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Webcomic / Khaos Komix

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Khaos Komix is a Slice of Life Web Comic about eight English teenagers (at most one completely straight) coming of age. They are:

  • Steve Madi, a Gentle Giant who narrates the beginning.
  • Mark Sheffield, Camp Gay best friend and love interest of Steve, whose parents kicked out his brother.
  • Amber Jury, briefly Mark's girlfriend, Lonely Rich Kid coming to terms with her crush on Nay.
  • Nanase "Nay" Oten, a semi-openly bisexual friend of Amber with a healthy dose of Will They or Won't They?.
  • Alex "Murfs" Murphy, a rock-loving friend of Nay.
  • Tom Blake, another friend of Nay, a fantastically handsome transgender boy who captures the attention of Murfs and almost Nay. Likes guys, but in a gay way.
  • Charlie Trueman, Tom's best friend, a transgender vegan girl with a gluten allergy.
  • Jamie Davies, Steve's homophobic Jerkass of a friend who ends up dating Charlie not knowing her secret.


  • Kelly, Alex's promiscuous Cool Big Sis, who doesn't get her own story, but is a major player in the plot.

Each Arc tells the story from the current narrator's viewpoint. As of Wednesday, January 2nd of 2013, the full story has come to an end. The author, Tab, has started a new comic called Shades of A.

This comic provides examples of:

