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Webcomic / City Of Blank

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Don't let them see your face.

"You're got a long journey ahead, Rex . . . and that journey begins in Glory City."
Mikiah Kelman

From the official summary:

In a world where ghostly Blanks can steal your face–– and your life–– at any moment, a young boy named Rex hunts for his brother's killer. Cursed with the unique power to physically touch Blanks, Rex starts to uncover darker secrets at the city's center and in his own past. Will Rex unmask the killer, or will he become just another faceless victim in the City of Blank?

A webcomic which recently moved from Tapastic to Webtoons. Updated every Thursday.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: When a person's face gets stolen, their face turns into a cohesive slab of flesh, covering their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: One of the top Blank Hunters wields a combination axe/flamethrower/club. Fully developed blanks are just normal people, but a select few hybrids can change their shapes to make their limbs act as weapons, and the only thing developing Blanks have that make them out of the ordinary are dark patches of skin that don't get injured or experience pain if you stab them. A net would probably be more effective for subduing developing Blanks, albeit there wouldn't be as much of an intimidation factor.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: The Blanks, despite not having eyes or ears, are able to navigate. It's made easier by their Intangibility to most people, but it's still unclear how they're able to find unmasked humans so quickly.
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  • Canine Companion: Shnee gets a belly rub for every like on an episode. He's also trained to warn Rex about Blanks before they bump into him.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: For both establishing Mikiah as a fugitive, and demonstrating face-stealing as a real threat.
  • Cursed With Awesome: Rex doesn't like his ability to touch Blanks, even if it enables him to fight off Blanks without using special equipment.
  • Expressive Mask: The masks which all the characters wear tend to move along with their facial features, especially their eyes. Justified, because everyone wears a mask, making it hard to convey expressions otherwise.
  • Face Stealer: Blanks, which are the reason masks are so common. Upon sensing an unmasked human, they congregate around the hapless victim in hopes of stealing a face.
  • Fantastic Racism: Blanks who have successfully stolen faces are reviled by society, since it seems like most people don't know that Blanks can't control their desire to steal faces.
    • Rex's mother was a rare subversion of the trope, who accepted the Blank who stole her husband's face as her husband still.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids have sentience and can communicate via sign language.
  • I Want Them Alive: Blan Co. goes out of their way to kidnap Rex for his memories.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Blanks can't control their urges to steal faces, so this is a common response amongst Blanks who have successfully do so to normal people.
  • The Immune: Blanks who've stolen a face don't have to worry about their faces being stolen. They still wear masks in order to not give away the fact that they're blanks, as blanks with stolen faces are at best sent to special prisons.
  • The Blank: This is what happens to people whose faces are stolen. What's worse, their faces can never be given back, and the victims usually die from suffocation.
  • Title Drop: Said by Rex at the end of the first episode. "Looks like we finally made it, huh, Shnee? We made it to Glory City . . . better known as the City of Blank!"
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Blanks melt in water, so bathrooms come equipped with special water curtain showers which allow people to safely wash their faces and bathe.


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