That eye twitch in panel four.
I’m not sure that Walky fully realizes the effects of him being the favorite child.
Also the one with naturally straight hair, which their parents seem to value.
I hadn’t even thought of that. I wonder if appearance-based favoritism is what caused Sal to start acting out in the first place.
By that logic, Walky’s dad is on the bottom of the ladder ATM.
Or will be, once word of Sarah’s hair gets back to the folks. Then, it’s an immediate change of hierarchy. They have to swap positions at the dining table right away, even if they’re in the middle of a meal.
non-____ people all look alike to some ____ people?
I think he means Sandra. Which Sally is short for. Which I Sal is short for. Or it could go that way. I’d do nested nicknames if I was called Sandra.
reply went in wrong place, dangit
Sally is short for both Sarah and Sandra.
The degree to which Anglophone pet versions of names make no sense never ceases to amaze me.
Hey, at least it’s not Hispanic pet names. I mean, Carlita for Carla, I get. But Wawa for Laura? What? And it’s also the word they used to call dogs over? WHAT?
It’s entirely possible Walky does have naturally curly hair.
No, Walky is too lazy. He wouldn’t care either way. At least, not enough to relax it. That takes forever.
But this is Walky, everything is just naturally easy for him. he may only need to do it like once a month. XD
You can’t convince him to do laundry once a month, you’re not gonna get him to get his hair straightened. Come on.
If Walky thinks that owning more than one pair of shoes is too girlie, I can’t imagine that he wouldn’t think getting his hair straightened regularly would be a manly thing to do.
The is a kind of hair that when left alone curls naturaly, but if you brush it a certain kinda of straightens and it kinda stays that way… I do have that kind of hair by the way….
Ashh typos I meant. There is a kind of hair that curls when left alone to dry, but if you brush it a certain way it kinda of straightens and even stays that way until gets wet again, at least my own hair does that.
Same! But I don’t think Walky has my type of hair
Maybe he had curly hair but it’s too lazy to actually curl. That would fit Walky.
Haha, headcanon accepted.
If that’s the case I wanna know why we haven’t seen him harassing any beagles to chase more rabbits.
In one of the earlier strips (The one where Joyce has her “I’ve been afraid to ask what ‘flavor’ of human you are.” line), Walky says that his hair is kinky when really short, but grows out as straight as you see it normally.
Oh! right, he did say that. I’d forgotten. And that would be consistent with what happened to his hair when he shaved it in “Joyce & Walky”
Makes sense. My hair’s pretty straight, but it curls if I cut it really short.
He doesn’t have naturally straight hair.
…Uh. He does. Sometimes with curly hair, the longer it gets, the less curly/wavy it is. He’s saying that when it’s short, it’s more visibly curly but not anything like Sal’s still.
Less curly when long =/= straight. Your second thing is a straw man, as I never said it was like Sal’s.
Just because you didn’t say it being like Sal’s doesn’t make my point a “strawman”. I was using it as a comparison.
I was responding because the *implication* of your post was that he gets it straightened. Especially since the conversation leading up to this post is debating if he straightens his hair, which is obviously silly.
All I was doing was refuting Random832′s claim that Walky has naturally straight hair. That’s it. I’m a nitpicky person in general.
Right, and I understand that now. It’s just that the way you phrased it, it seemed like you were implying that he actively does things to make it straight.
Yes, he does; you just proved it. When it is short it is more “obviously kinky” but as it grows it is *naturally* straighter.
Key word: obviously. As in, his hair is just kinky in general, but it’s more obvious when it is short.
This is *clearly* worth fighting over.
Regardless of what horrific homunculus of topology his hair is, his current hairstyle does not require him to do any work or effort to maintain it. This means that he has not been replaced by an appearance-concerned pod person, and isn’t that what really matters?
I was being nitpicky, as I am wont to do.
I’m a bit confused by this, since he also says it’s like their Mom’s, and he clearly doesn’t mean it’s the same color.
He says it’s more like their mom’s.
And your nits were being picked right back at you, it would seem, haha.
how can i not reply in the right place anymore? gah
It looks like Sal is thinking “Must resist strangling”
Her eyebrow’s levitatin man. She’s powering up!
Her Limit Break is almost ready.
I’m guessing Sal’s Limit Break are Beat Rush, Somersault, Water Kick, Meteodrive, Dolphin Blow, Meteor Strike and Final Heaven.
Well shucks! Now I need to see someone mod a Sal Skin for Tifa in Dissidia 012.
Although honestly shes got a lot more in common with Prishe.
It’s almost like she said she had a hair appointment. Walky must get his listening skills from his mother.
I was just thinking “a chip off the old block(head) . . . .”
Good ol’ David Walkerton.
He had a mom shouting at him. The opposite happened! He LOST the hearing from his mother.
