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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: A solid 1 on the scale. RuleOfFunny trumps Science every time.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Franko's name is spelled "Frank-O" in the earliest comics.


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[[caption-width-right:253:Adverbly [[caption-width-right:253:[[CouchGag Adverbly verbed by Mike Shapiro]]
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* DeadpanSnarker: Ronnie.

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* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Ronnie.


* AdventurerArchaeologist: Mattock Blork the Hexagon.

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* AdventurerArchaeologist: Mattock Blork the Hexagon.Hexagon is presented as one, but is actually after the Soulwhomper of Klaaaarr for the power it confers.



** Later, the Soulwhomper of Klaaaarr.

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** Later, the Soulwhomper of Klaaaarr.Klaaaarr, an ancient artifact with unspecified (but apparently godlike) powers.



* BiggerOnTheInside: Bert's car.

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* BiggerOnTheInside: BiggerOnTheInside:
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Bert's car.car has far more internal space and amenities than one would expect.
** Taken UpToEleven by Bob's stomach, which contains an ''entire alternate dimension''. [[BizarreAlienBiology This is a normal feature for his species]].



* CasualInterstellarTravel

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* CasualInterstellarTravel%%* CasualInterstellarTravel:



* TheDitz: Franko.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The Planet of Unmanageable DOOM.

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* TheDitz: Franko.
Franko comes off this way, combining a childlike personality, frequent hallucinations, and occasional actual prophecies, seemingly at random.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: The Planet of Unmanageable DOOM.DOOM, obviously. Once the doom becomes manageable, it's incorporated into consumer products such as Doom Hedge Clippers and Doom Cola.



* LampshadeHanging: One of the comic's primary sources of humor.



* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Definitely a 1 on the scale. RuleOfFunny trumps Science every time.
* MyBelovedSmother
* NoodleImplements: Besides the normal cards and chips, Zorgellian Mega-Poker is played with a compass, tidal chart, and anvil.
* OnlySaneMan: Ronnie.

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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Definitely a A solid 1 on the scale. RuleOfFunny trumps Science every time.
* MyBelovedSmother
MundaneUtility: Once managed, the Unmanageable DOOM is put into consumer products like Doom Lawnmowers and Doom Cola.
* NoodleImplements: MyBelovedSmother: Joe's mother constantly nags him about his career and family choices, and compares him unfavorably to Ronnie.
* NoodleImplements:
** How "DOOM" can be used as a soft drink ingredient is never explained.
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Besides the normal cards and chips, Zorgellian Mega-Poker is played with a compass, tidal chart, and anvil.
* OnlySaneMan: Ronnie.Ronnie's sanity checks are always ignored or overruled by the rest of the cast.



* SelfDeprecation: Often showed up in the CouchGags. The rest of the comic (and the site itself) is positively dripping with the stuff as well.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Averted and lampshaded early on. Otherwise played straight.

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* SelfDeprecation: Often showed up in the CouchGags. The rest of the comic (and the site itself) is positively dripping with the stuff as well.
CouchGags.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Averted and lampshaded early on.on with a footnote explaining that the giant "WOOOSH!" behind a spaceship is actually strange graffiti that follows it around. Otherwise played straight.


Incidentally, you may have encountered Shapiro's work in another form. He's a [[http://www.mikemusic.com composer]] in RealLife, providing music for films and VideoGames, at least [[EmpireEarth one of which]] can be found on ThisVeryWiki.

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Incidentally, you may have encountered Shapiro's work in another form. He's a [[http://www.mikemusic.com composer]] in RealLife, providing music for films and VideoGames, at least [[EmpireEarth [[VideoGame/EmpireEarth one of which]] can be found on ThisVeryWiki.
Wiki/ThisVeryWiki.


->''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Action! Adventure! Excitement! Geometry!]] All this and [[SelfDeprecation less]] can be found within the virtual pages of Joe the Circle, the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative only psuedo-science-fiction comic that takes less than five minutes per episode to draw]]!''

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->''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
->''"[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
Action! Adventure! Excitement! Geometry!]] All this and [[SelfDeprecation less]] can be found within the virtual pages of Joe the Circle, the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative only psuedo-science-fiction comic that takes less than five minutes per episode to draw]]!''
draw]]!"''

