Stare into your soul, that is.
Ohmigod you read my mind!
Aw they’re all so tiny!
There is not enough hugs!
Count me in on that.
Dina’s Dad is the most adorable. Can we take him home?
He is dressed like he should be named Ken and star in any and every Japanese Monster movie that includes children.
I thought he looked like a custodian…
He looked more like a factory worker to me.
He’s a custodian at a factory who has a pet giant monster that he uses to save the universe.
By “monster” you meant “dinosaur”, right? Right?
Wait, you mean all the kaiju monsters aren’t dinosaurs that somehow survived extinction? … Wait, forgot about Mothra and Black Mothra (a.k.a. Battra). Make that “most of the kaiju monsters.”
Gojira wasn’t a dinosaur, he was mutated by radiation.
I heard the Saruyama’s hat closet can be seen from space.
It crashed to earth 65 million years ago. Dina has never gotten over the guilt, and relentlessly pays homage to the poor creatures who died so that her bloodline’s congenital bald spot would never be made public.
IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW! O_O
*gets Cosmic Acquisition of Knowledge Montage*
They all look really freaked out in the last panel.
As apposed to the other two where they look like they are staring into the eye of god.
Or the Eye of Sauron.
Or the Eye of Tyr.
Or the Eye of Harmony.
Or the Eye of Agamotto.
The Hoary Hoasts of Hoggoth have taken to them, clearly.
Or the Eyes of the Idol.
Or the Eye of Wdjat.
Looks more like Sarah’s breasts.
It’s the EEEEEEYE of the TIIGER
The Eye of Argon
The eyes have it.
You mean there’s a Tyr in their eye?
More like Eye of DINO-sauron!
Godzilla vs Dino-Sauron!
What, that Pterodactyl-guy from X-Men?
You mean Dinah Soar? Wasn’t she in the Great Lakes Avengers?
Yeah, it’s like “oh crap, someone spotted us!”
The dark giant! It spoke!
Stay absolutely still, her vision’s based on movement.
I dont know, to me Dina just looks embarrassed to have hurt parents there
Willis needs to post that family with a transparent layer so we can put the Saurazu’s in all sorts of images.
I think they would end up staring at Billie and Ruth first, but not this timeline’s Billie and Ruth.
Yes! So they can stare at various people without looking them in the eyes.
Yes, instead they can all stare at their boobs, as they are doing here.
OK here ya go.
I can’t even decide what kind of image I want to put that into or would, if my computer would cooperate.
There was supposed to be some kind of separation in there, but I utterly bungled that.
I LOOOOVE those hats
I love it!
There is only a single, three-letter word to describe this comic: yay.
Is Dina’s Mom wearing Dina’s old hat from the Walkyverse?
No, Dina’s hat was flat on top
Damn, I was hoping that instead of dying in an explosion, she was actually teleported to a new dimension where she had a child she named Dina herself
That would make me cry manly tears of joy. I miss that Dina…
Anyone here watch Metalocalypse? I’m getting Toki vibes.
Also, this is equal parts creepy and adorable. Like a little girl in a horror movie singing “la la la la la la” on an abandoned playground in the middle of the night.
I hope there’s a a comic strip of just them copy pasted in like…every cooridoor of the campus and then dina goes “and that’s the end of my tour”.
Then they give her a tip, out of misunderstood social convention.
See, I told you they are ninjas.
Rick is Dina’s adopted brother. He cannot be seen.
What an odd hat he has on…
A lot of non-American caps are like that. They’re flat on top and have short brims.
Never saw that type of hat in Japan
Reminds me of the post-man’s hat from Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask.
It’s popular in uniforms, I think. I got one at the world scout Jamboree, and I’ve seen them on military persons of various nationalities.
Pretty sure this strip takes place in Indiana!
Very observant, Willis. You’ll make detective yet.
Fair enough… was mostly commenting on the “non-American” comment as well as their nationality/heritage.
I say non-American, because Americans seem to prefer ball caps. Not flat topped army caps.
Now that I think about it, the hat does looked like Scruffy’s hat.
