“Cooome joooin uuus…”
.. join our dark army of evil Candarian demons …
NOT the Candarian demons!!! Anything but … wait what the hell are… …google google…
doo be do be do…
All the Men in My Life… doo be do …
… killed by Candarian demons …
For a second, I thought that said Canadian demons.
That’s what I read, too!
So, who’s going to draw a person wearing fifteen monocles? Doesn’t have to be them, could just be Mr. Monopoly.
I want a Monocle 🙁
Batman’s newest villain. MR. MONOCLE. He throws them like razor disks and they never run out.
Or he could shoot lasers from his monocle.
Lasers from a monocle? How unrealistic.
Yeah, and a guy fighting crime dressed as a bat is so realistic.
Dats da joke
You suck, McBain!
The Monocle is actually already a DC villain. He’s about as impressive as he sounds.
Well, at least he’s not the Ten-Eyed Man…or Kite Man.
The Ten-Eyed Monocle Man sounds much more intimidating!
He turned to crime to pay his optician’s bill.
The ten-eyed man extracted batman’s fear from him! Or something something grant morrison?
We-e-ll, not quite. The original Ten-Eyed Man died in the Crisis On Infinite Earths.
Morrison created a demon-hunting tribe of nomads vaguely based on the idea of the character, called the Ten Eyed Men. What they did to him was excise the demon Barbatos, who apparently had possessed Batman during the Dark Knight, Dark City storyline from 1991. The implication was that the darker, brooding, “I’m a jerk to all my friends and allies” version of Batman between the two stories was due to the possession. Exorcising the demon released it, thus setting up the (theoretically) more balanced Batman in Morrison’s run, as well as allowing Barbatos to go reconnect with Dr. Hurt.
Dr. Hurt’s whole deal is he’s basically Smeagol to Barbatos’s One Ring.
and THAT is why DC and Marvel became DEAD TO ME!
(boots and reboots and mass universe creation and destruction grumblegrumblegrumble)
Is that Barbatos the same Barbatos in “The Books of Magic” with Timothy Hunter?
_Was_ a DC Villain, but essentially a Z-lister to the point where he had a brief cameo in Forever Evil #1 this month, only to be immediately killed.
I’ll just leave this here.
Some people think that Batman has unlimited batarangs, but the truth is he just always brings EXACTLY as many as he would need.
Dirk Lonestyle. Awesome. I’m naming a Skyrim character that. How does Willis think of all this?
He’s awesome! Plain and simple.
He fought an evil ocean. Also he punched a bear.
David Willis is NOT possessed by the ultimate form of evil.
…then again, he created Faz…
Dirk Lonestyle vs. the Cragged Shame Pits of the Lustwolves
Now THERE’S a best-seller if I ever saw one!
Not that I recall.
Does he not always drink beer, but when he does, it’s Dos Equis?
Only if you play Dirk to his strengths.
Of course. Don’t drop that Dirk a dirk. Give him an axe.
You are doomed, Walky. Dirk Lonestyle shall rise.
RISE, DIRK! RISE!
Arise, Dirkimus Prime.
YOU GOT THE DIRK!
YOU GOT THE LONESTAAAARRRRRRR!
Release the Lonestar!
The Dirk Knight Rises.
That’s what she said?
NOW it’s too late.
Dirk Lonestyle in no way sounds like a pornstar name.
Sounds like the kind that just Dirks off the handsome way.
“Dirk Lonestyle – the caramel sculpture that came… to life.”
“Say my name.”
“You’re Dirk Lonestyle”
“You’re goddamn right”
I just imagine that’s what Walky says in bed.
“Say hello to Dirk Lonestyle”
Yeah, he could rename lil’ Walky to that. Of course, “Lonestyle” implies that the only action he ever gets is self-inflicted.
Yet again, very apt up until recently.
Psst. Hey. Walky. Guess what.
IT’S TOO LATE!
Game Over Walky…Game Over!
Game all over our faces man!
Dirk Lonestyle, hmmmmm….. I smell an A&E detective show.
Walky you forgot about their half-dozen top hats
The Keeners are Team Fortress 2 characters.
WALKY IS SPY!
Which color is he??!
Dirk Lonestyle vs. Dirk Strider.
WHO WOULD WIN
Punch Rockgroin would win.
