Have a big ol’ Dorothy on Tumblr.
I know right. I’m still confused on why he would target Walky. Is it just because he can? Or does Mike have something against Walky. Im so confused at the moment.
Maybe Mike is upset that Walky kissed a girl instead of him, who really knows?
I find it funny that you think Mike needs a motive to be a dick to someone other than “he’s Mike”
Remember, some people haven’t read Willis’ previous comics.
They will learn in time.
Mike could very well be targeting Walky for reasons other than “He’s Mike.” Remember, as Willis says on his “About” page for this comic, “Please remember that not everybody reads my other comics. Dumbing of Age is intended to be a stand-alone work and is set in its own separate continuity, and so talking bunches about the old stuff is not only pointlessly distracting, but has been proven to be confusing to new readers.”
I’m well aware of Mike usually acts like an ass for the sheer fuck of it but I bet jealousy and revenge are also reasons for Mike to act in such a way.
I don’t think I’ve seen Mike “jealous” as much as vengeful and protective.
Maybe not in this universe but has done it a couple times in Shortpacked.
really? examples if you do not mind
Putting Jacob in a position were he would very likely ruin his life due to a sex addiction, just because he had a crush on Amber?
Not that I think that Mike is being jealous here, but it did happen in an alternate universe.
his work at the water park were he was drunk and when he saved amber from the monster in NYC, thats about it.
@I.care – I’d put it a little stronger than a crush. He’d already told her he loved her, and proposed to her as part of that whole plan. But I think it’s always worth reminding, as much as we all go “hell, yeah!” when he targets someone we hate, he’ll turn on someone we like just as quickly, sometimes for no reason.
Maybe Mike just wanted to remind them, “I’ve done all your Moms for a nickel!!” but didn’t want to say it out loud, because he paid the prof a hefty 25¢!! Why raise the standard?
This was my question as well. There’s been so many references lately that refer to stuff that’s well over a year old, so who knows.
I had to check the archives just to remember that Joe and Mike had ever even met, let alone the punching every 7 seconds thing.
That’s the main downside of a comic where one day in webcomic time can take many months worth of comics to get through.
Many months? I know of sevaral which took several years to cover one day, and they were frequent updates, not that once a week silliness.
For example, 5 years = 60 months and 60 easily counts as many months.
Hey, at least it goes by faster than some comics. One of the comics I’m reading has been on the same day for a five years now, yet I can’t stop reading. (At leas, I think it’s the same day, but it’s hard to tell/remember for sure)
See, now I’m curious. Can you share the comic?
How could you forget that part though? D:
Mike does this kind of thing all the time, across the span of many comics.
I’m used to it (even if it stays awesome). They all blurr together.
Because he’s Mike, and he was bored, and saw an opportunity. He may have also done it to prove to Walky that he is, in fact, an asshole; Walky didn’t think that he was just a few days prior to this incident, when Mike ordered him some sort of pajama jeans online.
Maybe this is Mike’s especially cruel way of sending Walky the wake-up call that he might want to purge some of his especially slovenly ways if he wants to keep this girl for long…
Or, maybe he’s just a jerk. 😉
Mike’s a Jerk who gets off on making people improve themselves by using the most psychologically scarring means at his disposal. This seems like exactly what he’d do.
Agreed. Also, this will make Dorothy feel bad for Walky and want to cheer him up, meaning that they’ll spend more time together. So perhaps this is also Mike’s way of making sure that it wasn’t a one time thing.
Again, Mike is clearly pioneering a new field of therapy.
His motto could be: “I bring you to the lowest point possible. That way there’s nowhere left to go but up!”
Could be that he just knew enough about Dorothy to know that there was some stuff that needed to get out in the open and this was his way of facilitating the process.
I think Mike probably did it as a wake-up call for Walky. Like, “Hey dude, just ’cause you kissed her doesn’t mean she wants to get married.”
I’m thinking more along the lines of “She may be willing to make out with you in private, but she’s embarrassed to have people know about.” I think Mike wanted Walky to know that Dorothy is ashamed of him and embarrassed by her interest in him. I think Mike wanted him to know where he really stood.
I think Mike’s goal was to make Walky sad, thus making everyone else around him sad, like a sad grenade.
Sad grenade, nice imagery.
He’s mike that’s why. He does not have anything against anyone. If he sees a target and he can make them feel worse he will strike. Because he’s Mike.
Oh my god Walky let me give you a hug!
