A Tumblr close-up for my peeps:
I know what you like.
Making the sock a liar just cannot stand!
WON’T ANYBODY THINK OF THE CHILDRE- I MEAN THE SOCK!
Danny now needs to borrow the sock.
The sock is a metaphor for Joe and his morals concerning sex.
Someone get David Willis an Eisner.
Then smash him over the head with it.
Blood. So much blood. It’s everywhere.
Socks are big ol’ liars anyway. Never trust a sock!
Exactly. Never trust anything that willingly lets you step all over them.
Let alone anything willing to ‘accommodate your foot’ so easily.
Socks are slutty masochists. That’s all I’m going to say.
Also, I have made this an endless recursion of Roz. At least until Plasma changes his gravatar again.
I change my gravatar more often than most people change their socks.
Which is why my dog attacks socks, he hates liars.
Actually they are cheep toys but them being liars sounds better.
The sock had dignity and standards! Danny ruined it! RUINED IT!!!
The sock has integrity, Danny! You can’t just put words in its mouth like… some kind of fabric talking doll type thingy with the fingers and the mouth and…
I saw what you did there, and I enjoyed it. Well done, Mr Spaced avatar.
Yay! Somebody recognized! Bonus points if you’re in the U.S. because the degree of difficulty for picking up on that raises here.
I’m in Canada! …Okay, I’m British and only moved to Canada two years ago. Damn, blew my bonus points… But I introduced it to my Canuck girlfriend, that’s gotta count for something?
Now Joe’s gonna have to have sex with like 30 chicks so the sock can feel good about itself again.
So, an average Sunday for Joe, then?
But then he’ll get a bunch of vds.
What would Joe have need for a Virtual Dedicated Server for anyhow??
Yeah, Joe needs a Real Dedicated Server and by that I mean vagina.
To host videos, obviously.
I hope he washes that sock after every girl, cos you know…
He won’t take any pleasure in it, he’ll do it simply out of a sense of duty to the sock.
Well, maybe a little pleasure.
I never thought I would ever type this but I agree with Joe.
I don’t on principle.
Yeah, where the hell did the wisdom come from here?
Joe clearly prefers his dorr-knob socks to be completely honest.
Well played Mr. Willis, well played.
Unless you had Randy write this arc.
No thankyou, ‘DoA!’ is depressing enough already.
Socks are often used to tell lies, usually by being stuffed in men’s underpants.
Or women’s shirts… I’ve seen it. It was a joke, but I’ve seen it.
I thought women used tissues or hankies for that sort of thing.
NEVER impugn the integrity of the sock, Danny!!
“Dickdeep in ladyparts?”
The guy’s a poet!
What? It’s an accurate estimate of how far in Danny would have gone.
Well Danny&Amber shippers your ship isn’t sunk yet.
I did said that a lifeboat of the ship survived.
Yep, they just talked. With no clothes on.
Oh hey, I think that last panel was on the tumblr a while ago, neat.
“Now I demand you make an honest woman out of this sock!”
This pleases me.
It’ll probably please the sock too.
Your gravatar = win.
I HAVE SHAMELESSLY REPLICATED YOUR COMMENT BELOW
REPLICATION-five! *high fives*
So does the sock get a gravatar now?
Please let it be a gravatar.
I demand a Sock Gravatar!
Also the sock needs a name anyone got any ideas? I am thinking Walter?
Nah, let’s stick with ‘Sock’. It’s catchy!
Yeah your probably right.
How about Knobby cos you know…
That is funny on two levels!
Like his obvious relative Nobby Nobbs, the protector of unstealable things?
Nah, Socks just fine.
Mr. Foot Condom…no
Duke Foot Condom of Gynephilia…yes?
Knobby Knobbington or Socko
LIES! ALL LIES! How do you like my rabid shipper impression?
Needs moar foam around the mouth.
More foam, huh? Thanks for the tip. Now to troll the Wing yaoi fangirls.
And now my impression of of a shipping obsessed fan, “GRAAAAAHHHH! THIS IS WRONG! *Character A* MUST BE WITH *Character C*! *Character B* is a *insert reason here, the more ridiculous the reason, the better*!”
P.S: Apologies to shippers everywhere.
But its so true. Ive seen it on a couple of site where they are quite litterally like this. Just take out the graaah and thats exactly what Ive seen.
LISTEN TO THE SOCK OF TRUTH! IT DOES NOT LIE!
Bonus points if you get the reference.
Nope, I’m stumped, Doctor.
Im hoping that what im thinking of is correct. Does it involve forks?
I’m guessing it’s from Doctor Who but I can’t tell who said it. Never watched the show because it was never aired in my country.
Pheh, excuses. That’s like somebody claiming to unable to get pregnant just because they’re male.
Unless you’re seahorse or got done in by some alien life form, a male could not get pregnant.
Please, just because you are male and human doesn’t mean you cant enjoy a little insemination.
Jack, I told you, that wasn’t me. You got all hopped up on Mondasian gin and were making out with a Weeping Angel.
Poor thing. I’ve never seen something completely immobile try to flee in terror before.
