Webcomic / The Adventures of Sue and Kathryn!

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The Adventures of Sue and Kathryn! is a webcomic by Dave Warren. It's also a Show Within a Show in his other webcomic, Selkie.

Sue, a young outgoing zombie, and Kathryn, a scientifically minded wraith, live in suburbia, and spend their time alternating between annoying, terrifying, or just trying to be friendly to their neighbors. Frequently all three at once. Oh, and they also could both be insane. Just a little. But then again, their neighbors might not be the most normal or sane individuals themselves.

Yep, it's that kind of comic.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Sue's father apparently tried to beat her when she was a child.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Henri, a rabbit-scorpion, wags his tail when excited.
  • And I Must Scream: Played for Laughs with the Haunted Tree, who keeps telling Kathryn (to her frustration): "Release me from this existence".
  • Appropriated Appelation: Mr. Fluffy finds he likes the name, and embraces it, albeit with "God of Fire" added to the end.
  • Ass Kicks You: Sue's method of butting in to introduce herself to the Ellivanders is quite literally butting in. Bonus points for it being referred to as "Plan Bravo Uniform Tango Tango".
  • Auto Cannibalism: Sue once ate her own brain (she lost a bet).
  • Beyond the Impossible: Henri's venom is so strong that it can not only affect the zombie Sue, but a wizard possessing a teddy bear, which has nothing to really be affected by the poison.
  • Brains and Brawn: Kathryn and Sue, respectively.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Kathryn's idea of cookout dishes includes fruit salad, candied yams, and...mutagenic neurotoxin.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Some of the neighbors react this way when Sue invites them for a cookout.
    Neighbor Kid: My pants are full of fear!
  • Brought Down to Badass: Sue is still pretty badass, but she used to have actual superpowers.
    • Hensuka is composed of two skilled adventurers and their trainee Henry, but the nature of the fusion between Henry, Sue and Kathryn has left them without their primary abilities, like Henry's stinger. They still do pretty well when trapped in hell.
  • The Brute: Sue depends primarily on her strength in a fight.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Sue and Kathryn are a Show Within a Show in Selkie, but a couple of the orphanage kids appear in one of Sue's flashbacks.
  • Dark is Not Evil: Besides the titular duo, there are other undead individuals that are good people.
  • Daywalking Vampire: They are a rarity, since most vampires have the standard sunlight weakness, but there are a few out there. Including Sue.
  • Ditzy Genius: Kathryn is apparently a skilled chemist, but like Sue she can be oblivious of details about what is going on around her.
  • Dreadful Musician: Kathryn can't play a tune on the recorder to save her un-life. She claims to be self-taught, and it shows.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: The Ellivanders immediately freak out upon Kathryn revealing that they have a mouse in their home.
  • Emotion Eater: Spirits like Kathryn feed off of emotions, but since feeding off people is outlawed, they get their sustenance from the emotions in objects, like the emotions a chef imbues into his food, etc.
  • Famed In-Story: Sue and Kathryn are renowned for heroic deeds such as stopping an army of elves and were-elephants. At least, to those who haven't gotten to know them yet.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: It won't from the power of Lucifer, who can shatter it effortlessly to edit all character tags to not give away his name, and yell at Dave himself for continuously trying to apply said tags.
  • Gendercide: Centuries ago, the elves wiped out every single male pixie with a magical plague. The species only survived due to using magical rituals to reproduce, becoming a One-Gender Race.
  • Hellgate: The raw power of the fused Hensuka can conjure one of these...when it/they sneeze.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Both Sue and Kathryn. They both just want to get along with people, although their views on how to do it are...warped, to put it politely.
  • Hipster: Viciously mocked.
    Timothy: Look at Ms. Asa! She can't feel joy anymore!
    King Crownenhaugen XIV: Don't be absurd! She's merely in an emotive place where apathy and ennui rule her existence.
    Ms. Asa: ...meh. m'kay.
    Kind Crowenhaugen XIV: She's no worse off than a hipster!
  • Leader Forms the Head: The King of Sub-Francisco (who is a giant talking crown) gets to do this in combination with several other spirits, complete with reciting the classic Voltron line.
  • Light is Not Good: The Laser Priests hunt rogue undead, but are are jerks to the ones that aren't evil. In one instance they deliberately don't tell a newly raised undead that if she didn't register herself within 48 hours, they could hunt her down. After said spirit had helped them.
  • Mad Scientist: Kathryn with her talent with chemistry, although she will object to the "mad" part of this.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The Deathbunny family. The mom is a scorpion with a bunny tail, her kids are the inverse.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Morton can only be hurt by someone he loves, nothing else really even phases him.
  • Noodle Incident: The block party massacre from last year. Sue claims she was "totes provoked".
  • Noodle Implements: Used to deliver an Orphaned Punchline. "I can't believe you did all that with a paperclip!"
    • When facing a giant mass of spirits, Kathryn comes up with an unused plan involving snake venom, holy water, and an unabridged copy of Wurthering Heights.
  • Older Than They Look: Sue is in her 20s despite having the body of an 8 year old.
    • Likewise, Kathyrn is older than electricity, though looks are less a factor in her case.
  • Our Elves Are Better: In the backstory, the two heroines stopped their army of were-elephants. The Ellivanders at least, speak oddly (shown by no punctuation at the end of their sentences), but seem to be a bit nicer. Emphasis on seem, as it's hinted there's more to them than meets the eye.
    • They also apparently are "sires to trolls", but they don't like talking about that.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Mostly standard: the original vampires were created by Lucifer himself, who gave them their supernatural strength and speed, hunger for blood, and their weakness to sunlight as a reminder that Lucifer aka the "Bringer of Dawn" is their maker, although not every vampire has that weakness.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Were-elephants in this case. The elves used them as part of their armed forces. It's later revealed that some elves, like the Ellivander children, were also attacked by them.
  • Police Code for Everything: "Calling all units, we got a psychic elephant on the loose. This is a Five-Four-Zero IN PROGRESS!"
  • Red Baron: A partially self-applied case. Lucifer is "the Father of Lies", but prefers "the Bringer of Dawn". And in this case, "self-applied" means "will threaten anyone who calls him otherwise. Including the comic's writer.
  • Spoof Aesop: Kathryn delivers one at the end of the second chapter. "When a King asks you to help free his people, first check and make sure he isn't planning to turn into a giant monster and terrorize a city."
  • Super Strength: Being a zombie, Sue is easily capable of lifting a moving van over her head with one hand. As it turns out, Sue's strength is considered unnatural, even for a zombie (who are stronger than mortal humans). Which ties into the reveal that she's really a vampire.
  • Taking the Bullet: Carrotcake did this for Sue in the past. Only it was a BFS.
  • Two Beings, One Body: Well, three beings. An experiment gone wrong leads to Sue, Kathryn, and Henri becoming a strange amalgamate being known as Hensuka, with all three being potentially in control.
    • Kathryn returns to normal after she ends up calming herself while Henry and Sue are freaking out, leaving just two in the fusion.
  • Villain Team-Up: When the Spirit King and Mr. Fluffy meet in jail, they form a plan to team up for revenge on the duo.
  • Voice of the Legion: Hensuka speaks like this, with the voices of the other two echoing whenever one of the trio inside it speaks.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Ellivanders call Kathryn out after she openly accuses them of being were-elephants. They adopted their children after their parents were murdered by were-elephants. Part of it being that said children were bitten and became were-elephants themselves.
    Elliot Ellivander: Thank you for teaching them never to meet their heroes

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