Clearly, Dorothy inherits her taste for caramel from her mother.
I’ve seen enough porn to know where this is going.
But no one delivered a pizza or said they were there to fix the pipes!
Hey man, who needs an excuse to have some of dem caramel apples?
And there’s no straw on the floor.
We can’t hear it, but there is a funky bass guitar riff in the background.
Actually, I was referencing this:
He fixes the cable?
I laugh at them now but having been there
Well I guess you could say I laugh at myself
I’m always laughing at myself.
I’m stabbing myself…
Nooooooo!!!! Don’t do that.
Definitely not. It always ends up in a sticky mess. Peels and fruit pulp all over the place. ALLxISxGONE was armed with a Banana right?
I had thought Walky was nervous and would put his foot in his mouth, but Dorothy seems to be having the more interesting issues here.
Yeah, this is my thought. She’s actually way more nervous about this than he is. I thought she’d be cool with it, but this is like… uncharacteristically neurotic of her? I guess she worries more about appearances than she lets on…
You have to be if you wanna be the president of the United States. Appearance is everything.
If I’m the president of the united states, I will hire a team of special affect artists to make explosions and epic wind every time I perform a speech.
Walky could provide those for Dorothy, after all, Mike DID congratulate her on her find.
And a team of artists to create a comic of you beating up terrorists dressed like supervillains, complete with POW, SHWOOP, and BAMs with every blow. Who would be the sidekick though?
It would also be me.
It would still be Medvedev
You are President of the UNITED STATES. You don’t need special effect explosions. You damn well have the resources to make real ones.
As for epic wind, beans and cabbage should do it.
“Sorry Mr. President, due to senate budget cuts, all we can afford are some firecrackers and two whoopie cushions.
I may have to revise my thoughts on whether she only considers this a “for fun” relationship, as she appears more stressed over this meeting than Amber did when she initially saw her father room. Actually her face kind of reminds me of Walky when he first started threw Monkey Master at her. I mean, it is probably still only for fun, but she seems to have more invested in these results than someone dressing him for future girlfriends. It IS having more impact than the incident with Joyce or the realization Dan didn’t mention the break-up to his parents. Now to figure out if it is her being worried about her parents’ view of her for dating Walky or if she doesn’t want them to dislike Walky. It is likely some combination of both, but I am interested to see where Willis goes with this.
I’ll be honest, I was NOT remotely expecting Dorothy to stress over this meeting, and was actually more concerned about Dorothy meeting Walky’s parents, though that hasn’t faded, it has just been overshadowed for now. I also appear to be abusing commas.
It’s mostly that she isn’t completely honest with herself about what she does. She told Dan she wanted to break up because of her career plans, but that wasn’t really true – or else she wouldn’t have started to date Walky. Similarly, she’s not honest to herself about how much she likes Walky. She’s a smart and conscientious person, though, so it doesn’t usually hurt anyone (more than her breakup would have anyway), but she’ll have to learn to be more honest to herself at some point, or she’ll be a very unhappy person.
So that video of her at ZooSkool is just her telling herself lies!? Seems like there would be easier ways with a lot less horse flies!!
Actually, I think I know what she’s worried about. The more Walky is in headlights mode, the more similar he will appear to Dan, the more cocky he is, the Less he seems like Dan. If he seems too close to Dan, then she’s worried her parents will ask her why exactly she dumped him in the first place. Much in the same way one of the things putting Dan off dating Amber is that, visually at least, she’s a “Dorothy Clone”. Dorothy especially wants to show that Dan just wasn’t for her, and Walky is, or justify going against her original “single in college to focus on her career” plan.
He just admitted a few strips ago that the reason he was put off from dating Amber is because he is a self-saboteur, as well as intimidated by her. He was just using the whole “Dorothy clone” thing as an excuse, as he is prone to doing with pretty much everything.
I’d still say Joe pointing that put to him may be part of his hesitance. Just because it was an excuse, doesn’t mean it can’t be just a little bit true too. The best excuses are, it makes them a little bit more believable…
If you said you don’t want to go down into the basement, as the light is broken, so you won’t be able to see what you are doing, when really you’re afraid of the dark and spiders, that doesn’t make the excuse untrue, just not your Main reason.
I’d say that Dorothy actually is more concerned that Walky will appear to be just like Danny to her parents, than Danny is concerned with the “Dorothy Clone” thing, partly due to the fact that She dumped Danny (so replacing him with another Danny would seem pointless), and partly because she does like Walky’s cocky attitude.
