I love this teacher! All the world can be helter skelter, and She’d figure out how to make it work in her favor.
I love Ms. Leslie as a teacher, she sounds so awesome. But Robin’s entrance has me in my seat.
I love Leslie, she is the cutest and kindest of all dumbing age world!
close to my thoughts of “Oh. My. God.” but that was because Robin actually seems serious in the last panel. Uh Oh works well too though
you know what? It took me a minute but …………………………..I see what you are doing here, Willis LoLz – can’t wait til next week
i totally posted this on the wrong date lol
PLEASE tell me she’s not mature. PLEASE tell me that last panel is a teaser. PRETTY PLEASE.
Look at it this way; if she starts out mature, all it’ll take is one bag of skittles to get her back to the Robin we know and love
But what if DoA’s Robin has DIABEETUS?!
WHAT would you do?
Her … for a nickel .
With your penis?
In her faaaaaaaaaaaace.
I feel like I’m a part of you guys already!
You’ve pretty much got the gist of it, I think.
Sorry, but you still have your femurs. And that’s totally babies.
And do his hands thirst for necks?
And does the lady require his butt?
oh darn. forgot about the femurs. One sec…
You will learn, Joyce has FAAAAAAAAITH in you.
And it would have to happen on a Friday post, so we will be forced to wait until Monday to find out if is the case or not.
And since next week is Eid, I’ll never know what will happen next.
Thank you. I’m actually not used to been greeted that since in Malaysia we say “Selamat Hari Raya”. BTW, Hari Raya is what Malaysian’s called Eid.
Damn you Willis!!
She’s just trying to show Sarah Palin that she was Sarah Palin before Sarah Palin.
Then why is Roz the one goin’ rogue?
And as a noob to this strip i have no idea what you guys are talking about. But I guess the fun will be in finding out as i read
Robin is one of the main characters in Shortpacked! (and previously appeared in It’s Walky!), but as those strips take place in an alternate universe to DOA… Umm… All you need to know is that Robin is Roz’s older sister. And apparently still in Congress.
For DOA nothing else is known yet.
You’ve got 3 to 1 against, all things considered I’m afraid.
Robin is not one for, let’s say formal, entrances. And without the sombrero more than a day into office, it looks grim. In addition, that’s Dude Robin in the hallway, who is the most annoying thing in the universe last time she made a statement on the matter, so she seems to have acquired the sudden and rather unexpected ability to tolerate with, and even possibly like him.
That said, Roz appears unchanged, so it is possible that the family DeSanto escaped the powers of Universal Reconfiguration.
So adjusted to 3 to 2 against.
Actually, the dude in the hallway was her orginal congressional aide from Shortpacked!
So much for that theory I said yesterday…
Also Robin’s here? OH MY!
I hope this isn’t a bait and switch and Robin really is totally different here. That would be such a trip.
THIS. Not that I dislike Robin in the Walkyverse, but I’m hoping for a lot more differences between the two comics than just “DoA is set in a college!”
Third. The motion carries. All in favor say “aye.”
Though I was really hoping Robin would be a former professional wrestler who had a mexican luchadore theme and went by ‘El Robin de la Muerte’ and would still wear a luchadore mask to work.
I’m RUTH now?! Did Robin get added to the pool of gravatars?
Aye, and move to strike all pre-marital hanky panky from record of the the afore mentioned.
All 1123 programs within this mobile platform register in the affirmative.
Then we can also quietly spec over the nature versues nurture effects on Robin’s character in the two universes.
We could still do that. The argument would just be heavily skewed in nature’s favor.
If Robin were completely different then she wouldn’t be Robin. I’d guess this is a Robin DeSantos who was never experimented on by aliens and doesn’t have super powers. That alone is going to make a big difference in her personality.
That’s not really how I’m approaching this universe, though. Dumbing of Age isn’t really a “what if” universe, where you can step back bit by bit to where this universe “branched off” from the original universe and went differently. This new universe is not beholden to the old in that way. It’s a fundamentally different universe. If I want Robin to still be zany and goofy like the original Robin was, I would be free to do so.
