|Author(s)||Mark Alexander Smith|
|Launch date||February 4, 2011|
|Genre||Slice of life, Satire, Humour|
Transmission is a webcomic series created by British cartoonist and animator, Mark Alexander Smith, known also by his persona, FreyFox, who did character artwork for the British children's sci-fi comedy radio and internet series, The Space Gypsy Adventures. It follows the lives of twin red squirrels, Russell and Reggie Harvey, who are English expats now living in Southern California and who make a living fixing up and restoring cars. One car, a bright red 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX belonging to Russell, is particularly prominent.
The comic was launched in 2011 and is typically updated on Fridays and Mondays (originally Tuesdays).
The series' genre of humor is that of slice of life, satire on American and British culture and rare moments of slapstick and occasional dark comedy.
The series' revolves around anthropomorphic Eurasian red squirrels, Russell and Reggie Harvey, twin English mechanics from Stroke-On-Trent in the English midlands who move to Los Angeles, California after they inherited their deceased great uncle's car garage. The two brothers make a living restoring cars while going through many challenges in their daily lives such as adapting to American lifestyle, getting involved in risky misadventures and encountering new friends and sinister figures.
Russell Harvey: an English Eurasian red squirrel who is one of the main protagonists of the comic series and Reggie's identical twin brother. He loves to restore classic cars and is very easy going. He is an accomplished Rally racer and owns a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX. His signature color T-shirt is Green.
Reggie Harvey: an English Eurasian red squirrel who is the other main protagonist of the Comic series and is Russell's identical twin brother and co-owner of their Auto Shop. He would rather mod cars rather than restore them. He is pretty aggressive and impulsive but has a soft side. He is revealed to be bisexual during the The Otter Side Of Reggie story arc when having a one time fling with a surfer instructor otter named Howard. His signature T-Shirt is orange and he just recently started wearing a Trucker cap.
Linda: a female ferret whose an inventive genius and Russell's girlfriend later wife. She works as an electronics sales woman, and a passionate model maker. In issue 442 of the British Vacation story arc, Russell proposed to Linda and the two married during the Hitched story arc.
Jason Glover: a teenage silver fox who was rescued by the twins, from the hands of his abusive Uncle Eddie. He currently lives with them and studies culinary at Santa Ardilla College. He has a strong bond with Reggie, due to him taking in Jason after leaving his abusive uncle and helping him get his belongings. He recently joined the college hockey team where he made a new friend, Jeff. In the story arc, Tenacious J and the Puck Of Destiny, Jason was spotted by a recruiting scout and he and Jeff joined the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team. Jason takes a flight to Seattle for his new life and says goodbye to his friends, ending Jason's role as a supporting character, but him returning in the future is yet to be decided.
Trevor Harvey: the twins' younger brother who still lives in England with their parents, Tony and Belinda. He is the frontman and bassist in the Alternative rock band, Zombie Korma. Trevor is shown to have a wild and reckless personality, just as a stereotypical rock star.
Jack Randall: a slightly psychotic coyote whose is a friend of Russell and Reggie. He is an ex-national guard sergeant who owns an outdoor retailer, and is a scout master of a local Cub Scout troop. He loves camping and blowing things up. He is also seen to be very violent, considering since his wife cheated on him with their Gym instructor and Randall castrated him for revenge. He has a teenage daughter called Jess.
Timothy Schouten: a raccoon LAPD detective and former traffic cop who is one of the Harvey Twins' friends. He is a somewhat lenient and friendly police officer, more so than average LAPD officers, most likely because he's Canadian. He is married to his wife, Willow, a fellow raccoon, and father of their two children, Rebecca and Ralf. He and his wife, Willow, were formerly the main characters of FreyFox's short-lived comic series, Willow and Timothy, and starring in a few animated videos about them, before becoming supporting characters on Transmission since they had a cameo in strip #99, though Timothy actually appeared earlier, in strip #80.
