Follow TV Tropes

Following

Author Tract / Webcomics

Go To

  • Parodied in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja when the Alt Text claimed that:
    This whole comic has been a setup for me to push my views on you that man should not fly.
  • Fans! is vehement in its defense of fanboys, portraying them as having the specific combination of strengths that makes them the only ones capable of defending Earth, and that the biggest, geekiest fanboys alive will be revered by future generations as heroes who made all of society possible.
  • Shortpacked! seems to take the opposite tack in its satire and often portrays fans with complaints of any sort as self-entitled morons. Not surprisingly, what is considered unfair and what is considered perfectly okay seems to coincide with the author's tastes
      Advertisement:
    • Willis often acknowledges that obsessiveness fanishness, even his own, is Not Okay. This was parodied when he shows up at the store and gets in an armed fight with Ethan over an Edit War. The arc ends with him and his girlfriend sneaking into Ethan's apartment—Maggie in a Transformers costume—and smashing up his computer so he wouldn't be able to edit the wiki. Then there was the time he made fun of people who said that the second Transformers movie sold out because of all the marketing. In case you don't get it, Transformers is probably the most popular and transparently Merchandise-Driven franchise ever.
  • Vegan Artbook is an incredibly pure example. There's barely any story or character, just non-vegans endlessly getting smacked down by their vegan counterparts who act as mouthpieces for the creator's beliefs.
  • Advertisement:
  • The Flobots webcomic has varying levels of Anviliciousness.
  • General Protection Fault briefly delved into this in the 'Providence' arc in 2005, showing Akhilesh (a kindly doctor bordering on Ned Flanders-like religious outlook) witnessing to Trudy, with verse upon verse of scripture, accompanied by author commentary.
  • Jesus and Mo is an unabashed Author Tract ridiculing religion. The comment box is headed with the note "This comments section is provided as a safe place for readers of J&M to talk, to exchange jokes and ideas, to engage in profound philosophical discussion, and to ridicule the sincerely held beliefs of millions. As such, comments of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature will not be tolerated."
  • Kit N Kay Boodle is entirely a vehicle for Richard Katellis' views on free love, yiffing, and the plight of the furry community. The world outside of idyllic, nudist Yiffburg is full of monstrous dictatorships and ruthless capitalist states that criticize Yiffburg for being horny layabouts. Any character who doesn't constantly want sex with total strangers is either an evil fascist or an oppressed soul, and the answer is invariably anonymous sex, either to defeat or convert them to the yiffy way of life. It doesn't help matters that the story is occasionally interrupted by the author describing the sexual exploits he and his wife have with their parents.
  • With The Last Days of FOXHOUND, this is bound to happen when a biochemistry student writes a comic about Metal Gear Solid, but it's noticeable how he still makes it funny. Mantis is the typical mouthpiece. Dr. Naomi Hunter supplements Mantis' rants with more reasonable but obviously frustrated objections.
      Advertisement:
    • Also played with when the plot stops so that Mantis can rant against banning gay marriage. The best part is that it is entirely in-character — he isn't so much arguing for gay marriage as he is saying that having sex with reproduction is just as gross as having sex without reproducing.
  • MAGISA — this comic contains political and religious issues that reek of Jack Chick. The author is often suspected of being part of the "Christian Conservative Right Wing" but he is not if you read deeper into his work.
  • The Order of the Stick unashamedly pokes fun at gamer attitudes which Rich Burlew finds obnoxious, such as players whose paladins use the letter of the rules to act like Sociopathic Heroes until their class status is endangered, then perform a token good deed to retain it.
  • In Scenes from a Multiverse Internet trolls and fundamentalists end up on the receiving end of the author's pen.
  • While in previous years Sinfest tended to stick towards light humour and general satire, it gradually adopted a more preachy feminist propaganda tone. These days, it's rare to see a comic that doesn't in some way promote Ishida's views.
  • In Sunstone it is common to encounter short speeches from the characters' mouths about BDSM informing the reader of such things like the importance of considering safety, the responsibility of the Dom and the importance of trust and honesty in the relationship. The reasoning given is that this comic partially exists to educate and dispel BDSM myths.
  • Tiny Dick Adventures, a side webcomic by one of the creators of Looking for Group does this very often, almost too often. At first, the strip started off rather lighthearted and charming, much like the original series, but then gradually turned into a soapbox for the author's views on subjects like religion, government, presidential elections, transgenderism, homosexuality, Linked In, and so on. As one could probably guess, some of these episodes didn't sit well with the audience.
  • Tales of the Questor — While the comic has become incredibly more reasonable about this, earlier strips were suffused with a certain subset of Christian theology, culminating when the author updated with rants about other belief systems. Those rants have since been moved elsewhere, but the author still provides nods towards Christianity now and again.

    Every other comic by the author, on the other hand, is still chock-full of pro-Christian, American (especially Southern), libertarian soapboxing and anti-pretty much everything else.
  • Unicorn Jelly and Pastel Defender Heliotrope, both by Jennifer Diane Reitz, both start out as (respectively) amusing and cute fantasy and science fiction stories, but the Author's soapboxes about religion, homosexuality, and transgenderism overwhelm the plot more than once. It is revealed at the end of Pastel Defender Heliotrope that it was about anti-piracy legislation as well (which seems like an Ass Pull to boot since it only comes up in the last page or two).
    • This even happens in the only commercially available video game she made, Boppin', a mostly inoffensive Puzzle Game (well, except when the main characters kill themselves...) where the plot is set in motion by crazy, holier-than-thou Moral Guardians who want to erase all bad guys from videogames, and one of these is explicitly identified as a priest.
  • Critics of YU+ME: dream have branded it an author tract, saying that all straight characters are portrayed as evil, especially in the first section.
  • Dana Simpson tended to veer into left-wing politics in regards to her Orphaned Series Raine Dog, with Anvilicious soapboxing about "Blue State" Democrats and transgenderism, coupled with the Unfortunate Implications of the various intended metaphors. Previously, I Drew This! was pretty openly a political comic, but even her least political webcomic, Ozy and Millie, still had political commentary, usually with geoglobal politics boiled down to playground puppets, and famously Millie's Mr. W sockpuppet. (Phoebe and Her Unicorn, however, has averted this trope, which may explain in part why it was the first Simpson comic to win syndication.)
  • Parodied in L's Empire when a character deconstructs the concept of a soul. The local Fourth-Wall Observer threatens to kill the author if he continues to inject his philosophical beliefs.
  • When not simply joking about the various cultures it parodies, sometimes to the extent that it often relies on the author point-blank telling you what's so funny because chances are you otherwise wouldn't get it, Scandinavia and the World wears its left-wing views on its sleeve, and doesn't pull punches with regard to its type-2 views on Eagleland. It's not surprising that the vast majority of the registered users on the series' official website lean in the same political direction.


Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report