I would recommend not trying to decide what characters are like based on what’s missing from this universe versus the original universe. That’s always going to be a red herring. It’s part of why I’m kind of against talking about the old universe in these comments. They’re just a distraction.
I know this isn’t the first time you’ve said this, and I’m fine with that. However, I’m curious about something….
If the DOA universe is intended to be completely different and separate from the past/concurrent universe that had Roomates thru Shortpacked, then is there any particular reason why you peopled them with what amounts to identical characters with identical names? Wouldn’t've creating completely new characters, or at the very least using fresh new names for them, have done more to separate these strips in our minds?
Again, not that I’m complaining. As I said, just curious about the approach, and I don’t recall having seen you explain this.
It would have been better to help separate the strips in people’s minds, no question. But part of the reason I set up Dumbing of Age is that these are characters who I love, and in many cases have missed writing and drawing, and they’re characters I can imagine drawing and writing the rest of my life.
Because of Dumbing of Age, people come up to me at conventions and ask me to draw them Billie again. That makes me happy.
You are never going to work a day in your life.
Could you also incorporate marcie more, please?
Also, Oh crap!
But mostly: Hooray!
Is it just me, or does that grin on Leslie’s face in the last panel look slightly panicked?
Not just you.
DEFINITELY not just you.
Looks like her typical lovesick look, really. Disapponting.
An old flame, perhaps?
An old secret flame, perhaps, which would be interesting if this Robin is a staunch Repiblican, as hinted below by Willis.
Disappointing because I a) don’t particularly like Leslie and Robin together and b) rather enjoy Leslie’s development as a character, rather than as a Robin hanger-on.
I somehow doubt Robin’s gonna get a terribly large amount of screen time in this comic.
She knows what’s about to happen. She’s loving every minute of it!
Flying monkeys flinging poo have nothing on the next 5 seconds.
I wonder if Robin is out in this universe. If she’s not, Leslie could be worried she’ll say something to ruin her career.
Robin recently said that she’s really only gay for Leslie – in another universe – which we really should stop talking about…
I think Leslie is supposed to look nervous in the last panel, but I think she looks kinda strung out.
Their is probably a very good reason for that, >_>
She is trying her best to keep her muscles from automatically forming a DATASS face.
Is that Hooper in the behind Anthony (possibly Sr.)?
Crap. Didn’t even notice that, while gushing over Big Boss.
It’s not Hooper. It’s a person who’s appeared in previous comics of mine, though.
Looks like Dark Power 451 to me.
I believe in Jake Manley
It wouldn’t be hacker-dude that Danny made friends with way back towards the start of Roomies, would it? …Alex, I think his name was? And that’s Big Boss there, leading her in? :O
No, we saw Alex way back in the beginning of the strip. He teaches computer classes.
I refuse to believe they arn’t the same person.
FatAlex is a lie.
I reject your continuity and substitute my own.
yeah if i’m showing up it’s as something awesomer than “executive assistant #2″
It looks like the same aide who had to tell her last time that she was a congressional representative.
I’d say Bart O’Ryan.
It’s “congressional aide” (check the tags). He’s Robin’s aide in Shortpacked!
Watch her be a TOTAL snob. Totally unlike Short-packed Robin.
BIG BOSS! *cough* I mean, DEAN McHENRY! Yay!
So a mature Robin is what you get if she was never given her sugar induced super-speed powers eh?
Ineteresting… *strokes chin*
What bizarre universe had we entered?
The Its Walky/Shortpacked! universe is the real bizarro world, DoA is the normal-ish one.
Powers, no. Surgar, possibly but not likely.
This. One of the great things about Willis’ work is that it always goes in a direction that you absolutely did not expect it to go; I am so excited to see what he’s going to do with this!
I would love to know how old Robin is in this, though.
I would draw attention to the fact that she is apparently the representative for the 9th District of Indiana rather than the 8th District of California. She might even be (gasp) a Republican!
Robin’s here? Roz better hope that Robin is in a good mood.
Judging by the expression, she’s probably not ecstatic to be there.
I think she really is all mature. Don’t forget, part of the hyperness was in due part to the abduction.
It’s kinda weird to see that last panel considering how Leslie and Robin get along in the Shortpacked! universe…
Really hoping that Robin is someone other than her fo shizzle Walkyverse persona. She’s one character where a little of her can go a long way.