  • Camp Gay: Mark, very much. Alex also picks up some mannerisms as he becomes interested in Tom; that part of him is "Inner Alex", who shouts inappropriate stuff in regular!Alex's ear.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Just look at that list above! The author can get a wee bit defensive about this at times, with the front page at one point saying "this comic contains an equal amount of straight and gay people, but... I only really write about the queer ones." Specifically, Steve, Mark and Tom are gay, Amber is a lesbian, Nay and Charlie are bisexual, Alex has Single-Target Sexuality, and Jamie is straight.
  • Closet Key: A lot of the characters end up being this for each other.
  • Colour-Coded Characters: Sort of. Every major character has their own colour theming (yellow, blue, red, purple, orange, brown, green, and cyan, respectively by chapter order), and it's evident on the title pages for their respective chapters, as well on other page elements for all strips within each chapter. As the comic itself is black and white though, it's rather less evident during the story.
  • Coming-Out Story: Steve, Mark, Amber.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Sometimes the characters start to feel a little too likely to be gay.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kelly
  • Cuddle Bug: MARK, as this page clearly demonstrates.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Steve and Mark the morning after they got drunk and slept naked in the same bed; Steve freaks out and has no memory of what happened, while Mark (who limps around for the next two days) both claims that they did have sex and that he doesn't remember anything. A clearer picture is painted in Mark's story: they tried, but failed because they were drunk and inexperienced—Mark remembered everything, but lied about it because Steve freaked out.
  • Discriminate and Switch: Charlie's mother wasn't actually fazed by her wearing girl's clothes, but getting her ears pierced. Also wearing a dress.
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: (Almost) Averted.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Steve
  • Easy Sex Change:
    • Averted, as it just doesn't work that way. The two transgender characters have considered operation, but they known it's a long, painful process, and the author also points this out in the FAQ.
    • Meanwhile, the non-surgical transition happens quite easily, which Tab admits to being a mistake due to not doing the full research while writing the script, and being unwilling to Retcon it out.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Charlie.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: "CHARLIE MOONBEAM TRUEMAN!"
  • Fanservice:
    • The "side stories", first featuring Mark and Steve having sex for the first (successful) time, the second detailing an intimate encounter between Nay and Amber, third dealing with an encounter between Tom and Murfs, also adressing the complications of transgender sexuality. The FAQ adresses this:
    Why do your characters all fuck each other?
    Because I am a fan pandering whore who likes money. [1]
  • First Period Panic: Tom is shown getting his first period and is understandably distressed, more because of the dysphoria than the period itself.
  • Freudian Excuse: This may end up being why Jamie is such a homophobe, if Alex's Story is anything to judge. Confirmed towards the end of Charlie's story.
  • Gay Romantic Phase: Amber's mother regards Amber's relationship with Nay as a youthful experiment.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Amber is manipulative, Tom is a general Jerkass, Jamie was sexually abused twice, and Charlie sexually assaults Jamie. However, in Charlie's case, she comes to deeply regret her actions. See "My God, What Have I Done?" for the full details.
  • Homoerotic Dream: Amber had one of Nay, which made her realise her feelings. Steve also had several of Mark, but tried to fight them off with cold showers.
  • How We Got Here: How each story starts.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: While Murfs finds himself strongly attracted to Tom, he still decides he doesn't like men due to not fancying Jamie. Of course, he's not too keen on women, either.
  • I Know Karate: Subverted: Tom is shown to be good at martial arts, but gets taken out with a rock and is unconscious when Natalie Geln attacks Charlie.
  • Important Haircut: Tom getting a boy hair-cut, Charlie's hair cut when she gets attacked and Alex getting one emulating his sister, to get confidence. Also, Jamie's hair is short in the final page of his story.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: How Steve finds out he likes guys, and what Alex does after he gets mesmerized by Tom.
  • Irony: Jamie's terrified that he'll force himself on Charlie because of his background. Later in his story, Charlie comes inches away from forcing herself on him.
  • It's All About Me: Jamie's mother. Jamie even lampshades it by commenting that she only cares about herself and what she will get out of something. She's so selfish that she didn't even tell anyone about Jamie getting raped, nor tried to give him any medical help, for no other reason than to protect her own reputation.
  • Jerkass: Tom, to some. He's unwilling to give Jamie his chance with Charlie (albeit with some good reason) and he does dump Murfs out of nowhere. Worse, he flirts with Murfs while they're broken up (though he does seem remorseful when he's called out on it). He also crosses a line by calling Jamie gay, due to his dating Charlie.
  • Karma Houdini: So far, Natalie and her friends, who look to be in the clear without ever receiving their comeuppance. There's also Jamie's mom who practices some seriously questionable parenting but hasn't received any retribution — yet.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Yeah. And then some...
  • Knight Templar Parent: Amber's mother. Jamie's mother, who could also be considered an Evil Matriarch.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Amber.
  • LGBT Awakening: Amber began having Homoerotic Dreams involving her and the Senshi after watching subbed Sailor Moon episodes with her friends. It also helped reveal her crush towards her friend Nay.
  • Men Don't Cry: After Tom's mother give him his name-changing forms.
    What followed was several minutes of me crying like a kid. But I am not showing you it because this is my story, and I tell it like I want to tell it.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Tom.
