So now she’s passive-aggressive judgemental?
baby-steps, my friend. Baby-steps.
I thought you were talking about Billie at first… It’s scary how this could apply to both her and Joyce.
Billie’s not being passive-aggressive, she’s being aggressive-aggressive. Also known as being a jerk.
I mean, obviously she has reasons, but still.
p sure he meant Joyce, who is the queen of passive aggression up in here
Squirrel is new character?
Next strip: Drinky-Squirrel
And likewise me, Morocco Mole.
Man… that show. Cartoon network once did a “super chunk” of what had to be every episode in existence… it was glorious.
Yeah, he’ll do something important in 4 years or so.
When the moose shows up, you’ll know shit is about to go down.
In fact, he’ll be the most important character.
This isn’t going to end with the squirrel flipping out over a Insane Clown Posse, putting on clown make up and randomly murdering half the cast, is it?
(Wow, I’m feeling obscure today.)
I hope not, considering we don’t have anyone who knows anything about shooshpapping to calm it down.
Squirrel will kickstart the rabies arc where the most prominent members of the cast die to make way for the ones who don’t get as much spotlight.
So, good chance that Sierra will be the new main character then. Gotcha.
That would be totally rabies.
Someone needs to add an upvote or like button to the comments section just for this comment.
It’ll be like Sal’s hand. In those four years, Willis will repost this strip and be all, “Remember the squirrel from February 24, 2014? Yeah, SAME FUCKING SQUIRREL.” Then he’ll make porn of it.
Like ruin a football game?
He’s Chekov’s Squirrel
Yes… yes it is… but why, I have nooooo idea.
Willis is easily distracted?
I’m hoping it will be Sal’s buddy and will go on bike rides with her.
You just know that Squirrel is going to getting an interesting side arc. It’s never going to be in the main comic, but you’ll see him in the background shaming the hell out of Shakespeare.
“Squirrel” is actually the dude walking the other direction.
So the real squirrel is a deception? :O Clever girl…
the squirrel ruse was a…DISTACTION
At first I thought the squirrel was Admiral Akern, who was introduced quite some time ago when Amber and Danny were walking to the comic book shop together. However, this squirrel is nowhere near Squirrel Island, so it is unlikely to be the Admiral. Might be one of his subordinates on a scouting mission though …
Well there is a squirrel walking on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street from the group. Not sure if this is the one referred to in the tag, though.
Squirrel is the best new character!
She is on loan from Sequential Art.
Yes, came with moose.
Sorry, couldn’t decide what response I liked better, so I decided to use both.
I like how the comments read as if the guy walking the other way is called Squirrel, as opposed to, you know, the squirrel that Willis decided to draw and draw attention to because SQUIRREL!
More like Amazi-Squirrel!
Even Sal can be 180 degrees off!
Yup that’s our little ray of stinkin sunshine, go Joyce.
I’m surprised Yotomoe didn’t pick up on Sierra’s fudge bombs!
Yeah, Joyce, that’s “F-bombs”. Fudge bombs are… uh… something else.
(generic comment about how I liked the amazigirl arc more and that I want more of it now)
(generic comment about how the Willis thrives on depriving his readers of things they want)
(generic comment insinuating that I had sex with your mother for a five-cent piece.)
(generic comment indicating I wanted to be a part of this thread.)
(generic skyward yell damning Willis)
(Generic exaggeration of the word “face”)
(generic taco-based pun)
(generic implying Joyce is sexually attracted to women)
(generic accusation that this arc will be the result of Danny Danning everything up)
(Generic D&D reference)
(generic attempt to start a pun battle)
(generic Monty Python reference)
*generic Princess Bride reference*
(generic question about a Shortpacked/DOA character crossover)
(generic reference to femurs)
Generic comment expressing sorrow that one arrived too late to take part in the thread.
Something something “Damn you, Willis!”
Okay, I think we’ve covered everything for today.
(generic joke about how someone other than Amber is Amazi-Girl)
(generic products are often cheaper than brand-name products)
(generic joke because the premium joke was too expensive… by a nickel.)
Here. Take my Internets! XD
that shadow on Joyce’s face in panel 4 looks like the black eye she’s risking by picking on a post-drama-bombed Billy
But…but I like Joyce’s sleeves the way they are.
Did anyone else watch the new Adventure time today and immediately think of Amber?
Not in the slightest actually.
Neither did my brother. I guess I’m the crazy one.
At least the episode is way better than the last one. Save for the fist fight between Flame King and the Fire Lord, that episode was one big WTF?
I know right?, such a letdown, and I’m glad I’m not completely crazy.
I did actually think of David’s character designs (like Amber) upon seeing Betty. But only for a split second because the episode was so feelsy.
