Website: Platypus Comix
"I love entertaining others with this stuff. And I'm always trying to make it better based on their feedback and what they tell me. People need to sit down to whatever you draw for a living, and know—just know—that they're going to have a good time. I don't care if I particularly liked a certain story. What really matters to me is if YOU liked it."The self-proclaimed "Site with EVERYTHING!", Platypus Comix is home to six webcomics, not to mention countless one-offs, all courtesy of one Peter Paltridge. Each is updated one whole story (or at least several pages) at a time, instead of strip-by-strip like most webcomics.As if that weren't enough, the site is also home to slapdash humor and nostalgia, including TV Guide ad archives, trivia on the Warner Bros. . Silver Age cartoons, and Strip Archives for Bloom County and U.S. Acres. Basically, it's just about anything and everything Peter likes, recapped in a slightly cynical, constantly entertaining fashion.Support Peter through Patreon here.
- Peter Paltridge, in response to the FAQ "What's the ultimate advice an amateur cartoonist can get?"
Comics With Their Own Pages
Ongoing/Upcoming Flagship Series
The site provides examples of:
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- Accentuate the Negative: Peter Paltridge has admitted that some of the things he makes Take That comics about, such as That Guy with the Glasses, aren't really things he hates.
- All There in the Manual: Peter has written short bios in order to properly introduce new readers to the main characters of the flagship series. Also, sometimes he shares details about characters on his DeviantArt page before putting them into the comics.
- Alliterative Name: Peter Paltridge, Keiki Kikilaka, Marie Magnolia (also from Keiki), Aerynn Arlia (from Electric Wonderland), and Lululu Lopez (also from Electric Wonderland).
- The Bechdel Test: The comics often pass with flying colors. Each of the four current (as of May 2014) flagship comics has at least two female main/recurring charactersnote , and they have no shortage of conversation subjects that don't involve men. The same also seems true for at least two of the discontinued comics, Guava Guava and Keiki, and some of the one-off stories and miniseries.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Several characters have demonstrated this ability. The main characters of Mulberry and Scrambled Eggs in particular act as Animated Actors.
- Christmas Special:
- Peter made at least one every year until 2008, and now seems to do so on a sporadic basis. Most of them are archived in Kristmas Klassics.
- Also, he has a special section for reviews of the good, the bad and the obscure of animated Christmas specials, dubbed "The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials."
- Cliffhanger: Most of the comics are released in at least two parts, then the parts are merged together in the archive (unless the parts come from different seasons, such as the chapters of "Keiki's Huge Christmas Epic").
- Conspicuous CG: The backgrounds of some comics. Lampshaded in the Scrambled Eggs comic "Wack Friday" when the store sells "Extremely Fake Trees".
- Everything's Better with Platypi: Word Of God says the name "Platypus Comix" was just something Peter thought would make a funny name for a comic company, and might have been inspired by a song one of his cousins sang.
- Kent Brockman News: Dan Blather has appeared since the mid-90s in various comics, and he's often reporting whatever bizarre issue the characters are causing/facing, or else he's busy hosting equally-strange Olympics coverage. He himself is relatively straight-laced, though.
- Internal Homage: In honor of Platypus Comix's 10th anniversary, accessing the site during the week of February 7, 2011 brought up a page which resembles the homepage used in 2001, and links to old comics and articles through the Wayback Machine.
- Invisible Parents: See each comic's individual page for more info. (Electric Wonderland does not have an entry for this since the main characters are older than than the other comics' characters. This could apply to Princess Pi as well.)
- Limited Wardrobe: The majority of recurring characters from each comic.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Some articles and comics have such disclaimers in their respective threads of the Platypus Comix forum.
- Rushmore Refacement: The 2014 version of the "CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTERS!" page gives the presidents of Mount Rushmore the same hairstyles as Mulberry, Trawn, Pi, and Winnie.
- Skintone Sclerae: Peter explained that adding white portions to his characters' eyes often takes too much time, and doesn't look good to him unless he manages to shape it into a perfect circle. (Although, characters drawn fairly recently sometimes have eyes with white or off-white portions, such as the stars of Electric Wonderland and Princess Pi.)
- Strip Archive: Most of the comics are archived in a pseudo-book form. The site also contains several archives of un-reprinted Bloom County strips and a large number of U.S. Acres strips.
- Stupid Boss: A recurring character: The Head Executive of Platypus Comix.
- Valentine's Day Episodes: Peter has produced a comic about love each February since 2012.
As a Couch Gag, Peter Paltridge regularly changes the banner at the top of the Platypus Comix homepage to say something new and funny.
