“So, I’m… special?”
Yes. Yes you are.
“I gotta have some of your attention. Give it to me.”
“I got rhythm, I can’t miss a beat. “
Yes Billie, you are S.P.E.C.I.A.L.
Billie is Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck?
Well, she’s certainly Endurance.
You’re so fucking special. And I’m a freak….
I’m a Weirdo-o-o-o-o
what the hell am i doing here?!
I don’t belong here……
“Billie, I dub thee Ms Special Snowflake.”
As our new Fire Lord, that is your prerogative, your Highness.
Damn you Willis. Stop ending weeks on things that aren’t punchli-
Oh right, we get comics on weekends too now. I forget that sometimes.
I knowwww I got really excited too when I remembered!
Excellent bonding, this call for a drink!
You are bad
I’d like to iron that patch…
She hasn’t seen Pirate Ruth or Space Ruth yet. Those are being saved for a special occasion.
Cowboy Ruth is being saved for Billie’s birthday.
At what point do we see Super Kawaii Moe desu Ruth?
She only appears in fanfic.
Though I suppose if Ruth got on anti-depressants we might catch a glimpse before she gets the dosage right.
Never, that “thing” stays in the vault…alongside Creepy Clown Ruth.
I demand fanart of Creepy Clown Ruth.
You mean Juggalo Ruth right?
Nope, “Pennywise” Ruth!
Did someone say Pennywise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEnEJrHLooY
I think a Dr. Whiteface Ruth would keep Billie up all night…With nightmares!
…and possibly puns.
You kidding me? Creepy Clown Ruth is Ruth bored on a thursday night.
Re: Cowboy Ruth is being saved for Billie’s birthday.
Along with the riding crop and harness …
You’re thinking of Reverse Cowboy Ruth.
Your grav. Perfect for this.
“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE RUTH!”
Or Steel Warrior Ruth but that only happens when the planets aligned and the moon turns blue…and when they release a sequel to Shin Mazinger…and Half-Life 3….and Shenmue 3…and Starcraft Ghost.
But if Ruth gets a talking cat, we can have “Pretty Soldier Sailor Ruth”!
Steel Warrior Ruth gets a War Tiger.
Let’s give her a miniature panda and see if she turns into an alchemist!
But Alchemist Ruth comes with Howard losing his entire body and now is Living Armor.
That provides plot threads and character motivation. Forward the storyline!
You forgot about Lolicon Ruth. Worst Ruth of them all.
That goes in the vault.
No, that goes in the furnace.
Can’t we just throw the vault in the furnace?
No, that goes in the closet with Ethan. At least we know he won’t touch her, and he’s strong enough to protect her. Ethan-oniichan.
You are a bad person.
Come on, we were all thinking it…Oxyvolt was just the only one brave enough to say it!
Brave enough or perverse enough (not that I didn’t wish I’d thought of it first)?
Sorry, Pirates are ruthless. She has to be a Ninja instead.
She’s both Ruth and Ruthless, so ninja pirate. Just add zombie robot and you are done.
So is she thinking “Aww, she trust me, how sweet” or “She needs a hug”?
Probably a little of both.
She’s thinking, “Damn, Ruth’s got a sweet ass … wait, is she still talking?”
No she’s thinking I want to see Ruth’s O face.
Isn’t Ruth’s face she’s looking at.
Well not all of them. You still don’t know I’m Amazi-girl.
“Oh REALLY? Besides her fists, what is her Amazi-weapon of choice?”
Amazi-femurs of course.
Are they connected with cartilage to make Lemur-nunchucks?
I get this reference. And that makes me happy.
This would be so easy to make with a couple hose clamps and a pair of lemurs.
“Ow OW OWWWW SHIT %$$@GF#$^#$ QUIT BITING ME YOU LITTLE #@!$@#$!!! ”
“Hey… what are those penguins holding over there? Looks like a tiny RPG?!?!?”
Err, FEMUR-nunchucks. Although, lemurs could be her animal companion… This idea has potential!
Akshully, probably amazi-boobs.
