Sal killed the brain cells that remembered being choked when Joyce did that last time
Yeah, but that doesn’t explain her forgetting “The Twins”.
Nobody would ever forget “the Twins”. Even mind-wiped Joyce from It’s Walky! would remember the Twins, had she seen them.
Fact: If you save a picture of the Twins on your computer, you cannot delete it. Ever.
I think it’s more that your computer won’t want to delete it. That would be desecrating a work of art.
Well, they said “you cannot delete it,” implying that the human is responsible. I know I wouldn’t want to delete my Sal folder even if it didn’t have something of the twins.
Be pretty impressive if the could override machine logic, though.
I’m probably forgetting something. When did Joyce do this before?
Just to be clear, it took two whole years here.
To move forward one week in the there.
Hey, we’re still a couple months shy of two whole years, and it’s Monday now, so it’s been a week and a day.
But just to be totally clear, we’ve gone through two books since then, right?
I wonder what the psychological impact would be if David used the in-universe date as a chapter marker. New readers would see “Monday, September 29”, go through six weeks worth of drama and angst, then suddenly see “Tuesday, September 30”.
Yeah, the previous strangulation was the first strip of Book Four. This’ll be the first strip of Book Six.
I wonder what the slowest ratio of real time:comic time is.
Dumbing of Age would be around 5 years:1 month, about 60 times slower than real time
I’m not really sure when Move-in Day starts though, but I’d guess it’s near the end of august.
My candidate for that title is Grrl Power, which, after five years, has finally gotten to the second day of a flashback to several months before the first few pages, thus having made negative progress.
Between Failures would also be a candidate, taking over 300 pages to cover one day. However it updates daily, so depends how you measure it, pages or chronological time.
I think it’s picked up speed since then, though. Though I have to admit being not entirely clear on how much time has passed since that first day.
Freefall is also legendarily slow. Both Between Failures and Freefall have been making steady, if slow, forward progress, though. At its current rate, it’s going to be many years before Grrl Power catches back up to where it started.
Between Failures is only MWF now.
I really hope Jackie gets well soon…
Don’t know how I forgot that it has been MWF for a while now.
Thanks for the link. I gotta ask, though, what the heck was Joyce doing in Sal’s room in that strip, anyway?
I looked back and forward quite a ways from that strip in the storyline, and I still can’t seem to figure it out.
She wanted to ask for a ride on Sal’s motorcycle because she thought that disobeying her parents made her a rebel and thus cool enough for the bike. (Alas, motorcycles are only for people who can say fuck).
How’d she get *in* there, though? Does Sal leave her door unlocked while she sleeps?
If I was Sal I wouldn’t be chocking I’d be punching them in the face. NO ONE INTERRUPTS MY SLEEP!!!!! NO ONE!!!!!
SHUT YOUR FAAAACES!!
Punching is only a deterrent. It can be rationalized around.
Choking them to death ensures they won’t ever disrupt her sleep again.
YOU SHOULD HAVE LET ME SLEEEEEEEP
I heard Daniel the Human has had both a puppy & his younger-at-the-time little Sister jump over him to try & wake him. all he does is roll over, grab them, drag them in & snuggle with them. So I tried it. HE DOES NOT LET GO! THERE IS NO ESCAPE!! NOT UNTIL HE WAKEs UP!! And then he has solid things near his bed which hurt…
His Mother on the other hand flails around when woken. That hurts too…
…Add to that the freaky fact Daniel the Human sleeps with his eyes open…
…I just let him sleep now…
This is probably just meant to be a running joke but I can’t help but wonder exactly what happened to Sal that her first instinct, upon waking and finding someone leaning over her, is to attack them.
Oh, wait! I forgot! She went to an all-girls boarding school! Yeah, she probably learnt the hard way that no-one should be allowed near your sleeping area lest you be pranked half-way to death!
stank breath prolly doesn’t help
2 for the price of one.
They just need to get three people to wake her up at once! Then they’ll be fine! Or a third fine!
and just like that, everything dina loved was extinct
Again? That’s the second time in 65 million years. What rotten luck.
In two universes no less.
Aww you made me remember sad things.
Sorry. It was the best I could do.
Oh, man, that was the best thing you could have said. Man, tears in my eyes this early in the morning…
If it makes you feel better, Willis has declared this Walkyverse canon.
Except Becky is shooting with the hand she needs to be using on the throttle. Dina needs to shoot while Becky does the driving. Dina can hold on with one hand and shoot with the other.
So this means that soggies may *NOT* rule?
I dunno, my theory is that Soggies rule, do a pretty good job of it actually, and Sogmaster gets statues erected in his honor for his vital role in repelling the Martian invasion.
