->''"I am just a weak-minded child trying to survive in a culture where the highest thing a person can aspire to is knowing a lot about music."''
-->-- '''Unwinder''', a possibly non-canon, but still pretty accurate, self-assessment

''[[http://tallcomics.com Unwinder's Tall Comics]]'' is a {{metafiction}}al MagicRealism SliceOfLife webcomic by Wilson "Eli" Parker, also known as the creator of ''{{DarthWiki/Powerup Comics}}''. The comic is a satire of modern youth culture--particularly the oversaturation of trivialities and entertainment--and an AffectionateParody of suburban Minnesota.

At the heart of the comic is Unwinder, a kid who's clearly a little too GenreSavvy for his own good: wildly inventive, yet completely incapable of recognizing the fine line between creativity and idiocy. He thinks rock bands should play pranks on the audience instead of music. He consumes entertainment solely so he can reference it in his conversations. He sends unsolicited scripts for TV ads to Taco Bell. He invents internet memes, then invents webcomics solely to spread these memes. He is, in short, a product of the Information Age GoneHorriblyRight.

Rounding out the central cast are Unwinder's eternally cheerful girlfriend, Mildred; his friend and punching bag, Barbecue Sauce; and the OnlySaneMan, Horse-Man.

There is no overarching plot, though the humor is becoming increasingly dependent on [[ContinuityNod continuity]]. The comic updates irregularly, usually on Saturdays.

It also features what may possibly be [[http://tallcomics.com/comic?sort=73 the most accurate examination of TV Tropes, ever]].

!!This webcomic provides examples of:
* AffectionateParody:
** [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=7 This comic]], for ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak''. Parker even reenacts one specific fanservice-y panel--this time, with [[FanDisservice Dr. Minivan wearing the bathrobe instead]].
-->'''Wilson Parker, several years later:''' If I were to parody ''Dresden Codak'' today, I would just rail against monotheism for a while.
** Amy Sauce's [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=48 webcomic]] is a parody of ''Perfect Stars''.
* AltText: Added when Parker revamped the website.
* ArtShift: Honestly, it would be easier to list all the pages that ''don't'' feature this.
* AntiHumor: Unwinder's box of rejected ideas includes "Normal Al", who parodies Music/WeirdAlYankovic by doing straight cover versions of every song that Weird Al parodied as well as rewriting Weird Al's original songs to be completely serious.
* BackToFront: "The Accident".
* BeigeProse: A defining feature of Sonty Mick's writing (and that of his relatives, like Sontford Mickhouse and Soncho Michez).
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Barbecue Sauce writes "Tesla fics", in which characters from fiction turn out to be an immortal UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla in disguise. According to Felicity, this is a popular enough fanfic subgenre to have entire websites devoted to it.
* BSideComics: ''Apocalyptus: Thrift and Peril'', ''Your Guess is as Good as Mine''.
* CanonWelding: Many prior works by Parker have been rolled into ''Tall Comics'': [[DarthWiki/PowerupComics Shadow and Chug]], Sonty Mick, and a brief appearance by the cast of his old sci-fi comic ''Too Far''.
* CerebusSyndrome: In universe example: Nutflix, the (fictional) webcomic Unwinder reads in [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=8 this comic,]] is centered around nutcrackers reenacting scenes from movies. By [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=25 this comic,]] it has "[[JumpingTheShark jumped the whale shark. THE LARGEST SHARK ON EARTH]]", and become a serious drama that rarely even touches on its original premise.
* CharacterBlog
** [[http://chatswithvin.blogspot.com/ Chats With Vin]] by Unwinder.
** Website/TheseWebComicsAreSoBad, by Sonty Mick; although this blog actually predates ''Tall Comics''.
** ''[[http://tallcomics.com/ygiagam/ Your Guess Is As Good As Mine]]'' by Felicity Walsh.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: A trio of women want to meet Dr. Minivan. His doubt causes them to begin fading from existence.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Nathan Blaine's ''[[http://tallcomics.com/?id=56 K2: The Death of Kane]]'' (his sequel to ''Film/CitizenKane'') has enough references to the original film's plot and dialogue to demonstrate that he's a big fan. Somehow, he still manages to miss the point of the original and make his ''K2'' a generic action movie.
