Where’s a sporting goods store when you need it.
There is a bat store, but its more suited for buying guano…
And shark repellent, but that’s simply to be expected.
…I love you.
Ooh, Sarah’s past catching up with her.
I’m immediately picturing the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack playing (don’t know what song yet)
It’s “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” for me.
Three evil ex-classmates?
Given the foreshadowing on her bio page and the previous run in in the cafeteria it’s probably more than three.
“Sarah, it’s your bab-” *BLAM*
Can’t go wrong with Death to All Hipsters.
“We Hate You, Please Die” seems appropriate.
Lets not exclude the possibility of “SO SAD”
“This song is called ‘I am Sad So Very Very Sad’”
I read that as “Sarah’s cast patching up with her,” but somehow I think that’s a little optimistic of me.
This may worry some people, but… Dina sounds like Faz in my head.
Okay…what does Faz sound like?
I’ve always thought I’d be Fazinated with how he would sound.
Like PewDiePie on valium.
I always gave him an obnoxious, high pitched voice myself, sort of like Mandark from Dexter’s Lab.
Whereas I imagine Dina being rather quiet, sort of like Fluttershy.
Incidentally, Sal totally sounds like Applejack.
I always heard Faz’s voice as rather nasally and effeminate. Maybe the reason Dina sounds like Faz is more that she doesn’t seem to use contractions. We’ve just never seen her talk enough before this for it to be noticeable.
Then again, I don’t remember if Faz used them or not…I just don’t remember him ever using them…
I always imagined Faz sounded like Wilmer Valderrama’s character from “That 70′s Show”, but without the ambiguous foreign accent.
Yes! That is what I imagine Faz sounding like too. Possibly because Wilmer Valderrama’s character was called “Fez”.
Only more clipped accent wise.
I always pictured Faz as sounding like a very self righteous but dead pan version of Balky from the old sitcom Perfect Strangers.
Don’t be ridiculous.
Don’t you ruin Dina, now!
Naw just make new ones!
Uh oh, Joyce may need to come to Sarah’s rescue with the baseball bat this time.
If she did, regardless of how the rest of the comic goes, Joyce’d have to be my favorite character.
Joyce’s weapons of choice are Mike, broken glass and Chick Tracts.
Not to mention her own fists, “God’s Wrath” and “God’s Justice.”
“You’ll have to talk to my two friends Mr. Fisty and his wife Elaine”
Dear god, not the Chick Tracts! Those things distort reality for miles around when they go off.
See what you made me do!?
Oh, it’s already been brought it!
don’t talk that smack in mah’ mall!
“The largest of them was cornered by several others. Their hostility showed that they had plans to take her down. In a rare show of unpreparedness, the largest one winced uncomfortably from the pack of harpies.”
I’m starting college in the fall…this little fact isn’t true, is it?
When I started I made friends with some girls and promptly grew boobs and become one.
It takes more than boobs to turn someone into a girl you know.
I didn’t want to go into detail about it.
So you decided to nip and tuck the issue?
I decided to cut out the jokes.
Among other things.
This is basically what happens to anyone who becomes friends with a girl. Be warned, Coppermouth. Or at least, buy some plain, cheap bras in a range of sizes just so you’re covered during the change.
This is of course the reason why “I just want to be friends” is such a dreaded response the world over.
You were friendzoned so hard that it changed your hormone balance? Wow.
Depends… if you become involved in a new activity halfway through college, it can refresh your friends group.
Eh, not always. Only two friends I made my Freshman year actually lasted the past three years. I’m cool with this because I meet more people every year. And you will too!
What Mike said. What does determine “everything” is how you approach first semester freshman year. What you do will lead to the people and crowds you surround yourself with, which will only reinforce the actions you did, making it harder to not do them later. Now if these actions are productive, like exploring, learning, studying, non-destructive fun, working
… no worries.
This is also pretty insightful. +1
Not really. I made new friends from my neighbors every year. I also met new people through the anime club, from classes (especially group projects), and from going Greek my 4th year (of 6). If you’re open-minded and willing to talk to strangers, you can always find a new social circle.
(This is true after graduation too, but it gets harder thanks to work taking up so much time and sticking you with the same, relatively small group of people in your department/project/whatever.)
I’d say it’s half and half, though that’s only anecdotal – between me, my brother, and a few other mates. The internet has kind of tweaked this a bit though, as it’s so much easier to keep in touch.
