What, no punching?
At this point she’s probably more flattered than anything
I think she meant Ruth.
I imagine that after losing their parents Ruth is at least a bit protective of her little brother, so he gets a polite warning first. I would guess “strike two” is a forceful punch in the arm and then (since they’re Canadian) the Hat Trick is a traditional hockey style (meaning completely unceremonious and brutal) punch to the face.
Hockey style involves pulling the jersey up over the head and repeated blows to the face. Kind of harsh for a brother who’s just leering at tits he has no shot of ever grabbing. Maybe just a light high stick to the noggin.
I’m thinking at this point, Howard’s is going to get 2 minutes in the box for high sticking…
Punching… In the FAAAAAACE?
With… her penis?
For a nickel!
Wait, no. Never mind.
Your avatar is winning this comment thread.
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Ampersand [Sorry, the top two rows on my keyboard are not working]
There you go.
It’s nice to see someone who’s willing to lend an &.
Faye, too, knows the meaning of a lap-barfing.
So vomiting on someone is like marking your territory?
That explains some of the parties I witnessed in college.
Well, thanks plasma mongoose. I can mark that off my list of things I hoped never to get a mental image of. Thanks a bunch.
Plasma, can you tell me the source of that avatar of yours?
So if Ruth is Faye and Billie is Marten, does that make Joyce or Amber Dora?
Amber, but only if you’re talking about SP-Amber (in that they’re both managers now). Sticking strictly with DoA characters, I’d vote Leslie maybe? (position of authority) Or Sal? (Dora is a metal-fan, and Sal’s the closest thing we have to that here.) Not Joyce – she’s more of a Hannalore if anything.
i think that Dina would be Marigold, in that they’re both rather quiet and shut in, and very very passionate about a single few things, but not much else.
I’m not certain about Dora but Dina is like a quiet Emily and Howard is like Clinton.
The most ridiculous part of this is that I had to read ~21 YEARS worth of comics to understand that reference properly.
No, that is the best part!
The worst part is that I could actually follow it along…
Oh man I love this comic
So her sexual orientation is known among her family, that’s good, I think!
Siblings =/= family. All four of my siblings know I’m bi, but I’m enough of a coward that my dad and grandparents will almost certainly never be told. It’s pretty common in families with conservative older-folks and tightly-knit younger folks.
And considering what we know of Ruth’s grandfather…
Hm. Maybe I don’t have enough data at this point. It’s entirely possible that he draws the line at homophobia.
He just hates everyone.
I ‘REALLY’ hope not, and this is her coming out to Howard.
Subtle, Howard. Subtle.
Yeah, like you won’t stare at it.
Won’t? Didn’t? Wouldn’t? Continue to?
…True enough. But I’d be more subtle about it.
Looks like Howard gets to experience the glory of boobs today after all.
Sure, they are mostly covered up, but they are also in 3D
Now taking bets for how long it takes for Ruth to go all “Fatal Attraction” on Billie…
It is just as well that Billie doesn’t have a pet.
One day Billie will come home to find Joyce in a pressure cooker.
Much rejoycing will be done.
Rejoycing? You mean, leftovers?
That might be enough to make me believe in a God. Maybe not the Christian god, but I’m flexible.
Howard couldn’t watch Game of Thrones, so he got his booby fix from Billie.
Billie’s Boobies trump all.
A booby-prize you might say.
The Ultimate Weapon, next to Galvatron’s non-existent Ultimate Weapon.
It’s a Trap! A Booby Trap!
If all he wants is boobies… any boobies… then here –> ( . Y . )
Wow, that didn’t work out at all.
Don’t be tryin’ to steal my Woman, Howard. Well first cuz you’ll fail. But also it’s the principle of the matter!
*In Patrick’s voice* Yours? You mean mine!
Wally saw her before you, Ruth.
And by Wally, I obviously mean Walky (stupid digital iPad keyboard).
But Walky’s not interested…
Walky is very much not interested. At all. And suggesting such to Billie makes her rage.
On the plus side she’s cute when she’s angry.
Which is good, as it is practically her default state.
Being cute, or being angry?
Sometimes these comic updates are what make me feel better after a horrible day at work. Like today. It never disappoints. And yes, Ruth totes has dibs.
Sometimes these comics updates are what make feel better AT work.
So yeah, I totally know how you feel !
Sometimes these comic updates are what helps me not do my work…
and sometimes, finishing reading these is what forces me to go back to work… then i get over it.
That’s not true Billie. I’m betting most of the boys who’ve been eading this series have leered at you before.
She just doesn’t know it. Poor girl.
