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Eric Approves.

A webcomic by Erik Schoenek. Started in 2001, went on infinite hiatus in 2007. You find the archive of strips up to 2004 here while the latest archive can be 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.


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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Jodie too.
  • God (and Jesus too) are used in a handful of random gags.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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