Damnit, Yotomoe. That joke should be dead!
It is undead. It is a zombie joke.
I’m Billie to some people, not the sexuality, but I seem to attract people’s personal revelations. It’s like a weird super power.
My power is to be equally awesome and awful simultaneousely.
I think that having the power to give people personal revelations would be the single-most deadly thing in the world.
Yes. With this power, we can reduce the world to a simpering mess, and then remake it in a better image.
Are you kind of bonkers and people implicitly trust you because of it? Cuz I got that too.
Slightly, it’ said combination of if I talked not many people would believe me since I just say outlandish stuff to be funny, I don’t actually seem like someone who’d talk, and they really, REALLY need to talk.
It’s the reverse for me. I attract these revelations because I somehow manage to be the sanest person in any group of friends I have, like a perpetual sitcom protagonist. It’s kind of weird.
I know how you feel.
And that laughtrack probably gets really annoying.
I once taught the noble llama to mix plaster!
Oh man Billy’s like “but I can’t be responsible for another person”
“Crap, shit just got real….
I need booze! oh wait…”
And that’s when Billie started smoking weed.
Enter Sarah with bat
While singing “Lucy’s in the sky with diamonds”.
Lucy’s gonna make an appearance? And she brought diamonds?
The William Shatner version.
And then followed up with William Shatner’s version of Rocket Man.
… Can’t … unhear… ow ow ow…
@saltchocolate: ROCK… IT… MAN!
So it turns into something like this:
you are welcome.
“I can’t be responsible for another person, I’m barely responsible for myself.”
That’s *my* mantra.
My mantra is “if you’re wondering how he eats and breaths, and other science facts, just repeat to yourself ‘it’s just a show, I should really just relax’.
Everday at midnight Eastern time, do you also yell: “COMIC SIGN! WE’VE GOT COMIC SIGN!”
No, because I don’t view reading Dumbing of Age as inescapable torture the likes of which I can only survive by mocking it.
That’s for Roomies!
I think hat billie has state previously that she’s used to being alpha-bitch/mother hen.
I just love Billie’s face in the last panel, like, “Oh shit, I’m her closest friend. Now what?”
Her closest lover.
7 minutes in heaven?
It’s going to take a lot longer than seven minutes to get to heaven the way they’re doing it.
They’re following Dante’s route.
Winner of tonight’s internet!!
In a moment, she’ll realize that Ruth’s still a step up from her previous best friend.
Wait, Ruth is into girls?
Well, there’s this one where Billie asks, “what AMI I to you?!” or something and Ruth launches a wild kiss attack that I totally don’t replay in my head all the time, and I figured Ruth was a lesbian or bisexual fictitious beautiful redheaded girl person*, but her implication in this comic seems to be that shoving her mouth junk on Billie’s was a wild impulse and she had not realized her attraction to the ladies previously.
*”G’lahhhh” – Homer Simpson
Yeah, hence the whole awkward but adorable kiss. But, it remains to be seen if she and Billie are going to be an item. Of course, sexuality isn’t always black and white, and people sometimes change their orbits (though there’s nothing wrong with whatever orientation you are!)
She’s into Billie, anyway. But who isn’t?
(Sal. Much to Billie’s disappointment.)
I told you, Billie is secretly an asari.
What would her and Ruth’s offspring be like?
…I can’t say I’m the most up on all your work, but I’m pretty sure that makes even less sense.
OOOOHHHH MYYYYY GOD
MY LIFE IS COMPLETE
That is seriously the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen QuQ
Someone get a mop for the exploded remnants of my mind.
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!
*rolls around cackling with glee*
They must clone or whatever they would have to do. It has to happen. Destiny. Destiny. No Escaping Destiny. Destiny. Destiny. No escaping Destiny!
Oh hey, its the unspoken one.
Isn’t fair posting that when we can’t say her name.
Billies got that look like “Oh thats right! She’s into chicks!…aw crap.”
Is squeeeeeee the correct reaction? I’m not sure. But, like… squeeeeeee.
