a glare is worth a thousand words
(most of those words are fightin’ woids)
And at least half those words are unprintable. A few of them might even be unknowable by sane human minds. I keep scrapbooks of that last category, and store in in binders marked “baby pictures” in case of terminally nosy guests.
Oh, I wish I had thought of that. My baby pictures binders just have facehuggers in them.
I think you’re looking for “Hey you, let’s fight!”
never make a promise you can’t keep.
Unless you’re Spiderman, in which case it’s somehow romantic for some reason!
Ghost Dad is watching you mack on his daughter.
A soul torn between two loyalties, one of kinship and another of conflict. They must chose which is suited to them, but also which will bring less grief.
If looks could kill.
Marcie’s look would be enough to kill an entire army.
She just needs to take off her ruby-crystal goggles…
Marcie “Scott” Summers!
they probably will
Plays Games Without Frontiers on hacked Muzack.
war without tears
i’d look at everyone!
or is that to harsh to be a joke?
Nah, everybody wants to murder the world at least some of the time.
Its when you start drawing up plans that people begin to worry
im to lazy to kill the whole planet.
although there was a while people assumed i might do that on a smaller scale.
Don’t worry, I’ve discovered that creating the technology required to ignite the atmosphere by harnessing the heat of an erupting volcano into a single focused beam…would take a while and really cut in on my sitting around time.
And with that butt of yours that you keep showing off, you require some serious sitting.
On the other hand, a load of flour into the vents and a match make for rather concerning dust explosions. Not that I would ever plan such a thing. Or suggest it. Please respect your bakers!
Hey, I’m Doctor_Who, Bakers are two of my favorite people.
Then you’d love me. I just recently got hired to work in a local pastry kitchen. I make sourdough breads, coffee cakes, scones, cookies… If it is a baked good, I can probably figure it out.
So you’re the one who baked this cookie: http://nl.metrotime.be/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/CsPPExhWYAAnQb7-1.jpg
Ewwww – that’s why I don’t buy commercial baked goods.
That is almost a gross as someone finding half a mouse in their muffin.
Well, just because you draw up plans doesn’t mean you’ll use them. They’re like apocalypse survival plans or world domination plots.
What? You’re not supposed to use your global domination plans?
On an unrelated matter, please excuse me as I have a number of phone calls to urgently make.. 🙂
wait, no world domination? uh oh, i need to figure out what the password is for this program i have running. the hint i left myself is “damn you _” uhhh, i cant remember what that was.
Aw, Marcie, don’t ruin our fun!
If looks could kill, people would stop getting on my case about not making eye contact.
She’s thinking about how fired she’s gonna be.
And she’s undocumented, isn’t she? It’s much tougher for her to get work!
Either way though, I think it’s more that she doesn’t like Sal to get into fights.
Her parents are, she isn’t, assuming Sal’s comment about Robin wanting to deport them wasn’t exaggeration for emphasis.
Knowing some politicians, or at least the sort of people they rely on to get elected, it might not even have to be exaggeration.
Oh, *this* is gonna have some fallout down the line…
He did start the fight though, and he did steal her phone…
Technically, Amazi-Girl started the fight. But yes, Ryan threw the first punch, which puts much of the criminal culpability on him.
Since a clinical analysis of the facts is always what determines the outcome in these cases and since facts are never confused in the retelling, we’re golden.
If we want to get technical about who’s to blame, it’s still Ryan, because Amazi-Girl is just continuing an ongoing conflict Ryan started.
I think that Mendo is referring to the probable Sal-Marcie argument that’s coming in the next chapter or so.
Your other mommy disagrees, Sal.
she is going to have to watch quite the lecture.
Gonna get quite a showing.
A serious signing-to.
Did Marcie’s lenses get more red?
She got so angry that she started shooting laser out of her eyes,but the glasses keep them at bay.
She’s the new Cyclops!
She can’t control her eyeblasts because of the head injury when Lelnad knocked her into that rebar…
If this ‘verse wasn’t “real world” that’d probably headcanon for me.
/nerdvoice Cyclops shoots beams of concussive force, not lasers. /endnerd
/thenerdneverends But ruby quartz isn’t a thing! I guess rose quartz didn’t sound tough and testosterone-pumped enough for the writers when they wanted a reddish crystal? Pretty sure that dumping bits of actual ruby crystal into quartz creates smoky quartz. /thenerdtakesabreather
If you mix amethyst and rose quartz, that’s when you’ll get smoky quartz.
What’s Marcie so miffed about?
Turns out she’s just as jealous as Sal about new friends
That…. That was just… Bloody excellent. Of all the commenters, not even Bagge has made Us laugh out so loudly as that! And she’s pretty damn good at it too!
As Emperor of the Internet, We hereby award you excactly 15 000 Imperial Internet Points!
(Ehhh, We are in fact a bit low on points at the moment… Do you take IIP IOUs?)
What’s the conversion ratio from Imperial Internet Points to Internets?
Dunno. Never checked. I always assumed I’d have advisors and stuff to look into that for me at this point.
