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"Life is what happens when Mom kicks you out."

A comic about an old house, a geek, a cute transvestite, a tall lesbian, and several ghosts - with guardian angels, personal demons and not-so-alien aliens featuring in later storylines. Found here (occasionally NSFW).


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  • Alien Abduction: Four times so far to Ace - the first time he woke up and caused havoc, the second time he was recruited specifically because he caused havoc the first time. Again to reap the rewards of what he did the second time. and once by hostile aliens who deposited him inn North Korea.
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  • Alleged Car: Ace's van, Old Faithful.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: Played with here
  • Anal Probing: Discussed - Orions don't, but The Greys are bastards so do it for the lulz.
  • Bachelor Auction: Ace and Carly are conned into participating in one early on.
  • Badass Grandpa: Grampy
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted and Lampshaded
  • Batman Gambit: Done by the Devil himself, when Pixie's ex, Steve, nearly dies in a fire.
  • Betty and Veronica: subverted by Maddie and Jaz as they are now together with Ace. Besides, that's how we wanted Betty and Veronica to end up anyway.
  • Bishounen: Carly says this is the reason women find him attractive even though he's gay.
  • Black Speech: Used for humorous effect when Carly reminds Pixie she doesn't actually live in the house.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Ace is a fan of these. To the point one of them actually caused Hazmat to be called as everyone else in the building eye's were watering.
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  • Blind Date: Ace after the Bachelor Auction above.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Ace's mom according to herself. (Not that she's hard too look at)
    Ace: Is there a strawberry blonde plump woman behind me looking very irrate?
    Ace's mother: Pleasingly Plump!
  • Big Red Button: Anton combines this with Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Because that podunk town doesn't even show up on Google! And don't click on Image Search. Trust me on that."
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Occasional "Backstage" strips, usually set in front of a frame-filling wall - although there have been exceptions (inc. Big Red Button above).
  • Brick Joke: Rusty and Regina are shown heading off into space in one strip. Several commentators thought that was the end of them... but just over a month later, they're back - and inside the ship.
  • Butch Lesbian: Rocky, whose real name is Roxanne.
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  • Cats Are Magic: All of the kittens can see supernatural beings and Shinobi helped rescue Ace from one.
  • Clark Kenting: Trey.
  • Cool Old Guy: Grampy
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Spookie
  • Cute Kitten: Six of them: Chance, Victoria, Ms. Mistoffelees, Shinobi, Buzzsaw (except when near Carly or Ace) and Crash.
  • Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded, courtesy of Spookie
  • Disappeared Dad: Ace's Father Turns out it was Larry. Him and Ace's mother were both in the Air Force together. However Larry was several times more arrogant and she left him. He even admits he was a real piece of work and his arrogence wound up getting him discharged from the Air Force as he lost a leg and you can't be a military pilot missing a leg.
  • Fair Cop: Officer Friendly Sharron
  • Fate Worse than Death: Lady Si was threatened with this: "One is embedded alive in a giant diamond the size of a large coffin, like a fly in amber, and put on display. It's not fatal to an Eternal. As long as there's sufficient ambient energy, the nano-machines keep us alive and aware."
  • Forgotten First Meeting: The latest addition to Ace's Unwanted Harem is a very tall Ainu girl who ran away from home because she was always being mocked for her size, determined to find the only boy who'd ever called her pretty - a young Gaijin boy she'd found after he'd become lost back in Hokkaido, and helped to find a police-box. Cue the revelation that Ace had gotten lost during a trip to Hokkaido with his mom when he was a kid, and had been helped by a pretty redhead...
  • Godiva Hair: Cleopatra, Shaed.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Some spirits can become Astrals by having enough worshipers. Losing those worshipers causes them to die.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Spooky and Cleopatra to Ace. Larry and Helene to Luna.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: 8 year old Ace meet several Orion females and met them again 8 years later (conveniently, males aren't trusted to be let loose on deck) - although their green skin is due to ingesting pills which replace melanin with chlorophyll.
