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Webcomic / Power Nap

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In a World... where nobody sleeps, Drew Spencer tries to hold on to a job and his sanity. Drew is unable to use the pills known as "Z-Sup" which let everyone else stay awake 24 hours a day, due to an allergy. Being run ragged by a world without sleep and a society that seems to accept the weirdest of events without question, Drew is also being roped into something sinister going on behind the scenes of this bizarre world.

Power Nap is something radically different from the writer Maritza Campos (previous comic: College Roomies from Hell!!!). The art is by Bachan who is known in the Mexican comic scene for Producciones Balazo (In Spanish only).


Power Nap contains examples of

  • Cannot Dream: Though it hasn't been explicitly mentioned yet, use of the Z-Sup essentially makes it so that the vast majority of people do not dream, though mostly as a side effect of not sleeping. What this means considering Drew's prophetic dreams is, as of yet, unknown.
  • Crapsack World: Though little has been seen at the moment, it would appear that, aside from (or perhaps because of) no one sleeping anymore, the whole world seems to be going insane. Not reacting the augmented reality ads, having two people to staple and then unstaple the same papers, blase acceptance of suicides and psychotic breaks. The mere fact that society reacted to a cure for sleep by making everyone work an extra eight hours is really all the proof you need that the world has gone wrong.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: One half of Token's job on the team, to look hot while making caustic remarks. note 
  • Dynamic Entry: Drew returns to a conversation he'd left a page earlier, interrupting Cornelius by ramming him with a car.
  • Epic Fail: Drew's first performance as part of the dream team.
    There are simply not enough points to deduct. They do not exist.
  • Expressive Mask: Token's dream form has a bandana covering her eyes that changes design in every frame it's seen, hinting at her current mood.
  • Fantastic Racism: In a manner of speaking. Drew's inability to use the Z-Sup appears to draw more than a little negative attention. Case-in-point, people shying away from him asleep on the train, kids putting post-it notes on him asleep in the train again, and Wendy running out on their date when she realizes he's one of "them".
  • Going Postal: Drew setting a desk on fire.
  • Government Conspiracy: The police know there's real monsters appearing out of nowhere, but they're trying to cover it up.
  • Heroic BSoD: Drew is not happy when he realizes that Wendy was not only literally a manifestation of his obsession and desire, despite being literally the woman of his dreams, he still subconsciously made her reject him. It takes a significant emotional shock to be able to stab yourself with a medical syringe, use it, and just casually toss it to the floor without any reaction whatsoever. And then awaken freakin' superpowers out of anger and frustration.
  • Killed Off for Real: Cornelius' real-world self. His dream self is still very much alive and doesn't really seem to hold a grudge aginst Drew for unwittingly summoning the thing that got him killed in the waking world.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Drew's arm falls off and the dream-demons deduct a few points...
    "You guys are jerks."
  • Megacorp: "The Corporation," which manufactures the mandatory sleep-replacement drug Z-Sup. It also appears to be slightly more helpful than most, as Drew's condition actually secures a paid position in their company to compensate for their Z-Sup basically making his life impossible to handle. Of course, this could simply be a court order.
  • Mission from God: Either this or a Deal with the Devil.
  • Motive Rant: A non-villanous variation, provided by Drew to Cornelius' question of "what do you want?" Really just boils down to Drew wanting a normal/sane life, and a good night's sleep for once.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Cornelius has at least two sets of razor sharp teeth behind his mask.
  • My Beloved Smother: The opening sequence is a nightmare about an Eldritch Abomination who chases Drew while nagging him to carry an umbrella, eat more, get a haircut, call more often and give her grandchildren.
  • Only Sane Man: Despite his problems, Drew may be the most balanced one in the comic.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Smiling Guy.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Drew's dream at the beginning of the comic, where a monster hands him an umbrella, ends up being a little more literal than you may have originally thought.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Drew does try. So. HARD.
  • Tomato Surprise: Wendy never really existed, but rather was a conjured entity created by Drew subconsciously. The only reason nobody brought it up was because the people who had the information available to figure that out simply didn't care. This brings up the inevitable question of who else isn't actually a real person, with the only people one can absolutely rule out not being manifestations being the other people capable of conjuration.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Go Drew.
  • Weirdness Censor: Drew is the only one troubled by an action movie ad crashing into a mall through the roof (other people shrug it off), and the only one at the office even to notice security dragging off a man having a psychotic episode.
    • This is brought up again later when it's pointed out that the two demon guys can walk around without anyone blinking an eye and people not even caring if someone is real or not.
  • World Gone Mad: On a realistic scale, funnily enough.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Poor Drew.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: the spider devices that allow for a super powered dream experience also makes any injury suffered in those dreams carry over to the real world.


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