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Zortic is a Science Fiction Webcomic by Mark Mekkes. The comic focuses on the adventures of Zortic, a Little Green Man who's a huge Fan Boy for Earth pop culture; through winning a trivia contest, he finds himself the owner and captain of a spaceship. Along with saner and wiser female companion Zoie and Zen-like mechanic Splink, they set out across the galaxy where they engage in affectionate parodies, send-ups, and spoofs of all kinds of Earth sci-fi and pop-culture material.

The original run of the comic, now known as Classic Zortic, ran from 2000 to 2008, updating usually three times a week; it ran to over 1200 comics. In September 2008, Zortic underwent a Continuity Reboot, becoming The New Adventures of Zortic, otherwise known as Z2. It updates weekly on Saturdays and has reached over 200 strips.

Can be found here.

Both series contain examples of the following tropes:

  • Meaningful Name: The ship is called the "entire prize" because Zortic won it in a game show.
    • In Classic, he intended to win enough money to pay off his student loans. He got a ship instead, and incredulously asks "That's the entire prize!?".
    • In the reboot, part of the prize was a date with Zoie (a celebrity this time around), who is miffed at being a prize in a contest. She angrily tells Zortic the ship's the "entire prize" and he liked it.
  • Pointy Ears: Most of the aliens have these.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: A robe and One-Way Visor in this case. Splink is always seen in a comfortable, long robe that hides his legs and feet completely and has never been seen without his visor, which doubles as an Expressive Mask. While his eyes have never been seen in canon, omake scenes hint that the goggles hide Eye Scream, although he says it's prosthetics and makeup.
  • Spirit Advisor:
    Splink: I'll be joining you as your native guide, spiritual advisor and on-board mechanic.
    Zoie: Spiritual advisor?
    Splink: Hey, I didn't say I was a good mechanic.
  • Stripperiffic: Zoie occasionally finds herself in outfits like this to "fit in" on planets. It doesn't make her happy.

Classic Zortic contains examples of the following tropes:

The New Adventures of Zortic contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Darker and Edgier: A moderate case, but the adventures tend to be more realistic and more than one quirky antagonist becomes a full-scale villain. There is also Zortic's love of Star Trek being explained as being its escape from his parents' constant arguing...