So much win encapsulated in the last comment.
Your comment + your name…. XD
I couldn’t stop laughing!
Liar Liar, Socks on Fire!
It was a reference to the famous “Chair Leg of Truth” from Transmetropolitan.
It does not lie.
Dude, YOU MADE THE SOCK A LIAR. HOW COULD YOU D:
whats that word he used? princ…ipals ?
Oh, like the head of the school!
The sock is a lie!!!
Why isn’t there a tag for ‘sock’ ?
As did I! High Five!
NOBODY MAKES JOE’S SOCK A LIAR!
ALL CAPS IN EVERY COMMENT
YOU MEAN LIKE THIS?
YES EXACTLY LIKE THIS.
COS CAPLOCK IS CRUISE-CONTROL FOR COOOOOOL!
And after it lost its mate in the tragic Dryer Incident of last Thursday, too. You awful, awful person, Danny.
(Yes, I realize my gravitar makes this a self-loathing comment.)
The sock has a tragic life.
The sock is going to go to the sock bar to binge drink with bottles of bleach. This will result in a downward spin cycle of depression.
Damn you. I usually do that. *shakes fist*
Hmph. My Pun-Fu is stronger than yours. Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve been doing this longer than you.
And I learned from the best.
You learn well young grasshopper! *strokes beard*
Oh Plasma-Sensei, please help me to change my foolish ways. *kneels before Plasma*
I meant the spiraling thing. Not puns. I am nowhere in your league in that respect.
Well, idiot Danny could have put his shirt back on before walking out.
Sorry, he still deserves the trouble he’s getting.
Putting on some pants wouldn’t have hurt either.
And that’s why I think he lied. If he didn’t do it, why is he still in his birthday suit?
what if it is his birthday?
I think he may have had pants the entire time or at least that’s the impression I am getting from panel two.
i am confused should I respect Danny more or less?
MORE if you believe he didn’t do it with Billie for a noble reason, LESS if he just chickened out due to performance anxiety.
If he didn’t do it, I hope it’s for a noble reason. I kinda like Danny.
you should respect him more as a person with dignity, principals, and self-respect, and less as a man cuz as we all know us men don’t have time for any of those
As far as I know men have roughly the same time allotted to them as women, and the same capacity for dignity, principles, and self-respect. That said, I’m not sure ‘principles’ is the right word for Danny to use. The word ‘standards’, maybe, would be more appropriate. Not in a way offensive to Billie.
WHAT A LOSER!!
Joe, Danny or the sock?
Where did her top go? I want to see the original for that pic!
I wish there was such a picture but sadly, my naked Roz grav is just a photoshop.
I thought college was where you lose your morals and make up new ones. I’m becoming a hedonist vegan next week, I swear.
That’s an oxymoron. You can’t be both a hedonist and a vegan, because no true hedonist would deny him/herself the unparalleled joy that is bacon.
This man. He speaks the truth. Bacon forever!
ALL THE BACON IN THE WORLD COULDN’T SAVE YOU NOW!
That’s not true. To make up for the lack of bacon the hedonist vegan could simply fuck twice as much.
It would have to be at least three times as much… to make up for a lack of BACON!
I rather be a hedonist pseudo-vegan* myself.
*Pseudo-vegan: A person who eats only animals raised on a strict vegan diet.
Wouldn’t that be more of a “recursive vegan?”
I’m actually a little disappointed. I guess I respect his willpower, I know I wouldn’t have had it. Big question remains though…
WHY DID HE STAY SHIRTLESS? THAT’S A LITTLE WEIRD.
Simple; because he forgot.
That’s still kinda odd. So they were talking for, what, 10-15 min while he’s half-naked?
Well, yeah. Occam’s razor states that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one, unless contradicted by other evidence. Assuming that Danny is telling the truth, which I’m inclined to think he is, the simplest explanation for why he was shirtless is that he forgot. Hell, even if you assume that he actually did have sex with Billie, this is still the most likely explanation for why he remained shirtless.
@Aegon01 The number one reason Danny is shirtless: FANSERVICE!
Somehow, this really doesn’t surprise me. Danny has always seemed to be the honorable type. He was talking about justice once, remember?
Mufasa’s brother talked about justice too, but it didn’t make him any more honorable.
What? Don’t I look trust worthy? No Love for Jerry Irons?
sadly I am new to gravatars….
I just wanna know exactly what “and we started” entailed…
WILLIS, you cock-blocking SONOFA8!+(# !!!
Danny is dead to me.
Also, and maybe it’s just me, but that was totally a cop-out, with all the teasing of sweeps week lesbian kisses on network tv and the same lack of dramatic pay off. I know it’s just a comic strip, but conflict comes from people making mistakes, not from being clear headed and resolving potential conflict off screen, and I feel like a great deal of potential dramatic interest was essentially thrown away.
Danny sleeping with billie would have been TERRIBLE writing. He’s been in a long term committed relationship until a week ago, and is still, by his own admission, confused about what he wants. He’s also repeatedly stated his views on casual sex. It would just be out of character for him to sleep with Billie like that. Not everything has to be a conflict, and the characters don’t always need to make mistakes:sometimes it’s nice to see one character who can make a healthy decision now and then.
