this may just be the cutest thing ever
I dunno. Episode 14 of Season 3 was pretty damn cute with Monkey Master cuddling that excitable uni-duck. Shame Dexter blew up the living room, but what can you do?
Well, if we’re gonna dip into the Monkeyverse, then it’s gotta be the one where D&MM were hit with that reverse-aging beam! I think it was episode… 2, season 4?
I forgot D&MM had cute things after that 2 hour finale. Staple guns, Justice Department Stationery and stuffed animals were never the same for me after that
You and many, many others, my friend.
I still for the life of me can’t figure out if It was an actual show, or if you guys are just doing another meme that I don’t get because I don’t comment, I just read.
Oh yeah, Totz made a big ol’ list of all the episodes we’ve got so far, didn’t they? I found it again, but I’m not sure if they ever followed through on the whole “synopsis for every episode” thing.
Anything happen with that, Totz?
lolwut, my comment disappeared.
Anyway, second time in a row I’ve been first + name change! :B
It’s still you, vsophi?
I should have realized — that’s your own fab Joshua avatar, not one of Willis’s (fab) gravs.
You flatter me. /bows
Actually the cutest thing ever was one of the scenes where Joyce did something silly because of her religious beliefs and Dorothy looks at her fondly and tells Joyce that she was cute/adorable.
No, wait, it was the time when Dorothy was trying to talk Joyce out of going to the big scary party where bad things would happen and Dorothy admitted that she was scared of them too and then Joyce said that was why she had to go because she needed to do it for Dorothy. <3
Dude’s an AWESOME brother
Pretty awesome borther indeed.
borther borther borther
Bother bother bother bother
other other other other other
…is this how it goes?
Ther Ther Ther…. This doesn’t roll off the tongue anymore…
Her her her her her her her
Saltchocolate inadvertently called it
bork bork bork
sorry i’m late the ghost train was late
Yeah, and unlike some so called “awesome brother”, he didn’t kill the entire family and then proceed to mind rape his younger sibling.
Sasuke? is that you?
And don’t get me started on Sasuke.
Who hasn’t wanted to destroy the mind of an annoying sibling?
You’re being too nice. You should really be asking, who hasn’t harbored an intense hatred and fuel for the utter annihilation of that petulance upon the world that shares your home and uses your bathroom…
Wow, that is dark….and strangely, attracting.
thanks, I write stuff
After the crap my brother pulled on work today, I agree I am being too nice the little jerk needs to roasted alive and then buried on a ton of rocks.
Is it before or after you kill your entire family?
Thanksgiving was super awkward that year.
Your other brother’s can’t deny!
Rereading the last strip, I noticed that Josh’s expression actually got kind of scary. Ethan’s lucky Joyce turned up. Joyce? Not so much.
I agree. Josh looked very intimidating. If Ethan’s serious about “giving straight a try” like he seemed to think a few strips ago, I’d say that look is scary enough for him to never look at a guy again without getting a little nervous…
The above paragraph could also be read as: Your Joe Eyebrow avatar continues to impart wisdom.
Oh god, that is an awful possibility. Ugh, Ethan, why… ; – ;
I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO BILL ABOUT THE EMOTES
YOU NEVER LISTEN!!! WE KEEP TRYING TO HELP YOU!
OH GOD I’M DANNY
Hey now, there’s no reason to be that hard on yourself.
If it was a matter of being ” hard on myself”, they’d be Faz
Oh God. You ARE DANNY!
OH GOD! I’M DANNY TOO!!!1111!!!1!!1!1!1!!!
You’re MORE Danny though. You’re like, a full Danny. I’m only a were-Danny.
Am I the only one who thinks he doesn’t look angry? It looked more confused/concerned to me.
It was a “What-is-going-on; must-protect-sister” face. I have seen it many a time.
I’ll bet this horsing around was a ploy to put some distance between them and Ethan, so he can talk to Joyce privately.
“So . . . has your boyfriend tried to get past first base?”
(Is this realistic? Would he just come right out and warn her? I don’t have brothers, so I’m not sure!)
as a brother with two sisters I can assure you: ANY queries about what boyfriends have got up to are stomped on hard.
On the flipside, I’ve have had to invoke the TMI card a few times when my sister talked about her boyfriends.
that was convenient timing
I like this guy, he is very funny. Very funny guy.
My brother and I only act like that when we’re around my sister’s kids. Mostly to embarrass them.
A sibling is never too old to exploit gravity.
Hmm.. Another Joshua “Gravity” fanart ensues.