That’s probably why she’s not one of the students.
A wild Robin appears!
Crickey! Look at the size of it!
(R.I.P. Steve We still miss you)
Please no one check her gender by sticking a finger in her butthole..
Cloaca. The proper term is cloaca.
What? It is not at all odd that I know that and how to spell it.
I’m going to assume you study animal biology, which is less sad than the reason I know what it is and how to spell it, which is because I’m a nerd for Mass Effect trivia.
Actually, in humans it’s just “anus” or “rectum” (depending on how far in you stick the finger.) Cloaca are single holes that are used for urinary and fecal voiding, as well as reproductive functions; humans have more than one hole.
Unless she’s the avian kind of “robin”… which would account for her hummingbird-like attraction to sugar.
You’re either the worst or the best person to pun around with. Only time will tell.
I dunno. This one looks like it may be tame.
What a Friday strip. I cannot wait.
Also I just noticed Se. DeSanto wears glasses.
Fff, Rep. DeSanto.
Fourth comment in a row, goddamnit: is that Hooper in the background as the congressional aide?
Willis says no.
He’s just a Congressional Aide. Specifically, Robin’s Aide from Shortpacked, who hasn’t been seen since 2006.
Dammit, I thought Faz would be Robin’s lackey!!!!
Faz is Boner’s aide.
I’m pretty sure that’s only true for Ninja Rick.
Sorry I meant Boehner.
Uhn huh. Right. Sure.
No, I believe you.
my friend is very sad that robin and leslie are no longer together in shortpacked. please make them bang on the desk in this universe to make him feel better. it would mean a lot to him.
I second this.
Told you guys the argument was going to die, but nooooooooo, you didn’t believe me.
Looks like you won this round, I was so sure that Joyce and Roz were too focused on arguing to even noticed Leslie coming in.
Oh look it’s robin!
It even has red belly.
The term is breast. Robin has a red breast.
YESSSS!!!!! ROBIN!!!! YESSS!!!! Oh Willis, I can’t wait to see where you go with this.
This might actually be a good thing for Dorothy.
Dorothy: I don’t want to do this dumb story!
*a wild state representative appears*
Hmm…lack of sugar-based super powers would mean that Cadbury cereal has no effect (other than being delicious/disgusting, depending on your opinion), which would mean that Robin got to her position by competence. We can therefore assume she’s at least as competent/mature as any other politician, which is to say not very.
MOTHERFUCKING THUNDERPANTS! I am excited for this! Mr. Willis turns up the two webcomics simultaneously, as well as the contents of my undies.
I’m not sure why this disturbs me as much as it does.. but it does.
Urgh. I stopped reading SP! soon after Malaya’s introduction. It’s all about lesbians fighting over each other now, I can’t stand it. Amber becoming an assistant general manager was good story/character development, but that kind of stuff was so few and far between. I’m so glad I have DoA to get my walkyfix.
Yes. You are correct. The story hasn’t moved on at all. Just lesbians. Fighting. Forever. Over your mom. For a nickel.
With their penises
After a crossover with El Goonish Shive the Walkyverse changed dramatically. Shortpacked is actually excessively fetishistic now. Personally I approve.
A big theme in the presentation of the other Robin DeSanto is thwarted potential. Even without her super-powers, she seems to be a latent genius. She could become president if only she cared to apply herself on a regular basis.
It’s too early to tell for sure, but it looks like in the Dumbiverse, she does, and she might.
I’m kind of wondering if maybe Robin in the Walky/Shortpacked universe acts the way she does normally without sugar because her abductee power burns excess energy, rendering her rather stupid.
Where as maybe in the Dumbiverse without that power crippling her she’s naturally a genius.
At least that’s just the way it looks, for all we know the next comic could reveal her being a hardcore Tea Party politician.
(I’m still holding out for Robin-Leslie in DoA, married or otherwise.)
I fist pumped when I saw Robin.
This is gonna be awesome.
Sweet, my new gravatar is Robin!
Woo Robin… and big boss… HA
Thumbs up for Big Boss.
got here late, but TOTALLY physicked when I saw Robin.
