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"All we got here is whatever sparks our souls at the moment, three panels at a time."
Ian McConville
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Three Panel Soul was created by Ian McConville, the artist, and Matt Boyd, the writer, after ending Mac Hall. The comics, which began on September 5th, 2006, generally focus on musing of life. The comics are often done in black and white with comics set inside games done in colour. Every comic consists of exactly three panels, but some continue into a part two.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Alternate Universe: A one-shot character managed to leap into a parallel universe that was... a little more parallel than most.
  • Art Evolution: The black and white comics begin as slightly realistic before becoming chibi-fied in later comics. Realistic detail appears in some comics. Early on Ian stated in a newspost that his goal with 3PS was to freely experiment with any style. Super-Deformed remains often used.
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  • Art Shift: The first two panels of "Back to School" are a flashback to ten years ago, and are done in the Mac Hall style. note  Specifically, this comic.
  • Life Embellished: The majority of the strips are based on Ian's real life with his fiancee / wife, Jess, and Matt's subsequent moving in with them.
  • Tech Bro: The webcomic has many comics about the Techbros that populate San Francisco and their companies and apps. They are completely interchangeable, and all have the same face, sunglasses, and black and white striped polo shirt.
  • To Be Continued: Some comics continue into the next installment; such as the "On Rabbits" arc.

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