No subtext there, eh Ruth? =p
NO NONE AT ALL WHY DO YOU ASK PRAY TELL.
Can’t believe I didn’t catch that the first time…
Same for me. I didn’t see before reading the comments.
Alt-text: “sal would probably love to trade places with ruth”
It would make her more similar to Batman
I thought Sal WAS Batman?
No, Sal is , it’s so obvious!
That’d be awesome
“Nananananananana SAL!” doesn’t have the same ring to it though.
If you break it up, it works: “Sa-Al.” See?
Whoa. Me neither…
It will be glorious.
A whole lot of it.
I see what you did there. I SEE IT. I AM STARING RIGHT AT WHAT YOU DID THERE. IT HAS BEEN SEEN, I TELL YOU.
Two days? But we know that the folks show up sometime within the next two months…this might be the fastest any amount of time ever passes in this comic.
One must always take a webcomic’s relativistic time dilation field into account
Faster than when Walky got his Pajama Jeans?
Oh, right, we blew through four days with that.
Or slower than him touching that boob?
That’s the kind of moment you WANT to last. Now Walky can brag that he’s spent entire days doing nothing but touching boobs.
Only if he’s aware of the Fourth Wall…
Billie is the favourite ‘daughter’ in the Walkerton family?
Yeah, that… that doesn’t say very good things about either set of parents.
This should be fun. *evil smile*
She calls the Walkertons mom and dad? Clearly she is subconsciously imagining a future in which she is married to Walky.
Or Sal. Whichever the shipper prefer.
Or adopted. Or secretly raised by.
Sal. Definitely Sal. Shippers (e.g., Joyce) might claim that Billie’s just in denial about her attraction to Walky, but she’s actually tried putting the moves on Sal.
I’m not shipping Billie with anyone but Ruth.
I’m shipping her with a boat of alcohol.
I’m shipping her and Ruth on an ocean of ethanol.
That would be the fuel that powers the ship.
Your grav makes “ethanol” even funnier.
O HAI cuz it’s Ethan LOL =D
I prefer my ships without abuse and alcohol poisoning.
Where did the abuse come from? She’s on a boat!
I replied to the commenter above you.
What have you got against pirates, eh?
No, it’s: “What have you got against pirates, arrrr?”
Unless, of course, you are talking abooot Canadian Pirates. I have heard they roam the Athabasca, from Smith to Fort McKay.
You’re going to lose your Stetson if you have to pass their way.
They knew Billie will end up in the family one way or the other but via Sal? I bet they didn’t see that coming.
It just occurred to me that We call Billie Billie because her last name is Billingsworth. So if she married Sal and changed her last name to Walkerton (no WAY Sal would be the one to change her name), we’d have to call her…Walky.
Or neither of them could change their names? And why wouldn’t Sal change her’s? She doesn’t seem fond of her family.
She’s still “Billie” in the Walkyverse.
Don’t we call Billie Billie cuz she punches lilke a boy?
Which is also leads to why we call Walky Walky.
Because he punches like Joyce’s dog?
Billy and Sal were switched at birth, it’s the only logical explanation.
Well, all Walkerton children must be referred to by last name. Sal’s just a rebel.
Sal is actually half-Japanese?
WHAT A TWIST!
Thanks, M. Night.
Ya but then there would be accusations of adultery. if you know what I am implying?
Not unheard of for Billie’s mom in that other ‘verse. I seem to recall her having an affair with Ruth’s dad.
Maybe she had it with Walky’s dad in this ‘verse.
Or Joyce’s parents.
Or your mom. For a nickel.
Hmmm, that plot twist sounds familiar. I wonder where I might have run across is before? ? ? ?
Something tells me that Sal wouldn’t actually like having her parents killed, say, by a megalomaniacal purple alien, as much as she thinks she would.
Walky would be upset, but would ask for an autograph.
Then again, there is a difference in the circumstances here.
especially because Walky would be too busy geeking out about it to be sad.
And having superpowers.
I can’t decide if Ruth is Dr. Cox or Dr. Kelso.
With my new powers of CHEAP PRICES and BULK SALES, none can stand up to the power of I, DR. COSTCO!
Rwar, wrar, roar wrar aarr!*
*”No, but I, Dr. Bearington Bear, might!”
“I am Doctor Costo, Surplusser Supreme!”
You do not know how much that made me laugh, just thank you. You may have an Internet from me because of the way your comment turned out.
She’s Dr. Kelso to Billie, and Dr. Cox post-retirement to everyone else.
Woops. Scratch that, reverse it.
Are Danny and Joe J.D and Turk?
Snoop Dogg resident
It’s Snoop Dogg attending now.
Nono. BILLIE is Dr. Cox. She acts as a mentor to other characters, drinks too much, and gets really angry. Ruth is HER Dr. Kelso.
Although Ruth does have that hockey jersey…
“It’s Beardfacé! Beardfacé!!!”
What if Joyce’s parents disapprove of her friends? That would break my heart.
On the other hand I kinda want them to take one look at Ethan and ask her why she’s dating a gay guy.