Aw, I shouted out loud. Not squealed, mind you.
Okay, fine, it was a squeal. WHATEVAH.
One more time: Best. Class. Ever.
I just had a frightening thought. What if she turns out to be like Michelle Bachmann. *hides under bed*
Margaret (Maggie Scumbag) Thatcher?
I have a feeling that this Robin will be less fun D:
Do not want. >=
I don’t get a choice in the matter, but my sadface emoticon still stands!
Oh man. Joyce and Robin are going to be bffs.
Oh dear god no…
Oh….considering the blog post in SP! pointing to this comic is titled “She’s not a witch”, maybe she’s a Christine O’Donnell parody here?
I think it’s more important to know if she’s a werewolf in this universe.
Well we first have to know if Sarah Palin is still alive in this universe.
Has Robin’s age been disclosed for this timeline/universe/etc?
Older than 25, which is the minimum age to run for the House of Representatives.
Depending on what Robin says, this will either solve everything or throw gasoline on a fire.
Hypothetical Roz dialogue: “You were always more popular and more famous than me. I’m finally famous for something, and you have to come here and ruin it! Why do you always have to be more famous than me? WHY! You’re always trying to steal my friends and humiliate me! I hate you!”
(Imagine “I hate you!” said in the same way as Anakin Skywalker said it to Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of Revenge of the Sith.)
Then Roz either runs out of the classroom or makes a flying leap through the air in an attempt to strangle Robin.
(I so hope that this happens. It would be even more awesome than the first time in Its Walky that the Cheese appears in SEMME HQ.)
Better yet, she jumps out of the window. And if Sal is there (which I doubt), she could say something like, “Durnit, stop stealing my shtick!”
if roz shouts “NOOOOOOoooooOOOOOoooo!!!” as she runs out of the classroom, you have my support.
Would a Darth Roz serve Joyce and attempt to enforce abstinence-only on campus?
Wow, I was just wondering when Robin would show up. And here she is!
I wonder when I’ll be given a billion dollars by an army of hot women in trade for sexy fun.
Apparently it was just a coincidence.
Oh. I was kind of expecting her to turn the arguments into an impromptu lesson on gender assumptions or something.
Well, it was a religious argument and not a gender assumptions argument, so that might have been tough. Joyce had even been equal-opportunity in accusing Joe and Roz of being pedal-rippers, despite their gender! (Though that was just because she’s equally offended by them having had sex.)
Though, she *did* (indirectly) claim that Joe still have pedals to save, and that Roz was down to the roots. Though that probably was less that she thinks women are sluttier than that she was trying to flimisily justify her attack on Joe while simultaneously insulting Roz.
PeTal. Blast it!
Is Robin with Leslie in this universe?
And I bet she is not happy to see Roz, not that is Roz fault (she shouldnt put the video online though), but now Robin is going to answer really akward and pointless questions and that always suck
No, I’ll bet they’re totally buds.
“Hey, little sister. Still makin’ a living destabilizing patriarchal myths about female sexual gatekeeping?”
“You know it. Plus, I got video of three representatives who couldn’t get erections unless I tied them up and put on a ‘Hi, I’m a corn industry lobbyist!’ sticker. They’re uploaded to the usual location.”
“Awesome, three more votes for campaign finance reform.”
I seem to have a bit of a crush on glasses!Robin.
Given your Gravatar, you having a crush on a girl with glasses is… inevitable.
Considering I *am* a girl with glasses, the implications start to get strange.
I continue to read this as if Danny is saying it. The implications are nothing short of awesome.
Here’s one we don’t see in the comments very often:
Thank you, Willis! I was hoping for something like this, and this strip totally made my day.
Another fact that points at Robin being different in the Dumbiverse:
In Shortpacked, Robin was elected in the byelection following the death of Nancy Pelosi, making her the representative of California’s 8th congressional district (aka most of San Francisco). San Francisco is an insanely liberal city and proud of it.
In Dumbing of Age, Robin has been introduced as “your congresswoman,” which likely means she is the representative for the congressional district containing Indiana University, Indiana’s 9th. Indiana’s 9th is a fairly neutral district politically, flopping between Democrat and Republican almost every election and never giving much of a margin of victory to the winner.