Hmm, I think we need to count up the total number of Imperial Internet Points you’ve distributed, count the number of people with whom you have influence or authority, and then generate a ratio between that IIP/people and the equivalent Internet/people. At least that’d be my initial approach. Refinements might be needed as the process is undertaken.
Are you saying that We should throw you in Our dungeon and make you do this work for Us you’re volunteering to do this kind of work for Us?
Right now, We can tell you roughly how many IIPs I have given away (not counting the IOU just now) total. About 9 050. (We gave Orion Fury 9 002 for calming us down with laughter during a moment of rage. There’s been a few other points scattered here and there.)
As for people with whom We have influence or authority over… We are the emperor of the internet. Enough said. We are certainly not just mainly doing this charade in this particular comment field, with the occasional occurrence other places (about 5% of what we’re doing here). To even suggest such a thing would be treason.
Hm, perhaps, if I were offered a high-level advisor position…
if we just look at sheer quantity, of course, IIP are very valuable in internet conversion.
We’ll let you sit in the highest cell so you can spit on the others. Is that acceptable?
I suppose that would technically be high-level.
And as we all know, being technically correct is the best kind of correct.
Yay! I was helping!
Orion Fury: I just read that comment in the voice of Zoidberg.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love this comment section?
Because I do.
Thank you, kind sir.
Why thank you
That was my first thought.
After a moment’s consideration I’m thinking it’s more of a “Damn it, Sal, what did I say about chasing people down to punch them? We have talked about this!”
My guess? Sal falling into old, violent habits that Marcie does not condone?
Plays “Roller-Derby Queen” by Jim Croche on a repurposed previously owned (rewired for 220Vac) hacked Musak.
I think it’s a replay of what her reaction as a kid. She told Sal she didn’t have to go beat up the bad guy. http://www.dumbingofage.com/2016/comic/book-7/01-glower-vacuum/balances/
Probably worried whatever happened then will happen again.
It’s the ship that shouldn’t sail?
Marcie’s security. It’s her job to prevent and/or stop fights.
Sal almost started a fight with Amazi-girl, to the point where Marcie had to call in backup. Then she spent like two minutes refusing to let Marcie keep her out of that fight. She also spent that time disrespecting Marcie’s position — she was talking to Marcie like a friend who was keeping her out of the a fight, rather than a member of security, and since Marcie’s arms were busy she couldn’t sign back to say, no fighting at my job.
THEN when that crisis was FINALLY averted, Sal helped beat up and/or run off 4 members of the event staff, drawing the attention and ire of the person who organized the event.
To put it in perspective, suppose you’re working at a coffee shop. It’s your first day. One of your friends is hanging out there, chatting. It’s chill to start with, but then your friend starts insulting customers, coming behind the counter to mess with stuff, and ignoring you when you tell them to behave.
Amazi-Girl almost started a fight with Sal, and then the crowd got nasty, which is when Marcie called for backup.
Both of them were escalating for a bit there, but the incident started when Sal grabbed Amazi-girl’s cape and slammed her to the floor.
I would argue that the instigating event was AG deciding to stalk Sal to the rally, not Sal noticing she was being stalked.
Alt text: too right. This is a storyline of beauty just for that. Marcie will come round when she realizes how frickin’ awesome this is.
Amazi-Girl hates Danny for his betrayal with Sal. Marcie hates Sal for her betrayal with Amazi-Girl.
I’ve heard the only way to sink ships is with large canons.
That… I need to remember that.
What about flaming barrels?
It’s not really sunk, it’s just blasted fanon.
Except Marcie likes girls, and Danny is bi, but maybe more gay than het?
When have piddling little details like that stopped shippers?
Rule 63 is our friend.
Bi is a safer bet for anyone without an already locked in sexuality, tbh.
I’m just not sure if she’s into wonderbread.
It’s cool Marcie, honest! They just gotta beat up one more and that’s it!
We just have to keep this in mind and hope we’ll see another soon.
Why is Marcie mad?
The Marciest Marcie.
I find that deeply ironic given Walkyverse!Marcy’s inexpressiveness.
Marcie is a proponent of Glower Power.
Ain’t no vacuum there.
Agreed. Not certain where this ‘Glower Vacuum’ is supposed to be…
I figured it was referring to Ruth losing her job.
Marcie is against this. yet another reason I’m never gonna be part of the Amazi-Girl fandom… or, the Amber fandom, either.
perfect avatar for the occasion.
C’mon Marcie, YOU encouraged Sal to make other friends.
Now she’s jealous.
“I had to act semi-cordial to Malaya, Marcie. SEMI, MARCIE, you owe me this!” <- Sal defending herself, four hours later.
“Ah really don’t like Malaya but I was still semme-cordial with her! For YOU, Marcie! Come on, it ain’t that big a deal. Ah just beat some scumbags up with a real-life superhero.”
Originally that was going to be a much longer continuation of your joke so I could showcase that I was totes doing Sal’s accent right, but then I realized the only part of her accent I was doing was “ah” instead of “I” and this reply is only a reference to It’s Walky in the first place.