… has anyone else noticed that the Walkyverse is maybe kind of weird?
Adventures In Soggybusting!
This choke never gets old 🙂
ho ho ho
How fucking dare you.
I make no apologies 🙂
Nor should you. That was an excellent pun.
Plus one to you!
See, its funny cause she made it sound like she was saying “this joke never gets old” but instead of ‘joke’ she said ‘choke’ cause Sal is straggling them in the comic.
Which means the choke’s one them
…oh fuck you.
Give yourself a cookie, because for some reason I was compelled to read that whole thing even once I could guess it.
I am relieved I could help.
“straggling”? — I love correcting pedants.
I resent that. I’m just making the joke better by explaining it. That’s always a thing that happens. Totally.
Now make the choke better.
There’s already a patent for that; but doing it is the responsibility of otusasio451.
Because apparently you need at least one cylinder!
Like this? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choke_(firearms)
This gag never gets old.
Until you try to jugular more than one of ’em
Gag puns really take your breath away
Shouldn’t it be, ‘this choke never gets hold’? Ya know, ‘choke’ ‘hold’?
Have we beaten this joke enough? It should do what we say now. Now, get it up. I need it to carry my baggage.
What a terrible way for Becky to discover she’s into this sort of thing.
Or, as Cheryl Tunt would say, “Sploosh”.
dina will have to adapt quickly to keep up with this
Sal likely being mostly naked at the moment does not help matters.
For some reason I don’t think Becky will mind.
Becky: “You got another one in ya?….”
Oh right, that’s why!
SAL UNIT HAS EXITED SLEEP MODE. DESTROYDESTROYDESTROYDESTROY
Crush kill destroy swag
Some folks are just not morning people.
while others grab the morning by the throat! carpe diem! seize the carp!
turns out “seize the throat” is carpe iugulo
Good old Pratchett.
Hay! a new catch phrase!
Though Mr. Pratchett and several arguments indicate that Carpe Jugulum is most appropriate translation for ‘seize the throat”. But that makes it too easy to decipher and not nearly as interesting.
Except that the letter J didn’t exist, so iugulum it is.
Wasn’t it jugulum?
Ok, I’m just horribly slow on the response typy thing tonight. Obviously it’s time for bed
“But in Latin, Jehovah starts with an ‘I’.”
I totally thought the same thing.
Font change! That’s a font change! You can’t fool me!
It looks font-astic.
Personally, I preferred the old fontshioned one
A full fontal assault, no less.
Joyce told Becky Sal sleeps in the buff, Mickey mouse style and she had to get in on that action.
Becky:did somebody say sleeping naked chick? I’m in.
It’ll be interesting to see how or if that changes now that she & Dina are an item.
“Look I’ve got a girlfriend now and everything, but dang, if I didn’t I’d wanna be all over that!”
Sal’s still to groggy to understand it.
Joyce is blushingly horrified.
Given that it’s been established that Sal sleeps topless, I’m sure Becky regards this as a small price to pay for the privilege of waking her up.
Topless? Wasn’t it,Garden of Eden style?
Where does she get the figleaves? Does she wash them, or are they disposable and she gets new ones every night? And does the use spirit gum to hold them on, or velcro?
Naw, she wears undies.
Ahh,here is the thing whith Garden of Eden style.
Yeah, Gonna be interesting to see Becky’s reaction to Sal’s Micky Mouse sleeping wardrobe…
Becky’s last words: “Rrrrrrkkk.. totally… worth… it….”
“Dina’s…great…but kinda…flat…worth it…and these are…totally dinosaur noises…I’m making…rrrrrkkkk.”
So take a choke in exchange for a glimpse of the twins?
Okay, yeah, that’s a fair tradeoff. 😀
Many would consider it win/win.
I see what you did there…
It’s all about perspective.
Look at Becky’s sunny good morning face.
As a not-morning person I would do the same thing if my impulse control wasn’t so good.
Ooh, is this storyline’s title a reference to defying Gravity (AKA “Let it Go” take one)?
Seems to be! Also, the next storyline title (starting late November) seems to be a reference to “Let it Go.” I’ve been listening to “Defying Gravity” a bunch in the days since I made the connection. I had mentioned in the comment section of a previous comic that it probably doesn’t bode well that the title of this storyline comes from a song that ends in a witch-hunt. There’s that, and the fact that this storyline starts with strangling.
*plays the Beatles “Good Morning Good Morning” on the Muzak*
(Or perhaps I use the Bee Gees version from the Sgt. Pepper’s movie?)
You say goodbye~ I say hello, hello, HELLO !
