That thing with that swing!
You ain’t got a thing if you ain’t got that swing!
Yeah, doa, ooh, doa, ooh doa, oooooooh yeeeeeeeah!
*rolls up everyone here*
You know, the thing about the thing.
It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
How about a Ding-a-ling-a-ling?
No, THE Thing. She wants to see the new Fantastic Four!
I’m in a dance show in June. The opening number is to that song. I’ve heard it about sixty eight thousand times in the past few months. You just gave me choreography flashbacks. I cannot feel my soul anymore, or I would be sad.
Is that strange that anyone in a musical, or dance number slowly grows to hate the songs they have to learn temporarily? or was that just me ? ( green day, hairspray and rocky horror have been forbidden from my playlists for months, and i just finally began to re-listen to them )
“Joyce’s new look. It’s the talk of the whole campus!”
Apparently even the girls want her now. 😀
Well, Ethan wants her.
Bless you Dorothy.
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR the entire previous day only happened in Amber’s dreams/nightmares. Her being discovered, Joyce’s cool new look, sadly all just imagined in Amber’s head.
There’s a thought for y’all…
An Occurrence in a Wal*Mart Parking Lot
Thankfully, Amber didn’t die at the end, in that Wal*Mart Parking Lot. 😐
O no, I just meant that that the day never happened, she was still asleep and dreaming in her dorm room. 🙂
Sal is Amber’s Tyler Durden.
I had a feeling this would happen.
Well done Dorothy for doing the right thing!
Well it’s the wrong thing. It’s the right thing at her and more importantly our reference level.
I have a feeling next panel will be Dorothy rushing into the newspaper office yelling and ranting about how her paper wasn’t published like they promised. Or on the other hand she missed the deadline because she was having too much “study time” with Walky
Nope. Look at Dorothy’s eyes in panels 4 and 5. Aggressively not looking at Amber as she denies knowledge. She knows. And is saying nothing.
Wait, thats dorthy? I did not recognize her.
You know, the walking hand from the Addam’s Family.
Ooooh. I thought we were talking about the brick guy from that super hero team.
I thought we were talking about the John Carpenter movie.
Nope the screaming carrot played by James Arness version…
Or a VW vehicle from the Seventies.
The extraterrestrial dessert?
No, my bad, that isn’t the thing. That is the stuff.
Could it be the ancient gathering place for a group of Vikings?
I thought it was all about what Peter Potamus sent..
Didn’t you all get it…
It sure ain’t John Carpenter’s that’s for certain. 😀
Whoops. Looks like Doctor_Who beat you to that one. I guess he just….::shades:: had better timing.
It’s hard to beat a limey when it comes to the timey-whimey.
But it is real easy to get Rhymey about a limey involved in the timey-whimey.
but if you beat him too long, he will become all slimey
But if you beat him too long, he will become all slimey.
Ouch, he ninjad you by a minute.
I don’t see Amber in therapy yet (though that’s not really Dorothy’s responsibility, but it’s something I hope she suggests at least).
Also, I don’t really agree that it’s that cut and dry. Dorothy knows that the person living next door is a vigilante (which is illegal and dangerous for her and others) that beat the crap out of at least one person without obvious cause. That’s pretty strong grounds for going to the police (again, I’d prefer Amber went to therapy instead of jail, but it’s important to remember that this isn’t exactly a ‘safe’ situation from Dorothy’s point of view).
Dorothy could go to the cops, and reveal that Amber beat up Blaine. But, interestingly enough, the only one to leave trace evidence was Danny.
“Trace evidence” doesn’t really count when it was saliva. In the middle of rainy weather, while Blaine was unconscious. So Blaine never knew he was spit on, and the water washed away any and all of the saliva one way or the other.
There. Possible plot thread resolved. Let’s go back to “Amazi-Girl vs. The President”, people!
Without obvious cause? There was plenty of obvious cause if you were there.
But that’s the point. Dorothy wasn’t there.
The person going around punching people in both eyes so that they wake up with black eyes.
I think those are just bags under Amber’s eyes because she wasn’t able to sleep.
I know that. I’m joking.
That or Amber’s slowing evolving a second pair of eyes.
