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 Ferris: Oh God. Am I drooling? Please let that be blood.

Several panels later...

Demos: You're bleeding.

Ferris: Oh thank God.

Fishbones began as a full-length novel for NaNoWriMo by artist Jisuk Cho, but recently it has been adapted into a webcomic. The comic, also written by Cho, keeps in line with the original story, but is drawn by Yuki S.

Set in 1999 in the fictional city of Southport (not to be confused with the actual, fairly small town of Southport, NY), the story centers on Ferris Levinstein, a lanky, nerdy, Jewish private school kid with only one friend: Demos Giorgetti, the local Mafia Prince. Whip-smart and snarky but lacking a well-developed sense of self-preservation, Ferris cautiously navigates a world in which his bullies get threatened by Demos's relatives, dead bodies lurk in the trunks of his family friends' cars, and cute girls steal his money only to treat him lunch a few days later.

Hey, life can be confusing when your friend is in the Mafia.

The comic updates on Fridays, but at Japan Standard Time, so Westerners are better off checking Saturday. You can read it here.

Tropes found in this work:

 Victor: If it makes you feel any better, he was a very bad man.

 Rocco: Age 5. Likes Gino, sleeping, being a dick.

 Stanley: Age 3. Likes food, being fat, rolling around fatly.

 Ferris: How fucking stupid do you think I am? You'd have to be blind not to realize that your family is in The Mafia!

  • Oh Crap: Victor pulling a shotgun on the guys chasing Ferris.
  • Only Friend
  • Parental Abandonment: Demos' mother is dead. No word on where his father is.
  • Pet the Dog: Sergio's treatment of Ferris on pages 52 and 53. Instant "aww" factor.
  • Pyromaniac: Victor has a reputation for using fire as intimidation/against his enemies a lot, earning him the nickname "Ashes".
  • Rushed Inverted Reading: Of The Origin of Species!
  • Skewed Priorities: Ferris, all the time. The obvious example is the page quote, but there's also the time he gets mauled by the three bullies, blacks out, and is injured enough to have to stay home from school. When Demos comes to bring Ferris his homework, this conversation ensues:

 Ferris: *hiding his face with a pillow*

Demos: Ferris-- look at me.

Ferris: *muffled complaint*

Demos: *snatches pillow* Who did this to you?

Ferris: *long pause* Is that my homework?

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