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"Anything you're looking for, we'll help you find it. Any problem taxing you, we'll help you solve. Any question haunting you, we'll help you answer."
—Howlett Creager

Daily Grind is a long-running, talking animal webcomic by Michael H. Payne that's not necessarily for children and follows the adventures of the employees of Daily Grind, a "general assistance service" that operates out of a former pawn shop downtown in the port city of Gadsden.

As an action/adventure series that's posted ten (10 panel Long) pages a week since the last day of February 2005, it's probably hit - or is going to eventually hit - all the Action Adventure Tropes; the artwork falls solidly into the 90% dictated by Sturgeon's Law (who says Furries Are Easier to Draw?); and the Five-Man Band of the main characters shakes out as follows:

  • The Hero is the snake, Howlett Creager, the founder of Daily Grind. He's also a Celibate Hero, not only because his love interest is a mammal and Howlett seems uncertain how that would work physically, but also because, even though he's only five years older than the aforementioned love interest, he was her legal guardian for the five years before she turned 18. So thinking about sex with her gives him a bit of the Squick. A variation on the theme: Howlett's love interest is The Big Guy - or Big Gal in this case - rather than The Chick.
  • The Big Guy here is The Big Gal, the squirrel Jolene. Short but stronger, faster, and more neurotic than all the other characters combined, she's an Action Girl and a not-that-cute Cute Bruiser who tries her hardest not to be a Broken Bird. She's madly in love with Howlett but is violently asexual, something Howlett is absolutely fine with. She also recently discovered on her 18th birthday that she's inherited a legacy as a Magical Girl, and she's dealing with that.

Other tropes include:

  • Bigger Bad: During one of their jobs, Daily Grind unearths a creature known as the Nulla Lucis, and old Scratch himself comes to them for help disposing of her.
  • Lawful Stupid: Steven Aramis was adopted as a child by the Sons of the Black Swan and has devoted his life to following their by-laws — even when it turned out that, to follow the by-laws, he had to kill all the other members of the group.... Later subverted the "stupid" part when he dropped the necessary hints to the group's new leader such that the by-laws would be changed before Steven got around to killing the members/ex-members who Steven felt were actually innocent of actual wrong-doing.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Since all the characters are talking animals, the Fae are, of course, giant glowing spiders.
  • Webcomic Time: The first 4 pages of the comic were posted 28 Feb 2005, and that's the day in the comic as well. Five years later, in the 2 pages posted on 01 Mar 2010, only 7 1/2 months have passed for the characters.
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