I feel compelled to point out on Dina’s behalf that this is not how evolution works.
Unless….Amber is secretly a pokemon…
She does seem to match the profile of a FIGHTING type after all. 😛
Danny is a normal type. Which is why he’s so weak to her.
Her next form will be called Amazi-Gal.
Amazi-Girl > Fantasti-Girl > AWESOME-Girl
You guessed it. All that moon stone exposure is making her evolve rapidly.
Would they also be glasses, and would she be called eight eyes to make fun of her glasses. Also, she’d have to evolve a second nose to put her glasses on.
So Dorothy has made the decision to keep Amazi-girls secret identity out of the school newspaper….for now.
It’s a good way to curtail dad-beatings near campus.
I totally heard that in the voice I use for Red Mage, and with the particular inflection used for “Red Mage has a new terrible idea”
“I own you now, Amber. Now take this blonde hair dye, I want to blow off class to boink my boyfriend, and I need a body double.”
Which will backfire when she remembers her boyfriend is in that class with her and they make out in the back of the classroom.
Gender Studies has never been soooo entertaining and fap-worthy.
“Dorothy. Did you gain weight? In all the right places?”
(don’t care if I’ve said it before. This sentence is always relevant)
Gotta love that amazing bootay!
I’d suspect a body-snatcher if you hadn’t said it.
I think you mean an ava-snatcher in this context.
Knowing Walky, he would probably just ask Dorothy if she was feeling pregnant.
If making out with Walky is making her gain weight in all the right places, it sounds like Walky is a body hugger.
Don’t you mean a booty-double?
Only four comics to choose from, what is this? A newspaper… wait… nevermind.
Dude. You did it wrong.
No, he got it right.
Ah, I remember being so excited for newspaper comics. Even though there were only like three I really liked, I read them all.
Now I have a folder on my bookmarks toolbar devoted especially to webcomics, and I only admit ones I really enjoy.
I know that feeling, I created three folders for webcomics in My Favourites:
I used to have separate folders for each day of the week until Firefox stopped allowing duplicate bookmarks in different folders. Damn you Mozilla!
You guys _really_ need to learn about rss feed readers.
What do they do that checking the webcomic websites don’t?
Well, generally better folders, and also checking all the websites for you. Automatically, and also all at once.
I have a favourites bar, in which I rank webcomics in order of update frequency. Of course, that means the ones that the comics that only update once a week end up very low on a scroll down menu, so I tend to forget about them for a while, but that just means that I get to catch up with a few months at once, which is nice.
Yeah! She lives to fight another day!
Or rather, she lives to amaze another day!
“Wow, that level of psychological trauma is truly amazing!”
Incidentally, I’m reading about trauma management. Harrowing stuff.
Sounds like something Mike would read so as to show Amber how not to resolve her probs.
Well, now what? I mean, do they become friends, tense acquaintances? what? THIS CHARACTER DYNAMIC IS DRIVING ME CRAZY!
Will Dotty become Mary-Jane to Amber’s Peter Parker?
Who is showing in your Gravatar today, from this computer it looks like Asuka Langley shooting a BAR.
You’re right on the money.
The can always start as neighbors, whose hab-suites share an ajoining waste disposal facility. Where they go from there is anyone’s guess.
Perhaps Dorothy will remain unsure of whether to help Amber conquer her demons; Dorothy will probably engage in dialogue that makes Ironfist’s “Fisitronisms” look like fine art, as she says “I must help her! Even if it costs me my shot at breaking into journalism, CAN I DO NO LESS!”
Meantime, Amber is suspicious of Dorothy, and says “What are you playing at?!?” Dorothy tries to convince Amber of her genuine desire to help, but Amber responds with, “It’s over – finished!”
That’s probably what will happen. 😉
Now the best question after this is how will Billie react? She’ll probably have a vague recollection of what happened, but will she pursue her foggy memories?
I think Billie was way too drunk to coherently remember anything from early this morning. At best, Billie will remember that Amazi-Girl rode through the hall on a unicorn, checked in on Ruth and helped Billie into bed. Also Billie will remember Amazi-Girl telling Billie how hot Billie is.
