Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Irregular Webcomic! updates every single day, ironically making it one of the more regular webcomics out there, with additional strips available fortnightly to subscribers of Pyramid magazine. It has several different 'themes', which have their own characters, with isolated story arcs and occasional crossovers. Some of the comics have annotations, sometimes with an explanation of the humour involved, a behind-the-scenes look at how a comic was made, or an explanation of an obscure reference. In the latter case, Morgan-Mar sometimes links to Wikipedia articles.
- Cliffhangers: Dr Montana "Monty" Jones, his father Dr North Dakota Jones, and grandfather Minnesota Jones battle Nazis, led by Hitler's brain in a jar. The characters are a parody of Indiana Jones.
- Death: The basic theory is that there is one grim reaper (called a Death) for every kind of death there is. For example, if somebody dies by being sat on by a giant frog, in comes 'Death by being sat on by a giant frog'. Head Death controls all other Deaths, and promotes and demotes as he sees fit.
The main Death of the comic was originally 'Death of insanely overpowered fireballs', then he was demoted to 'sat on by a giant frog'. He was then fired and worked for the Nigerian Finance Ministry for a while, then rehired as 'insanely overpowered fireballs', demoted to 'Living For Over 900 Years', and finally transferred out of the Death department to the Fates department, to become "A Fate worse than Death".
Deaths have appeared to 'collect' in most of the other themes in the Comic at one time or another. At the present time, he has yet to appear in the espionage, or Supers themes.
According to polls on the Irregular Webcomic! homepage, Death is the most popular theme, and Death of insanely overpowered fireballs is the most popular character.
All the Deaths TALK IN CAPITAL LETTERS, probably a homage to the Death in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
- Espionage: A scene-by-scene re-telling of the James Bond film, Dr. No. James Stud, under the direction of Ñ, equipped by armourer Ü, flirts with Miss Geltschilling.
- Fantasy: Here, the figurines embody the players in a role playing game with the creator of the comic himself playing the Gamemaster. They were set a quest, but took ages to get started, due to arson (caused by them) and other distractions while getting equipment.
There is a hobbit, and therefore there are hobbit puns, though no closer together than 100 strips.
- Harry Potter: This lets Morgan-Mar put words into the mouths of the famous characters, and lets you see another side to Harry Potter.
- Imperial Rome: The newest theme - so new, in fact, that only two strips (the first being just a pile of bricks - "Rome wasn't built in a day") have been shown so far.
- Martians: Martians. On Mars, though they also visit Earth. They mainly like to make fun of earthlings. They encountered the Mars Rovers and a Man in Black who doesn't believe in them.
- Me: Morgan-Mar makes cameo appearances as himself. The 'Me' theme does not include his appearances as the GM in the 'Fantasy' theme.
- Miscellaneous: In the run up to the November 2004 US election there was a series of strips of "Allosaurus for president". Born in Montana! (No connection with Mr Jones.)
- Nigerian Finance Minister: Ever wonder who writes those annoying scam e-mails? Well it turns out it really was the Nigerian Finance Minister. How is he supposed to get any work done when nobody answers his e-mails? He hired both Death and Shakespeare to write emails.
- Pirates: Pirates who talk like stereotypical pirates. The pirates were last seen in a strip posted in June 2004, in which Death of insanely overpowered fireballs and Death of being stabbed by a cutlass come to collect souls in a coming boarding. This could mean that the Pirates cast actually died. (The cartoonist denies this, and claims there will be more Pirates strips to come. One
- Shakespeare: What would William Shakespeare do if he were born 400 years later? Work as a technical writer apparently. With sidelines in Harry Potter fanfics and Nigerian internet moneymaking. Naturally. He is currently writing a novelisation of the Lord of the Rings films, while his colleague (and not girlfriend) Ophelia tries to convince him not to.
- Space: Science fiction themed strips. The characters, normally painted figurines, spend some of their time on their ship, and some in a CG environment (where they appear as Lego minifigs). The ship's computer steals idle computer power from the past. This gives them massive processor power, but brings a whole new meaning to the Blue screen of death when life support is dependent on it. One of the characters in this theme may have died recently.
- Star Wars: Basically allows the author to put words in the mouths of Star Wars characters. This lets him point out some of the problems and idiosyncrasies in the Star Wars universe. The physical impossibilities of the existence of Coruscant using canonical dimensions and thermodynamic laws was one story arc, prompting several emails from Star Wars fans who tried to disprove his points.
- Steve and Terry: An Australian called Steve (based on Steve Irwin) and his wife Terry make documentaries, wrestle crocodiles, and fight ungodly beasts from the beyond. Jane Goodall has made appearances to try to keep Steve in check.
- Supers: These specially drawn comics only crop up occasionally, but that doesn't stop them being some of the most detailed, crazy takes on Superhero comics. These are drawn by Dean Stahl of Steelhorse studios.
Occasionally, Cthulhu shows up, usually summoned by Steve Irwin.
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