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Ana Kirkland and Kurami.

'Life With Kurami (formerly just Kurami) is a "high impact family friendly" comic strip written by Deon Parson aka. "$upr Dee". The comic follows Ana Kirkland, a buxom baker, as she looks after the titular Kurami, her infant daughter. Other characters include Bree Kay, Ana's best friend; Zane, Ana's pet cat; Martha, Bree's mother; and Dr. Oz, Kurami's stuffed rabbit toy.

The strip has so far gone through three different incarnations. The first was published on DeviantArt and was very different (Kurami, for example, was much older), and is now considered an Old Shame. The second, simply titled Kurami, was published on Facebook and in Dee's local newspaper starting in April 2015, making it a rare example of a webcomic becoming a Newspaper Comic - in this incarnation, Kurami was blind, Ana was a plus-size fashion designer, and they were cousins rather than mother-and-daughter.


The third and final incarnation began in May 2016, acting as a Retool of the previous version designed to make the strip more accessible to new readers. (Note that due to this Retcon, and the changes it brought, this trope page is currently under construction.) The series came to an conclusion in October 2017, after publishing over 800 daily strips over the course of three years.

Life With Kurami can be found here. The page with the original Kurami strips was unpublished on May 7th 2016 and is no longer available, but Word of God is that the strips will eventually return in some format.


Gek Gek! (Tropes in Life With Kurami include:)

  • Aerith and Bob: While Ana, Bree, and Zane all have normal American names, Kurami's name is Japanese. It's never explained why, and according to Word of God, she's not Japanese. Gets even more confusing in Life With Kurami now that she's officially Ana's daughter, as that means Ana must have chosen the name.
  • Art Evolution: Dee's drawing style has changed immensely from the early days of the comic, and is still evolving. Ana, for example, was originally normal-sized, and lacked her distinctive highlight.
    • This picture illustrates just how much Dee's drawing style changed and improved over the course of the original comic's run.
  • Author Appeal: Dee is a big Garfield fan, and it shows.
  • Baby Language: Rendered as "Gek gek!" Subverted in that not even Zane can understand her (although he can read her facial expressions).
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Pretty much every named female character, but especially Ana.
  • Big Eater: Ana and Bree, but especially Bree.
  • Blatant Lies: Zane in this comic.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Zane does this occasionally. On one occasion he does it literally by accidentally poking a hole in the border of the panel.
  • Catch-Phrase: Kurami's "Gek gek" Baby Language, which has reached almost memetic levels among the fanbase.
  • Crossover: The comic has occasionally crossed over with the comic strip Intelligent Life, and canonically takes place in the same universe, with the characters from both strips living in the same area.
  • D-Cup Distress: Played for Laughs occasionally, such as when Bree buys Ana a T-shirt with a picture on it that ends up getting distorted by Ana's large chest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zane.
  • Disappeared Dad: The identity and whereabouts of Kurami's father are unknown.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The early DeviantArt strips are almost unrecognisable when compared to the current comic.
  • Expy: Zane is essentially Garfield in a hat. The author is an admitted fan of Garfield and regularly posts strips from the comic. The reboot gradually altered Zane's looks and character, ultimately subverting/averting the trope.
    • Referenced in one Halloween strip, in which Ana dresses Zane up as Garfield.
  • Funetik Aksent: Bree started speaking in one midway through the original Kurami strip to make her Southern Belle accent more obvious.
  • Height Angst: Bree is rather annoyed that Dr. Oz is taller than her.
  • Idiot Hair: Kurami sports a fairly prominent cowlick. Even when wearing a hat.
  • Insistent Terminology: A meta-example: Dee and his characters do not have fans, they have *friends*.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded by Bree in one strip when her mother disapproves of her wearing skirts in winter, to which she responds that "I've been wearing skirts everyday for years!" Averted by Ana, however, particularly in the reboot where she seems to wear a different outfit every day.
  • Mama Bear: Ana in this strip.
  • Mythology Gag: In one post-reboot strip, Ana can be seen wearing Bree's outfit. This only counts due to the fact that Bree was Demoted to Extra post-reboot.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Kurami's blonde fringe covers her eyes. Because of this (and the fact she's only a baby), it was hard for readers of the original strip to tell that she was blind, which is why her blindness was retconned out when the strip was retooled into Life With Kurami.
  • Retcon: The changes between Kurami's incarnations effectively amount to this. The first made her a blind infant who was Ana's cousin, while the second, which came into force in May 2016, made her Ana's sighted daughter, simplifying the strip's premise and eliminating the two aspects that tended to confuse new readers. Ana's job was also retconned from fashion designer to baker, and in the process, her Lethal Chef tendencies were transferred to her Aunt Chicago.
    • Retool: What the second effectively amounts to: the strip has been renamed, the premise simplified, and some of the characters redesigned (especially Bree and Zane).
  • Shout-Out: Naturally, there are several references to Garfield, as well as to various other comic strips.
  • Southern Belle: Bree, although it didn't become evident until she gained a mild Funetik Aksent in September 2015.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Sort of. In the original strips, Ana's aunt and uncle were deceased, but in the rebooted strip her Aunt Chicago appears as a supporting character.
  • Sugar Bowl: The series as a whole is very heartwarming and sweet, with a major focus on body-positivity and self-motivation. Dee's Facebook page is even more so.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: Bree has "Rambree", a version of herself sporting a black eye, a "Fight Song" headband, and a determined expression. In-universe, she was created by Bree at age 5; out-of-universe, Dee has drawn frequent doodles of Rambree as a motivational tool.
  • Thought Bubble Speech: This is how Zane communicates. Presumably another Garfield reference.

Tropes exclusive to the original Kurami include: