Neurotically Yours

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Neurotically Yours
Logo of Neurotically Yours
Genre Dark Comedy
Created by Jonathan Ian Mathers
Voices of Dawn Bennett (Germaine)
Jonathan Ian Mathers (all others)[1]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Release
Original channel Ill Will Press

Neurotically Yours is a comic book and webtoon created by Jonathan Ian Mathers. Both depict a goth girl named Germaine and her neurotic pet squirrel, Foamy. The webtoon series is ongoing, with publication every two weeks[2] at Ill Will Press, YouTube, and Newgrounds.

Publication history[edit]

The comic book series was created first. It focused solely on Germaine; Foamy only made random comments about the current situation.

The webtoon debuted in early 2003. It started with this same set-up, but over the years Germaine's character took a back seat as Foamy developed into an angry, "wisdom-spreading" cult leader and his rants against society became increasingly popular. Episodes are mainly located at Ill Will Press, YouTube, and Newgrounds. A new episode of Neurotically Yours is posted approximately once every two weeks.[2] To date, there are over 200 official episodes of Neurotically Yours. There are also a number of fan-produced episodes circulated among various fan sites on the Internet.

The Ill Will Press website also hosts numerous Topical Rants, in which Foamy talks about a particular topic. Some of these, such as "The Best Thing Ever" and "People and Animals", have been made into official animated episodes.

In 2009, Mathers began hosting all of the Neurotically Yours webtoons exclusively on YouTube and Newgrounds. Two reasons provided for the change-over included poor quality copies being made and distributed without credit to Mathers credit.[2] Mathers also cited overall bandwidth usage, stating that the monthly bills were "insane".[2] Having changed over to YouTube, Mathers was able to provide viewers with a feed to subscribe to more episodes (both current and past episodes), as well as limiting his overall monthly bill, thus making site maintenance easier.[2]

From 2009 to 2011, Mathers published Neurotically Yours in a comic-strip format.[3] Most of the strips were single-panel format, with the occasional entry in two or three panels.

Plot[edit]

Original series[edit]

The central story line revolves around the interactions between Foamy and Germaine and, on occasion, their relationships with other characters. The story starts off with Germaine sitting in front of a computer typing away, while Foamy remains a constant distraction in the background and has occasionally contemplated suicide. These themes become the premise for both the main story arc, as well as the development of the characters themselves. As the plot continues to develop, Germaine dedicates her time trying to have her poetry published, spending hours on it and then being rejected.

As time goes on, Germaine becomes the subject of men's attention, while becoming increasingly more comfortable in her own body. Eventually, she attempts to manipulate events via use of her sexuality. However, in later episodes, Germaine discusses the idea of clothing being used to objectify women and expresses dismay with this trend, though it eventually becomes part of her character. She works as a prostitute to support herself.[4][5]

After a journey of self-discovery, Germaine eventually ends up in the same general cycle she was in before. She finds herself in opposition to various issues regarding women and even blaming these issues for causing people to accept such degrading roles in life.[6] Even with all the self-development, self-discovery, and enlightening moments, Germaine seemingly develops into the same role she had prior to leaving. She struggles with weight and image issues, and yet again feels discriminated against.[7]

Reboot (2011)[edit]

In August 2011, the cartoon was rebooted. Creator Jonathan Ian Mathers posted in his blog and Facebook: "Is it really the last Foamy episode? No. It's just a way to start things over."[8] Mathers acknowledged that the cartoon had become increasingly mature and dark, which had caused reader confusion and loss of his younger audience.[8] The reboot promised that Germaine will make "better choices" and that the "sexual content will be dropped by 90% at least", although the comic will still be aimed at adults.[8]

A Topical Rant was released along with the first episode of the reboot. In it, Foamy blasts Hollywood for its many unsuccessful reboots but points out that reboots can work when done right. The squirrel states that the creator will focus his efforts on only one web-series. It will be "a bit shinier" in style, although Foamy "will still be ticked off" and Germaine "will still be jiggly".[9] He extorts his listeners to "just fucking relax".[9]

