Sarah… do you really not like hugs that much?
I would say that Sarah is the closest we’ll get to this world’s The Fallen, but The Fallen wishes he was that lucky.
Hugs, fun and any form of happiness.
I’m a lot like Sarah in that respects, I’m not a huggy kind of person at all and I certainly never kiss anyone.
Nice Ruth grav, Plasma!
You don’t happen to be in pact an Asian-American GF who has really strong thighs, do you?
Some of us don’t like to be hugged unless we’re very familiar with the person doing the hugging.
Outside of my family only four people could hug me without any issues: My ex-girlfriend while she was my girlfriend, our best friend at the time, another friend who also liked to punch me in the arm, and someone who taunted me but still liked me a lot.
… all females.
It’s a matter of personal space. If I don’t know who the hell you are and you run up and throw your arms around me, I may just straight kick you off of me Nala style.
Yup. Ask me first (even possible to do so non-verbally), and then you can hug me.
I do the same before hugging others.
Will a nickel sweeten the deal?
Hugs from people I’m not very very fond of are freaky and weird.
…This includes my own family. All my sisters and mothers are too damn short, and if my brother of father hugged me, I’d be freaking out because they’d been replaced by aliens.
Sarah is allergic to displays of happiness.
Or it could be that hugs is Sarah’s kryptonite.
Sarah is allergic to assholes who won’t take “no” for an answer.
Seriously, why is “Don’t touch me” a fucked up thing to ask for? Why is it socially acceptable for people like her to just keep going?
Yeah, I agree. If Sarah says she doesn’t want hugs, it’s pretty crummy to keep attempting it?
Wait a sec! If she hates people who won’t take no for an answer… Is that just a moral stance on things, or is there some backstory there?
I think someone needs a hug!
Sarah makes everything better ^_^ [in her own way]
That’s our Ms. Warner!
Dammit, beat me to it.
The Riddler is one step ahead of you, but is two steps behind Johnny Witts.
Don’t worry, it’s a sitcom! ALL the jokes are repetitive! 😀
Don’t worry, it’s a sitcom! ALL the jokes are repetitive! 😀
Don’t worry, it’s a joke! All the sitcoms are repetitive. 😀
Mrs. Warner I mean! :p
“And when you do, THAT’S when I’ll get you. I’m like herpes.”
” You know who I am. You don’t know where I am. And you’ll never see me coming.”
Sarah is the Bat man.
“I have a very particular set of skills. I will find you…and I will hug you.”
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in a hug bind them
It’s official, Sarah has the bat with her at all times. Now if only we could figure out where she’s keeping it.
I have a theory, which might also go some way to explaining her attitude problem.
I see what you did there
The bat is a manifestation of her rage.
It’s not the size that matters it’s how she uses it.
It’s really dense to make up for it.
It’s small because she hasn’t released her bankai yet
When you get to her level, you have to learn to control it’s size, otherwise you’ll be swinging around a bat the size of a skyscraper.
Wait, wasn’t this part of the plot to Bleach?
it is well documented that the space between a woman’s boobs is in fact a portal to extradimensional space that will consume any unwanted party dumb enough to reach in while said woman is clothed. Get with the times, man.
Best. Death. Ever
Where her Femurs are (since everyone here’s favourite bodypart is the femur!)
We do, after all, need them to live!
So Sarah is a paladin?
Maybe she just thought it would be a good idea to pick up the bat after her encounter with Dr. Dick.
Dumbing of Age is actually a Ranma 1/2 fanfic from 1995, and Sarah’s using Akane’s Hammerspace trick.
Hammerspace existed long before Ranma. Even bigger mallets were hidden by nothing more than a tiger-striped bikini.
(also, gravatar cascade!)
Everyone is friends with Mike for his mom. He just wants to return the favor. For a nickel.
Oh, Sarah. 🙂
You can’t run from the hugs forever Sarah! NO ONE CAN!!!