I mean, if they didn’t, they’d float into space.
Willis! we demand to know Joshua’s secret.
He’s a furry. Otter fursona. Got $4 riding on it.
Or he’s a freaking cyborg….ninja.
A ninja? Cowabunga! Go ninja, go ninja go!
You people and Google have led to some truly disturbing corners of the Internet.
What do you mean by “you people”?
Racist against the internet!
Wait, what do YOU mean by “What do you mean by ‘You People?’”
You don’t know the half of it. It’s Rule 34 all the way down.
War is good for business?
Wait, wrong rule 34.
The two should never be mixed up. For the mental safety of us all.
The person with the Joshua grav supports this.
I’m tellin y’all he’s become a Mormon. Look at his eye’s man!
Hm… they do seem soulless… but that might be from living in Indiana
We are Indiana.
Death to Magic, all hail the Bird
Death to Magic, all hail the Bird
Everybody’s heard that the Bird is the word.
You sir, are a ninja bird.
I’m tellin’ you that this “freestyle writer” actually writes naughty stories! The erotica rises from the graves. All hail the pornomancer!
He embraces the heresy of “gettin’ freaky deeky” and “gettin’ down with ya bad selves”. Yo.
His eyes hired a man.
Damn, that’s adorable.
That’s just the word I was thinking of!
Adorable, I mean; not damn.
I don’t think I’ve ever loved Joshua as much as I do right now.
See? Ethan does make Joshua go weak in the knees!
from one of the positions in the fanart, it seems.
Seems to be getting stiff as well.
Being the older brother rocks.
Oldest of five here. Can confirm.
Not for me. I got a brat of a younger brother.
I’m a middle child!
I share your pain Aizat.
I’m the older brother, the younger brother and the middle brother.
Brother of every single Norse god and goddess. Don’t ask how that works, it just does.
But how about the married gods, like Thor and Sif?
Once upon a time, all the gods had an orgy.
The details are in on a single fanfiction site.
At the bottom is a number that when given to the right bank. Will grant you all my wealth.
I left everything in One Piece.
When Joyce has a boyfriend who is really into her, he’ll act just like her brother at times. Some of the best parts of dating are finding someone you can be goofy with. (And then there are the *other* best parts, which do not involve sibling-like behavior at all!)
Whenever I think of how heart-warmingly awesome Joyce is going to turn out, I think of all the cast members who are pretty much hopeless from where we’re standing.
Sal, Ethan, Amber, Danny… it’s really depressing.
Maybe I’m gender-biased, but I don’t think Sal and Amber are hopeless. Both of them are pretty amazi-ing, but in ways that aren’t immediately apparent to those around them. They just have to find the right channels for their strengths. Ethan and Danny . . . they need spines. I’ve heard you can grow them, but only time will tell.
I’m not saying that they won’t be able to work things out eventually. All of the cast will. But for now, there’s no real resolution in sight, y’know? Everything’s so uncertain for them, and they’re all so alone…
So many feels.
I wonder. The only other webcomic I’ve read through to a conclusion did tie everything up with a nice bow. But I suspect Willis may not end things so neatly. (Veiled SP! reference…)
He’ll probably leave a lot of things open-ended, and not everything will be perfect, but I doubt he’ll leave them complete shells. They won’t be totally fixed, but they’ll at least be patched up, y’know?
That sounds right, yeah.
I’m a little nervous that Dorothy will meet Joshua and decide to go with him instead of Walky :/
Woah, where’d you get that idea from? It sounds intriguing, devastating, and eerie (both blondes with glasses) all at once.
Well, it actually came from this strip. The playful way Josh isn’t quite letting Joyce push him to meet her friend, the way he just told Ethan he’s not gay… it all suddenly seems to me to be adding up to this dramatic, cliched but still possible occurrence:
Joshua walks up, still laughing from his and Dorothy’s playful sibling spat. Dorothy has been talking to her parents, her cheeks still flush from the relief and adrenaline of her best friend standing up for her. She’s turning from talking to Joyce’s mom, he’s looking up from his sister’s latest remark, and it happens. Their eyes meet. In that moment, everything else is forgotten, as, helpless… hapless… Both families, Joyce, and Walky look on in amazement, confusion, and in some cases, horror.
But the lovers notice naught. For time has stopped to them. Everything about the other calls: the glasses, the blonde hair, the somehow instinctual knowledge of hidden depths, a yearning to do better, do MORE, and never quite knowing how… They walk toward each other, look deeply into each others’ eyes, each others’ very soul…
And then break away awkwardly and deny everything.
