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"The TV Tropes QC page is every single idiotic comment from my forums distilled into one HTML document."
Jeph Jacques, the webcomic's author

Questionable Content ("QC") is a webcomic by Jeph Jacques. It initially stars protagonist Marten Reed, an indie-rock fan living in Northampton, Massachusetts, with an adorably sociopathic little robot. He runs into a girl at a bar, Faye Whitaker, a barista who's just moved from Savannah and needs a friend, but adamantly no more than a friend. She then accidentally burns down her apartment building while making toast and needs a place to live—namely, Marten's couch. Before long, he meets Faye's sultry, gothy boss Dora Bianchi, and they have fun, hang out, and joke around.

Then, beginning at strip 500, everything changes. The fallout of a tense moment leads to a cascade of plot developments that defines the rest of the strip and helps start a gradual shift from having Marten and Faye as the main protagonists to having a full-fledged Ensemble Cast. And then just when you thought everything was safe, there's another major shakeup at strip 1800, after which the comic's science fiction elements, which had always been present, really begin to move to the foreground.


One of the most prolific and longest running webcomics out there, with over 4600 installments over 18 years and counting, QC has evolved into a humorous ongoing chronicle of the lives of a group of twenty-somethings, as they deal with life, fall in and out of love, and maintain a healthy level of sarcasm. It would almost be a Slice of Life comic if the cast didn't include a growing number of robot characters grappling with the post-Singularity coexistence of humans and A.I.s.

QC updates every weekday, with remarkable consistency considering that Jacques very rarely has a buffer and usually draws the comic—on live webcast—that night.

Six print collections are currently out, featuring re-lettered and sometimes re-drawn (as the art has gotten remarkably better over time) versions of the first arcs.


Loosely connected to Diesel Sweeties by way of Faye's sister Amanda's brief fling with Li'l Sis and a couple of maybe-canonnote  guest strips by Randy Milholland. In addition, Shelly Winters and Amy Chilton have been spotted on holiday in Northampton as well. Also, the A.I.s may have something to do with it, somewhere. Some occasional appearances of the cast in Shortpacked! also occur.

Jeph debuted a new comic, Alice Grove, on September 25th 2014, which was sometimes advertised under the QC strips; it ended in 2017. During October and November of 2015 he also did a comic called DORD which seems to have been abandoned.

Questionable Content contains examples of:

"Okay, I like one thing about TV Tropes, and that is the quote at the top of the page for QC."
Jeph Jacques