They almost definitely would, for maximum dramas.
Hell, didn’t Joyce say she wanted Dorothy to go to church so that she wouldn’t have to tell her folks she’s “fraternizing with the godless”?
Joyce will have to make the ultimate choice: parents or Dorothy?
Well I don’t see how she could possibly gay-marry Dorothy without her parents knowing, so that scene’s gotta come sooner or later.
No, no. She should gay marry Dina.
Sarah should marry Mike.
Walky and Dorothy should get married.
Billie and Ruth should see therapists, then maybe get together.
Sal should continue hate-fucking Jason.
Joe and Roz should be a polyamorous couple.
Danny should be alone forever.
Ethan, Amber, Jacob, Sienna, and the others? I’m not sure yet.
Ethan should have a threesome with Joe and Roz. Just once.
THIS IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH MY SHIP, GOOD SIR OR MADAM.
(that was to TOTZ, obv.)
Well, they thought that Joyce was gay in It’s Walky. They’re probably aren’t that much different here.
They’re going to assume that she’s introducing them to Ethan as a beard to cover up her relationship with Dorothy?
I can see it.
That is totally my headcanon anyway.
[Meant to point to timemonkey's comment. No offense, Wack'd!]
It’s cool, I knew you were pointing at me. (everyone’s always pointing at me. And the laughter, I hear it in my sleep….)
Why would they ask? They’d probably be as happy about the prospects as Joyce was at one point of time.
It’s so perfectly “Do a good deed, let people go to hell for a different deadly sin than planned for.” Rotating in hell avoids rack sores.
I don’t think so. They may have concerns, but I don’t think they’d right-out disapprove of her friends.
1) Joyce had to get her sweet disposition from somewhere.
2) She said that she and her parents had changed churches frequently over the years because they weren’t comfortable with hateful sermons and jerky people.
Therefore, I expect her parents will be more or less okay, but remind her to stay true to herself and to pray to God for guidance.
Oh, Sal. Are you sure about that? Absolutely certain?
Let the chaos begin MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
…I’m also taking bets on who’s providing catering
$10 on Galasso, freaking out all of the parents
I also hope for other guest appearances that I can only dream of.
No no, Galasso IS a parent. Some say he’s a father, some say he’s a mother.
And both of those “some”s are Galasso?
Now Joyce has to decide how to introduce her parents to Dexter and Monkey Master.
Using Walky’s chart, of course.
I love Billie and Sal trading snark! Yes!! This is the first time they’ve seen eye-to-eye about something in a while . . .
I always forget that Billie essentially grew up with Sal. I always remember Walky, but I forget about Sal in that equation. I guess because of the Walkyverse and the fact that Sal has been in Tennessee for the last 4 years in-continuity
Dammit, everyone else beat me to the Sal’s-parents-are-dead joke!
You could make a joke about dead brothers, but I don’t think anyone would care.
Or dead Robins.
When did Robin die?
Right after Baskin. Those 32 flavors were too much for one man to handle.
Man, the Question just cannot keep a secret.
He rocked too damn hard.
Which one? Batman buys them in bulk.
Jason Todd died in like… 88?
Y’know, I wonder if Beef’s parents are dead in this universe.
Hit by a truck carrying Dexter merchandise, maybe.
Maybe Sal caused it when she robbed those stores?
I read Dorothy’s line in the 3rd panel as ” Yeah, Up yours”
Do wear glasses?
Might need your eyes checked.
I need my eyes check because I just reread your OP. Ugh, Stupid me!
Forgot to say sorry.
haha it’s all cool bro.
Joyce: Are your parents coming?
Dorothy: Up yours, you now they’re as dead as Ruths are.
Joyce: Yeah I’m excited.
Dorothy: why do you enjoy my pain?
I can only pray that at some point during this storyline, the fact that Dorothy is an atheist comes out and Joyce’s parents have the same epic reaction face that Joyce had the first time she heard it.
And hiccup the rest of their on-panel time.
If they are anything like their Walkyverse counterparts, they won’t. Especially considering that they went to the same university.
Wait, no “my parents are deaaaaaad”? jokes in the comments? What’s happened to the internet!?
Every time I think of Billies home life, I cri Errytime(assumptions of brokeness)
Would it be appropriate to say “See if ah care” here?
Man, everyone’s beaten you to the joke a thousand times over.
Don’t think anyone’s pulled the quote, though, so go ahead.
Sierra gets a tag on this one? …Because we see a bit of her arm in the third panel? I’m not even sure which of those two arms are hers!
I’m thinking the pink t-shirt. Could be wrong.
I’m not sure why Sierra’s arm gets a tag and Sarah’s arm (in the purple T-shirt) doesn’t.
Ah, there’s the Sarah tag.
Hmmm. I never had anything like this at any college I attended. Is this a common thing?
Mine has a general family weekend in the fall. It’s for all students, but then our school’s so small it could accommodate that many parents.
My college had one, though my parents didn’t come to it because I went to school out-of-state. The cafeteria food service’s quality level went up about five notches for the one day.
(Using that food service in prisons was later ruled to be in violation of the 8th Amendment.)