“You might be privy to all my sides, but Bobby Whiskey has known ever since I took my first drink.”
My good pal, Jack Daniels, has been with me through thick and thin.
What about Johnny Walker and his cousins Black, Red and Blue?
You know him too! I should introduce you to my other friend Captain Morgan.
Let me introduce you to my pal, Don Q.
I hear he’s smoother than Bacardi.
Surely Billie is aware that Ruth is Bad To [her] Bones.
Oh Captain, my Captain!
Which is what Billie would be shouting at Halloween with Ruth in her aforementioned Pirate Ruth outfit.
I want an iron-on patch, too!
I want an iron patch.
Billie can replace the D on her RAGONS jacket with it
So, what you’re saying is that Billie wants a D….for her jacket?
Well if she doesn’t get the D, all the other girls will RAG ON her.
That sounds disgusting depending on what kind of “rag” we’re talking about.
I knew someone would say it.
She asked Danny for his D. Would that make him Anny?
only if he gave it to her, and he didn’t
And now we know why – he didn’t want to suddenly break out into song.
Annnnnnnnnd…pow, right in the guts
So, she’s kind of like Sarah now.
None of the characters like her, but we all love her? That DOES sound like Sarah!
Pretty sure the only person who doesn’t like Sarah, of the main cast, is Billy.
And from the minor cast, she’s stalked by bullies.
This Ship. It floats….
Gently down the Shippers Stream…
i lost this leg in the shipping wars.
This ship is Unsinkable!
Willis will take this as a challenge, I know it.
Why did you say that? All my hopes, and dreams… and Fantasies!
“Wait, you like girls? I thought that was just another form of your bullying?”
“Wait — am *I* one of the girls you *like*?”
Hey, if she were into guys, I wouldn’t mind her bullying me.
I really hope they finally discuss the elephant that has been following them around for the last few weeks (i.e. since Botcon for me cause I asked Willis about this there).
Hope we see them talk about that so we can get an idea where Billie stands.
( and que sexual position jokes in 3…2..1…)
The sexual position jokes aren’t FOR you.
Yes; they’re for Billie and Ruth, one of which will be standing with a strap-on behind the other. SEXUAL POSITION JOKES!
Anyone worried about Howard following old-Ruth’s fate?
Don’t worry, Willis assured us yesterday that it’s not going to happen through a Doctor Who GIF….oh wait.
I’m ashamed to say, but I know little about Doctor Who… what’s the “oh wait” for
First rule: The Doctor lies.
That’s an eleven thing, tho. The one that he quoted was nine.
But remember, the Doctor has been around since forever, who’s to say he haven’t been doing that since before Eleven.
Because I’ve been watching Doctor Who since four, and “The Doctor Lies” was never a thing until Eleven. ;p
Ah, but he might not tell the whole truth *points at the Seventh and his manipulations*
Cannot even handle how much them I want them together. THEY ARE THE WARMEST OF FUZZIEZ (with the biggest of dramas)
EvergreenFir, yeah, I posted about Howards fate yesterday.
As far as today …. wow. So Ruth opened up bigtime…and scared Billie spitless?
They’re cute in their own screwed up ways and here’s hoping they get it on.
You know her weak points, Billie. Now abuse that power.
Do what Leslie would do when she starts abusing power.
“Sweet Billie’s Ass!”
If you mean it literally, no. Billie’s ass taste like Jack Daniels.
A lot of faces, but tell me Ruth which one is real!?
This one: http://www.dumbingofage.com/2010/comic/book-1/01-move-in-day/pizza/
Almost as worthy as the Medal of Honor. Just that you only can fly for free to Canada and not the whole world.
I’m happy, that this is a Webcomic. In the real World, that wouldn’t mean a thing and a person like Billie would most likely don’t give two shits about that and Ruth would be a very, very lonely person.
I know that, because I share a lot of Ruth’s character features, not all of them, of course, but I know, that this kinda people tend to be left out.
On the other Side, I saw what Willis did to his readers through the comics, so I’m not sure, if everyone will be as happy as it could be….