That’s a worker’s cap. See ‘em a lot in Chinese factories. Make ‘em out of disposable paper or fabric and you get a painter’s hat.
You guys are weirdin’ me out with your analysis. It’s just how I draw ordinary baseball caps.
You mean Dinah’s dad isn’t wearing a French gendarme’s kepi?! Zut alors!
Dina’s Dad being part of the French Legion? Headcannon accepted
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but you fail at baseball caps. It looks just like a typical flat top hat like others have mentioned. Make it camouflage and it would look like my old garrison cap from the Army.
I think it’s because that’s how baseball caps sit on my own head. My head is huge, and so they never actually reach into most of the cap, and so it gets flattened at the top.
And, no, I am not great at hats.
I’m sitting in an airport in Japan as I type this, and I gotta say, that could pass for a worker’s cap – I can see several shop worker wearing hats very much like that from here. I’ve also spotted a handful of travelers in baseball caps, and I’ve gotta say, they really look a lot more flat-topped on real people than I’d expect. The mind’s eye is deceptive about things that everyone “knows.” So, I’d say Willis is drawing baseball hats better than we usually see baseball hats.
I gotta say, pausing repeatedly to people-watch while typing makes me type “I gotta say” too much.
It’s been pointed out I say ‘basically, actually, and technically’ a lot. It’s because I pause sometimes when I talk actually. I try to get my speech into text, so I guess they technically show up a lot too.
And I just used two of them…
I use “Man”, “dang,” “Oh,” “Ah,” “Well,” and so on a lot at the starts of sentences. When I’ve got the sentence going I’m prone to using “Pretty,” “kinda”, “sort of”, “a bit” and all sorts of fraction words. Also “I suppose”, “I guess”, “probably”, “usually” and lots of words that make an opinion less personal.
Man. I guess it must be pretty annoying.
WILLIS! You forgot the upward seams and the little button thing at the top. Funny story, that button thing once saved the life of a friend of mine. That’s a major part of what sets baseball caps apart.
I am intrigued with this story.
My friends and I had built a catapult. We were testing it out by launching rocks and other detritus. It was very effective. But the mechanism which holds the item to be launched was unstable. On on launch, the rock decided that it didn’t want to stay on the catapult and rolled off and fell onto the head of this friend. For some reason he was unscathed and hardly noticed that he was hit by a large rock the size of his head. So we took off his hat, and there was a noticeable dent in the button thingy! The rock had hit him on the cap-seam-holder-button-type-thing, saving his life!
They’re staring into my soul.
THIS IS NOT OVER!
I like how they all just shift their eyes without moving their heads. A nice touch.
And they all stare at her with their soulless eyes. And I thought getting stared at by Rei Ayanami was uncomfortable.
Wait, Dina’s dad’s name is Ryou? Hehehehe…unintentional Getter Rob reference.
so can we say that…
Dumbing of Age and Shortpacked have…
RYOU and KEN?
All we need is someone named Sho and it will be complete.
Ryu and Ryou are totally different words. ‘ou’ is a long ‘o’, not a ‘u’ like in the English word ‘you’.* (Heck…’ryu’ as in the middle character of ‘Shoryuken’ and ‘Ryu’, as in the name of one of the characters who uses Shoryuken are totally different words, too. So, of course, are Ken and ken.)
* It’s weird how often I run into the assumption it is, actually – Ken Ichijouji of Digimon was pronounced ‘Ee-chee-joo-jee’ in a few episodes, and I’ve seen Goku’s name spelt Goukou a lot. (Gokuu would be a valid transliteration of his name…Goukou isn’t even close.)
I expected for Dina to have ONE loud family member….. You win this time Willis.
Who said she was an only child? IW! Dina was an orphan if I remember correctly. So, she could have ten siblings. Just imagine going over to visit. Actually, that’d make a good horror movie. They just, stare. The doors locked. They won’t stop! They. Just. Keep. STARING!
Her mother is secretly humming at a frequency most humans cannot here. Soon, they will be surrounded by irritated dogs.