Very good points. I’ll admit, I had only a passing thought that Walky had been acting Danny style as far as confidence went until Dorothy’s nervousness snapped him out of it. I didn’t think any deeper into it, yet now that I do, I wonder as to how much conforming to Dorothy’s mini-freak out he will stand, especially as she is accurately describing his ability to remain confident in most situations. Just not in a flattering way. “Be yourself, just… you know… a specific version of yourself” I will admit that I am looking forward to any potential sparks between their parents and am slightly sad that Dorothy’s mom is not likely to receive a Monkey Master toy.
Well, maybe its less about her worrying about appearances in general and more about her worrying about how her parents see her.
I wonder how much of Dorothy’s nervousness is normal for her and how much of this is generated because of how unpleasant Joyce’s parents were. I know if I introduced my parents to a friend only to have that friend’s parents haul him or her off distrustfully… well, that’d make me pretty neurotic.
Very true, though it is luckily a different enough situation to avoid complete disaster. I hope it is. I think Dorothy would not react very well to her parents dragging her (or at this point Walky) away. That would be fun to explain to everyone. “Yeah… uhmm… they’ll probably bring him back. I hope… MOM, HE’S NOT ACTUALLY MADE OF CARAMEL!” Seriously though, that incident with Joyce is a definite downer and I am really looking forward to their next discussion.
Dorothy, stop giving Walky advice until you are finished looking like you’re constipated. It doesn’t lend you much credibility.
Actually, I don’t think Dorothy is actually giving Walky advice; I think these are her internal thoughts. Willis said yesterday that drawing the normal ‘thought bubbles’ took twice as long. So I’m guessing that the waviness of the speech-bubble’s tail is supposed to indicate that these are what Dorothy is thinking, not necessarily saying.
It could also mean that she is saying these at a level only Walky is meant to hear, but I seriously doubt that.
There’s pretty clear comics speech bubble shorthand for each of these things. This falls under “uneasy muttering.” She is clearly communicating with Walky and Walky alone, given his reactions to her. Otherwise, it would be either solid or broken in some clear way.. As much as I like and admire Willis, I highly doubt he’d try to buck these fairly sensible trends in a webcomic.
The thing you seriously doubt is what it is.
Thanks for clearing that up.
And whatever you do, don’t Dan this up, Walky!
Worst thing he could possibly do.
All the moms want to hug Walky. Good thing his junk is in his pants this time. That could have been awkward.
I was just remembering that incident and I am glad someone pointed it out. I’ll admit I did imagine Mike standing slightly off panel saying your comment out loud.
Oooohhhhh that incident.
Have you heard of the Des Moines Institute?!?!?
We’re familiar with it.
Just what exactly happened with that? I think we had a scene change, and by the time we got back, Mike and parents were gone, and Walky had wisely changed clothes?
EVERYBODY loves Walky.
So Dorothy’s talking to herself here right?
Projecting!! At least in that last panel . . .
Her fear is understandable.
Yes — she’s wants to convince her parents that she “traded up” (breaking up with Danny and starting a new relationship with Walky a week later). Or so it seems to me…
Yeah, I was wondering that too… like, does she have some kind of psychic connection to Walky, or are her parents just pretending they can’t hear her?
Willis said yesterday that drawing the normal ‘thought bubbles’ took twice as long. So I’m guessing that the waviness of the speech-bubble’s tail is supposed to indicate that these are what Dorothy is thinking, not necessarily saying.
It could also mean that she is speaking at a level only Walky is meant to hear, but I seriously doubt that.
Well, Walky can clearly hear what she’s saying in this strip. Either that or he’s just wondering why she’s making awkward faces.
When I said I didn’t draw any thought bubbles, it didn’t mean I willfully ignore what cartoon iconography means. It just meant that I choose not to spell out any internalized thought processes. (Except for when they say them out loud.)
Which is why Joyce and Walky will likely not need thought bubbles any time soon. It is also why Mike is so ominously silent for long periods of time. Horrible… amazing… silence…
Or when people’s thought processes involve imagining things visually.
Just remember its only for a few more days- I mean hours.
Quick, reboot his operating system! The button is on his butt!
But where’s Dorothy’s reboot button?
I don’t think they’ve gone that far yet for him to know that.
Of course he could always double-tap her chest icon to see if she reboots that way.
That’s why it didn’t show the scene where walky touches her boob. Spoilers.
is it weird that all this line of conversation makes
me think of is the first episode of Chobits?
Yes, cuz that means you watched Chobits.
