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Webcomic / Red Meat

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"It's true... no man is an island. But if you take a bunch of dead guys and tie 'em together, they make a pretty good raft."
Bug-Eyed Earl

Red Meat is a three-panel gag-per-day comic by Max Cannon that started in 1989 before moving to the web in 1996. It specialises in crossing the line twice, starring a host of bizarre characters talking in supposedly normal situations that are turned on their heads by the punchline. Stark, motionless art and a lack of backgrounds add to the feeling of straight-faced madness.

Recurring characters:

Main website here. Not as active as it used to be — posts repeat or touched-up strips, but there are some new ones as well.

Tropes provided:

  • Phrase Catcher: I hate you, Milkman Dan.
  • Recycled In SPACE: Some of the Milkman Dan comics take place in a futuristic setting with Dan and Karen wearing Future Spandex suits and using futuristic technology to torment each other.
  • Robot Buddy: Mr. Bix is a subversion. A vomiting, kid-microwaving subversion.
  • Smug Snake: Milkman Dan tries to be one and usually succeeds. It makes him getting pwned by little Karen all the funnier.
  • Standard '50s Father: Ted is a very deranged parody of one: he looks and sounds the part, but even discounting his strange bedroom ideas, most of the things he comes up with are just out there, such as tying his son to a movie theatre seat to prevent him from escaping or getting both of them a blow-up doll for a Christmas present that he insists they put to use in full view of the entire neighbourhood.
  • The Voice: We almost never see Ted's wife, just her speech bubbles. (She has appeared once from behind in a strip but otherwise follows this trope.) One strip implies she may be some kind of alien.