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* BavarianFireDrill: [[http://joe-the-circle.com/comic/?p=123 "Hey, wait . . . why were we assuming that this guy is on our side?"]]


''The Adventures of Joe the Circle'' was an early ScienceFiction WebComic by Mike Shapiro. Originally printed in Shapiro's college newspaper in the early '90s, it first appeared online in 1995. It followed the adventures of [[HeroicComedicSociopath Joe]], a violent, gun-toting circle, along with his companions: [[OnlySaneMan Ronnie]], an even-tempered triangle; [[BigEater Bob the Boobian]], a dimwitted . . . ''thing'' with a gaping maw and limited vocabulary; [[TheDitz Franko]], a clairaudient flying fish; and [[SurferDude Bert]], a laid-back gearhead who provided the crew's transportation.

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''The Adventures of Joe the Circle'' was an early ScienceFiction WebComic by Mike Shapiro. Originally printed in Shapiro's college newspaper in the early '90s, it first appeared online in 1995. It followed the adventures of [[HeroicComedicSociopath Joe]], a violent, gun-toting circle, along with his companions: [[OnlySaneMan Ronnie]], an even-tempered triangle; [[BigEater Bob the Boobian]], a dimwitted . . . ''thing'' with a gaping maw and limited vocabulary; [[TheDitz Franko]], a clairaudient flying fish; and [[SurferDude Bert]], [[CaptainCrash Bert Smert]], a laid-back gearhead who provided the crew's transportation.


* AncientArtifact: The Pickle of Power.

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* AncientArtifact: AncientArtifact:
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The Pickle of Power.



* FanCommunityNicknames: The message board was called the "mOb" ("m" for "message," "b" for "board," with Joe's silhouette in between). Posters sometimes referred to themselves as "mObsters."
** "Circlefriends" was also sometimes used.

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* FanCommunityNicknames: The message board was called the "mOb" ("m" for "message," "b" for "board," with Joe's silhouette in between). Posters sometimes referred to themselves as "mObsters."
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" "Circlefriends" was also sometimes used.



* ScheduleSlip: It was not uncommon to go weeks, months, or even ''years'' between updates. In fact, the series never officially ended - it just hasn't updated since 2007.
** Lampshaded in Shapiro's bio: "Mike continues to produce Joe to this day, pausing only for occasional three-to-four year stretches of indolence and ennui."
* SelfDeprecation: Often showed up in the CouchGags.

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* ScheduleSlip: It was not uncommon to go weeks, months, or even ''years'' between updates. In fact, the series never officially ended - it just hasn't updated since 2007.
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2007. Lampshaded in Shapiro's bio: "Mike bio:
-->''"Mike
continues to produce Joe to this day, pausing only for occasional three-to-four year stretches of indolence and ennui."
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* SelfDeprecation: Often showed up in the CouchGags. The rest of the comic (and the site itself) is positively dripping with the stuff as well.

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* MissingEpisode: Everything before the "Joe Dies" storyline is lost to the mists of time.


* SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes: Joe is a pretty solid Type V, but PlayedForLaughs.


The comic was rather crudely drawn, but made up for it with freewheeling storylines, goofy humor, and extremely quotable dialogue. Formerly located at [[http://joe-the-circle.com www.joe-the-circle.com]], the site is currently down - but most of the archives can be accessed in [[http://web.archive.org/web/20040604170524/http://joe-the-circle.com/old.shtml two]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100724204012/http://joe-the-circle.com/comic/?page_id=56 chunks]] through archive.org.

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The comic was rather crudely drawn, but made up for it with freewheeling storylines, goofy humor, and extremely quotable dialogue. Formerly located Most of the comics can be found at [[http://joe-the-circle.com www.joe-the-circle.com]], the site is currently down - but most of the archives can be accessed in with a few older issues accessible through [[http://web.archive.org/web/20040604170524/http://joe-the-circle.com/old.shtml two]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100724204012/http://joe-the-circle.com/comic/?page_id=56 chunks]] through archive.org.
org]].


* KickTheDog: Invoked by the commander of the Anti-Joe Armada, who drops an anvil on a subordinate to demonstrate his evil.

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* KickTheDog: Invoked and lampshaded by the commander of the Anti-Joe Armada, who drops an anvil on a subordinate to demonstrate his evil.


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* LampshadeHanging: One of the comic's primary sources of humor.

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