And some women.
HEY! To be fair….. It was only for a moment….
Some of the men, too.
Oh good, Ruth is apparently still attracted to her. I have to admit, I was worried for a bit.
Did you think mere sobriety would change attraction to Billie? If Ruth ever doesn’t want to tap that, we’ll know she’s in the throes of Delirium Tremens.
Well that answers my question from yesterday if he is gay or not.
On the plus side, the fact he did not managed to get punched by Billie should be a great honor for him.
Or it could mean she doesn’t even want to touch him.
He’s a nerd, therefore I must wonder if he’s gay? Being straight is bad news, since the “answer” apparently wasn’t “on the plus side”? Note to self: proofread everything I ever type to not imply things I likely don’t intend.
maybe Tanarin just needed Howard to be gay for reasons
sexy fantasy reasons
I’m confused by what you’re even asking here. Just because the answer isn’t “on the plus side” doesn’t make it bad news, or assign any sort of value other than it just being a known fact.
“On the plus side” is a transition we use after delivering bad news. Example: When I went camping, I got a really bad sunburn, but on the plus side, I’m healed and tan now.
Ahhh, that’s a good point. I didn’t interpret it that way, but I can see how it’s possible. I don’t think that was the intent, but regardless “on the plus side” is a weird transition to use.
The only thing Howard is missing is an artifical arm.
I see fanfictions galore based on these three …
The horizontal stripes really help too.
THE MALE GAZE
also The Female Gaze in Ruth’s case.
The Female Gazel if we count certain quadrepedal land animals related to the antelope and native to the savannas of Africa.
They give Billie the female Graze.
Graze? How did we get into Touhou?
GAZE INTO THE BOOBS OF BILLIE!
ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOBOOBS.
THE POWER OF BOOBS COMPELLS YOU!
GLAZE THE BOOBIES BILLIE
… lost something in translation or did we gain something? … Ө.Ө
THE MALE GLAZE
HAH! Oh man, awesome.
They are looking really good in that shirt. She should take them for a tour and see what reaction they get now.
Howard used Leer.
Billie’s defenses lowered.
I have to say, either Ruth is playing a masterful game of “Hard to Get”, or she really doesn’t have any idea on how to court a lady and is succeeding only due to the random voices in Billie’s head.
Billie’s a high class lady. You gotta take your time with a gal that fine.
Yeah, you gotta wine’em and dine’em. And then, make sure she don’t headbutt your crotch and puke on the couch.
You have to wine’em, eh? I think we have a problem there.
Not literally wine’em.
Wine’em, wine’em, wine’em.
The crotch headbutt/puke maneuver is an automatic friendzone flag as demonstrated in QC.
God dammit, the word “friendzone” should never have been leant legitimacy.
yeeaaa ruth git dat pussy
I just wanted to compliment you on your username. Bravo.
Everyone loves Billie’s boobs.
Billieboobs…wow I feel like a 4th grader now.
Billieboobs, Billieboobs, Billieboobs boobs boobs
Billieboobs, Billieboobs, Billieboobs boobs boobs
Billieboobs, Billieboobs, Billieboobs boobs boobs
Billiebooooobs! Billieboobs boobs boobs!
This strip is all kinds of awesome.
Aww, that’s… sweet?
Y’know, like bile…
Says the person who has clearly never tasted bile before, lol.
Wait, no one looked at those for 4 weeks? What, did the university had an abundance of busty women that every dude suddenly became desensitized to boobs?
In my experience, yes, yes they do.
Even if every Woman was busty, These are Billie’s boobs we’re talking about. It’s like comparing eating Mcdonalds to having sex. There’s no competition.
Some dudes are indifferent towards boobs.
Granted, anime kinda killed boobs for me, but at least, it’s not for good.
Some of us were never into boobs to begin with.
I see. Like asses, I reckon?
Yes. Dude asses.
Whatever floats your boat, I guess.
That’s so sad! Boobs are my most powerful weapon and my target is usually nerdy guys who like anime. ANIME WHY HAVE YOU FOILED ALL MY PLANS
Hey, I’m pretty sure your boobs are awesome and firm.
They’re firmly awesome.
I recon that a lot of dudes at college are much more discrete at leering than what Billie is used to.
no wonder the kid likes game o thrones. *quietly high fives ruth*
Howard used Leer.
Billie’s defense fell.
Ruth used mean look.
Howard cannot escape.
Cobbler, as promised
It’s worth the wait.
So Billie is a ‘natural’ girl then?