Willow Speed: Tim's wife and mother of their children, Rebecca and Ralf. She is a total tomboy who has a history of street racing before she married Tim, which has yet to slow her down. She met Tim during a street race she was involved in and got pulled over and arrested by him, starting their relationship. Like her husband, she was one of the main characters of FreyFox's short-lived comic series, Willow and Timothy and starred in a few animated videos with him created by Frey.
Edward "Eddie" Glover: Jason's abusive uncle and the main antagonist of the Jason story arc. He had a short temper, cold-hearted and physically abused his nephew when things went wrong for him, even if it was small or not Jason's fault. He ran a small gang of burglars who tried to rob the Harvey Twins' auto shop with Jason's forced assistance, but failed and left him behind. After being released from the police, due to Reggie's compassion, Jason was beaten with a baseball bat and got his face burned by his Uncle Ed with a grill, leading to Jason to finally leaving his uncle and live with the Harvey Twins. When Russell and Reggie tried to get Jason's belongings from his uncle's house, they got into a fight with Ed and his gang. Ed was soon afterwards shot dead by Tim and undercover LAPD officers when he tried to kill Jason and Reggie, and his gang was later arrested. It is heavily implied that Edward Glover murdered Jason's parents.
Slater Siblings: Charley and Sasha Slater are two racer mice siblings who are the defending champions of the Mexican Rallycross race and the main antagonists of the Rallycross Rodents story arc. They go to extreme lengths of cheating in order for them to win, including tampering with other racers' maps, blowing up bridges, putting water in the other racers' gas tanks, etc. They had a duel with the Harvey Twins' during the second leg of the race, which lead to Sasha getting hit with a tire iron by Charley's chain, causing them to crash. The two lost the race and are later strip searched by the U.S. Border Patrol, along with the other racers for crossing an international border. Charley and Sasha returns as the main antagonists in the Let's Go To War story arc, entering as contestants in a Raging Robots competition in San Francisco. Instead, during the final round, they decided to battle the twins without cheating, only resulting in them losing. Sasha, who brings herself to admire the team's skill, shows affection for Reggie and gives him her phone number after the match.
Imelda and Troy: a geology major tabby cat and black horse who are a couple, and students at Jason's college and the main antagonists of The Rusty Chef story arc. The two discovered what they believed to be an oil well underneath the Harvey Twins' auto shop and tried to get their hands on it by Imelda seducing Reggie and pretending to be his girlfriend. After many attempts, leading to her getting injured, she reveals her plan to Reggie out of anger, leaving him heartbroken. She and her boyfriend were later arrested for their scheme. After being released, she sends an apology letter to Reggie when she and Troy left town.
Gordo and T-Bone: a warthog and alligator who are a pair of wanted carjackers and scrapyard owners who are the main antagonists of the Kidnapped story arc. They stole and took apart Reggie's blue BMW 3-series convertible, leading to him trying to get revenge, but left when threatened with guns. Reggie accidentally damages Gordo's Harley bike by throwing a cricket bat over the fence, leading to the two to plot revenge by kidnapping Linda, when mistaking Russell for Reggie, demanding a $100,000 ransom. Linda was rescued by the twins with the help of Randall when about to be crushed by a car crusher. T-Bone was knocked out by Reggie wielding a briefcase, while Gordo was hit in the head by Linda with a muffler and later blown up on his motorcycle by Randall when attempting to escape. The two were arrested by Tim and tortured, twice, when listening to a Jedward album. Reggie receives a black Mitsubishi Evo X, one of the cars Gordo and T-Bone had stolen, as a reward when no one claimed ownership.
Crazed Trucker: a homicidal trucker who tried to run down Russell and Reggie during their return trip from San Francisco and the main antagonist of the Duel story arc. When stubbornly refusing the Twins to pass him, Reggie mooned him, making him angry enough to run them off the road and kill them. After evading him multiple times on the road, the trucker drove off a cliff with the Twins' car, after they bailed, killing him. The story arc he appears in is heavily based on the Steven Spielberg movie Duel.
