Oh Walky. Growing up sucks.
Growing up doesn’t suck a quarter as much as growing old does.
My father used to always tell me that you can’t grow old if you don’t grow up. He also used to tell me that I was born in a barn and that the moon was made of cheese. Also Santa Claus. He told me Santa Claus.
I was told about Santa’s claws and how they can shread the skin off a naughty child in no time.
No, Santa doesn’t… He doesn’t have claws
…He has a guy who kidnaps children and forces them to wear blackface while making toys
I wish I was making that up
I have heard of that movie before, didn’t one of the TGWTG crew review it?
I think that was an episode of Pokemon.
I can’t remember if this is Dutch or French story lol
Dutch/Belgian. He’s called Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas) and is supposedly from Spain. He had a Moors servant who entered your house through the chimney to drop off toys (hence the being black) or put you in a bag if you were naughty.
Medievally, Moorish = Black. So i suspect the “he comes down the chimney and that’s why he’s black” answer is an attempt to whitewash the story when it became a bit embarrassing.
Didn’t say the ashes were the ‘only’ reason. And I mean really black. Black enough that whatever guy playing him could just smear black makeup on.
I always heard it was that he’d throw a handful of chimney ashes in your face if you saw him on Christmas night.
I think you’re thinking of Grumpus.
I think you mean Krampus.
Krampus! Yes! Thanks. 😀
That’s… that’s not Santa.
That’s the Merch.
I just imagine the most piano balladey 90s music ever.
It’s not so much growing up, as realizing that when you are dealing with women, even if you win an argument no matter how insignificant it may seem, you still lose. That goes double for women you’re sexually attracted to.
… and now I’m apparently Dorothy.
Yep. Strange things are afoot at the avatar Circle-K. I’d say maybe it was some sort of weird karma, but I’ve been turned into the psycho R.A., and I can’t work out either why I’d merit that or why my Gravitar isn’t working on this site in the first place.
Holy Sh, er jeepers! Willis has this thing set to G rating.
Who does he think he’s fooling? (Besides me?)
but that argument only works if you’re without principles, personally while sex might be a pillar in whatever marriage i get myself into i’m not going to chain it to my morality, ethics, and principles which i believe are more important in a relationship than just sex.
any woman i get married to is going to have the distinct disadvantage argumentative of being with a guy who has been effectively single for all of 20+ years. i got this far i can go farther for the sake of being right,
however all this goes out the window on the occasions that i actually am wrong. i can admit when i’m wrong, it’s faking being wrong for the sake of sex that i can’t stand.
and now apparently i’m the socially inept guy…
So what’s Walky going to get Mike in return? Hopefully not a nickel.
I dunno man. I’m kinda liking the implications.
Man, it’s been so long since I’ve seen Galasso in-comic that when I saw him in avatar form, I thought that was a mustache, not his gritting teeth.
It could be worse, at least George Lucas hasn’t used a time-machine to ‘special edition’ your childhood so much that even masturbation is ruined forever.
Someone has been watching SMBC theater.
YUP sure have! 😀
Sounds like someone watches SMBC Theater.
You were beaten to the punch by a few seconds. ^_^
Jinx. I demand sodas from you both, NOW!
Paid in full
That’s not right. This is Indiana. Soda is coke
If you say so…
no coplaints this time, I see.
In Australia soda is either soda-water or soft-drink.
When I lived there, it was pop.
(And sure enough, the county Bloomington is located has a mild preference for the term “pop.” Go a little northeast, though….)
Just a little and all of a sudden they look at you like you’re mentally handicapped for saying “pop”.
Denial. Because being honest isn’t easy.
Denile: The largest river in Africa.
Denail: I hate tpyos
Denail: A manicurist with Cajun accent.
Denail: what you hit wit’ dehammer.
De odder nail: what you hit afta you done bandagin’ denail you hit, ya foo.
Den aisle: where you shop for desks and nice chairs and bookshelves and stuff.
Denali, overgrown gas hog that wanna be gansta rappers drive.
DeLorean: What Walky will need to save this.
Denarian: Union of a human host and fallen angel bound to one of thirty Roman denarii.
You are my favorite.
I don’t know what it is about this comic and this group of commenters that makes Dresden references so easy.
I assume it’s because Dresden Files appeals to the same demographic. Either way, you’re awesome for referencing it.
So Willis, do you have a diagram of every character’s dorm room so you can keep track of what poster is where?
I don’t suppose that you checked the pervious comics to make sure he did just that, did you?
I can’t say that I did, and I’m glad that as David Herbert stated, it was on Tumblr. Putting info like that into comments of an unspecified comic date would be pretty maddening.
On Tumbr he said he has the backgrounds pre-done so I guess he has the backgrounds for everyone’s dorm rooms laid out.
Ahh, thank you!
Why does Walky act like a six-year-old? *headdesk*
…and why are my avatars always female?
