damn it Walky, you are useless sometimes.
Can you blame the guy? He found a girl who have the same interests as he does. I would do anything for that.
Including standing in the corner with a panicked look on your face?
It gets her attention, yes.
It makes me wonder if Walky only went to All Boys schools until now, that might explain things a bit.
From the past strips it seems more like he just never met a girl who shared his interests.
I’m wondering if he’s ever tried to find a girl who shares his interests before or if he just wrote off all girls as having no real interest outside of kittens, unicorns, stuffed animals and the color pink. But his main girl companions up to this point seem to be Billie (who could have had some stereotypical girl interests) and his awesome sister who doesn’t seem particularly girly but I don’t get the impression they’re close.
It seems like he hasn’t bothered looking for a girlfriend, preferring to be alone rather than with someone else. Sal and Billie as his main influences on the opposite gender probably didn’t help either.
Forget girlfriends if he’s had any close female friends at any point I’d be surprised. Friends typically share some similar interests.
Actually, from the past strips it seems that he was never interested in girls before. He’s just a late bloomer, I think this is legitimately supposed to be his first crush.
Plasma Mongoose, I like your head lizard.
Danke, it poops way less than hamsters do. ^_^
That would imply that Billie is a dude, and those cans suggest otherwise.
Now you know the REAL reason of why Billie was so damn popular back in that highschool.
Why hasn’t this been corrected yet? I think you mean “with a panicked look on your fffaaaccceee!
I suspect that Dorothy might use Walky to play the “i got a new boah” game with Danny in which case, *shoots suspicious dagger eyes at Dorothy.
I don’t get it. What do snakes have to do with anything and why would danny care?
*Sigh, I wrote it like I pronounce it, but I guess it should be boo. (not ghosts)
A quick trip to urbandictionary and suddenly it all makes sense. I don’t think you did anything wrong. I’m sure if I’d known the term I would have gotten what you were saying.
I got the southern accent in the first one, but why amend it to “boo”? Wouldn’t it be “boh”?
I believe the word you’re searching for is beau.
Please, its rare enough that a girl understands that when a guy is totally speechless, he is smitten with her. Most of the times, their thoughts are along the lines of “he is so weird”. But, the problem is when a girl does understand that you are smitten; you see – being trained being around girls who think you are weird rarely develops the necessary mechanism to talk to girls for people like Walky. That’s how you get panel 5.
How do I know? I have been there.
She is aware that he is he is smitten because Leslie told her after he threw a toy at her head. *nod nods*
Wow I did not know they made pedestals that high
Any higher and they will fail the OSH Laws.
It takes a man of honor to be a building code comedian
Not to mention (structural) integrity. 😀
As a structural engineer, I approve of this humorous exchange. 😀
Of course they make pedestals that high. How else can you use them to look under skirts of the women on them…
Leslie’s classes has already paid off for Dotty, pity Walky hasn’t been paying more attention to them.
I think he was a bit distracted.
Come on Walky, don’t blow it!!!
SOMETHING’S going to blow soon. I just don’t know what.
Oh god, that sounded dirty.
Danny, I don’t suppose that you could lend Walky that spine you were useing a few minutes ago?
Danny’s spine is not available right now. Please leave a message after the beep. *beep*
The spine would just allow him to panic with perfect posture.
I like where this is going.
Towards awkward humiliation and snarkery!
Do Willis’ comics head anywhere else?
Walky, there comes a time in a young man’s life when he must grab life by the stones! THIS is that time! Now get out there, talk to her, and BE A MAN!
Or he could just throw the books at her and yell “I GIVE IT TO YOU.” It kind of worked last time.
They better be small paperbacks or they will hurt her when it hits her in the face.
You mean the FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE?
I’m now picturing them as a happily married couple with a litter of children and Walky still behaving this way. Staring at her with that face all the time. Periodically shouting out nonsequiters and launching gifts at her with high velocity. I cannot stop smiling.
Dorothy: Walky, is this an engagement ring??? 😀
Walky: I GIVE IT TO YOU!!! *throws ring box in her faaaace*
Gangler… why’d you do that? Why?! It’s stuck in my brain now and I can’t stop laughing!
That is what immediately came to my mind as well. I had a mental picture of the next frame being her getting pummeled by five or six books, with “I give them to you” being the last thing she hears before she succumbs to unconciousness.
Hey, his frown is marginally less clenched! Progress!
Plus his eyes are less glossy! She still hasn’t found the volume control, though. Walky’s either set on mute or blaringly loud.
I think he’s slowly booting up! Maybe he needs to hang out with girls more to get used to the idea of talking to pretty things? :p
I was thinking this as well. Maybe he’ll actually form a coherent thought and by god say something to her!
