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Webcomic / Groovy, Kinda

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Edison & Anya's first kiss
Groovy, Kinda is a Mundane Fantastic webcomic by Charlie Wise. Follow the comedic misadventures of Larry Pye, Edison Lighthouse, and Stephanie Rossum, as they try to make a Love Triangle work. Groovy, Kinda is unique in that the leads are predominantly in their late 30s to early 40s.

Supporting characters include Anya Langerack a beloved children's librarian and lost princess of Chuckleslovakia, with a strong sexually submissive streak, Toivo Mackelakangishelmuumaki, Larry's best friend, a gay Neanderthal, and Eleanor, Larry's boss and a conniving, unrepentant domme.

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Provides Examples Of:

  • The Alcoholic: Edison Lighthouse and Phyllis rarely appear without a drink in hand. While each is old enough to be a Lady Drunk, Edison's too much the homebody to be Hard-Drinking Party Girl. Phyllis Sampson,on the other hand, fits the trope nicely and is almost never seen not falling down drunk, except in a flashback adventuring with Larry. A close friend of Edison's, especially in rehab (it didn't take for either of them), she dies just before returning to rehab with Edison.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Almost.
    • Edison wants Larry, Stephanie, and Anya, in that order. She formed a relationship with Larry, then frolicked with Anya the night Phyllis died, then sometime later with Stephanie, who was under the influence of Edison's hangy down thingy, and then, after a night of Trolls and Treasures (or something similar) frolicked with both Stephanie and Larry to the delight of all.
    • Anya wanted Larry until she kissed Edison while under the influence of clowns, whereupon she decided that she wanted them both, which almost happened, but was called on account ofpassed out Edison, then took up with underaged Jacob after he rescued her from Eleanor's clutches, but now is again trying to frolic with Larry, since Edison is out of town, which almost seems expected by Larry's absent girlfriend, but the strictures to said frolicking seem quite stringent.
    • Stephanie loves Larry, but she couldn't become aroused unless she was next to Edison's navel hangy thingy, which finally happened, making her the happiest robot in Innsmount, and not at all sanguine about who might know. The hangy down thingy, a lost piece of Steffie, is no longer necessary, allowing her to frolic with Larry as desired.
    • And then there's Eleanor, with her under-aged, twin playthings (Jacob, now with Anya, and Esther, both of whom are on their way to a semester abroad in Chuckleslovakia), her former playthings (Amy and Anya), plus her once boyfriend, Nelson who is now with Reade. She seems to consider Larry to good for her, and so leaves him alone
    • Averted with Reade who has wanted Nelson since she was he and they were scouts together, and now , happily, has him.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Oh, I love that movie!"
    • "Are they making sex?"
  • Artificial Human: Stephanie Rossum. Tall, blonde, not quite as asexual as some think her to be and adorable. Loves pudding, books with pictures of kittens and Larry. This Robot Girl (she prefers the term "humachinal") smokes cigarettes, which she can light with her finger. She used to become aroused in the proximity of Edison's navel hangy thingy, is no longer necessary.
  • Art Shift: Starts to look like Archie comics during the flashbacks to Edison's time with Philo Pipkin, juxtaposed with the emotional complexity of her relationships.
  • Cat Girl: Miffy, a feline-looking alien from Venus.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Both Edison and Eleanor sport ultra-low hiphuggers, which always show a bit of tummy. The drunker Edison gets, the wider the gap between her pants and her top. She also has a mysterious navel piercing, her "navel hangy thingy. [[After Stephanie goes to the space station it falls off Edison the first time they embrace.]]
  • Description Cut: Every so often. When characters speculate on what someone (or someones) else is doing their assumptions invariably turn out to be off the mark.
  • Deliberately Monochrome, with a couple of color sequences when Stephanie had a cigarette.
  • Dream Sequence: Edison sometimes has them when she goes to sleep drunk (it's rare when she goes to sleep any other way). Usually she's recalling her past. Larry's had a couple as well.
  • Fan Disservice: Toivo, you rapscallion.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: With a bit of sci-fi flavor. Somehow an otherwise normal setting has aliens, sentient robots, cavemen, a greedy li'l hexapod who steals food and doesn't talk, and a whole slew of weird things.
  • Fetish: Anya has one for CLOWNS. Seriously.
