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David Morgan Mar

A webcomic done with LEGO figures and roleplaying miniatures, by David Morgan-Mar, an Australian physicist, who also perpetrates Darths & Droids. Full of deliberately bad puns and surprisingly erudite references; one can learn a great deal just by reading the annotations. Despite the name it was updated daily.

The comic finished with strip #3198 on October 29th 2011, although weekly annotations continued alongside a re-run of the entire archive, with new annotations for each strip. In April 2015, after a successful Patreon campaign, David Morgan-Mar announced new strips on an at-least weekly basis, which commenced on April 26, 2015; initially just twice-weekly, the comic currently runs on weekdays, with the rerun continuing at weekends.

Covers a number of ongoing themes, including:

  • Fantasy: A group of roleplayers guide their party through a quest that tips the hat to Tolkien... before laughing at him.
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  • Space: A Space Opera gone bad. Very, very bad. Like Fantasy, also intended to be chronicling the events of an RPG, rather than directly telling a story. With two of the same players, no less. They transpose rather neatly.
  • MythBusters: Adam and Jamie test somewhat more unusual myths than normal (this one crosses over with the Death one, below, a LOT).
  • Steve and Terry: The adventures of a crocodile hunter (no, not THAT one), his long-suffering wife Terry, Dame Jane Goodall, and Cthulhu.
  • Nigerian Finance Minister: The source of all those spam e-mails and his quest to raise money. Funnier than it sounds. Has not appeared since the strip restarted.
  • William Shakespeare: Shakespeare is a Fanfic-writing office worker.
  • Cliffhangers: an Indiana Jones spoof. In a few early strips, this is also an RPG campaign.
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  • Espionage: a spoof of James Bond, this time directly following the plot of the movies and with very few crossovers with other themes (and implied to exist outside the rest of the strip's continuity, given it continued as normal when the entire universe was destroyed). Got partway through From Russia with Love, but ended some time before the comic originally finished and has not reappeared since the strip restarted.
  • Imperial Rome: Winner of a reader poll to introduce a new theme, but in practice was too difficult to write jokes for and has not been seen since 2009.
  • Scientific Revolution: An excuse for DMM to write heartfelt annotations about Newton, Halley, Pascal, Pasteur, Linnaeus and their contemporaries.
  • Martians: The attempts of a group of Martians to take over the world, and their encounters with an Ordinary College Student and overly zealous government agent.
  • Pirates: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Supers: A hand-drawn theme featuring the adventures of some superhero RPG characters. Pretty much retired after 2008, as DMM doesn't draw those strips himself and the artist who did could only draw them in his spare time.
  • Stranger Things: The newest theme. Currently following the plot of the first season.
  • Me: the ongoing adventures of the comic's author. Who was dead for a long time. Specifically, murdered by himself from the future. He then went on the run from death, and then on a mission to kill his past self. With all that resolved at the end of the comic's first run, this is another theme that has not been revived since the restart.
  • Star Wars and Harry Potter parodies. The former isn't done much anymore, likely to leave some jokes for Darths & Droids (although it was revived in 2019 and has become pretty frequent since then), while the latter is often part of Shakespeare's fanfics.

The themes Crossover very, very often in combinations you would not expect.

Death is common in all the themes and has its own theme as well. There is not just one Death, but Deaths for different causes, who get moved around depending on job performance. One, Death Of Being Wrestled To Death By Steve, got wrestled to death by Steve. Twice. The favorite death is Insanely Overpowered Fireballs, who has been demoted and re-promoted several times.

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Not to be confused with Regular Show.

There is an accompanying podcast (Irregular Podcast!), which does original material. Number #13 is particularly funny for tropers.

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