    • Steve, Mark and Jamie also qualify.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Charlie gets a moment of this during Jamie's story. After struggling to be intimate with him, due to the history of how he was sexually abused, she meets up with a girl that she can tell he's slept with. She does not take it very well. Specifically, she comes within inches of sexually assaulting him - only to pull back when she realises that her own insecurities about whether or not Jamie sees her as a "girl" are driving her to an insane panic and pushing her towards her own Moral Event Horizon. She realises that she could have done the very same thing as his rapist and ultimately spends the rest of his story full of guilt and regret for what she's done; even willing to completely swear off any kind of sex if it helps Jamie feel better.
  • My Greatest Failure: Tom is a wee bit protective of Charlie, after not being able to save her during the bully attack.
  • Open-Minded Parent:
    • Charlie's mother, and Tom's mother. Upon seeing Tom bring Alex back she tells Tom in Spanish to use condoms since he can still get pregnant. Parents in general seem to be this in the series.
    • In the forum thread "Ask the characters stuff" Steve's Dad is shown to be a bit embarrassingly openminded.
  • Pair the Spares: When Mark and Amber were dating, they tried to set up Nay and Steve at a double date. Backfired, and resulted with both pairing up with their respective "spares".
  • Poor Communication Kills : During Jamie's story, Charlie's insecurities about whether or not he sees her as a real girl and envy towards the genetic girls he's slept with cause her to almost sexually assault him. As it turns out, Jamie did see her as a real girl. He was simply afraid of becoming intimate with her - someone he loves - because he considers himself too "tainted" to be worthy of her. In the end, the failure of both parties to properly communicate these issues until it's too late leads to Charlie spending the rest of Jamie's story disgusted with herself for almost crossing the same line as his rapist and Jamie realising that, if he doesn't seek professional help to conquer his demons, he's only going to make things worse for himself and Charlie.
  • Queer Romance
  • Rape as Backstory: The reason Jamie is so homophobic is because he was raped by a man in his youth, then going through all the psychological issues associated with it, and on top of that having to deal with an abusive parent. It turns out that his homophobia is the least of his problems...
  • The Rashomon: Every chapter is from a new character's view point, explaining the events so far, and (except for Tom's) continuing from there.
  • Romance and Sexuality Separation: Jamie has some major sexual hangups from being groomed and raped as a child by a man who told him he loved him. As a result, he has no issues with casual sex but is incredibly hesitant at the idea of sleeping with someone he's in a relationship with, and at one point tells his girlfriend that "I love you" is the one thing he can't stand to hear during sex.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Steve's mum.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Murfs's sister Kelly has the same technique with computers as Largo from Megatokyo.
    • If the above is referring to her practice of handling circuitry while naked, to prevent static electricity buildup from clothing, that is in fact Truth in Television for some hardware enthusiasts.
    • Also, doesn't the plushie in the first panel here look a bit familiar?
    • I'm so fucked up.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Jamie and Charlie
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Alex/Murfs was not really attracted to anyone before meeting Tom. He does not consider himself Gay, but Tom-o-Sexual.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • One more reason to be terrified of Natalie Geln.
    • Which doesn't even hold a candle to the guy who abused Jamie. The distortion as if from a child's point of view makes it all the more terribly realistic.
  • Straight Gay: Steve, who's only intersection with any stereotype is an enthusiasm for baking; granted, he claims to be bi, but even admitted to the audience that that was only because it "sounded less gay."
  • The Bad Guy Wins:
    • Natalie and her gang successfully assault and hospitalize both Tom and Charlie. Natalie then threatens to attack Charlie again, possibly at her own home, if she doesn't leave town. Not only does she opt to flee but Tom follows her shortly thereafter.
    • Jamie's rapist is never caught, and as far as we know is continuing to live his life perfectly well.
  • This Is My Story, Book Ends: Each story starts and ends with this phrase.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Charlie as her story and Jamie's go on.
  • Transparent Closet:
    • Alex/Murfs. Subverted when the comic finally gets around to his perspective— he's actually the most confident and self-aware in his sexual identity of the main cast. He objected to being called "gay" simply because he'd never met anyone—male or female—that he was particularly interested in, so it wasn't accurate.
    • Mark would have been a classic example except that no one except Steve and Alex seems to notice his typical campy mannerisms.
  • Trans Relationship Troubles: Charlie's arc mainly revolves around trying to tell her homophobic boyfriend that she's a trans woman.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Oh God poor Jamie!
  • Traumatic Haircut: Charlie's hair got forcibly cut. In a seriously frightening way.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Quite a few. Steve is (probably) bisexual and black, Nay is bisexual and part Japanese, Tom is transgender and gay, Charlie is transgender and bisexual.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • (In-Universe) Tom is the only man (or, in fact, person) Murfs has ever been attracted to. Realizing the implications of this prompts Tom to break up with him.
    • (In-Universe) Jamie is very homophobic (he's getting better), and starts dating Charlie, a trans girl. Tom, apparently without thinking about it, decides that this must mean he's gay and in denial. This implies that Charlie is male, something Tom, of all people, should know isn't true.
  • Webcomic Time: References to current events, or more likely, current pop culture pop up in story in anachronistic order. Word of God says it's intentional; the timeline is fluid and happening "now".
  • Wham Line:
    • "...I didn't know you were still affected by that."
    • Earlier, from Alex's story: (after 8-year-old Alex explains to an equally young Jamie how two men have sex) "I...I think I've done that."
    • And from Charlie's story, after a Gang of Bullies attacks her and her friend Tom for being transgender, we get this from said bullies' leader, about Tom...
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Steve and Mark here, and Tom/Maria and some guy here.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mark calls out Steve for punching Jamie after they both come out to to him and he doesn't take it well. Everyone else that doesn't like Jamie even seems to agree it wasn't a good idea to come out to him in public.