Another April Fools’ day has come and gone, and as is the norm hijinks was the norm for a number of strips. Fortunately, after two years of April 1st arriving on a weekend, the day has finally emerged during the week to garner more affection. Interestingly enough, I didn’t come across any “this strip has been shut down” pranks this time around; I suspect the joke has run its course (not that it ever was that amusing to begin with) though from what I hear several non-comic websites did indulge in that “hilarity.” The remaining pranks included garbled images or “new” art styles, joke comics, and one truly inspired April Fools story involving zombies, vampires, werewolves, and a good-natured prank over at the alternative history fiction site The Flying Cloud.
As a brief aside, one problem I do have with the April Fools comics is that often they vanish like mist in the light of day once the 2nd comes about. This is a shame, seeing that not every reader will read the comic daily, especially if a strip normally updates on a day other than whichever day April Fools has fallen upon. Thus when I was compiling my list of April Fools comics and those that might be a prank or might have used the timing to add to the cliffhanger aspect of the strip (I’m looking at you, The Whiteboard), I sadly forgot to check those comics that might have indulged in April Fools hijinks on a day where it normally doesn’t update.
While The Flying Cloud may have been my favorite prank update, others included Jupiter Palladium’s Lemonade strip, DMFA’s “reboot” strip, and CVRPG’s “wrap-up” comic which ended with Alec marrying four women after defeating the Big Bad. An honorable mention also goes out for Galaxion which took advantage of the day to prank readers on a genuine change from black-and-white to color.
Other pranks include:
S.S.D.D. and Magience which had pixilated art updates (which has since been “corrected”;
Misfile which updated in Japanese;
Faux Pas which switched half the cast over to Ponies;
Weapon Brown’s Garfield minus Garfield homage strip;
an imaginary “Night of the Killer Tree Zombies strip for Chirault;
Yosh!’s switching character types with another comic (though I didn’t bother trying to find out which one);
Go Get a Roomie’s “Body Swap” coming attractions
and Sandra and Woo which had a bottle of Heinz for all four panels.