* ConspiracyTheorist: In [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=135 "County Fair"]], a rigged carnival game turns out to just be a front for a 9/11 Truther to give his spiel about why the destruction of the Twin Towers was an inside job.
* ContinuityNod
* ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverstory: In [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=134 Unwinder's resume]], he claims to have co-invented "[[Website/{{Facebook}} a social networking website with this guy named Mark Zuckerberg]]".
-->'''Felicity:''' Mmm hmm. And if I call him, is he going to verify that?\\
'''Unwinder:''' Go ahead and try. Try to call Mark Zuckerburg.
* ConversationalTroping: To the point of having a [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=72 fake TV Tropes page]] appear in-comic.
* CoolOldGuy: Horse-Man is one of the few people whom Unwinder actually respects.
* DiegeticSwitch: Discussed. In Nathan Blaine's film ''Elite Force Vampire'': "a vampire spy has a tiny gun hidden inside an iPod. There's no trigger. To fire, you have to play Music/{{Evanescence}} music, which becomes the soundtrack."
* DodgyToupee: In comic 126, Unwinder notices Dr. Minivan not wearing his wig. Turns out lice now live inside the wig and became sentient because of Dr. Minivan's drug testing.
* DontLikeDontRead: [[invoked]] Felicity's default response to Unwinder's criticisms of ''Your Guess is as Good as Mine''. Unwinder throws it right back at her.
-->'''[[http://tallcomics.com/ygiagam/?id=1 Felicity:]]''' That's just your opinion. Thanks, but I'm going to keep doing things my own way, thank you. If you don't like it, just stop reading.
-->'''[[http://tallcomics.com/ygiagam/?id=19 Unwinder:]]''' You know, if you don't like my comments, you don't have to read them.
* DuctTapeForEverything:
-->'''Unwinder:''' Doc, pick a masculine thing to learn about, or I'll pick one for you.\\
'''Dr. Minivan:''' Well, I've heard good things about using duct tape for various tasks.\\
'''Unwinder:''' Excellent choice! Horse-Man, go over to Hardware Hank and get this guy a roll of duct tape [[CompensatingForSomething large enough to compensate for something]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Dr. Minivan gets mistaken for a woman thanks to his long-haired wig.
* DyingAlone: Barbecue Sauce's greatest fear.
* EasyEvangelism: Prudence does this in the saved-fics (fanfiction in which the protagonist suddenly becomes a hardcore Christian) she writes.
-->'''Felicity:''' Usually, the result is that the characters' lives are improved, and all of their problems go away.\\
'''Unwinder:''' Man, what the heck? Does Prudence actually want to watch a version of ''{{Series/House}}'' where everyone gets along? What would the show even be about? Medicine?
* FauxSymbolism: [[invoked]] As seen [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=86 here]], ''Tokyo Delta Jetlag D'' is rife with it.
* FictionalMedia: So, so many. The most-often referenced ones include:
** ''Tokyo Delta Jetlag D'', a weird anime that Unwinder and Barbecue Sauce enjoy.
** ''The War of the Seven Stars'', a SpaceOpera novel series. Incredibly epic, and ''incredibly dull''.
** ''After Dark'', a wildly successful series of teen novels featuring romantic zombies.
* {{Flanderization}}: Played with in [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=118 this strip]]. Unwinder has a dream that "you and I were fictional characters, and our personalities were really broad and predictable!" Then, in the waking world, Unwinder and Barbecue Sauce subvert their usual character dynamic, with Unwinder defending his geeky interest from Barbecue Sauce's embarrassment.
* FoeYayShipping: In-universe; after watching a few episodes of ''Tokyo Delta Jetlag D'', Unwinder starts shipping Jaded Lament and Colonel Gunarm.
* TheGreys: Unwinder resembles one of these, but Parker is deliberately vague regarding his true nature: [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=50 "Basically I tried to choose a name that would not settle the issue of whether he is an alien, or just Swedish."]]