And why isn’t my avatar the gravatar I set up?
Nevermind, I lied.
Gravs often take about 5 mins to show up.
Check the rating of your Gravatar. It has to be G-rated to show up here. Welcome to Wholesomeland.
Because the female avatars are the best avatars. Just look at Korra. XD
I have yet to getting around to watching that series.
I’m waiting until it finishes, I might then have time to rent all of the Aang + Korra DVDs at once and watch the whole run in one big marathon.
(Haven’t seen but a couple episodes and a load of clips of the first… enough to know that it’s well worth the time… but the cost of buying all those discs is a bit prohibitive)
That’s why God gave us Netflix. The entirety of The Last Airbender is available streaming.
And it is a surprisingly good series. This is coming from someone that has high personal standards for anime.
I don’t think it’s anime- isn’t anime sort of japanese, by default?
It isn’t anime, but it is very influenced by anime. Of course, that doesn’t keep it from showing up under the anime listing on Netflix, along with all the American superhero toons.
In the West, anime is Japanese cartoons, in Japan itself, anime refers to any kind of animation.
Korra is hot, you can’t deny it.
Who would ever deny that?
She is certainly very, very physically fit.
Have they show her stomach yet? I mean yeah shes fit, maybe slighty toned, but all the “fanart” I’ve seen has her abs blasted.
I don’t think they’ve shown it, but I think it can certainly be inferred from the considerable athletic prowess she shows on a fairly regular basis.
Blue avatars are pretty sweet too…
Tall women do indeed rule.
I got shuffled to a dorky Gravatar.
Don’t you mean DAang?
Dr.Z, you need to open a gravatar account and make your own grav then.
You are correct. I better get busy! :3
Haza! I have my Dexter Gravatar back!
Yes this is a fact, oh but it so sucks to be 5′ 4″ in world where women “need” tall men. Of “Wax wane sigh b*tch”
Do you mean it sucks do to social expectations?
You tell ’em Walky. Real pants are for squares.
And square pants are for Spongebobs
Why even wear fake pants? No pants FOREVER!!!
Jumping Jehosaphat! 😛
next Walky should get a UtiliKilt
He can grow his hair out and wear dresses, that will certainly change the tone of this comic. 😀
This comic gives me the sad feelings.
Although apparently my grinning Roz gravatar does not agree with me.
She’s just grinning in sadness.
Ah, of course.
*A couple seconds later*
Walky: “Dammit boner!”
This was brought to you by Boners
Boners: Ruining bachelor pads for over 2000 years.
The Joker loves boners.
Batman loves to ruin the Joker’s boners.
Tbh I don’t know why the “Ick” reaction toward that kind of fabric. As a guy who move often for work that kind of pants are just heavenly. Comfortable and not heavy at all.
The world might be a happier if less sexy place if more people dressed for comfort rather than fashion.
How come when cartoons where the same t-shirt and pants every day noone has a problem but when I do the same thing it’s called unhygenic.
apparently Daniel Radcliffe used that strategy to confound the paparazzi
Well, he wore the same jacket every day. Then he just wore jeans and a t-shirt.
The pictures weren’t publishable, because they all looked basically the same.
That.. that’s kind of awesome.
Cos people in comics often have 10 copies of the same clothes.
Or more ….. just have to check the archives of Olive Oil looking for what to wear …. or the same for Mr Flintstone when looking through his closet.
Well, they do have a problem. It’s called being dirty unwashed college students. If their climate and heating system is anything like what I experienced, they’ll end up spending the colder half of their freshman year only getting undressed (or changed) and letting their bare skin get wet when absolutely necessary.
Besides, laundry is expensive.
This is what 72-hour antiperspirant deoderant was made for.
Holy crap, so apparently I’m Joe now?
How about that poor woman in “Real Life Comics”? She has been wearing the same top for some ten years now.
Clothing is slavery! Nudism now!
I’m so grateful for a pair of jeans I got as a gift… they’re skinny jeans but the fabric’s so stretchy and soft that they’re almost like sorta loose leggings. Sexy + comfortable, ooh yeah!
Never underestimate the sexiness of a woman who is happy because she dresses comfortably and is not sore from wearing painful but “fashionable” shoes. 😉
for some women, crotch-hugging pants are disturbing. I can’t even stand looking at briefs or boxer briefs for this reason. and sweatpants are terrifying. something about not wanting to look at flaccid junk I guess…
Be strong Walky. You’re better off.
Commencing boredom in 3..2..1..engage. *headdesk*
Oh god this isn’t going to lead to them getting back together is it?
Meh. Give it a week, in universe time, and they’ll have worked through this… that or Walky/Dina will have kicked in. Either way ;D
A week in Dumbiverse time means…what? We should see more developments in January 2014?
Ever since that shocking timeskip, jokes like this always stumble a bit for me.