Yes sir no sir–Don’t come closer!
Sal finds their lack of faith…disturbing.
More like irritating.
feel the force emanating from her gloves! hokey religions are no match for a good morning strangle
That was my thought as well.
Ironic, seeing as Joyce is usually the one disturbed by others’ lack of faith…
Ya done woke the bear ladies. Never wake the bear.
Especially when the bear is bare.
Nope the bear is wearing underwear (and gloves, the Mickey Mouse ensemble).
Even if some clothes are there
Enough’s not covered by underwear
,Enough no doubt for the lesbian prayer
And so she remains adequately bare
flawless victory! double kill!
Those young women should know better than to wake up a sleeping Sal.
Only Doom would dare to do so… with the Power Cosmic. On a good day. MAYBE.
So, uh…what brings the dictato-LEADER of Latveria to an American webcomic this late at night. I feel like you have better things to do. Your Highness. Please don’t murder my face.
Can’t a super villian enjoy some relief time to time?
It’s been my theory for a long while that Doom slipped in the shower and broke his neck back in 1971. All alleged Dooms since then have just been Doombots. Even if they themselves believed otherwise.
That’s…that’s awesome. Quick, John! TO THE FANFICS!!!
More like NANANANA
The Avengers currently want her to join the team. Their still working up the courage to approach her. Considering making the X-Men do it.
I think even Wolverine would fill a bit intimitated by Sal.
Why? They’ve got the same gloves.
Let’s hope they do it in the afternoon.
Even God Doom, creator of Battleworld. Dares not to wake the mighty Sal
Becky is secretly Squirrel Girl.
Squirrels are rare in this webcomic, but apparently they do exist! Tagged even.
So beware, Doc Doom!
Being able to choke someone effectively with only one hand is pretty impressive. Or, at least I think it is.
I don’t think so, but having the element of surprise does make it a lot easier. Not sure how much tougher it gets when someone tries to get free.
The sheer surprise of suddenly having even a little pressure on one’s trachea can inspire a deer-in-the-headlights moment.
If you can hook your thumb around the trachea and dig your fingers into the bank of the neck, not too hard. If you go for the standard choke in media where the web between your thumb and index hit the the trachea, no chance. Source: tried on myself when you asked (I didn’t press)
Staring the new arc off strong eh~?
I guess this means it’s too late to go back to sleep…
Yeah, it’s probably not too likely that she just clutches them close like stuffed animals and rolls over.
She’ll just have to trust her instincts on that.
It’s time to trust her instincts, close her eyes and leap.
Yay, new story!
I FIND YOUR “LACK OF LETTING ME SLEEP” DISTURBING.
Seriously tho, beware of Sal, she sleeps dressed like Mickey Mouse.
… and that was the first time I died. /husky voice
Well, yeah. Us unkillable badasses just keep coming back to life.
A running gag from Canadian sketch comedy team Loading Ready Run. Obscure reference for the win.
“Hey, Russel here!”
IN THE NEXT EPISODE OF DUMBING OF AGE:
Marcie(signing at Sal): Dammit, you promised me no more bodies to get rid of!
Aw… Put your tongues back in or you’ll get really hurt by biting them once you close your mouths ;-;
Oh yeah, that’s why.
Yay, new font! I like it.
Rejoyce! There are two Joyce now.
…i just now got this pun, you beautiful monster.
…I may have saved that one since Christmas….
Maybe the best first page of a new book ever.
Is it just me, or would this also have worked as the end of Book 5?
Only if Joyce & Becky were unconscious by the end of the strip.
The Good Morning Girls have reached Sal’s choke point. It can only get better from here.
Oh, good. Becky-related deja vu will continue past Book 5.
Now do an undertaker choke slam on them both.
Am I the only one who doesn’t find this funny but rather aggravating and invasive? I’m really with Sal on this one: going into my room while I’m sleeping and watching my face while I’m unconscious is asking to get punched/choked.
Becky: See Sal’s boobs….get murdered…Sal’s boobs….get murdered…boobs….murder….boobs…murder….eh. Its been a full life.
Becky: *in the afterlife* worth it.
Also, I’ve named panel 3 “So close and yet so far 2: Revenge of Proximity Distance.”
Hey, my buddy Bert is asleep!
Becky: totally into it
Becky discovers a new fetish. Next on Slipshine, 18 pages of Becky trying to convince Dina to choke her.
Do not want.
It’s honestly kind of fun if you know what you’re doing. And, of course, if you’re both into it.
But yeah, if you have the faintest hint of a doubt, don’t try it.
Luckily, Becky’s into exploring every aspect of her sexuality with utmost gusto. And hey she’ll prolly also enjoy sharing a mutual crush with Joyce.
