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Coming Up Violet is a Furry Comic written and created by Brian Daniel and illustrated by Misty Caldwell (background art by Kevin), and the sequel to Fur Will Fly. The comic also was a spinoff, switching the focus from Brad and his antics to Violet Oaks and her circle of friends in high school.

A more consistent art style leads this comic to be better than the original graphically. It's also way more PC. However, the artist and the writer had a falling out leading to the comic being canceled and taken down. This canceling didn't last long as the artist continued the comic on May 17th, 2010 with a new writer (Bombur).

The comic has not updated since April 2012.


Troping Up Violet:

  • Art Evolution
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: All the characters except Brad and Dawn.
  • Batman in My Basement
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Bishie Sparkle: Lampshaded.
  • The Chessmaster: Abby
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Brad and his daughter.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Why are we here? Brad doesn't know exactly, but he does know that he and Dawn are there for a purpose.
  • Cool Mask: Just like she did in Fur Will Fly for Brad, Natalie creates a fursona mask for Dawn so that she can appear in public. It's based on either arctic fox or wolf, and this time Natalie also fashions additional elements of the costume that allow Dawn to wear more revealing feminine outfits, including chest fur and full-sleeve and hand bits. Combined with her natural blond hair, the disguise is so effective boys actually start to hit on her on sight.
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  • Cousin Oliver: Dawn is the second human in the comic and a rare example of this trope done well.
  • Crush Blush: While watching a movie together
  • The Dark Side
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It's less of a defrosting and more of an evaporation, but you get the general idea.
  • Diary: The title character keeps one of these, and it's used as the intro for the comic proper.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The pretty boy Jerk Jock who spreads lies of memetic proportions about his and Violet's completely non-existent sexual escapades is on the school's lacrosse team.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Abby doesn't like being abused.
  • Domestic Abuse: Not the spouse-on-spouse kind, but still . . .
  • Enemy Mine: Racquel and Wendyl
  • Et Tu, Brute?
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Brad, who by the CUV's timeline is mostly a lovable goofball, can take only so much craziness in his everyday life, as evidenced when he walks on Page, Dawn and Violet in the middle of an indoor watergun deathmatch. The sight is enough to make him pour the hot cider he intended to drink out the window.
  • Everytown, America
  • Fanservice: Misty once drew three two of the male characters in swim trunks.
  • Fish out of Water: Dawn
  • Furry Confusion: One of the filler comics showed that Melody owns two dogs.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Slightly subverted in that every cross-species example seems to take after the mother, regardless of sex
  • The Girl Behind The Girl: Abby helps keep Racquel popular, in exchange for immunity from taunting by Racquel's group.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Page owns one of the classic examples of this trope for use in her and Brad's bedroom games.
    • The roles latter get reversed between Brad and Page as to who's wearing it.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Violet has two of these, both modeled after the classic Warner Bros. versions of the trope.
  • Good Samaritan: Violet is quickly becoming the Anthropomorphic Personification [no pun intended] of this trope.
  • Groin Attack: See "Wedgie Messiah"
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Beatrice, Brad and Page's daughter, who has her mother's species and gender, and her father's . . . everything else.
  • Heroic BSoD: Melody suffers one when Skylar asks her if she would like to meet up with him after school and compare class notes. Being a shy and unpopular girl with very limited boy interactions, she completely freezes and snaps out of it only after realizing she has just accepted his offer.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Very much subverted with the school bullies.
  • High School
  • Hoist by His Own Petard
  • Interspecies Romance
    • Bat/Rhino
    • Human/Mouse (yeah, they're still around)
    • Cat/Squirrel/Bat/Chinchilla Love Dodecahedron
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Melody for Skylar and her best friend Violet, trying to get them together while developing feelings for him herself. Violet herself is more intrigued by the very concept of dating and romantic relationships than by Skylar as a person, but agrees to talk to him after their first random encounter and goes on a test date with him to make the insistent Melody happy.
  • Jerkass
  • Jerk Jock
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Law of Disproportionate Response
  • Like Father Like Daughter
  • Love Dodecahedron
  • Malicious Slander
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Brad and Page, complete with the various difficulties of said trope. Most of those difficulties usually turn out to be trying to hide Brad's real identity (he's an alien from a Mirror Universe), while also resulting in a lot of Angst? What Angst? at the same time due to Brad's Cloudcuckoolander nature.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Nerdy boy Skylar tries to learn more about his crush Violet by spending time with her best friend Melody, who quickly and eagerly agrees to the idea once she picks up what's really going on, claiming not be ready for dating herself. However, over the course of just the first few meetings she realizes she might be infatuated with him. Still, not wanting to ruin his and Violet's potential happiness, she continues following the plan and even goes as far as informing Violet of the scheme and setting them up on a date, all while openly talking about it with both of them and telling Violet that she will only make a proper advance on Skylar if he decides Violet was not what he was looking for in a girl.
  • Medium Awareness: In strip 231, posted on 8/30/2010, Brad contemplates why he and Dawn were sent to the comic's universe. In the full version posted on Misty's DA profile he concludes that not only is there a higher power guiding their lives but that there's a good chance that the world is just a template with certain differences being like toys in a game of make believe, thus hanging a colossal lampshade on the entire writing process and fiction in general in the process.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Oh so very much subverted and played straight with Abby.
  • Neat Freak: Melody, who prefers to keep everything organized.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Skylar was perfectly happy pseudo-dating Melody, then his best friend Wendyl reminded him that he had originally started hanging out with her to get to her friend Violet.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Brad and Page's daughter
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The story depicts Brad as a silly-yet-lovable Cloudcockoolander for most of the time, but there are moments when he breaks the mold by offering unusually deep insight on some of the matters troubling the main cast, especially as Dawn can testify. This makes it difficult to tell whether he acts the way he does because he really is a simple man, or just preffers to keep his more mature thoughts to himself (and maybe Page off-screen) and try to brighten up the day of others through his antics instead.
  • Only One Name: Besides Brad's family there's also the background artist for the comic, Kevin.
  • Out-Gambitted
  • Parental Substitute
  • Recurring Element: It appears the authors of both CUV and its prequel Fur Will Fly have some affinity for the film Labyrinth, as it is mentioned in both works: in FWF Page watches it with Brad on a movie night, in CUV Skylar shows it to Melody on one of their sort-of-dates.
  • Shout-Out: The 2009 Halloween filler featured Melody and Violet as characters from Team Fortress 2 [the Sniper and Scout respectively], which makes sense considering that Misty is a fan.
  • Spin-Off: Of Fur Will Fly.
  • Squee!
  • Staying with Friends
  • Straw Feminist: Subverted: Violet does not want to be the Wedgie Messiah.
  • Studio Audience: Played for laughs. Literally!
  • Super OCD: Melody; it certainly doesn't help that she's a chinchilla.
  • The Cavalry: When Dawn begins to show up in public and goes shopping with Violet donning her fursona disguise, she has the bad luck of catching the eye of local teenage playboy Darren, who quickly tries to woo her, much to her discomfort. Luckily for her, Violet is within earshot and just her arrival at the scene is enough to make him run for his life due to past experience with the vengeful squirrel.
  • Third-Person Person
  • Triang Relations
  • Uncanceled: It's aliiive!
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Subverted: Skylar's step-dad really tries to be a good parent.


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