punch it. (louder!)
Hour after hour
punching’s never over.
no, you lumps. i was quoting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDoJegj-VfU
except the line is “pump it”
Replying wrong won’t kill me.
It only makes me stronger.
I need to you to shut up man.
Cause we can reply whatever.
Man I’ve been replying all night now
That’s how long I’ve ben on ya
/ya refering to teh site)
how dare you.
why the pause
Let’s comment tonight,
I’ll be your yotomoe tonight
Drawing your little ships tonight
and y’all don’t give a fuck who I ship, right?
I do. Very much so.
Have you given us Blaine and Billy yet? I seem to recall you threatening it.
Or someone just as evil/perfect was. I get things confused.
I’m too busy shipping Faz and Dina.
She’s lump, she’s lump, she’s lump, SHE’S IN MY HEAD!
Not gonna lie, with an icon like that I’m wondering what the hell is going on.
Azula sure does like her BBQs.
YES! WITHOUT TASTY BBQ WE HAVE WON THE COMPETITION KNOWN AS IRON CHEF! YOU SHALL NEVER RISE FROM YOU SHAME AGAIN!
ARGH! That was supposed to read “With”
* “With our”
I would be more impressed if they did manage to win Iron Chef without tasty BBQ.
I got here way late; was catching up on Austin Powers.
But I feel like a joke needs to be made about liking BBQ as Ethan likes Joshua.
And $6,000,000 more expensive.
The.. The punches that don’t kill me.
Can only make me stronger.
Just dont touch my femurs.
Or I woun’t live much longer
Pay attention to the band!
But the band director this year sucks! The cool guy that let us play Michael Jackson retired!
or the cheerleaders.
I think Billie already made it clear that she does not like being leered at.
What? She was complaining about how Howard was only guy that would leer at her. Total attention whore.
Weren’t they good, they made me happy.
I think I can make it alone.
Pay attention to the trombonists. They are the sexiest, most talented, handsome people in the world.
Yes I am a trombonist.
Trombones do it in seven positions.
Sometimes you gotta lube your bone so it slides easier.
I already figured from your Avatar.
Pay attention to me, Senpai.
Especially the trumpets! And those rumors that trumpet players are attention-hogging show-offs are nothing more than vicious lies! I would know, I’m a trumpet player myself!
CLARINETS ARE BETTER!
Pay attention to the tubas!
So what if we can’t march, sound like dump trucks, and expend most of our energy just carrying the darn things around? We are important, no matter what the french horn players say!
Let’s just all agree that the euphonium players were the best. I would know, I played the clarinet.
(am I doin’ this right?”
My thoughts exactly Ruth.
So the schools method for handling troubled teens, is showing them violence?
Next Ruth hands out copies of GTA V.
Fuckin’, I need to become troubled IMMEDIATELY.
But it’s wholesome violence that the family can watch.
Just like football!
Or ice hockey!
It’s not ice hockey, it is just hockey.
It gets all the trouble in one handy stadium!
The solution is to take them to a place with violence AND alcohol!
So, the Stadium?
Yup and what an original name too.
at lest it dosn’t have a corperate entity connected to it.
Its LandSuperSunBankMetlife Stadium!
Yes it is, it is sponsored by the Stadium Corporation.
Background be bangin’.
As will be Ruth and Billie someday hopefully.
Pfft, all the super-pro webcomicers Google Image Search their backgrounds and apply a tasteful Gaussian blur.
The more I see these two the more I want to see them have a picnic in the park holding hands watching the sunset…
The more I see these two the more I want to see them have a picnic in the park holding hands watching the sunset punching the wildlife and passersby…
Sunsets can punch? I need to start watching them.
I want to see them fighting to the death in a Steel Cage match.
I want to see Mike and Ruth do that, actually.
Blaine and Blaine.
Player 2 gets his Shortpacked! costume?
Blaine and Faz
The prize is death by sharkpit
If we had Mike face them, he’d sacrifice himself JUST to be a jerk
I am really hoping two of the characters in this strip get together.
…It’s a secret.
Ruth and Howard?
No no no…Howard and Billie!
Background character #579 and Background character #583.
Come on, I thought this was obvious. The silhouette under Billie’s nose in panel 1, and the one above Ruth’s elbow in panel 2.
Rule 34 *that*, why don’t ya?
How would they ever meet? For they were only two shadows, and when the light changed, they would be no more. But by chance (or perhaps by insensitive comment), they met and joined, elbow to nose. For a few blissful seconds, the crunch of septum and the piercing shriek were simply a beautiful soundtrack to a perfect union.
