A few of the characters you'll meet at The Site With Everything, plus some from discontinued comics.
"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?"
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.
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 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: 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 Princess Pi fulfills this requirement if one counts Princess Ip and the Totally Nazis in addition to Pi, 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.
Additionally, Peter refers to the test by name in Part 2 of "Who is Archie Comics' Most Obscure Character?", while commenting that the heroine and her female frenemy are probably wasting oxygen (most of this comic takes place in outer space) by spending the bulk of chapter 16 arguing over a boy.
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.
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.
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.
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 If you're too young to know WHAM! by name, they're the guys that sang "Last Christmas."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.