My, aren’t you the optomist. It will be 2016 at the earliest
It may lead to Walky realizing he’s made a difficult choice that didn’t work out like he wanted. Loved your Santa remark Plazma, give a kid nightmares for years heh.
Huh, awfully empty to your right, isn’t it, buster? Might want a smaller chair. That tends to fix that, in my experience.
Lesson the first: Breakups suck, even when they happen for a perfectly good reason.
Poor Walky… Life’s a little less brighter without a lover. Or a sweet cloned velociraptor.
Are… are cloned velociraptors an option now?
I’ve even got a craigslist personals ad going. It’s in the W4V section.
I can’t tell if Mike would be the best or the worst therapist ever.
He makes Dr Phil’s ‘Tough Love’ look kinda wimpy in comparison.
Wonder if we can convince Mike to apply a little of that Tough LOve to DrPhil? A full roll of nickles maybe?
By the gods. He would make sweet digusting love to Dr.Phil’s entire family!
It’s agreed: Mike as a TV therapist would be the greatest thing ever.
So, like, he’s totally masturbating in that last panel, right? Because that would be hilarious.
I don’t think he’s doing it right…
Wouldn’t sweatpants be an acceptable alternative for all parties involved?
Appropriate avatar is appropriate.
Wait, what’s the difference between thick PJs and thin sweatpants anyway?
Maybe you could just print a jeans pattern onto sweatpants instead?
I’m fairly sure in Dotty-land, only pajamas are pajamas, only sweatpants are sweatpants, and jeans are neither of the twain, nor shall ever be. The fact that all three are basically two tubes of material sewn onto a larger tube has no bearing on the matter. The world must have standards: Dotty’s standards. No other standards need apply.
Why is Mike the most likable character in every possible universe?
Because everyone else is an idiot?
Because evil is awesome.
I mean, they have cookies and everything.
I can’t tell if Mike is being snarky or actually serious in the first panel. This could be the closest he’s ever come to an apology.
He’s just doing it to make Walky feel bad.
God. Are we really supposed to belive that Dorothy’s behavior is OK ’cause Walky needs a woman, even if that girl would dump him soon anyway, and is a control freak?
I hope this is just Mike being a double dick and trying to get Walky back into a doomed relationship for the EVULZ, ’cause if not, this aesop is very, very broken.
The lesson is that sometimes people are jerks to other people, and sometimes they’re unreasonable, and sometimes people miss each other, even when they’re jerks. Sometimes people are human and sometimes they make mistakes.
Tl;dr just because Walky misses her doesn’t mean Willis is saying her behavior’s fine.
I hope you are correct.
But giving up a pair faux-pants for a woman ain’t that big a deal…
But with that said Dorothy didn’t have to be so harsh about it. I mean its not like she didn’t know how he is.
I’m not sure why Walky’s loneliness would translate into vindication for Dorothy. If that was a connection that could be drawn it would colour a whole lot of breakups very differently.
Mike is going with the angel that Dorothy was not worth pajama-jeans. I feel strongly this is not about the jeans and it is about some very strong disrespect & control issues from Dorothy.
My main concern is whether Mike is voicing the author’s views, i.e. Walky should have done as Dorothy commanded as it is better to have a girl who is abusive rather then be single & have some self respect.
This is so weird. XD I’m from a fandom that misspells “angel” as “angle” with stereotypical regularity, but this is the first time I have ever seen “angle” misspelled as “angel”. XD It’s kind of hilarious with that background.
Thank you for correcting my spelling in such a dignified manner.
Abusive is reeaally strong word.
I mean Walky put on the same pajama pants he had been wearing since he got them (Has it been 2 days?), he’s been sleeping in thme, and he had some fun time in them.
He went out with Billie, meaning he wasn’t loafing around, it wasn’t the time to be wearing PJs none the less Pjs he’d been wearing and sleeping in for days. It was a bit unacceptable that she didn’t want him to wear jean PJs in public perios, but it seems the boy only has one pair…
My point is: dirty habit is dirty and its reasonable to cross the line at “wearing the same pants we fooled around in last night even though you could’ve easily changed.”
… Now I have the scent of sex, sweat, and Nachitos stuck in my thoughts…
Also, any respect I had for Walky breaking up with Dorthy is waning the longer it takes him to punch Mike out cold.
Punching Mike out solves nothing because Mike did nothing but give Walky something he wanted. It was a thoughtful gift. Walky and Dorothy wrecked their own relationship. If anything Walky needs to thank Mike (again) because having the relationship break off this early is better than later.
That being said, Walky needs to stay strong. If he caves and goes to her first he will be miserable and controlled forever. Fight the power!
“If anything Walky needs to thank Mike (again) because having the relationship break off this early is better than later.
That being said, Walky needs to stay strong. If he caves and goes to her first he will be miserable and controlled forever. Fight the power!”