Eddie's Henchmen: Eddie's two goons from the "Jason" story arc, that consist of a Doberman and a Bulldog. Who assisted Edward in his robberies and schemes. (and possibly bullied Jason) During the "Geraldine" story arc, they were released from prison and plotted revenge against the Harvey twins for Glover's death. But, they had meet their timely demise when attacked by Russell's possessed car.
Brett Hudson: A buff, athletic and spoiled black panther from a very wealthy family, who appears in the story arc "Jason on Ice". He was on the hockey team in Jason's college which caused him to develop the "dumb jock" ego. Brett picked on Jason, and when it gets to a point of sexual harassment, the coach intervenes and Brett is expelled from the team. The twins later have Randall kidnap Brett, and leave him stranded and tied up in the desert in just his underwear. This would be left to speculate by fans that Brett may one day return for revenge.
Howard: a handsome, buff, surf instructor otter who taught Russell, Reggie and Linda during a trip to Santa Monica beach in The Otter Side of Reggie story arc. Reggie struggled with sexually attractive feelings for Howard due to his handsome physical appearance, leading to the two to have a one-time encounter in his beach hut. The two parted ways as friends. Howard returns in the story arc, Let's Go To War, joining Nick in Reggie's strip poker party which Reg wins.
Nick: an accident prone skunk who is also a black belt in martial arts and friend of the Harvey twins. He owns his own dojo and likes to dabble in philosophy. In strip #303 his abscence in more recent strips was explained as him being on a sabbatical in Nepal. He returns for a brief appearance at the end of the 'Let's Go To War' story.
Zombie Korma: Trevor's psychedelic rock band. The band's original lineup consisted of Trevor Harvey (lead vocals, bass), Simon Todd (keyboards), Graham Bond (guitar) and Christian Thom (drums). Having scored several top 40 hits in their native UK, Zombie Korma released their debut album Zombified in 2014 and embarked on a tour of North America in an attempt to draw fans stateside. Afterwards, Christian was replaced on drums by Leeroy Evans and the band released their second album Psychopathic Curry Man in 2016 before embarking on a European Tour to promote the album.
Jeff: a young male golden retriever, from Jason's college majoring in history studies. He met Jason when trying out for the hockey team and the two became fast friends. However Jeff didn't make the cut leaving Jason in a depression, cause Brett, a bully made the team. However after the coach drops Brett, Jeff made the team again, and Jason was glad to be reunited with his friend.
Jane: a young white wolf who became Jason's girlfriend when he joined his college's hockey team.
Tiffany: a wolf girl who was Russell's long-distance girlfriend whom he met during the Twins' trip to San Fransisco in issue #105, during the Summer Break In San Francisco story arc. She and her brother are from Minneapolis, she's skilled with the guitar and a dedicated environmentalist. She and Russell broke up in issue #158 during an online chat, where he spat out tea onto his computer causing it to explode when he found out she's dating a grey squirrel, which ultimately led to Russell to meet his next girlfriend, Linda.
Zoey McCluskey: an attractive, British, red fox rock star who's the lead singer and guitarist of the 1990s rock and pop band, Rrrapture. During the final chapters of the Zombie Invasion story arc, her band filled the slot for a concert in Los Angeles during Zombie Korma's final arm of their tour across America, preventing them from performing. But, Trevor got help from Reggie by acting as Zombie Korma's LA agent and convinces Zoey to have Trevor's band to support her's by sleeping with her, leading the two bands to play for the same concert. She is revealed to be 41 years old at the time of the story arc.
A series of books containing strips from the comics with bonus artwork have been publised and sold by Lulu.com.
- Transmission (2013), comic strips #1 to #115
- Transmission 2.0: Deserts and Duels (2014), comic strips #116 to #235
- Transmission Evo III: Crazy Welcomes Careful Drivers (2015), comic strips #236 to #356
- Transmission Evo IV: Painting The Town Red (2017), comic strips #357 to #472
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