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21st Century Fox (no relation to the entertainment conglomerate or its parent company) by Scott Kellogg is a science-fiction Furry Comic that calls itself a "Romantic Comedy of the Future". Takes place in the year 2066, but every animal down to insects is sapient. Characters include Jack Black (no resemblance to the actor), a red fox and traveling robotics engineer; Cecil Stewart, a giraffe and Jack's partner in his travels; Jenny Curtis, a rocket scientist vixen who starts dating Jack (after getting over her abusive ex), and Barb Kendall and Beth Regina, giraffe programmers who are both enamored with Cecil (and now both married to him, see below). Has many, many shout outs. Also several cameos from other comics, most often Freefall, The Suburban Jungle, or Newshounds.


This comic provides examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Robots using the Roykirk 2.0 operating system have... issues.
  • Alt Text: It seems to have been dropped sometime around April 2008; before then, some comics had different alt text for each panel.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Jack is staggering into the kitchen when he discovers that not only his parents, but Jenny's parents as well as a crowd of relatives have arrived here.
  • Amoral Attorney: Willy Nixon, as well as a thief and hacker.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Generally averted, though Veronica the vampire bat was originally the same size as the foxes.
  • Art Evolution: Compare the ancient archaeology strips to a more recent one.
  • Artificial Limbs: Tora Scobee's right eye, right arm, right shoulder, spinal column, pelvis, tail, and both legs.
  • Artificial Meat: Scientifically Produced Animal Matter.
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  • As the Good Book Says...: On more than one occasion, a robot has been told, "Well done, good and faithful servant." This is a quotation from the Gospel according to St. Matthew.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The entire cast—but Jack still gets offered a Shoe Phone at one point.
  • The Cameo: Too many to list here. Mostly cast members of the author's friends' comics.
  • Camp Gay: A certain dog falls for Jenny while believing her to be Ace. He shows her a photo of himself "cosplaying" Pinkie Pie naked. But he must not be all gay, because when he learns she's female, he replies, "Nobody's perfect."
  • Carnivore Confusion: It's perfectly acceptable to kill and eat another sentient being, but predation was temporarily banned in one arc due to the invention of a genetically modified organism without a nervous system called SPAM (Scientifically Produced Animal Matter).
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  • Catchphrase: Various animals have exclaimed, "Johnny Freakinouter!"
  • Church of Happyology: The Disney Fundamentalists, especially John Walker Bambi's sect.
  • Compound Interest Time Travel Gambit: The crew of station "Tsing Tsingatsong" are planning this through the use of cryogenics.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Back in her school days, Dr. Cavor was a member of her school's orchestra. Artillery section. At least she was reasonably well suited to her instrument.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Averted, apparently any personality changes are due to post-traumatic stress disorder, though there is some prejudice against cyborgs.
  • Designer Babies: Gamete screening has been commonplace in first world countries for a couple generations, though it wasn't available in Cecil's African homeland when he was conceived. Jack and Jenny have a bit of a debate on whether their gametes should be randomly or professionally mixed.
  • Don't Try This at Home: When Jack, Cecil and some other stranded drivers hide from the tornado under an overpass, there is a disclaimer that this is actually a very, very bad idea.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Dr. Tangent, being a male French Poodle.
    Jack: (whispering) *PSST!* Cecil! All French Poodles have long eyelashes...!
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Cecil, Barb and Beth.
  • Fembot / Robot Girl: Starting here, we have examples of gynoids go-go-bots on a ship headed for a Chinese-controlled location.
  • Genial Giraffe: All the giraffes so far.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: At one point, we learn that Dr. Cavor has been this in the past. Dr. Cavor's musical tastes were "most unladylike".
  • God Guise: When the land-dwelling species made First Contact with the fish, they largely outgrew the worshiping but the Devonian (shark) God-Emperor is still said to "swim on land".
  • Grey Goo: Denounced as actually kind of stupid here.
    "You know, if the people who think that self replicating nanites will accidentally escape from ideal, sterile laboratory conditions and turn Earth , from the tropics to the Arctic, from the oceans to the deserts, into a glob of grey goo, ever read the instructions of a packet of seeds, they'd all sleep better at night."
  • Heroic BSoD: Jack's realization of WHO is Jenny's previous boyfriend after she told Jack not to fight him ... even as Crazy Jealous Guy Tora Scobee verbally abuses her right in front of him!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Jack does this when he realizes that his injured friend needs immediate help, the helpless victims need to get out of the hurricane, and rescue plane would be too heavy to if he gets on board. But Jack gets better later on.
