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May 16, 2008 - In the span of a single day, Amal calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his conservative parents, promptly gets disowned, goes on a bender... and wakes up the next morning to find TJ, a lanky, dreadlocked vagrant, frying eggs and singing Paul Simon in his kitchen.

TJ claims that the two have made a drunken pact to drive all the way from Berkeley to Providence. As it happens, Amal promised his sister he'd be there for her graduation from Brown University. And TJ, well... TJ has his own reasons.

The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way - but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal is a webcomic by E.K. Weaver that follows the form of a typical Road Movie. It features the budding romance of the title characters in the most nerdy, believable way possible, as well as some superb dialog, well-crafted characters, and great art that pays special attention to the little details of life. Needless to say it Needs More Love. Can be read here.

Tropes that pop up in this webcomic:

 TJ: Heyyy, Death Cab for Cutie! That sounds pretty badass!

Amal: Actually, that's, um...

[cue "Transatlanticism"]

TJ: The hell, man. That is one dirty-ass bait and switch. [Amal laughs] Hey, there we go -- "Destroyer", that's gotta rock.

[cue "Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Sea of Tears)"]

TJ: Your iPod is filled with lies.

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