All over the house is home to a variety of weird and wonderful creatures. Some are human, some are not and some are only hanging on to the label by a technicality. Each of them has a special place in the story. We’ve rounded up some descriptions of the main players here, for your reading pleasure.
Emily Moll Dee Westwood, MA (Oxon), MP. A member of Parliament since May 2010, following the 2009 expenses scandal. A former journalist by day and something of a mad scientist by night. She is the comic’s straight guy and spends much of her time despairing at the state of humanity; or cleaning up after Tesrin.
First Appearance: Interactive telephones
Tesrin Eloise Rhododendron Stepford-Brown, LLB (Dunelm). A (surprisingly) successful barrister who practices demonology on the side. She acts as something of an Upper Class Twit crossed with a Cloud CuckooLander; which is the result of her privileged upbringing. She is often found summoning her demonic former housemates to get back the rent they owe her.
First Appearance: Coming in 2009
James Rohan Jameson. A former systems administrator to a moderately-sized accountancy firm, he found himself laid off as a result of the recession. Now he works from home as a freelance IT consultant and professional blogger. He shares a house with Gary Seville.
First Appearance: Showing talent
A struggling artist trying desperately to make it big in a cruel world, Gary Seville slaves away at his drawing board, day after day and night after night. He creates works of pure artistic merit, but can’t get the low-brow public to see the true beauty of it. He also spends far too much time on the background details of his webcomic, only to cover most of it up with speech bubbles full of emphatic prose.
First Appearance: The three stages of Internet withdrawal
Daniel Snottleby is a former MP who lost his seat in Parliament to Emily Westwood during the 2010 elections. He fought a terrible campaign mostly due to his own incompetence and a complete lack of understanding of how the modern world works. Now he has determined that Emily is his nemesis and he’s determined to win back his job.
First Appearance: Anything they can do...
James’ younger cousin Sally is a typical fourteen year old girl with a pet bear. Although most fourteen year olds don’t have a bear as a pet, Sally was lumbered with this one because James asked the notorious den of villainy that is 4chan what a good birthday present for a young girl would be.
First Appearance: Bad advice
His name is lost to the mists of time; as names have power. His features are so hideous they would turn the minds of anyone who saw him, sending them into a nightmare of insanity unless they prepare themselves first. To Emily and Tesrin, he is known simply as “Uncle Bob”.
First Appearance: Uncle Bob
The strange, multi-coloured creatures that live in a “shed” in Emily and Tesrin’s back garden. Nobody is quite sure what these things are or where they came from but everyone suspects Tesrin had something to do with it and she’s not confirming one way or the other.
First Appearance: Gormless
Created from only the finest parts scavenged from graveyards, Adam Frankenstein is the creature Mary Shelly based her tragic story on. After spending decades out in the wastes of the Arctic, he made his way to suburban England and tried to settle into modern life. It has been quite a struggle for him.
First Appearance: Can't live
Snottleby’s political advisor and long-term friend. He tries his best to keep Snottleby in the public eye for the right reasons, rather than the reasons Snottleby would get himself into the papers for given half a chance. Many would consider his career a massive exercise in ice skating uphill.
First Appearance: Snottleby's Comeback (mk. I)