"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."
- Peter Paltridge, in response to the FAQ "What's the ultimate advice an amateur cartoonist can get?"
A few of the characters you'll meet at The Site With Everything, plus some from discontinued comics.
The self-proclaimed "Site with EVERYTHING!", Platypus Comix is home to five 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 US Acres. Basically, it's just about anything and everything Mr. Paltridge likes, recapped in a slightly cynical, constantly entertaining fashion.
All There in the Manual: Paltridge has written short bios in order to properly introduce new readers to the main characters of the flagship series. Also, sometimes Paltridge shares details about characters on his deviantARTpage 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: Paltridge's comics often pass this test with flying colors, since four of the five flagship comics have main character rosters where the females outnumber males.
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 Paltridge thought would make a funny name for a comic company, and might have been inspired by a song one of his cousins sang.
Milestone Redo: 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.
Reality Subtext: Numerous examples, such as the Mulberry comic "Murphy's Lawn" (built up on Brittany Murphy's death) and the Keiki comic "Beefer in the Time of Cholera" (set during the economic recession of the late 2000s). Paltridge also traditionally makes comics about Dan Blather covering the Olympic Games and Mulberry trying to influence the Presidential Election.
Skintone Sclerae: Paltridge 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.
As a Couch Gag, Peter Paltridge regularly changes the banner at the top of the Platypus Comix homepage to say something new and funny.
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."
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.
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.
Peter Paltridge called 2008's "True Believers" his second favorite Platypus Comix story. The characters from the flagship comics have gone on strike, so the Head Executive tries to tide readers over with a Spider-Man comic, hoping he could get away with featuring characters he doesn't own when the characters he does own won't cooperate. The resulting story became Platypus Comix's Take That against Marvel Comics' reviled One More Day comic, which had concluded two weeks earlier. In a 48-page, two-month-long, Roger Rabbit-ish storyline, Spidey and Mary Jane Watson fight to save their marriage from being wiped out by their own editor, Joe Quesadilla — a vicious Quesadacaricature.
Cerebus Syndrome: Peter Paltridge said that "True Believers" started out as a less dramatic story for the fourth week of the Character Strike. He first published the early chapters under the title, "Peter Paltridge, The Amazing Spider-Hack."
Chekhov's Gun: After turning down the offer to become Jackpot, Mary Jane carries a stamp out of Quesadilla's office. During the climax of the comic, she presses the stamp against Quesadilla's forehead and Retcons his existence.
Death Is Cheap: Comic book characters "always come back", as Mary Jane explains after a revitalization.
Despair Event Horizon: After Spidey discovers that Quesadilla erased everything that happened in the last 30 years, he asks Dr. Octopus to kill him. He gets better, "five miniseries, three crossovers, and one apocalyptic battle later."
The Final Temptation: During the climax, Quesadilla offers Peter the revivals of Uncle Ben, Richard and Mary Parker, and/or Gwen Stacy if he lets him erase the marriage. He nearly accepts, but after deciding he wants MJ to be happy, he asks her what to do, then follows her request to decline the temptation.
Ret Gone: Joe Quesadilla and (unintentionally) Ben Reilly, after Mary Jane performs a retcon with the stolen stamp.
Roger Rabbit Effect: The story portrays comic-book characters as real people, and editors as their gods.
Suspiciously Apropos Music: As Peter dances with MJ the Friday evening after Quesadilla announces plans to erase their marriage, the song being played is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Mary Jane's Last Dance". Peter points out the irony of the song's lyricsnote mis-reproduced; the chorus says "one more time to kill the pain", rather than "one more night to feel the pain", but MJ informs him the song's actually about pot.
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.
Fourth Wall Mail Slot: The fifth and final installment of the 2008 Character Strike featured the Head Executive replying to emails readers sent Peter Paltridge.
Heart Is An Awesome Power: The title character of "Awesome Blossom" exclaims "Heart Power!" every time she tries to solve a problem. It proves effective, but the second time she uses it angers others. In a possible subversion, her adversaries use "Liver Power!" and "Pancreas Power!" to get what they want.
Hostile Show Takeover: For April Fools' Day 2006, Paltridge 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.
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.