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The extremely original way webcomic artists are making fools of us all

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It is difficult for a cartoonist to make an April Fools’ Day joke stand out; almost every strip releases at least one, and isn’t making fools of people what most comics do every day? This year however, something truly special has happened.

If you subscribe to many webcomics, you would likely have had to double take a couple of hours ago as at least six (18:40: up to 21 now! Post updated.) of of the internet’s silly picture producers coordinated the release of their April Fools’ sketches. They all featured four panels, a door, a bucket of water, and the exact same script.

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RELATED: Cartoonists behind ‘copied’ comic April Fools’ Day gag come clean

Last update: 07:00 2/4/16 AEDT

Dorris McComics


Posted by Dorris McComics on Thursday, 31 March 2016



Comic about SPLASH DAMAGE.Site link: http://deathbulge.com/comics/335

Posted by Deathbulge on Thursday, 31 March 2016


UP and OUT

I can’t believe it

Posted by UP and OUT on Thursday, 31 March 2016


Owlturd Comix

http://i.imgur.com/GvnGGqa.pngOr maybe you are.

Posted by Owlturd Comix on Thursday, 31 March 2016


11111 Comics

April foolswww.1111comics.me/comic/256-april-foolsSorry about the lack of updates. Too many gremlins.

Posted by 1111 Comics on Thursday, 31 March 2016


The Awkward Yeti

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These six (and there may be more – let us know in the comments below if you spot others) comics were posted to Facebook within 10 minutes of each other, leading to some confused comments by fans who saw the same punchline two or three times in a row.

The most major minor differences – beyond artistic style and characters – were The Awkward Yeti’s ironic copyright watermarks and the substitution of ice for liquid water by Owlturd Comix.

This “extremely unoriginal” joke is the most original approach to April Fools’ Day I’ve seen, and has truly made us all the fools.

Latest spots

Here are some more coordinated comics I’ve spotted since publishing this.

Extra Fabulous Comics

EFC is one of my favourite strips – don’t know how I missed this one.


Cyanide & Happiness

(Entry updated to include embedded comic. Originally posted exclusively on website.)


The DaneMan (A silent comic)


Pigeoneer Jane


Olivia Walch


Doodle for Food




Cheer Up, Emo Kid


Peter Chiykowski (RockPaperCynic)


Mark Mushakian

I don’t know… this looks a little familiar.http://markmushakian.com/2016/03/31/out-of-the-box-278/

Posted by www.MarkMushakian.com on Thursday, 31 March 2016



AW SHIT DAWG it’s an April Fools comic! It’s completely original and definitely written by yours truly! Do you have any HOT PRANKS planned for today?

Posted by MercWorks on Thursday, 31 March 2016


Safely Endangered

(Entry updated to include embedded Tweet – originally posted exclusively on website.)


April Fools by SnaiLords on DeviantArt


Berkeley Mews


Unearthed Comics

April Fools or… April Fooled?#aprilfools #comics

Posted by Unearthed Comics on Thursday, 31 March 2016



Here’s today’s comic!

Posted by I am ARG on Thursday, 31 March 2016


Pear-Shaped Comics

Another site-only one. Click here to view.


Deya Muniz

www.patreon.com/deyamuniz / http://tapastic.com/deyamuniz / twitter.com/deyamuniz / deyamuniz.tumblr.com/

Posted by Deya Muniz on Thursday, 31 March 2016


As Per Usual


Poorly Drawn Lines


Mr Lovenstein

We’re ending this list on another non-embeddable. Click here. Thanks to vj for the tip.

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Updates: Round 2

List updates since 00:00 2 April 2016 AEST. Last update: 07:00 2/4/16 AEDT

Some artists not involved in the original onslaught have been getting in on the game now. The concept has become a meme. Yes, the word “meme” applies to more than just image macros.

Bear with me while my writing disintegrates into a babbling mess – I live in Australia, where the time for pranking (I grew up with the tradition that a pranker pranking after midday was the fool) was long over by the time UK and US cartoonists started this. It’s going to be a long night.


Found this old comic I wrote in JR HIGH for April Fool’s in 1996.URL—>http://www.channelate.com/2016/04/01/fools/Bonus Panel—>http://www.channelate.com/extra-panel/20160401/

Posted by Channelate on Friday, 1 April 2016

(Thanks to Josh, Paul, Gabriell, Karen, and Hazdawg for the tips.)



New comic!!!