*sniff* that was so beautiful. I need a moment.
I am very much Howard in this situation. Football games are soooo slow! How do people stand it?
What? Football is fine, but games of handegg are almost as bad as nascar! Out of curiosity, is american handegg superior in concept in any way to rugby?
This comic takes place in the USA, they’re talking about the American one.
(What basically the rest of the world calls football, we call soccer.)
I am pretty sure he know it but was joking. The joke being that the game you call ‘football’ is not actually played with a ball (or with feet, for that matter).
Anyway, I do wonder what you guys see in it compared to rugby. I am hardly a fan of rugby, but your football just seem like the same thing, except slower and more boring.
I’m no expert, but I think feet are still important to American football. They, like, run and stuff.
Why is basketball called basketball? You run with your feet and make the positions of the basket and the ball coincide!
Why is baseball called baseball? You run with your feet and make the positions of the bases and the ball coincide!
Why is football called football? You run with your feet and make the positions of feet and ball coincide! Except for America, which follows the trend of having a baseball ‘World Series’ which doesn’t let Japan take part.
Football is called football because you can only move the ball with your feet. That’s the entire premise. If making use of a ball and using your feet to move from point to point were enough to qualify a game to be called ‘football’, then /EVERY SINGLE BALLGAME NOT PLAYED IN A BOAT/ would be just as qualified to be called ‘football’.
Wrong. Football is called football because its played ON FOOT, as opposed to on horseback like other games at the time the sport was invented.
See also — Gaelic Football, the national sport of Ireland. You can carry the ball, but it’s still football (incidentally, Ireland seems to be the only other country besides the USA to call football “Soccer”, probably because football here refers to Gaelic)
There’s also Australian Rules Football, an offshoot of Gaelic, where you can carry the ball but its still football.
And on another note, who’s wrong with enjoying all or most sports? Why does one have to enjoy football to the exclusion of American Football? They’re both fun.
>And on another note, who’s wrong with enjoying all or most sports
Most sport are dumb, dull, pointless. Or at least the majority of “huge stadiums, and millions watching on TV” type sports. Doing some of those sports (as opposed to watching), can be better. But most of the best sports are things like cycling, skiing, rock climbing. Doing instead of watching, and none of this “win/lose” crap, none of this “team” crap.
I didn’t say it should be called “football”. I objected to the idea that it is “not actually played with… feet….”
Also, um… you can’t use your hands in soccer, but I’m pretty sure it’s not true that you can only use your feet.
For me personally, it’s about 50% community/family being into it. 20% fantasizing I could do better than the coach. 10% having something to talk about besides work. 10% nostalgia for playing it as a kid. 10% the unscripted highs and lows of following a team creating a natural narrative arc. I am pretty sure most sports aren’t enjoyed for the sports themselves.
The synthetic self esteem is the big one for a lot of fans. I think the entertainment value takes second position behind it. It’s why people act like they’ve been wronged when the team does poorly.
Think Rugby League with one forward pass per ‘down’ (you get 4 downs instead of 6 ‘tackles’), lots of tea breaks, plus steroids a balanced diet.
Association football (sometimes known by the British slang term, ‘soccer’) seems exactly as boring to me as American football, which is very. Also, while I’m not an expert I believe rugby union has way more players than American football, although the general rules are very similar.
Just imagine it as a game of Blood Bowl and you will be fine.
Uh, that’s sort of the point, isn’t it? They are slow enough for a drunk to follow. In contrast, things like table tennis or Judo don’t make good spectator sports.
Everything that’s important happens way too fast to be seen in a haze.
I don’t get the point of spectator sports in general. Why would I want to watch someone else play a game where I have no investment in the outcome?
Football I find especially pointless. Other sports I can enjoy playing, if not watching; football has way too many stupid and obscure rules about what you are and aren’t allowed to do for a game largely centered around violence.
Your tsundereness is showing though Billie.
Of course Billie isn’t a troubled teen! Look at all the non-trouble she gets into!
She drinks, gets drunk and falls down… NO TROUBLE!
Which put’s Ruth commenting on her “trouble” in a particular light, doesn’t it.
Punch-happy and female? Billy must be Amazi-girl!
Well Billie sure does like the amber fluid…
Fermented barley malt.
which promotes the production of urine
Looks like my amber pun went right above everyon’s head.
I thought it was purposefully ignored, but that’s just me…
That settles it. My first homebrew is gonna be called Eventual Urine Ale
Maybe there’s something I’m not seeing, but I don’t see how a football game can really help someone going through teen drama.