Natural = Unshaven
Unshaven = Jungle Crotch
Howard looks a bit strung out. Guess he’s jonesing for his fix (of Game of Thrones).
^ Mildly NSFW btw.
Oh yes. Don’t open this if you’re at work.
Please remember to tag your stuff in the future, didn’t see the NSFW thing til after I clicked it.
I’m Super sorry.
S’cool, my boss wasn’t around.
Yeah that’s totally his problem and not yours, lol.
So much love for your fan stuffs man. <3
I think by nobody she means “men that I want to bone.” Also GO GET HER RUTH! But stop with the 2nd grade “if I hit her, she’ll fall in love with me” mentality.
What for? Walky used 2nd Grade crush logic on Dorothy and it worked
As I recall Dorothy told him to knock it off as it was flattering but unattractive.
Because Billie would DEFINITELY want to let Howard ANYWHERE near her vagina.
Any guy but Howard, right?
Well, she tried to sex up Danny, is Howard a step down, or a step up?
From the reaction of everyone here to Howard, I guess it’s a step down.
True, our reactions are negative. But Danny also gets refferred to as literally the worst thing ever that destroys all goodness.
Howard is somehow worse than that.
Also in the Walkyverse, she did end up married to Danny, so maybe that bit was just Willis reminding us of the fact so we could see Billie in a better place now.
I actually liked Howard way more than Danny, and even I have to admit that he’s like, 2-4 steps down from him. He’s literally the last person in Willis’ comics you’d want to sex up. The last.
I think Faz might rank lower than Howard.
And maybe Walkyverse Penny. She’s cute, but holy shit do I not want to get my sensitive bits anywhere near her. Whole new levels of “don’t stick it in the crazy” there. Jason is a braver man than I.
In answer I have but one word …. FAZ …. >_<
Jason likes living dangerously.
Oh, and Buckets of Blood Guy! I think he may even rank lower than Faz.
Almost forgot about Faz. Yeah, he would probably be worse than Howard. Ninja Rick would be pretty bad too, actually.
Howard is also a minor, here. Dating a high school boy in college is inverse-cool to dating a college guy in high school.
Technically speaking, he is within the vicinity of her vagina.
But not close enough for all practical purposes.
Dina X Howard shippers can add “trouble with eye contact” to the things the two have in common.
You should make another poll for the family members we least want to meet. I’m really dreading the introduction of Joyce’s parents. Her “friend” was bad enough and I’m afraid that she’ll appear again.
By her friend do you mean Becky or Mary? I think Mary was just someone else who Joyce met who was religious and could recommend a church. I think Joyce didn’t much like how Mary acted.
I can’t think of anything particularly objectionable about Becky.
You mean other than being shocked that Joyce was going on a date with someone who isn’t Christian?
First thing that comes to mind, I’m sure there’s more.
Didn’t we see Joyce’s parents in the very first few strips? They seemed relatively normal from what I recall.
We’ve also met Joyce’s parents a few times back in the Walkyverse; they were pretty cool.
We’ve already met Joyce’s parents.
We’ve already met Joyce’s parents. Her dad shows up in the second strip, her mother a couple strips later. (Dina’s parents and the Walkertons also appear in that strip, but they’re silent extras.)
Oh, great grackling grunka-lunkas…not only does the post get sent to moderation for having two links, one of them is broken to boot. *facepalms*
My money’s on next time Joyce sees Becky, she’s smoking, drinking, and having promiscuous sex. With girls.
If nothing else, it would be hilarious for the sheer dissonance factor.
I’m kinda serious. I’ve seen it happen fairly often that the kids from the strict (usually religious) upbringings get wound up so tight that when they get out from under the parental thumb and get a taste of the broader world, they kind of go sproing all over the place, and go wild doing all of the things that they were forbidden from doing before. Their upbringing doesn’t give them any guidelines for dealing with things other than “DON’T”, so once they’ve broken that one, they’ve got no regulators left at all. (Joyce is having some of that problem herself, though she’s self-aware enough to have seen it before she stepped in it – thus her Galasso’s freakout.)
And I can’t be the only one reading a girl-crush on Joyce into Becky’s cast profile.
Oh, I know you’re serious. And I think it would make sense. Whether it will happen or not, well, only time will tell.
Unless Willis was to give us a preview.
But Becky’s NOT getting a taste of the wider world. She’s going to a private Christian university, which her parents made her go to to keep her from getting those dangerous secular ideas.
As Catholic schoolgirl Sal has demonstrated, that may not be as effective as the parents thought it would be.
So Becky became a rock star when no one was looking?