The people I know and have influenced me are sort of evenly divided up into “family and people from school” (many of whom I’m still in with), “people I met and became good friends with in the first half of my first semester at university”, and “people I met in the remaining 5 1/2 semesters, and at work or socially since”. It’s a very strange period, you imprint on each other quite strongly as for many it’s the first time living independently, and, well, you can’t really go into that cold. You have to co-depend to a certain degree, so those around you the most (on your dorm, in your classes or clubs…) become a sort of surrogate family. After a year… or three… it’s hard to give up on them.
Obviously it depends on where you go, but there is a lot of truth to that statement yes. In some cases you become socially defined by who you hung out around Freshman year… for better or worse.
A new activity can help change your circle potentially though.
It can be, but if you find sucky friends your Freshman year, you can dump them for worse ones. That’s what I did. If I could do college over again as a traditional student, I would skip making friends outside of my classes and limit my friends to the ones that go to class and study more.
You can always re-roll.
I guess Sarah’s RaiDAR failed her.
Is that a device to find Raiden from Mortal Kombat?
Not Raiden, Raidah.
Sounds like the name of my ex-girlfriend.
Or a radar to track down Raiden/Jack the Ripper?
Your Dinatar makes this comment super awesome.
I would have gone with “BUGGER”.
What exactly is a Discovery Store? Army Disposals? Travel Centre? What?
Mainstream-ish science geekery. Balsa wood dino model kits and chemistry sets and tumbled rocks to collect and things of that nature. (Probably electronics/robotics stuff, now, too – it’s been a while since I’ve been in one.)
Do you guys get Discovery Channel in Australia? You’re Australian, right?
I thought Australia was like…the discoveriest place ever.
So it’s a lot alike the ABC(Australian Broadcast Company) shop then. Thanks!
You have your own ABC?!?!??!
Yup, it’s like the American ABC but with mostly Australian and British content.
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I would be more than OK with Joyce spontaneously morphing into Gabrielle Union.
Or at least Eliza Dushku.
You gotta have Faith!
We got to have MONEY!
Uh, is this about to get violent? Like, “middle of Karate Kid” violent?
Wow, Sarah’s roommate must have been a REALLY popular pothead.
No pothead since smokey has been so popular.
I actually know a lot of popular potheads.
And suddenly, a Bitch Cavalry!
Hey, that’s just like that nightmare I had last week. Except in that, the Bitch Cavalry turned into monster clowns.
How do you know that’s not going to happen here too?
Its cool, Mary Jane (Glasses), Heart Attack (Blue shirt), and Ganguro Girl (Black and Blonde) ain’t got nothin’ on Sarah the Slugger, Little Miss Raptor, The Amazing Drunkard, AND The Lord’s Voice through Joy on her side
You just named most of the line-up for the Mystery Men sequel.
Bless you and your insanity.
The Red Comet? Where?
That was my first thought when I saw that name as well.
Whatever is about to happen, it’ll involve Dina and Sarah being right next to each other so it’s gonna be awesome.
Tell me i aint the only one who loves dinas shirt more then this comic right now xD
tis a fine shirt i shall give you that.
Bitch, Bitch, Bitch.
I speak of both their seemingly unending complaints aimed at Sarah, and their names.
What? So I like Ronco products. So sue me.
SOLOMON! I HAVE RETURNED!
SOLOMON GRUNDY, BORN ON A MONDAY!
Solomon Grundy, wants pants too!
PRINCE ALI, MIGHTY IS HE!
Prince Ali, yes it is he, but not as you know him.
Read my lips and come to grips with reality.
“Mongo just pawn in game of life.”
There is a large part of me that wonders if maybe Sarah’s exaggerating things. I mean, this is a hell of a lot of hate to be getting just because she narced on her old roomie. Given what we’ve seen of Sarah, I don’t think she’s nearly as innocent or as much the victim as she claims she is.
i would agree with you except i’ve seen the loyalty druggies have for each other, granted i was a bit of a curve-ball to their group because i was boring to them but i gleaned enough from my surroundings to know not to piss them off without taking either lessons or making some new friends.
Never underestimate the tendency of people to respond disproportionately to what the situation actually merits.
Normally, I wouldn’t. But that disproportionate response is usually, in my experience, passive-aggressive bullshit. This is a lot more aggressive than I’d expect.