* HackedByAPirate: Unwinder discusses his idea for hacker identity with Amy, who actually is a hacker:
-->'''Unwinder:''' I'd call myself "Maestro". My thing would be that when I hacked a website, it would play classical music. I'd refer to the songs as "[[{{leitmotif}} 1337motifs]]".\\
'''Amy:''' You wouldn't last five minutes.
* HalloweenCosplay: [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=32 Here]] and [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=55 here]].
* {{Hatedom}}: [[invoked]]
** Unwinder has a ''complicated'' relationship with Gary P. Rastov's novels. He has a lot of criticism for the books' shortcomings and professes to hate them... yet he's read the entire series three times, and even read the autobiography of Gary's son, Warren, in hope that it would shed some light on who Gary was.
** Happens again with Felicity's ''Your Guess Is as Good as Mine''. Unwinder hates the comic so much that he takes it upon himself to make Felicity improve by heckling her. He proceeds to read the entire archives and leave disparaging comments on nearly every page.
* HighClassGlass: Sontford Mickhouse wears ''two'' monocles.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The katagun, a gun whose moving bullets trace the path of the blade. It's the preferred weapon of Jaded Lament from ''Tokyo Delta Jetlag D''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The ''Apocalyptus'' characters fight with windmill blades and clock arms.
* InfiniteCanvas: They're called Tall Comics for a reason.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: With, of all things, ''ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}''. Also with ''Webcomic/HitmenForDestiny'' (Sonty Mick appearing in ''Hitmen'', and several ''Hitmen'' characters appearing in ''Tall Comics'').
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=98 Here.]]
-->'''Unwinder:''' Reading some manga there?\\
'''Barbecue Sauce:''' No.\\
'''Unwinder:''' Reading some non-canon comic continuations of old, canceled, BBC science fiction shows?\\
'''Barbecue Sauce:''' No! I mean, most fans consider them {{canon}}, since they got some of the original writers.
* KlatchianCoffee: "The Huffy Dimension".
* LampshadeHanging: Parker tackles the issue of "Why do Unwinder and Horse-Man spend so much time together?" by having the characters themselves ask the question and fail to arrive at an answer.
* LittleMissConArtist: Amy, preteen [[TheCracker cracker]].
* {{Metafiction}}
* MundaneGhostStory: The dreaded DyingAlone Snakes.
* NarrativeFiligree: Cranked up to eleven by the in-story novel ''The Gun and the Grapes'', a mystery story where every relevant detail is buried under a mountain of irrelevant ones.
* NobleDemon: Spondulio Wealthmonger claims to be thoroughly selfish, and that his many extravagant acts of charity are just the first steps in elaborate schemes to make himself filthy rich.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught:
-->'''Felicity:''' Hmm. Your resume says you're a career criminal. If we run a background check, what's going to turn up?\\
'''Unwinder:''' Nothing! Never been caught!
* PeripheryHatedom: [[invoked]] At the county fair, suburbanites Unwinder and Amy mock the idea of awarding prizes for livestock. They can't see how the blue ribbon-winning hog is any different from the other hogs at the fair. (The alternate title for the comic is "Unwinder doesn't 'get' agriculture.") As soon as Unwinder and Amy are out of earshot, the farmers make fun of their ignorance.
* PosthumousCharacter: Gary P. Rastov. He died before the comic began, but his legacy lives on in the ''War of the Seven Stars'' novels he wrote.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: On [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=132 page 132]], the perpetually-easygoing Lion-Man decides he's finally had enough of employment, and as he ponders how best to part with his employer, he frowns for the first time.
-->'''Alt Text:''' Drawing Lion-Man with any expression on his face other than stoned euphoria feels really wrong.
* TheOmnipresent: In the in-universe short story "The Gimel" (which appears on pages [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=83 83]] and [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=84 84]]), Soncho Michez finds a Gimel at the bottom of a barrel. It causes him to exist everywhere in the universe at once for as long as he touches it. (The whole story is an AffectionateParody of Creator/JorgeLuisBorges' "The Aleph".)
* OnlySaneMan: Horse-Man.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The zombies of the ''After Dark'' series are super-handsome basketball players who can fly.
* RealityWarper: Howard can apparently turn himself into a giant square by accident, or bring Unwinder's imaginary creations (like Moist Rider) into reality.
* RefugeInAudacity: Deliberately invoked by Unwinder [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=45 here]].
* RuleSixtyThree: Amy drew a picture of [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=125 BBQ She-Sauce]] and Unwinder [[StupidSexyFlanders finds that she's attractive]].
* ScareEmStraight: Horse-Man tries to dissuade Unwinder from smoking pot by introducing Unwinder to Lion-Man's pro-weed blog.
* SelfParody: When Unwinder invents webcomics to [[ForcedMeme spread his new meme]], one of them is a parody of ''Webcomic/PowerupComics''. This particular page came out before Parker's involvement in ''Powerup Comics'' was widely known.
* SerialEscalation: How metafictional can the comic go? How ''tall'' can the comic get?
* ShallowParody: [[invoked]] Discussed in TheRant and played with. In one strip, Eli Parker admits that he doesn't know very much about Music/LadyGaga at all--so instead of making a joke about Lady Gaga, he made a joke about his characters not knowing very much about Lady Gaga. Then for the strip about ''K2: The Death of Kane'', Parker notes how many "''Citizen Kane'' sequel that completely misses the point" jokes only seem to parody the plot points that have spread via PopculturalOsmosis--so Parker made his own version of the joke that only makes sense if you've actually watched all of ''Citizen Kane''.
* ShoutOut:
** Dr. Minivan [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=7 shops at]] [[Webcomic/TerrorIsland The Green Grocer]].
** [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=22 "Creamquake"]] is an homage to the art style and dark humor of ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'', and the Ice-9 Cream is a reference to ''Literature/CatsCradle''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: For all that Chad and Jason like to portray themselves as gods of gaming (both here and in ''DarthWiki/PowerupComics''), they get [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=62 quite embarrassingly beaten by Dr. Minivan]], who apparently has never even heard of ''Halo'' before.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Apocalyptus: Thrift and Peril'', a story based on a SteamPunk tabletop RPG session, was initially placed in the middle of the comic's main archive. But when the website was revamped, ''Apocalyptus'' was moved to a separate archive.
* TheStoner: Lion-Man.
-->'''AltText:''' It is not April 20th. The image of Lion-Man carries a powerful and mystic "4:20 aura".
* StuffBlowingUp: Unwinder dismisses director Nathan Blaine as "some guy who directs by pushing an 'explode' button."
* StylisticSuck: A lot of metafiction is deliberately (and hilariously) horrible.
** Even in the wiki. See their {{Self Demonstrating Article}}s about [[http://tallcomics.wikia.com/wiki/The_Important_News The Important News]] and [[http://tallcomics.wikia.com/wiki/Jaded_Lament Jaded Lament]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: InUniverse. Even though he admits that ''Dawn's Glory'' was an insufferably dull novel, Unwinder still feels obligated to complain about the upcoming movie adaptation turning it into "''[[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Transformer]]'' poop".
* TouchTelepathy: Howard [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=27 can read minds]] by placing his hand on someone's forehead. He doesn't use that ability very much (i.e. ''ever'', outside that one page).
* {{Troll}}: Unwinder is an oddly dedicated internet troll (he once trolled a Music/LinkinPark fanboard... after first spending over a year establishing himself as a constructive fan) and [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=13 aspires to be a real-life troll as well.]]
-->'''Other guy:''' OK, is it like a dream of yours to get booed off of a stage?\\
'''Unwinder:''' No, see, the ''real'' music is the jeers of the angry crowd! ''They'' are the true instruments, and you have been playing them from square one!
* WealthsInAName: Spondulio Wealthmonger, who's obscenely wealthy but also "the world's most generous man"—though he insists he has ulterior motives for all his charity work.
* WealthyPhilanthropist: The webcomic plays with this trope. Spondulio Wealthmonger is obscenely wealthy, and he funds so many charities that he's hailed as the world's most generous man. But he's quick to proclaim that he's actually selfish to the core, and all his charities are actually schemes (very long-term schemes) to make himself even wealthier.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: After avoiding revealing where Unwinder lives for 49 pages, Parker eventually gave the name of the town: Garen, a GhostTown in RealLife.