First Contact is an ongoing MS Paint Fanventure created by Pavizi on January 3, 2017. The story follows six teenagers, complete strangers to each other, who find themselves on an alien planet far from home for reasons unknown. What awaits them in the vast unknowns of space, and what powers could've brought them to this situation?
Not to be confused with the trope of the same name.
This page contains some heavy marked spoilers. You have been warned.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- all lowercase letters: Adam and Uriel speak this way.
- All There in the Manual: The creator has a tag for First Contact-related art not included in the comic on their Tumblr.
- Ambiguous Gender: Sisera has been described as genderfluid.
- Art Evolution: Even in the span of just one year, the comic's art improves greatly—you can easily see the improvement from the first few panels to the most recent ones.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The deer aliens' planet has these.
- Cast of Snowflakes: Any background alien in the comic that is close enough to have their features discerned has a unique design and associated color.
- Color-Coded Characters: The space teens, as well as the background aliens, are given colors in their designs and dialogue. This also plays into the teens' thematic associations.
- Color-Coded Elements:Each teen has an elemental association shown through their colors, and said elements reflect their personalities, appearances, and the teen that they are paired with thematically.
- Uriel (orange) represents Fire.
- Morgan (blue) represents Water.
- Adam (green) represents Nature/Earth.
- Isaiah (yellow) represents Storms/Electricity.
- Sisera (pink) represents Sunshine/Light.
- Lucas (gray) represents Moonlight/Shadows.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The comic's art is done entirely this way, the exceptions being the characters' colors on their designs and the various banners, flags, and tapestries hung by the alien deer.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: Some of the deer alien designs have no pants or, in at least one case, no clothes whatsoever—the aliens are nudist hippies.
- Fearless Fool: Sisera throws themselves out a window and breaks their nose with a can of spraypaint after being told to smash the window for light. They don't care, though; the pain's worth it.
- First Contact
- Friend to Bugs: All of the deer aliens' wildlife are shown as gigantic bugs.
- After Isaiah knocks out one of said aliens who tried to attack Adam, she takes the alien's centipede with them.
- Adam later calls on the same centipede in battle.
- In Harmony with Nature: Adam, in addition to being a Nature Lover, is shown to be able to control the centipede soon after meeting it by whistling.
- Intelligent Gerbil: The first alien race is based off earthly deer, goats, sheep, and similar such animals.
- Interactive Comic
- Ontological Mystery: It's not explained why the space teens are in space or how they got here, and they don't seem to know, either.
- Rotating Arcs: The perspective switches from one teenager (or several) to another multiple times before they all end up grouping together.
- Running Gag: Uriel attempting to lick any stranger he sees.
- Space Elves: The first alien race shown in the story are pacifistic, nature-loving, sometimes gender-ambiguous flower children that resemble goats and deer living in a Tree Top Town.
- Tap on the Head: Lucas is knocked out by a surprised deer wielding a chair, and wakes up some minutes later in front of Morgan.
- The Lost Woods: The deer aliens' entire planet consists of massive trees—the aliens themselves make treehouses near the canopies because of how dark and ominous the ground level is, with the trees' leaves shielding the bottom from sunlight.These trees, though, put redwoods to shame. It's actually kind of hard to see the top of them.
- The '90s: Word of God states that the story takes place in 1999, near the Turn of the Millennium. This is shown in subtle ways, such as Uriel's and Isaiah's phones, but otherwise, this detail wouldn't be obvious while they're all in space.
- The Speechless: Isaiah is completely mute. She has been shown to gesture, but otherwise, she hasn't said anything to the other teens.
- The Unintelligible: All of the deer aliens speak in a language that can't be understood by reader or teenager alike. Uriel tries to imitate one of them, but the outcome is implicitly pretty offensive.
- Theme Naming: All of the space teens are named after biblical references with their names having some significance to their associations, such as Uriel being named after the archangel with a flaming sword, Morgan's name meaning "sea warrior" and named after the Morgan Bible, etc.