Oh… oh god.
That would be distressing.
you can see it all now, too, can’t you? D:
It’d be like a repeat of Ethan’s room… only this time, Joshua would be Ethan.
I’ve actually thought about Joshua/Dorothy, but up until now considered it the crackiest ship Willis could throw at us.
Silly Candyman, clearly Joshua/Naomi is the crackiest ship.
“J-Joshua?! What are you doing with my mom?!”
“Now you know how I feel!”
With Mike watching holding a nicole
Is Nicole someone else’s mom? Billie’s, maybe?
Umm, we hope . . . (ero manga scars throbbing).
Sorry for going off topic but I really want to ask. What does the previous chapter’s title “Answers to Hennessy” mean exactly?
“Hennessy” is a brand of cognac. My guess is that it is a reference to Ruth’s hidden alcoholism; hidden, expensive, alcoholism if she drinks Hennessy.
Ahh, alright. Thanks for enlightening me, so279.
Also, I’m not much of an alcohol drinker so the word Hennessy doesn’t ring a bell with me. Heineken on the other hand gets me as chipper as ol’ Mikey here.
I doubt she actually drinks Henessy XD Willis probably chose that brand just for the pun.
It’s a joke on “Answers in Genesis” and Ruth’s drunken stupor.
Thanks c. I thought the title was a pun on something but wasn’t familiar with AiG at all. Tnx again.
Getting familiar with AiG will eat away at your IQ.
That’s a rude thing to say about Amazi-Girl.
…You were talking about Amazi-Girl, right?
Just look at Danny
I first read that as Guinness. Brilliant!
This is correct!
I was under the impression that Hennessey is the name of one of the dorms at IU…maybe the one the characters live in?
WELP, looks like I was right, it’s another “we’re never gonna know his dealie” situation.
He’ll reveal it eventually. Gotta wait for the slingshot to pull back for maximum effect.
Yep, pretty much.
We need to wait until as many people as possible are around to hear it, though.
Yup, this is exactly how a lot of the close siblings I know act with each other. Your knack with handling incidental interactions like this is uncanny, Mr. Willis.
When my brothers and I were little, we invented a game called “crush me”, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
I love this guy.
Every time I see siblings interact in fiction, it’s like looking at an alien species.
Actually I kind of get it, and I have more siblings than you could shake a stick at.
Well, at the very least the average person’s arm would get pretty tired about half way through. Especially if you had to go to where each of them were at. Matt’s off deep sea fishing in Alaska, for example.
I feel the same way too. What I wouldn’t give for a perfect family…
get married and make one!
Or don’t get married and make one!
huh, I didn’t think of that
Buy a science lab-kit and make one!
Get out your pens and paper (laptop & graphics program) and make one!
Dig up some dead guys and stitch them together and send rapid voltage through the neck using lightning and make one!
Get out your legos and make one!
Have kinky mage sex with a witch in order to channel the essence of a giant dragon somewhere less destructive and make one!
Use a DNA of the world’s greatest soldier, fertilized an egg with that DNA and transfer the egg to a surrogate mother(preferably related to that soldier) and then abort 6 out of 8 embryos.
You forgot to say, “AND MAKE ONE”
That’s going to be a bit tough….but thanks for the advice.
“Perfect family”? Those are *only* in fiction. (But not in the good fiction. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”)
I know, right? Every time I see things like this I’m all ‘this never happens’ but then everyone else is all ‘oh yeah, that’s the best’.
Oh man, this one time, I was on the couch with this only-child who is like twice my size, and I kicked him off the couch and he fell down. And he was like, “Why did you kick me off the couch?” and I was all “Why did kicking make you fall??”
You lead an interesting life
You’re lucky the only child wasn’t me or that story would end with “and then he punched me in the face repeatedly.”
It probably helped that I was a cute girl who was into him.
My spouse & I once hosted a game meetup where one of our guests was an extrodinary, but sheltered, only child. Educating him on all the goofs siblings pull on one another was fun!
Ah, siblings. Sometimes you fight the same Gym Leader five goddamn times in a row for them, sometimes you pretend you can’t walk just to get on their nerves.
This is like my two kids. Elder brother, little sister. They adore each other.
Yeah, seems about right.
Perfect display of sibling shenanigans!
So adorable…and I don’t use that word a lot.
Joshua is the best brother.
Best bro ever…next to Kyoji.
He is a wonderful brother — which definitely sinks the Joshuthan ship. No way is this dude cheating with his little sister’s boyfriend, whether he’s bi, pan, trans, or poly. Not happening.
