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A webcomic by Erik Schoenek. Started in 2001, went on indefinite hiatus in 2007. Found here.

A sequel comic called Quarter-Life Crisis (set nine years later) is also on indefinite hiatus and is found here.

The protagonists are three high school kids on a school in Michigan:

Not to be confused with Sexy Losers.


Contains examples of:

  • Burger Fool: Ben, and eventually Jodie, work at a local chicken fast food restaurant named "Cock In A Box". They also briefly had jobs at another burger place, but Ben got both of them fired after less than five minutes at the job because he told one of the customers Jodie had given the manager a handjob in the stock room to get the job, and he probably spooged all over the meat.
  • Calvinball: Euchre.
  • Camp Gay / Depraved Homosexual: In-story on TV.
  • Canis Latinicus: Jodie is a "sluttus maximus". Yes, "slutta maxima" should be... closer to correct.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Eric to Alice, Ben to whomever (his problem with Hollywood Tourette's)
  • Cardboard Pal: With Ben gone on a family vacation and Eric spending most of his time with Alice, Jody briefly goes insane and creates New Ben and New Eric, a pair of crude dummies she has tea parties with.
  • Cat Fight: Between Jodie and Alice at the movie theater. Unusually, it's Played for Drama afterwards.
  • Chained to a Bed: Jodie once ends up like this. Must've been a really Wild Teen Party.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Jodie, when the school cafeteria ran out of coffee. The reason was that at least four people cut ahead of her in line, disregarding her because of her social status, and completely justifying her anger. Of course, the clerk didnt see that happen.
    Clerk: If you wanted coffee, you should have gotten here earlier!
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Quarter Life Crisis #6, Jodie walks in on Ben lying naked in bed with his girlfriend Lisa to ask him how to beat a part in a video game. He answers her and she walks back out. Ben doesn't get why Lisa is bewildered.
    Lisa: Did... did your sexy roommate just walk in on us to ask for advice about a videogame?
    Ben: Well I've beaten it before.
  • Did You Just Have Sex?: Jodie is immediately able to sense that Eric lost his virginity to Alice the night before.
    Jodie: GASP! You got laid, didn't you?!
    Eric: How do you DO that?!
  • Disappeared Dad: Jodie's, though it's something of a subversion - Jodie's mother became pregnant from a one-night stand in Vegas where she was so drunk that she didn't even remember the guy's name. She never saw him after, and it was two weeks later at home that she discovered she was pregnant, much too late to even attempt to locate him, so he didn't disappear - he was never even there to begin with at all. It's here.
  • Double Standard: Gives examples on occasion.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Parodied here when Jodie dreams that she failed every single question on a test, she now has to flunk out of school and become a prostitute, and the teacher transforms into a monster. She wakes up, only to realize she slept through the test and actually did fail all the questions. The other two things probably didn't really happen though.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The female Dance Team coach.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In this case it means: Ben didn't always act like he was struck with Hollywood Tourette's when around girls.
    • Also, the author originally played around a lot with the art style and comic design before settling on the style he'd use until the comics Art Shift in 2005. The strip was originally very stylized, and the characters looked much slimmer than they later would. There's also the very out of place "BEN" introduction strip, which was intended to be the first of three mini-storylines that would introduce the characters to new readers, but only Ben's was ever made.
  • Erotic Eating: Demonstrated by Jodie here.
  • Cute Kitten: Gus, a kitten Jodie found huddled in her stairwell.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: They all like videogames with zombies, and then there's this strip.
  • The Exit Is That Way: When Alice and Eric meet up at the spring dance, Ben attempts to make a smooth exit to give them some alone time, only to smack face-first into a wall.
    Ben: *with a bruised face* There's a wall there.
    Eric: Thanks for the heads up.
  • Funny Spoon: Of course, being under the influence of coffee helps appreciating spoons.
  • The Exit Is That Way: A sleep-drunk Eric walks right into the hallway closet with a bowl of cereal on his head.
  • Expressive Accessory: Eric's hat. Visible by everyone except himself.