My money’s on Slab Bulkhead.
I was making a Homestuck reference, but MST3K is okay too
I put my faith in “Blast Hardcheese”!
Oh good, I’m not the only one who thought that.
“Lonestyle” pretty much works for those two, doesn’t it?
And also, I think Linda just became a synch for the mother of the year award here.
Hey, at least she vaguely remember she has another child. Even remembered its name!
I think I actually started liking Walky a little more in this strip.
We all like Walky. Some for his caramel perfection.
You’re thinking of Jason’s parents, Walky.
Here in Canada, there is a motel behind a McDonald’s. (I think. It may be apartments now) Does that count?
I want to see 15 monocles on someone.
As long as he doesn’t let his nervousness get to him, he should be fine. Jeremiah and Deborah actually seem to be among the more down to earth parents. It just remains to be seen how they will get along with Linda and Charles (though they seem to be relatively sane as well).
For some reason I focused in on his comment of having a “well-behaved” girlfriend. This got derailed by the fact he didn’t mention her appearance at all, (which I found to be awesome of him) that was derailed in turn by the mental image of Walky throwing another Monkey Master at Dorothy’s parents. I also wonder what they will think if they realize she is DRESSING HIM.
Monkey Master at Dorothy’s mom. I like me some freckles.
Because it’s impossible to appreciate anything else if he mentions her looks, right?
Women are defined by their looks all too often. It’s certainly refreshing to take note of incidents where this is not the case.
Thank you vsophi, you got my actual point immediately
Sorry, I misunderstood.
That’s not what Anderhall actually said though. If Anderhall had said “he mentioned other qualities so I’m happy” or something that would have been clearer. What he said was he was celebrating Walky not mentioning her looks, which is a very different thing.
I believe the “Well-behaved” remark, is just referring to how she has more social grace than himself, who… kicks his shoes around to make himself feel at home, and goes out in public in his pajamas, and throws action figures at girls in his class…
It isn’t meaning that “well-behaved” as in, “does as she is told”, but more this is Walky’s way of saying “polite”.
I figured that is what he meant, yet it seems a bit chuckle funny for that aspect of her to make a difference to him after how much her attempts at influencing him have bothered or panicked him.
Hrmm… this isn’t conveying exactly what I mean. Seems to be an issue with my writing today.
It’s not so much this being an aspect of her’s that has him so worried, it’s that he’s projecting these qualities onto her parents. He knows that for some reason or another, Dorothy has accepted him for who he is, even if he doesn’t fully understand why, but he’s now flustered at the thought of messing up in front of her parents, who he is assuming are also super perfectionists who will object to a boyfriend of their daughter who goes out in public in his PJs…
Of course by panicking in his usual adorable way, he’s actually making a great impression, especially if they overheard those last few lines (including the 15 monocles, etc).
What is pretty interesting is that he’s this flustered even when they’re not “Super Serious”. I mean, it isn’t like these are going to be his future in-laws… ( “Not Super Serious”, my arse…)
I think that is what I was trying to convey… I state “think” because I’ve deleted the last four sentences that I tried using to convey it better, as they only confused me further and I was the one writing them.
As for their being “not super serious” I think that they are a good couple, and will remain great friends (even with the Joyce-Joe date collapse, those two merely annoy one another) if Dorothy manages to get into Yale. But I do feel that Dorothy will go if she is accomplishes her goal, and I don’t know if either will/has change/d enough to push the relationship into something long term. I would be happy if they somehow did, but I don’t want that to occur due to anything but changes that are in character for both of them.
I can see Walky as having the ability to qualify for Yale were he to apply himself, but giving him the motivation would be a stretch at this point. I have no idea how David Willis is going to play this one out, but the one thing I really worry about is seeing too many relationships that coincide with the Walkyverse. Certain ones are totally fine by me, though this is due in part to the fact that they are already being pushed together and are outside the current circle of focused characters. Actually I had read all the way to Amber’s uppercut before I realized there was a previously written universe.
I don’t think, nor want, Dorothy to put this relationship before her career plans, it wouldn’t fit her character, and wouldn’t be a particularly good message…
I do think they might be the kind of couple who could pull off a long distance relationship, maybe without even meaning to. Like they “break-up” when the time comes to split ways, stay in contact (initially only phoning once a week, but this soon becomes every other day without them realising it), then when they’re both finished, they meet up, stand awkwardly for a minute, then both at the same start to ask each other if they’re seeing anyone, stand awkwardly for another few minutes, then one of them asks the other if they want to get back to together, to which the response is a “Oh God, Yes!”.
