Webcomic / The Adventures of Shan Shan

The Adventures of Shan Shan is a fantasy webcomic featuring fourteen-year-old Shan Shan, who has always been able to see and hear things that supposedly don't exist. After he is attacked by Karmavore — a beast created from evil deeds — he is offered a chance to become a Guardian of the universe. He's not really sure he's cut out for it. But together with Cassie, Adam and Backpack, he hopes to overcome all the ordeals of becoming a hero, saving the world and being a teenager.

Starts here.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his (talking) backpack. Shan Shan's puppy-shaped backpack serves as his companion as well as providing commentary audible only to Shan Shan.
  • Adults Are Useless: Shan Shan's admittedly don't see the things he does, but even when his mother notes with concern how much he "talk[s] to himself," his father just laughs it off.
  • Herald: Shan Shan's life has been plagued by strangeness, but Julius gives it an actual focus and directs him to where he can learn more about what's going on.
  • It Was a Gift: Cassie has a lunchbox her dad gave her before he disappeared.
  • Precious Puppy: Backpack is shaped like a puppy for no apparent functional reason. He also invokes the supposed universal love of puppies when claiming he's not the reason Shan Shan eats alone.
  • Resigned to the Call: Shan Shan apparently realizes he can't just refuse, but he tries to get time to think.

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