill for disguise when he wants to spy on Jerzy. He also brings Ruby with him, disguised as a man.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Demonstrated briefly here by Dillon, for reasons that he explains.
  • Easily Overheard Conversation: Ruby and Dillon manage to eavesdrop a crucial conversation between Angel and Jerzy, without being noticed and while discussing what the other two say between themselves.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Andy, who doesn't seem to be very bright and who certainly doesn't get out much, lands a date with Ruby. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, a colleague then convinces him that Ruby is a porn star, leaving him unsure how to act. First, he gives Ruby a cock ring as a gift at the start of the date, but fortunately she doesn't recognise it; then, trying to find something to talk about, he drops this verbal faux pas.
  • Freudian Trio: It's something of a stretch to fit this trope to the comic, as the three inhabitants of the apartment don't really function much as a trio at all, but the fact is that Dillon often seems to represent the uncontrolled, instinctual, emotional Id, and Ruby certainly acts like a rule-bound, cerebral Superego — leaving Amber to try and reconcile them in her role as the Ego. Unfortunately, she isn't always around, and sometimes slips towards Id behavior herself.
  • Gag Penis: A topic sometimes exploited for jokes:
    • Consider that the cock ring, fitted for himself, which Andy gives to Ruby as a gift is mistaken for a bracelet...
    • At one point, the comic features a guest appearance by Matt from Ménage à 3, where he'd previously been established as being very adequately endowed. That's then used for a joke.note 
  • Gambit Pileup: When Zii's band in Ménage à 3, "Zii and the Troublemakers", get a booking, Zii invites all her friends to come and support her, triggering a crossover and potential pileup, as multiple characters in both comics put plans into motion. In the end, the pileups are less severe than they might have been, but little goes exactly to anyone's plan:
    • Pretty Boyz with Electric Toyz also happen to be playing, and it turns out that Angel has an old feud with Zii, who once slept with Jerzy back when Jerzy was Angel's boyfriend, at least in Angel's eyes. Angel wants to crush Zii, who isn't the sort to back down; the relationship between the two is now totally hostile.
    • Angel summons Jerzy, to provide moral support as a friend.
    • Dillon also has an invitation, works out that Jerzy will be there, and wants to find out what he's up to with Angel, if anything. He comes along dressed as a woman, and brings Ruby, dressed as a man, to provide some kind of cover as his "date". (She initially protests at the idea, but seems to enjoy playing detectives; she enjoys some ensuing embarrassments and revelations rather less.) He is also prone to being distracted by his long-running crush on Gary, who's also there. In the end, though, it's his own poor impulse control that causes him disaster.
    • Amber regards the gig as an opportunity to seduce Gary. Initially she hopes that Dillon will be absent, clearing the way for this; later, Zii just points out to her that Dillon really should be over his own crush on Gary by now. When she bumps into Dillon and Ruby, she instantly recognizes the former (having seen him in drag before) but not the latter. Funnily enough, she actually achieves her own objective when all the possible obstructions clear themselves out of the way of their own accord.
    • Gary was planning a guys' night out with his friend Jung, and is largely oblivious to others' intentions.
    • Matt has brought Kiley to meet his friends (neither of them knowing how many of them she's already met, sometimes in complicated ways), and gets talking to Ruby (Male Restroom Etiquette notwithstanding) and then Dillon in the restrooms; then he disappears with someone else, while Kiley who ran away in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing revelation, gets distracted.
    • Erik is now managing Pretty Boyz with Electric Toyz (his feelings for Zii since their recent traumatic break-up are uncertain, but he's clearly still not entirely over her). He mostly remains in the background.
    • DiDi, Sonya, and Peggy from Ménage à 3 are also there, two of them with seductive designs on Gary, and get a little tangled up with some of the other events.
    • Jung is there to deliver the band's stage costumes, hang out with Gary, and be snarky. He will maybe never realize how good the opportunity was for the last.
  • Generic Cuteness: Most of the characters are meant to be attractive young people, but even given this they are pretty well all noticeably decorative. This is inherent in the character concepts of the likes of Dillon, Amber, and Jerzy, but the nerdy Ruby has a great slim figure, a random pet shop owner will turn out to be the sort of cute guy who can distract Dillon and Angel, and even very minor characters like the plump middle-aged lady handing out free chocolate samples at the mall look good for what they are.