I, for one, always appreciate the opportunity to read more things in Ashleigh Ball’s Applejack voice.
I stared at that for so long thinking: Cereal?
The order I read the words of his sentence in was “I-for-one-always-appreciate-the-opportunity-to-read-more-things-in-Applejacks-delicious,-delicious-cereal-oh-wait-no-MLP-stuff-nevermind-Applejack-voice-Ashleigh-Ball”
Are you channeling Riley, or Dina?
I think I’ve been doing the same.
Eh. Too high pitch for the voice I have for her.
It would not surprise me if a lot of people in SEMME were driven to classy drink.
…. well, okay, the classy part would surprise me.
Only Jason would be driven to classy drink. And that would really only be what young Willis thought of as “classy drink”. And he’d really be doing it to make fun of Jason.
Nah, Walkyverse Jason was more of a beer-at-the-pub guy. For classy drinks… hmm. Maybe Linda, Tony Sr, or Doc Doc would have something halfway decent.
…why would Marcie be angry about Sal helping Amber go after Ryan? Is she worried Sal is going to get into trouble or something?
Sal and AG are causing trouble at a venue whose protection was Marcie’s responsibility.
I’m guessing promises were made at some point in the past and are now being broken.
well when something is broken it can be fixed. lets hope they were never shattered
or maybe ruined would be a better explanation.
Why would the girl who’s narratively been set up for the reveal that Sal hurt her by beating people up have an opinion on Sal going out of her way to enter a fight, I wonder?
Did Sal feel Marcie glaring at her back and turn her head around to look?
Yep. It’s a powerful glare.
I get the feeling she’s somehow related to Miranda Deegan.
Marcie is cooler than everyone in that strip put together.
quick, sal! you can still turn around
amazi-girl can probably take him on her own anyway
Don’t know what she is ‘glaring’ at.
How does she even know who is there and doing what to who? Likely quite a ruckus of voices.
I can’t tell if you’re serious. You know Marcie can see, right?
There was a big crowd of people, so maybe she couldn’t see what was happening?
That’s how I read it, considering she has to push through the crowd, and appeared to stay at her post Sal and AG walked away before. I don’t think she actually saw any of the fight.
She has a radio on her belt though, so I’m sure she at least heard about “Amazi-Girl and some cool biker chick beatin’ up interns”
Hopefully that and not “AG and some thug started beating up on interns”.
That’s a good point. It was probably a call like that that made her actually go look for Sal.
I dunno, the other security guard seemed to be taking her and AG’s side by not stopping them when they left after beating up the jerkbros.
True, but I just mean some sort of call about AG and “other” fighting interns probably went out over the radio and would have caught Marcie’s attention especially since she knows how Sal used to be. “What the hell are you thinking!” is probably going through Marcie’s head.
All I can think of right now is how confused Billy will be when she hears about Amazi-Girl fighting with her alter ego.
Amazi-Girl obviously utilized one of the Amazi-androids that she keeps at her Arctic Amaz-Fortress.
She has android duplicates of everyone in the dorm. Of course it’s not weird.
Everybody knows the Amazi-Fortress is under Lake Michigan.
I thought it was behind Mount Rushmore.
Amazi-fortress is actually drill-capable and substrate-mobile. It can be anywhere she needs to go.
If only she really had multiple Amazi-Androids, this whole thing wouldn’t have started.
Wow, Marcie looks pissed!
One friendship forward, one back
Super hero team-up, ’cause opposites attract?
OOOooohohhohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! shit! haha.
This is tough. I like Marcie, a lot, but I like the way this story line was going too, but Marcie’s probably right to be upset… if she’s upset about Sal “taking justice into her own hands” again.
Based on what she knows, at least. She probably didn’t hear anything Amazi-Girl told Sal.
True, but even so we’ve established that it’s potentially a lot more dangerous for Sal than it would be for someone else (and I’m not even just talking about the skin color thing. She’s got a record too) and Sal doesn’t have any protection from “anonymity” that AG does here.
For the love of monkeys, when will people learn Marcie is not deaf!!
(note: this is a joke. I realize you are not implying Marcie is deaf)
you actually made me laugh out loud…
I originally wrote “couldn’t” instead of “didn’t”, and changed it for exactly that reason. And almost finished replying to you before I saw the note that you were kidding
*signs* “WHY HAVEN’T YOU KISSED ALREADY!?!”
This can only go well, nothing is ever going to go wrong or have setbacks from these actions *Dripping Sarcasm*
This comment can probably be applied to roughly 62.78% of all DoA strips.
Remember, 93.658920% of percentages used in conversation are made up on the spot. As are 56.234% of incorrectly attributed quotes!
How dare you mock Our imperial numbers!?
We’ll have you know that We have no less than half a dozen fervent DoA readers in Our dungeons, doing nothing but analysing any sort of statistics, just in case it might actually be useful one day!
And today turned out to be one of those days. Which, incidentally, one of the prisoners readers told me it would be about 65/153 chance of happening.