Though I’m not entirely convinced that Dorothy’s plans won’t be derailed anyway. Firstly we’ll all be same if we lose her, secondly this arc started with a display of how well her studying is going…
Sad, we’ll all be sad if we lose her.
I know, that is part of my troubles! I really hope that there is no character development that causes her to lose sight of her career, yet I love seeing her as a character and I don’t know how well it would work with multiple locations that have no realistic overlap. I know that timeline wise this is not a concern, yet long term comics are awesome, so I’ll be sticking with it.
It’s actually just that Walky knows he’s a well-hewn slab of caramel, and thus indisputably deserves the hottest of the hotties. He’s just not so sure he can hold his own against people who aren’t escorted out of restaurants.
I meant to say this earlier, but this comment is awesome.
Hey, Boo Boo.
Wait…Walky’s mom was JUST in the same room as her daughter when the latter told them she had a hair appoitment. While mom might not know where the salon is, she at least knows a general location.
Is Sal’s mom that oblivious to what is going on around her, or does she just not care about her daughter?
It’s been rather implied that Sal’s mom passive aggressively ignores her due to her status as a hooligan embarrassment.
And Linda’s personal brain issues….At least this one isn’t involved in something that could start a war….As far as we know, that is.
I may be projecting a bit here, but i’m betting that Sal became a hooligan embarrassment because she’s been ignored and brushed aside her whole life. IE: In a bad attention is better than no attention kind of way.
In addition to growing up in a fundy Christian household, I grew up in a household where the boys were MUCH, MUCH more important than the girls, and it was exceptionally frustrating for the girls.
I still believe Sal had no intention of going to the salon; it was just an acceptable excuse to get the hell out of that awkward situation when it became obvious that mom was going to ignore her again and dad was going to keep on tossing subtle insults. (Possibly accidental, but shit, as a black father he should damn well have known about good hair/bad hair controversy, and if not accidental, then he knows he is laying a guilt trip.)
That assumes that mr half-black male father pays any attention to fashion controversies. Not an assumption I’d make.
Personally I just think she looks better with the straight, long hair, so I find it hard to fault him for his statement. But I’m the oppressor, so I’m not sure I get an opinion.
I think that she is simply referring to the fact that she doesn’t know where Sal went after leaving the dorms, as there is an unknown interval of time between that point and making it to the observation deck of a game that has already begun.
Gonna go with the “don’t care” routine. She got shipped off early on, and now they just. don’t. care.
Sal is lucky that this isn’t a time and place one can sell unwanted daughters to brothels.
You think Linda hasn’t tried?
I think she just accepted that Sal was selling her a load of bullshit and just didn’t want to fight her over it.
Don’t worry Walky. We all have problems making our first impression to the folks.
Both come in wearing 20 monocles
Dorothy’s Dad: 15 monocles? How quaint.
Alternatively, Walky, you can go by your actual name and that would throw people off more.
Like Norville Rogers?
MORE LIKE DOOOORK LONESTYLES!!!
Aw, man, you beat me to it. But I did the last name, too!
There’s something about “Dirk” that seems to invite images of detectives.
I thought it was Dick?
No, it was Prick.
Holistic ones, especially.
Much better than Svlad.
But only gently.
Or detectives who do math problems.
Or action heroes — refer to Clive Cussler and “Dirk Pitt”.
Why do comic characters always say this sort of shit out loud?
Drawing thought bubbles takes twice as long!
(Keep up the awesome work.)
Yeah, the guy drawing I-lose-track-of-how-many comics consequitively (can’t spell that) *totally* deserves the title lazy. 😉
I’m impressed that you managed to misspell “consecutively” in an even more difficult-sounding way.
Couldn’t you just use a round bubble with a thought-bubble style tail instead of a “proper” thought bubble?
The thought-bubble-style tail is the hard part! I hate it so.
How hard can it be, it’s just a few little circles?! I’ve actually been wondering recently why you almost never see thought bubbles in comics anymore…I guess I have my answer!