  • The Ghost: Jerzy's sister Felicia shares his apartment, which is next door to Dillon and Amber's, and they have met her. However, the readers never seem to be allowed to see her.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Amber (the beautiful sister) and Ruby (the smart sister) have rather a textbook case going, apart from a moderately substantial age difference. Admittedly, Amber doesn't want to fight, but she doesn't seem to have a clue how to talk to her sister, while Ruby toned things down a little after her first appearance; she presumably realizes that she has to live with Amber. However, Ruby isn't entirely ready to stop fighting, her aggression could be quite enough to reignite the war at any time, and she keeps finding legitimate new grounds for resentment.
  • Guy on Guy Is Hot:
  • Hero-Worshipper: Dillon seems to attract hero worship, for no clear reason:
    • It's seen in parody or maybe just plain weird form with Jacob here. However, Jacob, possibly a Deliberately Cute Child, may just be trying to manipulate Dillon there.
    • It takes a less ambiguous but distinctly weird form when offered by naive straight guy Andy (who knows full well that Dillon is gay); see, for example, strip #104 (February 14, 2014, somewhat NSFW).

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  • Really Gets Around:
    • Definitely part of Amber's past, and still part of Chanelle's present, if only for professional reasons. However, Amber is evidently trying to live a little differently now.
    • Ménage à 3 had lines implying that this was Dillon's style too, but he seems to be more romantic and monogamous, if still flirtatious, these days. Assuming that he's not likely to carry through with those flirtations, of course.
  • The Resenter: Ruby resents Amber, although Amber isn't exactly the hero of the story. This may have started out as simple Sibling Rivalry, but things have become messier than that. It probably doesn't help that Ruby has apparently worked hard through school and university, missing out on much of a private life in the process, and is now still looking for work, whereas Amber has a job and a nice apartment after leaving home to go into the sex industry — and Ruby has become massively stressed by spending years concealing this fact from their parents. Amber's carelessness does make Ruby's resentment look at least partly justified, and Amber seems to understand this enough to feel at least a little guilty. Ruby believes that Amber benefits from Parental Favoritism, although Amber denies this; the readers can't know for sure, and it's possible that Ruby's perception of the facts is distorted by her resentment.
  • Right Through the Wall:
    • A minor variant here — right through the apartment front door, in this case.
    • On a later occasion, Ruby gets to hear more than she wants of Dillon and Jerzy's lovemaking.
  • Roommate Com: Ruby's arrival makes this a three-roommate version. None of the lead characters is actually in a band, but they know someone who is.
  • Security Cling: Played for laughs — even within the comic — here.
  • Sex Comedy: Dillon has sex with Jerzy while being a goofy romantic about it, Amber wants sex but has difficulty finding opportunities, Ruby says she isn't interested in sex but keeps blundering into sexual situations...
  • Sex Is Good: The general assumption of the comic, albeit with some complications and light and shade. Dillon is very happy when he gets into a sexual relationship; Amber and Chanelle are all in favor of sex (despite having worked in the porn business, which might conceivably make someone jaundiced or cynical on the subject), and Ruby seems to be uptight and unhappy in her prudishness. However, mishandled sexuality can have negative consequences in the setting; Ruby was damaged by exposure to one of Amber's films, and Dillon has some unhappy relationships in his past.
  • Shirtless Scene: Most of the men are good-looking to borderline Mr. Fanservice levels, and the comic isn't averse to having them get their shirts off, with excuses ranging from drinks spillages to straightforward sex scenes. It even lampshades the ease of the shirt removal a little in strip #36 (May 13, 2013, marginally NSFW); "Now where did their shirts go!?!"
  • Shout-Out: The coupling of "Matt" and "Dillon" is a rather arbitrary shout-out that carried over from the parent comic. However, nobody in the setting ever seems to notice the coincidence until Ruby, who seems to have a fondness for old television, lampshades it instantly.
  • Shower Scene: Played with a little here, as characters who are used to sharing a shower blunder in on someone who isn't. It is, incidentally, a measure of how quickly Ruby is adapting to the situation in the apartment that she is merely angry at this, rather than incoherent with rage or embarrassment. She's less brittle than she initially appeared.
