That Deaf Guy is a Slice of Life webcomic about the daily life of Desmond, a somewhat nerdy, laid back stay-at-home dad, his wife Helen, and their son, Cedric. Ah, and Desmond is the titular Deaf Guy, while Helen works as an ASL-English interpreter. Cedric is a CODA (hearing Child Of a Deaf Adult), enthusiastic about deaf culture and bringing it to the masses.
The comic is written and drawn by Matt and Key Daigle. It ran from 2010 to 2016, and restarted in late 2020.
- Abandoned Info Page: The link to the cast page just directs readers to the home page, where the newest strip is. Even before the creator stopped updating the strip, the cast page had been neglected, listing Cedric's age as four even after he had finished preschool and begun elementary education.
- Acoustic License:
- One strip (#175) occurs at a Deaf Convention, so Cedric signs really small to ask permission to use the bathroom. He calls it "whispering" because he doesn't want other people to notice what he's saying. In an aversion to this trope, his father (who normally understands American Sign Language) can't understand him because the signs are too small (quiet)!
- One strip (#673) is set at a beach, where the roar of the ocean makes it hard to hear distant conversations, so the characters have to sign instead.
- Art Evolution: The first strips (Feb 2010) are in greyscale, but the shading changed in June of that year, then colour was added in October. Aside from that first year, the style has remained consistent.
- Bilingual Backfire:
- In strip #347, Cedric is at a doctor's office and Desmond brought an interpreter so the Doctor could understand him (because he's Deaf and doesn't speak English). When the interpreter tells the doctor that Desmond gave permission for the shot, Cedric interrupts and claims the interpreter got the signs wrong and he doesn't need the shot. The doctor and interpreter look worried, but Desmond knows Cedric is trying to lie (in English) about the ASL conversation.
- In strip #398, the (Deaf) family is eating out at a restaurant and signing together. The first panel has people commenting about them, then the other panel has Helen turn to say that she can hear.
- Bilingual Bonus: While most strips have the hand gestures matching up with some of the speech bubbles, in #577, Desmond's response in the last panel isn't translated (he's saying, "hahaha, okay, I'll go get some").
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In strip #370, Desmond tries to start a t-shirt business with his friend, with ASL references. When his friend points out that Handsay is a real company, Desmond just claims that it doesn't exist in this webcomic and you see his friend dodging a fine-point drawing pen in surprise.
- Bullying the Disabled: Very, very toned down, but Cedric is quick to jump to any child's defense when they're being treated badly for their deafness.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Part of the joke here.
- Cursed With Awesome: "Benefits of Being Profoundly Deaf" strips, in which Desmond stays blissfully unaware of loud babies, karaoke contests, microphone feedback and such.
- Disabled Means Helpless: An occasional source of annoyance. Observe the annoyingly proud of herself waitress.
- Fun with Subtitles: Cedric and Desmond have some here. Visual Pun included, no charge.
- Gag-per-Day Webcomics: Most strips are self-contained, with a punchline. Some build on the previous strip for a longer storyline, but each installment still works on its own.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Helen is even scared of her husband reenacting them in ASL. Also see her Catapult Nightmare here.
- Happily Married: Desmond and Helen.
- Idea Bulb: Here.
- Language Barrier: One of the main characters is an interpreter, so it's her job to breach it. The barrier itself features a lot in the comic, with a variety of misunderstandings.
- Motor Mouth: Or Motor Hands, in any case. Desmond can sign fast. Some of his friends run into this issue while talking with inexperienced ASL speakers.
- Mouthy Kid: Cedric is a wonderfully witty kid (more often than not he's the one delivering the punchline). His wit can turn a little mean when people are insensitive to their deaf peers, especially by asking stupid questions.
- No-Sell: It's hard to scare deaf people...
- Pun: Abound. For example - loud clothes.
- Sabotutor: When a kid is rude to him about signing, Cedric shows him the sign for "I'm an idiot", claiming it means "I'm cool". The kid proceeds to sign this to everyone.
- Shout-Out: Somebody is One of Us...
- Slice of Life
- Technology Marches On: In-Universe - periodically, a strip will reminisce about old-fashioned hearing aids and how bulky and awkward they were.
- Trademark Favourite Food: This strip suggests Desmond is really fond of hot chocolate.
- Translation by Volume: Doubly useless in this strip.
- Unsound Effect: Drag! But not SCREEECH!
- Visual Pun: Sometimes, usually when Helen describes her work to someone. Example.
- Written Sound Effect: Lots!
- You Know I'm Black, Right?: People sometimes forget (or never know in the first place) that Desmond's deaf. Usually it's a setup for something witty or mildly rude for Cedric to say.Shop guy: He doesn't look deaf.
Cedric: And you don't look ignorant.