One would think that the hyper Robin that won in San Francisco would be seen as a bit too radical for the 9th, so it is likely that Robin in the Dumbiverse is quite a bit more subdued.
This is one of the most overly thought-out things I’ve ever read about a fake politician. Well done.
Any money on Roz getting throttled sometime in the next couple of strips?
Argh! I only posted the other one because this one refused to show up. >_>
Robin in Shortpacked!: Used to poke fun of Sarah Palin during the election.
Are there any mildly psychotic female presidential political candidates currently in the forefront of American news? Any at all? >_>
Aww… I wanted to hear what Leslie had to say about everything.
And yet… ROBIN! But… she’s serious, and looks like Sarah Palin… So is she a republican or democrat in this universe? I’m guessing the chance of Robin/Leslie lovin’ in this world might not be as likely…
I smell a conspiracy.
What if her aide told roz to make the tape so attention could be drawn to how the congresswoman deals with it, garnering her favor with liberal constituents in her bid to make senator in her diabolical scheme to do the president…in his faaaaaaaaace?
There in Indiana.
*deliberately tunes out the logic from the evil people suggesting that DoA!Robin will be less Robin than other incarnations of Robin*
Instead I will be simply squeetastic that she has made her appearance.
And I will continue my rabid shipping of her and Leslie, based entirely on Leslie’s last-panel spazzface. ^__^
Roz shits a brick in 3… 2…
Ouch that sounds like it hurts.
Yeah. It just got real!
bet the next comic’s gonna be one long awkward pause in black and white, with a heart beat in the background.
Now, remember, Robin… Wait til the adults are out of the room. You can’t be caught becoming 100% immature until AFTER there are no credible witnesses.
I have a feeling things are about to get totally babies up in here!
THIS IS SO BAAAAABIES
IT’S BABIES MACINTYYYYYYYYYYYYYRE
She looks so formal it’s actually kind of ridiculous. Ridiculously funny. In the contrast between the Robin from Shortpacked and It’s Walky. Who is not formal at all in case anyone is wondering.
IT’s so weird how Robin’s older than everyone in this one.
As always, I can’t halp but focus on the difference between Robin and Leslie’s boobs.
… I swear this comment was going to be more classy than that.
YES! Thank you David. I’ve been praying that you would show Robin in this series, and now that she is actually here I am quite touched. Let’s see how this actually goes. In It’s Walky the main reason why Robin is so hyper is because she can obtain tons of energy, and speed from eating chocolate due to the power she was given by the aliens. *Awesome Power* Because the It’s Walky Universe and the Shortpacked Universe are the same that power stays with her.
In this Universe the aliens don’t attack. There are no super-humans. Thus Robin doesn’t have her power. Besides…it is proven that when Robin eats a particular cereal with chocolate Easter eggs she becomes the exact opposite of herself. I wonder if that would happen if she ate that cereal in this universe. I think I got that all right.
*Anyway, once again thank you Willis! XD
my only question is this: why was she invited to be a special guest for a gender studies class?
Leslie doesn’t seem to care. Everyone involved is in her class, and based on the last comic, I think she wants to see how much she can get about this, and bringing in Robin is the next logical step.
DoA robin is a hermaphrodite? nah, that would be way too advanced for the first week.
A better question is how did Leslie manage to arrange it? If it’s merely in reaction to the sex scandal, then one would presume that Robin would choose some other more general forum to make her statement. How did Leslie get Robin in here? Do they…know each other?
Actually, on re-reading the comic, I’m an idiot. Though one wonders why Robin accepted the Dean’s invitation.
That’s what I’m saying. I can’t think of any kind of input Robin could give that would be of any value in a class like this, assuming that she’s going to be the same Robin character from ‘It’s Walky’. Unless her appearance doesn’t have anything to do with the actual class but has something to do with the whole sex scandal, but having her appear in a Gender Studies class to touch up on that seems kinda weird too. C’mon Monday.
She came here to slap Roz right in the mouth in front of thirty to forty students, fifty cameras, five adults and God. Let all see what Robin thinks of her sister’s antics.
i love that your number of cameras outnumbers people by at least five.
