iToons is a spin-off of Square Root of Minus Garfield, started in June 2015. Basically, it takes the idea of "anything goes" Remix Comics that Square Root of Minus Garfield made famous and applies it to almost any newspaper or web comic out there. Originally hosted on Blogger, it joined SRoMG on mezzacotta in late 2015.
The only comics off limits from remixing:
- Garfield (obviously)
- Dinosaur Comics (due to its "same artwork every strip" gimmick, only rewrites are possible - The Dinosaur Whiteboard already fulfills this purpose)
- Prior to its integration into mezzacotta, edits based on Irregular Webcomic! or any of mezzacotta's features were also off limits (so as to avoid offending the Comics Irregulars, whom iToons' creator is on good terms with).
List of tropes used:
- Call-Back: This comic ends with a cameo from Orlando Bloom, who previously appeared in this rather strange one.
- Digital Bikini: Parodied in "I See Cleo...", where this destroys the original strip's joke.
- Hurricane of Puns: "Nori-cane of Puns" adds three curtain-based puns to Nori's original one. Appropriately, the strip title is a pun on the trope name.
- iProduct: In this case, it's both a pun on iTunes and a math reference (the "i" stands for imaginary numbers - which fits, given that these are imaginary comic strips).
- Made of Explodium: Charlie Brown, apparently.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: "Orlando Bloom?!" (Even the transcript is bewildered.)
- Pokémon Speak: "Cathymon" edits a Cathy comic so that Cathy only speaks in "AACK!", including the author notes.
- Pun-Based Title: See iProduct above.
- Shout-Out: It's a spinoff of the Reference Overdosed Square Root of Minus Garfield, goes without saying. See the Shout Out page.
- Song Parody: Sam Petty and the Helixbreakers has Sam and Helix sing one of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Free Fallin'" as a Stealth Pun on the title of the source comic.
- Spin-Off: From Square Root of Minus Garfield, natch.
- Stealth Pun: Sam Petty and the Helixbreakers has Sam and Helix make one by singing a Song Parody of "Free Fallin'".
- Take That!: Also common, in SRoMG tradition.
- Principal Argument plays off of a Nerf NOW!! strip where, after Morgan draws a particularly bad Guest Comic, Jane decides to pretend it never happened. In this version, they represent the writers of The Simpsons pretending "The Principal and the Pauper" never happened, making fun of its notoriously Status Quo Is God ending.
- Reply Dril makes fun of the baffling decision to have Reply All run in a "condensed" form, which amounts to taking one panel from the four-panel strip and putting it out of context. It is likened to a nonsensical Twitter post, so this strip replaces the dialogue of a strip with an actually funny nonsensical Twitter account - dril.
- This strip replaces the eponymous spies of Spy Vs. Spy with the Grinch as he appears in the 1966 animated special and the Jim Carrey-portrayed Grinch from the live-action film. The animated Grinch wins and the author's notes state that this trope is the reason why.
- Fred Basset gets frequently knocked on for being boring and unfunny.
- One comic ended up ribbing another contributor to iToons itself for frequently submitting Nancy edits. (Though fortunately the contributor in question found the comic Actually Pretty Funny.)
- Translation Convention: Loss of Communication implies the possibility of this in any furry-based work by showing a Cloudscratcher comic, before being translated from Cattish (and Doggish for that one line).