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Webcomic / Sinfest

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Sinfest in its early days. From left to right: Percival, Pooch, Criminy, Monique, Squigley, and Slick.

Sinfest is a webcomic by Tatsuya Ishida, an outgrowth of a strip he originally created for the UCLA college newspaper. It's one of the longest-running webcomics around, with over 5,000 strips as of fall 2014.

Sinfest started out as a lighthearted comedy revolving mainly around the goofy antics of Slick, a Calvin-esque teenaged "pimp" who was always trying to look cool and pick up chicks, and his hot friend Monique, who spent her days flirting with hot guys (of whom Slick never qualified). Other prominent characters included God, the Devil, Jesus, Buddha, and the Dragon, an embodiment of Eastern religion; Seymour and Li'l Evil, raging fanboys of God and the Devil respectively; Squigley, a stoner pig who is one of Slick's pals; The Artist, a comic artist and Ishida's Author Avatar; Percival and Pooch, the Artist's cat-and-dog duo; and Criminy, a sheltered bookworm and mutual friend of Slick and Squigley.


In its early years, Sinfest was mainly a gag-a-day comic with little regard for continuity. In addition to the humor based on the cast's foibles, it routinely played with Black Comedy scenarios, drug- and sexually-themed humor, and featured subversive pokes at the nature of religion and morality, among other topics and Running Gags. Slick and Monique's odd friendship/rivalry/something was the foundation of the comic and focus never strayed from it for long, but after a few years, other storylines became prominent, such as Criminy's chaste romance with one of the Devil's succubi, the Devil becoming a more serious antagonist, and revelations about Li'l Evil's backstory, as well as politically-themed gags and overall development for many characters.

However, in October 2011, Sinfest began a huge shift in theme and focus with the introduction of the Sisterhood. The comic quickly ditched almost every aspect of its old nature and turned toward a radical brand of second-wave feminism. In the current setting, society is brainwashed by a Matrix-like Patriarchy controlled by the Devil which the Sisterhood fights against, and the comic's world is connected to an alternate reality where greed, lust, and other traits fueled by the Patriarchy are the norm. The Sisterhood have become part of the main cast, while characters with little influence on the comic's new themes such as God, the Dragon, Buddha, and even Criminy are barely seen. The Sisterhood's influence has drastically changed both Monique and Slick, and they now rarely interact. Several new characters have been introduced, and the comic is focusing on extended storylines that can run for weeks at a time, with once-regular gags only occasionally showing up. Sinfest now is so different from its former self as to almost be a new comic, which could make an Archive Binge a jarring experience.


This webcomic provides examples of:

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  • Face Palm: The Cartoonist does this when his Fanboy misunderstands "spotting blacks".
  • Fallen States of America/Oppressive States of America:
    • Some of the strips about the presidential elections show how low or how dictatorial Ishida regards America to be.
    • Sam's treatment to Liberty can be seen as this. Ishida regards USA as misunderstanding the concept of "Liberty", and continues to do things that are very douchey to her without considering what she would think about it.
    • The Compass Arc portrays the USA as having fallen into a Brutal, Crapsack World.
  • Fan Fic: Seymour is shown to be writing some about Jesus and John Galt.
  • Fanservice:
    • Although 'Nique and the succubi will cheerfully dish out fanservice to all comers, it also got kinda... subverted. I mean, ew...
    • A later strip even points out the Double Standard; when fans demand she show them ass, 'Nique calls Slick up on stage...
    • And again...
  • Fantastic Drug: Jogs, apparently. Some truth in the matter...
  • Fantastic Racism: Seymour in strips 3662 and 3663 directed towards Fuchsia, which also showcases his hypocrisy since one of the core tenants of Christianity is that those who are legitimately trying to change their ways should be encouraged along that path. Made even more apparent when it was earlier shown that two angels pretty much ignore her nowadays since they know she isn't evil anymore. They even give Criminy their blessing when he digs his way to hell for her since after all, love transcends all boundaries.
    • Seymour does seem more sympathetic towards Tangerine, trying to help her without hurting her feelings (partially so she does not hurt him), to the point where she seems to consider him a friend. Considering his enthusiasm for this happens after getting told off by Fuchsia, it might be evidence of him trying to Atone himself.
  • Females Are More Innocent: The series's credo for latest few years. Average male? Sorry, likely a "dudebro" and a creep visiting strip-clubs and contributing to the oppression of women. The devil girls will be revealed as more innocent than him.
  • Female Monster Surprise: Cerberus's sex is established when Sleaze wishes for "Hot Bitches" on Christmas Eve, and Cerberus appears at his door.
  • Five-Girl Band/Five-Bad Band: The Sisterhood, depending on your interpretation of them.
  • Flat Character: Xanthe and the Sisterhood, considering that their only defining trait is radical feminism. Some are a bit more developed than others, but Xanthe is still the most flat.
  • Flat "What.":
  • Foreshadowing:
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: So far, Sinfest has possibly over a dozen plotlines all going at once, including...
    • The Sisterhood's fight against the patriarchy.
    • Lil E's backstory (which itself deals with his lost mother, The Devil secretly being his father, and his Lethe-induced amnesia).
    • Slick trying to become less misogynistic and gain the Sisterhood's favor.
    • Devil Slick messing with Slick's life.
    • Slick rewarming his heart and discovery of sunglasses that makes him see prices on people.
    • Slick regaining his friendship with Monique (many of these deal with Slick if you haven't noticed).
    • Monique's current political agenda as a radical feminist and how the world around her goes out of its way to go against her.
    • Monique's ongoing relationship with Absinthe.
    • Angie's adventure with Lil E and her discovering about her past life before she was a devil girl.
    • The Zombie's search for Fuchsia so he can have story time again.
    • Baby Blue dealing with her current position as a higher ranking devil girl.
    • Baby Blue dealing with Fuchsia no longer being with her, thus becoming more stoic and serious minded.
    • Vainglorious' mysterious agenda.
    • Seymour's ongoing homoerotic fascination with Jesus.
    • Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty's marriage issues.
    • Squigley and his random adventures (which seem to change every few months).
    • And many, many, many more. Many of which are just short drop in stories that don't come back into the webcomic's many plotlines.
      • EG: A woman named Amber, who Criminy went on a date with once (in the early years of the strip), came back and met with Criminy once more, where she mentions that she is now a news anchor for Hell News. Her employment was a consequence of Blue's searching Criminy's background for something less than Incorruptible Pure Pureness. The search is in vain until she encounters Amber in tears after her one time with Criminy. She was now reporting live on the Rogue Fembot's rampage and being chased by police through the city. Her only purpose in this storyline was to make sure that the cameras never turned away because of ratings, even if she had to go against her higher-ups' orders. She has rarely been seen since that storyline, although in the middle of the MMXV arc, Fuchsia (with that look) asks Criminy about Amber.