Emperor, there is a 45% chance that you have a mole in your dungeon staff who reports directly to me, connecting with certain analysts in your care. The real question is now “Is that statistic accurate?”
I’d question the guy that gave the lowest number there.
65/153 is technically only 42.5%, but I’m sure you didn’t mean to imply that you would dare to question the Emperor of the Internet, did you?
More the guy that gave Emperor that number.
Maybe if security did their job Sal wouldn’t have had to do anything.
Marcie is security.
What did she do?
Marcie with the Terminator glare…
“Stay with me if you want to live”
All stalking forgiven and forgotten!
Oh? What are the last panels about?
Marcie dislikes it when Sal is violent, as implied here and probably said somewhere else I think…
MAN I LOVE trying and failing to make word links
Except .. Amazi-girl, you were wrong.
very wrong, and it backfired horribly.
You had one job, just one job , and you screwed it badly, just so you could get revenge instead.
How Do you have NO genre-savvy at all, all you do is read comic books?
You Never give away your plan prematurely, just to get psychological satisfaction! Thats how villains always lose.
Sal was right, you acted because you had something to prove ; and it resulted in a near riot, 3 other idiots assaulted and you getting your phone stolen. And you had to get rescued again by Sal after jumped by 4 guys!
All you had to do was take his picture tell him he was attractive, and get his name. Thats IT.
Her most important goal wasn’t to get Ryan’s name, or she wouldn’t have tipped her had when she did. Her most important goal was to punch people a bunch, especially Ryan. “Success”.
Yep. That’s the thing, her typical plans are often terrible, especially given the high likelihood that things she won’t see coming tend to happen – and then she gets distracted or doesn’t know how to handle it.
“Yes… ‘plans’. Amazi-Girl definitely makes those. In advance, even!”
Hey, she’s heard of the concept of making plans before.
Yes, but she only heard of it by accident.
Almost a success- she didn’t get to punch Ryan all that much
Ryans goal was to avoid getting punched, get other Bros to fight for him,
get revenge against for his face-slashing, and get the Phone from her.
Amazi-girl srew up allowed him to do all of that … success for him.
He could easily find out who Amazi-girl is where she lives, and then find Joyce to threaten her.
So all very disastrous.
Well, for starters-
Ryan got punched (not as much as anyone would have wanted, but…)
Amber’s phone is probably, hopefully, maybe locked
and even if it wasn’t, he wouldn’t necessarily be able to find Joyce with it,
and even if he could, she’s surrounded by such notable figures as a messenger of the Old Testament god, a badass motorcycle chick, a superhero, a super lesbian, and a dinosaur.
Honestly I can’t see how Ryan would be able to do anything other than give her a spook, and we all know how Joyce is when she’s emotional.
For those of us who have forgotten, she is very punchy. And also strong. As long as the emotion in question is anger, at least. Hopefully she’d be more angry than sad.
TBH, I think would be very good for Joyce to get the chance to go all Muhammad Ali on Ryan’s sorry arse.
Three words that will make you cry Uncle, and beg for mercy,
“Damn you Willis” , that’s how.
( or is that, ‘make you Cry, and beg for Uncle’ ?
or ‘Make you cry for Marcy and beg Uncle Willis’ ? )
A compelling argument…
And if you think about it, Willis Promise to kill any characters could be
an ironic threat do worse than kill a character, but mercilessly keep them alive. *
He didnt promise no hospitalizations, nor comas nor brain-damage nor dismemberment, nor paralysis .
OMG that reminds me of a terrible dream I just had. There was this Bee-people Spy-cult. They grabbed me in the end, because they drugged out all the normies on some ecstacy bee pheromone.
So first there was this creepy Vampire dr Frakenstein type who was working in a childrens Hospital. My newphew was there ( as a child ) probably because he was a little shit. He keeps freaking out that his real body is kidnapped and we have to find it. Lot of weird thing happen, and ,maybe the little shit isnt actually insane. We go scoobydo hunting for the “rela body” anf his corpse buried in the basemeent in half broken coffin buzzing with bees. We think there is just bees nest in him but the skin breaks and now hes a boy sized Golden-bee boy.
We complain to the hospital about the Dr and it turns out hes been abducting children for his experiments with their permission supposedly to save them of incurable diseases. Then he returns them as Bee-people committed to some role in a Hive. My newphew is now bee soldier boy doing hospital security. There is no helping this kid. But at least his skin looks cool all golden shining yellow.
Then later I’m part of this crack Intelligence team ( like Sg-1) taking down threats to humanity. I ignored the signs and they got my sister next. They can convert people slowly too. I busted in with a team but there was a Bee cult group there and they used Bee-dopey paralysis on everybody touching them. But I’m too Grumpy for it take me down. I grab my sister and I’m trting to get out of there into a large hallway with people. I’m screaming at everybody to just them. Its a murder spy compound, although lots of nice natural light , and most of the people are just packing Uzis or something. ( So normal for texas ?) . But nobody will. Bee Frankenstein DR dude is gloating how empathic everyone feels and nobody wants to harm anybody.
and the Bee Cultists and MY own Bee-blissed people are closing in on me…..
that should say “just shoot them!”
