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All Night Laundry is an Interactive Comic by Jack Fractal on the MSPA Forums. You start with a young woman named Bina. She’s put off her Laundry for far too long. Now, due to having to work an extra shift, she has to go to the laundromat at three in the morning.

As the story starts, Bina starts noticing that things around the laundromat seem a bit… off. The lights are off when she gets there, even though it’s open 24/7. There’s also a small T.V. on that nobody seems to be watching. Gregor, the owner of the store seems to know more than he’s letting on and he’s very anxious not to let her near the basement.


Needless to say, things don’t go as she expected.

Partially due to the MSPA forums being broken, All Night Laundry now has its own website and a wiki here.

Tropes in All Night Laundry include:

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Botfly. We're not quite sure what it is exactly, but Bina seems to be the only one who sees it as a TV. Also, the portals/cracks in time. Bina sees them as cracked glass or pools of water, Kendra sees them as splintered wood and rotten trees, Amie sees the Doctor Who time vortex.
  • Alternate Timeline: At least 13 of them plus a pocket dimension or two separated from the flow of time.
  • Art Shift: Done intentionally for different locations/temporal positions/states of consciousness.
    • Done unintentionally as Jack Fractal's drawing skills improve throughout the comic.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The End of Chapter title cards
  • Blessed with Suck: Time travel is not fun. This appears to be the Botfly's MO, granting wishes to everyone who sees it in the suckiest way possible to create Win-Win scenarios for itself
  • Body Horror: When Bina is infected by the Botfly It's shown as a wire impaling her arm. She has to remove it...
    • Everything to do with the Naughts
  • Canis Major: The Hound. At the beginning it's big, but not impossibly big. It's been bigger in each appearance since, due to damage to Bina's Timeline. In Previous loops it was the size of a regular dog.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Bina and Kendra devise a plan involving three time machines to save Elizabeth from falling to her death.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Gregor is now actively seeking Bina, and with a gun this time.
  • Crossing The Streams: In the emergency of seeing the now-enormous dog about to fall on Kendra and Elizabeth, Bina resorts to shining unlight in its direction to activate the time machine that can catch it mid-fall.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Bina. This extends to when she's half dead from hypothermia.
    Bina: I'm always snarky.
  • Deal with the Devil: Gregor Just wanted his dog back
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  • Determinator: Bina is an excellent example of realistic consequences to this kind of behavior. The fan made wiki has an entire page devoted to cataloging the injuries.
    Bina: Fainting isn't real, only ninteenth century girls in corsets faint.
    Kendra: And twenty-first century time travelers with high fevers they failed to mention.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Botfly. We're not sure what it is exactly, but it seems to run off being observed...
  • Eldritch Location: Two versions of the sugar factory. Bina enters the Botfly Moment version by falling, and exits by throwing a scarf up into the sky and climbing up, it is unnaturally still and dead. The physical version should not be able to exist where it is, was not there a few days prior to the events of the comic, and is made of many overlapping versions of itself. It is also riddled with cracks in time itself.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Played with here. Nobody in a rescue party knows Morse Code including two police officers. The person they just found does though.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Amie calls B4 intense.
    "I'm not intense," says Bina, intensely.
  • Infinite Canvas: while most of the images aren't terribly large, the End of Chapter pages tend to be long vertical ones as Binah ascends or descends. One notable exception was the end of Chapter 14, where it's horizontal instead and the website does not handle it well.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Bina's late grandma was a reporter for 40 years, and knew how to get out of or avoid dangerous situations when she found them.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Binah and other characters respond to the reader's prompts, Binah narrates her dreams and talks to the title card of one of her dreams. But no one ever fully acknowledges or breaks the wall.
  • Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: Josephine's electricity generator and Bina's time travel. While they adhere to observable rules and seem scientific up to a point, they only work because of the Botfly, not because they are stable forces within the setting normally.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bina is the Red Oni, Kendra is the Blue Oni. To a lesser degree when Amie and Emmie join them.
  • Retcon: An unusual case. They only appear after viewing a page created after the change, with the original behind a button so that readers can see bothfor time travel purposes. There are retcons made every time Bina changes something in the past. And one straight up change to the continuity was made when Jack Fractal realized he should not have killed off Binah
  • Room Full of Crazy: Discussed by Bina as the "crazy wall". The wall in the construction yard office may count too.
  • Running Gag: Bina wanting to make her previous self step on legos. Lots of them.
  • Sentient Phlebotinum: All of the powers/gifts the characters have is powered by the Botfly and probably serves its ends one way or another
  • Sickly Green Glow: The unlight, the cracks in the fabric of spacetime...
  • The Speechless: Bina for awhile, due to trauma from a seizure.
  • Time Is Dangerous: Without some specific equipment to handle the side effects, time travel can be extremely painful and/or deadly. Just thinking about retcons causes headaches at minimum.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Name: The Department of Phenomenological Investigation and Research. They are not the X-Files.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Binah. Even when she isn't actively punching holes through time and bringing down buildings bad things seem drawn to her location.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Amie believes she is in an episode of Doctor Who and repeatedly tries to act accordingly with... mixed results.

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