Posted by Twisteddoodles on Friday, 1 April 2016

(Thanks Eliza and Friday Valentine for the tip.)


Fatherhood. Badly Doodled.

(Thanks Joost for the tip.)


Crunchy Bunches

(Thanks Joost for the tip. You’re on a roll.)


Zarpin’ Art

(Thanks WarkDatch for the tip.)


Princess Protagonist

(Thanks WarkDatch for the tip.)



(Thanks balala for the tip.)


Victims of Circumsolar

(Thanks balala for the tip.)


Heck If I Know


Ninja and Pirate comics

A bunch of people stole a joke from my first grade sketchbook! But suck it nerds! Here’s proof it was MY joke! You’re all in for serious litimagations now!!http://www.ninjaandpirate.com/comic/april-fools-16/

Posted by Ninja and Pirate Comics on Friday, 1 April 2016

(Thanks Loïc for the tip!)




Posted by Dudolf on Friday, 1 April 2016

For more on Dudolf’s rise to fame, read this post. (Thanks Loïc for the tip.)


Michael Hawk


Life of Space


Left-Handed Toons


Candy Rocket



Bear with me, I’m updating this list as I find more. Subscribe via Facebook or Twitter for updates.

If you know any participating comics not mentioned here, comment below or tweet me.


Who started this?

If you know who came up with the comic copying theme or have a theory, comment below. I suspect it might have been Dorris McComics – it’s their kind of humour.

Or maybe it was Kris Wilson from C&H:

Poorly Drawn Lines has a pretty solid claim though:

And STAPLE! attributes The Bard as the original writer:

Whoever it was, according to Tristan Jensen, they’re now dead.


The answer?

UPDATE 04:48 2/4/16 AEDT: Rock, Paper, Cynic has offered this explanation on their blog:

No one stole my comic! A huge group of webcomic artists started planning this 2-3 weeks ago. Actually, at Fan Expo last year I am ARG and I found out we’d both been independently scheming to do something like this for years. The plan came together when Dorris McComics suggested the idea to a webcomics group and pitched this script, which was just PERFECT for the prank.

Whether that’s true or the most elaborate claim of ownership yet is still to become clear. Personally, I think ’twas the Bard whodunnit.

UPDATE 07:00 2/4/16 AEDT: Confirmed! Read more here: Cartoonists behind ‘copied’ comic April Fools’ Day gag come clean

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46 comments on this article:

vj on April 1st, 2016, 18:26

William Kulich on April 1st, 2016, 18:39

Thanks vj!

Hazdawg on April 1st, 2016, 21:54

Hazdawg on April 1st, 2016, 21:54

Eliza on April 1st, 2016, 22:12

ronald on April 1st, 2016, 22:52

Gabriell on April 1st, 2016, 22:53

One more for the list 😉

paul on April 1st, 2016, 22:58

William Kulich on April 1st, 2016, 23:13

Thanks for the links everyone, and sorry for the approval delay – turn by back for an hour and there are six comments to approve!

ronald on April 1st, 2016, 23:22

Geoff on April 1st, 2016, 23:36

Bit late to the party, but why not 😀

balala on April 2nd, 2016, 00:56

MIK on April 2nd, 2016, 01:19

You can find a whole lotta more at Tapastic! https://tapastic.com/episode/319174

Death2827 on April 2nd, 2016, 01:24

Peter Chiykowski, Esq. on April 2nd, 2016, 01:32

YOU ARE EXCUSING THE BEHAVIOR OF PLAGIARISTS AND THIEVES. Please correct this post to say it was my idea and it was stolen.

Tim on April 2nd, 2016, 01:50

Jessica M. on April 2nd, 2016, 01:51

Eliza on April 2nd, 2016, 01:54

I think they have at least 1 you missed: http://imgur.com/gallery/AZ5Z2

Death2827 on April 2nd, 2016, 01:59

Kevin on April 2nd, 2016, 01:59

Here’s a twitter link for Pear-Shaped Comics if you want to embed. Thanks! https://twitter.com/PearShapedComic/status/715751812435984385

Death2827 on April 2nd, 2016, 02:02

amingv on April 2nd, 2016, 02:26

A few people have been trying to compile all the participating comics on Tapastic. We’re probably missing a few but here are some of them:

Another slice by Zarp – https://tapastic.com/series/Another-Slice
Doodle for food by Megan McKay – https://tapastic.com/series/Doodle-for-Food
Lae’s life by Lae – https://tapastic.com/series/Lae
Fail by error by Min – https://tapastic.com/series/Fail-by-Error
Owlturd comix by Shen – https://tapastic.com/series/Owl-Turd-Comix
As per usual by Dami Lee – https://tapastic.com/series/AsPerUsual
The pigeon gazzette by Pigeoneer Jane – https://tapastic.com/series/The-Pigeon-Gazette
Snailed it by Snailords – https://tapastic.com/series/Snailing
Brutally honest by Deya Muniz – https://tapastic.com/series/Brutally-Honest
The Danemen by David – https://tapastic.com/series/4
Title Number 9 by Bryan – https://tapastic.com/series/Title-Number9
UP and OUT by Jeremy Kaye – https://tapastic.com/series/UP-and-OUT
Cheer Up, Emo Kid by Enzo – https://tapastic.com/series/CUEK
To be a comic by MIK – https://tapastic.com/series/TO-BE-A-COMIC
Periwinlke by Zib – https://tapastic.com/series/Periwinkle
Wognified by Wognif – https://tapastic.com/series/Wognified
Rock, paper, cynic by Peter Chiykowski – https://tapastic.com/series/rockpapercynic
An exercise in futility by The Catt – https://tapastic.com/series/An-Exercise-in-Futility
Princess Protagonist by Warkdatch – https://tapastic.com/series/Princess-Protagonist
NamelessPCs by Wesley Hall – https://tapastic.com/series/NamelessPC
Anything about nothing by Kelly – https://tapastic.com/series/anything
Mr. Lovestein by J. Westover – https://tapastic.com/series/MrLovenstein
Unearthed Comics by Sara Zimmerman – https://tapastic.com/series/UnearthedComics
And then there’s me by Matyze – https://tapastic.com/series/And-Then-Theres-Me
Theodd1sout by James R. – https://tapastic.com/series/Theodd1sout
Life of a Homeschooler by Kallehmono – https://tapastic.com/series/Life-of-a-Homeschooler
Suddenly birbs by apples – https://tapastic.com/series/suddenlybirbs
Jellyfish Adventures by Jellyfish King – https://tapastic.com/series/jellyfishadventures
Anti-Social media by Yuu – https://tapastic.com/series/Anit-Social-Media

Uncle Staple on April 2nd, 2016, 03:11

this joke was old e’en in the Bard’s day:


Robin Jakobsen on April 2nd, 2016, 04:27

Here’s an unusual one o.O

Aradhya on April 2nd, 2016, 04:32

I understood when I saw 3 of my favorite cartoonists with the same idea. 🙂

Here I what I made. Please take a look! 😀


Niwi on April 2nd, 2016, 04:42

Made a Tapastic account just so I could join this sillyness…

Lynn on April 2nd, 2016, 05:18

Having been in attendance at the drunken evening where my husband, creator of Arg! and Peter of Rock Paper Cynic planned this prank, I can confirm the origin.

Michel on April 2nd, 2016, 05:18

very crude made on train..couldn’t resist..


i’ll have a webcomic in 4 months.. 🙂 feathers crossed..

Aaron A. Alvarez on April 2nd, 2016, 05:33

DestinyIntwined on April 2nd, 2016, 05:55

Alex on April 2nd, 2016, 06:05

Egotreep on April 2nd, 2016, 06:11

Brian Baker on April 2nd, 2016, 06:56

Dante on April 2nd, 2016, 08:17

Eric on April 2nd, 2016, 08:29

Zib on April 2nd, 2016, 10:11

The best places to go are Tapastic.com or webtoon.com
I uploaded my comic about an hour after everyone else did

Also Zarp of another slice was also involved originally on the joke

Amingv has posted the most updated list I’ve seen so far

LafinJack on April 2nd, 2016, 11:18

Gone With The Blastwave’s should be visible to non-patrons:


Hazdawg the greater on April 2nd, 2016, 11:51

Hazdawg the Superior on April 2nd, 2016, 11:57

Officialaaronjames on April 2nd, 2016, 13:55

Y’all forgot lunarbaboon

F. on April 3rd, 2016, 02:29

Bevin on April 3rd, 2016, 02:51

POtato on April 11th, 2016, 04:07

simple on April 20th, 2016, 06:40

This was meant to pass us the message that no one should copy other people’s ideas: it’s plagiarism.

Lyle on May 7th, 2016, 22:55

Muddie on June 14th, 2016, 08:08


Anything About Nothing. Kelly


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