Considering how much you could scalp those tickets for at my university, I’d say being a troubled teen would be a pretty good business move.
Rather than the game, maybe it’s the spending time with the RA in a social setting? Make them relax and possibly open up more?
Oh, you know, big get together, chance to get out of doors, hopefully meet new people, probably occupies at least one night of their life with something other than drugs, alcohol, immolation, or whatever is supposed to fall under the blanket heading of “troubled”.
That kid plays D&D surely he must be troubled!
More like, “that kid has two jobs, a full course load and doesn’t go to ANY of the parties we publicly tell the freshman not to go to but then invite them to anyway…s/he MUST be troubled! Better pick a partying junior to bug the Hell out of them and be his/her friend!”
I smell sitcom!
Whoops, that was meant to be a reply to JBO…Close enough.
You’d probably have better luck with asking Howard to pay attention to Billie rather than his dumb older sister, Ruth.
Ruth suggested that shirt so that she can be a personal Howard rangler in case he runs off.
Will Willis ever have a week without some hateable/dislikable character in the comic?
I guess not as long as Danny’s a main (?) character.
Just about every character has someone that hates them. The only way your desire could ever come true is if Willis did a week of nothing but Dina.
If he did a week full of Faz and Dina only I would love it.
I would read that. Then I would need a pancreas transplant.
Wrong. I don’t care for Dina. She’s a boring character.
>inb4 group shun
Shun the non-believer! Shuuuun
Billie, nobody can tsundere like Ruth can. Give it up.
That was an awkward transition. Ruth has totally forgotten Blaine and is all like “Yeah, it’s sports time now”. Huh?!
Blaine’s been handled. Ruth is practiced in making things fly. NBD.
Amber, on the other hand.
Shouldn’t she be helping out though? Blaine isn’t the only bad parent we’ve seen, what if another one gets violent?
If she told the office downstairs that she fought a dude, they’d probably make a point of making her take the rest of the day off.
Besides, we don’t know how long it has been. This could be taking place in the evening after the dorm has closed to the public or something.
RAs do other things besides live in the dorms. If she’s not on duty, and there’s no problem exploding in front of her, she probably wants to get out of the Family Weekend #&%$-fest just as much as everyone else.
“I got that jerky dad kicked out of the building and her daughter ran away from me, but I guess I’ll just sit here ruminating about it for the rest of the day despite my brother visiting and thus having stuff to do.”
S’what batman would do….
Okay, that’s a lie. Its what Robin would do. Batman would sketch out 50 strategies to handle criminals like that in the future all while tracking Blaine down with a supercomputer.
Are you implying that Amazi-Girlk is currently sketching 50 strategies to take down Blaine while on a date?
No, but Sal is, because Sal is basically Batman.
She doesn’t even know about Blaine, and she’s still doing it. She’s that good.
If I were RA, I’d be terrified of exposing myself if he came back, or if she did something rash, because you can bet it’d be the RA’s head on the block.
The whole parents’ weekend story line has been full of jerky transitions honestly. Though this one is definitely the most noticeable. It highlights all of the chaos that is going on I suppose.
The page itself is pretty awesome though. Good composition, color and dialog.
Keep in mind that they originally were structured around a M-F schedule. So the rhythm is off, with cliffhangers falling in different places.
Are all college football games on Saturdays?
No, just like the NFL they sometimes spread to other days. But as a rule, tends to be on Saturdays.
Sounds like a date to me! A shitty date because of a cranky teenage third wheel, but I’ll take it
Okay, but why would Ruth be dating her brother?
Haha! Yeah actually this is the cranky trifecta going to a football game
There’s gotta be some reason Ruth wants Howard to pay attention to her so bad.
Hey don’t judge them! It’s perfectly normal in Canada!
Not gonna lie, that sounds so wrong on so many levels…
I thought that was a big USB flash drive.
I wonder how many times does her have to turn it over until it plugs in properly?
Wow. Panel two Billie is almost as smirky and eyebrow raising suggestive as my Joevatar. Kinda makes me wish Ruth was like “That’s right, bongo, I bought you a ticket and dinner. That’s worth at least second base, right?”
And there will be much feels… of the bouncy squishy kind.
Then again, given how their relationship developed in the first place, for all I know Billie threatening to punch her in the face is supposed to be flirting.
So Billie has morphed into QC’s Faye then?
2nd Base with Billie is equal to 3rd base with anyone else.
Making eye contact can cause unworthy men to jizz themselves.
So, Howard is worthy then?
Have you noticed he’s been walking funny?