Triple boob stare.
Dina doesn’t see boobs. She stares straight through your chest into your soul.
Wait, which one has three boobs?
The lady at the bar on Mars.
Ah yes of course. Good ol’ Marcy. She makes the best graveltini this side of Jupiter.
I don’t know the ones on Nimbus three are good too.
Plus they got that Alien Cat-girl thing going on.
The Triple Breasted Whore of Eroticon Six!
“Yessss. The little hatssssss.” Obligatory quote.
YES!!! The moment about 30% of us have been waiting for!!
How did Sarah escape getting Joe’d by Joe’s Dad?
She is stealthy like a ninja when it comes to avoiding Shennanigans and she isn’t morally conflicted about doing so.
Or about using her special Testicular Torsion move if needed.
Simple, she yelled out “Look, there’s a sexy naked chick offering free pies.”
Sarah is immune to ALL manners of Joes.
Not even Sloppy Joes?
So Sarah is the ultimate Cobra agent?
I’ll be in my bunk.
*imagines Sara Cosplaying as The Baroness*
I’m mentally giving her a terrible Russian accent as we speak.
She didn’t, she’s just headed back to her room to shower.
I like Sarah’s reaction to them.
Did…did Sarah just say her parents are dead?
I just imagine an image of Sarah slapping Robin while yelling “MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!”
No, she just wishes her family would shut up.
Even if it’s justified, slapping a Congresswoman is gonna get her in a lot of trouble.
Wait what? Are you thinking of Roz?
She and Ruth should start a club. With Batman.
The Saruyamas seem frightened. Is it because a college campus is not their natural habitat? Sarah should take them to the Seregetti and release them into the wild. *Cue “Born Free”*
Unrelated Indiana News
The Mesker Park Zoo has gotten its first Red Panda.
“And here we see the Saruyamas outside of their natural habitats. They stand still in silence as to not draw the attention of their natural born predators and avoid awkward moments of communication with other humans.”
“Though normally a pacifistic species, a Saruyama can attack ferociously when science is questioned.”
“Oh, and here now, a young female has attracted the attention of a family unit. Watch as the family unit shifts their attention to the young female. Will she be adopted into the family unit? Or will she be pounced upon and mercilessly devoured alive?” *Waits in anticipation.*
So when will the Green Lanterns arrive?
Does a headscarf count as a hat?
Of course it does! They are stylish, easy to wear, and keep your head warm. What else do you need from a hat?
I like shorts, they’re comfy and easy to wear
On your head?
hmmm. Well it’s headwear. it’s a subsection of hat.
1. A shaped covering for the head.
2. Used to refer to a particular role or occupation of someone who has more than one.
A head scarf is a hat in accordance with definition 1. So has the dictionary spoken.
I disagree– headscarves aren’t shaped in the sense that the definition above implies — they don’t have a stable shape conforming to a head like a deerstalker or fedora does. Even forage caps, which have crowns that flop all over the place, still have a stable base.
Oh, and since this is the internet, insert random pointless and misspelled insult that only detracts from my argument here — must maintain proper web etiquette, after all.
Don’t be dissin’ the headscarves!!!
Thank you for following proper procedure, Makkabee. And may I say your appearance looks positiviely undistinguishing through the misplaced invisible webcam in your home.
Headscarves are shaped. They shape themselves to the head of the person. Nowhere in the definition does it say the shape must be maintained off the wearer’s head. If it is “given a particular shape or form” then it can be considered, shaped.
Closing insult. Of course, since I have thus far insulted your appearance, I beleive I shall use this to insult your intelligence… Stupidhead….
I apologize, I am not adept at insults. Please, instead, peer into this box I have prepared and visulaize a scathing insult yourself.
The use of the deerstalker and the fedora as examples brings to mind Sherlock Holmes and Neal Caffrey, so thank you very much.
Their line of sight is low enough that it looks like they’re all staring at her boobs.
You’re not the first to point that out.
Ryou is indeed loved.
Every Ryou is loved. Ryo Saeba is one of them.