Being Mike’s roommate just got even better!
How can someone wearing a shirt so happy…be so sad?
Mike turned Walky’s smile up-side-down.
Tonight, Walky will have vengeance.
Walky will be the night.
Walky will become Sal.
At least Walky will still get his PJ jeans right, RIGHT?
All the pajama jeans in the world won’t make up for what conspired here.
I think all the Pajama Jeans in the world would be enough to make any man happy.
We better throw in some free McNuggets then.
I hate to be the grammar nazi, but I think perhaps you mean ‘transpired’?
And I hate to be a grammar nazi nazi, but choosing the wrong word is very much not a grammar mistake.
You are indeed correct, a usage error is more accurately referred to as a malapropism. Always good to increase my understanding of the language I purport to speak (and type).
That’s what worries me. Mike is probably going to mess with him over that too.
I think he timed it so that he devestated Walky’s security in being a slob just in time for the Ultimate Slob-wear to arrive
It’s one thing to embarrass a guy in front of a girl he likes but messing with a man’s nuggets is jusy going too far!
That needs to be a T-shirt. Also, is that Fuchsia in your gravatar today?
You betcha she is. ^_^ I took it from yesterday’s Sinfest comic.
I thought that looked familiar 😀
Dorothy upset Walky! I’m jumping of this ship. Is there still room on BilleXWalky or WalkyXSal’s bike?
Walky will never come between Joyce’s and Sal’s Bike’s twue wuv!
or Billie and Sal’s clear connection. not to mention Danny x Sal cuz ya know….she’s amazigirl
Okay Joyce and Walky can both be with Sal’s Bike and Billie and Danny can both be with Sal. Everyone’s happy.
OH MY GOD.
Billie will tell Danny that Sal is Amazi-Girl and THAT’S how they get together in this universe.
Isn’t WalkyXSal incest? Just sayin’…
No its WalkyxSal’s Bike
Morelike Autophelia or something
And since when did incest stop fans from shipping?
From the number of fanfiction I seen the summary of, I would say almost never stopped.
='( All our inner Walkys are crying
And to top it off, he still has to share a room with Mike. I feel bad for Walky.
Why, Mike? Whyyyyy?
Cos he can.
If you have to ask, you’ll never know.
Ethan made a wise decision when he choose not to be Mike’s roommate.
even the buttaco shirt is sad u___u
actually…he looks pretty content. as i imagine all butt tacos are.
Picking on Walky is a bit like kicking a puppy. Repeatedly. With steel-toed boots.
or pushing kittens into a food processor.
Where do you think the McNuggets come from?
Castrated roosters natch!
or going to an orphanage every day and complaining how your parents are smothering you
I always suspected that was the origin of McNuggets!
I’m loving it!
A perfect “I did it 35 minutes ago” moment.
Dammit, Mike, I LIVE IN THAT HALF OF MANHATTAN! *dies*
Nonono, y’see this could actually work out. Seeing how thoroughly crushed Walky’s self-esteem is, Dorothy will be doling out the pity/empowerment sex like nobody’s business!
Except for Walky.
It will be Walky’s business.
I saw the strip title first and thought it would be about toy shopping.
o3o lucky for you…7/10 shortpacked! is about that
Great shot, Mike.
He could have made Walky feel bad without involving Dorothy at all, but given the rise that he got out of the girl that Walky actually likes, imagine how much worse Walky must feel now. Mike is an expert troll, if nothing else.
It sucks, but at least Walky now understands just how much of an asshole his roommate happens to be.
Mike is kind of like a parasite that gets under your skin and slowly eats at you. You can’t really touch him, and he doesn’t want to destroy you. He just wants to keep you alive so that he can continue to harm you
So he’s a tapeworm?
Tapeworms WISH they could be Mike.
You can buy pills for that.
But you can’t buy pills for Mike.
He could actually be infected by Echinococcus Multilocularisis, as it is common to northern areas, and could have been specifically passed from animal to cartoonist (North Central Ohio is a prime area) to Mike. Unfortunately, Droncit is not sufficient to kill Cestodes in humans. Alveolar Hydatid Disease typically involves surgery and the liver becomes very VERY unhappy, much like Mike’s face.
I wouldn’t wish it on anyon… NO – I take that back. There are sever people I would wish it upon.
Sure you can!
Do they make alcohol gelcaps?
NyQuill has alchool in they make gel caps of that though I dont know if they actually have alchool in those.
