Don’t worry Ruth. Billie understands. She’ll always understand.
I sense a future full of beer and sadness.
Josh’s picture is the definition of appropriate.
Virginity was such a happy time… Full of free meals, and cable.
Wait, what? I don’t get free meals and I cancelled my cable months ago. you’re shaking my worldview and I don’t like it!
You need to be more direct, Ruth. If I recall, she understood the “femurs” thing well enough.
Well Doc, you can always use Lemurs initiative instead.
No, no, that’ll never work. Don’t try and talk monkeys with Creationists….
I hear Llamas work quite well though.
Demon llama? Where?
Nahh, Joyce won’t take anything a Buddhist pack animal has to say seriously.
The sarcasm defense is good! Joyce dodges handily and it flies over her head!
Just like my circle of friends.
You assume she’s being sarcastic.
I had actually intended to mention insults, not sure how I got to sarcasm.
“We will never understand each other” is a pretty mild statement for Ruth to be saying in response to Joyce. Considering it’s Ruth we’re talking about.
Sincerity lends the comment gravity. It might even be vicious!
They don’t even have similar letters in each other’s names.
Awww, Joyce. So sweet and innocent.
TELL HER ETHAN.
You know, it occurs to me that she might not even think that anything was amiss if her partner turned out to be completely not into sex (with her). She might just silently worry that something was wrong with her for wanting more.
Hm, yeah. I bet you’re right. Dammit, Joyce.
Silly Ruth, the only way you can communicate with Joyce is with threats of violence.
She understands loss of femurs.
Or bible scriptures.
and she knows the art of applying broken glass to the FAAAACE!
Yes, who would have thought that Megatron would make a cute bride.
I always believed Megatron would be the ultimate housewife, once he and Optimus get over their serious tsundere angst towards each other.
Bet that laser cannon can make the PERFECT spaghettios.
I bet Starscream did!
Starscream would make a terrible spouse, you cant turn your back on him for a moment or he will most likely stab you in the back one way or another.
Not to mention, could you really imagine taking a poop and having Starscream interrupt it because the trash is full. Megatron it is.
“And if you can’t be careful, I wasn’t here, got it?”
I don’t want to understand you, Joyce. You’re living in a world that I do not wish to live in.
You know, it occurs to me that we have not seen Ethan’s roomate … Ryan maybe?
Mike is Walky’s room mate
Is it just me or did I just imagine Ruth saying her last line with a demonic voice?
I imagine her muttering in defeat though. Also sounds more like a whisper.
Yeah, but the black speech bubble usually signifies a demonic voice….that or an alien voice.
Plot twist: Ruth is Head Alien in disguise.
Not Head Alien or even Head Alien II but Head Alien’s long unknown offspring from his earlier experimental days.
No demonic is when it is black background in the bubble and red text.
The black background just signifies its full of hate and venom. red signifies the fiery aspect of the speech (which we associate fire with hell yes..)
So i viewed her speech as full of venom and hate for what Joyce just said..
You guys enjoy how much Joyce fails at being insulted.
Me, I’ll keep counting down the seconds until she finds out he’s gay.
Better count in higher denominations. If you count in seconds, you might run out of numbers.
As has been noted above, they could get married and still have her not catch on.
I dunno. Sooner or later I think Mike’s gonna get sick of dropping hints and just outright tell Joyce, or Amber’s gonna catch Ethan and chew him out right in front of her at some point.
I know they’re Ethan’s friends and all, but sooner or later they gotta let the cat out of the bag if Ethan doesn’t.
This is what happened when an unstoppable snarker met impenetrable sponge.
Or we call it, the “Snark Paradox”
Actually, when an unstoppable snarker met an impenetrable sponge, the unstoppable snarker has a very delicious prey.
But unstoppable snarker feed from angry responses and strong comebacks. But with Joyce she simply absorb it all and left Ruth feeling empty. What’s the point of a prey when it never give her satisfaction?
Notice that she(Ruth) enjoy it the most when Billie fight back.
I just hope that Ruth didn’t jump the snark.
I keep hoping she will jump Billie.
Nice avatar, by the way.
And what a surprise, it has been changed already.
But the Snark was a boojum!
I’m not sure if the last panel speech is supposed to be under-her-breath or something, or if she is now speaking the Eldritch Language of the Damned and Femurless.