Cuz they infiltrated us in literal broad daylight and my peeps all have machine guns.
( I’d rather risk a bullet than turn into Bee zombie person, cool mutations regardless. )
guys, i don’t think you understand how much i need this gay ship to happen.
You’re going to have to be more specific
She’ll have to take me out to dinner first.
low-hanging fruit and all that
I’m just assuming diatore means a full threesome. It’s the easiest way.
And that is why specificity must be bent over a table.
Leslie And DeSanto?
I’m a bit curious, did it need the ‘gay’ qualifier? A ship is a ship, isn’t it?
Hm, not sure if Marcie should be mad at SAL here…the troublemakers were Amazi-Girl and Ryan.
Then again Sal slammed Amazi-girl into the floor in the middle of a venue that Marcie is literally paid to keep the peace in so maybe that
That, and Marcie just saw Sal join in a scuffle between the masked nutjob she’d just been berating and the evemt’s interns, when she’s spent YEARS trying to keep Sal’s aggression in check because in her experience it always creates more problems than it solves.
I don’t even think she saw THAT much. She’s pushing through the crowd there, so it seems like she only just arrived from her post by the door. I think all she knows is there’s a pile of dudes who got beat the hell up, and from the way she’s leaving with Amazi-Girl, it’s pretty clear Sal had a part in it.
I get the feeling this is a familiar scenario for Marcie.
My theory for why Marcie is upset:
A) Sal showed up to her job and one way or another ended up causing a ot of commotion – I don’t know many jobs where it’s totally fine to have a friend who doesn’t work there hang out with you while you’re working.
B) Sal is running off with the same person Marcie just risked her own safety to protect her from – like really, Sal? She also might be confused.
C) Marcie might get into trouble with her boss because of this? related to A, I hope she doesn’t lose her job over it.
D) Also, Sal and AG are running off while she has to deal with the fallout of the commotion they both caused – now she feels abandoned in the literal sense.
E) Someone above me mentioned that Marcie might disapprove of the whole “be a violent vigilante” thing that she has probably helped Sal throughout their childhood control her temper and impulse to fight people.
F) Marcie is totes jealous right now.
G) Marcie is pissed because she has to stay in place and can’t take off with them in pursuit of Ryan.
H) Marcie has to listen to Jessica go on about how common her name is?
I would think Marcie might appreciate talking to someone who knows …sign language
That took me a second, then I giggled for thirty.
for me it went something like:
“How dare you leave with another girl, i was your best friend”
Looks like the green-eyed monster has reared its ugly head.
I don’t think Marcie is upset over Sal leaving with AG, it’s not a jealously thing.
Sal was on AG’s case about being a vigilantly.
In the flashback Marcie was upset when Sal attacked the kid that tripped her.
Sal’s attitude towards AG may reflect her own distancing from anything that could drag her back into fighting.
Marcie sees Sal fighting and is reminded of Sal’s past.
My Issue is that, in life, sometimes you have to fight fro what you believe in. Being totally passive may be safe, but goes no where. However, there is a down side.
So, is this a positive thing for Sal, a chance for her to get involved and do something significant [capturing Ryan]?
Or, is it a negative thing? Will Sal fall back into bad habits of overly aggressive behavior?
A little from column A, a little from column B…
It’s not am either/or thing. There are liable to be positives and negatives both.
Not only that, I think some of Marcie’s rage is that before Amazi-Girl saw Ryan, she was ready to fight Sal. Now that Sal is fighting alongside Amazi-Girl, especially with Sal leaping to Amazi-Girl’s aid against the bros. Basically Marcie sees that not only is Sal not helping the situation by joining the fight, Sal’s not helping by chasing after Ryan, especially since he’s no longer in sight and clearly in possession of stolen property. This has progressed well beyond a campus dispute and should involve the proper authorities.
I get the distinct feeling that Marcie isn’t shipping these two.
Pretty sure I’m alone in shipping these two. (Damn everything!)
I could see that, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.
I sincerely doubt it.
I think the only people that aren’t shipping Amazi-Sal are land lovers. Well, them and the USPS, unless you get a sheet of 100 forever stamps. Then it’s a maybe.
Well Marcie is SUPER pissed now.
Something about the shallow but broad frown makes me think she’s more frustrated than pissed – one of those times where you can see the other side’s point, but that just aggravates you more because your point is good too.
Sal and Amazi-Girl teamup YAYYYY!
I am rendered five years old by the inherent glee I take in this, which is I think a good thing.
I want there to be just 3 straight days of nothing but Sal and AG kicking Ryan in the nads. I want him to walk(?) away from this encounter sterile.
Was gonna write a comment calling Marcie a hypocrite for being jealous of Sal after pushing her away for the past X weeks for an ill-fated booty call, but then other commenters pointed out that she may just be disapproving of Sal returning to her own vigilante ways. Considering the way this chapter started (Leland), that makes way more sense.
