This is not an excerpt.Mr. Square
is a Black Comedy Dada Comic
by Rev. Michael Fitzgerald (creator of Kick the Football, Chuck.
and Existential Terror and Breakfast
). It stars the titular character "Mr. Square", a clinically depressed doodle and a pathologically enthusiastic sheep as they make their way through a terrifying, existential, and often inconsistent landscape. According to its disclaimer the comics are "...not proof read, and may have been created outside of sobriety" and that "the artist has little recollection of what they are about".
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Acid-Trip Dimension: The entire "grass world" that they live in is a bad acid trip.
- Anthropomorphic Food: "Captain Clown Banana" and this blind peanut.
- Black Comedy: Uses this trope in most comics, but with a prime example here. In it Mr. Square goes to a fun house designed by Aleister Crowley. It ends with a selfie-stick and a child's grave.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The contents of the balloon in this comic. Dear god.
- Bungled Suicide: The main character once tried to hang himself but he was too top heavy.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Uses this as a cornerstone to its comics. The titular Mr. Square is often put through both physical, and existential horrors for laughs. In this comic he stands in absolute desolation and sadness as a "Schadenfreude-hat" salesman sets up shop next to him.
- Cut-and-Paste Comic: The art is very cut and paste, but is self-aware of this and treats it very tongue and cheek. It is Lampshaded here: issue 193
- Dada Comic: Mr. Square seems to take this trope as it's manifesto, and though they are ALL extremely bizarre, these in particular are some of the weirdest: issue 164, issue 93 and issue 95
- Demonic Possession: Happens once when the sheep drinks "Zuulade".
- Funny Animal: The pathologically enthusiastic sheep.
- I Know You Know I Know: Mr. Square says, verbatim "I know that you know that I know what you know about knowing that I know, but you don't know that my knowledge of you knowing is not secret, I WANT you to know that I know so you don't know what I don't....you know?" in this comic
- It's Always Spring: Not only is it always spring in "Mr. Square" but they never seem to leave the same field of grass.
- No Fourth Wall: Mr. Square wants to commit suicide because his world is drawn so poorly. The artist and his creations are openly mocked, including his poor spelling.
- Sorry, Billy, but You Just Don't Have Legs: in which Mr. Square gets a limbless dog that lives a perfectly happy life...except the also limbless Square is unable to open its food.
- Speech Bubbles: often uses word bubbles as actual characters in 12 and 143 as well as using them as scenery in #48.
- Sunday Strip: The comics had a Monday strip featured in color in light of the Sunday strip tradition. Color comics are now mostly updated sporadically.
- Surreal Humor: Most gags start out odd or "out of place" and quickly escalate into the surreal.
- Talkative Loon: The Sheep. Most, if not all of his speech falls into this pattern. In this comic he declares that the main character (who is right in front of him) was kidnapped and taken to "the twenty third century to fight the trees" before asking the main if they wanted to "go eat some muffins".
- The Chew Toy: Mr. Square is often put through existential horrors for laughs. He bemoans often that he cannot kill himself and is thus doomed to experience more torture.
- They Fight Crime!: Issue 177: "He's a chronically depressed doodle with nothing to lose. He's a pathologically enthusiastic psychotic sheep who thinks he's an ex-cop. TOGETHER, THEY FIGHT CRIME!"
- The Rant: Every comic has the tag "Disclaimer: The following was not proof read, and may have been created outside of sobriety. The artist has little recollection of what this is about."
- Word-Salad Humor: Most everything "the sheep" says in Mr. Square is this, but a prime example is when Mr. Square makes "Gutter Muppet Glitter Cakes".