Billie is processing so much stuff at once, she couldn’t walk and process at the same time. Specifically:
1) Ruth has let me get closer to her than maybe anyone else.
2) Ruth didn’t know she liked girls until she suddenly had an overwhelming urge to kiss ME.
3) Ruth just told me that she likes me.
4) Ruth ALREADY told her brother that she likes me!!
Conclusion: Billie may not move from that spot for hours.
I’m a RUTH! Ruth’s have layers!
Like a cake! Except it makes you cry. Like an onion! Except onion’s aren’t as tasty.
But everyone likes parfaits! Parfaits are delicious.
Hug her Billie. Let the moment take over.
But can she be privy to her privies?
Wait, did Ruth only realize she was lesbian when she became attracted to Billie?
I know Howard didn’t know (making me realize that Ruth came out to him by telling him, “I saw her first,”) but wasn’t clear if she knew before herself.
I’m pretty sure Ruth is not a lesbian.
she is straight. with an exception.
…and that exception is Billie!
She’s probably bi.
She’s a dominate-sexual – she’s attracted to those who she has to work to subdue.
Billie is a challenge she particularly… enjoys.
…That makes way too much sense to not be true.
Billie is the only person of either sex in any universe that Ruth has demonstrated a definite attraction to (I’m not counting Ryan because of the way she responded to their encounter), so, by the evidence, it looks more like “asexual with an exception”. Maybe she’s just Billiesexual.
Do you have evidence to support that statement ?
Because up till now, she’s only shown interested to (one) girl. And when Howard asked her about it, she did not correct him. She only said that wether she was hetero, lesbo, bi or watev wasn’t the biggest deal in her life.
And my understanding of Willis’s comments on Tumblr is that she’s definitely lesbian.
Still, Pyrophobia is making quite a strong case with his “dominate-sexual” hypothesis.
I have corrected people multiple times on Tumblr when they have said Ruth is a lesbian. She is attracted to both sexes.
(Mind, as of yet, she hasn’t claimed a sexual identity either way, but “lesbian” is not terribly accurate in absence of that.)
I stand corrected.
Truly i have come to love this pairing, they seem so nice together.
Oh crap, Willis is surely goign to break them up downt he road, isn’t he?
Or murder one of them in a horrible fashion.
Willis drinks your tears and excretes shadenfreude.
i love you ruth
I’m starting to like Ruth’s character more and more.
I totally ship them, they’re so, so …. Squeeeeeeee !
Guh, after seeing the head shapes thing on Tumblr, all of their heads are being categorized in my head -_-
I started to do that, but then I laughed about the Howard Box and it stopped.
This ship has all kinds of potential for trouble and for them being good for each other, or not. I predict heavy seas.
Ruth puts on a lot of FAAACEs!
I think this is a solid indication that this joke’s finally dead.
I’ll help bury the body.
*gets a pickaxe & shovel*
KISS HER YOU FOOL!
I love this pairing so much.
Ohhhh, yeah; Ruth is totally the girl in this relationship. Mmm.
If you asked me a month ago I would have said my favorite thing about DoA was the relationship between Dorothy and Joyce, but now I think it’s a dead heat between that and whatever Billie and Ruth’s relationship is becoming.
Dang, even that last panel made me blush a bit.
From where I’m from,… that would normally be an invite to get naked,…
I wonder if people still use such ancient societal clues like – “Only you understand me – come an’ get it?”
Sooooo….how’d you like to see me without my…uh…mask on?
<(Is…that supposed to be a good thing?)
Huh. So Ruth kissing Billie wasn’t a “I am being a horrible manipulative abusive person hoping to win your affections vie stockhomish tactics” and more “I’m so emotionally stunted that I try to attract your affections like an 8 year old boy yanking on a girl’s hair in preschool”. I…guess that’s an improvement?
Wait, what gave you the impression it was the first?
I’m sorry, but every time I see Ruth and Billie together, all I can hear is Electric Feel playing in my head. Forever.
Billie x Ruth is my OTP.
Dramatic narrative now demands that Billie dies in the next panel.
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