Within the cartoon, Germaine is given the option by Foamy to reset her life, thus undoing the previous ten years of her life. Foamy describes this as being a do over of "everything", which he has given out only three times before.[10] The reboot involves a physical move: they move out of New York City to a small town. This changes Germaine's "personal turmoil" from financial to not fitting in, while Foamy is "150%" angrier.[11]

Post reboot[edit]

Germaine makes attempts to reform her character and personality, including changing her hair and getting breast-reduction surgery. Despite Mathers's claims however, not long after the reboot the series began to return to the original style, relying heavily on jokes and content derived on Germaine's sexuality. Germaine returns to using her sexuality to financially support herself.

In January 2015, Foamy moves out in protest over Germaine's "stupidity" and makes his home in a post-office box.[12]

The apparent continued focus on other characters in the series was also quickly dropped, leaving only more known series regulars such as Pilz-e and Begely.

Card Cult[edit]

Foamy has established the "Cult of Foamy", also known as the "Card Cult".

In the real world, the cult advertises the Ill Will Press website.[13] Mailing in for a card is no longer required to join, as Mathers has created a downloadable cult pack that includes printable cards, a cut-out Foamy "virtual relic",[14] an MP3 of the cult song, and digital files including wallpaper.[15] Official cards can still be requested and autographed ones can be purchased from Mathers. The website shop also offers trading cards, T-shirts, CDs and DVDs, books, and toys.[16]

In the comic, the Card Cult's rise correlates to Foamy's development, in terms of his rants and increasing importance relative to Germaine. The points of the cult are "the slow demise of the human race through squirrelly force" and to "take over the world".[17] When a member posits that the human race will eventually self-destruct anyway, Foamy replies that they can still "speed up the process."[17]

In terms of the story, there have been many secrets surrounding the Cult of Foamy. One conspiracy theorist believes that Foamy has lived an unnaturally long life with many owners (who were later found dead), and has "over the years" been "amassing his minions" while subtly trying to take over the world through various means of influence.[18] Foamy alludes to his power over the world and time when he offers the reset button to Germaine in 2011;[10] the reboot does not eliminate the Cult, although it "sets it back a bit".

The number of members is a mystery. In each of the two Cult Meeting episodes, the only attendants are Foamy, Pilz-E, and Begley.[17][19] In contrast, at one point 3,000 people gathered outside Germaine's apartment "with offerings of bagels and cream cheese".[14]

Fictional character biographies[edit]

Animal characters[edit]

Foamy the Squirrel is a major character. He is an opinionated, foul-mouthed squirrel who lives with his owner Germaine. Foamy and Germaine both speak out against the stupidity, injustice, and annoyances they perceive in life – both their fictional life or in the real world. Foamy's other appearances in the web series include singing "Squirrel Songs" (to raise money for the "Church of Foamy") and answering "Foamy Fan Mail" (which he hates, believing the questions to be stupid or repetitive). Foamy is 400 years old and has had 632 owners.[10] His stated purpose is to take over the world; for this purpose he founded the Foamy Card Cult, and he combined old robots with the brains of his former owners to create an army.[20]

Pilz-E is an insane, bespectacled squirrel who is addicted to medication for a number of psychosomatic sicknesses. There is also implication that he is being used for medical experiments. Pilz-E's banter is often nonsensical, caused by medication-induced hallucinations. He is good hearted, but he tends to misunderstand words or take people (usually Germaine) too literally. Despite being considered Foamy's friend, Foamy seems to find it hard at times to deal with his drugged up behavior. Germaine brought Pilz-E with her to Connecticut because she feels he cannot be left alone.

The Hatta is a black squirrel who is both a stereotype for[20] and very defensive of African-American culture. He is quick to pull the race card in any situation and has even starred in his own rants. Much like Begley, he appears less frequently in the series than either Pilz-E or Germaine.

Begley is a purple-mohawked British squirrel who rebels against authority figures and generally fulfills the stereotype of punk. He came to New York in Anchovie's suitcase, following jail time for calling the Queen a "wanka". He enjoys sexuality (unlike Foamy), although he is willing to help Foamy commit acts of mischief. He backpacked to Germaine's new home in Connecticut, angry at her for leaving him behind in New York with Anchovy. He appears infrequently in the series, sometimes breaking the fourth wall to ask for more episodes.

Roswell is Jack Partfine's dog. He believes Foamy is an old evil cult leader bent on world domination,[18][21] or possibly the mythical squirrel Ratatoskr or a descendant. RosHe serves as a foil to Foamy; one of the few characters who does not underestimate him in any way, yet is ignored by the rest of the world. In the reboot he, like Foamy, whines about Connecticut and longs to move back to New York.

Puff is Betty's pet cat who listens to music and is always seen wearing pink headphones.

Human characters[edit]

Germaine Endez[20] is Foamy's "owner" through most of the episodes. Originally living in a New York City apartment, she moved to her grandfather's Connecticut house after the 2011 reboot. Her struggles provide angst for Neurotically Yours: she is a poet seeking publication, she is highly sexualized, she overeats and has weight issues, she experiments with witchcraft and meditation but seems unconvinced in any religious beliefs, she changes her breast size multiple times through surgery and magic,[20] and her indecision between heterosexuality and bisexuality have pushing Foamy to demand she "pick a side already". Germaine also constantly suffers from money problems; her spotty employment record includes working in an occult bookstore,[22] prostitute,[4][5] sales clerk at Walk-Mart, nude model for a New York art school, and barista at Starschmucks. In the early episodes, Germaine was flat chested, and a more stereotypical Goth/Punk, somewhat feminist young woman; before the reboot, her appearance often changed, mostly in her weight and her hair color and cut.

Anchovie Allcock, also known as Pizza Guy,[20][23] is Germaine's stalker and a general pervert. Originally a failing pizza delivery boy in England, he moved to New York after seeing Germaine on FaceNook. He has had various jobs: pizza delivery man, clerk at Burger Goo, security guard at a lingerie shop, and gym teacher. He is a very persistent and proficient stalker, secretly photographing Germaine to post on a website[24] and finding ways to interact with her. Anchovie hates Foamy because the squirrel foils many of his plans for Germaine; Foamy, on the other hand, just thinks Anchovie is pathetic. Germaine kills and dismembers Anchovie in the background of a Topical Rant,[25] but he subsequently reappeared in a post-reboot[26] and Begley has told Germaine that he has taken to performing more disturbing acts of stalking in Germaine's absence like collecting left-behind hair.

Franklin O'Kee is an elitist who loves working at Starshmuck's coffee shop.[20] He despises Foamy, who refuses to kowtow to "coffee house propaganda" and grows increasingly irate at the difficulty of getting a regular cup of coffee. Franklin's homosexuality is implied throughout the series, with acknowledgement after the reboot.

Mammed Udi is a hard-working[20] Hindu man from India. His jobs include technical support for Smell Tech Computers, an Eaters Anonymous hotline that Germaine calls, a suicide hotline operator, and the pharmacist who supplies Pilz-E's medications.

Joanna, or "Mutie", was Germaine's mute female roommate. She was physically distracting[27] "eye candy", with blond hair in ponytails, blue eyes, and an exaggerated breast size. She appeared in a number of initially unreleased episodes. In "Cute Mute", it is revealed that Germaine brought her home from a party because she was drunk, but she decides to room there to help with bills. Joanna's last appearance was in the episode "Hot Enough For You?", where she is pulled underwater by a mysterious tentacle. However, she appears briefly at the end of the "An Arthouse Halloween" episode released on October 16, 2012.

Jack Partfine is a cryptozoologist from New York who moved to Connecticut because his profession could not cover his expenses. He is good-natured, friendly, and constantly apologizing for the accusations blurted by his dog, Roswell. However, he does appear to be slightly paranoid and a conspiracy theorist. Introduced in the episode "Secrets of The Foamy Cult",[18] he is the first human introduced since the reboot.

Dia is a religious-minded young woman who left India to avoid an arranged marriage to Mammed Udi, and find purpose to her life. She believes she may be hallucinating after she discovers some expired tofu in her fridge that talks and moves. In addition to a cameo appearance in the Neurotically Yours episode "Midnight Release", Dia had two episodes of her own series with Tofu, called Dia & Tofu.

