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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 from 2017 onwards.

This comic follows the adventures of Matt and many other characters in a comedic mix of Life Embellished, fictional lore, slapstick and convoluted plots. Its update schedule is quite random.

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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.
  • Bear Trap: The Boss' first appearance has him walking into a bear trap set by one of his employees.
  • Big Ball of Violence: This seems to be one of the standard ways to fight, featured in background and foreground fights.
  • Bizarrchitecture: A house shaped like a giant toilet is introduced in Chapter 9.
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • Early on, Matt liked killing Ventoose way too much, and it was played for laughs.
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    • The Ball's recurring attacks against Matt and Therry are a frequent source of slapstick.
  • Earthquakes Cause Fissures
  • The Face of the Sun: The sun got a childish, cartoony face, and terrible manners, even burping in his first appearance. There's also a pig-faced variant picking its nose.
  • Fog Feet: The Blue Ghosts are drawn with a stubby, legless lower body and float above the ground.
  • Gag Nose: Both Il and the Skiski got big eggplant-shaped noses.
  • Ghibli Hills: The Redac's world got large areas of forest and grassy hills between relatively small towns. A lot of important characters and strange creatures can be found in the woodlands, and the protagonist lives in an isolated mountain house.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Therry 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.
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  • Life Embellished
  • Living Dinosaurs: The Matthewsaurus is still alive in the present day. The Therrysaurus also survived, but as a living fossil. Several other unnamed dinosaurs also still exist.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • 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.
    • 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 preexisting 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.
    • Similarly, only a handful of characters had visible noses early on, of the Gag Nose and Pinocchio-like variety.
  • 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.
  • One Steve Limit: The Redac seems to love messing with this trope. Some characters can have octopus counterparts whose names are the same, only spelled with an "octopus accent" (for example, Matthew's counterpart is named Maffhew). Another kind of counterpart can be found on the Moon (Mattis for Matthew or Terrys for Therry). And then there's a whole group of characters known as Your Father, His Father, Your Son...
  • 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.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Zauther laser beams are a non-lethal variation. They instantly reduce their targets to charred, blackened skeletons, only for them to regenerate a few minutes later.
  • 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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