  • Humongous Mecha: North Korea actually made AT-ATs capable of riverdancing; eventually they were redesigned as med-evac vehicles.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Way back in the ancient archaeology of strips Cecil (giraffe) and Veronica (bat) dated briefly, but broke up because the size difference made things a bit, difficult. And Jenny (vixen) was previously engaged to Tora (wolf).
    • Became more noticeable when Veronica was made even smaller to be more species-accurate.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The stars are not generally punsters. But a systems optimization test whips up a pretty decent, not to mention lampshaded pun cloud burst for this strip.
  • Interspecies Romance: There are some examples, such as Johann (mouse) and Veronica (vampire bat), but overall it's not as big a part of the story as many other furry comics.
  • Jerkass: Too many to point out.
    • In one arc, Jack and Jenny have to deal with Dr. Roykirk, who fired a tech all because said tech used a different OS in his qualifications!
  • Ludd Was Right: The philosophy of the Disney Fundamentalists.
  • Magical Native American: Subverted by Jenny's grandmother Ravenwing, she dresses the part and was trained as a medicine woman, but then she went to university and achieved a doctorate in ethnobotany. She now sits on the boards of three separate pharmaceutical companies and has a Nobel prize in Medicine.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Jenny has 6 brothers from three litters. Jack's implied to have a similar number of siblings but no numbers are given.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: Veronica, a realistically sized bat, uses something like that to assist in a rescue operation on the Moon. More conventional powered exoskeletons are also used in several emergencies.
  • Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness: Fairly hard; it is just the mid-21st century, after all. There's no interstellar travel (though the Prometheus rocket Jenny's working on might allow slow travel), the farthest object colonized is the moon, and nanobots are really fragile and can only be used in a few specific environments...
  • My Beloved Smother: Both Jenny and Jack's mothers have their own ideas for the wedding that they keep trying to push on them, especially Jenny's.
  • Nanomachines: Yes, but they're delicate, usually used for medical purposes.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Jack gets the wrong end of this when medals are handed out after a Kaledistanian official is rescued.
  • Noodle Incident: Mentioned by name in this strip.
  • Polyamory: Apparently the norm with some species, most notably giraffes.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Jack's Thunderbird that later gets hit by a hurricane.
  • Ridiculous Future Inflation: In one early strip, it's remarked that $70 for one gallon of gas is the lowest they've seen in a while, and apparently a can of Coca-Cola costs $20.
    • Though to be fair, that's not too ridiculous — (very) roughly 6% inflation per year, on average, would give prices close to that.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Complete with Lampshade Hanging here.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Cavor Is About To Roundhouse-Kick You.
  • Shout-Out: Far too many to count, mostly to various sci-fi.
  • The Singularity: Roykirk claims that he's started it with his level 5 AI, meanwhile the background slideshow to his speech Bluescreens.
  • Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: In-universe there is a scale, most A.I.s are level 2 (small child) or almost level 3 (person-level). Roykirk is trying to create a level five (borderline Deus Est Machina) but he and his team seem incapable of building even a level four.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: Usually towards the silly end.
  • Squee!: When Jenny's mother learns that there was even a little bit of the romantic in Jack, she "went ultrasonic" and lets out a squee that can be heard on Maui (presumably the other end of the Hawaiian archipelago from parents' location) or possibly on Mars.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Jenny briefly disguises herself as "Ace" Curtis to retrieve Jack from a Chinese space station.
  • They Do: After about 18 years of buildup, Jack and Jenny marry.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Tommy Khan (Pomeranian) and Fuschia (Husky).
  • Three Laws-Compliant: All robots, though their safeties can be bypassed using certain government mandated code phrases (such as "define the word 'is'", and "I am not a crook") that lock AIs out of their own systems.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Circa 2066.
  • Unsound Effect: What kind of sound does an idler pulley make when a tracked robot takes damage from some falling rocks? Apparently, it makes a "sprocket" noise, among others. Not to mention all the noises in the background caused by an earlier Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Wordof God has it that "Johnny Freakinouter" was coined by a friend.
  • Unusual User Interface: The standard personal computer is a pair of heads-up-display glasses that seem to respond to brainwaves, though characters are often seen voicing commands. These glasses are frequently used for full VR, but some claim that a true virtual experience requires a neural jack.
  • Wacky Cravings: Some time after dismissing the results of an improvised pregnancy test, Jenny clears the fridge of pickles and mice cream, then she starts demanding fresh-caught wild Alaskan salmon, and changes her mind to Vienna sausages en route to Juneau.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Parodied with some firefighters and their Wave Water Gun.
  • Webcomic Time: Lampshaded in one strip where a few months feel more like 14 years.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Tora as part of his backstory, with a parody of the Trope Namer in this guest strip.
  • Zero-G Spot: Apparently one of the reasons why Cecil, Barb, and Beth had their honeymoon in space.


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