That one group of the condemned with the most difficulty walking.
You mean it is even harder for them then the ones who had their spines ripped out?
[ note: it is very difficult to foment and underworld uprising when nobody has a spine]
I liked Ruth better when she was beating the crap out of people
Your avatar is so appropriate for that comment.
You two, get to it in the closet. I’ll keep watch outside. Then later join in.
Uh. That backfired.
This combo just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I’d like to say “C-C-COMBO BREAKER!” but I forgot what my icon is. Might very well be pat of the combo.
So much misunderstanding in one small area of communication.
This is what we called verbal misfire.
A verbal misfire could led to a verbal mishap or worse a verbal fuck-up.
But Ruth expecting a verbal sparring, and that’s not what she get.
At least it didn’t lead to a Verbal Kint. We all know how that would turn out.
Joyce isn’t wearing a sweatervest! SAUCY.
But Ruth is.
Clothes styles are being swapped? Joyce is brazenly exposing her tatas (apparently she was successful in calming them)! Ruth is dressed modestly? What is happening here? I am so confused.
You know who else needs protection? You…once I remove your femurs.
The thumbs-up positively MAKES this strip. I’ve lost my sides completely. It’s like she walked out of an educational cartoon from the ’90s. I resolve to give more thumbs-up in the future, because they are comedy gold.
That got a hilarious chuckle out of me!
Don’t worry Joyce, I’m pretty sure that “waiting” thing will work out for you. Not as sure about the “time is right” part, though.
Are those laced hands I spot?
Yea, what is up with that scandalous behavious Joyce? You go off to school and lose all your morals!?!?
“We will never understand each other. Which is important, because if you don’t understand me you’ll never appreciate my insults, and if you’re not feeling insulted, how do I validate my existence?”
You know, I wind up feeling this way a lot, except that I’m the Joyce in the conversation.
I’m just surprised Joyce knew what “protection” meant.
… didn’t think of that. I am too.
Oh, she keeps her gun with her at all times.
So that’s what the kids are calling it these days.
After re-reading yesterday’s comic I notice there’s a possible plot point where Ethan trying to be honest to her and she left crying or dejected afterward. Then Jo will appears (after rejected by the cheerleader) and see her all alone. You know what come next….
Hmm, interesting scenario. I actually picture Joyce trying to pray the gay away or throwing herself at Ethan and sacrificing their virginities to prove that he’s not gay. Either way will end in tears and recrimination.
Ice cream binge?
In the wake of a reader poll, suddenly all the characters in DoA are having sex or talking about it. Me thinks this ain’t a coincidence.
This is my favourite interaction ever.
YOU CAN NO LONGER PRETEND
One suspects Joyce’s reaction is going to produce mucho fan hate
Ha, I bet that when/if he tells her he’s gay she will think it’s because they haven’t had sex and offer herself or something xD
Also, damn this gravatar fit well for the last part of my comment
Or I could just play that song from the Thompson Twins. How did it go again? Oh yeah “Lies, lies, lies”
Joyce has shown herself to be pretty tolerant (if opinionated) when confronted with a person who is different from here or doesn’t share her beliefs.
I’m picturing a Joshua Weed type situation wherein Joyce says she will accept his gayness and love him, he just can’t ever have sex with dudes. If you haven’t looked up Josh Weed, do it, it’s hard to believe it’s real life.
I dunno, I just think a combination of Ethan deceiving her, her pious Christianity and the post-near-rape trauma could cause her to really blow up in an ugly manner if she find out at the wrong time/moment.
Plus it’s more dramatic.
Oh my god. Joyce’s facial expressions are the best part of this comic.
I just Archive Binged ALL OF “It’s Walky!” and “Dumbing of Age” (just for funsies cuz college is sucking out my soul) And I got to say: I miss Joyce and Walky together! Am I the only one?
I hope so. No need to repeat etc etc
I miss them…oh, god,do I miss them…although walky/dorthy is interesting, it’s not ….right.
That’s a rather mundane thing to say with such severity.
HOLDING HANDS 0_0 Joyce is okay with holding hands with a boy? Is it all official in her head now?
Flawless victory for Joyce.
Will we ever meet Drew or Manny in this universe?
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