I would complain about the delayed resolution of Danny/Amber, but I guess this works
Oh hey… Mike and Amber are together again… after Amber got dumped…
If I didn’t know better.
But I do, so yeah…
Good…as long as you know better!
Wouldn’t be the first time he get togheter with Amber after she get dumped, though this he has no idea about all the Danny thing so who knows
I would *so* love that!!!
I don’t think this Amber is evil enough to handle Mike yet. She needs some experience working retail first.
Except Amber wasn’t dumped…
She was friend-dumped.
That’s worse 🙁
I like her.
Mrs. Warner that is…
No means no, Mrs. Warner.
Also we’ve been needing some Old Testament God in the comic for a while now.
Amber and Mike?
Nah, that will never work
Been there…done that!
For a nickel.
And now you know why Mike is so good at hitting people when their guard is down.
Well, hugs are good for dropping people’s guards. Why do you think stabbing someone while hugging is one of the best ways to kill someone?
Is it wrong that I want Sarah and Mike to get together?
Nope! I do to.
omg yes, perfect
I dunno. Mike is actively malicious, while Sarah seems to have just been forced into bitterness by the world around her. Not much to go on.
Mike and Ruth, on the other hand, is something I can totally ship.
I could see it.
But… isn’t Ruth a lesbian?
Ruth likes Billie. The only clue outside of that we have is that she is too busy to be “concerned with the plumbing”, implying that she doesn’t really care what gender the person is, if she finds that specific individual attractive.
Cue waiting months and months for any sort of closure regarding the Danny/Amber/Amazigirl situation -________-
Give it time…we deserve a break from the feels.
Or the indifferent annoyance.
Honestly, for that plot to go anywhere soon the people involved would need to not be Amber and Danny.
This may be *super-true,* a truth so obvious and forceful, you didn’t need to say it.
But then you wouldn’t have replied and we wouldn’t be having this lovely conversation.
My memory is bad. Are Mike and Amber friends in this universe?
They are both friends with Ethan. But “friend” may be a strong word for Mike in any context.
Mike just has people he’s willing to stand next to.
Mike, Amber, and Ethan went to high school together. I won’t testify to “friends”.
Let’s just say that Amber knows Mrs. Warner.
Seriously Sarah, why don’t you want to a hug? Is it because that you are secretly a hugwolf?
Hugwolf? A variant of the lustwolves?
“Don’t let Mrs Warner cast you into the fluffy and comfy armchairs of the Hugwolves, Sarah!”
I thought whywolves are a variant of lustwolves?
Why a duck?
As long as they aren’t dickwolves!
Hahaha, well played, Willis, well played – follow up the uber sad comic with hilarious Mike’s mom. (Give in to the love, Sarah. You can’t resist!)
what people dont know that not only is she hugging them but also planting tracking/listening/explosive devices on them so that when she gets home she will know all your secrets and your location at all times so that she will rule the world with the infromation she has gained
Knowing Ms. Warner, it’s more likely she’s planting cookies on them.
mrs* goddammit I keep on typoing
It could have been worse. It could have come out “Mr.” instead 😀
You know, I imagined that Mrs. Warner sounded like Muriel.
oh god, you’re right
Hmm. No Danny to rage about here. Now what do I do?
Enjoy the free hugs?
Enjoy the brief freedom away from Danny.
Join the Sarah-haters up-stream? (No surprise, I like Sarah!)
First comments on the strip. As if everyone else on the planet would hug a total stranger.
Some people would. They are the ones who must be stopped.
Right you are, timemonkey. And we’re just the ones to stop them!
Hahaha, man, I knew I loved Sarah the most for a reason. Stranger hugs. . . *shudder*
Yeah, but Mrs. Warner looks like type of person who would offer you pie and would ask if you want seconds while you are halfway eating through the first one.
And if you don’t want pie, she will slip pieces into your inventory when you’re not looking. Just in case you want pie later.
At least having pieces of pie in your inventory is way better than having junk parts that has no uses and you can’t sell them in your inventory.