I wanna smack Linda. Big Boss just showed more interest in this girl he’s never met than her mother has the entire comic.
And more like Dork Lamestyle!
Outside of Dorothy, most of them have shitty parents.
Hey, Dina’s parents weren’t that bad. Bland and quiet, but not at all obviously horrible.
True, though I did say most.
Dina’s parents let Blaine into the room, are we just gonna skip over that?
Their lack of omniscience and mind-reading powers shames them!
Or perhaps you think that the normal response to “knock knock – this is my daughter’s room; can I come in?” is “AWAY WITH YOU SPAWN OF SATAN! TO THE PIT! TO THE PIT WITH YE!!” ?
Blaine just gives off that kind of vibe.
What about Mike’s parents? They’re nice…too nice.
Yeah, I was really hoping this universe would do something to make her likable, but guess not.
I find it interesting he refers to her as “the other one”, rather than “your daughter”. Might be nothing, but it almost feels like this might be a sign of how little Linda talks about her to others. Friends are ‘aware’ she has two children, but are not entirely certain on the gender of one of them…
Nah. It’s a way some people talk; I grew up in a house full of “your [wo]man”, “whosit” and “the other one”. I think Willis is mostly just going for the same sort of authoritative tone that I’d accossiate with “the other one” personally [as opposed to “whosit” which would be more casual].
“More like Dork Lamestyle!” reminds me of something that Silver Spoon or Diamond Tiara would say . . .
Dorothy’s eager to see him face makes ME weak. It must level Walky.
How did Dorothy’s family even get into the Fancy-Pants Lounge anyway?
They wore fancy pants?
Their daughter’s boyfriend’s family invited them.
They donated the new Quantum Physics laboratory.
(Maybe not … but that’s usually a guarenteed way in at most universities!)
Indiana University could use an international airport.
Turns out Dorothy’s dad does not have that many monocles, not being Geddy Lee
Linda couldn’t care less about Sal and wonder if it is just that she is embarrassed by her behavior? Whatever, it surely explains why Sal stays away: even when she put on the stupid uniform and showed up Linda did a great ignore. Piss on her.
Dorothy’s family are, I guess high class enough to rate the Fancy Pants, or they got invited by pita Linda’s family?
Game of Thrones!
Proving definitively that the Keeners are cooler than Howard.
Dirk Lonestyle would make an ideal protege for Bert Macklin, FBI special agent.
Was that pop Walky’s testicle descending? He needs a figurative pair (yes, I am aware of the gender/sexism implications of my statement…)
15 monocles would be for someone who just couldn’t decide which one was better or worse between lens 1 or lens 2 at an eye exam.
“aaaahhhh! I don’t know!!! Just give me them all!!!!!”
I award you +1 Internet for your awesomeness-laden comment!
Walky, dude. Your mom used to bang the Dean of the University. Any properly posh gent/lady wouldn’t -dream- at popping their monocle when meeting someone only two steps removed from such a personage!
Walky is just that special.
Please tell me they heard all of that, or at least ‘Dirk Lonestyle’.
Sounds like a Star Wars porn name or something.
Dirk Lonestyle… Private Eye.
Ugh, Linda, ugh.
Meanwhile, Walky (and that last panel with Dorothy et al) is super, super adorable.
I can hear the ensuing scream from here.
I’m imagining Walky screaming like Finn.
15 monacles is enough for absolutely nobody who is fancy like me, and needs at least 3^67 monacles before they can be truly happy and also probably a celestial body.
At least Walky realises how undeserving of Dorothy he is.
I believe Mike took care of that.
I think he deserves her. Just because he’s a big kid and isn’t an overachiever doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve her. If he was a dick to her, then sure. But he’s not; he really cares. 🙂
Personally, I think Walkothy is the best couple. ^_^
Has Dina managed to find a way to escape from Faz yet?
Faz is like a pursuit predator. He’ll keep on her till she becomes to weak to escape. (Or she’ll catch him in some kind of snare trap.)
Knowing Faz………..I think he would enjoy that.
Who wouldn’t enjoy being tied up by Dina?
Still shipping them.
Why isn’t Dirk Lonestyle tagged?
I like your dreams and goals, Walky. They are consistent with my own.