Also not happening: Joyce and Ethan. Wow. Could they have any less chemistry in this strip??
Joyce and Joshua have more chemistry than Joyce and Ethan.
…Brain bleach, $20/gallon.
Did you find it ? Oh thank God you found it ! Quick give it to me, I still need it to forget Yotomoe’s sin against nature (aka DinaxFaz ship …eurgh.)
Any ship with faz shall be sunk at once
That’s a funny comment from someone who’s so aware of all the variations of desire as you. Chemistry need not be sexual — or it need not be about having sex, anyway. That said, the reason we *have* an incest taboo is because there are many excellent reasons why close family members should not be acting on attraction to one another. You don’t have to prohibit things that aren’t within the realm of possibility.
*That* said, I didn’t mean to imply that Joshua and Joyce have sexual chemistry. They just have fun being with each other — which should be true of an SO too!
Just, uh, just making a joke. :B
Though I gotta say, my suspicions are confirmed further down the page.
Dammit, Joshua, you are too gosh darn -adorable- to be straight! Stop that! Stop being so adorable this instant!
Maybe adorableness runs in the family.
Must have skipped a generation, then *looks at Joyce’s parents*
Damn, I guess I can’t be adorable. *gains 30 pounds and farts*.
awww so cute! I just want to cuddlewuddle them both!
Is this the creation of a new ship I spot?
I like the cut of your gib.
guys you’re scaring me
I’m revoking your boating liscense.
That’s a serious problem. You can get it reinstated listening to Jazz Boatman though.
Everything I learned about boats, I learned from the internet.
maybe that’s his secret…
I forgot to put sister-lover on the list from yesterday… /withers to the finest of dust
Why in the hell… EWWWWWWWWWWW!
HA! I do that to my little sister too, and trust me Joyce’s calm hides a storm.
Okay, I’m sorry, but I read this comment AFTER reading a comment chain about a shipping between Joyce and her brother, so I made connections that didn’t need to be made. I apologize.
HAHAHAHAHAHA AWW HELL NAW
This cute sort of roughhousing never happens between me and my sister. She did chase me with a huge pair of scissors once though. She was always terrorizing me, and we fought a lot lol. We live together now though, so we’re more or less ok pfft.
I keep telling you people… do a search of all the strips both Joy-Joy and Dotty have been seen together and then tell me they haven’t been coming together…
I look at those two and how they have interracted together such as calling each other cute and adorable and saying how they’d brave scary things just for each other and I just go… squeeee!
I’ve been drawing a lot of Joyce/Dorothy lately. Once I get it all scanned in and inked, I do hope you will enjoy it. ;B
Yay more arts
What an adorably cute moment in the midst of all these FEELS. Something terrible is about to happen tomorrow, right? I mean, laughs and cuteness!? Something MUST be up!
“Joyce, I dunno if I can accept your beliefs. I think there used to be dinosaurs.”
“There are not! Joshua, the Earth isn’t old enough for this!”
“I think the evidence disagrees.”
No, no, no, Joyce knows dinosaurs exist…
…She just thinks that they all lived at the same time (along with humans and like, dogs, I guess).
“Joyce knows dinosaurs exist…”
Of course they did, and the US Gov’t even endorses the fact:
Oh my god I have done this exact thing to my younger sister. I do it regularly.
David Willis you write young adult siblings so well. Joyce and her brother relate so believably.
Well, Ethan better see his parents off before they start talking to anybody else.
Does Joyce know that Ethans gay?
Yes, she knows he is gay now. But she is using him as a shill to hide the fact that she is totally into Dorothy. In fact she’s even hiding it from herself but if you look into the strips they’ve shared together and some of the comments they’ve posted in the ‘tweets’ section it becomes obvious.
Ok – JoycexDorothy shipping aside and into the ‘canon’ explanation. Joyce feels that it is her mission in life to convert him to being straight and also feels he’s the perfect boyfriend because no way would he want hanky-panky before the wedding.
It’s more complicated than “[she] feels that it is her mission in life to convert him to being straight”. I don’t think Joyce ever thought it was her duty in the first place. They came to an agreement, deciding it was the best thing for both of them that they resist temptation together.
Also, idk, I kinda think Joyce really does like Ethan. Perhaps not love, but…
Or after the wedding…
Ok, honestly… Willis if you read this I have a question for you. How would you feel about my making a video which has bits and pieces from various scenes of your webcomic for the Joyce & Dorothy pairing theme and posting it on you-tube for the Joyce & Dorothy pairing?
