Owl Turd Comix (or Owlturd Comix, also known as Shen Comix) is a webcomic by redditor Shenanigansen, aka just "Shen".
He premiered the first installment in early 2013. It is popular for being a simply-drawn comic about relatable common life problems such as anxiety, depression, and the unfairness of life. It has grown famous for its sudden shifts in tone as well as its exaggerated art style.
Owl Turd Comix contains examples of:
- Always Someone Better: Even if the protagonist is good at art, it means less when he realizes there are way better artists in view, especially when they are younger than him.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Many characters are physical representations of concepts and things. These include Life, Depression, Anxiety, Emotion, Logic, Type A people, Type B people, the Internet, Night, Day, and the four seasons. And also of the recent years, like 2017 and 2018, shown as action anime villains.
- Ascended Meme: There was a popular Stylistic Suck comic parody of Shen's comics which caricatured his usual "things are good until faced by personifications of bad things that happen" theme. Shen later redrew this exact same comic in his own style.
- Author Avatar: The protagonist is basically Shen's avatar.
- Berserk Button: Shen doesn't really have any strong opinions on anything... unless you dare say that goth girls suck. Then, he would ready his gun in Tranquil Fury.
- Big Bad: Life. It is presented as a featureless purple man with the word "life" written on his chest, and is often shown bullying the protagonist out of his dreams and wants. One story arc even has both of them engaging in a Dragon Ball Z-style fight.
- Brutal Honesty: A common gag. Of note is this Bluechair comic, where he tells the audience that if you wish reeeaaaallly hard, and you WORK FOR IT UNTIL YOUR BLOOD AND TEARS RUN IN MIGHTY RIVERS, all your dreams can come true.
- Evil Doppelgänger: In Bluechair, Shen goes on a journey to find himself. Instead, he finds a slightly bizarre version of himself from another universe. Behold, Shem.
- Expo Label: A common source of humor in the comics comes from having characters and objects act as metaphor for various things, along with a convenient label explaining what they represent. See Life in the page image for an example.
- The Fake Cutie: Emotion. Presented as a yellow person with a pink flower on their head, they usually subvert their name by being utterly ruthless or terrifying.
- Gag Nose: Shen's nose is depicted as a ragdoll-like triangular purple block.
- Mood Whiplash: Many comics start out lighthearted and fun but quickly take a turn towards depression, anxiety, or denial towards the end.
- Never My Fault: The protagonist never seems to take responsabilities when faced with problems, because it seems he is powerless to either Life being an all-powerful bully to him or motivation running away. Literally.
- Non-Indicative Name: No mention is ever made of droppings by nocturnal birds.
- Nothing Is Scarier: In a surreal one-off comic, we're introduced to a bunch of friendly cartoon characters at a birthday... including a much more shady-looking one named "Yoyo" who simply stares at them from the corner. And that's it.
- The Rival: Type B is this to Type A, although it's one sided because Type B is always polite and forgiving.
- Self-Deprecation: Will sometimes make fun of his own stereotypical formula, especially involving his constant conflict against Life.
- Serious Business: Type A is so competitive that even when he just has to stop and smell the roses, he has to turn the rose-smelling into a competition and win a trophy.
- Something Completely Different: Sometimes, Shen will do a comic that is very different from the "relatable life problem" theme that he is famous for. He doesn't do them too much because he knows they are not as popular.
- This Loser Is You: One reason for the comic's popularity is for exposing the inner insecurities that is inside all of us, and how we feel victims of unfair common circumstances.
- Tears of Joy: Emotion has this during "Fly to the Heavens".
- Uncanny Valley: Shem, the aforementioned "Slightly bizarre version" of Shen, is intentionally drawn to look out of place in the cartoony world of Bluechair. He's also a shapeshifter with abnormally many teeth, that also helps.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Type B. They always try to stay positive and look on the bright side of life, but Type A usually ruins it for them by being overly competitive.