This is why you don’t stand so close to trombone players.
I can’t believe there isn’t a video of someone playing “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” on a trombone to link to.
Hey, Buddy. I’m a trombonist. What’s THAT supposed to mean!?
I think Wack’d meant it as a reference to the parents in the Charlie Brown cartoons.
“Waw waw waw waw waw waw, wawaw waw waw waw waw.”
The most annoying of all instruments is the marching snare drum rimshot
And I replied to the wrong comment
It apparently means you shout at people a lot. I hadn’t noticed this property of trombonists myself, but I have no particular reason to disbelieve it.
Sheesh, people. The key feature of the trombone is the sliding tube (valve). Walk too closely in front of a trombonist in marching band and you take the risk (if the trombonist is courteous) of merely getting your shako knocked off. If he/she is *not* polite you could wind up with a rap in the noggin.
Did anyone think she was telling the truth, though? Walky made the same mistake we did, it’s just that his realization is months after ours.
We were surprised, true — but it’s still crazy for Walky to be all “Wow! When’d that happen??” Um . . . maybe sometime during the 6 hours since she mentioned her hair appointment?
“Wow! You went to dinner with Dorothy and her folks? When’d that happen??”
“Uh, it didn’t. Dorothy decided to eat out with Joyce instead.”
You can read people if they’re published.
And you can listen to them if someone makes it a book-on-tape
I prefer the local journals, generally, but the Sal Study Institute of London has a nice digest available biannually, and the National Sal Society in New York’s monthly magazine is excellent.
I particularly like the swimsuit issue.
Walky learn to think before you speak or well do anything.
Walky doesn’t think. HE just does.
He’s like Apocalypse….he’s simply am.
Thinking just makes…brain hurt!
That look on Sal’s face says someone’s ’bout to get their ass kicked
Uh oh! Billie is so smart, she can sense symbolism! DUN DUN DUN!
I don’t think that’s what Billie is sensing. Not sure if bad joke or if missing the point.
Is that anything like Cymbal-ism?
That’s racism towards percussion instruments.
*Cue 80′s sitcom laughter*
That’s Walky is drawn before a live comment section.
I can only imagine how badly that would go.
Imagine if live audiences sounded like comment sections. Instead of “HAH HAH HAH *clap clap clap* HAH HAH HAH *wheeze* *clap clap clap clap*” you’d get “First! Rot-floll! Slow clap! Plus one! This is so gay! Esstee effyoo!”
Wait, your person calling “first” is actually first. That never happens.
Har. But in this case, you would also have people shouting DAMMIT WILLIS intermittently.
When Yotomoe said this a couple days ago, he won an internet.
No re-internets. Internet is won for original lines.
I see someone’s stealing my schtick. That’s a Yotomoe original. I’m gonna need some royalties.
Right, do you prefer queens or duchesses?
Now *that* one I haven’t seen around here! Nice!
Those are royals, not royalties.
Wait that joke was already done?
OK, how about “That’s Walky will return after these messages from our sponsor. Hankering for some Butt Tacos? Then, come on down to Butts Land! Where we serve all kinds of Butt related cuisine! Butts Land: If it didn’t taste like butts, it’s not the real thing.”
Warning: side effects may include butts disease.
Where did Sal’s nose go?
It can’t be an artefact of drawing a profile Willis face, Walky kept his nose in panel 4…
First thing I noticed before I read the balloons, was how Sal has no nose in panel #2
I think she’s turned further away from the viewer.
or her rage has started to distort her face. one of the two
It burned off from pure anger
Get some mirrors and slowly turn your head until your cheek obscures your nose from a side view. Unless you have some truly spectacular dentistry, you wouldn’t see much of your mouth, never mind either eye.
The same thing happened to Billie a while back http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/03-the-first-step-towards-recovery/unimpressed/
The Willis style is awesome, but his 3/4 rear angles could maybe use some cheekbones or something, I dunno.
To be fair he hasn’t gotten near the practice with them as other angles.
There is a hole in the ladder, and Sal is sticking her nose in it, as one does.
Billie can read Sal better than her own brother.
To be fair, he hasn’t dealt with Sal on a regular basis for some years now.
Billie has tamed Sal. She’s even got her using DOORS.
I always figured that Sal would be more of the tamer as she is fond of leather after all.
Let’s see some bondage action! I wonder if Dina has any advice to give them?
Only when properly motivated.
Subtlety is not a Walky thang!
Walky is as subtle as a brightly colored, overweight and uncoordinated ninja.
You’re right. He’s as subtle as Naruto!
Or, y’know, Choji.
*actually watches the show*
+1 internet for Yotomoe
Ah, you mean the Beverly Hills Ninja.
He’s more of a McNuggets and head-scratching sort of guy.
So, he’s like a cat, then?
You know…besides the whole “hair ball” hacking up, yes!