I could not agree more.
Except the controlled forever bit, ’cause I definitely see Dorothy dumping him as soon as she can transfer (or failing that, starts her career). ‘Course that still leads to the miserable state of being…
Isn’t the entire point of the relationship they had that it was something non-serious and non commital they could end when they wanted without much drama?
But such a thing does not exist.
Oh Walky, stop being a dick!
I love how you think Walky is being a dick compared to Mike.
Mike IS being a dick.
But he’s ALSO done nothing wrong. He gave Walky exactly what he wanted.
Be careful what you wish for.
Ah. To be single or to not always have it your way. The eternal conundrum.
I LOLed at Mike’s Cat Motivational poster. Yes it’s perfect for Mike.
Is Walky autistic? Or just insane? He’s definitely starting to creep me out.
What’s wrong with pants? Is he really ditching such a sweet girl just because he wants to look like a complete weirdo in public?
This is getting weird.
Walky stomped away from Dorothy because she was being a freaky rude control freak. He reiterated his love of pajama jeans now because Mike robbed him of the chance of reversing his decision by feigning hurt at the idea that his gift was bad – Mike guilt-tripped Walky into proclaiming his love of the jeans, hatred of pants, and his firmed resolve to dump Dorothy forever. Thusly Mike has deftly orchestrated Walky’s self-destruction without doing a single overly blameworthy thing.
Mike is God.
“Is he really ditching such a sweet girl…”
Are we reading the same comic???
Dorothy is a very ‘morally complex’ person, I’m not saying she’s EVUL!!! but she is a jerk to a lot of characters, and Walky is the second person she has given a brazen ultimatum to.
The first ultimatum I recall was to Amazi-Girl, which boiled down to a demand that Amazi-Girl give her exclusive interviews or Dorothy will find out who she is and out her.
Dorothy is many things, but ‘sweet’ is not one of her first qualities that come to mind.
Said “Sweet Girl” made it clear to Walky that it was only a casual fling, and then proceeded to try to tell him how to live his life.
Which is why I think most of us agree that Walky was justified in walking away from her.
I bet this is the first time someone broke up with Dorothy. I get the impression she’s used to being the one to do the dumping.
I hope it is a growing moment for her.
A growing moment? In a Willis comic?
No, he’s just stubborn and immature. Apparently, he didn’t get his way at home so much, so now that he’s on his own he’s doing the man-child thing where he mistakes the legal right to do anything he wants for a social permit to do so.
He’ll either grow out of it, find a total doormat of a girlfriend who never once raises a word to him and end up “happy” together, or end up forever alone.
Okay. Dorothy is used to being in a relationship with a guy who’s so into her he chose his college based on her, so she spoke to Walky like she’s used to speaking to Danny.
Walky seems to have issues with people telling him what to do, so when Dorothy spoke to him like that, he reacted in a similar way to his twin sister – by getting the heck out of there.
They’ve both got a lot of learning to do, but they’re gonna be fine.
I like the way Mike is holding his hands in front of him. Makes him seem so evil and calculating.
All he needs is orange glasses and a beard.
Poor Walky. Life is compromise.
So, will Mike go after Ethan after this has played out to his satisfaction?
Mike is a mofo,
that’s what he is.
Mike is a mofo,
banging moms is his biz.
Just wanted to complement the “you’re fucked” poster. Very Mike.
The poster brings up a disturbing question I’ve had for a while. Does Mike really kill cat & other animals???
As far as we know, no. That said, the poster’s actually a riff on an old one of a kitten hanging in a tree saying “Hang in there! Kibble’s on the way!” or something along those lines. It’s probably an actual demotivational-type poster, not something he made himself.
Huh. Who am I now?
The poster is a multiversal singularity.
all the best ones are.
I expected that that link would result in a bunch of new comments on that two-year-old comic, but apparently I was the only one.
Anyway, I really like the drawing style on that one. Very loose.
Thank you for the response, Mr. Willis.
I agree. I love that poster. Very cute.
I can’t decide whether Mike is a bastard or a good guy in disguise. I mean, I tend to lean towards good guy, but he very well could just be an ass.
The two are not mutually exclusive. Just as “light” doesn’t automatically equal “good” and “dark” doesn’t equal “evil,” “nice” and “asshole” don’t necessarily correspond to good and evil.
I’m convinced that Mike is the ultimate asshole force for good.
A lesson life had taught me. Living the dream isn’t as sweet as pursuing it.
Mike is the best. I think Mike x Joyce would be interesting.
Mike/Joyce just makes me think of that fantastic fan art that Willis showcased:
Pajama Overalls? Just came across this. Obviously it reminded me of Walky.
Wow Mike is nice…
Damn. Mike is forcing Walky to choose between girls and growing up, without Walky realizing he’s doing it.
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