I seriously clapped out loud and my sister looked at me like I was crazy.
Was it a slow clap?
How do you clap silently?
Is that HOOPER on the back? yay
Again, no. Read the previous comments before you make your own please.
Oh boy… this is going to be SO BABIES for joe!
Also, YAY ROBIN!
Just found this comic today after clicking on a banner ad on Questionable Content. Bloody hell it’s a good one. Used to read Shortpacked a while ago but completely forgot about it. I’ll keep this one up though
Les do this.
Nice. Cliff hanger comic on Friday. Monday he will start us back up with what is going down in the dorms between Tubs and Cousin It. Well played, Willis.
I knew it was only a matter of time! Now we just have to wait and see whether or not this Robin will be the same as previous Robins have been. Perhaps there will be subtle differences. Perhaps this one is similar in temperament but pals around with Batman from time to time?
She won’t be the same.
Every time I look at that last panel, it’s like the first time I saw Darth Vader appear on the big screen.
And then I look forward to seeing Robin lift Joe by his neck while asking her sister, “Where is the tape you recorded.”
Bonus points if, “You weren’t on any mercy mission this time,” can be fit into the narrative.
“I kept no recordings of the tape…this is a college campus…we’re on an…educational mission…”
Wait, wait… All of these college kids are from the same Congressional district?
Probably not, but they all live in the same district now. College students can often maintain registration at their former address of residence, but by default they vote in the district where they’re currently living.
I never lived on campus, and I went to college back in the Paleolithic, but as I recall voter registration had to be at the home of record (usually the parent’s home) and college students voted absentee.
If they bothered.
Not only Robin but BigBoss! Yay!
Naked Snaked? Where?
Anyone else recognise Anthony as SEMME’s first Big Boss? I wonder what Tony’s up to in this universe.
He was the upperclassman that turned down Billie during move-in day.
Besides that. I think he’s curling.
Shit just got real.
5 bucks says that she tells them all that all this is “so babies”
why did you invite a local politician to a gender studies class.
on the second day of class.
what the fuck kind of college is this.
The webcomic kind!
SHE is here! :p
Can we assume sexy times are a go? Or will we be getting that boring speech about how Roz’s actions are bad?
More like a sibling fight.
Oh dear god… and this Robin has no speed powers… this should be fun…
o: Hey sweet! I was right about who the Dean would be! ^^
ROBIN! OMG I can’t to see what shes like!
This is my favorite DoA comic so far, mainly due to Robin’s serious expression. I know she isn’t supposed to be the same character as in SP!, but I can’t help pretending it’s the same Robin acting all serious and stuff.
YAY HES ALIVE IN THIS ONE NO DEAD BODYS DROPED ON HIM T.T IM SO HAPPY
No cofirmation on the status of his wife at this time.
way to kill my happy >.> meanie also im surprised that (to my knowledge) no one else brought it up
also so she is still in congris in this one? I would love to know how she got the job this time
Yay! Robin finally shows up? Also, possible new Gravatar? I will miss my Joyce one.
If Robin isn’t completely bonkers still… (at the very least by herself)… Something good and pure would have died.
Figures on a weekend. WILLLLLIIIIIISSSSSS!!!!!
Am I the only one more excited by seeing Tony’s Dad as the dean than I am to finally see Robin on this comic? Maybe so, but yay!
Everyone have their own reason to be excited.
Monday! I want Monday to come sooner then!
Woohoo Robin yay!!!! Why does she have glasses?
I’m going to go with ‘she has poor vision’.
I don’t understand this euphemism at all.
I’m guessing that ‘she has poor vision’ is a euphemism for, she has maturbated so much, it has ruined her eyesight.
I’m gonna guess that it means that her eyesight is poor and thus needs corrective lenses. Or they could just be an affectation contrived by her publicist.
Feels weird to see Leslie in the same panel as Robin and looking happy.
I don’t think that is a happy look.
Oh. Oh god. Yes. YES.
I almost died. It was worth it.
This just got BABIES.
This can’t end well
I swear to god, best teacher ever.
Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that Robin is going to Beatbox in tonights issue?
AAAAAAAH! IT’S ROBIN!!!!!! DDDDDDDDDDDDD
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