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The Redac is a webcomic hosted on ComicFury, made by Matt Comics. It originally started in 2009 as traditional pen-and-paper comic, but remained in obscurity for many years before finally being uploaded online in 2017.

This comic follows the adventures of Matt and other characters in a comedic mix of Life Embellished, fictional lore, slapstick and convoluted plots. It updates twice a week, and maybe other days too.

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The Redac provides examples of:

  • Alt Text: Many pages use it as an opportunity for snarky comments or stray thoughts.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: A recurring kind of character in The Redac. Living toys, plushies, bubbles, balls and more all exist.
  • Audience Surrogate: The introduction starts with the Readers sitting in armchairs with floating pages everywhere. They even get an explanation of the story directly from the Narrator.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Matt likes killing Ventoose way too much, and it's played for laughs. Same for the Ball's recurring attacks against Matt and Thierry.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures
  • The Face of the Sun: The sun got a childish, cartoony face, and terrible manners (he burped in his first appearance). There's also a pig-faced variant picking its nose.
  • Gag Nose: Both Il and the Skiski got big eggplant-shaped noses.
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  • Iron Butt Monkey: Thierry has been stabbed many times, got hit on the head with his own guitar, and Matt even sent him to an icy exoplanet without any kind of protection. He's always back for the next page, or even the next panel. Of course, it helps that the comic doesn't take over-the-top violence too seriously.
  • Life Embellished
  • Living Dinosaurs: The Matthewsaurus is still alive in the present day. The Thierrysaurus also survived, but as a living fossil. Several other unnamed dinosaurs also still exist.
  • Mile-Long Ship: The cloud-shaped Zauther ships come in varied sizes, but the Supreme Ship is by far the most enormous. According to the Zauther leader, it is 1 parsecnote  long and 1 light year wide. Only its front end is seen a few pages later.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters:
    • Arachnocurrillas are basically sasquatch-like creatures with giant spider legs.
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    • The Fly-Touch spell results in this, turning anyone into a half-fly hybrid. (Of course, it gets used on an arachnocurrilla.)
    • Most Zauthers look like a mix of several Redac characters.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Some people develop the power to slide on their butts as they get older. Dinosaurs, talking animals and strange hybrids barely attract any attention. Soap bubbles can become deadly flying weapons. Those are only some of the many things that are considered normal in the Redac universe.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: The simplistic art style of the early pages means that nobody had visible ears... except Grandpa, who got huge ears.
  • Not So Innocent Whistling:
    • Matt does it after criticizing his father on the Chapter 1 cover.
    • Grandpa does it after finding a way to avoid carrying heavy bags.
  • Plant Person: Matt loses a fight against two of them in the introduction.
  • Running Gag: Even the tiniest earthquake will make Grandpa's seismograph go crazy.
  • Slice of Life: Early pages are little more than silly records of whatever happened every Sunday.
  • Trivial Title: The comic was originally made by parodying, embellishing and redacting life. Other than that, the title isn't very important.
  • White Mask of Doom: All Assassins wear one, with a big Slasher Smile to boot.

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