Webcomic: Transmission

Two English red squirrels. One American muscle car. And a whole payload of mishaps!

Transmission is a furry webcomic created by Mark Alexander Smith about red squirrels Russell and Reggie, who are identical twins. They are English car mechanics living in Southern California.

Most of the comic's story arcs revolve around British and American cultural divisions, but also around the characters love of motoring and exploration. The comic was inspired by the author's own trips to America.

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Tropes:

  • The Alleged Car: The Plymouth GTX was quite literally falling apart when Russell bought it, he largely managed to restore it though, gas mileage notwithstanding.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Reggie.
  • Amusing Injuries: Nick often breaks his hand when he is teaching more risky stunts in martial arts.
    • Averted in the story arc Jason first appears in, where the injuries he sustains at the hands of his uncle are painfully real indeed.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Trevor
  • Bald of Awesome: Randall.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animals: Averted; practically the entire cast tend to wear shoes.
  • Britain Is Only London: Averted. The twins, who are Midlanders, take offence to the staff in a British themed Las Vegas casino who are putting on fake posh accents.
  • British Accents: During the Vegas arc the twins remind some of the Britannia's staff that Posh and Cockney aren't the only dialects in England.
  • The Cameo: A grown-up Millie from Ozy and Millie makes an appearance here, and other characters belonging to furry artists the author knows appear in the background occasionally.
  • The Casanova: Reggie manages to get quite a few one-nighters. Multiple girls at a music festival, some random lady every now and then, a 41-year-old rockstar...
  • Cool Car: The red Plymouth Belvedere GTX muscle car that Russell drives.
    • Reggie has owned several cars. His current car is a black Mitsubishi Evo X, in the past he has also owned a grey Subaru Impreza and a blue BMW 3-Series convertible.
    • The imported Ford Escort Mexico the twins use in the Mexican Rallycross.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Averted; most notably in that Russell usually wears green and Reg usually wears orange. Though the twins wear the same colour of trousers, their shoes are also different.
  • Creator Cameo: The author himself appears in the background on occasion. Particularly this strip where he and Thom Alun Jones take up the entire last panel.
  • Darker and Edgier: The 'Kidnapped' and 'Jason' storylines are darker and more brutal compared to the otherwise Lighter And Softer approach of the majority of the series. They are presented in more of a dramatic graphic novel format rather than the usual witty punchlines.
  • Domestic Abuse: Jason was brought up by an uncle who physically abused him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though Charley and Sasha are keen to win the Mexican Rallycross by cheating and causing car accidents to achieve this, they do not want to kill anybody on purpose either because "It's nicer to win races that don't kill people!".
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: "Why did the car explode?"
  • Feather Fingers: Lampshaded here
  • Football Hooligans: The twins are Stoke City fans, but have been subjected to random assaults by fans of local rivals Port Vale as one strip pointed out.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Reggie wears orange, Russell green
  • I Know Karate: Nick, who is a black belt who trains students at the local dojo.
  • Interspecies Romance: Russ, Eurasian red squirrel, and Linda, a ferret. Prior to this Russ had romanced a grey timberwolf named Tiffany.
    • Reg seems to have a lot of one-night stands with several different girls, all different species.
  • Lethal Chef: Jason's "experiments" have given a culinary arts tutor food poisoning, produced a rock cake that broke a fork, and something undisclosed that used liquid nitrogen.
  • Long-Lost Relative: How the twins procured their business in Los Angeles in the first place.
  • Los Angeles: The primary setting of the comic.
  • The Midlands: The twins and their family are natives of Stoke-On-Trent.
  • Oop North: Though Stoke-On-Trent is technically in the Midlands, it arguably has more in common with the North than the South of England.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Again, averted.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sniper Rifle: Randall packs a PSG 1 when taking Reggie out hiking in the Mount Rainier National Park so he can shoot animals to eat - fellow anthropomorphic animals!
  • The Stoner: Trevor and Nick, but for entirely different reasons.
  • Stupid Sexy Otter: Regular ladies' squirrel Reggie gets a tad distracted by surf coach Howard's shapely, tail.
  • Tomboy: Russ' girlfriend Linda, to an extent, she's a computer engineer and wanted to build Battlebots when she was a kid. Tim's wife, Willow, is an even bigger one, they met when he pulled her over for street racing. Sasha, one of the antagonists, also qualifies.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jason, ultimately against his abusive uncle.
  • Trickster Twins: Russ and Reg, of course.
  • Twin Switch: This happens occasionally. Such as the time Russ stole a hooker Reg hired in Vegas.
  • The Voiceless: Jason, owing to his abusive upbringing. In most strips which he does speak, he rarely utters more than one line of dialogue.