Sounds like an amazing prank if you could get it to work.
Riley’s 17th favorite cereal!
Right behind Nugget Nukes and right ahead of Air Raid Raisin
I once found a mushroom in a box of Nugget Nukes. Pass.
I found maggots in Honeycomb when I was like 10.
Never again, Honeycomb. Never again.
What did you think made the honeycombs?
Fudge bomb — dark creme de cacao and Red Bull.
I was torn in two beautiful directions on this. One, Fudge Bombs obviously evoke the idea of an appropriately chocolatey adult beverage (Willy Wonka’s Car Bomb?). On the other hand, a classic Calvin and Hobbes reference to one of his favorite cereals: Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs! Both are a win, IMO.
My first thought was a euphemism for poop.
Apparently I’m like… 7.
Well, it’s Joyce saying it, so that seems about right. That’s roughly the age most of her vocabulary runs at.
“I’ve matured! I stayed up til 9:30 last night, didn’t finish my peas at the lunch, and I call them ‘fudge bombs’ now instead of ‘Ouchy-No-No-Words’!”
No peas? Oh, Joyce. What has college done to you?
Of course she had peas! She’s not a monster!
She just didn’t finish them. There were like four left.
Oh, the pea-manity!
“All we are saying,”
“is give peas a chance …”
Carrot juice is murder?
We have a winner.
“77 Fudge bombs?”
Sounds like something you do at a bar.
(I think the alt-text agrees with me..)
I think when people get to be a certain amount of drunk they release an onslaught of F-bombs.
Or if you have diarrhea.
I’m debating whether or not to add choclate vodka and Red Bull to my grocery list.
Dark creme de cacao would probably work better.
Does this mean that Joyce could watch “In The Thick Of It” without her brain exploding now? WHOA!
Unless you want Indiana to go fudge-bombity-bye, I don’t think we should test that theory.
You might be right.
Try it! Worst case, the state blows up and I don’t have to go there for a two day meeting. Best case the state blows up and takes Ill as far as Peoria with it and I can avoid my other business trip.
Um, WOW. I hadn’t even considered what an FCC-approved version of that would sound like.
Mostly silent, I’d imagine.
I haven’t seen it yet but from the descriptions I would think one long beep with minute bursts of silence to create a staccato effect.
Amber’s dad is in the first panel!
That’s a squirrel.
Yeah, what’s the deal with the sleeves? It’s very cute on Joyce but still an oddly-proportioned article of clothing.
Maybe Joyce is a big fan of Number 3 from KND. *shrugs*
Only Numbuh 3 can rock that look, Joyce. She’s earned it.
Uh, excuuuuuuse me Mongoose, but I believe you me “NUMBAH 3″?
That’s right. I’m being that guy right now. And I am totally not sorry. Somewhat disgusted with myself, perhaps, but certainly not sorry.
DAMN YOU YOTOMOE!!!!!
See, now I want to say “Numbuh 3″ to antagonize you. Pedantry is a cardinal sin of language.
I detest the term “Fudge-Bombs” because that phrase accomplishes nothing “F-bombs” does other than make Joyce look like a baby.
Besides, I thought Fudge Bomb is a euphemism for shit.
Fudge-Bomb may be short for Fudge Jagerbomb??
You know you shouldn’t be anywhere near a college if the paraphrase “F-bomb” isn’t censored enough for you.
Isn’t that kinda the point?
Ohhhhhh Joyce. You still have a long way to go.
…compared to everybody else she’s fucking with us right?
Did everyone contract leprosy in between strips or are those just badly done shadows?
Yeah, sorry. That was just bothering me. Needed to get it out of my system.
I think they walked into the shadow of a tree.
They aren’t badly done, they are the shadows from the trees.
am i on the internet or are certain folks just being assholes to me for no reason other than boredom
Are you suggesting that we are NOT on the internets? 😛
Sorry about that guy, buddy.
Sorry. I just finished the Wicker Man remake and am feeling bitter.
Again, sorry. I really do love this comic.
HOW’D IT GET BURNED?!
I was way more of a persistent dick about the facial expressions in WPAS.
Wait a minute. I need to start evaluating my behavior before it happens.
May they be stricken with a terrible case of the Fudge Bombs.
And because I am a monster, perhaps even 78 of them.
I’m assholes to everybody. That’s just my humor.
C’mon, that was, like, three weeks ago!
…yeah, alright. I’m sorry. Okay? I’m sorry.
That’s not an either/or, its an AND.
If I do ninety-eight fudge bombs, do I still see a doctor, a therapist, or should I simply go buy a medal to commemorate the achievement?