Except that one time. He just had to see what all the fuss was about.
And he found out that it was all about fuzz.
And like that, Walky abandons the head scratches to more or less yell things in the face of his sister.
You can blame “ADD” and it’s hyperactive cousin “ADHD”
Her hair’s straight that’s more than we can say about ethans.
Are you suggesting that Ethan has ‘bent’ hair?
Its wonderful, thank you very much!
Shame that psychic connection all twins have is a hoax, or Walky might be a little less oblivious as to his sister’s mood.
Who says it’s a hoax? Walky just likes to hum the tune of “Dexter and Monkey Master” to it.
I thought the twins connection thing only happens when one of them is dying or something.
Judging from Sal’s expression, one of them is about to.
No, I don’t think Sal would actually *KILL* Walky.
Maiming, however, is still on the table…..
Walky sensed it and his first instinct was to comfort her. But then his Walkiness kicked in and he did the opposite.
That would certainly explain how he immediately went into “flip the hell out” mode upon seeing Sal’s hair like it normally is.
…what were you doing, Billie?
Changing? Getting ready to go to the ba—-errr…. the… thing. You know, that thing that’s tonight. Yeah.
Flashing the people out her window. That’s what windows are for.
Whelp. I guess I’ll have to draw this.
I got a little carried away. NO REGRETS
I’ll give you seven internets and a week of Danny-free strips for an Amazi-rack symbol that I can project at night. . . . In case of emergency, of course.
That is both awesomely hilarious and surprisingly adorable.
I regret nothing! I love you for this Yotomoe.
You have acted with integrity, Yotomoe.
This just barely makes up for your contributions to the SS Fazina. Just barely.
That Rack symbol looks more like a Butts symbol.
Somewhere, atop the boys dorm, Mike believed it to be the asshole symbol and retrieves his Amazi-Dick costume from his closet.
Bravo! All of the internets I have are awarded to you!
“Worship me, for I have bewbs!”
She’s obviously going to offer herself to Ruth.
Sexting Ruth, obviously. It’s all the rage these days.
Ruth is the worst at it. All of her pictures are of her left elbow.
Ruthless89: I’m so hot for your femurs. Give them to me now.
CheerleaderBillie: Only if you give me your FAAAAAAAACE!
CheerleaderBillie: That’s your fist, babe…
Panel 1 is why I hate having roommates. And living in dorms.
Panel 1 is why I LOVE having a roommate.
^^^ Very appropriate avatar…
Oops – I was supposed to be pointing at “saltchocolate’s” Sarah avatar, but “Super Duper” beat me at replying. Now it looks like I’m talking about Dina.
Hm, does Dina even have an opinion on roomates?
“I have a roommate? And she’s a mammal? Not interested,”
I don’t want none unless you got scales, hon.
How do you know they didn’t have both? Even birds have scaly features.
I was there.
@John: I didn’t see you there.
Do dragons count
Dragon’s aren’t real, though.
Or so the people claimed….
Neither were dinosaurs. Those “remains” we have uncovered are really a huge hoax played on the inhabitants of Earth by the space aliens who actually created the planet as part of their experimentation upon us to see just what sort of fiction we create about that which we do not understand.
Yeah – science hasn’t cottoned to the fact that the solar system was only created in 1893. (It was created en medias res.)
It’s kinda like how gravity was only invented in the late 17th century. I can’t begin to tell you how much knowledge was lost in the Middle Ages because people forgot to secure their items.
Nah, avatar nesting makes it pretty apparent that you were responding to saltchocolate.
It is a very Sarah-like thing to say, huh? : ) “Randomly assigned gravs” not so random after all!
I dodged that bullet when I was going to boarding school as a teenager by having a total disregard for basic hygiene with which I ended up the only non-senior with a room to myself… my hygiene improved a couple of weeks later.
Plasma, your brilliance must be acknowledged by all the world.
I was so unconsciously clever that I didn’t even realise how well my poor habits worked out for me until near the end of the school year.
“Did you know our mom was married to the dean once? And that Fancy-pants lounges at football stadiums are really sweet? And that our parents still don’t care about you? And why are you making squeezing motions with your hands?”
And why are getting so cl- HRRK-
“…and that your knee seems to be imbeded in my nut-sack?”
“Which begs the question, why didn’t I feel a thing?”
Walky has become a woman so as to join in with Dorothy and Joyce.
Naw, Walky just has balls of steel.
So, Walky is Duke Nukem?
He’s here to kick ass and chew McNuggets.
And he’s never out of Mcnuggets.
I had honestly forgotten that Billie and Sal were roommates.
I love everyone in this bar. Err, this strip. I love everyone in this strip.
Pigeons are dinosaurs ●¬●
….Did I just skip something?
no but they are
Dina must never know…….
