A Furry Future

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A Furry Future
A Furry Future.jpg
Tomorrow is gonna SUCK!!!
Author(s) Jacob Elmer
Website
Launch date January 2015
End Date Ongoing
Genre Slice of life, Black comedy, satire, Gag-a-day
Rating(s)
Mature

A Furry Future is a webcomic series created by American cartoonist Jacob Elmer. The strips style is leaned more to the Slice of Life category but would often use themes of Obscene Comedy and mockery of modern pop culture and other comic strips.

History[edit]

The comic originally appeared on Jacob's DeviantArt account, while he was a senior in high school. The comic's setting was meant to be a joke based around the film Back to the Future Part II on how the future hasn't improved the way people expected it. After gaining a small following it wasn't until 2018 when Jacob decided to start posting the comic on a Tumblr page, hoping to reach a higher audience.

Plot[edit]

The comic is set in the distant future where the majority of Earth's animals have evolved to become more anthropomorphic and live alongside with humans. It revolves around characters who are either anthropomorphic animals or humans living in Phoenix, Arizona, and dealing with everyday life and/or annoyances.

Characters[edit]

Main Protagonists[edit]

  • Richard "Ricky" Roofus - A skunk and the main protagonist of the series. Ricky is a comedian and occasional musician. He is also known for his dark sense of humor and how annoyed he gets with his friends and their weird antics.
  • Bryan Dautrive - The leading human character, and the deuteragonist of the series. Bryan is Ricky's best friend from high school, who works as a white-collar office worker. He is known best for his ignorant personality, as well as an unhealthy alcohol addiction, and is occasionally the punching bag for the other characters.
  • Kaylee Bronson - A female otter who is a friend of Ricky and Bryan, as they known each other since college. Kaylee works as a second-grade school teacher, which is a stressful job for her as the students would often rebel against her.
  • Sarah "Sparky" Raccoon - A female raccoon who is a good friend and neighbor to Ricky. Sparky is an odd, ditzy, and least intelligent albeit sweet-natured and an aspiring rock musician. She has a fondness for her electric guitar. She is often the one making fourth wall jokes, and her stupidity constantly annoys Bryan.

Secondary Characters[edit]

  • Clint Burns -The landlord of the apartment complex, Ricky and his friends live in. He has been known to be a megalomaniac and sometimes seen to be rude and unpleasant.
  • Joey Simpson -A silver fox and one of Kaylee's students. He is one of the two leading characters in the spin-off comic Joey and Keith. Joey is also an agnostic atheist.
  • Keith Burns - Clint's imaginative son, and Joey's best friend. He is one of the two leading characters in the Joey and Keith spin-off. He is the most rebellious student in Kaylee's class, often causing trouble with Joey. Kieth is also an aspiring artist.
  • Rebecca "Becky" Bronson -Kaylee's beloved niece. After her parents divorced she has been sent to live with her aunt in Arizona. Becky is a seemingly innocent child and has very little common sense.
  • Fox-Jake The fursona of the artist Jacob Elmer who appears self-reflexively as an arctic fox in the strip. Only occasionally appears when Sparky makes a fourth wall joke.

Skum-Faux[edit]

A hardcore punk band from Staffordshire, England consisting of five fox (originally four). The band is been described as a stereotypical punk rock band, often playing outrageous gigs at pubs, and getting into trouble with the police. Skum-Faux's music is believed to be a mix of the Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and Charged GBH.

  • Deryck Springfield -The lead singer and occasional guitarist for the band. Originally born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is known to have a wild and reckless personality as with his other friends.
  • George Kingsman -The drummer the more sarcastic and grumpy member in the band. He is described by his obesity and his red Mohawk and for being the only member in the band without fangs.
  • Dave McFox -The lead guitarist for the band. Dave was born in Cardiff, Wales and sports the similar reckless and simple behavior as Deryck. He wears a black trucker cap and a Dead Kennedys band t-shirt. he plays a black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar.
  • Timothy Baker -The bassist and backing vocalist of the band, as well as the main lyricist and more intelligent band member. Timothy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, and was diagnosed with high functioning Autism at the age of 5. He is seen wearing thick frame glasses, and wears his hair in a ponytail.
  • Matt Springfield -The rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the band. He is also much younger than the other band members. Matt was born in Glasgow, Scotland and is seen as the more angry and cynical one of the group, often insulting people. However he has a strong bond with Timothy, as Matt was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and they both have something in common which lead to their powerful friendship.

Influences[edit]

The comic's style and humor are inspired by several webcomics and comic strips. Most notably Calvin and Hobbes, Pearls Before Swine, Transmission, Sabrina Online, Ozy and Millie and Woods For The Trees.