You say that like someone who’s never discovered the hard way that they have a pocket full of meringue. Or, um, the soft, squishy way.
Depending on how often you reach into your pockets, it could be the hard way.
I learned it the hard way.
Still delicious though.
Thank you!! I thought I was the only one to think you might have a right to like hugs exclusively from your friends and family . . .
I am vengeance. I am the night. I… HAVE… A BAT!
Wow, Sarah, you really DO need that hug!
No, c’mon, drop the bat, just give her the hu-Sarah, no. Sarah! SARAH! Drop the bat, Sarah! Give it to me! Give me the BA-*THWACK*
…Well. She gave it to me. X_.
At least you didn’t say “The bat, Sarah. Let me have it”
Or the wizard’s last wish …
“Make me a milkshake!”
“Okay, you’re a milkshake.”
aw man, I hope she meets up with ethan too and they all hang out together, just like old times ; w ;
We all need a Mrs.Warner in our lives.
I seriously need one.
I can find you one….. for a nickel
You are so fucking right, you just don’t know.
Mike’s parents are now my favorite ones.
Well his mom is indeed the best…but his dad on the other hand still need to fight for our approval!
Sarah’s gone batty.
Wah-wahhh . . .
I know, it sounds unrealistic, but I want Amber to get together with Mike and Danny to die alone. At least until College Graduation.
Wtch out Sarah, Mrs Warner is a Care-Bear in disguise and believe me you don’t want to by mind-flayed by their care-Bear Stare that’s for certain.
Awww HUGS YAY!!!
Seriously, finally some relief from all the heartbreaking.
I love everything about today’s comic.
It is a pretty great comic! 😀
Dump Danny, Amber! You’ll feel better!
Admittedly, poor Danny will wonder why Amazi-Girl hates him now.
Anyone else missing Joyce?
Sarah is so polite… and athletic!
She shouldn’t be so sad, would she really preferred it if Danny HAD cheated on her with her, and then broke up with her alter ego because there was someone else? What if there is someone else again, later on down the road, only it’s actually another person next time? He basically just said “Look I’m attracted to you and I love being with you but I can’t do that to my girlfriend. However, I AM really stupid and don’t realize is also you. But your not so you should be super happy I’m not cheating on you even when sorely tempted!”
I mean she can date him anytime she wants if she just puts on her outfit or decides to make the reveal. A third option is there too since he just said he’d love to be with her but he’s already seeing someone else. She could just break up with him as Amazi-girl and tell him she wants him to date Amber. He’s a pushover who already wants to do just that, the likelihood of that working is incredibly high.
I wouldn’t necessarily call him a push-over. He resisted Billie’s tits out of moral obligation. That HAS to count for something.
He’s a push-over to whichever girl he’s chasing, pretty much. He’s just really, really committed to commitment.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Yes it is, thats why Dorothy dumped him.
That’s a terrible example. Dorothy wasn’t even looking for the same kind of relationship as him, and she didn’t communicate this with him despite his being quite vocal about the kind of relationship he thought they were going for.
She does not speak as the definitive voice for what’s good in all kinds of relationships with everybody. She spoke as the definitive voice for what’s good in the specific relationship she was looking for. That particular quality of Danny’s was wrong for her, but that hardly stands as evidence that this quality is necessarily a bad thing.
Amber’s upset because today has been awful for her. Her mom went missing, her dad showed up, and then right after Danny admitted all those warm, gushy feelings for her, he yelled at her. No wonder she doesn’t feel safe enough to spill the beans.
(not blaming danny here btw, so don’t you pro-dannies jump all over me, ya hear)
Oh right, I forgot to mention: not only did Danny just yell at her, he friend-dumped her. That kinda sucked too.
O my god! WE FORGOT ABOUT AMBERS MOM! Who knows what Joe’s dad is doing to her……… with his penis
Forget what they’ve been doing, the real question is how long they’ve been away. It’s been most of the day, those two must have incredible stamina.
