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Webcomic / Rock and Riot

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Rock and Riot is a romantic Slice of Life webcomic by Chelsey Furedi.

It's about two rival teenage greaser gangs in the 1950's (the Jaquettes, an all-girl gang, lead by Connie, vs The Rollers, an entirely male gang, lead by Frankie), with an overall LGBT theme. It's a Slice of Life, romance, and comedy all in one.

It ended in August 2017.

Rock and Riot provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The '50s
  • '50s Hair: Everyone has floofy hair and pompadour like styles.
  • All There in the Manual: If one checks the FAQ page, there is a section that specifies what the romantic/sexual orientations and gender identities of a few of the characters are.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Ace, whom Connie and Frankie fight over to get them to join either of their respective (gendered) gangs. As it turns out, Ace is agender.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Every character who hasn't been confirmed as LGBT, due to the Cast Full of Gay.
  • Animated Adaptation: Chelsey made a cartoon of the first chapter, which can be found on both the site and Youtube.
  • The Beard: Connie makes up a mysterious boyfriend to get the gang off her back. At the end of chapter 9, she gets a real beard, as does Clyde, Gene, and Carla, when they're discovered on their double date.
  • Badbutt: The Jacquettes and the Rollers, wear leather jackets and look cool, but don't do anything gang-ish except fight each other. Averted with the Bandits, who are nice people, but actually sell papers and tests (and even the final!)
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Carla, Connie's Love Interests.
    • Debby also fits the bill.
  • Book Dumb: Arguably every gang member except Gene. The Rollers are shown not turning in homework, and it can be implied that the Jaquettes have a similar work ethic.
  • Butch Lesbian: Connie expresses disdain at dresses but affection for women.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The entire cast (or, at the very least, most of them) are part of the LGBT community - Connie is gay, Carla is a panromantic asexual, Rolly is a trans girl, Ace is agender, etc.
    • Come chapter 13, it's revealed that Triss and Debby are bisexual (and dating each other), Frankie is gay, and Edd is an aromantic asexual. No named character is straight.
    • Judging by the last chapter, it looks like everyone in the school is queer except the teachers.
  • The Charmer: Connie does the finger gun gesture and winks, making a boy in the school hallway faint, and making a girl get hit by a Cupid's Arrow.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Clyde has known Gene since middle school and Gene has been crushing on him that entire time.
  • Coming-Out Story: It turns out that it's not only Connie, Gene, and Clyde who need this, but the entire cast.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Carla's promposal to Connie, complete with upside down sign.
  • Creator Cameo: The author, her friends, and various Patreon backers make appearances around the school.
  • Enemy Mine: When the school principal bars same-sex couples and gender neutral attire (Girls in suits, boys in dresses, etc.) from a school dance, the Jaquettes, Rollers and Bandits put their animosity aside to fight it.
  • Finger Gun: Connie does one in the beginning, making some people swoon.
  • Gaydar: It looked like Triss' was lighting up in Chapter 5, but in the end, heteronormativity prevailed.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: 5 girls (the Jacquettes and Carla) and 5 boys (the Rollers and Sasha). There are also 4 non-binary kids.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Justified, with Connie "confessing" to having a boyfriend to hide the fact her girlfriend is sitting right next to her.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Frankie.
  • High-School Hustler: The Bandits sell tests and papers.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Before the comic came out, there were people who were keen to ship the two rival gang leaders, Frankie and Connie.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: The end of chapter 8.
    Carla: We never thought we could talk to anyone about us.
    Clyde: Yeah, in the 5 minutes that I was with Gene, I felt the same way.
  • Leatherman: The Rollers with their leather jackets, though Clyde and Gene are the only ones confirmed as gay/bi.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Carla, with her flowy skirts and penchant for pink.
  • Mars and Venus Gender Contrast: The gangs hate each other for no reason other than being opposite genders and sexism.
  • No Dress Code: Connie often rocks a tied-up shirt that exposes her midriff.
  • The Noodle Incident: Chapter 8 has Frankie nursing a bloody nose while Clyde cracks his knuckles. Given that this is the first time Gene is wearing his glasses in school, it's implied that Clyde kept his promise about defending Gene if Frankie picked on him.
  • Passing Notes in Class: Gene passes a note to Clyde asking, "Can we talk?" in the beginning of chapter 8.
  • Prom Is for Straight Kids: Connie dismisses the idea that their school would let her and Carla go to prom together, though Carla is optimistic.
    • This trope becomes a major plotpoint. The principal states that the kids cannot come with an inappropriate partner or violate dress code, leaving the gangs dumbstruck.
  • Prom Wrecker: The gangs' response to the above is to put aside their grudges and work together to crash prom - almost literally, considering they drive their cars into the building. They only have enough time for one group photo and to steal some snacks, but as they leave the other students celebrate and express themselves defiantly and freely.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • After many awkward moments, chapter 8 has Gene and Clyde finally getting together.
    • At the end of the Ace of Hearts Chapter, Rolly and Ace are now together.
  • Riding into the Sunset: The ending of the series, with all three gangs hanging out, piling into a trunk, and driving away.
  • Secret Relationship: Most of the earlier chapters deal with Connie and Clyde hiding their relationships with Carla and Gene from their respective gangs. Come Chapter 13, Connie and Clyde come clean about their relationships... Which leads to Debby and Triss reveal they are dating, and Frankie to reveal his relationship with Recurring Extra, Sasha the jock.
  • Slumber Party: The Jaquettes have one in Chapter 7 to welcome Rolly to the gang.
  • Smoking Is Cool: On the first page, most the Jaquettes are shown smoking.
  • Straight Gay: Many of the characters. Special notice goes to Frankie.
  • There Are No Adults: There are very few adults shown, and when they do appear they are minor background characters.
  • TitleDrop: In the final chapter, Connie makes a Rousing Speech to her gang before crashing the prom.
    Connie: All right everyone, it seems we can’t take the easy route. I never expected to be standing in front of all of you, but we want the same thing. This is our night! We want to rock and roll, but now we have to ROCK AND RIOT!