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Polymer City Chronicles

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The Polymer City Chronicles


Author(s)

Chris Morrison

Website

http://www.polymercitychronicles.com/

Current status / schedule

"Hiatus"

Launch date

1995 March 13 [1]

Genre(s)

Science Fiction, Parody, Action

The Polymer City Chronicles (aka PCC) is a webcomic written and drawn by Chris
Morrison. PCC began publishing online in March 1995 as the first video gaming web
comic on the World Wide Web,[1] [2] although the strip has been in print since 1992.
Artistically, PCC's most distinctive trait is its collection of large (often termed
"amazon sized"), well-proportioned females (many of which sport oversized bosoms
coupled with detailed musculature development).
The strip started out as a video game gag comic, but quickly changed focus into a
strongly plot driven comic due to "running out of video game material". [2] The artist has
often said that he's trying to create an animated film appearance, and has noted that the
primary story arc is a part of a script he is developing for a feature-length film. Often
weaving in subtexts of real-world events and issues such as religion and politicsinto the
frequently text-heavy stories, PCC continues to have a strong fanbase on the web.
In February 2007, Morrison announced that he intended for the strip "to evolve again in a
way that's a bit more drastic than before," "ceasing the webcomic format altogether in
favor of illustrated fiction, wherein the story will be delivered in small chapters, each with
an accompanying illustration."[3] However, he reversed this decision in May, citing financial
problems, the continuity of the present storyline, and reader concerns, and plans a return
to the twice-a-week strip format. [4]
No strips have been posted since 31 October 2007 however in the only update since that
time, a one line blog entry on 4 January 2009, Morrison implies that PCC may return.
Contents
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1Summary

2Additional Characters

3Basic Chronology

4References

5External links

Summary[edit]
The strip presents the (mis)adventures of Dr. Otto and his space-alien wife Andrah (a
favorite among fans of female muscle growth themed artwork). In an interview in 2001
with former online magazine "The Mushroom", the author provided a description which is
still relevant today:
"Dr.Otto is pretty much a scientific everyman; he was originally conceived as a satire of
Egon Spengler (Ghostbusters) only with a hair-trigger. Andrah was loosely based on an
ex-girlfriend of mine from years ago who was an amateur female bodybuilder; she was
around 6 ft 2 in and 200 lb (91 kg) or so, and Andrah carries a lot of her personality.
Mistress Laura was initially a Lady Death parody, but when I introduced her shadowdrake
sidekicks Flint and Locke, she really developed into her own character. Lynn Deanna
Jones is an obvious Lara Croft satire, but I'm also one of the world's biggest Indiana
Jones fans, so I yoinked some elements from him as well. Sheeri I created mostly out of
a need to exploit anime fandom... it seems you can't have a cool online comic these days
without some anime or Japanese influences, and she's a blatantly deliberate selfmocking attempt to capitalize on that aspect. Grey is the most recent addition to the
roster, and it's just cuz aliens are cool. Most of the cast is alien, and that's intentional
since I'm trying to put extraordinary individuals into ordinary situations."

Additional Characters[edit]

Pierce - A goth who speaks with a fake Cockney accent.


She's a crew member aboard Lynn's ship.

Six - From the same alien race as Andrah, but only


about six inches tall.

Buaa - An eggplant alien, who, in one comic, falls in love


with a real eggplant.

Mistress Laura - A stripper while alive, she's become a


ruler over the land of the dead. She's accompanied by
her shadow dragons, Flint and Locke (named as
a pun on the word flintlock).

Vhaldis - A Urusai necromancer who is currently working


to regain his full power. A typical "take over the world,
laugh like a maniac" sort of guy.

Ded, Dedd, n Deddy - Ghostly parodies of Ed, Edd n


Eddy who served Mistress Laura.

Gangster Pikachu - Clearly making fun


of Pikachu of Pokmon fame, this leader of the
"Pokemob" showed up more often in the earlier, humorbased strips. The mobster mouse frequently tries to see
to it that Nintendo isn't made fun of too much in the strip,
even if he has to make the PCC crew an offer that they
can't refuse...

Basic Chronology[edit]

1992 to 1994 as "Behind the Screens with Dr. Otto":


Published in print as a b/w one-panel strip for Game
Zero magazine's Comics page (published bi-monthly). A
majority of the strips were later colorized in preparation
of moving to the WWW at the end of 1994.

1995 to 1996 as "The Plastic Valley Report": Published


full-color, regularly on the WWW and additionally for six
months as part of Game Zero's CD-ROM newsstand
edition with a print circulation of 150,000.

2000 to current as "The Polymer-City Chronicles":


Initially re-launched in b/w on the Game Zero magazine
web archive, it lived for a brief stint under the gaming
website mpog.com. Next it moved to its own server
under the domain polymer-city.com which was
subsequently hijacked a year later. Finally the site
settled down in mid-2002 at its current home. During this
time the strip moved from one-shot gags over to a large
story arc, and transitioned into color.

References[edit]
1.

Jump up^ Dr. Otto's Do-It-Yourself Bomb Disposal!,


Game Zero magazine

2.

^ Jump up to:a b Maragos, Nick (2005-11-07). "Will Strip


for Games". 1UP.

3.

Jump up^ Polymer City Chronicles news post, "What's


going on with PCC?" accessed 28 April 2007.

4.

Jump up^ Polymer City Chronicles news post, "We'Re


Back... So What Happened?" accessed 5 May 2007.

External links[edit]

Polymer City Chronicles- The comic's main site.

PCC Archive - Links to PCC comics from pre-2000.

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Science fiction webcomics

Parody webcomics

Long-form webcomics

1990s webcomics

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