The Snail Factory

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The Snail Factory

The Snail Factory is a surreal Web Comic about demented beings and their daily life in an unusual work environment; a facility dedicated to "the manufacture of snails, slugs, limpets, nautili, taffy and other gastropods".

It features a bizarre style of workplace humor and relies heavily on dark comedy.

The comic began on August 1, 2011. It is written and drawn by creator Ari Bach and has a regular Monday and Thursday update schedule.

Tropes used in The Snail Factory include:
  • Mundane Fantastic: Has an entire cast of bizarre creatures and even inanimate objects, but these are usually more or less treated as normal employees.
  • Stupid Boss: Dr. Breign is an excellent example of this.
  • No OSHA Compliance: In one episode it's even revealed that the factory saves money by not having guardrails around an open vat and allowing workers to fall in, thus increasing "the protein levels".
  • Only Sane Employee: Elliot
  • Incompetence, Inc.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Elliot, Dr. Breign's assistant, essentially does all of the work, cleans up after Breign's messes and keeps everything going.
  • Sadist Show: Characters eat each other on a fairly regular basis.
  • Science Cocktail: Episode #45 has a gag like this, but with a more industrial take; and chocolate.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Features a menagerie of bizarre creatures.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Nearly all of the characters are completely apathetic to the suffering and horrible maiming of others.
  • Crapsack World: Nearly everyone is physically monstrous and at least somewhat psychologically deranged.
  • Butt Monkey: Efengi is constantly put through various types of torment and nearly fatal disfigurement.
  • Dangerous Workplace: Features an extremely hazardous work environment as it primary setting.