Waste of Time is a webcomic written and drawn by Mel A. C. about two brothers who live together and the girl next door. Jon, the younger of the two brothers, is a university student living with his older brother Seth, who, despite being older, isn't quite as good at figuring things out as his younger bro. Then comes Anna, Seth's best friend and Jon's major crush. The comic follows them in their struggles through the uncomfortable transition from "technical adult" to "actual grownup."
Waste Of Time is best described as a Slice of Life comic that at times can be very light-hearted and fun and at other times tackle some deep topics, but Mel A. C. makes sure that the comic never gets too dark or depressing by throwing in several comics that are sure to throw you into laughing fits.
One thing is for sure: reading Waste Of Time is not a waste of your time.
Below is a list of tropes found in Waste Of Time. Happy time wasting.
- A-Cup Angst: Anna, the female lead, doesn't exactly have huge breasts. It should be noted, though, that while she isn't particularly fond of this, it doesn't bother her too much.
- Affectionate Nickname: Seth calls Jon "Jonny" and in this comic Jon explains why he is allowed, while others aren't.
- Afraid of Doctors: If this strip is anything to go by, Anna might have a slight fear of dentists. She also hates teeth for this reason, despite working at a dentist's office.
- All Men Are Perverts: There's actually a comic dedicated to showing a couple examples of the main characters.
- Art Evolution: The series has undergone several art advances, starting off with much less detail than it currently has. It was even lampshaded in an early comic.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done when the characters realize they have fingers.
- The Cameo: Done when Jon insults nostalgia.
- Call-Back: The dolls of Seth and Jon come back for a small arc much later in the series.
- Characterization Marches On: All of the characters definitely progress throughout the series, becoming more and more in depth than they were at the beginning.
- Chekhov's Gun: The dolls at the very beginning of the series return almost 300 strips later for a small arc.
- Comeback Tomorrow: "You'd know the taste!"
- Cute and Psycho: Tilly. Definitely Tilly.
- Fat and Skinny: While Jon may be sensitive about his weight, he is definitely... thicker than Seth.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: One of the arcs has Seth and Jon going through this.
- Funny Background Event: Loads and loads of them. They're often jokes on product labels and store signs.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Seth refuses to swear, opting for substitutes like "frick" instead.
- This is later used as a plot device. When Seth and Jon switch bodies, Jon (in Seth's body) says the F-bomb to make Anna believe that he's not actually Seth.
- Jerkass Façade: Albin, Jon's boss at work, isn't actually a mean guy. He just really cares about his work and doesn't want to put up with any funny business. When it comes down to it, though, he really does care about his employees.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Scarlett.
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: "I have a snail in my ear."
- Also, while not an example, this trope is referenced in this strip.
- My Local: The pub, The Swan's Arms
- Oblivious to Love: Anna. Jon too, for that matter.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Jon is in a car accident, Seth gets really worried and quickly goes to the hospital to see him. His OOC moment doesn't last long, however, because as soon as he realizes he's unable to see him, he reluctantly gives up.
- Precision F-Strike: In the body swapping story arc, Jon (in Seth's body) does one of these to convince Anna he's not Seth.
- Something Only They Would Say: Jon, in Seth's body, drops the F-bomb to prove that he's actually Jon.