Call Poison Control first, then an ambulance because I’m sure that would cause alcohol poisoning. Or chocolate poisoning dependent on the recipe used to make the fudge bombs. Or both, which would mean you die anyway…
Uh…Joyce…if Sal did that many fudge bombs, she should be in the hospital right now.
Passive aggressive, my ass.
Always a word for something in this world.
Billie’s right. A person old enough to dress themselves look ridiculous with sleeves hanging over their hands, like a kid in their mothers sweater.
But then, when I look around it seems like half the females I see are wearing clothes 2 sizes too small, or like Joyce and Sal, falling off.
I’m female and no fashionista by a long shot. Turtlenecks, jeans and hoodies, sneakers are just fine.
I just sometimes wonder what some girls/women think of when they get dressed in the morning?
What happened to clothes that actually fit?
Oh well takes all kinds, which is a good thing.
“What happened to clothes that actually fit?”
Individuality, desire to express oneself by not limiting oneself to traditional dress sense?
The right to freaking dress as one might choose for themselves?
That’s beyond a “grampa” reaction. I’m a grandfather, so I know…
Can you get the clothes on your body? Do they do what you want them to do? Yes? Then they fit.
That gravatar actually works kinda well here, if you don’t mind me for saying.
Congratulations, want a medal with that?
“And she will be receiving…a freaking medal”
For actually counting how many times Sal said Fuck.
Do they give out Purple Hearts for hearing naughty words?
77 Fudge bombs are in Sal’s head, 77 Fudge bombs indeed.
She blurts one out, Joyce has a pout.
76 Fudge bombs are in Sal’s head.
This is a thing now. I’m making this a thing.
Is squirrel going to become a recurring character? There is just an aura of passion and wonder to him that makes me want to see him more. There should be an entire arc for le squirrel
Ok everybody let’s not get distracted from the- SQUIRREL!
“77 Fudge-Bombs” was my least favorite Nena song.
Joyce is the kinda person that I could not tolerate if I was in a bad mood.
Sal and Billie must be real patient not to strangle her.
Am I the only here who thinks that Joyce won’t be out of place in the 80’s?
i kinda love how joyce actually counted how many f-bombs were dropped
That zinger made Billie feel extra bad.
Alas, unlikely to feel bad enough to stop drinking.
Only the lack of booze will stop her from drinking.
Or an inability to get booze, like being handcuffed to a wall…
DAMNIT RUTH! YOU HAD SO MANY SOLUTIONS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU THAT WOULD HAVE SOLVED SO MANY PROBLEMS!
Girls handcuffed to walls are also ripe for (consensual) fetish games.
DROPPIN DA TRUTH UP IN HERE WITH MAH MAIN SQUEEZE JOYCE AW YISS
And now Billie sees everyone just accepts that she’s the Boozinator 4000.
Gosh darn it Boozinator!
Boozinator is related to the Crushinator, hence her attractiveness.
I’m thinking it’s actually Amber in disguise.
Maybe the squirrel is like a complicated surveillance robot Amazigirl is using to track her enemies.
I thought it was the radioactive squirrel that gave Amber her special tree-jumping powers.
Sal’s secretly planning world domination. Amber will fight her. Soon she’ll lose and become Sal’s lover and minion.
Like in the milkman conspiracy level of the most excellent game Psychonauts?
you’d be cranky to in you saw your beautful ship had sprung a few leaks
Don’t you mean sink at the bottom of the ocean?
What are Ruth and Leslie doing in SP! again? Oh right, each other.
FFFF. That’s Robin. Damned R names.
You know what, this years award of sunken ships goes to Billie&Ruth, because damn that was a long a waited glimpse of heaven only to have the door shut in your face.
Pft, you think the door was shut on shipping. I know at least two women who aren’t me still shipping Billie/Ruth.
I’ve seen ships brought back from the metaphorical Marianas trench, and without torturing the story to do it. Comparatively speaking, this one’s just resting on a continental shelf.
It’s just grounded outside the harbor.
I wonder if Sal’s speaking from certain knowledge, or just guessing from past experience that Billie crawled into the bottle last night.
I’m guessing she’s entirely off the mark, and Billie’s irritability today is a withdrawal symptom.
We will know when she spends a … wednesday? … barfing obscenities into the toilet.
Yeah, that’s the underlying question. Sal’s the roommate, so she may actually have witnessed it, but on the other hand she doesn’t spend much time in the room, so she may just be assuming that when she finds Billie miserable and looking like crap it’s because she’s been drinking and is hung over.
The sad part is that for Joyce, this really is progress.
“The crankiest of creatures in the whole wide world
Our next cartoon features Slappy the Squirrel.”
“eNUFF wit’ da singin’ already!”
Joyce, you’re adorkable. Don’t ever change.