Sal has done this kind of shit before.
She has promised Marcie not to do this kind of shit again.
That is quite likely the entirety of it.
Yes, exactly this. The amount of “Marcie is jealous!” posts I’ve seen is crazy, it’s literally Marcie just angry over Sal doing this BS again.
Yeah, it wasn’t THAT long ago we saw a flashback to this exact situation, with Marcie pleading with Sal not to do it, and the knowledge that it landed both of them in tons of shit.
Good, a very definite team up. I think they will play on each others strengths now.
Maybe a good chance for an understanding of what went down years ago.
Marcie is not so happy about this. Jealous? or flat out against this vigilantism? Worried that Sal is just asking for trouble?
Or a bit of all of it?
*Ques the Amazi-Girl theme song!*
“Peanut Butter-Jelly Time!
Peanut Butter-Jelly Time!
Peanut Butter-Jelly Time!”
…..okay I’m sorry this is all I could find…sue me…
That’s Sarah’s combat theme. She’s the one with the baseball bat.
God dammit, Sal, you were right the first time. Let caped white girl power trip fend for herself, phone-wise.
I mean, I know, it’s DUMBING of age, but still!
Just thought I would point out that Dumbing of Age wallpaper (not on your desktop) is apparently a thing you can buy. Also tablecloths
I suddenly really, really want a Crisis on Infinite Walkyverses rug
I started imagining and writing down an Infinite Walkyverse Crisis storyline, but then I realised this would mean way too many spoilers, so I stopped myself.
Plus, I suppose it’s more fitting if we all keep making up our own storylines in our own heads. After all, the possibilities are… infinite.
OK, OK, one particular plotline wouldn’t hurt…
DoA Mike: I had sex with your mom for a nickel.
Walkyverse Mike: I had sex with -your- mom for a nickel.
Shortpacked Mike: I had sex with both your moms for a nickel. Total.
I’m confused, isn’t Walkyverse Mike and Shortpacked! Mike the same person? Or are we going through time as well?
In an infinite crisis, you never know what will happen.
Besides… *throws amnesia dust in Orion Fury’s eyes.*
DoA Mike and Walkyverse/Shortpacked Mike quickly realise that they are each other’s fathers.
Dudes, you ALL know that if Willis ever actually made an Infinite Walkyverse Crisis storyline… It’d be a Slipshine.
Slipshine Mike: I had sex with all three of you, and you paid me.
I sure hope Spoonflower cleared using the DoA designs with the Willis, or they can expect to get a C&D letter for copyright violations PDQ.
Um, I uploaded that myself.
Good. I’d just hate to see you getting ripped off, like some people wanted to do to you with the “Slipshine” content.
Speaking of Slipshines, how many have you done so far?
Why are the faces horizontal?
They are tilting their heads at you quizzically.
It’s a convention tablecloth. I want the faces to look upright when you look at the table from the front.
Ah! (I was thinking maybe it was like that panel where Carla’ head is coming in from the side of the panel.)
man amazigirl teaming up with amazigirl. So excite.
ooh yeah best gravitar <3<3carla
Well, this is rapidly turning into a bizarro world arc! Sal actually seems to be on the path to mask and a costume just because, yeah, to a certain extent she agrees with Amazi-Girl that, in the, end, when faced with injustice, what are you supposed to do? I can’t blame Marcie if she’s worried. This is a dangerous path and one that remains only in touching distance with safety and sanity in the best of cases.
Then again… is that really the problem here? I’m sorry Marcie but I think that you’re experiencing what Sal experienced when you chose to spend all your time with Malaya. Turnabout being fair play and all that. It also reminds us that childhood friendship doesn’t always survive the transition to adulthood with all the choices that you need to make.
Now… that smile… Is Amazi-Girl developing a crush on Sal? 😉
One’s an emotionally damaged abuse survivor with a secret identity and anger management issues. The other’s a too-cool-for-school rebel with a violent past and resentment of the authorities that never gave her a fair shake. Together… THEY FIGHT CRIME!
I would read/watch the hell out of that. 😳
Willis, if you’re reading this thread, Adam has just given you the synopsis for a spin-off strip in the vein of Shortpacked! 😉
Willis, if you’re reading this thread, I implore you to consider Adam’s pitch.
When you’re not too busy being a dad and someone who has to make sure a strip buffer is in place, at least.
what if someone calls amber while ryan has the phone
“hey amber we need to talk about my laundry.”
It’s the Jimmy Cagney (Sal), Pat O’Brien (Maricie) & Humphrey Bogart (Amazigirl) trio in Angels with Dirty Faces, sort of.
Of course Humph played a bad-man then. Still Pat O’Brien – son of immigrant Irish who becomes a priest – and Cagney the bad(ish) boy are dead ringers for Marcie and Sal.
Amazi-Girl is Sal’s bad angel, and Marcie the good angel.
Oh come on, Marcie, this Sal and Amazi-Girl team-up is awesome and must continue!
