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The beginning of the end for ‘Sluggy Freelance’

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 11.09.08 PMPete Abrams’ webcomic Sluggy Freelance has been running for roughly a hair short of forever. Launched in 1997, Sluggy is a stalwart survivor of the first wave of webcomics … and it shows. Despite being one of the most popular and enduring webcomics, the site still looks like it was developed on Geocities and optimized for 14.4k dialup modems. The simple green title in the top-left corner may have been created in WordArt and never updated. Revisiting Sluggy Freelance is like stepping into a time warp: For a short time, I’m transformed back into a pimply college freshman obsessed with manga like Ranma 1/2, pretending I was opening my mind to foreign pop culture when in reality it was an excuse to see shapely anime girls with their clothes falling off.

I mention this because I decided to catch up to Sluggy Freelance with the currently running “Mohkadun” storyline. Wouldn’t you know it, one of the first scenes was a big-eyed female who resembles an anime girl with her clothes falling off. Oh, Sluggy Freelance, you unlikely and pervy source of nostalgia you!

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