Trust me; I’m a bartender. On a spaceship full of Autobots (and Cyclonus, who is most certainly not a Decepticon). I deal with this all the time. 🙂
Tripping acid much, swerve?
“Y’know, the movie…”
“Oh THAT Thing? That’s not as good as the first Thing?”
“I like that Thing”
“I liked the Thing.”
“Great character of the Four.”
“I feel we’re getting of track here…”
IT HAS MORE THAN ONE COMIC, TOO?
(I’m probably not going to let this go.)
They should consider themselves lucky. The campus newspaper here has zero comics.
Yay! Now they can be friends!
And no one has to get capped.
It may have been the wrong thing to have outed Amazi-Girl, but anything that doesn’t push Amber to give up the AG nonsense and seek help is barely the right thing either.
Why give up Amazi-Girl? Amber is the false identity.
I don’t think she’s hit the Batman stage yet, where Amber is just a costume Amazi-Girl sometimes wears. Amazi-Girl is probably her healthier persona, but I don’t think she’s the only real one. Yet.
Get some goddamn sleep, Amber. Otherwise you’re going to blearily stumble through the day and do dumb things like go into the wrong bathroom.
It’s not like her judgement can get any worse. Maybe sleep deprivation will be to Amber what booze is to Mike?
Pretty sure it could be worse. Though the idea of sleep deprivation making Amber deliriously happy is amusing to me.
An unlikely alliance.
That’s right, Amber, you interacted with Malaya for nothing.
She got to clothesline Malaya and throw her across a parking lot.
Clotheslining Malaya is its own reward.
Many people would actually endure Malaya’s company (for a short while, of course) for a chance to clothesline her.
So is this the part where Amber is confused and Dorothy suggests the campus counseling center?
Impressive as Amber is, I doubt she is fit to counsel the campus.
The original, I hope, not the shitty 2011 remake Thing.
Amber did sort of just assume a lot of things.
Here’s the thing Amber. We’re gonna spiderman this shit. You jump all cool from building to building while I take impossible, close up and personal amazing shots of you that noone could possibly do ever and somehow noone ever will question how I managed to get them.
It’s more Daredevil and Ben Urich. Although hopefully Dorothy won’t start chain-smoking.
….except no one knows who in the frick of frick Ben Urich even is, cause nobody reads Daredevil.
And by no one I mean me.
He’s a character in Spider-man, too.
Ben Urich is also in Ultimate Spider-Man.
And regular Spider-man…
Yeah, fine. Now excuse me while I go summon a demon to erase our relationship from existence…
Most of the male student body won’t question it, anyway. Oh, and lesbians, I suppose…
Daisy might question it, but only because she’d like to meet Amazi-Girl in person.
They’re going to start dating now, right? That’s how it works when a woman finds out your secret identity, she starts dating you. Right?
I need to tell more people my secret identity more often.
First you have to have a secret identity.
My real name….isn’t Yotomoe.
I don’t think it works that way. You can’t just blurt out your secret identity! No, you need to play a game of turbofox and cyberkitty, where you dangle hints about about your civilian identity, while having ways to drag out the chase. Have another superhero pose as you, especially a shapeshifter (extra points if you can get the Martian Manhunter, a shapeshifting telepath!). Hire body doubles. Fake your death. Then let her unmask you by leaping off Niagara Falls or the Manhattan Bridge; after you save her, you can scold her and she can confirm her suspicions. That is how it works. I think. Honestly, I haven’t been in any of the cross-overs with Spider-Man. You’d probably be better off asking Gears.
You think either of my parents had the last name the Poet?
Pussy the Patsy?
My last name isn’t Shepherd.
I’m not really an Autobot metallurgist/bRtender who appears in IDW’s ongoing series “Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye”.
I totally am a guy named John. I even use my real last name in the comments on BBR and SP!.
This identity isn’t my secret one. There’s a reason I didn’t comment all weekend. I was off the net because I was doing secret identity stuff.
Often the woman who makes the discovery just gets memory-wiped. See, for instance, Superman II.
my last name isn’t… oh wait.
Oddly, mine isn’t …oh wait… either.
Go Dorothy, making a responsible choice!
