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Webcomic / Wapsi Square

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"One thing I must remember about my demons...
If I don't do exactly as they say, as they wish...
They become totally... completely... harmless."

Wapsi Square is a "slice of supernatural life" webcomic started in 2001 by Paul Taylor, who describes it as "An attempt to combine the cute and the macabre." It follows the life of Monica Villareal, a busty anthropologist from Minneapolis, as she discovers that it isn't her that's crazy, but rather the world around her.

The comic started out as a simple slice of life comedy, but eventually grew into a much more complicated story with the introduction of an Aztec deity, three indestructible golems, and a massive, time-spanning plot to save the world. Despite the shift, it still finds time to explore the personal lives of the characters, but with a bit of a supernatural twist.

In 2013, the focus began to shift away from Monica to her friend Katherine Gilchrist and her adopted daughters, a teenage siren named Atsali and a pre-teen sentient mass of vines named Castela.

Has a character sheet.

Wapsi Square contains examples of:

  • Funbag Airbag: It happens to Shelly in this strip.
  • Gay Conservative: Heather is a conservative lesbian folk singer.
  • Genre-Busting: It is difficult to describe what genre the comic is currently in. It describes itself as a "Slice of supernatural life."
  • Genre Shift: Started as a slice-of-life comic, then took a supernatural turn that now dominates.
  • Magical Realism: Most of the time, especially in the early strips it seems like just a slice of life strip. And then the Mexican deities started showing up.
  • Magic from Technology: The Calendar Machine
  • Magnetic Girlfriend: Kevin makes this observation here.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Well, Cute Monster Girl Of Kryptonite; Castela is made of plants that are the Kryptonite Factor of The Fair Folk. She also has antipathy towards fae - a huge problem when a fae princess attends the same school.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Shelly gives one when asked where she got her tattoo.
  • Mayincatec: Aztec and Mayan Mythology. Possibly subverted by Jin, who has impersonated deities common to both pantheons and may have had some contact with Egypt and Greece as well, through Phix.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Can definitely apply to any relationship between an immortal or extremely long-lived being with a regular human, such as Jin and Alan or Phix and Monica's boss.
    • Though Jin is now mortal herself, so not so much.
    • Looks as if it may apply to sphinx Shelly and Justin, until we learn that he is in fact an amnesiac immortal himself.