I am well aware that Willis has just established their names as Ryou and Haruka, but in my mind their names will always be Taro and Mayu.
Okay, that’s pretty damn adorable. Thank you Willis!
……Something about what I just said feels off. I think it is the lack of damnation wishing.
… I’m gonna make Dina’s shirt in Animal Crossing to go with the Dina hat I made there.
I like how none of the Saruyamas make eye-contact. They all just look TOWARD Sarah.
And she’s totally OK with that.
This bosrd needs animated smilies
Yep, I’ll take Dina’s dad.
Their eye-level makes this all rather awkward and somewhat inappropriate.
Dina’s dad is reminding me of the Grave of the Fireflies. He’s making me feel things that’s not compatible with this strip. I just want to hug him to death.
That’s how a lot of people in their family have died — it’s why they’re so quiet and withdrawn now. All the speculation about Asberger’s Syndrome is completely off-base — it’s a deliberate defense mechanism to avoid the death-hugs.
“That’s how a lot of people in their family have died” – my mind returned “radiation sickness and starvation.” And that their silence is a defense mechanism to avoid getting close to people and risking losing them in a repeat of the ungodly horror that befell the rest of their formerly-large family, now reduced to three.
I sad now.
Can I please become part of Dina’s family it’s the perfect family for me so quiet and peaceful I love it.
I was going to say that they should pull out a door to hide behind, but aren’t they technically already hiding behind the ELEVATOR doors?
Sarah and Tom Servo should get together and talk about how much they love the quiet.
So hat-wearing is genetic in the Dumbiverse then? Is it a dominant or recessive trait? If Dina were to breed with a non-hat wearer, would their children be hatted or hatless?
Or is hat-wearing a trait like height or eye color that can yield intermediate results? Would their children have a taste for very small hats like those miniature top hats that women into steampunk sometimes sport?
Steampunk Dina sort of sounds like the coolest thing ever.
I demand an entire storyline set at a Baseball game (They still play Baseball right? I’m… I’m not a sports person.) just to force Willis to learn how to draw the hats right!
I literally just made a “squee” noise at this strip. So excited to see Dina’s parents! Probably the only thing that makes me happy today despite health issues being dumb with me.
It’s…….It’s Walky Dina!
Kudos on the icon!
I assume Dina’s family has evolved an elaborate system of blinking-based communication, so as to not break the silence and attract predators.
Am I the only one that’s hearing the Muzak remix of Girl from Ipanema?
She just avoided a Joe’ing, but judging by where all their eyes went, I think Sarah is in for a Saruyama’ing
I’m guessing Dina saw Joyce wearing her monster-face shirt, assumed that they were in style, and put her own monster-face shirt on. To be popular and stuff.
It appears that Dina and Joyce secretly respect each other dearly.
…If I marry Dina, they will become my parents. This is my plan for achieving my dream life.
I’d be right there with Sarah if I could get some peace and quiet too.
“My dark secret is…My parents were extras. It runs in the family.”
You know those people with the wall eyed stare who stand in the background of a panel while the hero does something important? Yeah. That’s us.
And we are always the ones to get killed so that the real heroes can get some plot development.
(Dina’s mom is wearing her old hat. Neat.)
Are they secretly from the Alliance, or did Haruka knit all those hats herself? [/Firefly logic]
Also, I bet they’re all wishing there was another door in there to hide behind.
I like to think they’re all standing there thinking about dinosaurs.
Seriously, I thought her last name used to be Sazaru or something.
It was Sarazu in It’s Walky!, but in DoA her last name is Saruyama. Willis has explained his reasons for the change (i.e. Saruyama still works with the dinosaur pun with the added benefit of being an actual Japanese surname, which Sarazu is not.)
… why are they all staring at Sarah’s chest?
The answer to that is obvious.
Hahaha I love Sarah
This is quite possibly the best comic. THE BEST.
I mean this one particular strip.
They must come from the same probe…
I’m disapointed there aren’t more of them,that’d be funny, especially if one wasn’t as awkward as the others
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