I wanted to ask before doing it for multiple reasons. I didn’t want you to feel like I was trying to steal your work or insult your canonical story, I didn’t want to upset you as you’ve said that Joyce is somewhat of an autobiography character and I didn’t want to make it seem like I was pressing for gender choices for you personally, and also because you may honestly hate the concept of the pairing and never want it to see the light of day and I respect your work enough to accept that. xD
I am super fine with stuff like that.
Creators who like the fandom and the stuff they do for said fandom make me very, very happy.
It’s strange seeing a weak Joyce. I went through Willis’ original comic recently and that continuum’s Joyce can bench-press a few hundred kilograms and maybe more than a ton…
Joshua is an android made of osmium and weighs 1000 kg.
I demand to know why there hasn’t been a “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” joke yet! The service here is appalling.
Does seem sort of obvious in retrospect, doesn’t it? But perhaps that reference is too old for most of DoA’s readers.
Not this particular reader, at least.
awhhhhh this reminds me of lilo and stitch… I’m going to have to watch that again soon
so, joshua is some form of cat? I knew it!
Joyce and Dorothy = whatever word is equivalent to bromance, not an actual ship.
Speak for yourself.
A ship is not necessarily a reflection of the actual nature of a relationship, you know. Plenty of people ship characters that literally hate each other. A ship is as much a reflection of the ideals and tastes of the shipper.
I ship Joyce and Dorothy because their backgrounds make them interesting potential foils for each other, and because their friendship is particularly heartwarming given their fundamentally different worldviews.
As an atheist who came from a religious background, who has had deeply religious friends and family members, I also appreciate the balanced treatment of their worldviews in the comic. It is common for these things to hold up one side or the other as a strawman to be knocked down, but while Willis obviously seems more in agreement with Dorothy than Joyce on most issues (I don’t profess to speak for him) he writes Joyce from the perspective of someone who -was- once there, and understands the emotional complexities of being a believer.
All of this rounds out Dotty and Joyce’s relationship and tempts me to imagine a deeper connection.
Also, girls kissing girls is really really nice.
But again, even if there is no actual romance there, that has absolutely nothing to do with fans shipping them.
Uh, do you know what the word “ship” means? All it is is pairing two characters up together. Some are canon, most are not, from my experience.
Maybe. I just go with the way my kids use it–romantically.
That’s what I meant by “pairing”.
Of course, there’s friendshipping, but that’s kinda whatever.
I’m just hopeing joyce don’t get hurt 2 bad with all thid flirting Ethan has been up to
Methinks Joshua may be a comic away from falling flat on his ass under his own weight when his “pillar” figures out how to get out from under him.
And that’s what makes this kind of horseplay all that much more fun.
Being the older brother gives you license to do stuff like this. That and you always are given permission to noogie and indian burn your siblings. Someimes you are allowed to tell them terrible lies that will get them into trouble.
I’m a middle sister, and I convinced my little brother that the black dots on banana peels were the holes through which the snakes got in. More bananas for me.
I can’t believe I’m not the only one who did that.
when I was about 3, my elder sister told me that soap was really delicious. I took a big bite…
Well, this is refreshing after all the tension and drama ^_^ *phew*
what will we do for drama after the parents all leave? This has been quite an arc, with more feels than most webcomics see in a decade.
I remember Willis saying the next arc was a lot more adorable/lighthearted, but I could just be delusional.
Ruth and Billie still have to figure if they’re a couple, Amber has anger issues, Ethan is still trying to hide in the closet, Joyce hasn’t dealt with the emotional trauma of her nearly being raped, Daisy needs to get laid and of course the SS Robin/Leslie needs to be officially launched.
I expected more conflict with today’s strip, you’d think Joshua would be more concerned
This is nearly identical to me&my sister
wait, what is that statue in the background of?
Legend holds that every night a virgin is deflowered by it.
Ha, this made me smile…my brothers still do things like that to me, and we’re all in our mid-twenties. Silly Joyce, you’re never too old for that to happen to you.
Heh, this is pretty much me and my brother whenever we’re not either arguing, ignoring each other, or chatting shit about vidyagaems.
I’m 31, he’s 29. It never stops.
The Elder-bro code clearly establishes you’re never too old to annoy your siblings.
I used to do the same exact thing to my younger sister….
WHAT ELSE DO YOU KNOW WILLIS!?!!?
Haha, that’s awesome. Yup, siblings and I do that to my kids, too, ‘oops, you’re just going to have to help daddy up!’
I do that all the time to my little sister. Especially around her friends.
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