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You have dreamed too well, oh wise Archdreamer.
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Miamaska, a webcomic by Jeinu, follows the story of a girl who wound up in another dimension after walking into a parking garage.

The world into which Amity wandered has been dragging people from other dimensions into its own for as long as anyone can remember. Unfortunately, most don't live long enough to find their way back. Amity's lucky enough to have appeared in the world near a somewhat non-hostile resident, whose father takes her under his wing for the time being.


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This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Subverted. How is it that people from another dimension speak English? They don't. Otherworlders speak and understand all languages.
    • The translation effect is part of what Aleco refers to as the the "miamaska", and either using it or listening to it can cause headaches. Amity hears odd echoes of different words at times, shown to the audience as overlapping word balloons with different text in them (revealed to be alternate translations and/or hidden intent, making the Miamaska an effective lie detector). After Kit and Ket talked to the Masked Man (who is an outworlder named Loric using an actual translator device, possibly indicating that the Miamaska effect isn't universal, since Loric evidently believes the translator is needed here) Ket comments that he didn't hear the Miamaska effect.
      • Loric traverses worlds via technology, thereby circumventing whatever “natural” process endows the Miamaska effect.
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  • Arrow Catch: Guere pulls this off pretty well.
  • Audience Surrogate: Amity. Clearing up plot holes and odd pronunciation galore!
  • Brother-Sister Team: Kit and Ket.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Even with unimportant mob characters, author Jeinu takes care to construct unique characters. Apparently he gets ticked off at Only Six Faces and even made a tutorial series about it.
  • Chiaroscuro: Extensive use in darkly lit scenes.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each character has a unique color for their word balloons, so you can tell who is speaking even if you can't see the speaker.
  • Easing into the Adventure
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Kit. Just... Kit. Not so much Ket.
  • The Faceless: The masked man.
  • Future Shadowing: Amity is shown with longer hair and different companions. Word of God says this won't make sense for another three years.
  • Green Eyes: Kit and Ket.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Averted. There's a four-day time-skip, during which Amity apparently asked the same questions over and over, but all her previous memories are intact, if fuzzy.
    • Later, she forgets about the change in her eye color and the massive breakdown learning about it caused. She's faking it to fool Aleco into staying with her longer.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Amity.
  • No Biochemical Barriers: Subverted (inverted?). Diseases carried by otherworlders are not only compatible with the Alodian locals, as they are all humans, but also highly dangerous because the locals have no exposure and no immunity to them. This is part of the reason the general reaction to otherworlders is "kill on discovery". On the flipside, Amity is mentioned to have gotten sick from local raw milk during her amnesiac period, presumably because it contains bacteria she has no immunity to.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Averted. Amity acts as an Audience Surrogate to get proper pronunciation across. Seen here and here.
  • Purple Eyes: The sclera (the "white"), not iris.
  • Rainbow Speak: To some degree, with the speech bubbles.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: At least, that's how it is for the Alodian citizens...
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: The masked man's first appearance.
  • Siblings in Crime: Kit and Ket are being set up as the story's villains, and they are brother and sister.
  • Tap on the Head: Results in a concussion, causing memory problems (see Laser-Guided Amnesia), headaches, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Technicolor Eyes: The otherworlders have red irises and purple sclera, and people native to Amity's world have blue sclera (which changed to the otherworlder scheme when Amity got transported).
  • Trapped in Another World: Amity, Guere, and Trosce.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: After waking from a tap on the head in an open field, Amity finds herself sitting at a table indoors.

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