Though it was blatant teasing. But hey, it’s a Willis Comic, what are you expecting?
To say nothing of the fact that the effect is still the same: regardless of whether they did it or not, Amber THINKS they did, and that situation is still going to need patching up. Therefore, plenty of conflict potential.
That’s not a real conflict, though, that’s a false conflict or pseudo conflict. Nothing has actually happened to throw a wrench into the possibility of their relationship, Danny has proven himself a decent, respectable man who doesn’t make mistakes even in the heat of the moment, and Amber merely misunderstood the situation. Since nobody has actually done anything at all, conflict cannot exist. This is a Three’s Company, sitcom “conflict” designed to intentionally have no effect on the characters after the end of the episode.
Real conflict would have been Danny wrestling with his opinion of himself after doing what he thought he wouldn’t, or Amber being forced to rethink her understanding of Danny, or Danny being forced to choose between the excitement of the new and what he thought he wanted. False conflict is Amber having to find out that she misunderstood and then everything is fine again.
Of course it goes against everything the character believes himself to be, which is exactly what would have made it interesting while still remaining a totally believable situation, because it is not a case of a character doing something completely out-of-character, it is a case of a character doing something that is completely, understandably human. Emotionally wounded, alone, thrust into a completely new situation which is culturally defined as a time of growth, change, and a redefinition of personal ideals, suddenly confronted by a radically new, unforseen situation, Danny gives into temptation and the heat of the moment to do something even moments prior he never would have thought possible. Totally realistic. Happens all the time.
Now, of course, what happened in the comic, Danny resisting temptation and rationally dealing with the situation is also completely realistic, and could have also been an interesting read if it hadn’t happened off camera. But merely being realistic does not make good fiction. As it is, there is no true conflict created by the story. Conflict was teased at and then wiped away.
At their very best, slice-of-life comics like these reflect the joy, tragedy, humor, and conflict of real life. I’m not saying the comic, as is, is bad, but I do believe the possibility of being better was missed when the author took the easy way out of a possibly volatile situation.
DON’T MAKE THE SOCK A LIAR~!
It seems you’ve invented another meme, Mr. Willis~! :3
In days of olde…
When magic filled the air?
When badasses are really badasses and Super Robots are awesome?
Up on the misty mountain?
When man spewed fire out of his arse?
…when knights were bold…
…when men were men, the women were also men and the sheep were nervous.
…and the children were the FBI…
superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age of Gargoyles.
One other thing Danny won’t do because he has his principles is tell Joe to put a sock in it. Mostly on the principle of not getting Joe started on that again.
Mister Willis, I, for one, always love some Danny nudity and I thank you for your fanservice!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, GUYS
And to celebrate: somebody not having sex!
CRISIS AVERTED. Oh, Danny, this is why you’re my favorite.
(Except for Dorothy. And Sarah. And maybe Ethan.)
Groan. That Joe. Nothing on his mind but socks, socks, socks.
Is that a normal way of putting on a shirt? Am I the only one who puts both arms through first then pulls it over my head?
See, I do it the opposite way; head first, then both arms.
I think your all alone. *pats back*
There are many different ways to put on a shirt, and they can often be an indicator of personality. Putting a shirt on less “messily” is a way to keep one’s hair from getting mussed up, but looking at Danny’s hair that’s clearly not a concern of his. So he just tosses himself into it any way he can.
Is it so bad that Danny has principles?
Please, Danny. As if nothing is a thing that can actually happen.
I guess Danny’s a nihilist.
No thing happened.
Nothing happened. It made Falcor sad.
Snerk. Sorry if this is old hat that everyone’s seen: http://is.gd/XJPRqX
Not the sock! Anything but the sock!
Meh. I’ve made the sock a liar plenty. I just prefer being alone, and if I have to put a sock (or necktie) on the door-handle, then so be it. ‘Specially if you don’t really like your college roommate.
Danny, I am disappoint.
Oh Joe (and therefore, Mr Willis) you hurt me, so much… With Laughter!
I didn’t think Danny was the type to go in for that sort of thing… The effect with Amber has been the same though. Oh dear!
I do wonder what they said to each other and how much Billy opened up to the lad, no wonder she looked sheepish.
This isn’t really related, but the strip reminded me of this for some reason.
You turned down Billy? How could you Danny? WHY?!?!?!? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!?!?!?!? She is by far one of the most attractive individuals in this cast of characters here.
Dude. Seriously?! Danny is clearly suffering from some severe but narrow form of psychosis. I don’t care how nice of a guy you are; once the boobs come out, it is ON.
THE SOCK CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
…you got me, you sneaky beggar.
Anybody else get flashbacks to Dead Poets’ Society?
Redd: “You made a LIAR out of me, Neil!”
I always thought that was so over-the-top.
I’m disappointed in you, David, you KNOW you should’ve doen the close-up on the sock!
Anyone else seeing the irony of the situation?
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