OPEN LETTER TO DAVID WILLIS
Thanks to a little mishap when trying to sign up with Disqus, I can not sign in with my regular namespace and e-mail when commenting on Shortpacked. If you could find it in your heart to return to ye olden ways (like here in DoA), that’d make me a very happy girl.
I second this…Disqus just plain sucks!
wish I could post comments at Shortpacked with ease like i can here. 🙁
Shortpacked! is not on WordPress anymore, so I don’t think WordPress comments are possible.
I know you must have had good reasons for moving it, but that’s why the commenting on Shortpacked has dropped off so much. I start to post a comment and end up saying, eh, forget it.
To be frank, I’m a little grateful for fewer comments on SP!. I can only spend so much time a day moderating hundreds of comments on three different websites. It’s been like a little mini-vacation.
ANOTHER OPEN LETTER TO DAVID WILLIS:
Disqus is one of the best things to ever happen to commenting on comics since the dedicated forum format started its long slow death march. I only need to be logged in once, and with Disqus I am logged in everywhere! Furthermore, Disqus keeps track of people responding to my posts, and notifies me when they do so I no longer have to scroll through comment sections to (fruitlessly) check to see if I have provoked discussion. If you could convert the DoA comments to Disqus, that’d make me a very happy girl.
And you can also tag *other people’s* posts if they are interesting enough that you would want to see responses, without you having to remeber whose posts they were.
And you can follow David Willis to make Disqus remind you that Shortpacked! still has comments.
Not sure if serious…
If DoA were to switch over to Disqus it would sadden me greatly 🙁
Disqus is a horrendous piece of semi-functional crap. I can’t even read Disqus comments in the browser on the machine I’m commenting from right now, and even attempting to has more than once forced me to kill -9 my browser to free up the ALL MY RAM it was trying to use and get my machine responding again. Even on the boxes where it works at all – maybe half of them – it is far, far slower and uses far, far more of my system resources than there is any excuse whatsoever for a comment section to use.
I never commented a lot on Shortpacked!, so I don’t miss it much, but I’d be very disappointed if I had to stop participating in the DoA or BBR comment sections.
Agreed 100% I would be sad to lose my only way to comment on DoA!
There will be a long story arc that will break our hearts and exain the Linda / Sal dynamic. Damn You Willis will make us wait for our pain and make us like it.
As for Walky not deserving Dorothy, other that marking him as her possession with a shirt, she mainly seems too busy for a ship. That’ s OK with him because it let’s him be Walky all day long.
I fear the truth of this prediction about Sal, hof1991. Damn You, Too! : )
I played epic action music in my head for panel 2!
Dat music :
Its just as well. Dirk Lonestyle sounds like a way cooler dude than Walky can handle being. He could try, but living up to the name would surely kill him.
Okay, not gonna lie, Dirk Lonestyle kind of sounds like a pornstar name.
Dirk Lonestyle: private eye
You *would* expect a private snake to have a private eye.
It ESPECIALLY sounds like a pornstar name when you misread it as Dirk Loinstyle.
I kinda love Walky a lot right now. This is so precious, I almost can’t deal.
Awww, Sal… =(
All your monocles are belong to us.
Sally? Who’s Sally??
Look at that, not a monocle among them. PRE-EMPTIVE MONOCLE POPPING
And now I am sad that this isn’t the first thing that Walky thought.
wait, why does Joyce’s brother look like Dorothy’s dad?
I…don’t think he particularly does?
Poor guy 🙁
I think Dorothy still might become Supreme Chancellor if she marries Walkie. She’s going to need a superpowered black enforcer to destroy the Jedi eventually, she might as well start early.
Movie mistake #5: elaborate while danger is closing up on you
Why is it that in American comics everyone always talks about fast food like sodas and pizzas and burgerbars, apparently even when they do not get a cut from them for advertising? You can DIE from that stuff.
Or maybe there really aren’t any groceries ‘n shops in America, just fast food shops and mini-marts.
Didn’t you have those fancy salad bar things too? not that I’d trust thos either, they try to load fizzy drinks and biscuits and mayo on you in a sorta ‘dishonest McDee’ manner when you ain’t looking half the time probably too.
I mean, sure, I realize it’s a Walky threat to be a slob but there’s slob and there’s inevitable death in 5 years from organ disfunction from eating the fatty stuff.
Having the hotel across the McDonalds is very important of course
no san diego comic-con, the sorries
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