  • Girl on Girl Is Hot: Edison & Anya, Edison & Stephanie, Eleanor & Anya, Edison & Betsy in a flashback, Betsy & Veronica...
  • Love Dodecahedron: Though the comic focuses primarily on the relationships between the five main characters, things seem to be in a constant state of inconsistency. See All Women Are Lustful above. It's kind of complicated.
  • Meaningful Name: Rossum the robot? Reade the bookstore owner?
  • Mood Whiplash: The mood tends to shift from silly to serious at a moments’ notice, especially when jumping from one group of characters to another.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Larry, on occasion.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Even though Anya, who is 35, was once Eleanor's love slave, she was the exception. Eleanor much prefers high school boys and girls. Anya is currently living with one of Eleanor's former pets, 15 year old Jacob.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Eleanor, and especially Edison, if you like 40 year old women with less than perfect bodies who like to show off their midriff and cleavage. Eleanor, Edison, Reade, and Anya all prefer Vapor Wear, fishnets, stockings, garters, and short skirts, though Anya dresses appropriately for work.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Eleanor invented the Discombobulationotron, which can open up a (literal) doorway into another universe. Larry mentions how he and Phyl Sampson investigated the Plateau that Time Misplaced (with dinosaurs), The Underwater Aliens, and helped build The Great Saharan Monorail. Also there may be a Venusian Cat Girl running loose.
  • Mysterious Past: Edison Lighthouse, as Rosemary Pipkin, lived with her husband and teenage son in a Riverdale like suburb. Now she's a presumably single, alcoholic artist living in an apartment in Innesmount. Also, Larry Pye used to date The Famous Supermodel Victoria, Eleanor's sister, until Eleanor pushed her through the Discombobulationotron into another reality. Where, it is speculated, she became a vampire. Nobody really knows.
  • Naked Apron: Gender equality here. Early on we get Edison for her Larr'Pye and later on Jacob for Anya.
  • Perma-Stubble: Toivo sports an everlasting five o’ clock shadow. So does his pirate double, Mancanilla.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Stephanie looks entirely human. Except her hair never blows in the wind.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: Edison and Larry tend to get pretty mushy, especially when she’s had a bit too much to drink.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few, including one to Questionable Content. Groovy, Kinda is known for a lot of cameos. Characters have shown up from Princess Chroma, The M9 Girls, The Demon Archives, October 20th, The Vatican Assassins, Berrybelle, and Doodling Around, among others.
  • Stacy's Mom: As revealed in flashbacks and dreams, Edison Lighthouse used to wear sexy outfits, as a ploy to get more of her teenaged son's friends to come over and play with him. Fortifying herself with Dutch Courage, this rapidly descended into heavy drinking.
  • Three-Way Sex: Not actually shown, but more than implied between Edison, Larry and Stephanie, especially after Ms. Rossum loses her...seal of innocence or whatever robots call it. Seems to be a menáge a trois in it's pure sense in that it's a true household of three: they all live in Larry's house, they all do things outside the house as three or in pairs, the women have "frolicked" with each other, and have "frolicked" with Larry both together and individually as circumstances dictate. Possibly to become a quatre with Edison's qualified approval pending what Anya can manage for the inviolable Kittens and Catacombs game night. See All Women Are Lustful above for explanation. Of course it was after a previous such game night that the initial "frolicking" as a trio occurred, so all is not lost.
  • UST: Anya and Larry. Almost from the strip's beginning. She wants to frolic, to the point of approaching him in the middle of his first date with Edison. He seems to be willing, but only with Edison's permission, to which she gave highly qualified approval just before leaving town to sign her divorce papers from Philo. The terms of said approval seem almost impossible to meet.
  • Webcomic Time: Groovy, Kinda starts on a Friday night, and, after 400+ strips, has covered just over two weeks. Larry's slept with Edison, Edison's slept with Anya, Stephanie took a ride in an airship, learned to smoke, and got a library card. And a character died.
  • What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?: Averted. One would expect the Hindenburger, a restaurant/zeppelin, to be a disaster waiting to happen, but it doesn't blow up. Larry and Edison's relationship almost crashes and burns, though.