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Webcomic / Bricktown

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"Two strangers, an apartment, and snow. A lot of snow."

Bricktown is a Webcomic written and drawn by Christopher Barley. It stars a pair of strangers, Greg and Jill, who come to share an apartment because of a trick by a mutual acquaintance (his friend, her cousin). While at first the duo hate each other, they eventually come to care for one another as friends, and continue living together.

Set in a fictionalized version of Rochester known as "Bricktown" (which stems from the real-world Rochester Institute of Technology's nickname of Brick City), the series follows an Ensemble Cast of Greg and Jill’s circle of friends and acquaintances, nearly all of which are nerds of some sort or another, just like the author himself.

The story is a Slice of Life Romantic Comedy, focusing on primarily on the interactions and developing relationships between the various characters. It relies heavily on humorous Story Arcs, with small comedic breaks, or potentially just filler art, between the arcs.

The humor comes variously from the interplay of characters (mostly Greg and Jill), comedic shout outs to pop culture and nerd culture, the general idiosyncrasies of people, and the occasional jaunt into absurdism.

In general, just like real life, it falls fairly in the middle of the Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness, and most arcs will have an even amount of comedy and drama, though it's also very much into the "optimistic" end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism, so even the serious moments end up being more tender and heartfelt than downright angsty.

Originally, it was hosted on The Duck, but has since moved over to its own page on

The comic features the following tropes: