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For they are coming...

Comic trends often happen between different webcomics. Something in the news will spout often similar humour throughout. Often starting up a webcomic comes with stereotypical roles for each of the characters, just in a way like a sitcom always needs a funny one, a serious one, a gay character, a female character and the like. Webcomics have the range of having a larger choice of characters to choose from but more than usual one of them is either a robot, animal, creature or thing. Sure, not every single webcomic has them, but more often than not you'll see a furry friend somewhere around.

So, why this post? Well, of late I've been documenting the fact that there's one furry that seems to be invading webcomics and more recently getting their own spotlight as a main character on most. Yes, bunnies are invading webcomics. Sure it's not a lot but as you may be well aware bunnies reproduce quickly and from one small webcomic here and one small webcomic there to suddenly appearing in next month's PVPonline and all the other major ones.

Though of course I'm only focusing on bunnies cause I love them so. I even went to the Webcomics Thing in London and got a book full of 40 artists/people's interpretations of the question "would you draw me a bunny?". But the Bunny Invasion is happening and these are sites that should be at least watched for the impending doom upon the webcomic community!

Everyone knows of Bunny, the adventures of a harmless pink bunny in a daily comic gathered along with a blue, orange and even Stealth Ninja Bunnies. Stealth Ninja Bunnies for what purpose? For an invasion I may add!

Continuing on the Ninja theme is Ninja Bunny, a webcomic about a bunny who wears all black and is trained in the deadly ninja arts. Not only does he kill, maime and dice with his trusty swords, knifes, dynamite but brings destruction in most of his path. Created by Phil Spence and like Bunny is only one panel, this is showing us a Bunny Invasion is just on its way.

Then there's the evilness that is Bunbun. Not only is this Bunny looking evil but everything it does is in an evil and twisted way. A very note that this bunny is one for maiming and killing other bunnies (but possibly the human race as well) and sending us all into mental hospitals spouting bunny propaganda.

Although talking about mental hospitals, the Bunny System shows Bunnies using drugs, etc. They're becoming more human as we speak, they'll talk and walk soon, they can currently fly to the moon in drug induced visions, so what's gonna happen next?

Well, I'll tell you, they're gonna do just that, walk and talk, they're gonna look and do exactly what we do. Kevin and Kell shows us that, not only bunnies in real life normal jobs but also cats. It's like Planet of the Apes but instead of Apes it's turning into a huge fest of animals. If only they revealled the statue at the end we'd all know that it's going to end soon.

Even testing on animals such as bunnies doesn't help. Take a look at Animal Testing, which not even testing on them helps. The site has not been updated for a bit, but that's cause its moved slightly onto Devianart, but the dangers are still there of talking bunnies!

And talking bunnies don't stop there. Brainslug has a talking bunny and heck even back when webcomics were new, Sluggy Freelance had an evil killing bunny.

There's probably more out there but the warning signs are clear. Just like carbon monoxide, holes in ozone layer and TV reality gameshows, bunny invasions are upon us, even hopping up now and again in other comics just for one off strips. Protect yourselfs, hide in a bunny proof bunker and god help us all! The Bunnies are coming!

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kittykatya's picture

It's odd -- I would have thought that penguins outnumbered bunnies by a long shot in webcomics.

on bunnies

David Wright's picture

[quote=kittykatya]It's odd -- I would have thought that penguins outnumbered bunnies by a long shot in webcomics.

Heh, I've got both, Penguins AND a bunny. My bunny has been around since 2002 on the old Taking Up Space and sites.

Some people are just soo...

moovok's picture

Some people are just soo... lucky :P

more bunnies

piratephil's picture

it's also worthchecking out

...who was another attendee at The Thing.

Devilbunnies started it all.

RemusShepherd's picture

Did you think this was new? :)

In 1993, a Usenet newsgroup called alt.devilbunnies was born. It quickly became a shared universe for short stories, in a setting where intelligent, carnivorous rabbits were secretly trying to take over the world. The devilbunnies were opposed by the Army of Fudd, a ragtag group of human resistance fighters.

In its heyday, Devilbunnies was read by over 27,000 readers -- this in 1995! Authors on alt.db posted short stories in small sections, usually about 100 lines at a time over several days -- effectively, a text-only daily comic format. We had humor, we had horror, and we had love scenes. (And where the inimitable Shorthare was concerned, we usually had all three at once.) Rabbits are weird creatures, fuel for all sorts of stories, with legendary libidos, physical characteristics, and the perfect bittersweet combination of cuteness and feral mystery.

I used the name Remus Shepherd as a scientist working for the Fudds, but I also wrote the devilbunnies Captain Leveret, Punkbunny, and Beeble. Ah...I miss Beeble. :) Alt.devilbunnies still exists, and a few people still post stories on it, but it is only as used as much as Usenet is, which is to say not very much. The copyright nightmares of our shared universe prevented us from going to the web as a group, but several Devilbunny authors have made the leap to comics, including myself and the far more talented Silverblue of Lacunae.

Looking back on it, the serialized, daily storytelling of the Devilbunnies on the text-only internet really was a precursor to today's graphic-enabled webcomic world. If I had realized this sooner, I'd have started a webcomic a decade ago.




Fine fine...

Iain Hamp's picture

I'll sticka bunny in the new comic I'm working on. I'm nothing if not a conformist hack.

Bunnies are the shadows cast by the failing candle of reason

And then there's dear little Bigsby

Bunnies are the new monkeys.

I too have a bunny that crops up now and again.