Ask (And Tell) Pica!

**Messages are no longer being accepted in favor of a greater focus on art and storytelling. I'd like to give a big thanks to everyone who submitted messages for this comic in the past! The former leader of a small, disbanded rescue team, Pica the Pikachu devotes his efforts into making his world a better place, and he's looking for help from an important ally who's worlds apart: YOU! Simply push him in the right direction, and he'll do his best to follow. You can also message him directly and he'll provide real responses in the midst of what's happening in the comic. ----------------------------------- While this comic started life as an interactive sprite comic, it has more recently become a traditional comic with its own art style starting with Lost - Page 10. There were large gaps of time between Lost Pages 10, 11, and 12, with 11 and 12 being three whole years apart. The new style has been cemented since page 12, and the comic now updates more consistently. Also check out Wild ZUBAT Appeared, a bonus gag-based series (featuring ZUBAT) placed after the sprite comics but before Lost, which updates alongside the main comic!

If you're here, you might be wondering who is who in this comic, what the terms in this comic refer to, and other things like that. Or maybe you're just bored to tears, and if that's the case, I do hope that this helps curb the problem a little bit! Do keep in mind that all of the contents of this page are subject to change and editing.

Major Characters

First appearance: Pica Mystery Thingie (A Not So New Beginning) (2006)
Pica (pronounced pai-ka for the reverse of "a pike"; not pi-ka for "Pikachu") is a Pikachu and is the main character of the comic. "Pica" is not his true name; it's an alias that he gave himself at an undisclosed point in time, although he still insists that it is his real name. He has no special abilities outside of what is to be expected from a normal Pikachu, although his ability, Lightningrod, is still considered to be unusual in his kind. As a result, he's immune to any form of electrocution, but he unintentionally (often unwillingly) attracts lightning when it does strike nearby. Although the strike does not phase him much and actually energizes him, it usually devastates the surrounding area. Pica is also very passionate about advancements in technology, and loves what devices he has like children (it helps that he charges them with his own electricity!). He even goes so far as to naming them, and really isn't all that afraid to admit it to other Pokemon.

One of Pica's favorite past-times is travelling. When the opportunity presents itself, he's very willing to go great lengths to go... well, great lengths. He generally does this alone, but he is a social creature deep down, so he still makes connections with others while he's travelling. His love for adventure stems from him being a former founder of a Pokemon Rescue Team dubbed "Team Cupcakes," although the team has since been broken up. This was due to him (not to mention its members) eventually tiring of having to do improbable tasks and missions for other Pokemon in a number of ridiculous locations, including an escort mission for a Charmander to see what the bottom of the ocean looked like, and having to push a Snorlax away from an active volcano it fell asleep close to (and temporarily losing his mind after finding out that one of Snorlax's abilities, Thick Fat, renders it so fire-based elements don't bother his kind much). From the outset of being asked to do these favors, Pica took great notice in how dumb they really were and eventually resorted to becoming very sarcastic and sharp-tongued about refusing to do them, which is where his sarcastic and rather loud attitude stemmed from. It was "too much work for too little pay" for him, and he also mentioned that he "resented having to give 90% or more of his income to the government without at least knowing what made his taxes so high", with "government" actually referring to a local treasure-hunting empire that ran a monopoly over the town's shops and restaurants, complete with multiple branches and subsidiaries situated in other places. He also mentioned that he wasn't sure what he was thinking when he chose the name "Team Cupcakes" for his rescue team and complained about his inability to change it to something else (this was before "name change" forms were invented, alongside a recent breakthrough in technology known as "paper"). Pica has been trying to get back up on his feet ever since he quit the rescue team business, with varying success.

hiPod Touch
First appearance: Sapple hiTouch (2010)
"The latest breakthrough in the world of technology, hiPod Touch has a use for just about any occasion. If you want to call up a loved one, or if you want to get somewhere quickly through the use of portals, hiPod Touch can do all that and more. hiPod Touch: the real digital swiss army knife."

The hiPod Touch is Pica's go-to device and, true to its slogan, is like a digital swiss army knife in a compact package. It can do just about anything with its dizzying amount of apps, including but not limited to checking messages and even creating rips in the space-time fabric for the purpose of travelling. Its one weakness is that if there isn't a Wi-Fi connection in the area, the hiPod Touch is essentially useless and can't do anything beyond being used as a paperweight. Its origins are unknown apart from its company's name (which is Sapple).

First appearance: Lost (Page 5) (2011)
Jill is a Marowak who lives in a cave on her own. Not much is known about her, except that she's down-to-earth serious and seems to be very knowledgeable about the world around her despite living in a remote environment. A realist and an outcast, she nevertheless appreciates any form of friendly life she can communicate with. She's also been on the run from a lethal threat to her very soul for what seems to be a long time...

Minor Characters

Crystal Spirit
The spirit of a Pokémon who lost their life to a monster veiled in darkness, it lingers on bound to a crystal within a cave far away from modern civilization. The spirit used to be the mother of an adopted orphan before she met her end. Her only wish is for her child to escape the remote cave safely...

"Stanley" the Computer
First appearance: Caved In (2009)
Originally presented as a minor twist, Stanley was once Pica's computer that he used to check his messages on. Unlike its successor, the hiPod Touch, it functioned more as a real computer would, not being used for many ridiculous situations. Its current state is unknown, but is assumed to be destroyed because it was caught in the resulting fire from the lightning strike that hit Pica's old house, if it wasn't just destroyed by the strike outright.

First appearance: Pica Mystery Thingie (Lost (not to be confused with this comic's Lost arc)) (2006)
Piku is a Pichu and serves as a sort of little brother figure for Pica. He commonly plays elaborate pranks on others, but is always in good fun. However, he does sometimes go too far and cause serious problems for others without truly realizing it. Despite his seemingly malicious attitude, he is still capable of caring deeply for others.

First appearance: Veterans (2010)
Ryan is a Luvdisc who is a veteran from an unknown war. Pica truly looks up to him as a hero, despite Ryan never actually mentioning his role in the war, if he even had one. All that is known about Ryan is that he tells long stories to anyone he thinks is interested and gives surprisingly good advice.
It's worth pointing out that his ability to survive outside of water is based on how fish-based Pokemon in the games don't need to be in bodies of water to survive, which is, admittedly, kind of weird and twisted and totally not how it works in real life. I know, I tried it once with a pet fish and it didn't end very well for him. But I probably should have left that bit out since it was kind of cruel and has nothing to do with Ryan's character.

First mention: For Adventure! (2009)
Sue is an unseen character (probably a Bibarel, based on eyewitness descriptions) who apparently lives by a seashore. Pica wants to ask her how much wood she could chuck if she could chuck wood, but he never got around to doing it. He did try to travel to where she lived at one point to finally ask once prompted to do so, but he made a wrong turn somewhere and somehow ended up in the Distortion World. Sue was never mentioned again, but you never know who you'll run into around the corner... Although it'd probably be easier to look her up on a social networking site instead, but that would ruin the plot, wouldn't it?