Betty Bo'Qua, aka "The Previous Owner", is Foamy's owner before Germaine. Against Foamy's advice, Betty performed witchcraft to became a shemale; she drew the ire of demonic spirits and, as a result, must perform an annual ritual if she wants to keep living. She also performs off Broadway from time to time.

Ollie is Germaine's grandfather. Ollie took it upon himself to raise Germaine after her father left her and her mother was deemed unfit to parent. Ollie is an old school New York citizen whose years of city-living made him hardened and sarcastic. He appears cold at times, but does his best to raise his granddaughter, even if it means letting her make her own mistakes. Ollie appears solely in the Chibisodes, being introduced in "New Phone". He currently lives in Florida while Germaine house sits his Connecticut house.

Salt Forester is Foamy's new owner, who is introduced in the episode "Mail Friend". Salt is an aspiring novelist with a scratchy voice who reluctantly takes in Foamy so he can get his P.O. box back after Foamy took up residence.

Sue Z. June is Salt's roommate introduced in the episode "New Room". She is a mute by choice and communicates mostly through texting. Salt tries to stay on her good side because she has a mean streak and a tendency for tazering other people with little or no provocation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mathers, Jonathan Ian. "Neurotically Yours Season 1 (2012) DVD: Story". Woodbury, Connecticut: Kickstarter. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "FAQ". Ill Will Press. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Mathers, Jonathan Ian. "Comic Strips". Foamy Fanatics. 
  4. ^ a b Jonathan Ian Mathers (w), Jonathan Ian Mathers (p), Ian Mathers (i). "Lotto (Image 39 of 85)" Neurotically Yours (2010), Ill Will Press
  5. ^ a b Jonathan Ian Mathers (w), Jonathan Ian Mathers (p), Ian Mathers (i). "Magazine (Image 41 of 85)" Neurotically Yours (2010), Ill Will Press
  6. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Girl's Camp" Neurotically Yours (2011), Ill Will Press
  7. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "M.P.H." Neurotically Yours (2011), Ill Will Press
  8. ^ a b c Foamy The Squirrel : iLL WiLL PrEss (August 17, 2011). "Notes". Facebook. 
  9. ^ a b Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "A Reason For Reboots" Neurotically Yours (2011), Ill Will Press
  10. ^ a b c Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Reboot Button" Neurotically Yours (2011), Ill Will Press
  11. ^ Foamy The Squirrel : iLL WiLL PrEss (September 1, 2011). "What To Expect With The Update". Facebook. 
  12. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "P.O. Box Home" Neurotically Yours (2014), Ill Will Press
  13. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Foamys Card Cult" Neurotically Yours 34 (2003), Ill Will Press
  14. ^ a b Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "The Cult Returns" Neurotically Yours (2011), Ill Will Press
  15. ^ "Download the Foamy Cult Kit Ver. 1.0". Ill Will Press. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Shop & Shirts". Ill Will Press. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Foamy Cult Meeting" Neurotically Yours (2011), Ill Will Press
  18. ^ a b c Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Secrets of the Foamy Cult" Neurotically Yours (2011), Ill Will Press
  19. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "First Meeting of the Card Cult" Neurotically Yours 07 (2003), Ill Will Press
  20. ^ a b c d e f g "Characters". Ill Will Press. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  21. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "The Neighbors" Neurotically Yours (), Newgrounds, Inc.
  22. ^ Mentioned in the CD "Foamy: Live at GBCB'S"
  23. ^ Johnathan Ian Mathers, Foamy DVD Volume 5, Credits: Anchovy (The Pizza Guy) 
  24. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Open-Mic Night II" Neurotically Yours (), Newgrounds, Inc.
  25. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Social Network of Idiots II" Neurotically Yours (), Ill Will Press
  26. ^ Jonathan Ian Mathers (w). "Work Related Incident" Neurotically Yours (), Ill Will Press
  27. ^ "Web Animation: Neurotically Yours". TV Tropes. 

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