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A darkly humorous webcomic by Lee Adam Herold documenting since 2000 (with a long gap between Dec. 9 2014 to May 4, 2022) the single-panel exploits of Butch R. Mann, a hockey mask-wearing serial killer who is equal parts "Jason Voorhees, Hannibal Lecter, Norman Bates, and Ziggy." Most of the humor of the strip comes from taking typical horror and slasher tropes, then bringing them to the most ludicrous possible applications. The strip is notable for both its gag skill in Crossing the Line Twice, and its unique gray-toned art style that is both inked and sponged before being scanned into the computer.


Definitely not for kids, as the subject matter swings freely from Black Comedy to Gallows Humor to Black Comedy and all steps in between. However, if you're in the mood for a little walk on the darker side of the mind, this is the panel-strip for you.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Butch likes to kill these, although he'll target anyone who draws his attention. (Among other things, he specifically targets registered sex offenders.)
  • Bed Trick: Butch killed the guy who was supposed to be in the bed. (He really just wanted a hug.)
  • Bilingual Bonus: Various strips have been written in several different languages, such as Irish, Spanish, etc.
  • Bitter Almonds: Like a lot of creators, Herold screwed this one up, assuming that bitter almonds smell like regular almonds.
  • Black Comedy: Butch kills men, women, children, and dogs without pause, sometimes in alarmingly graphic ways.
  • Berserk Button: Butch's mother is a sore subject. Another button is hogging the bus seat when a lady wants to sit down.
  • Deal with the Devil: Butch has tried it on occasion. It doesn't work out, once because Satan tells him he's already doing his bidding for free, and another because the goat he's bargaining with is just a regular-ass goat.
  • Pet the Dog: Butch feels no compunctions about killing dogs, but he never harms pet fish or allows them to come to harm, and he may have a soft spot for cats as well. May being the keyword...
  • Schedule Slip: The strip is known to not be updated for months at a time, then a new comic every day for just as long. Its intensive art creation certainly contributes to this.
    • His updating schedule fluctuates so wildly that sometimes Keenspot just keeps him in the hiatus section of the site to save time.
  • The Schizophrenia Conspiracy: Butch often hears voices that give him commands. (Interestingly, he's said that he'd go even crazier if he tried to disobey the orders.)
  • The Scourge of God: Butch is either this, or really, really screwed.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Butch considered being bumped to third to be unacceptable.
  • Similarly Named Works: A source of confusion In-Universe. In one strip, Butch reads Hannibal by Pliney the Younger (as in General Hannibal, the guy who attacked Rome), musing that the War Elephants and battles are cool and all, but all the time wondering where the part where Hannibal eats a man's brain is. He was looking for Hannibal, the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, which had come out a couple of years before the strip started.
  • Sinister Scythe: Butch's weapon of choice is actually a sickle, but he calls it a scythe. It eventually gets lampshade-hung when a girl at a party tells him the difference; he then kills her with his "fucking doohickey".