I expected this this was going to happen. I mean, not them talking about it in a shared bathroom, but I mean c’mon, Dorothy has MORALS, yanno.
ROFL, that look on Amber’s face in the last panel, like when your brain blows a fuse or something.
Did you get that thing I sent ya?
You mean that thing with three control settings?
The anthrax? Yes I did. Your a dick, by the way.
Yes. It’s nothing to be concerned about. It’s just a simple rust rash, not Cosmic Rust. you need to apply propex swabs to the affected areas for ten to fourteen solar cycles and it should clear up.
Amber, you need to learn to be a better judge of character. And get some f***ing water.
Amber barely knows Dorothy, and most of what she does know involves Dorothy’s burning desire to track her down and get a story for the paper. Why would she think Dorothy would keep quiet?
In their first engagement, Dorothy told Amazi-Girl she was on her side.
Which she immediately followed up by pointing out that she could find out Amazi-Girl’s identity on her own and asking if Amazi-Girl wanted her on her side or not, implying that Dorothy would not be on her side if Amazi-Girl didn’t cooperate.
Dorothy is displaying the ethics that Joyce’s parents refuse to believe that she has. Outing someone against their will is not a good thing. Helping them quietly get therapy to deal with any underlying issues is so much better.
Or, rather safer. Not better, safer.
No, it’s better too. I mean, it IS safer. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, though.
Don’t tell my minions I said that. I have them all firmly convinced that nitroglycerin is the deodorant of the future, and that occasional violent explosions are the price we must all pay to be better.
Quick reminder: amazigirl engages in beatdowns. I feel you, but it is not the same.
That’s Amber, not Amazi-Girl.
“The thing where I dress up at night in a yellow jumpsuit and release my pent-up emotions.”
“I didn’t need to know about your weird sex habits.”
Yes. All of my yes. If my yes was a physical being, I would have packed it screaming and kicking into a box, to be mailed to you post-haste.
I seriously hope Willis will go somewhere like that.
Kicking and screaming in a box? That’s gotta be worse than just damning him.
“And by the way, that katana is a terrible dildo. I do like the motorcycle helmet however, keep it on”.
Amber wants to know about your missing thing
To rub it on her tummy?
I woke up this morning
And my penis was missing again
This happens all the time
Could this, finally, be the start of Amber’s life not being a constant influx of terrible, emotionally scarring nightmares?
We can only hope.
Maybe! It’s not like this is a David Willis comi……….uuuuuuuuh, dammit!
C’mon, Amber! Couldn’t you knock? You shouldn’t just barge in on other people when they’re… what is it she’s doing? It looks like Dorothy’s buffing the finish on her teeth. Do humans really do that? The only ‘Bot whose teeth I’ve ever had to remove rust from was Grimlock; the chompers on his alt-mode corrode really quickly, because he keeps biting into his enemies.
Back on topic! Seriously, Amber, knock first! What if Sierra had been in there, without her shoes on? 😉
Amber needs to seriously tone down the paranoia. If she’d only spoken to Dorothy, she might have realized that Amazi-Girl wasn’t going to appear in the paper, and she wouldn’t have gotten pounded on by Malaya.
I’m kind of hoping that IDW decides to officially promote me to “Official Recap Page Narrator”, so I can break the fourth wall, tell snarky jokes, and spill gossip about Tailgate. Fingers crossed!
JFC dude, now you just made me go and buy a Swerve figure on eBay.
Amber and Dorothy are in adjacent dorm rooms. I think they have a shared bathroom.
Even if they didn’t, the door appears to already be open, and it’s not necessarily Amber that opened it. (See how Joyce and Sarah’s door was open already so Sal just spoke aloud to get their attention instead of having a door to knock on.)
Wonder where’s Dina in all of this.
She’s up in the ceiling.
Watching them all.
I think you mean hatching. Hatching them all.
Ceiling Dina is watching you exacerbate
Standing quietly in the corner? Or maybe she went to have her morning sugared cereal ration?
Trying to come up with a polite way to point out that she was in there first, trying to poop.
Or already in there pooping and quietly thinking to herself that “Mammals are wierd”.
I feel that the bags under Amber’s eyes deserve their own tag.
Given that Dorothy is brushing her teeth and Amber’s newspaper is obscuring her body, I thought for a moment that Amber’s reading it on the toilet while Dotty casually brushes her teeth in the same bathroom like it ain’t no thang.
Glad I’m not the only one.
I feel like if a Blaine level beatdown happened again on campus, Dorothy would start holding it ovee her head.
Keeping in mind beating a peraon until they have to go to the hospital isn’t really a good thing in the first place.
Dotty just shot to my number one favorite character. After Dina, of course.
And Mike, but I don’t count him as a character so much as a force of nature, like a tornado or taxes
Now Dorothy becomes Amazi-Girl’s sidekick, right?
I was figuring Dorothy would be Commissioner Gordon to Amazi-Girl’s Batman, reigning in her wild side and giving her purpose.
Or maybe Amber will join the Monkey Master entourage. There cannot be too many!
Jason Furness has already cleared up the “who is Amazi-Girl’s sidekick?” issue here.
p.s. — the “CG” stands for “Clever Girl”.
This is where we reveal that Dorothy suffers from short-term memory loss.
Please, let’s not have a re-enactment of 50 First Dates. As a resident of Hawaii, that movie was an embarrassment.
And Dorothy secures her future legacy as the stupid journalist who couldn’t tell she lived right next to a violent criminal if the Amazigirl identity ever becomes public by other means.
Here I go, here I go, here I go again (again?)
Girls, what’s my weakness? (Men!)
Ok then, chillin’, chillin’, mindin’ my business (word)
Yo, Salt, I looked around, and I couldn’t believe this
I think Amber needs to seek professional help. By which I mean she needs to talk to Danny about becoming a better vigilante–one who fights actual crimes than committing acts of racist persecution against trans, disabled, Asian, and black girls.
AG’s attack on Sal’s posse was stupid and based on some deep-seated issues, but there was no indication that it was racially motivated.
Aslan speaks truth. AG was simply seeking to confront and defeat her childhood nemesis and the source of much of her trauma. She took the wrong approach, however, and confronted her physically (perhaps due to the nature of the trauma) rather than verbally.
And thus begins a two-man spiderman job.
GtG Dorothy. Glad you did what you did.
Being as smart as Dorothy is, she may be just the person Amber needs in her life at this exact time. Get Amber to go to a clinic for help?
Charles Phipps, you gotta be kidding?
I think Amber could use *a* confrontation with Sal, but less of an actual confrontation and more of a… conversation. Sal, whatever else she is, isn’t a bad guy. (Amber’s father, on the other hand, she can beat the shit out of him on a regular basis.)
She needs to talk to Sal, realize that Sal isn’t her enemy but a person with her own stuff going on. Perhaps she wouldn’t become Sal’s friend, but she could at least move on a bit from thinking that Sal needs to be defeated.
But, yeah, professional help.
Of course, now I’m imagining Sal doing a Zangief impression.
“I say, Sal, you are bad guy, but this does not mean you are bad guy.”
Zangief isn’t a bad guy, either! ONLY flaw of that movie.
I know, he’s just a big bear… I mean, teddy bear.
I’m kinda wondering about the bandage on Amber’s leg. Conservation of detail usually means that stuff like that has a reason, did I miss something?
Malaya kicked it last night
The good news is that Amazi-Girl gave Malaya some wounds of her own to lick.
Just a short while ago I ran out after a series of high-pitched wails and whammings (probably involving the barn wall as well as the antagonists). For all that noise, remarkably few open wounds and bruises. Mares will be mares.
Humans will likely not do as much damage when they are just throwing their weight around without proper aim.
Ambiguous grammar meant that the first image that popped into my head from that was Amazi-Girl and Malaya licking each other’s wounds. It was weirdly not as sexy as I might have expected it would be.
Just went back to check, it looks like the only injury was getting kneed in the gut. Saw someone mention it might be a patch like with birth control or nicotene though.
I think Dorthy just got a coolness boost and didn’t even need Sal’s shirt to do it.
Four comics in a student newspaper, I can understand. What’s with no ability to edit comments?
I want to say I called it, but I’m not sure if I really called it.
I’ve got to give Dorothy props on being able to speak so clearly with a toothbrush in her mouth. That’s not something just anybody can do.