  • Haunted Headquarters: The house the main cast lives in practically attracts ghostsnnot just those who lived there, but from the nearby cemetery as well.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: The girls found something on "Ace's" computer.
  • Human Outside, Alien Inside: Inverted. Orions look alien, with their green skin and antenna, but are homo denisova (separated from Terra for a few thousand years) and the antennae are cybernetic, connected to a neural implant.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Several chapters have themed page names (e.g. Sting songs, games).
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Ace with...everyone. See Unwanted Harem below.
  • I See Dead People: Ace is able to see ghosts. Jaz and some others are able to sense them, but not as strongly.
  • I Think You Broke Him: Happens to both Ace and Luna.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Rosa. She's still pretty good looking.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Rocky and Carly used to date. It's implied that this is the reason it didn't work out. Luna still hasn't given up on Carly either, despite the fact that he's a gay transvestite. Rocky and Carly eventually resume their relationship. Jaz and Maddie, at first, until the latter makes some personal discoveries.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: Ghosts appear in what they died in. Souls however (there's a difference here) appear naked.
  • Lesbian Jock: Rocky
  • Mama Bear: Ace's Mom. It's implied she destroyed the homeworld of an alien race called Saurians because they endangered her boy.
  • Noodle Incident: "That kid's still in therapy, you know."
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Several times
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Rocky slips in and out of her southern drawl. At least until her grandfather calls her out on it.
  • Otaku: Gina is a major anime otaku.
  • Out of Time, Out of Mind: Happened numerous times to Ace, to date four times on-screen and unspecified times off-screen.
    Gina: He can start an international incident in his sleep.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Pixie at the beginning. To the point she says that Ace can't stay in her room.
    Carly: Pixie. You don't live here.
  • Retired Badass: Grampy Williams, again.
  • Robot: Rusty and Attendant Ready.
  • Running Gag: A few
    • Ace nearly falling asleep just for a ghost to wake him up.
    • Maddie catching Ace in a compromising situation with another girl.
    • Ace turning his back to avoid seeing naked females (especially his mum) in the hot tub.
    • Ace's nuclear grade hot sauce.
    • (Police) Officer Sharron Friendly almost always being the officer to turn up. Needless to say, it's eventually Lampshaded.
  • Sapient Ship: OIS Rod Serling, Ruby Begonia.
  • Seer: Jaz, although she only gets flashes, not full visions.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Astrally travelling two years in the past to stop Meimei committing suicide - the * Temporal Paradox is resolved by past timeline!Ace becoming Deuce, an "echo", while new timeline!Ace regards it as All Just a Dream.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: Anywhere around Carly's hot Tub.
  • Shout-Out: Several references to sci-fi series, especially Star Trek.
  • Spinoff: Maddie's Monster, which later got lost in a site crash.
  • Teen Genius: Luna's uncanny ability to marry research, observation and speculation to form hypotheses. May be bordering on Genius Ditz.
  • The Ace: Ace, surprisingly enough.
  • The Chessmaster: Rosa - at times it seems she's manipulating half the cast.
  • Unfinished Business: The reason the ghosts can't move on.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Even though there was no romantic involvement, this happens when Ace finds out that Carly is actually Carl Lee.
  • Unwanted Harem: Ace's is made up of an heiress supermodel, a psychic/nurse/stripper, a policewoman, a ghost who later becomes his guardian angel, that ghost's great-granddaughter, and his pregnant (not his) ex-girlfriend from high school, half the crew of an alien spacecraft, two former yakuza princesses, one of whom stabbed him and is now his bodyguard for life. Lampshaded by Carly here.
  • Wall of Text: There have been a few examples - not only are they now Lampshaded in the author's notes below the strip, but the author's notes can occasionally be a Wall of Text as well...
  • Weirdness Magnet: Ace, as Peg points out here.
  • We Sell Everything: Cartmart. Even the Orions shop there!
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Carly, rarely seen out of feminine clothing. "I would never want to be a woman. That would spoil all the fun of dressing like one.""
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