Dorothy’s dad’s lack of eyebrows in the last panel is scaring me.
If you can live without them in panel three, you’ll just have to accept it in panel four as well.
The fact that the first panel he is in on this strip only shows one brow leads me to believe they are somewhere on the floor, slowly crawling towards sculpted caramel.
Fare thee well, eyebrows!
Shame he didn’t have the Butt Taco shirt on today. It’s such a great ice breaker! You and your new acquaintances can discuss whether it depicts a butt or a taco.
-Deborah and Jeremiah lift up their own shirts, showing off their own Butt Taco shirts-
J: We have it, too!
D: we always get into a fight about which it is. I mean, obviously, it’s a butt.
-Whole box, including the dean and de Santos, devolves into a fight about whether it’s a taco or butt-
Your comment made me irrationally happy!
Everyone dies. The end. Credits roll, and it turns out every character was played by Amazi-Girl.
After the credits, the camera slowly zooms in on a Butt Taco shirt, still on someone’s body. ‘The End’ appears in the middle of the screen. The eyes of Butt Taco slowly glow red and a question mark appears after ‘The End’.
Cut to black.
Dorothy acts like she’s been building Walky up to her parents for a year. It’s her expectations, not theirs, that he has to live up to, at this point!
Walky’s like “so that’s what it looks like when I exaggerate a situation.”
Oh God Dorothy seriously just shut up he’s doing fine on his own.
That’s because he’s baerely talking. A couple strips ago he was trying to pick a fight between his dad and his dean.
He wasn’t trying to pick a fight. He doesn’t really mean any of it.
Don’t overestimate him.
jesus dorothy cheeeeeell ouuuuuuut
Have you met Walky before? You would be worried too.
man when you are that age you don’t trust anybody around you, because you are so worried about what a doof you yourself are! po kids!
Man, it’s like every mom that’s met Walky is all up on him
At this point, he probably has earned $0.15 just from meeting Mike’s mom.
aww yeah hella momz
Dorothy needs to ingest an endothermic gelcap.
I don’t think dinosaurs have gelcaps.
I don’t think dinosaurs are generally accepted to have been endothermic anymore, either. Would have to ask Dina, though. I haven’t really been keeping up with developments in the field. Back in my day, dinosaurs were slow, stupid, cold-blooded, and featherless.
You seriously saying “Back In my days, dinosaur were …” sounds that the most bad ass of things.
Agreed. And lol’ing
I’m making it a meme now… putting on my deviatart as I type
Actually, most dinosaurs are accepted to have been endothermic (warm-blooded). They were originally thought to be ectothermic (cold-blooded).
Huh. Apparently “endothermic” means exactly the opposite in biology that it does in thermodynamics. You live and learn.
If she can’t find that she could take a chill strip. Put it on her tongue. Let it dissolve. Chill.
Last panel: “nevermind I was a nervous wreck 30 seconds ago, this chick be trippin”
Good news Dorothy! Walky being awkward will go unnoticed after that seizure you drive yourself into happens.
This reminded me of a couple I know. Whenever something bad happened and one of them was upset, the other would always stay calm and collected. At least until the trouble passed or the first one calmed down…
This is actually a vital rule for a successful marriage: Only one of you gets to be crazy at a time.
And if both of you are about to be crazy at the same time, the one who is the least crazy has to hold it together. The way to determine the least crazy is one easy question: Do you notice that both of you are about to be crazy at the same time? If you do, then you are the least crazy, as you are still gathered up enough to realize that both of you are starting to unravel.
Oh yeah, get in there Walky. Be smooth despite being told what to do in whispered tones her parents TOTALLY hear.
I feel sort of bad saying it, but I wish more things would totally freak Dorothy out such that she makes her panel 4 face, because that face is ridiculous.
I’m glad you said it, because if you hadn’t, I would have had to.
“Uh, Dorothy? I think the condom broke.”
“That’s what happens when you try to wear it on your head, Walky.”
“Don’t you talk shit about my hat.”
“It’s a stupid hat!”
She’s totally acting like Dexter in that one episode.
I think the reason she is so worried about this is she never considered him permanent boyfriend material, he’s just some guy who she knew there was mutual attraction with. Which is really a bummer for Walky, even though he knew from the start this was a for fun relationship the fact that she looks down on him kind of sucks. I feel like she thinks less of him than her parents do at this point.
I’m loving that look on Walky’s face. “Bitches be crazy, yo.”
Poor Walky. Dorothy, ILU, but you need to chill and stop trying to control the situation (and by extension, Walky).
