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But whose silhouette are they all standing in?
Not Drunk Enough is an Urban Fantasy Horror Webcomic following repairman Logan as he is trapped inside a monster-riddled abandoned laboratory. He must find his way out with the help of Bia, Maela, and the CEO of said laboratory, Varker. Together they must find ways to overcome monsters, the man in charge of the lab, and their own inter-fighting.

The comic is written and illustrated by Tess Stone, who is previously known for his work as illustrator of Buzz! and author/illustrator of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name.

The comic currently updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A mirror can be found here.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Bia and Maela both.
  • Action Survivor: Most of the main characters, but especially Logan, who is just a repairman and has nothing to do with whatever is going on in this building.
  • Air Vent Escape: How Logan gets away from Drohane, since his monstrous head won't fit through the vent.
  • The Alcoholic: Logan seems to be this, based on his canteen apparently containing some very potent alcohol, and the fact that he gets pretty drunk while sitting alone in a supply closet with an unconscious Varker.
  • Alt Text: Which often encourages readers to treat the comic as a Drinking Game. Also sometimes mentions character's names before they are brought up in the comic proper.
  • Anime Hair: Maela's cockatiel-inspired hairdo borders on this.
  • Art Shift: Subtle, but the flashback scenes are much brighter and more colorful compared to the dark, high-contrast colors used in most other scenes. Most noticeable when you realize the the outlines are colored rather than standard black.
  • Blood Is the New Black for both Logan and Bia after their fight with a monster, as pointed out by Maela.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Or in Drohane's case, being mutilated makes you desperate and pragmatic.
    Drohane: Don't you get it?! You'll die here!! Valor is only rewarded with an uglier death! There are no heroes here.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Bia is probably the most upbeat, friendly character, but she can absolutley WRECK monsters with nothing more than a wooden board or her high heels.
  • Big Bad: Birkov appears to be this.
  • Body Horror: The primary source of horror in the comic. Between Varker's forehead mouth, Birkov's creepy eyes (and creepy torso), and Drohane's... everything, there's more than enough body horror to go around - and they're just a small sampling of it.
    • The first monster Logan comes across is mutilating the Varika Labs secretary.
    • One of Birkov's eyes has recently taken up residence in Logan's leg.
    • Varker's entire confrontation with Drohane. Drohane unbends several pieces of rebar sticking out of his torso and impales Varker with them by embracing him. When Mackenzie tries to separate them, Drohane literally tears in half at the waist.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Seems to happen to Varker after the second time he hears the screeching sound that only he can hear. He attacks Logan, forcing the latter to lock him in the closet.
  • Broken Heel: The crew narrowly escapes something (likely Andrews) thanks to a jammed door.
  • Butt-Monkey: Varker, although he mostly deserves it.
  • Camp Straight: Birkov's appearance is decidedly flamboyant, but flashbacks show he has (or at least had) a wife and child.
  • Character Tics: Logan tends to bite his fingers/thumb whenever he is feeling uneasy.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Logan, while running away from the lamprey head shadow monster.
  • Dark World: With the sudden appearance of monsters, and the sudden disappearance of Abrahms, this appears to be what Logan and the others are stuck in.
  • Drinking Game: The alt text encourages readers to do this. After a year's worth of comics, an Archive Binge while doing this would likely get a reader absolutely trashed.
    Page 163 Alt Text: LOGAN GOT HURT TAKE A DRINK areyousmashedyet
  • Evil Is Visceral: Goes hand-in-hand with all the Body Horror.
  • Eye Scream: An unfortunate side effect of Birkov's connection to his creepy crawly eyeball plant thingies.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The Hall Monitor has large, red eyes going up the length of its torso, and that's besides all the eyeball vine things.
  • Facial Horror: Apparently the madman in charge of the lab disfigured Varker's face so that he has a giant mouth and even bigger tongue ripping across his forehead.
    • Also, whatever is going on with Steward Drohane's head is not pleasant.
