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Webcomics United: It's Awesome

A webcomic featuring webcomic characters living their lives and working, you guessed it, in webcomics, focusing on the life of Zip M. Stiff, a young chibi Filler who has no idea how his work works, despite being one of the best qualified fillers in the whole syndicate. Together with a bunch of friends who are also Fillers and some bureaucrats, they poke fun at Webcomic Tropes and have relatively normal lives in the funniest way possible.

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The comic started as a gag-a-day comic without many aspirations, and now has a big underlying plot that spans between other smaller plots. Not to mention the author is quite fond of Foreshadowing and Cliffhangers...


This comic provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Art Evolution: Lots of it. Zip, for one, gets eyelids over time, and Theo's hair is always changing.
  • Art Shift: Other comic's styles are mimicked as good as can be when featured.
    • In-story: Miss Ribbon undergoes "de-cheesecaking procedure", going from Fauxnime to a more rubbery style.
  • Awful Wedded Life: The briefly featured Lockharts, from the Funnies Syndicate.
  • Cameo: Lots of extras in the background are actually characters borrowed from other comics.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Known as "The Aardvark Flu". It's a very serious disease.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Flora, Jello's girlfriend, mentioned en passe in a very early strip, then becomes a permanent addition to the cast. The same happens to Ribbon, who starts as a random stall worker, then informercial hostess and, finally, VP of Human Resources and another addition to the regular cast.
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  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Ohm and his "sharky" grin.
  • Closer to Earth: Ella to John, but smoothly being subverted.
  • Crossover: Part of the premise of the comic.
  • Cute Mute: Mim, Zip's current girlfriend.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: SEX!
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Zip M. Stiff. The "M" stands for "Maid".
  • Fanservice: Elevated to the category of holiday within the Webcomic World.
    • Ms. Fanservice: Ribbon, until she decided to put a stop on that. It's unsure whether this worked or not.
  • Gentle Giant: From the looks of it, Theo's father.
  • Guest Strip
  • Halloween Cosplay: Used once, averted in the next year.
  • Hit You So Hard, Your X Will Feel It!: September threatens to fire Zip so hard even his kids will be born fired. Given the current economy, that's one harsh threat!
  • Lampshade Hanging: Well, duh. It's a meta webcomic.
  • Filler Strip: Sometimes in Incredibly Lame Pun form.
  • Only Sane Man: Jello for the fillers, Ribbon for the bureaucrats.
  • Meta Guys: Zip sometimes wonders why they make comics, and who reads them, but that questioning is quickly dismissed.
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    • Ms. Puchok exhibits some odd Fourth Wall awareness.
  • Noodle People: The aptly named Noodle.
  • No Fourth Wall: Actually, there is one, and it's called... The Wall. Some people are said to come from beyond it, including Ribbon. The people within don't talk much about it, though.
  • The Noseless: Zip takes that after his mother. To avoid the dreaded "snoutface" effect, though, his nose is described as "mostly invisible", appearing in full profiles.
  • Painting the Medium: Puchok gives a course on "Panel Dynamics", which consists in moving in a single panel. It's easier done than said, really.
  • Stealth Pun: not wanting to give them away, but there's the one in The Aardvark Flu, and the title of Flora Leaves, which was admittedly unintentional.
  • Spinoff Babies: Spoofed.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Because she's a sprite, Ella looks no older than her own son, even when displayed in higher resolutions.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: John and Ella, a stick figure and a previously starlet and muse of sprite comics. He isn't bothered and loves messing up with her admirers.

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