Koan of the Day is a webcomic disguised as a collection of neo-Buddhist koans, or perhaps a collection of neo-Buddhist koans disguised as a webcomic. There are no illustrations, and viewers must transcend their attachment to traditional art in order to appreciate the aesthetic beauty of unadorned lowercase Helvetica.
While readers browse, the site keeps track of their bodhi, or karmic understanding. Certain activities allow the user to increase their bodhi. Not all of these are known.
Tropes used by this webcomic:
- Anti-Humor: Sometimes Koan of the Day is not just anti-humor, but anti-logic and anti-sense, as well.
- Cross Over Cosmology: The character of the guru is an amalgamation of Buddha, Socrates, Jesus Christ, and others, as seen in the trial arc.
- God: The tortoise deduces that God is actually no better than a bite of lettuce.
- Hermit Guru: A hermit appears in a special interactive koan.
- The Philosopher: The central character is a guru who waxes philosophical.
- Recursive Reality: In one koan, the guru wonders if he is merely a reflection.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: The guru often claims that he is a liar, and sometimes gets called out on it. He's also exploited the trope at times, such as in Legal Logic.
- Talking Animal: A tortoise provides much needed snark when the guru gets full of himself or his theories.