Hey, too bad you didn’t get to watch Game of Thrones, Howard. On the plus side, you got to see the FINEST boobs in Indiana for free! Granted, they are covered up, but it’s a positive experience for you.
(Sorry I took so long to comment. My parents were celebrating their 25th anniversary.)
I….I commented before Kernanator.
This is an accomplishment.
Put it on your resume. Your employers will be so impressed.
“I see here that you have no prior experience as a brain surgeon, and unless my eyes fail me, you haven’t even finished med school?”
“I… I once commented before Kernanator.”
I like that Billie considers them close enough to refer to herself as Ruth’s friend instead of, say, mortal nemesis
I noticed that Ruth says “I saw her first”, as if Howie actually had any chance. She’s nice to her li’l brother. That’s sweet ^^
‘i barfed on her, that’s dibs,’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as ‘i licked her, she’s mine’.
I can’t believe it either. I mean, it’s really kind of statistically unlikely.
Has it ever occurred to anyone that Willis has created characters so fleshed out and three dimensional, they might as well be real people? If you have, notice the amount of scrutiny Every action they take is plead under.
If they knew, it would be incredibly creepy.
I want to tell them.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me that this is Ruth coming out of the closet to Howard!
It would be so perfect.
I think by his immediate frown at what she said means he understands the implication, which in turn implies that he already knows.
Billie is blissfully unaware of this comic’s large audience and the PSL she induces.
This made me unaccountably happy.
Weeelp. Looks like my comment yesterday is moot at this point.
I thought Leer was supposed to LOWER defense.
This is some straight up No Exit shit going on over here.
My brother and I have exchanges like this all the time.
I can honestly say Ive been leering for much longer
Howard isn’t actually ogling her, he’s just gone into shock from the revelation that Ruth has made a friend.
With a great rack.
It’s only been four weeks in comic-time? Dang. O_o So much has happened already.
Will Billie end up the meat in a Lessick sandwich?
Well that’s an image that requires a few bottles of brain bleach. Thanks.
Okay, now Howard is being perfectly understandable. Hopefully tomorrow’s strip won’t jerk back to me hating him.
Implying that yesterday’s made you hate him? Why exactly did anything in that make you hate him? Are you Malaya?
Walks in, doesn’t say hello, demands TV, gets stroppy when he learns there is none, demands to use laptop as substitute.
What a lovely dude.
He’s 16, that’s about par for level of consideration/behavior around an older sibling. Dislike the guy sure, but hating him within one strip seems kinda stupid and hyperbolic.
True. I mean I don’t care much for him at all from the little I’ve seen of him but I guess I shouldn’t beat him up TOO much for being an obnoxious jerk.
Yeah I wasn’t much better at 15.
Also Malaya is awesome.
How is it that it’s acceptable for Malaya to not care about social niceties such as saying hello, for her to demand what she wants and get irritated when she doesn’t get it, and to not really care about anyone else but it’s not okay for Howard? Everything you just described can also be applied to Malaya, yet you like her and *hate* Howie?
Malaya doesn’t like people. She’s said that a lot. While she’s a jerk and most people despise her entirely for the way she acts, she’s very open about it. She doesn’t like people especially nerds. Which she is sorrounded by. The only reason she still works where she does is a paycheck, Leslie and UC.
Sorry for talkin’ SP in DOA.
Dude. I’m sorry, but grossly staring at someone’s breasts and not even responding to them is sexually creepy and in some situations, threatening. That is way worse then just being rude. That’s more like sexual harassment .
And yet, that was NOT one of the things mentioned for hating him!
^What he said (but Malaya can still be annoying sometimes).
Oh dang, replies made my comment make no sense.
So it’s totally cool to creepily and obviously leer at a girls breasts to the point of refusing to make eye contact with her? Your priorities are kinda gross.
Had someone actually mentioned that as a point, I would be agreeing with them. However, the reasons that were laid out for hating him were entirely based on his single-minded attention for geeky stuff.
I’m really starting to wish the whole comic was centered around these two.
….implying it isn’t?
Howard and Reimer?
lol @ both the drooling at boobs and big sis staking her claim,… now all we need is Mike.
He would just have a threesome with Billie and Ruth to drive them apart. And then send Howard the tape.
Your sister is calling dibs, dude. Don’t even.
Woooot finally caught up. Took me almost a week
omg yes billie yes.
fuck i meant ruth
So…Ruth’s not closeted with Little Bro. That’s cool.
No, not Billie x Howard, Billie x Ruth VS sibling subtext.
I love how vulnerable Billie is to little doses of being treated like the sexual alpha female she was in high school.
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