I know it’s kinda a stretch the way he’s acting now, but if Walky could do it in the Original Universe, he should be able to here if he tries.
Isn’t this typical? Walky’s alone in his room with a girl he likes, who seems to like him (at least a little bit) and yet he’s too cowardly to make a move.
Mind you, if I were in the same position, I wouldn’t be doing much better.
I think Walkyverse Walky may have a “Can stand in a room with girls” abductee power that this Walky lacks.
“I think Walkyverse Walky may have a “Can stand in a room with girls” abductee power that this Walky lacks.”
Wow. Considering that Dexter being a fictional cartoon character in this universe is what gives them any impetus to talk at all, that really would mean fate is a harsh mistress. Either you have the superpower to talk to the girl and no reason to do so, or you have no ability to talk to girls and every reason to do so.
Damn you, Willis!
Is it typical? I mean, WalkyPrime was a real gogetter with the ladies and enough of a cloudcuccolander that no type of person female or otherwise would phase him. Walky here has only been around for four days now and we’ve seen him do this on three separate occasions.
In character to be sure, but typical doesn’t seem quite right. We haven’t actually even encountered the specific situation you describe before this instant, so it can hardly be typical.
I need someone who can shut me up that well…mostly because I don’t meet enough of the opposite sex with similar interests and when I do I can talk to much
She needs to start verbally abusing him. That will make her fit into Walky’s preconcieved definition of “girl,” and thus he will feel more relaxed around her.
In other words, act more like Billie?
“Walky has gone bye-bye.”
I’m glad to see that Dorothy realizes why Walky turns into a buffoon around her. Walky should be encouraged that she finds his behavior charming at all, and even more encouraged that she wants to interact with him even though he is behaving way strange.
Oh my god, wouldn’t Danny encountering Dorothy and Walky on a date be the most awkward thing ever. I imagine Danny struggling to come up with something to say that isn’t insulting to Dorothy or Walky. (His mind eventually short-circuiting and he yells out “At least I still believe in justice!” Walky and Dorothy stare at him. Sauce drips off Walky’s left cheek. And, scene!)
Walky’s transformation is awesome. Very well done sir. Though I think I may miss his “OMG she’s near me” face. It was so ridiculous I just loved it.
Oh god, I love the little It’s Walky Head Alien figure on that shelf. I want one so bad now. Make it happen Willis
Yes, Walky. She’s hot, and she likes the things you like.
Whatever you do, don’t make my mistake. DON’T immediately ask her to marry you.
(Apparently, that scares them even more than a guy being commitment-phobic, for some reason…)
*starts smoking his Freud Pipe*
Commitment-Phobics, in my experience, are much easier to cure than Over-Zealous Committers, as the term may be.
Yeah, I’m not gonna touch that one.
But your mother will. For a nickel.
Is the Freud Pipe aware it’s a subconscious metaphor for a dong?
Sometimes a pipe is just a penis.
…in the FAAAAAAAAACE.
The only thing scarier is: I WANT YOU TO HAVE MY BABIES!
I see no Nachitos anywhere in here.
SHOW ME THE NACHITOS.
Ohp, scratch that. I just found them on the bed.
It’s like Where’s Waldo, but with food products.
Not really food, in the strictest definition.
More like “vaguely edible items”.
“Orally inserted substances that generally pass completely through the human gastrointestinal tract.” Might be more on the nose.
Yes, but “vaguely edible items” rolls off the tongue more easily.
this won’t be easy… but hey! at least she can re-read something she likes 😀
Wow… I don’t think I’ve ever been more creeped out by one of Willis’ characters. Seriously, this silent, wide-eyed leer that Walky’s has gone from cute to borderline sitting in the tree outside her room with a night vision lens camera.
As someone who has experienced girl paralysis, I can promise you it’s not even close to the same thing. Creepy would be if he tried to remain unnoticed and watch her from afar, slowly cataloging information about her until one day he comes on way too strong and gets MACEd. What Walky’s doing is trying to get close to her, and then getting a sudden and highly visible outbreak of Derpes all over his face. Dotty is actually handling this in pretty much the perfect way. She knows what’s happening, she acknowledges it, she didn’t shoot him down right away but she did put the ball squarely in his court. Look at that face. He’s already starting to recover from his Derpes. He’ll be using his big boy words before you know it!
Derpes, for those who don’t know, is a sexually transmitted disease that can inhibit judgement, motor function and cognitive abilities. It is airborne, and can be transmitted via line of sight. The only known cure is to sack up and talk to the carrier who gave you the disease (though sometimes it can be hard to distinguish the cause of Derpes because carriers are rarely symptomatic themselves.)