  • Sibling Rivalry: This seems to be part of the background to the clash between Amber and Ruby, although the problem has gone some way beyond any simple rivalry between sisters. In fact, given the fairly substantial difference in their ages, they don't seem to have come into much conflict before Amber left home — although there have been small hints that Ruby, the smarter sister, may sometimes have reminded Amber of that fact.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Amber — blonde, bisexually active, extrovert, long since left home — is contrasted with Ruby — dark, virginal, cerebral, emotionally tied to their parents. Ruby herself makes a point of emphasizing how different they are.
  • Slapstick: This comic may be a little more prone to physical comedy than its parent; see, for example, this bit of bumbling from Andy.
  • Sour Prude: Ruby takes this role, moderated by her youth and nervousness, and by her Broken Bird status. She may merely end up as The Comically Serious.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Angel's approach to Jerzy may not involve actual stalking, but is often seriously obsessive. Actually, Angel's is arguably as bad, if subtler.
  • Tempting Fate: Jerzy, desperate to cheer Angel up, says that Zii's band aren't much good. As they're standing in the middle of an audience which is already going wild for that band, this isn't so much tempting fate as sheer desperation.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Ruby makes this mistake here.
  • Too Much Information: Pretty much any scene involving Ruby can end with her learning more than she wanted to know — especially if Amber's private life is involved (Amber is her sister, after all), though anything involving gay sex is also well out of her comfort zone. As she puts it, hanging around with Dillon and Amber "is like tuning my TV to the 'Uncomfortable Realizations Channel,' 24-7".
  • Two Decades Behind: Pretty Boyz with Electric Toyz appears to be made up of twenty-something musicians, but their primary stylistic reference seems to to be '70s Glam Rock. Perhaps they just have slightly retro tastes. Then there's Ruby, who's in her early 20s — but whose television references are things like Three's Company, Magnum, P.I., Columbo, and Kojak. Okay, she doesn't get out much in the evenings, but stays home watching reruns — but still... One might guess that the writers may be older than their characters.
  • Wall of Text: Mostly, this comic avoids large speech balloons; it's driven more by the art than by intense use of dialogue. Hence, Ruby's unleashing of a wall-of-text speech bubble here works as a deliberate bit of comedy and characterisation.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Dillon mostly drags up for theatrical purposes, or as a disguise when spying on people, rather than because of any sort of kink — although there are hints of sexual games at times. (Dillon's actions can never be assumed to be 100% "wholesome".) Ruby's evening passing as "Rudy" is purely for purposes of disguise, although it leads to some comedic complications.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Used somewhat parodically by Ruby when Dillon inveigles her into a scheme that requires she be disguised in front of some people who know her. Given that she doesn't seem likely to have much talent for acting, she's probably wise to adopt a heavy prop-based disguise.
  • Wild Teen Party: Alluded to somewhat by Ruby when she mentions how she first found out about Amber's porn career. As this involved a bunch of teenage boys showing what turned out to be one of Amber's films, this wasn't the most enjoyable of parties from Ruby's point of view. Word of God is that this happened when she was about 14.
  • With Friends Like These...: Dillon tries to make friends with Ruby, because that's the kind of "cute" thing he does, and does give her some good advice on dressing for success. However, he keeps trying to organise her some kind of romantic life despite her saying that she doesn't want one, throws tantrums when she tries to keep him at a distance, and confuses her so badly with his flirtatious-gay antics that at one point she nearly drowns in a swimming pool. The "friendship" thus tends to be a mixed blessing from her point of view. He, though, is too ditzy to accept that there may be problems, and throws one of those tantrums if she does get through to him at all.
  • Word Salad Title: "Sticky Dilly Buns" is usually assumed to refer to Dillon's butt in some way, but nobody seems to know for sure. Frankly, this verges on being a Word Puree Title.
  • Yaoi Genre:
    • The comic isn't full-on yaoi, but it can be considered a lightweight western version, with Dillon and Jerzy as the main resident Yaoi Guys.
    • The concept is also invoked within the comic here.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Something of a recurrent (if not fully stated) theme of the comic:
  • Zany Scheme: Dillon is a little prone to zany thinking. Showing up at a concert in disguise — with Ruby, also disguised (and both of them cross-dressing) — to check on Jerzy's fidelity is notably over the edge. As zany schemes are want to do, it backfires — twice, in fact, first when Jerzy proves his faithfullness while Angel exposes Dillon's flirtatious nature, and second and much worse when Dillon loses the plot in a fit of temper.

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