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Webcomic / Dubious Company

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Pirates, ninjas, and other cliches, wholesale.

"Elator's Archetype though, pegs him as being able to stumble his way through any situation none the worse for wear."
Sal (who could be referring to anyone in the cast)

Dubious Company is an adventure comedy comic written by Ben Hsu (AKA Tagalong) and drawn by Elaine Tipping (AKA Tria).

It follows Captain Walter Herindale and his best buddy Tiren as they build an assorted quirky crew in order to do... something, mostly heavy drinking. All the while they spoof and play with every trope, Cliché, and genre they come across. Oh, and dealing with Emperor Kreedor's Elite Guards.

Can be found here. note 

Also see the Crowning Moments and Character Page!


This webcomic contains examples (by story arc) of:

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    Comic In General 

    Shipwrecked In Paradise 
  • Keelhauling: Walter claims this as a punishment, until Tiren deconstructs its usefulness on a flying ship.
  • Ninjas VS Pirates: Averted, Walter and Tiren get along fine
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: The series starts OFF with Tiren wondering that. Walter found her as a stowaway while she was sleeping. It happens a few more times in the story. (Hey, they're pirates. They get drunk)

    Of Rescues and Mutinies 
  • Action Mom: Tiren's mother was also a ninja, based on this Survival Mantra.
  • Born Lucky: Sal is the future high priestess of the god of Randomness, things tend to go her way.
    • As the crew is nearby Sal, this is often extend to them. This includes suddenly finding cover in the middle of a fight on their own ship.
  • Crash-Into Hello: How did Elly meet Mary? Walter threw him on her.
  • Walk the Plank: Walter subjects Barry to this. Tiren complains about doing it while docked.

    Traitor In Our Midst 

    Get The Kitty 

    The Empire Strikes... Next? 

    Izor's Amazing Plan (Of Amazement)! 

    On The Middle of Nowhere 

    Back To School 

    Festival Of Veils 

    Star Something? (Title pending) 

     The Search for the McGuffins!! 

     The Evil Tower of Evil 
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tiren has never been shy about her love of fighting, but she kills the villain by taking one of the Prince's swords and kills the villain in mid spellcast.
  • Cunning Linguist: Elly provides translations for the Princes.

     Supplemental & Filler 
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Phred visits Sal and Leeroy as a pair of sweatpants.
  • Buffy Speak: When the server crashed in September 2011, a picture was thrown up as a stop gap. In it, Tria can be seen saying "It went splody"