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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 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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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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* 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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* CasualInterstellarTravel


* Calvinball: Zorgellian Mega-Poker requires various NoodleImplements, as well as a working knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics.

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* Calvinball: {{Calvinball}}: Zorgellian Mega-Poker requires various NoodleImplements, as well as a working knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics.

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* Calvinball: Zorgellian Mega-Poker requires various NoodleImplements, as well as a working knowledge of the laws of thermodynamics.


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* NoodleImplements: Besides the normal cards and chips, Zorgellian Mega-Poker is played with a compass, tidal chart, and anvil.

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[[caption-width-right:253:Adverbly verbed by Mike Shapiro]]


''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 1998. 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 1998.1995. 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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** 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."


* ComedicHeroicSociopath: Joe, in spades.

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