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Webcomic / Madness In A Box

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Madness in a Box is a series of comics written and drawn by Illustrious Crackpot. Everything else about it is slightly harder to pin down. Alright, imagine a misanthropic anthromorphic Deadpan Snarker rabbit. Then imagine a flying head in a jar who happens to be wearing a cape, and his straight-laced, if nervous, sidekick. Imagine an alien, a mime, an interpreter of charades, a crutch, a blade of grass, an old lady with a penchant for murder...


With a cast like that, how can hilarity not ensue?

The comic prides itself on a bizarre sense of humor built on exaggeration, onomatopoeia, alliteration and non-sequitor. If you're looking for a comic in which an alien tries to understand Valentine's Day to win the love of a mime, or a crutch laments its loneliness, or a bunny is forced to dance for an umbrella salesman to win his right to purchase an umbrella, then Madness in a Box is the comic for you.

So far, there are nine completed comics featuring this bunch, one of which is available for purchase. The official character sheets are here and here, and everything else related to the series can be found here.


Tropes that apply to Madness in a Box include...

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: He Who Saves Us All often uses alliteration, either as descriptions or insults.
  • Author Avatar: A variation — there's a character who bears an "unfortunate resemblance to the artist" in Madness Love. According to Crackpot, she was supposed to be an alter ego, but she now prefers to think of her as a wholly separate character.
  • Born Unlucky: Spanky. Heck, he often carries the subtitle "The Bad-Luck Bunny".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jorgonzola, the Master of Charades, Mr. McFlooglesnert...none of the characters are very down-to-earth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Harvey. He's genuinelly annoyed with his compatriots, too.
  • Enemy Mime: Averted. Marwin the Mime is one of the major characters, and quite sympathic to boot.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Harvey. He just wants to be left alone.
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  • Human Popsicle: Gertie was originally the daughter of a pirate. She wandered off, got frozen for 200 years, and is now being cared for by Dr. Thurman.
  • Meaningful Name: He Who Saves Us All. Pretty straightforward.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Mrs. B — forceful, thieving, and flat-out crazy.
  • No Indoor Voice: He Who Saves Us All, who speaks entirely in Caps. He often seems to radiate loudness, too.
  • Metaphorgotten: Often. "She's on a one-way train to Crazytown — and the food on that train is terrible."
  • People Jars: He Who Saves Us All is a head in a jar. He's not too bothered about his predicament.
  • Punny Name: He Who Saves Us All and Mighty Midget's civilian names — Knott A. Superhero and I. M. Normal. (I. M. Normal is actually Mighty's real name. Don't tell anyone.)
  • Stalker with a Crush: The plot of Madness Love revolves around a girl with a crush on Harvey. The rest of the cast valiantly promise to do something, and wind up observing instead.
  • The Stoic: Dr. Thurman.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He Who Saves Us All's parents were superheroes too — the Combustible Crusader and the Lord of the Dance. The Combustible Crusader could shoot flames out of her nostrils, and the Lord of the Dance could...well, dance. As of yet it's unknown if he was a Dance Battler or if he just had sweet moves.

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