No, dude, Mike got two for one! Now Walky feels bad, and Dorothy feels bad that her feeling bad made Walky feel bad! It’s a circle of sad!
Awww, poor Walky…
I might cry and it’s Mike’s fault. Kudos I guess.
OH DAMN Shit just got real again. Well… maybe not as real as the last walkyverse( That’s what it’s called right?). I’m still waiting for David to be all like “F*** ALL IMA KILL ‘EM WITH SPACE
I think Walky learned his lesson…
What that lesson is, or why it deserved such an act of malice is beyond me.
um…let’s spin the wheel of morality.
Wheel of morality turn turn tell us the lesson we should learn!
The Wheel of Morality says “Mike is an asshole.”
People in glass houses should get dressed with the lights out.
Brush your teeth after every meal. [This moral brought to you by the American Dental Association]
Do not back up. Severe tire damage.
Don’t eat with your mouth full.
Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy but socially dead.
Elvis lives on in our hearts, in his music and in a trailer park outside Milwaukee.
If at first you don’t succeed, blame it on your parents.
If you can’t say something funny you’re probably at the Ice Capades.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. [The best they could come up with on such short notice, according to Yakko]
Never ask what hot dogs are made of.
Possums have pouches like kangaroos.
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. (Except for in New Jersey, where what’s blowing in the wind smells funny.)
Vote early, and vote often.
You can teach an old dog new tricks, but you can’t teach Madonna to act.
…. I think that is all of them ….
I think he was helping a bro out.
Agreed. Remember, Dorthy is bound for the IVY LEAGUE (shove some sparkly fanfare in there, will ya?) She’s going to drop Walky for that, just like she did Danny. It is pre-ordained. Best to start swinging the wrecking ball now.
I know that Mike is a jerk but this time it seems like he is going out of his way to just make walky feel bad…
th-that’s exactly what he just did. Like to a tee.
i’m a mike fan and all, but this universe’s mike has a distinct lack of the subtlety i have come to appreciate in the other one.
having said that, he is pretty much right out of high school, so i can see how the subtlety to his dickishness would be at an earlier stage in its development.
Alt-universe Mike dressed up as his roommate’s dead dad for Halloween twice. If you want subtlety you’re in the wrong place.
I saw this, yet didn’t fully comprehend it’s consequences.
Touche, Willis, Touche.
Still a bit like hitting a puppy with a sledge hammer though.
Ahh, but isn’t the most enjoyable part watching the puppy writhe in agony as the little life it has left slowly drains from its wailing body?
three things need to happen here:
1: joe leaves whilst class is still in session.
2: not bound by joyce’s presence, he settles accounts with mike.
3: plus interest compounded for this little bit of jackassery.
Yeah Joe need be the ultima wingman and beat the crap out him.
Too bad Mike has already repeatedly punched Joe in the face, with Joe helpless to stop him.
Mike is a dangerous combo, he can hurt with his fists as well with his words and actions. God has blessed him twice, cursing our cast with half of their already slim hopes to defeat him.
Actually it was the aliens who cursed him with super strength in another universe. Here he’s pretty much a natural born asshole, but I’m not sure if the reason Joe didn’t retaliate was due to Mike being too quick and Joe being overly concerned with going to bed with Joyce. However, I can’t see Mike being able to survive to adulthood by being as big of a prick as he is so he probably has just enough to hold his own in a fight.
Walky knows what Mike is, and what he can do. But Walky has to be pushed under a steamroller before he worries what other people are doing around him, or thinking of him personally. He’s a good natured puppy. And Mike is protective of Joyce, I think maybe he’s throwing a wedge between Walky and Dorothy: because he does not like Dorothy just on general principle, and he does want Walky to clean up his act-Mike is an a**hole supream, but he’s neat.
Huh. Wonder if Mike’s trying to cement a relationship between Walky and Dorothy by throwing him under the bus.
… With his penis?
Well, it IS called semen….
Mike is just doing what needs to be done.
It starts out with the late-night smoochings and then moves on to the CONSTANT squeeky-squeeky-squeeky from the top bunk at 3 a.m. when you have a test the next morning… They had to be stopped. It was the only way.
They didn’t bone Mike cock blocked/twat swatted them remember?
I think Sockvs’ thinking of the future
Damn mike’s good.
Like a sniper, only instead of splattering brains, he crushes souls
He kills you dead… inside.
The sorry thing is that that is the kinda ya gotta live with.