  • Fiery Redhead: Bia is a borderline example, having more auburn than red hair, and only getting "fiery" in combat. Otherwise, she is quite pleasant and agreeable.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Steward Drohane makes an honest attempt to persuade Logan through polite conversation. However, since this is only after stabbing him in the leg, it doesn't work very well.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Varker repeatedly hears a high-pitched screeching sound that he only recognizes from when he had his head ripped open.
    • The disgusting wet sounds made by whatever was chasing them in that hallway.
  • How We Got Here: See In Medias Res below. It takes two full chapters before the audience is caught up to the opening scene.
  • In Medias Res: The comic starts with Logan having already been stabbed by Drohane, who is trying to talk him down. It then cuts back to 3 hours earlier, showing what led to the current situation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While there's no denying Varker's jerkitude, over the course of the comic it's only become more clear that he cares deeply about the people who worked at Varika Labs. Even his jerkiest action - dragging Bia, Maela, and Logan into his mess - seems to be primarily motivated by guilt and desperation.
    Varker: I'm so sorry, Stew... I thought... I thought I had time to come back and get you before... I'm... nrk... sorry. I really... fucked this all up...
  • Lamprey Mouth: The first monster that Logan encounters has a giant, circular mouth filled with teeth taking up the entire expanse of its head.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Done offscreen when Varker passes out. Maela and Bia go out to search for supplies, while Logan gets drunk in a supply with an unconscious Varker.
  • Little Miss Badass: Bia may be a cute girl in a nice dress, but she saves Logan from one monster by beheading it with a wooden board. Later, she kills some of Birkov's eye-plant things with her Combat Stilettos.
  • Living Shadow: The first monster is also just a flat black sheet with tendrils. Until it isn't.
  • Mad Scientist: Birkov is definitely this, and flashbacks suggest that Varker is as well.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: After Bia beheads the monster in the basement, Logan decides to make extra sure by bashing in what's left of it with his lead pipe.
  • Malevolent Mutilation: Through flashbacks, it's been made clear that Varker's condition was directly caused by Simon Birkov. It's implied that the same is true for all the antagonists of the comic, including Birkov himself.
  • Meat Moss: While more plant-like than meaty, the eyes growing on the walls of the building definitely evoke this.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Even after being apparently chased by Andrews' corpse, no one comes out and says anything about zombies or the undead.
  • Pipe Pain: Logan's weapon against the various monsters they encounter has so far been limited to a pipe he pulled off the wall.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Maela is the blue to Varker's red. She frequently has to talk sense into him when he is ready to fly into a rage or make a poor decision based on his emotions.
  • Sanity Slippage: That extra mouth on Varker's head is doing him NO favors.
  • Single Tear: Varker appears to shed a tear when begging Birkov to let him "fix" things.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: Varker claims to be the only person with access to the lab, apart from the madman running the place now. Everyone else we've come across is either dead or not far from it.
  • Survival Horror: Despite not being a video game, the comic is obviously inspired by these, showing many similarities to Resident Evil and Silent Hill.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Varker may not necessarily be evil per se, but as Logan puts it, "Dude, you reek of ulterior motives."
  • The Tooth Hurts: part of Logan's transformation was all of his teeth falling out.
  • Trapped-with-Monster Plot: What the comic is as of now. The crew runs around the lab trying to reach the madman and defeat his horrifying creations.
  • Unfazed Everyman: For a normal repairman, Logan sure takes all these monsters and violence in stride.
  • The Walls Have Eyes: Birkov keeps track of the protagonists using his creepy eyeball plants.
  • Women Are Wiser: Subtle, but Bia and Maela certainly seem to keep their shit together better than Logan, Mac, or especially Varker.
  • Worst Aid: Maela sees that there is something growing in Logan's leg wound, but for some reason decides to just wrap it up anyway. When Logan understandably freaks out, she then attempts to cut it out with a pocket knife, then contemplates burning it with a zippo lighter. Possibly justified, since it's probably still better than leaving that eyeball plant thing in there.