I dunno, maybe the ex-roomie was the source of their drugs? I guess that could elicit this sort of thing.
Makes sense to me. Sarah’s curmudgeonly enough that I doubt the narc incident was the first time she got on anyone’s bad side.
Though the possibility is still open that she’s curmudgeonly *because* of the druggie incident, as a defense mechanism. Though she was apparently at least vaguely interested in studying (and/or staying out of jail) by the time of that event too.
I believe that Sarah is with the perfect companion to fight of this pack of female hounds. Also GRRRRL FIGHT (potentially)!
When all other options have been exhausted, Sarah and Dina combine to form SAR-DIN THE DEFENDER! With her mighty dino-bat of justice, she fights for justice and freedom everywhere! No matter where evil may hide, SAR-DIN THE DEFENDER is always hiding behind a door, ready to knee-cap it, then give it a few more whacks upside the head for good measure!
Don’t do drugs.
*violently shakes as she fights off the urge to make a pun about being salty*
OK, I have to ask a very important question here. Does your name indicate:
You have a heart much like Zia’s.
You literally have Zia’s heart. You monster.
She IS Zia’s heart, rolling on a computer to write comments
You probably go through a lot of keyboards yourself – TARDISes always looked pretty heavy to me.
I’m actually interested to see how much depth we get here- last time Willis dealt with drugs was in his self-described judgemental evangelical phase – now that he’s more open to alternative lifestyles, I wonder if these druggies will get some dimension.
Of course, they’re still antagonists, but Ruth is an antagonist too.
The druggie isn’t actually here – these are her friends. There’s no direct reason to believe that they’re druggies themselves.
Who are these uppity bitches with attitude? I shall refer to them as the UBWAs
Now, hold the phone there. They may have legitimate beef with Sarah. We don’t know anything about them yet.
She got her popular pothead roommate expelled. That’s their beef.
Their beef is medium-rare.
Wow. Dina looks really tiny, and really young, even compared to someone who is probably only 1-3 years her senior…
I think Sarah is tall and Dina is short.
Stark height differences are not uncommon in Willis comics. Because, well, why not?
Though I suppose it could turn out that Dina skipped seven grades and is twelve. You never know.
Chan-Char, I choose you!
Calling it now. Trio mauled in Dina-saur attack.
Naw, more like Trio Sours attack! Dina-sore.
(Could have called the Trio Sores, but I liked this better.)
Why do I get this West Side Story vibe in the last panel? I think they should all be snapping their fingers!
I have trouble right now seeing what the point of this scene is. They’re stopping Sarah in the middle of a crowded mall to… what? Administer a beatdown of justice in front of like a dozen witnesses and mall cops? DoA has had some pretty wild fight scenes, but that seems kinda hard to swallow.
Or are they gonna ostracize her HARDER? How would that even work? Sarah already knows these people hate her and is too strong to cry about it.
I’m hoping there’s some third alternative, like, I dunno, blackmail. Usually I enjoy it when I don’t know where DoA is going, but today I’m just kinda nonplussed.
Man, why do they even care this much about some addict just because she was “fun to be around?” Was she secretly banging all of ‘em? Are they all addicts too and feeling judged by proxy? I just don’t get it.
Allow me to break it down for you. People are dumb, and people who get entrenched in cliques can be even dumber.
Well, it is possible that seeing ‘Go Away, I’m Studying’ Sarah out messing around at the mall (from their perspective) is the last straw. Nobody hates a perceived hypocrite more than a bunch of fundamenta, er fanatics.
And all that may be coming from this is Sarah in turn taking out having to deal with them over her loss of ‘cred’ on Billie and Joyce.
Sarah’s old friends have kind of weird names.
That’s why they’re old friends.
I don’t see sydney yus in that group. Seriously, who starts a vendetta and doesn’t invite sydney yus?
Now Sydney will have to start a vendetta against them for not inviting her to their vendetta.
Sydney Yus has a vendetta against people with vendettas.
Looks like Dina’s gonna have to kick some ass, then roar like a t-rex over her downed prey.
Your words paint a beautiful picture.
Druggy party girlz!
“Chan”, “Char” and “Raidah”. I’m sure there’s a terrible pun in there somewhere.
Sarah in panel 4:
Are they…are they trolling her now?
Did Dina get to college the same way she got to the mall and the lake?
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