On top of that, two birds – one stone… He’s THAT good…
Yeah, in Mike’s own asshole-ish way, he’s helping Walky. Let’s face it, Walky is what is politely termed “A Slob”. Maybe a little public shame will help him clean up his act, overall.
There can be fine line between helping people and horridly scarring them.
Mike crossed that line, then plowed its mom. =/
Oh, c’mon, this gag is so —
Yes, well, let somebody else do it then. Not my resp —
“With his penis.”
“For a nickle.”
I dunno. It seems to me that Mike is trying to protect Walky. I mean, if Dorothy gets that angry about the whole event, it sure doesn’t appear that she likes Walky all that much.
That’s my Mike! Ha and here Walky was thinking you were an ok guy! Now you’ve gone and convinced him that his lady love is ashamed of him. Furthermore it hurts because it’s true.
They say Walky’s heart shrunk 3 sizes that day…
It was almost as bad as when he found out mike slept with his McNuggets
I dunno, I’ve kinda considered DoA Mike as an at least somewhat different entity from standard Walkyverse Mike, and Willis has (I think?) kind of indicated that this could be the case
Could be kinda presumptuous of me, but Mike is one of my favorite fictional characters PERIOD, so I have hell of Ideas
He seems nicer and as maybe kind of a more plausible/realistic character given that DoA is a more grounded setting. I like this Mike too.
Mike is basically a Sith Lord. He didn’t actually ever insult Walky. Read the transcript. He showed Walky how much Dorothy is actually embarrassed by him and how she went to him out of a) boredom? some other unknown reason? and b) because she KNEW he was smitten with her and thus was a sure thing.
whew…just finished reading joyce and walky and I’m wondering what’s gonna happen with dorothy
I gotta say, I’m liking Mike in this case. I mean yes, he was a dick, he’s Mike. But what he just got Dorothy to do was prove how embarassed she is of Walky. Walky deserves a girl that isn’t going to hide him, and whether he meant to or not, Mike is forcing that to become an issue. He’s forcing Walky to acquire some backbone.
Completely agree 100%
On target there. Could not have said it better myself.
Thems my thoughts on the matter.
I’m hoping, though, that Dorothy will at least realize what a dick she’s been also, and change her ways where Walky is concerned.
But OH MY GOD WALKY’S FACE IS THE SADDEST FACE
Mike’s policy on frindship:
“would you rather a friend that is an asshole to force you to grow up. Or a friend that comforts you while you get stuck”
This is the first time I’ve felt like saying, “Fuck you Mike. Go die in a fire”
The only fire around here is in your mom’s pants.
Mike started the fire.
For a nickel.
With his penis.
I just felt physical pain on Walky’s behalf. Poor guy. :C
Two birds one stone.
This will scar Walky and made sure Dorothy will pick her priority.
Might make Dorothy get closer to Walky just to be contrary (as a big Fuck You to Mike) – which, maybe, is Mike’s plan all along.
Yep, Walky will man up, maybe giving Mike a punch or two and then him and Dorothy will banging all night long.
Damn Mike… that’s cold. I mean, I’m not surprised he’d do that to Walky, but still… Ouch.
Summary of most of the comments: Mike is such an asshole!
Yes? This isn’t news. Mike’s an asshole. He’s a very deliberate asshole. It’s why he’s awesome. Y’all just mad cuz this time he aimed his tactical nuclear phalllus at Walky instead of someone you think can handle it better.
Walky’s not a child. And TBH, it’s Dorothy who looks like the real asshole here. At least to me.
I agree with you that Dorothy looks like the real asshole, and I think that’s what Mike was trying to prove. Mike is probably trying to make Walky realize what this girl really thinks of him, and that its not all just making out and smooches.
I do think it sucks that he crushed Walky, but I agree with your read on his motives.
Poor Walky; there’s far better ways of suggesting to someone that they need to clean up a little and make themselves more presentable.
Mind you, Mike’s hit in this time was as cold and calculated as a sniper, gotta hand it to him. I think this is to do with the pj trousers, but I don’t want to say that and look like a fool later. I’m not very good at working out Mike ^^;
Ok, I admit it; I’m confused. Why exactly is this hurting Walky? I looked through the comments for any indication, but all I found was a mass of “poor Walky”s and “Mike is such a jerk”s and no explanation for why either of those are true. It feels like I’m the only one who doesn’t immediately understand this.