For whatever his reason, Mike has never really hurt Amber, I don’t think. Her and Joyce. For some reason he leaves them alone and considers the rest of the world ‘his’…and it is.
I don’t think malicious is the word for Mike, he is a force unto himself.
As for his mom, she is scary.
Swing that bat Sarah.
Mike’s mom isn’t as scary Eska http://media.tumblr.com/25aeb92a916fcbb6e7de3ca392301b4f/tumblr_inline_mtt5lbj9hQ1s6f2ja.gif
Oh man, I just saw that episode. I totally ship Bolin-Eska.
Not if their genders were reversed.
Naw, he’s expressed the desire to injure Joyce before: http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/03-men-are-from-beck-women-are-from-clark/lust/
With Amber, I don’t think he’s really been given the chance (he actually doesn’t show up that often in DoA).
“my mom’s thought” — I’m trying to make it make sense in my head, but I can’t.
‘my mom has thought’
It’s still a bit awkward.
Maybe you should vary up your tenses when you speak.
Actually, it does sound kind of weird when spoken aloud. “My mom thinks” would probably be better.
Please see greengeekgirl’s comment below.
Huh. Never thought about that. Stupid dialects, making everything confusing (including my own).
I think it’s grammatically wrong, but it might just be Mike’s speech pattern.
Huh? I just noticed that…I originally read it as
“My mom thinks everyone here could use a hug”
Giant Speck, it’s not a possessive but a contraction; “mom’s” is a contractions of “mom has.” So it effectively reads “my mom has thought everyone here could use a hug.”
It’s not the thought that belongs to my mom. Or your mom either. For a nickle.
I’m completely aware that it’s a contraction. It just read weird.
“my mom’s thought” is completely legit, especially for that area of the world. Love, someone from that area of the world.
Someday… someday she’ll droper her guard.
And then she will pay. Ohh yes, will she.
I don’t usually consider myself a fangirl or a shipper, but a little part inside of me go all *squeaaaa* to see Amber and Mike interactiong…
You do have a point.
All of Amber’s heartache could go away with some sweet, hot Mike-love
I can see how well that would end.
“Where’s my nickel?”
*Amazi-girl dick punch to the face*
“I think I’m in love.”
There is no such thing as sweet, hot Mike-love. There is only bitter, burning Mike-hate.
I want it so bad, the good ship Amber-Mike . . .
Nah! It has already happened once…no use repeating it!
Hey, it already happened in two dimensions, another one won’t hurt 😉
Hahaha, nah, I know it’s unlikely, still… *squeaaa*
Poor Sarah. I for one don’t mind stranger hugs. 🙂 Hugs are the ultimate remedy for any shitty day.
Parent’s weekend tomorrow, If it’s 1% as exciting as this, I’ll be highly pleased.
please please please please sarah x mike
all my otps
I want to see this happened!
Okay, I just got through saying how much I ship Amber and Mike, because *reasons I won’t mention,* but you’re the second person to ship Sarah and Mike, and I’m beginning to see how that could be cool, too!
I am totally ok with this!
Oh man, Amber and Mike? Can you imagine the train wreck that relationship would be! What a Knee-slapper!
I’d rather not.
Her Magical Girl power is a waving a wand, a flash of light blinds the area, and suddenly everyone is sitting around Sunday Breakfast eating baked goods.
Man, with that third panel I thought Mike was making a tasteless “your mom” joke about his own mom.
Damn,… GIVE AMBER A BREAK.
I just noticed the title of today’s comic is “guard”. Somehow I feel like it suggest the last panel could be some kind of perverse foreshadowing… when will sarah drop her guard? Will this mean bad things… for Joyce?
I’m drunk but im still like, what just happened and why the bat? Why is a student just running around with a bat. If everyone ran around with a bat randomly then collage would have been a lot different. but to be fair i lived in the computer labs where they didn’t turn the lights on to scare us off so take that as you will.