Dorothy looks stressed out enough for both of them by the last panel.
She wears the stress of the relationship.
“And look at them in the eye or they will think it’s a challenge.”
I’m very sure of my cock. He’s a really loyal pet rooster.
But is Dorothy sure of hers?
Panel 5: Dorothy’s head explodes. Messily.
So I misread that line at first and thought it said “deer-w-headlights”, like “deer with headlights”, and all I could think of was that scene in Dumb and Dumber where the girl takes off her shirt, but instead of a girl I imagined it was a deer and aaaa AAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
And in that first panel we see the fussy old lady that will be Dorothy at the end of her days.
Good grief. Did not expect the meltdown from that quarter.
Dorothy, you really know how to relax a guy. Sheesh.
Actually, yes. There is nothing like somebody else taking over the panicking for letting you get a grip. Because the ground is covered then. I do regular trips with a group where one girl is exceeding easy to piss off when circumstances are contrary. So you smile and shrug it off. Guess what, when she skipped one year, there were situations where one had no one to take over the “pissed off ” part, so it became much harder to shrug it off.
And the way David draws this, it definitely seems on the last frame as if Walky is off his panic because he has Dorothy’s to worry about.
So you stop worrying because you’re worrying about someone else’s worrying?
Exactly. As Rudyard Kipling wrote, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you … you’ll be a man, my son.”
Similar to how it’s easier to watch scary movies when you’re with your friends.
It’s the only way I could get through SCP 87-B. ; – ;
Dorothy’s facial expression in the final panel is the best part.
I hate to say this but this make me ship Walky and Joyce even harder.
I finally caught up.. I couldn’t stop reading this..
Dorothy calm down dating Walky won’t hurt your chances of becoming President , Americans have accepted much worse.
Making him your First Lady, though..
Joyce will make an excellent First Lady once Dorothy is done training her of course.
OH GOD. I just got to the end of the archive, what do I do now??
Now, we wait… I just got to the end yesterday..
Relax this comic updates almost daily.
Not almost! Daily, full stop.
God bless those Kickstarter stretch goals.
Of course, it’s all going to end when autumn hits it’s stride.
It’s not the cutest Dorothy and Walky have act together, but it’s one of the funniest !
Dorothy, Dorothy, Dorothy. That is NOT how you baste a turkey.
Walky is basically me in this comic in terms of awkwardness
And David. The new alias is Dirk Surecock.
Heh, Walky’s face in that last panel.
“Bitch please, I’m Dirk Lonestyle.“
The ads on today’s page for bed-wetting prevention devices (diapers) for “big children” probably tells us something about Walky. . .
Faced with a new arrival to the flock, Jeremiah’s forehead expands threateningly.
Walky sure describes what happens when he meets new people.
Damn it, Dorothy’s parents, stop invading Walky’s personal space without permission.
The moms just can’t keep their hands off that caramel. He doesn’t even need nickels.
That’s why Mike hates him so much. He’s the Lex Luthor to Walky’s Superman.
Dorothy needs to be stressed out more often, it instantly makes her ten times more relatable.
Clearly the next comic will be Dorothy’s parents stripping Walky for the sake of full examination. Dorothy is used to this sort of thing by now and believes it to be customary.
Well that just went from funny to creepy when I started thinking about it..
Does anyone know when Book 2 gets released to the store? I had the wonderful opportunity to buy it at SPX, but I only could afford one of them. So… poor choice, since I bought the one I could easily get online.
After they’re delivered to me. I had an advance box sent to me for SPX only. And then only after I get through a good chunk of the Kickstartered folks. So a short while!
You! You’re to blame! All you had to do was say “oh, Book 2 isn’t in store yet”, and I would have bought both right there! Darn you and your amazing amiability and your stupidly distracting giant robot!
I happened to glance at my browser’s tab and, momentarily forgetting the name of today’s strip, was surprised when I read “Dumbing of Age – Cocks…” next to Joyce’s face.
Does anyone else really want a girlfriend for girlfriend parents right now?
Insecure-Dorothy is adorable! (and insecure)
I just noticed that my browser tab has this strip appear as
Dumbing of Age – Cocksu
before it fades out. I now wonder if this was an evil plan to cause trauma to people with multiple tabs on work computers…
havin ourselves a paaarr-tey!
Look who is talkin’ there, Dorothy.
I’m now trying to figure out how to ASCIIfy DorothyFace from the last panel… and failing miserably
I NEEDS THAT SMILEY
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