Everything leading up to this strip (butt-taco…food on his shirt…hoodie around his waist) was showing how society thinks Walky should be ashamed of himself. By his actions, Mike actually MADE Walky ashamed of himself, in an incredibly indelicate way, painfully compounded with the realization (again, courtesy of Mike) that Dorothy was also ashamed of him.
Poor Walky. That is such a cute sad face. I have to take back my comment from last time, Mike’s still just an asshole for the sake of being an asshole. …Why do I like that character so much?
Walky’s transformation into a sad puppy has reached 100%
Gentlemen, prepare your tear ducts.
I’m surprised he gave away who he was targeting. Dang, that Mike’s getting soft.
Well, not so much. If he didn’t tell Dorothy, she wouldn’t get what part she played. Before she was angry at Mike and if he’s just walked out she would have set there fuming over what an asshole Mike is. By telling her, Mike made her realize that she just crushed Walky, which kind of makes her the asshole.
Yeah, his saying that just made it hit home for both of them even more. Walky feels like shit and Dorothy, besides being embarrassed, now feels like shit as well. So really Mike just threw in a bonus for himself.
Mike saying he was targeting Walky was targeted at Dorothy.
Mike doesn’t always limit himself to a 1:1 bird/stone ratio.
It’s not that this is out of character for Mike or anything, but I still find it strange. Usually his schemes are to prove some ridiculous point like “I can sleep with your mom, even if that seems implausible.” My only guess here is that the point is “No PDA, it annoys me.”
I chose to read this as him disproving Walky’s suggestion a while back that he wasn’t really a bad guy like everyone had said (when Mike bought him the pants.)
Nevermind, someone posted that above. I shouldn’t post without reading the whole comment thread first :(.
Mike also seems to take pleasure (or whatever the Mike equivalent is) in pointing out and shaming hypocrisy. And don’t let his words convince you otherwise – he was targeting Dorothy here. Too.
There are times where I do not approve of Mike’s assholery, and this is one of them. I find it difficult to think of a reason why Mike would go after Walky like that; even for Mike, targeting someone, just for the sake of being a jerk, is against his character.
anyone consider that mike did this for the soul reason that walky did something in their shared room that mike wanted to make walky miserable for?
Mile did this for the sole reason that:
1) Walky said he didn’t think Mike was an asshole. Mike has a reputation to maintain.
2) Dorothy was being hypocritical. That’s like tossing a baby bird with its wings broken in front of a slaving dingo; Mike is contractually obligated to strike.
3) Why not?
Okay, that might not be a [i]sole[/i] reason.
The interesting thing to note is, Mike went out of his way to sit in a class he’s not in specifically to do this. This means he presciently knew that Dorothy would give him a chance to blast her. Abductee or not, Mike is omniscient regarding assholery.
You make a good point. Being an asshole is not a good enough reason to go out of your way to attend this class and drop some dickish lines on Dorothy and Walky. There must have been some nerds in the quad he could have tripped and some chicks’ asses he could have grabbed whilst he was just sitting there in that class. This was like a strategic strike, plotted with patience.
My theory is Mike is being nice. He’s like, “Dude, I just got you sympathy sex AND I got to piss off everyone in the room.”
I was expecting to see a sad taco in the last panel, to match sad Walky.
I love that there’s a Dumbing of Age ad on the front page of Dumbing of Age.
I like Joe in the second panel. He’s like a deer in the head lights!
He’s not sad! He’s just looking at Dorothy’s butt! …And is clearly disappointed.
Nobody notices the interesting turn of events here from a gender studies perspective? Dorothy, and apparently Leslie, assume that Mike is there to shame and humiliate a woman, when in fact he mentions two people and hits actual target was male. Was this assumption justified, or is it gender bias? Are Mike’s actions misogynistic due to treating feminine traits as negative? Or, in light of the majority of his other comments, does the focus belong on the full set of restrictive standards for “manhood” he is imposing on Walky?
Well come on, this strip *is* set in the context of a gender studies class.
that’s actually a valid thought.
You know Mike is very intellegent… he just uses that power for EVIL… or rather real life trolling.
I can’t help but feel that Mike is channeling Malaya . . . this seems more like something she’d do.
People like Mike have no conscience. They just exist for hurting people for fun. I’ve run into Mikes before and I avoid them. People like him get off on hurting people.
Aww… Walky… I actually feel an… emotion…
But still, cool comic so far, keep up the good work.
Sometimes Mike reminds me of Heero Yuy. This is one of those times.
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