If she’s any paleontologist worth her salt, she already does.
Am I the only one who’s noticed that Sal has entered through the door?
I don’t even know how she did that!
I just assumed she jimmied the lock.
Maybe she didn’t maybe she did go thrugh a window when we weren’t looking
The doorman downstairs must have been like “Who the fuck are you?!?”
It’s a secret to Everybody!
It’s part of Billie and Sal’s room agreement. Post-Agreement, Sal has always asked permission before using the window.
Billie, should spell it out for him.
You should probably go
Or out of this room we will throw
Sal may break your arms
So if you don’t want any harm
Fuck Off! Fuck Off!
*does the splits*
Meep, Salutations Sal ain’t getting along with Welcome Walky and Begone Billie. :/
huh. while this seems common in mr. willis’s comics, it seems to me like billie is thinking aloud a little bit in the third panel cuz she couldn’t find a cloud to whisper into
She’s actually saying it out loud; this is a common tactic when there is an uncomfortable situation and you are trying to draw it out of someone.
Looks like Walky is cruisin’ for a bruisin’
He’s Speeding for a Beating.
He’s Whizzing for a….Thrashing.
Mandatory “Sailin’ for the beatin’” follow up.
Curse you Yotomoe and your commenting mastery !
Yomomoe you fool…. you have passed the commenting point of no return! You’ve sold your soul to the commenting devil!
Good ol Walky, sensitive as a cactus.
Big doors in that dorm.
Have to be in order to be wheelchair accessible in order to comply with the ADA.
Wally possesses all the subtlety of a sledgehammer and the decorum of an orange, polka-dotted zeebra
I feel for Sal here. My dad’s side of the family was always going on about how I should straighten my hair. It sucks when people only acknowledge you when you’ve changed something about yourself.
It’s funny how powerful of a symbol hair can be. I read through the whole Walkyverse archive a long time ago, and I can honestly say that until this story arch, based entirely off of Sal’s hair, I had always assumed that Sal and Walky’s father was Indian. Its kind of mind-blowing when you realize that the image in your mind’s eye of two central characters of a series you’ve been following for a long time is completely off the mark.
…Was this on purpose, or just a beautiful moment of gravatar synchronicity?
Throughout Roomies and It’s Walky, I assumed Sal and Walky were white until it was basically spelled out that they weren’t. To be fair, in the early B&W strips, they were drawn just as white as almost everyone else. When they appeared in colored strips, I just assumed they had a good tan going on.
I honestly thought they were Hispanic until relatively recently. Them being American Indians never crossed my mind.
It never crossed my mind either.
I totally forgot that ‘American Indian’ was a term still in common usage in the States. My assumption was that Sal and Walky’s father was Indian. Like, from India.
I actually LIKE her hair straight
And at first I thought her hair was straight – or at least matted down – from being forced underneath her motorcycle helmet so much.
I thought that Sal using the door was a sign of just how defeated and drained the entire patents episode had left her. Now she cracks and either kills her brother or actually verbalizes her feels. Violence is so much easier and more entertaining.
Naw, she just honors her roommate agreements.
To compensate she always enters the cafeteria by crashing through the wall next to the door nowadays.
I’m now picturing Sal taking a running leap and shoulder-charging the cafeteria wall, bouncing off, and landing on her butt on the floor with little stars and birdies going around her head, and then being all, “Oh yeah, Ah ain’t got superpowers in this universe.”
Is it just me or does it look like he skipped a word in that last panel from Billie?
NM, I just re-read it.
I did the same thing.
My only regret is that this comic didn’t start one panel earlier.
I initially read “huh” as “hon”, which totally changes the tone of Billie’s statement.
Noseless Sal is weirdly cute.
Walky kept his word. He didn’t ask Dorothy to watch cartoons, or do anything else (sigh)
Sal: urge to kill Walky….Rising!!!!
Now that I think about it, does Walky even have any people skills, and not just quirks that got him a girlfriend?
He made a good impression on Dorothy’s parents, though the only thing he did was point out a few people.
At first read, I thought Billie’s shirt read “ORGANS”, which would be a really weird thing to have on a shirt. Granted “DRAGONS” is kind of odd too. A picture of a dragon? Sure. Just the word “DRAGONS” by itself though? A little odd.
Mascot of her high school, I believe.
It is/was. The same word was across Billie’s cheerleader outfit.
Billie’s cheerleadeer outfit — the one Ruth vandalized.
Incidentally, there are only three high schools in Indiana that use “Dragons” as their team mascot — Argos, New Palestine, and Sellersburg — and of these three only the Sellersburg colors (orange/blue) match Billie’s uniform.
Sal should beat up Walky, tie him up, and then cut her hair and impersonate him. Then she should convince Dorothy to have sex, and then yell “Surprise!”
Because… rape is totally funny?
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