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The Adventures of Joe the Circle was an early Science Fiction Web Comic by Mike Shapiro. Originally printed in Shapiro's college newspaper in the early '90s, it first appeared online in 1995. It followed the adventures of Joe, a violent, gun-toting circle, along with his companions: Ronnie, an even-tempered triangle; Bob the Boobian, a dimwitted . . . thing with a gaping maw and limited vocabulary; Franko, a clairaudient flying fish; and Bert, a laid-back gearhead who provided the crew's transportation.

The comic was rather crudely drawn, but made up for it with freewheeling storylines, goofy humor, and extremely quotable dialogue. Most of the comics can be found at, with a few older issues accessible through

Incidentally, you may have encountered Shapiro's work in another form. He's a composer in Real Life, providing music for films and Video Games, at least one of which can be found on This Very Wiki.

Tropes used in The Adventures of Joe the Circle include:

  The story so far: WHO CARES? That's right! Last year's storyline has been abandoned due to its horrible complexity. We now present you with something considerably more violent and acerebral.

  "Deep within every problem is a solution involving explosives."

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