The extremely original way webcomic artists are making fools of us all
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Published Friday 1 April 2016 at 5:11pm
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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:

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 maybe you are.

Posted by Owlturd Comix on Thursday, 31 March 2016

11111 Comics

April 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.

Posted by 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 / / /

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—> Panel—>

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!!

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


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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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There are 46 comments on this article:

  1. William Kulich says:

    Thanks vj!

  2. William Kulich says:

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

  3. Geoff says:

    Bit late to the party, but why not 😀

  4. MIK says:

    You can find a whole lotta more at Tapastic!

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

  6. Eliza says:

    I think they have at least 1 you missed:

  7. Kevin says:

    Here’s a twitter link for Pear-Shaped Comics if you want to embed. Thanks!

  8. amingv says:

    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 –
    Doodle for food by Megan McKay –
    Lae’s life by Lae –
    Fail by error by Min –
    Owlturd comix by Shen –
    As per usual by Dami Lee –
    The pigeon gazzette by Pigeoneer Jane –
    Snailed it by Snailords –
    Brutally honest by Deya Muniz –
    The Danemen by David –
    Title Number 9 by Bryan –
    UP and OUT by Jeremy Kaye –
    Cheer Up, Emo Kid by Enzo –
    To be a comic by MIK –
    Periwinlke by Zib –
    Wognified by Wognif –
    Rock, paper, cynic by Peter Chiykowski –
    An exercise in futility by The Catt –
    Princess Protagonist by Warkdatch –
    NamelessPCs by Wesley Hall –
    Anything about nothing by Kelly –
    Mr. Lovestein by J. Westover –
    Unearthed Comics by Sara Zimmerman –
    And then there’s me by Matyze –
    Theodd1sout by James R. –
    Life of a Homeschooler by Kallehmono –
    Suddenly birbs by apples –
    Jellyfish Adventures by Jellyfish King –
    Anti-Social media by Yuu –

  9. Here’s an unusual one o.O

  10. Aradhya says:

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

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

  11. Niwi says:

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

  12. Lynn says:

    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.

  13. Michel says:

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

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

  14. Zib says:

    The best places to go are or
    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

  15. LafinJack says:

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

  16. Officialaaronjames says:

    Y’all forgot lunarbaboon

  17. simple says:

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

  18. Muddie says:

    Anything About Nothing. Kelly

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