This is how supervillains start.
‘Cause that first panel reminds me of 60’s Batman and Robin.
That’s a look of pure thunder if ever I’ve seen one. If we could see her eyes, I’m sure it’d be even more striking.
And on that day, a villain was born
I don’t get it. Why is she pissed that Sal is chasing a sexual criminal that also dabbles in theft?
She’s quite likely angry that she is being a violent vigilante even though she has likely talked to her about this before.
Sal has been through this before, she knows being a vigilante can only help so much and that it can backfire spectacularly.
Why would Marcie be okay with seeing her friend quite possibly slipping back into her younger, more violent, less-controlled self?
Plus, she doesn’t know the deal with Ryan either, she’s just catching the aftermath and if I was Marcie and that was all I caught of the situation, I’d be upset too.
Yeah, I’m with you on that, but seeing as how Marcie participated in a few crimes herself, I don’t see where her moral high ground is. Let’s not forget, she was involved in the 4 vs 1 fight vs AG and underage drinking.
Just seems like sort of a sudden change of heart to me.
Do you mean the 4-on-1 fight that AG herself provoked, where nobody but Malaya did anything more than restrain her, and where Marcie was the one who got Sal to walk away without escalating it further?
Or did you mean Sal’s fight with Malaya where again Marcie broke it up and got both of them to let it go. You definitely can’t be thinking of the time with Leland where she practically begged Sal not to do anything and just let it be.
She seems pretty consistently opposed to violence to me.
Oh yeah, upon going back and rereading that scene, I may have remembered a bit incorrectly. My bad.
Thinking ahead, I’m expecting this to wrap up quickly; I’m wondering if sad!Amber in the preview panels we’ve seen for the next few weeks might be due to Amber having a very hard time squaring the circle of her PTSD associations with Sal with the realisation that Amazi-Girl likes and admires her.
When one’s personal reality is based on a single assumed truth, it’s hard when that turns out to be a self-delusion.
make! them! gay! make! them! gay!
Long-term, this could go very well or it could go very badly.
Worst-case, Sal and Amazi-Girl may end up enabling each other, causing them to slip further into violence, delusion and a spiral of increasingly anti-social and illegal behaviour. Best-case, they may become sanity anchors for each other, pulling each other back from excesses because of their awareness of the other’s good opinion and their own fears for the other.
Which way will it go? Over to you, DMW!
Not sure what that face means for her…. Annoyed breaking the law, annoyed she didn’t listen, annoyed that she is continuing to break the law, or what..
but if its annoyed she didn’t listen or got into fight… that fight wasn’t over in an ainstant.. she had plenty of time to try and stop it or get involved in a more official capacity.
Maybe a stretch, but I wonder if this Amazi-Girl/Sal team up is about giving us what we want and making clear how wrong it is.
It’s possible that the Amazi-Girl alter is villainizing Amber in lieu of Sal, that AG exists to protect Sal from the “real” monster. Now that AG is being forced to recognize Sal as a human being capable of goodness she can start doubling down on caging Amber, because Amber is the one who’s broken.
And Sal, jeez. She makes a big spiel to Danny about how Amazi-Girl will get herself killed and she needs to be stopped, and now she’s having a superhero team-up. Plus there’s how Sal is abandoning Marcie after giving her so much shit about never spending time with her, and as an added bonus now Marcie has to clean up their mess.
I feel like what’s coming is more and an insane split in Amber’s mind. We already see that she considers Amazi-Girl and Amber as two different people (re: “protect you from her” comment). I think what’s coming is Amazi-Girl being like “Oh Sal is actually alright and a good human.” and Amber having mental alarms blaring as her own psychological alter ego ‘betrays’ her
DUN dun DUUUUUN.
So am I the only one who chuckled at seeing that Leslie is *still* holding the sign over her face?
No, no you are not.
Panel 1: I’m really enjoying how much the racist crowd has shaken up AG’s paranoid spiral and allowed AG to actually acknowledge who Sal is as a person rather than the narratives her brain was spinning to justify a specific worldview.
Like, this is huge. She destroyed a relationship simply because her whole image of herself was based on Sal being an irredeemable monster who only lives for ruining lives and she couldn’t reconcile that with having her life saved and now, even though she’s momentarily confused that Sal is continuing to be an ally and support during a rough time and part of her distrusts it, she softens extremely quickly and accepts it.
And I’m so curious to see what this will mean for AG’s whole mythology now that she’s acknowledging Sal is human. Will this lead to her relaxing some of her inflexibility, allowing the idea of people to grow and change?
Unfortunately, we’ve seen that she’s still trying to dump her bad actions all on the Amber alter and that’s still a terrible idea, but by rejecting all that, how is this gonna affect how she looks at the world or even re-evaluates how she treated Danny? Ugh, so many questions!
Panel 2: And again, I love the softness in her eyes as she says this. Old AG would see this as condemnation. If Sal, avatar of pure evil and grand manipulator of sin, thought she was on the right path, then clearly that would mean she had fallen from grace and done an incredible wrong. Hell, she even managed to twist “saved my life” into “did violence to me” in her paranoid delusional bad times.