  • Fanservice: Mostly involving Jodie, though some of the others get in on it too, especially Jess.
  • Fat Bastard: Averted with Eric who is a bit overweight, but nice. Played straight with a one-shot character parodying the "obesity epidemic".
  • Faux Yay: Jodie utilizes this technique to attract guys. Although... she really is also attracted to women.
  • First Kiss: Eric and Alice (which leads right into Their First Time), and Ben and his summer romance.
  • Flash Back: Lampshaded here.
  • Flipping the Bird: "See this finger? It says fuck you!"
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason Carrie is such a horrendous, elitist bitch is because of her parents who are strict bordering on the abusive. She genuinely believes in the social stratification of high school because her competitive parents have taught her that the world works the same and "losers" just drag you down.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: The first strip, where Ben and Eric are calling around different lawyer firms looking for one willing to take their case about a bag of chips not containing the advertised amount.
  • Funny Animal: Max and Cecil, a fox and porcupine based on Calvin and Hobbes who appear in the main comic a couple of times while having their own occasional side story.
  • Gamer Chick: Jodie likes Video Games and even Dungeons & Dragons too.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Jodie, while openly bisexual, uses this to hook up with guys as well. Eric and Ben lampshades this.
    Eric: We're still going to watch, right?
    Ben: Of course we're going to watch!
  • Girl Posse: Carrie, Alice, Jessica.
    • There's also a rival girl posse at the school which they have a mutual rivalry with, per teenage girl tradition.
  • God (and Jesus too) are used in a handful of random gags.
    Jesus: Disco Jesus does not date boys!
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel:
  • A Good, Old-Fashioned Paint Watching: While on his involuntary family vacation, Ben bitterly complains about all the fun his friends must be having without him. Cut to Eric and Jody literally staring at a wall.
    Jody: This wall is amazing!
  • Jerk Jock: Most of them are.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ben
    • And Carrie. She will protect her friends, and won't betray them, even if one's dating a loser and the other is a lesbian.
  • Jesus Was Way Cool: The pro-marijuana movements main argument is that Jesus smoked pot with a visual hallucination.
  • Jive Turkey: Ben attempts to use this at one point to flirt with Alice. It just gets him an eyefull of pepper spray.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: Here. Jodie too.
  • Lampshade Wearing: This strip.
  • Left Hanging: When the comic went on indefinite, and likely permanent hiatus, we never find out how Jodie dealt with her accidental relationship with Jesse, nor how the characters eventually graduated and went off to college. Quarter-Life Crisis, set almost a decade later, provided almost no resolutions, and in fact introduced MORE unanswered questions, such as Adam having a daughter, and Eric becoming estranged from Ben and Jodie thanks to his demanding girlfriend.
  • Life Embellished: Mostly Slice of Life, but then suddenly the characters watch movies together with Yoda, or do something else you don't see in Real Life.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Jessica McIntyre.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Jodie doesn't take it well if she doesn't have her friends around.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: Happens in this comic and the few proceeding it in this comic, with a slight touch of craziness from isolation.
  • Mad Scientist: Eric has his moments, most notably during the "Water Fight" arc where he's offscreen for most of it, only to appear during the climax, having constructed an impressive Water Gun Machine Rig... which promptly explodes in a watery mushroom cloud when he tries firing it. That's what happens when you skip the testing phase.
  • Nerd: Ben and Eric, Eric even more so.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Adam - although he's rather a sexy nerd
  • Never Gets Fat: Ben, who's self-conscious about his scrawny frame, laments how he can't seem to gain any weight no matter how much crap he eats, which understandably infuriates the mildly overweight Eric.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Also subverts All Just a Dream, here.
  • The Unseen: Eric's parents never appear in the comic, the closest is one of them speaking off-screen in an early strip. Ben's mom calls them about her concern with violent video games at one point and thinks she's talking to his dad, but its actually just Eric pretending to be him.

Alternative Title(s): Quarter Life Crisis