Banners include examples of:
- Angels Pose: Starring◊ Mulberry, Shroomy (from Electric Wonderland), and Princess Pi.
- Built With LEGO: No LEGO bricks involved, but this banner◊ shows a Mulberry minifigure with a sneering expression and a shirt reading, "No Real Than You Are." A later version◊, displayed after The LEGO Movie achieved critical and financial success, changes her shirt to read, "Phil Lord And Chris Miller Are Gods."
- Celebrity Endorsement: Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th delivers one◊ after losing his mask.
- Drama Queen: Mulberry doesn't react kindly◊ after Nintendo makes an underwhelming announcement at E3.
- Expecting Someone Taller: This banner◊ has a Mulberry ornament tell an ornament of Sam the Snowman, "You looked much taller on TV."
- Homage: Mulberry meets◊ Scott Pilgrim.
- Hostile Show Takeover: The week that Princess Pi launched, the banner contained a picture of the title character using green paint to change the Platypus Comix logo to read, "Pi Comix◊".
- Hype Aversion: The overexposure of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic increased Peter's desires not to watch the show, despite the involvement of Lauren Faust, so he decided to boast that Platypus Comix has been "Pony-free since 2001◊".
- The Illegible: Mulberry has admitted◊ having trouble reading Peter's signature.Who's "Petea Pittiiadwuge"?
- Logo Joke:
- My Future Self and Me: This banner◊ gives the following advice to visitors:Remember! If a future you tries to warn you about this site, don't listen.
- Reading Is Cool Aesop: This banner◊ promotes it with a screenshot from one of the Hooray For Reading shorts.
- Schmuck Bait: Taffy recalls here◊ that last Christmas, she gave her heart to WHAM! Mulberry asks, "Then what happened?", only for Taffy to embarrassingly admit that she doesn't want to talk about it.note
- Take That:
Mary Jane Watson-Parker: I think I actually prefer Joe Q!
- Mulberry offering a code◊ for 100 free Disney Movie Rewards points and explaining, "I, myself, will never buy enough teenybopper garbage and Hannah Montana pantyhose to earn the one worthwhile item offered in this program, the DuckTales movie DVD."
- Disney's announcement of plans to buy Marvel Comics led to the creation of a banner featuring a demonic Mickey Mouse telling Spider-Man, "I want...our marriage!◊"
- Mulberry dressing as Jason and preparing to kill Flo, the Progressive Insurance Girl◊.
- Aang punching◊ M. Night Shyamalan after the release of The Last Airbender.
- One banner proclaimed, "Click here to access a special optimized version for iPad owners!◊" Clicking it caused no changes except for Nelson appearing to taunt, "Ha ha! You paid $500 for something that can't even take a flash drive!◊"
- Mulberry once displayed the cover for Lady Gaga's Born This Way and commented, "Really? That's kinda sad.◊"
- Octus from Sym-Bionic Titan once showed up to announce that he had taken over Cartoon Network, and had decided to renew Titan for "...approximately 107 more episodes! It is the only logical thing to do!◊"
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: "The 'X' [in 'Comix'] stands for XTREME!◊"
"Raiders Of The Lost Arc"
Peter Paltridge called "Raiders of the Lost Arc", a comic from a discontinued series titled, Guava Guava, his favorite Platypus Comix story. His website only includes the portion written in the year 2001. A recap summarizing the parts written in 1998 explains that Joan of Arc had become a Fish Out of Temporal Water, risen from the dead, and fought Osama bin Laden. As this part begins, Joan's period away from battle has led people to doubt her accomplishments and complain that she's not really as tough as they thought. She decides to prove them wrong by confronting Bin Laden again, who had just recently performed his infamous September 11 attacks.
This comic provides examples of:
- Cassandra Truth: Twenty-first century reporters who think Joan appears too frequently in the media begin doubting her achievements.
- Enemy Mine: Joan's companions in her fight against Bin Laden came from England, the country Joan saved France from.
- From Bad to Worse: As the media tries to expose Joan as a fraud, Ivy assures her, "Things will be a lot better in the morning!" The next day, Osama Bin Laden attacks the World Trade Center.
- Gone Horribly Right: Joan's defeat of Bin Laden proves so effective, all the terrorists cease their attacks, and the US Army dissolves.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Joan brings one with her to Afghanistan.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Bin Laden tries to exploit the fear of fire Joan developed after persecution by shoving her into a burning room. She makes it out alive, and proceeds to beat up several terrorists.
- Red-Headed Hero: Joan
- That Was Not A Dream: Buzz expresses hope that the attacks on the World Trade Center turn out to be personal nightmares.