Everyone’s all talking about the possibilities of Amber/Mike (though that may just be an extended reference to the other ‘verse), but I seriously hope it doesn’t get a repeat. I like Dumbiverse Amber a lot more than Walkyverse Amber, and I just… I don’t think they’d fit very well together? Mike just wouldn’t work with this version of Amber.
Honestly, maybe Amber doesn’t need a romantic resolution. I dunno. I sort of want things to work out with Danny, just because of this strip. So much potential, y’know*? And Danny will grow. He’ll get better. They’ll all get better.
…oh god, I just imagined Amber ending up with Joe for some reason. Yikes.
*AND LOOK AT AMBER’S FACE JUST D’AWWW
-from Willis on twitter-
“According to tonight’s comment count, hugs are less popular than Danny.”
Danny isn’t popular, he just incites massive testwalls either for or against his right to exist.
But I like hugs!
It’s not popularity that the comments measure, it’s controversiality (or a combination of the two). Comments go up when there’s something for us to disagree with each other about, ad nauseum!
Its true. I have almost nothing negative to say about hugs, Amber, Mike, or Sarah with a bat.
That’s a good thing, since there is nothing wrong with hugs, and speaking negatively about Amber, Mike, or Sarah and her bat could lead to massive physical trauma! But at least Mike’s mom would have a hug for you while you wait for the ambulance. 😀
This may have been said sometime or another but is this comic like some alternate universe of either shortpacked!, or walky?
Whew! annabanana, I remember when I was you. Here you go: http://www.dumbingofage.com/about/.
Give that hug Mrs Harriet. A full 30 seconds hug that is.
Do you know that after 20 seconds of hug your body begins secreting the hormone oxytocin? This is the same powerful hormone that increases during lovemaking, child birthing, and kissing. Oxytocin acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and increases the bond we feel with others.
I know 20 seconds hug can be pretty awkward, but……
I would love to see Sarah and Mike join Amazigirl and become a hero team. Sarah can wield the bat and be Miss Anthrop. Mike…The Fist seems dull maybe Jawbreaker.
At least if Amazi-Girl needs a sidekick, she can always count on Bat-Girl!
Or would Bat-Girl turn out to be an archnemesis? I’m not sure.
Pretty sure Sarah’s not really ‘superhero’ material, though. No theatrics, no poses, just get the job done. Jerk needs punching? He gets punched, no announcing it or whatever.
Sounds a tad like Batman to me I dunno ’bout you.
“To be fair, my mom thought EVERYONE here could use a hug”.
To be fair, your mom is right.
YOU JUST NEED A HUG SARAH, IT IS THE SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PAIN.
We haven’t seen Mike lately because he is the head of the Parent’s Weekend Committee. Bringing pain to the entire community is hard work, but so satisfying.
Speaking of Dr. Rosenthal, anyone think he’ll still be around when Amber meets her mom?
Oh, he’ll be around alright.
I’d say he definitely come for that
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I forgot how cheerful and nice Mikes parents were.
Amber gets exactly what she deserves…
Wondering if my grav works. My first time making one. Don’t pay any attention to me, unless you want to. Then go ahead.
Love hugs, in general. But completely respect those who don’t like to hug or be hugged.
AckAckAck – nice fun fact. And there is almost certainly no need for protection, provided it stops there.
she’s just worried mike’s mom is gonna try to touch her hair.
Hahaha!!! Probably right!
Oh god, we’ve got a hugger.
My theory of Mike’s parents being the inverse of him still stands.
I love Mike’s parents.
If Mrs Warner meets Billie, does that make her a FAAAAAAAACEhugger?
This strip provided a much needed laugh out loud moment. The last panel is perfect.
Given how this day turned out, Mrs. Warner was probably right!
I’d say that the trait that Matt picked up from his parents is being opportunistic, except for him it’s finding chances to mess with people on occasion.
no san diego comic-con, the sorries
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