Oh, you went to SUNY Albany as well?
So, assuming it’s roughly the same time every year, we’re about a month into the school year?
That would mean that a month is roughly three years, meaning you can get an additional nine out of the first semester, and stop them from becoming sophomores until at least 2046.
But this means Joyce’s parents will meet…
Is it wrong of me to think of Joyce’s parents only as something that needs to be escaped? I mean them seeing the progress she has made and the friends she has pretty much has to cause a rift between them and I can only think that’s a good thing for her.
I’m pretty sure they wanted her to make progress and friends outside of the church. I only wonder why they didn’t start earlier.
Yes, but they wanted that “progress” to merely involve being more social and able to function in a community. None of this “atheists and gays are people too” crap.
…or so I’m assuming. For all I know Joyce merely takes them a bit too seriously.
Being able to function in a social context is exactly what you don’t learn by homeschooling, so I think even that is giving them too much credit. . .
My assumptions are based on the Walkyverse version of Joyce’s parents. Different settings, sure, but so far, no character has had any radical personality changes from their parallel universe counterparts.
Oh yeah, I don’t know anything about that parallel reality, so I’m guessing rather wildly. And probably uselessly.
I don’t mind being wrong usually.
In this case, though, I’d be delighted.
Yeesh, we haven’t seen Joyce’s parents in… how many strips?
The second panel makes this the saddest strip in DoA so far, and probably ever :c
It’s kinda weird that no one reacts to that, though I suppose it could be construed as a joke.
That last panel’s pretty damn rough too. These are very broken people.
Well, probably no one but Billie knows Ruth’s backstory, so they don’t realize that it’s self-referential, and assuming there are no other orphans in the room, it probably just seems like non-specific and vaguely threatening jerkery. Just what they’ve been lead to expect from Ruth, in other words.
Yep, pretty much.
This. Heck, that’s how I first read it.
Plot Twist: Joyce’s parents are totally fine with her having non-christian friends and her mother just wants to know when Ethan’s going to give her grandchildren.
I can’t be specific, because spoilers, but events in “It’s Walky” make that plausible.
If you’ve read It’s Walky!, that’s not a plot twist.
So, I think I’ve discovered the ultimate secret of the Willisaurus. Take a Mike. Expand his hair upwards and forwards. Bulk the crap out of his muscles, and conversely make his legs shorter. Give him sunglasses and a black shirt. Voila! You have a brand new Johnny Bravo! This entire webcomic is clearly part of the artist’s plan to rebirth Johnny Bravo into the world. And on that rapturous day, we shall all. Do. The Monkey.
We shall be Masters of the Monkey.
Also, Dexter is somehow involved.
What about Dee Dee?
Dumbing of Age: Where every woman is a cornucopia of issues!
Now that I think of it, how many of the male characters are undergoing similar levels of emotional tension?
…Just Ethan, sort of? Hmm. Maybe this universe’s Jacob and/or Mike has something going on that we just don’t know about.
I don’t want to compare apples with oranges here, nor try and create a “which-behavioural-kink-is-worst” contest, but honestly who among the male characters in DoA would you describe as well adjusted? Joe, maybe?
I mean, Ethan is a repressed gay, Mike is a complete dick, Danny is clueless, Walky is incredibly immature, even Jason’s behaviour is pretty self-destructive…
Dotty is pretty well adjusted for a main character.
She, at the very least, is cognizant of the issues she has.
Not just DoA, the entire Willis universe (Williverse?).
“Every woman”? More like everybody, really. You’ll be hard pressed to find a single well-adjusted individual in the whole Walkyverse. Every character is a bundle of issues at best, a train wreck waiting to happen at worst.
Okay so I just checked out the link to the actual Indiana State Family weekend for fun and one of the events listed is, “Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction” a discussion on sex research in America. If this doesn’t make an appearance in a strip with Joyce I will be disappointed.
Man, that doesn’t sound like an event, that’s there year-round!
The Kinsey Institute is at Indiana University? My, how appropriate. For the comic to be set there, I mean ^^
So, is this foreshadowing Joyce and/or Dorothy’s parents NOT showing up, but Billie’s parents ACTUALLY showing up?
Well, we’ve seen Tumblr sketches of Dotty’s parents, at least.
The saddest face!
feels weird commenting since i’ve been creeping for months but Damn Ruth. Leave none to wonder.
Someone get me a towel… it happened again T-T
For some reason I remembered Pigs by Pink Floyd. It doesn’t really fit her…but that’s how things went. Maybe the chorus would make sense?
Oh, that’s what Joyce and Dorothy THINK. Then it actually happens.
I moved into my apartment a few days before freshmen moved on campus this year. I go to a big college in a small town so the freshies and their families take over everything. You couldn’t have paid me to leave my apartment that day.
Rereading this a couple months later, Ruth’s advice in the first panel doesn’t really seem like an exaggeration any more.
We’re still feeling the aftershocks in my slice of the timeline.
SHE’S NOT FUCKING EXAGGERATING. THIS ISN’T HYPERBOLE.
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