Templar, Arizona

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Reagan recommends the scientific method

Scipio: That is absolutely the most evil thing I've ever seen you do
Reagan: Bullshit. I ate that panda.
Scipio: That was not a panda and you know that was not a panda.

Reagan: I dunno, tasted pretty cute.
Templar Arizona, chapter one: The Great Outdoors

Templar Arizona [dead link] is a long form full page sepia toned webcomic by the artist C. Spike Trotman. The comic takes place in a fictional version of Arizona, in a city that, if it existed in our world, would be in or near the Navajo reservation and has a that-world-only river, the Phocas, cutting through it that has been dammed upstream to the point of being non-existent in the town itself.

All of this and everything else shown so far has been heavily implied to be relevant. Someday.

Although the comic takes place in arguably a fantasy world it is better described as Alternate History, one in which perhaps a few wars didn't go the same way as they did here, but the base culture and the basic foundations of reality are the same as in reality.

Self described as an exercise in decompressed storytelling, it has an in-comic timeline of less than a month not including the flashbacks and the intermissions that take place at unspecified times in the Canon. The comic is available for free online and print editions that can be bought direct from Spike and, for now, through Diamond publishing. Templar, Arizona has won Web Cartoonist Choice Awards for Character Design and Character Writing. thisis a recent review of the comic

The chapters so far released are:

  • 01 The Great Outdoors
  • Intermission: The Sincerists
  • 02 The Mob Goes Wild
  • Intermission: Meet the Elliotts
  • 03 And a Stick to Beat the Devil With
  • Intermission: Little Cairo.
  • 04 Trouble Every Day
  • Intermission: Employee Apreciation
  • 05 Lit
  • Intermission

Tropes used in Templar, Arizona include:

"If you ever hand me some fucking travesty about peyote and quaaludes and Mexican transvestites, I will strangle you like a goddamn parakeet. I will twist your head off. Clean. Off. And I will do it over the phone. Everyone will be amazed.

    • Reagan's fury when Zora turns up at Scipio's door step when she should be in school fits here, too:

"Gonna get so many pants pissed ain't nobody gonna bug you an' yer ol' man 'til yer in grad school."

"...Petrified deer penis, with sesame and lemon. Fruit bat consomme. Minerva's Shield... that's mostly pike livers, lark tongues, and some peacock brain... Stir-fried porpoise head. Honey-grilled panther with earwigs... and, of course, puppies. Whole and quarters. Braised, broiled, or grilled. In a delicate human milk sauce. Excellent. And especially divine, if I may say so. I find that canids are most ambrosial before they open their eyes."

Regan:"An' I'm sure bein' a Gigantic Black Man don't got nothin' t' do with it, gi-GAN-tic"