Lightning Made of Owls is a webcomic from the mezzacotta website consisting entirely of user-submitted guest strips, launched on 15 November 2008. Its name is a deliberate word salad title. It features the following stock characters:
- Holly, an optimistic, lively young woman. Always depicted with clear round Nerd Glasses.
- Ambrose, a learned, eccentric older man. Always depicted with a yardbrush moustache.
- Samantha, a smart, vain, self-motivated young lady. Always depicted with large earrings.
- Oliver, a bald man who is always Lawful Good. Always depicted with an L-shaped scar.
- Meridien, a long-haired spiritual woman. Always depicted with a cloth fashion accessory, typically a ribbon.
- Delkin, a young technician, and the joker of the bunch. Always depicted with Hidden Eyes.
The comic can be found here.
Lightning Made of Owls contains examples of:
- Artistic License – Music: Parodied in "The Sound of Failing at Music". After Holly finishes writing a song, Delkin starts criticizing her on various aspects, one of which was that she used the wrong tunings. Holly points out that those aren't even real tunings.
- Blinding Bangs: How some strips decide to obscure Delkin's eyes.
- The Chew Toy: Steve becomes this quite rapidly after his introduction as a new main character.
- Captain Obvious: Oliver in these three strips.
- Cool Shades: Delkin's eyes are sometimes hidden under these.
- Depending on the Artist: Inevitable, considering it's a user-submitted comic.
- Distinguishing Mark: Oliver's defining feature is an L-shaped scar.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: The trope all but lends its name to the title of this one. Holly abandons her Nerd Glasses, and Delkin decides she looks great without them.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Being made of owls helps.
- Metamorphosis: Samantha turns into a gigantic Kafka in this one.
- Nerd Glasses: Holly's defining feature is wearing these.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Parodied in this strip, where Oliver notes that he still has to decelerate within a reasonable time frame.
- Sharing a Body: Delkin and Meridien in this strip (and nowhere else).
- Title Drop: Though it's discouraged in the FAQ, some strips run with the theme of Lightning Made of Owls.
- Universal-Adaptor Cast: To the extent that they can represent letters or mathematical concepts.
- Visual Pun: In A Turning Point in the Conversation, Ambrose is sitting on a line touching a cubic function. He's going off on a tangent.
- Waxing Lyrical: To Buzzcocks lyrics in this strip.
- What Year Is This?: Parodied here
- Word Salad Title