Mark once was just an ordinary guy with an office job and a blonde girlfriend. Except that every once in a while he had a strange urge to hang in front of a tabletop RPG store and stare at its wares pointlessly... Then one day, after a run in with the local vampire coven and The Hunters, he discovered a mind-blowing truth: there is a secret society out there, The Masquerade... OF GEEKS! And he is one of them, "a human by day and a geek by night"...Weregeek is a Webcomic written and drawn by Alina Pete and Layne Myhre, first published in November 2006. It has its own site (administrated by Layne's brother Todd). Alina also writes the Journal Comic Moosehead Stew.
Weregeek provides examples of:
A-Cup Angst: Inverted with Abbey who likes the fact she doesn't need to buy pricy custom bra's or suffer back pain.
Amicable Exes: There are some suggestive hints that Sarah and Joel may have once dated.
CampGoth: Victor, who plays up the camp to mess with people, mixed with his generally more upbeat nature. He runs the local goth club so he's free of mockery and the local "more goth than thou" hierarchy.
It's been mentioned that geeks in general are this for a Zombie Apocalypse: What other demographic has been making joking-or-not plans for this eventuality and routinely sleeps with a sword next to their bed?
Fantastic Racism: The hunters aparently hate the geeks for not being mainstream. They hunt the geeks even when their only crime is increasing market revenue by buying as many collectibles as they could carry simply because they occasionally turning into a shadow creature who would sooner play D&D than attack anyone.
This really gives more the impression that 'this' is what happens to the Jerk Jocks who waste high school picking on geeks.
It's so bad that one hunter leader chewed out his subordinate for even hinting that he saw a comic book movie.
— Does this mean we'll have to watch our language and all that stuff?
— Um. You've met Alice, right?
Living a Double Life: Mark doesn't want his 'normal' friends to find out he's secretly a geek. It has consequences when his girlfriend stumbles over some messages between Mark and Sarah's Vampire characters.
The Masquerade: Geeks hide themselves within the society, acting as if they were ordinary students and office workers, to avoid the Hunters' attention....Mainly because they 'are' ordinary students and office workers with interests outside of geekdom, and only Mark seems to try and hide that he's a geek.
Mark: ... Are you sure you're interested in this girl?
Non-Malicious Monster: The geeks really, yeah they's turn into sinister looking shadowy figures if presented with a first edition Han Solo figure, but outside of an intense game of D&D they have yet to be seen attacking people or acting with any sort of malicious intent.
The only time you see them get violent is when they are being attacked by hunters.
Or when Joel forgets to tell Mark that the larpers weren't really vampires.
Not a Zombie: Mark's first encounter with the "zombies" IRL.
Our Vampires Are Different: Actually, there are no vampires in the comic, just a few geeks who are very good at portraying them...?
Not So Different: One of the hunters gets chewed out for seeing a comic book movie, and later is distracted from the job when he see's Ron Pearlman.
Our Werebeasts Are Different: Apparently when the moon is full or they just "geek out" badly geeks are prone to transforming into shadowy creatures with claws, super strength, and fast healing. Though not all of them are aware of the transformations, initially it's just Joel.
Petite Pride: Right after Katie and Sarah are busy complaining about how exspensive it is having to buy custom bras so they fit they glare scathingly at Abbie who says she can just pick up from the rack at Walmart for a fraction of the cost.
Retcon: Originally, Mark's half-orc had STR 20 but has since been dwindled to more realistic (under Dungeons & Dragons rules) score of 19.
Under 3.5 and 4, a Half-Orc (+2 Strength mod) with 20 STR is perfectly realistic under the point-buy system, especially after a few level-based stat increases (and if Sarah's mage's abilities are anything to go by, the party has enough levels to burn a few of those). Munchkinny, sure, but legitimate.
Straight Gay: Lance has come out of the closet only recently. Mark, who has known... rather few gay men, was fairly surprised since Lance wasn't even slightly camp and was even apparently checking out the cosplaying elf girls at a LARP with him just a year or so (in comic time) beforehand.
Surfer Dude: One of Mark's non-geek friends appears to be this. Even though he's only shown for 1 page he has shoulder length hair and talks about is an "awesome party" and uses "like" and "totally".
In fact any time Mark talks to a "normal" friend or co-worker, they seem to be talking about "awesome parties".
Weaksauce Weakness: Silver is to werewolves what tax forms, red tape, insurance ads and C-Span is to geeks. Granted, C-Span is apparently boring enough to knock out a squad of hunters as well.
Webcomic Time: Started in late 2006, with seasons changing and events like the Christmas holidays noted, and up-to-date references on various games and movies. However, Abbie and Sarah have been in college the whole time with no indication they might have moved on to graduate studies, many couples dating as long as Mark and Jess would have at least discussed marriage by now (and Mark's geeky double life is still treated as a recent occurrence), and even Dustin has been sort-of-kind-of dating Ravenia since early 2011. And that's saying nothing about the games they play, with a few months' worth of biweekly gameplay stretched out over half a decade or so.
We Have Been Researching Phlebotinum For Years: The series begins with Mark drooling at a look on dice and being chased by The Hunters. He is saved by Joel and the others, who explain to him that he is a weregeek, just like themselves, which is why he was being hunted. It is much later explained that Joel, in fact, is the leader of La Résistance hunting the Hunters and he knows much more about them than he tells anyone.
Wham Episode: Strip 2011-05-10 sees Joel wounded while fleeing from a Hunter, then bursting through a window where the rest of the gang is dining. And it looks like it's a Real Life section this time.
More recently, Jess finds in-character messages written between Mark and Sarah's Vampire characters, which make it look like he's been cheating on Jess and that Sarah has only been feigning friendship with Jess to help allay suspicion. It's hard to blame Jess for dumping Mark, even knowing he wasn't "really" cheating... because the nature of Mark and Sarah's in-character relationship was getting a little too intimate as it was, given it was a LARP.
Where The Hell Is Springfield?: The comic is apparently set in a small Canadian city. Anything more specific than that (such as province or even the city's name) is up in the air, though given the creators' personal histories (as noted on the site) it might be in either Saskatchewan or Alberta.
Xanatos Gambit: This is how Joel captures The Hunterhere: either the Hunter grabs his hand, putting himself into Joel's power, or he falls into the net below. The second part worked.
Zombie Apocalypse: Mark runs into a horde of "zombies" after a vampire game session (who are discovered to be normal people doing a charity "zombie run" on Halloween) and the gang later reenacts it with a zombie movie game.