Is Dorothy going to explode into tentacles and spider legs until somebody sets her on fire?
I knew this would happen….btu still.
Woohooo!!!! for Dorothy!
Amber:”you know the thing about me being Amazi-Oooooh I get it.
Amazi-Ooooh is Amber’s pornstar identity, and Dorothy doesn’t know about it… yet…
Dan knows, though. But he’s not telling.
You mean Dan-neigh, as he is known in the business?
And then Billie told everyone and many “damn you Willis”‘s were had by all
“The thing we all agreed to forget about”
“Uh, which one? We are amassing quite a few of those”
Either way, Dorothy is best future president.
Does Amber always get the school paper shoved under her door? Or was someone making sure she SAW that she wasn’t in it?
That’s Dorothy doing the shoving.
It’s being slid under the *bathroom* door, I think, which connects to Dorothy’s/Sierra’s room. Which means Dorothy retrieved a copy of the day’s paper, brought it with her to the bathroom, slid the paper under the door to Amber’s/Dina’s room, and then willingly feigned ignorance about any significance of the contents (or lack thereof) moments later.
Dorothy is basically trying to make it very apparent to Amber that she KNOWS, but that she’s willing to keep it secret.
Or, y’know, what John said half an hour ago. (Lousy lack of cellphone reception…)
That’s not the door to the hallway that the paper came under; it’s the door to the bathroom Amber and Dina’s room shares with Dorothy and Sierra’s room, and the only ways to access that bathroom are through one of those rooms. And Dorothy is in the bathroom brushing her teeth.
So, yeah, this is definitely not IDS paper delivery service. Dorothy shoved the paper under the door of their shared bathroom, so Dorothy knows that Amber saw it, and Amber knows that Dorothy knows that she saw it.
This might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Or a brutal beating for making Amber lose a whole night’s sleep over nothing.
C’mon guys what are you waiting for???? DOROTHY FOR PRESIDENT!!!!
Is amber on the toilet while dorothy brushes her teeth?
Why is there a toilet right by her bed?
That’s like all of my nightmares =| [apparently NO ONE in my dreams has heard of putting a toilet in an enclosed room with door that closes all the way]
Um….no? Amber is standing in the doorway to the bathroom.
Dorothy: “now you work for me, Amber.”
CUT TO END CREDITS w/ WANG CHUNG
“The thing about me being Amazi-Girl!”
“Oh, well, I didn’t have any proof, of course… until just now when you admitted it in front of this tape recorder!”
Then Dorothy runs away cackling and another chase scene ensues, with the roles reversed.
She’d need to talk about it for a while first, so as to have an actual story.
“It turned out we shared a bathroom this whole time!”
“Wow, that must have been a shock after learning so much about her real identity, interacting on a regular basis.”
“Uh… yeah. Definitely interacted. Like sociable people do.”
On the right thing/wrong thing question… remember, it’s a lot easier to publish something unpublished than to unpublish something published. This course of action allows Dorothy to change her mind. The other wouldn’t.
(Of course, if she changes her mind, her future political opponents are going to accuse her of flip-flopping on the vigilantism issue.)
Fingers crossed that Amber decides to talk to Dorothy now that she’s demonstrated her good faith. There is, as others have already noted, still the matter of the beating to resolve, but I think it can actually be sorted out if they do things right.
Of course, this being Dumbing of Age, they won’t, but I can dream.
I now think Dorothy might have the politic instincts she needs to become what she wishes to be.
Is it wrong that the first thing I thought on panel three was that Dorthy and Amber finally got to the point of their dorm lives where they can poop in front of each other?
Because that’s the only way to read a newspaper.
It now occurs to me that Doroty and Amber can speak freely about Amazi-Girl at the moment. Walky and Sierra are elsewhere, and Dina already knows.
Second chances are best thrown on the ground.
Amber: I was awake all night worried sick about this. WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME EARLIER?
Dorothy: Because then I couldn’t get that amazing shot of you laying awake worried.
Dorothy: Nothing. I’m not making a found footage Amazi-girl movie.
You remind me of the thing.
The thing with the power…
no san diego comic-con, the sorries
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