- Victory Is Boring: The comic ends with Joan unable to find any more terrorists to fight, and thus using her newfound free time to crochet doilies and organize her socks.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Joan has such moments when having to escape a burning room, and later, a burning building.
- Affectionate Parody: "Schoolhouse Bootleg," of Schoolhouse Rock.
- Clip Show: The Head Executive of Platypus Comix showed one during the first week of the "2008 Character Strike". This evolves into a Bizarro Episode as the "clips" gradually give way to pictures from random sources outside the website.
- Crisis Crossover: "Riot Act #2" features characters from various Platypus Comix series, although several of these series have since been removed from the website.
- Dolled-Up Installment: The second week of the Character Strike brought a story titled "Terminator: The Mulberry Sharona Chronicles, which actually featured artwork from Shadowgirls.
- Follow the Leader: During the third week of the Character Strike, the Head Executive tried to create his own comic, starring talking pigs who engage in offensive activities, random cutaways, and liberal lecturing.Head Executive: It seemed to test rather well among college males, and they're all that really counts these days! Next week we'll have something different, if I can find a non-union artist! If not, I'll probably just run this again and change a couple bits of dialogue. Those college boys don't really notice much.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: The fifth and final installment of the 2008 Character Strike featured the Head Executive replying to emails readers sent to Peter Paltridge.
- Heart Beat-Down: The title character of "Awesome Blossom" exclaims "Heart Power!" every time she tries to solve a problem, with a giant heart appearing above her. It proves effective, but the second time she uses it angers others. Her adversaries play with this trope as they use "Liver Power!" and "Pancreas Power!" to get what they want.
- Hilarious In Flashback: "'Thompson': The Lost Smallville Episode" gives a painfully obvious example regarding Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
- Homage: "'Thompson': The Lost Smallville Episode" tries to perform one for Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- Hostile Show Takeover: For April Fools' Day 2006, Peter faked the site's absorption by CNet and created a comic in which CNet representatives interfered with attempts to read the newest Mulberry comic by hawking the benefits of donation.
- How the Character Stole Christmas: Spoofed in "How The Kvetch Stole Hannukah!", an attempt to teach An Aesop about expressing diversity instead of homogenization during the holiday season.
- Ludd Was Right: The Retraux, Fifties-influenced "Vess MacMeal Starring in: The More You Know!" introduces a new gadget called the "Kimwon" to the people of Shiny Valley. Gradually, this North Korean product develops so many features, it takes over all of the duties Americans previously served themselves, granting world domination to Dirty Communist Kim Jong-Il.
- Mood Whiplash: The Cruel Twist Ending of "Vess MacMeal Starring in: The More You Know!" is immediately followed by the Title Drop, which comes in a simple picture of the logo seen in 2000s PSAs using the phrase.
- One-Episode Wonder: "Rice Cub" ends by asking the reader to tell Peter if he or she would like to read a sequel. Even though some people answered that they would, Peter evidently never found the time to make one.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: "Rice Cub" stars a talking panda with a personality similar to that of Mary Lynn Rajskub, who played Chloe O'Brian in 24.
- Production Foreshadowing: The first issue of Peter's publication, BANG! The Entertainment Paper, appeared in "Schoolhouse Bootleg" at least six months before it became available in stores.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: After Peter learned of the existence of a website called "Platypus Comics," he wrote about his characters' reactions to the similarly named work and its debatably enjoyable content in "Riot Act # 2."
- Stylistic Suck: "Awesome Blossom," intended to feel like an unaired Filmation cartoon.
Oh, and if you want to know the names of everyone in that picture:Back Row: The Head Executive (from various comics), Nester (from "Nester and Wii-ner"), Rice Cub (from "Rice Cub"), and Lyman (from Garfield, not Platypus Comix).Second Row: Jennifer (from Henry and Jennifer), Henry (from Henry and Jennifer), Lillian Muck/Ivy (from Guava Guava), Buzz (from Guava Guava), Lana Ying (from Guava Guava), and Dan Blather (from various comics).Third Row: NJ (from Electric Wonderland), Princess Pi (from Princess Pi), Mary Jane Watson-Parker (from True Believers), Shroomy (from Electric Wonderland), and Beefer (from Keiki).Front Row: Joan of Arc (sitting, from "Raiders of the Lost Arc"), Aerynn Arlia (from Electric Wonderland), Quint (from Scrambled Eggs), Tiff/Taffeta "Taffy" Sparks (from Mulberry), Tuan Nuaghen (from Scrambled Eggs), and Mulberry Sharona (from Mulberry).