Gotta keep those pimp hands strong.
Goddammit, Sal, don’t engage in breath play with people unless you’ve cleared it with them first and are sure that everyone understands the risks.
Those uni nostrils tho..
“Hi I’m Joyce!”
“And this is Becky.”
“And this is JACK BUTT”
what I can’t wait is for the next comic where 3 people wake up Sal and the same thing happens.
She’ll eventually use her feet and it’ll get to a point where five people try to wake her up. E’rbody will like like “she can’t get all of us-” and then she headbutts someone.
And then six people try it and she also buttbutts someone.
That would require Superheroine Comic Book levels of anatomical flexibility.
So one in each hand, one with each foot, a headbutt, a buttbutt, and then Joe attempts to wake her up as well and we get an accidental motorboating.
Her feet would have to be pinning them to the ceiling by their necks to pull off a good choke unless she’s got freakish length and dexterity in her toes, but she also has knees and elbows that can inflict harm.
I think that’s when she awakens to her psychic potential and murders them all with her mind.
I find your lack of respect for sleep schedules… disturbing.
I guess Cerberus kinda is the ultimate example of the guy who makes sure nobody disturbes the nappers in his vicinity.
Compare the alien being woken up in “Independence Day”,
1″05ff here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8kf5HNIgwg
Ddddd DOUBLE KILL !!
Hello Book Six Six Six
…I see what you did there,it eveb fits. They practically woke a beast,sort of.
Sal even has a ‘mark’ on her hand. ^_^
So it begins. Not the new story, no… Not the death of Sal’s patience either.
It’s the competition for people to find what Book Six’s name will be from quotes.
Omg. Is this going to be a book where we follow Sal??! 😀
And maybe in POV? omgomgomg, you guys! 😀
I like the lettering on this page.
Key learning: When waking Sal Walkerton, do so with a large mug of black coffee, hot with two sugars. She asks for little in life and it’s only fair that you try to meet her half-way! 😉 What I want to know is why Becky and Joyce are waking her up; I’m assuming maybe that she’s overslept and in danger of being late for class or something.
So…! Looks like this will be a Sal-focus chapter, which could be interesting. Sal was one of the leading characters in It’s Walky but has had a bit more nuance in this strip.
“These hands, they thirst for necks.
The start of book 6? This comic could be the end of the last DoA book ever
You realize this is how Joyce and Becky woke each other up every sleepover their entire childhood? Plus an undisclosed number of Joyce-siblings at any given morning. ADORABLE!!!
…Joyceline you poor, poor thing
Gee you’d think she’d remember almost dying the first time
I can’t help but wonder if this was a reflex; her time in prison may have taught her to always be wary of people trying to get her in her sleep…
Joyce is trying to off Becky so she can have Dina for herself!
an EVILutionist ?!
(Ironically, Ethan’s most probably one too)
Now it’s clear that Sal is ambidextrous. She can strangle people with either hand. Pretty useful considering she got stabbed in one of them while still a kid.
The last arc to open like this was “The Only Dope for Me Is You.”
That one tied w the parents weekend for the darkest and most chaotic.
IT’S A TYPEFACE /dweeb
Whose hands thirst for necks again?
“Y’all need t’ feel the pow’r-o-the dark’sad…!”
When did the background change to Pink?
WHY IS THE BACKGROUND ORANGE?
looks the same to me, try adjusting your monitor
It’s a nice pink colour. Everything else is the same colour.
definitely a monitor issue, should probably throw yours out
You sure? there’s a lot of people with the same issue.
Ah! It changed color for me too for me too.
Yep, I got orange too. More of a salmon actually
OH NOES, THE SITE’S BEEN BECKY-FIED.
Willis, please make the Sal-Choke a yearly tradtion XD
I hope Sal doesn’t kill them.
Sal is THE MOST INTERESTING GIRL IN THE WORLD.
“I don’t always strangle my friends, but when I do, it’s for not letting me sleep.”
stay naked, my friends
THE SITE IS ORANGE
X.x I liked the green….
thought it was blue?
Oh no, not the chokehold!
heh heh, “Wicked” reference. Closing of the 1st act is really awesome.
As Heinlein mentioned (back when I was a college freshman), “Waking a person unnecessarily should not be considered a capital crime. For a first offense, that is.”
♪♫ Take a message back for meeeeeeee. ♫♫♪
Sorry, that’s in response to the Chapter title.
Not the chokehold! Malaya did that to Lucy one time. Shortpacked, that is.
no san diego comic-con, the sorries
Who should be doodled inside Book 6?
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