Sorry Ruth, but as we all know Billie is always cute.
Students don’t get in free with their ID?
Oh, wait, Indiana U is a Big Ten school. Nevermind.
Ahhhh My Huskers aren’t facing them during the reg season.
Another Nebraska fan I see. Cool! Kinda sucks that we have not played them in the game of Football yet. Still, I do think that someone commissioned a picture of Ruth in a Nebraska Jersey. Also, Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska need to come to some sort of agreement on the names of there Stadiums.
Do Big Ten schools just not let students in free? Or is that like a crack that they’re bad and the students don’t want tickets or something?
Help me out, I’m a chump who doesn’t follow non-East Coast conferences and the whole “no free tickets” thing kind of confused me too.
I don’t go to a big ten school, but I know ours doesn’t let us get in for free . . . we get a heft discount and special seating, but we never get in for free.
I went to a MAC school, and we got into everything for free, as long as we had a school ID. (even non-students who were with us only paid like, $10)
As far as I know, no, Big Ten schools don’t give out free tickets. Or if they do, it’s a scramble to get them. Like, I do know that Ohio State allows students to get a certain number of home game tickets in the student section for a significantly reduced price, and you have to be SUPER flexible about what tickets you want. (like, good luck getting one for the Michigan game. There are actual wounds sustained)
So no, it’s not a jab at the schools being bad (not that I could say otherwise, being from a Buckeyes-fans family and risking losing my inheritance), it was more of an “oooooooohhhhhh riiiiiiiiiiight” comment.
Though it could be a jab at the schools for being stupid swindlers, charging their already broke students for sporting events.
most of the time the student just hawk the titckets to the visting teams or regular fans
Why do you think the Sea of Red happens on so many away games with the Huskers and other high profile schools?
Looks like a date to me!
“Are you dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I’m the goddamn R.A.!”
Howard is totes a troubled teen. Nobody was ever denying that. Don’t believe me? Look how his social awkwardness has him fixated on his ancient side-sliding phone!
It doesn’t even have good games on it. And I can’t imagine he’s texting anyone worthwhile.
He’s always texting with Jeff Winger.
That explains why he thinks Lesbian Pregnant is a possible thing…
Hey now! I have a slider, an N900. Best damn phone ever. And the way things are going, I will be using it till it stops working. And then using any other second-hand ones I can get till they stop working. Nobody is making a worthwhile replacement
Actually, Howard really likes football. He just doesn’t want to watch Indiana football.
He prefers it when they’re on a tv screen…
and he’s holding a controller.
And for the game to be WOW or Fallout
WOW is kinda like football…
Maybe the fantasy football element but that stretching it pretty far. Guess he could just go play on the kiddie field while fantasizing about his sister and Billie.
well, like football, WOW is almost impossible to follow except if you know what’s going on already or have someone there willing to patiently explain, and there are 2 teams fighting over the same thing that are, at the end of the day, not so different.
Also, PVP servers.
But I can totally see Howard standing there with his mouth hanging open, either getting hit in the head or the whole game passing him by while he day dreams.
Umm, dare I ask what he is dreaming of or just go with “Game of Thrones”
Also it has a wealth of backstory
I typed out a long rant about how much I hated the “troubled teen” status, but then realized that thinking about how annoying the dorm staff was didn’t put me in such a great mood, so I stopped.
Needless to say, from my own experiences and those of others who happen to not fit into the stereotype of “idiot white rich kid here to party,” RAs are extremely annoying. Probably did not help that my university has a reputation for partying though, I guess.
I just noticed.
Ruth has stripes around the rings of her neck and sleeves
Howard has stripes on his upper torso
Billie has stripes all the way down.
Howard is their adopted lesbian baby?
He predicted himself.
Howard is Trunks from DBZ?
New head cannon!
Now, if he only acts a tad more awesome, I could totally see it.
When does he turn blond?
Nevermind THAT. When does he get his sword?
bow-chicka bow wow
Well, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTBBBBBBAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!
Jeff is tieing his Shoe!!
No, I’m good.
That depends. Is it football or is it “football”?
What it was, was football.
I feel as though just as we’re completely enthralled by an increasingly dramatic situation, Willis tears us away to something far, far less dramatic. It reminds me of the old Friday cliffhangers. RAGE!
Even with daily comics, Willis found a way to make it suspenseful.
Great page. Lot of time on that background. I did read your comments Mr. W. and can see why Ruth is out and about. But, still….there is something very incomplete about Blaine’s departure.