Seventy-se/ven fudge bombs/sitting in the/living room!
77 Fudge Bombs… Laxative win?
I like marginally-self-aware Joyce, she has an adorable fashion sense.
That guilt on Billie’s face in the last panel tells me exactly what I want to know. Eventually, her guilt will drive her to change-
– or to death, but we know no one dies.
“Fudgebombs” I want to use that, now.
Considering that her predicament is largely of her own making, I don’t know why I’m feeling so sad for Billie right now. But yet, I am.
You and I, in a candy shop,
Buy chunks of fudge with the money we’ve got.
Load them up, combustive stuff,
And one by one, wind them up.
Back at dorm, what a mess:
Sal’s upset with her DS.
Floating in the autumn sky,
Seventy-seven fudge ba-bombs go by …
I wonder if maybe, just maybe, Sal’s assuming that Billie’s been drinking, but instead Billie’s gone off booze entirely and is just feeling the ill effects of detox. She doesn’t correct Sal because she’s still feeling bad about how things went down with Ruth.
This theory assumes Willis is willing to give us something positive in the Ruthlie developments, and I just can’t believe that.
Joyce is like Rainman but for obscenities.
That’s a rather specific skill.
Is it more or lest specific than the amount of tired that requires a hilltop rest, but doesn’t prevent a hill climb?
For a moment, Joyce and I were one.
And then she called them “fudge-bombs”, and the moment was over.
She’s been drinkin’, and Sal’s been supplyin’, and I was watchin’. 😀
Am I a bad person for thinking Billie is 5x as sexy with her hair down and baggy eyes?
(Yes. The answer is yes.)
Not any worse than Ruth.
Okay, we have a squirrel as a character now. Dun dun duuuunnnnn!
Of course, now I have Ray Stevens’s Mississippi Squirrel running in my head, and I can’t wait to see this squirrel accidentally on purpose in the pocket of one of those hoodie-dresses.
Shouldn’t read this comic at work…I snorted and laughed out loud after reading the alt text!
And look at Joyce sliding in a zinger on Billie! Don’t think she meant it that way but it looks like it certainly made Billie feel worse than she did.
I need to know the backstory of the guy casually walking out of the first panel. Did he have a horrible accident and lose the top part of his head?
See the trunk of a tree at the very right side of the panel? That’s a low-hanging branch of that tree in the foreground obscuring the top of his head. To create the illusion of depth and all that.
Who are you, bringing logical explanations to my online rants?
He’s one of those guys who appears on the covers of romance and urban fantasy novels. They always crop the top of the head in those pictures, and this is why.
My friend Jason had a series of sci-fi thriller books published (http://www.amazon.com/Jason-M.-Hough/e/B00B3VQ7EI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1), and he told a story about the model on the covers. It seems that the photos of the model looked mostly OK, but he had a really poofy hairdo that the Editor didn’t like. So they cropped the photo to cut off the top of his head, and that’s the covers.
It actually took me a while to realize that those “fudge-bombs” were referring to Sal’s spectacular fudge-bombs in the “Temper” strip, not some sort of drink…
I’d totally do 77 shots of “fudge-bomb.” Some chocolate liquor and something else or something. I GOTTA MAKE THIS HAPPEN
It’s not a shot, bit: 1 shot each of chocolate liqueur and white chocolate liqueur in hot chocolate, with whipped cream and hot fudge?
Billy, calm the fudge down….there is nothing wrong with wearing your sleeves past the end of your fingers, it makes you look…cosy; relaxed.
Not all wound-up like a….thing that winds up in a wind-up way. That sentence got away from me, shush. 😛
An adorable child maybe.
Why did you do that, Billie? You know Joyce can rock the Numbuh 3 look.
But that sweater is pink, not green!
Well, that’s cus she never actually saw the show, parents say that it encouraged children to make decisions without adult approval. XD
for about a week oc classes she’s doing better then I expected.
“And who is dressing everyone today? This gal!”
Seriously, she is adorableness incarnated.
*sniff* …Our little girl is growing up!
Oh hey, I’ve managed to get to the most recent strip, hoooray!
…I’m also inexplainably sad because now I have yet another web-comic where I have to wait for updates.
Is it a girl squirrel?
As long as it’s not Squirrels in Your Pants
Or worse – minions of the Vast Conspiracy for Skwerl World Domination.
See for yourselves: http://scarysquirrel.org/page1.html
Damn. I went back and checked, and that’s the same color as the bags under Billie’s eyes when she was drunk and trying to bang Sal. Was hoping she was exhausted after not drinking. Still, I don’t give up easy~
She COUNTED the F-bombs??
sals got a bakery going.
2nd panel: Nah, she just looks like Jyushimatsu….. wait
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