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Webcomic / Subnormality

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Subnormality is a webcomic with a whole lot of words created by Winston Rowntree. Created in 2007, this comic is a Deconstruction parade, where the author deconstructs everything from video game characters to tropes themselves, such as Cannot Spit It Out. Most of the events appear to take place in the city of Toronto, although other locales are used, such as Hell or some undefined time in the past. Some of his works are hilarious, some are depressing, and others are somewhere in the middle where you can't figure out what you're supposed to gain from it.

Reader responses are rather subjective; many enjoy it for the messages they receive from it, and others dislike it for how hard Winston tries to hammer in his morality. In this comic, you do just as much reading as you would if you were reading a book, it just has pictures to go with it. Somewhat of a Light Novel, except the art style is more reminiscent of western comic books than Japanese Manga.


Rowntree also writes the irregularly updated sister comic Abnormality for Cracked; it's accessible from Rowntree's author page. Its strips are narrower (to fit the website's layout), generally shorter and rarely plot-driven. Many of them are humorous infographics. For convenience all page images taken from Abnormality link to this page. He also contributes to Cracked's After Hours series, providing illustrations for Michael's brain. Also on Cracked's Youtube channel is Winston's animated web-series People Watching, which deals in similar themes.

Subnormality can be found here.


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  • Too Dumb to Live: A two-fer here.
    Pink-haired woman: Am I gonna watch your dog that's locked in a safe to prevent it from being stolen, which was itself stolen, by you, from a store you forgot you owned, when you were trying to rob a bank, and you for some reason don't know the combination, and you say you'll be gone five minutes but that could probably mean almost anything at this point?
    Joleco Pet Store robber: Yeah!
    Pink-haired woman: *After nightfall* Okay I have got to learn to say no.
    Safe: Meow.
  • To Serve Man: The monsters - most notably the Sphinx - have a taste for people and are not remorseful about it. The weirdest part is, human witnesses seem to take this in stride; one guy who gets angry at the Sphynx is mad not because he thinks it's evil, but because she's hurting his business by preying on his customers! (Still, that would be kind of bad for business...)
  • Villain Protagonist: The Sphynx is likely the closest thing the strip has to a protagonist. She's an ancient monster who eats people, although she isn't without redeeming traits, like her unspoken friendship with pink-haired girl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Best Friends Who Hate Each Other variety gets lampshaded.


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