All that drama, and then he just peacefully leaves his daughter standing with a group of people after he had just attacked her with no regards for witnesses – in a room full of people, and then chased her down a hall.
Doesn’t fit his profile, he’s a bullheaded bully who won’t quit, but he did.
Glad for Amber, but get the feeling he isn’t out of the picture yet.
Why is Billy p.o.’d., she knows she’s a *gag* “troubled teen”? Why did she come in the first place if thought she had to sneak in? Did Ruth drag her?
Give up on stupid brother, he’s a waste.
General rule of thumb: until the story is over, it is not over.
Keep in mind that Amber was leaving (the residential area at least, possible the entire campus depending on the layout) for her date with Danny at the same time Blaine willingly left the premises. There is definetly more to come.
I think he came by to intimidate Amber and since he can’t do that, yeah, it’s very possible that he just left (with the intention on coming back to confront his daughter again, but still).
This man thought he owned her dorm room and has just been shown the way out by security; I’m sure it’s obvious to him that his demonstration of power has gone awry…
Ugh. I didn’t go to a Big Ten school for seven years only to simultaneously have comics AND real life force me to go. But if there’s an Indiana game make it against the Badgers, he asked, knowing he was years too Kate for this request.
It’s refreshing to see some kind of healthy family relationships here, especially tempered with “I’m only here because you’re making me not because I want to”
Also to the people who replied to my comment yesterday… I finally noticed them, and commented as necessary. But, thanks all
You’re welcome:) Besides, I feel I owed you a debt of gratitude. And chin up, Kaci.
I’m surprised nobody didn’t scream faaaaaaace yet.
Actually, Demon-Something did.
I love these two flirting.
I am impressed at them giving away any tickets. My school oversold student section tickets in the hope that people wouldn’t show. (Okay, at basketball games; not sure if they did it at football, too.)
Football games are FREE for students at my school. Hooray for being Division 2!
I hate backgrounds. Full respect for those who’ll take the time and pain to do them.
The only way I can enjoy Gridiron is by watching Eyeshield 21, a series that I have been rewatching in the past couple of days.
You know, there’s something about sports anime that wants me to point and go “That’s just ridiculous” and at the same time, embrace its ridiculousness.
I think that goes for all anime.
Give this Candyman a cookie!
Just wanted to say I appreciate the fuckton of work that must have gone into the background on this one It looks really nice
What happened to Joe’s Dad and Amber’s Mom ummm date?
Knowing Willis they will be interrupted by Joe and his mom.
I doubt even Willis would ship Joe with his mom.
Okay then, Mike and Joe’s mom.
I meant Joe and his mom will walk in on Joe’s Dad and
I know right? I have this low simmering anger at Amber’s mom when she ran out on Amber with Joe’s dad. So you want to fuck him…that’s fine..really, it is….but make plans for after your day with your daughter, like you know…an adult.
After the past couple of weeks, it’s alarming how functional Billie and Ruth’s relationship looks by comparison.
Ah, Howard. You’re starting to remind me of me. As in, not giving a damn about a sporting event.
I think Howard hits too close to home for a lot of us.
I love this stadium, and I don’t care about sports.
Maybe there will be a riot after the game! That happens all the time.
I want Billie to star a riot and amzin-girl and Sal to team up and stop it
Does Billie even HAVE a sense of humor?
She’s a little defensive especially around Ruth.
I-It’s not as if I like you, Ruth-san!
Does anyone else think that main reason Billie agreed to go the game was to try and hang with the cheerleaders.
No, I think you’re probably alone in that.
To be fair, I don’t think she’s ever going to stop trying to join them.
She hasn’t even attempted it once in the entire course of the strip. 0_o
Well…Ruth has chaperone (brother) and date (Billie). Yep, someone’s going to be wearing beer by the end of this.
I don’t think Howard is at all interested in chaperoning.
“It’s not like I like you or anything… except that, well, I do, but don’t let that get to your head OK!?”
Why does the symbol on the stadium and on the ticket remind me of the one for the Psi-Corps from Babylon 5? Is Bester the coach?
If so hopefully a squadron of black Star Furies will fly overhead next time.
Very amusing captain, but the core have no interest in football. *smile* No, believe it or not, I’d like it if we could be civil for once. I’ve come to you with a proposition. No tricks. *Insert plot here*
They were always my favourite episodes.
Walter could make ordering take-out sound evil. And he’d be smiling all the time while doing it.
It’s funny, I have often said that College football is the real U.S. national religion. In Canada, they would have to pay us to go to a football game, the games were free, and still hardly anybody went to watch the games. Hockey, on the other hand . . .
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