Yeah, I had the whole stalker thing going through most of what I guess in America is middle school. Girls do not respond nearly so kindly to that as they do to Walky’s befuddled adorable awkwardness. Rebranding myself in highschool was probably one of the more beneficial feats I’ve accomplished.
Blob Marley, “Derpes” is a fantastic term, and I am going to start using it in real life at every opportunity. Did you come up with it yourself?
Yeah… no. I gotta disagree. See it’s easy to see this as a adorable awkwardness because we know how Walky normally is. I’m thinking in terms of the real world and with someone who doesn’t know Walky’s regular behavior, and I can almost guarantee that if any girl had someone with THAT level of the derps, the adorableness would have long since passed and they’d be doing all they could to avoid that person. And I’m betting a lot of people have seen that happen.
I mean seriously.. you cannot tell me that if you had someone starting at you… with unblinking intensity… an expression of hungry want and desire… their body tense as they watch your every move with the most extreme of consentration… before… EXPLODING WITH A LOUD AND INCOMPLETE SENTENCE… you wouldn’t be creeped out.
Dorthy is handling this better than most girls would, but I do not doubt she’s still feeling a creep factor about it. And hell, I’m just a reader and I find his expression REALLY unsettling.
Hey… she figured it out.
I wasn’t sure it would be apparent he had a crush on her. I wondered if she’d just think he was out of his gourd or something. Cool.
Even if it wasn’t obvious, she had it spelled out for her fairly immediately: http://www.dumbingofage.com/2010/comic/book-1/02-uphill-from-here/gender/
I think most of us would have laughed at the joke and written it off as a premature analysis though. It really is noteworthy that she gets what’s going on with Walky. Surprised me too.
Makes me wonder if she’s encountered this before. How did she and Danny meet?
Really? It doesn’t seem surprising to me at all, huh.
Chekov’s….something. If it wasn’t going to be used, why was it there?
I… I think it’s a seizure, Dorothy. You’d better get him to a hospital.
seriously, what’s with his eyes?
They are STARING INTO YOUR SOUL!!!!
I have this strange gut feeling that Mike is gonna walk in and fuck up this opportunity for walky.
Anything Mike did could only improve things. He’s already fucking Walky over by standing outside the door and punching out those who would intervene.
Hopefully Mike doesn’t just walk in and start fucking one of them.
Don’t be ridiculous. We all know that when Mike walks in everybody in the room gets fucked.
For a nickel.
The Dotty gravatar makes this post even more hilarious. You go, Dorothy! You’re in a gender studies class, and you have standards! Your body is worth AT LEAST five cents!
I love how aware of an open about the situation she is.
“A simple misunderstanding leading to a comedy of errors? Not on MY watch!”
Darn! That’s my fetish!
What, misunderstandings? Or watches?
It’s that spinning second hand that really gets *me* going. Damn the digital revolution!
Comment made even weirder by leering Joe avatar.
But using digits make everything more fun.
Let’s not forget strategic usage of hands.
So how did they manage to fit on your watch in the first place?
They have so much in common. They like the same comics, and…uh…That’s about it, really.
The orange-purple lights on the covers and Walky’s underpants made me assume for a moment that either Walky has a disco ball lamp, or they have moved to a party while waiting for Billie.
They’re also both mildly snobbish and dismissive of others. They share a social circle. Prize ships have sailed on less. Certainly it’s a lot for people who’ve only known eachother the better part of a week through a convenience in their respective timetables.
Let’s not forget the ‘they just like one another’ crackpot fringe theory
Also, that’s a “where have you been all my life” face in the last panel if I’ve ever seen one.
You sure? I think he’s kind of hard to read. His face is like an unmoving glacier with a storm raging behind it. The epitome of the deep and withdrawn soul.
Looks to me like it’s just another step in the recovery from his ‘broken brain’ face; his frown is a little smaller, his eyes a little closer, otherwise the same.
He’s clutching his hands tighter, too.
With the tips of the thumbs pressed together it expressed expectation. Without it ina sort of prayer like position it expresses not wanting to let someone go.
Doroteh is awesum.
Dorothy, it is not going to get better. Get out of there while you can.
Run Dorothy, before he consumes your soul with his giant eyes!
I’m not gonna lie, getting kinda tired of Walky’s reaction like this. I sincerely hope SOMETHING happens in the next couple of strips, because this “cannot speak around Dorothy” thing is getting dull.
Why is it dull? It has worked on Big Bang Theory for three seasons.
Well… at least he’s not trying to chew the lower half of his face off anymore, so… I guess that’s progress?
Can I just say I looove Dorothy? DOROTHY IS THE BEST!
Kiss him already.
no san diego comic-con, the sorries
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