Frankie and Stein is a Webcomic by Margo Zeno about a little Mad Scientist named Stein whose mother tells him to make a friend...
...so he does.
He robs "the cursed grave" and steals a brain, and, by the end of Chapter 1, Frankie is alive and ready for action!
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Comically Missing the Point: If you can call it that. His mother tells him to "make a friend". He actually goes out and makes, by means of science, a friend.
- Creepy Child: Stein is starting to venture into this, what with this strip See below, in Dissonant Serenity.
- Dissonant Serenity: Stein acts this way... a lot. From graverobbing grinningly, to stealing a brain with a smile on his face, to excitedly explaining what he's going to do next half-way through creating his own Frankenstein's Monster with blood all over his face. Only, he's a little more upbeat than serene. This strip, in particular.
- Meaningful Name:
- Stein - the suffix of "Frankenstein"
- Frankie - a pun on the prefix of "Frankenstein"
- Shelly - a variation of the last name of Frankenstein author, Mary Shelley
- Adam - one of the names by which The Monster of Frankenstein is referred to
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Shelly claims that if this occurs their heads will explode.
- Future Shelly tells her that it won't happen, because it didn't happen, because she does not recall her head exploding when it happened to her.
- Shout-Out: There are quite a few.
- Frankenstein, both book and various movies.
- One of the various book titles, Trampling in God's Domain, on this early page references debates about the story.
- To Boris Karloff's The Body Snatcher in this strip.
- The Weeping Angel in the graveyard.
- With the time travel arc for Chapter 4, there are a lot of references to sci-fi pop culture:
- "Ground Control to Major Stein" references a David Bowie song.
- "Oh my Invisible Pink Unicorn!" references the parody deity, the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
- Time Travel: Shelly's Time Machine takes her and Stein to the future where they meet their teenage selves.
- Twitchy Eye: A lot of it.
- Stein appears to be the most common offender. It's most commonly seen when he's happy, scheming, nervous, sad, uncertain - okay, it's a bit rarer to see him without it.
- Karl is probably a close second, which leads one to wonder if the eyetwitch is genetic. His instances seem restricted, however, to just when he's obsessing over something, annoyed, or uncertain.
- It must be contagious, following this logic. It has also been spotted in Adam and Frankie, in moments of concern, uncertainty, and being weirded out.
- The Unreveal: Oh no, Karl's gonna find Frankie and know immediately what's going on! ...or, um, not.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Stein on Page 40... What the hell, Stein?!
- Your Head A-Splode: What will happen to Frankie if Stein takes her time travelling, at least according to Shelly.
- Later disproven by future Shelly as she doesn't remember her head exploding when she traveled through time.