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Webcomic: Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet

"I hate this city. And I hate all you stupid people and all the stupid things you do!"

Set in early 20th century Australia, Todd Allison is the next-door neighbor of Petunia Elkwood, a broke yet perky young lady. Petunia is oddly intrigued by Todd, and in fact refers to him as "the only interesting thing in [her] city". Todd asks Petunia to deliver a letter after the post office is bombed by the mysterious serial terrorist Violet; Petunia is followed by Todd to make sure the job gets done. And things just get progressively weirder and more awesome from there.

A webcomic by the hugely popular Smackjeeves artist Nozmo, Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet combines "explosions, bombs, plant biology, chemical engineering, parties, pretty shoes and people swearing" into a beautiful comic worthy of all the fans it has. This comic is now updating on MangaMagazine with shiny new pages. Nozmo is also the creator of the webcomic Alternate.


This comic contains examples of:

  • Alt Text: Used by Nozmo early on in several of the pages of the comic to insert jokes and snarky comments about whatever's going on in the scene, but only at the original SmackJeeves site. Sadly, MangaMagazine doesn't have this as a feature.
  • Animesque: Very slightly.
  • Bishie Sparkles: Tend to appear around Cyril and Landon. A lot.
    • Elijah and Meredith get an overdose of them, along with roses, in a panel of chapter 15.
  • Book Ends: The Daydreamings of Todd Allison begins with an image of a young Todd Allison blowing soap bubbles and ends with a doodle of an older Todd, doing the same.
  • Boom, Headshot: In Chapter 5, Cyril shoots a bunch of people. All of them in the head.
  • Butt Monkey: Bentham.
  • The Cameo: Several, mostly from Nozmo's other webcomics and other people's webcomics. Barnaby also makes a brief and painful appearance in Chapter 9.
  • Camp Gay: Landon, though done with a lighter hand than other examples.
  • Character Blog: Todd on Twitter (though as of January 2012 it hasn't been updated).
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase/Name and Name
  • Cuteness Proximity: Both Elijah and Meredith seem to have this with Petunia.
    • Everyone has that with Petunia. And Elijah has it with Dylan.
  • Death Glare: Todd Allison.
    • And Clancey gets his own here.
  • Emotionless Girl: Violet, the mysterious blue-haired lady who burns down the post office.
  • Flat "What.": Todd's response to Hana's summation of Cyril. The expression on his face is simply icing on the cake.
  • Full-Name Basis: Todd Allison is called, well, Todd Allison by most of the characters much of the time.
  • Genteel Interbellum Setting
  • Hidden Depths: Who would have thought Petunia was capable of this?
  • Incurable Cough of Death: In a side story/flashback.
  • Jerkass: Todd Allison. Also Rousseau.
  • Literal Cliffhanger: Well, sort of.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: And you must remember them all, because they are definitely going to come back and be important, one hundred percent of the time.
  • Love Triangle: Meredith, Elijah, and Dylan have some weird thing going on, regardless of whatever kind of love it is, in which Meredith and Dylan both get along famously with Elijah, and cannot tolerate each other. It's been going on ever since they were kids, and Elijah is clueless to the fact that they want to kill each other.
  • Mad Bomber/Pyro Maniac: Violet.
  • Messy Hair: Every guy in the comic except for Meredith and Todd Allison.
  • Mysterious Woman: Violet.
  • Nice Hat: Several of the characters sport one.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Both subverted and not: Petunia is injured from her fall from the ledge, while Todd is perfectly fine after falling to save her. He apparently landed on top of her though, so she probably broke his fall.
  • Only Six Faces: Thank goodness it's in color...
    • In earlier chapters, yes. Art Evolution kicked in during later chapters, and it's pretty easy to tell everyone apart now, though.
  • Opera Gloves: Worn by the woman in the first chapter, along with a fur scarf.
  • Parental Substitute: Will from the first sidestory is this for Todd.
  • Pretty Boy: Meredith. Indeed.
    • Having a Gender-Blender Name doesn't help (although at the time this is set, Meredith was still mostly a boy's name).
    • Also pretty much every other guy, to varying degrees. Except Hobbes.
    • Cyril is so pretty he gets to have Bishie Sparkles.
  • Pretty in Mink: Violet.
  • The Roaring Twenties: The series itself is set in 1921 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Todd and Petunia. Meredith and Elijah are a case of Savvy Guy, Energetic Other Guy.
  • Sharp Dressed Men: Freakin' ubiquitous.
  • Ship Tease: Todd and Petunia. She seems to be the only person he can be genuinely nice to at times, and he has shown that he cares for her a great deal. He has shown concern over the thought that Cyril would break Petunia's heart, even if this was fueled by someone else's assertions. He even puts an arm around her at one point, to comfort her after she lost her job. It's a big thing for Todd. Petunia, for her part, has gone into a violent rage at the thought of anything bad happening to Todd. It may very well be her only Berserk Button.
    • And then there's Cyril, who has shown quite a bit of interest in Petunia - even moreso than he has in his usual flirtations with everyone else. Landon stated with complete seriousness that Cyril likes and thinks highly of Petunia. In the extra page at the end of chapter 7, Cyril even refers to her as Lady Petunia while talking to someone else. In contrast, he calls Todd Petunia's "pumpkin-headed boyfriend." His interest in her may have to do with the Hidden Depths she showed in chapter 5. Petunia, on the other hand, just seems to fear him.
    • Chapter 14 has two of these: Petunia with both Will (yes, that Will) and Dylan (yes, that Dylan).
    • In chapter 15 we also have Petunia dreaming while she's in a ball gown with Todd dressed like a prince above her, and musing about 'the way he says [her] name...'
  • Siblings in Crime: Elijah and Meredith, though not blood related.
  • Take My Hand: Todd and Petunia. Although they both end up falling.
  • The Door Slams You: In chapter 9. This apparently also happens to Todd quite often, according to his Twitter.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Todd and Clancey's coworkers in the Violet case investigation are all named after famed philosophers: Locke, Rousseau, Hobbes, and Bentham.
    • Also, Petunia and Hana both have flower-related names ("Hana" is Japanese for "flower") and are acquainted with Todd, who is obsessed with plants.
  • Two First Names: Todd Allison. See Full-Name Basis.
  • Unsound Effect: Used liberally throughout the comic—which may contribute to its appeal.
  • Wham Line: This page from chapter 13 changes everything.
    Elijah: (to Meredith) I remember our promise. You remember too, don't you? When this is all over... you have to kill me.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: All of Chapter 10, which reveals why Petunia traveled to Melbourne and how she first met Todd. There's also the two side stories "The Daydreamings of Todd Allison" and "All Or Nothing Gamble", which show some events in the childhoods of Todd and Elijah & Meredith, respectively.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Elkwoods seem to have the hair colors of pink, purple/lavender, and whitish gray running through the family, despite being of Aboriginal descent. There was also a maid in one chapter who actually did have blue hair.
  • Youthful Freckles: Bentham has these. However, it should be noted that while he looks and acts quite boyish, he is apparently older than Todd Allison.

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