No, not everyone’s favorite little hyena. This page will serve as The Nest’s informal Wiki page, hopefully explaining some of the recurring themes and gags that appear in my comics so you won’t be too terribly lost. All entries appear in alphabetical order, and if there’s something you don’t see here that you think should be included, please don’t be afraid to smack me upside the head!
Acorns – The primary monetary unit of The Nest’s universe, although I sometimes end up referring to dollars instead, especially in early comics. Sometimes acorns themselves are shown being used as money, and occasionally “acorn bill” that look like real money are seen. The acorn to dollar exchange rate is effectively 1:1.
The Blonde Dingo – The always unseen “other woman” of my comics, generally referenced in the bar scenes (Her first mention is in Comic #65). She is presumed to be of rather loose morality and an inferior, though easier option to hook up with… much like the stereotypical blonde bimbo her name plays off of.
Butt Nugget Bars – A candy bar that is often raved about by my characters, first referenced by Buster in Comic #53. They only come in fun-sized bags during Halloween and are Hooly’s favorite candy (Comic #177).
Chileh – (CHILL-eh) A delicacy often craved by my characters that is actually a fancy way to say chili and was inspired by the comments on this post. Probably one of my most prominent and longest running gags, a sign for chileh frequently pops up in the background of my comics written with incised text next to a picture of a Star Wars stormtrooper holding a bowl of chili, which is a tribute the the term’s coiner Twindaddy.
Clown Possum – Buster donning the infamous clown suit worn by serial killer John Wayne Gacy (first introduced in Comic #165). It’s become a running gag almost exclusively due to Goldfish’s frightened reaction to it. 🙂
Copyright Squirrel – The little squirrel profile shaped icon I insert into my comics (and sometimes other works as well) which contains my squiggly initial signature as well as the copyright year of that particular work inside of it. Sometimes I have copyright squirrel interact with what’s going on in the comic (Example – Comic #69).
Dinkum Island – The homeland of Wiki, and an island in the South Pacific home to a race of native hyenas. Though Dinkum Island was named after the Australian phrase “Fair Dinkum” Gentlestitches introduced me to, the island in my comic is not meant to represent Australia itself, even if Wiki has a tendency to use the word “Mate.”
DJ Scratchy – My Little Pony character Vinyl Scratch (aka DJ Pon3), known by her nickname Scratchy at The Nest. She was adopted into the fold after her pony figurine was sent to me by Sheena, and at Sheena’s request, I included a (stolen) image of her into one of my comics (Scratchy’s first appearance – Comic #105) and that graphic of her has been inserted into every comic since… sometimes interacting with the scene.
Dog – God spelled backwards, and that’s who my characters (usually) address as their deity in my comics (Example – Comic #152).
The Douchepitcher – My nickname for Kool Aid Man, inspired by a comment string in this post. The Douchepitcher occasionally appears as a background gag in my comics, and one comic even attempted to set up a horror legend around The Douchepitcher (Comic #104), though that has yet to be further capitalized on. Also cleverly used to mock the infamous Ice Pitcher Challenge (Comic #122).
George – The fluffy white with pink frills unicorn that was featured in the movie Despicable Me, though that was unknown to me at the time Bacon introduced me to him. I accidentally named him George after an old Looney Tunes routine, and the monicker stuck. He’s been an occasional background throw-in in my comics since.
Interspecies Dating – A major social cause in the universe of The Nest, and one firmly taken up by Odyssey who often attends interspecies dating rallies (An obvious play on gay rights and gay pride parades respectively), which Hooly references in Comic #148.
Justin Beaver – Kiddie pop icon named after…. just guess. He was first seen in an ad at a concert attended by MBRS and Angel (Comic #63) and Erin has a nightshirt with the same image on it (Comic #68).
Marshall Applewhite – My generation’s most infamous cult nutcase (perhaps outside of David Koresch), since his first appearance in a gag poster for the gate of heaven (Comic #152), I’ve felt compelled to work his creepy image into the backgrounds of most comics to come after that.
The Masked Marsupial – Superhero alter ego of Buster who wears a gaudy yellow and lime green spandex outfit, The Masked Marsupial is just as inept and prone to getting himself killed as secret critter identity is. He first appeared in Comic #117 as a creation for Mental Mama and The Indecisive Eejit’s drawing contest, and emerged again to get himself and MBRS killed in Comic #147.
Mecca – My codename for my employer (Named by my friend Fanny, who often referred to her shopping trips to the store as pilgrimages to mecca), and the major retail outlet of The Nest’s universe. It is a big box store with a yellow and purple color scheme. Evil Squirrel, Robbie and Lil all work at Mecca for a nasty and clueless rottweiler known only as The Boss. Mecca turns up as the setting for more comics than just about any other place.
Possums on a Roll – A Toilet paper brand available in The Nest’s world, which is a knock off of the Cottonelle (Known as Andrex in the UK) product “Puppies on a Roll” that for some unfortunate reason is not sold in the US. Possums on a Roll has cartoons of Buster plastered over the cute puppies and occasionally appears as a gag (Example – Comic #129) in the background of my comics.
President O’Llama – The Nest’s Chief Executive, and an obvious play on President Obama. I’m not sure if I’ll change the President’s name once Obama leaves office next year… especially if the new Commander in Chief’s name doesn’t lend itself to an animal pun.
Safety Unicorn – Someone who touts safety regulations, even when it’s obvious they are either stifling progress or ironically making things more dangerous (Example – Comic #146). The term started with a background gag in Comic #102, and eventually even led to an ill-fated award (Comic #180) that has come to represent my personal loathing of safety nazis and their well-intentioned but misguided enforcement of bad safety policies.
Skunkbitch – Odyssey’s unflattering epithet for her skunkette roommate Hooly, she will always use it exactly once in reference to Hooly any time the two appear together in a comic.
Tufts of Love Foundation – The Nest’s resident charitable cause (And an obvious play on the real charity Locks of Love, though it is not intended to mock it in particular), it’s stated mission is to help critters stricken by mange patch up their bald spots via the use of donated fur and hair though its method of operation is often portrayed as a bit shady. The cause first appeared in Comic #74, and has turned up several times since then with Hottie as their official spokescritter.