But here, she just accepts it. Sal thinking she was right about something is comforting her. And I can’t help but see this as her letting go of the mythology for the last time. Letting Sal be the full human she is instead of an avatar of evil. And that will mean so much good in AG stopping her really bad path and really bad actions (an apology to Sal for her consistent misbehavior would also be a very good and necessary thing) and hopefully (fingers crossed) being able to process the role her dad had in the initial split and in being an emotional and physical abuser in her life.
I’m seriously considering the idea that, if Amazi-Girl is letting go of Sal as the avatar of all her misery, then she’s shunting it off onto Amber.
Sal took Amber’s sanity, Amazi-Girl’s dignity, and their Danny, and she was able to do this because she is not a person, but a vague swirling cloud of evil masquerading as human. But then Amazi-Girl is forced to come to her defense, acknowledge that she’s not doing anything wrong, and then Sal leaps into a fight to help her and they both recognize strength and a desire for justice in one another. The myth of Sal as a corrupting influence who has broken Amber might be dead if things continue as is, but now Amber has nobody to blame for her problems except herself.
And worse, it could cause her to further reject any intervention from Danny and Ethan. It was okay for her to shit talk at Danny, because now even Sal agrees that Amazi-Girl is a good thing, and Danny is wrong to try and stop the mission (especially if it’s because he wants Amber to be loose. Doesn’t he know that Amber almost swore at him one time? This monster must be stopped for the good of everyone).
You might be right about that.
Which is definitely bad for her overall. It really feels like a two steps forward, one step back thing.
What if she goes full Batman?
And so were born the seeds of “Dumbing of Age: Civil War”
Panel 3: And that apology would be necessary. Sal is acknowledging that AG is right, but Sal hasn’t had the same weird obsession with AG that AG has had with her. Sal’s grievances with AG are real and based on her recent actions.
She’s still come off as extremely racist. She still stalked her and all her friends and tried to goad her into a fight in a parking lot. She still attacked her emotionally when Sal tried to provide first aid after saving her life. She still has angrily stalked Sal for the last two nights at least, following her every move to the point where Sal had to angrily confront her about it.
Sal has a reason to be miffed about this developing friendship and to not fully trust AG and I’d love to see AG actually access humility in not just “making it up” through badassery, but through an earnest apology and full acceptance of Sal’s personhood.
Panel 7: So this is the big one. And I do think part of it is what a lot of people pointed out. Sal probably made promises about “not flying off the handle in a desire to do right” to Marcie. Especially as it’s often blown up on Sal as is implied in the Leland flashback.
I’m also suspecting that the convenience store robberies also stemmed from some similar “justice” rationale, either trying to help out Marcie or something similar, which would leave Marcie with a “ugh, the last time you did this, you got sent away for years, why are you fucking up with this shit again” feeling.
But I think there’s two other parts at play. First is another small part which is Marcie’s experience with AG. Marcie was there at the parking lot when AG attacked them, spouting a bunch of half justifications to harass them that echoed racist cop harassment. So to Marcie, AG is just the racist stalker who inflames Sal to make bad decisions with her harassment.
So to see Sal willingly going with her instead of continuing to hang with her has got to fill her with a fuckton of “what the fuck”.
But the aspect I think is the biggest part of it is simply this. Marcie pulled strings to hang with Sal one-on-one tonight.
See, Sal has been whining for days about getting to see Marcie one-on-one even though Marcie has been exhausted and overworked trying to afford rent, rejecting her ideas for hanging in group spaces that Marcie can more easily do, and begging over and over again for that individual connection time.
So Marcie invites her over tonight while she’s working so they can just hang and yeah, there was some awkward classism, but otherwise it was going okay. And now, Sal is running off, not with a friend, but what has heretofore been an antagonist to her without even bothering to say goodbye to her.
Like, that? That is a shitty action that is immensely dismissive of Marcie’s feelings and the effort involved in finding a way to give Sal what she’s been complaining about in the majority of their recent interactions. And I definitely see a signed argument in the future about this.
That last point you brought up? Is a great damn point, no wonder Marcie’s pissed off.
So random thought about the phone. Assuming it’s locked*, don’t locked phones still display incoming phone information on them when you receive a call so you can quickly answer or not?
*Which I don’t assume based on Law of Drama.
Which means anyone who calls her phone (say Ethan who’s been trying to get in contact with her to check up on her or Dorothy who’s doing late night homework by a “hey, is this the guy who raped Joyce?” text conversation) will have their name and phone number pop up for Ryan to see.
Also, if I remember right, I think incoming texts briefly show up with a sound and a shortened version of them even when locked so you can get a sense if you should respond, which again, would give at least a name to Ryan to follow up on.
And if it’s a feminine name texting about how “he’s the guy” or something like that, he’s probably going to assume that’s the person who glassed him and seek her out for some “tit-for-tat” revenge**. And if he sees Dorothy in person, he’s probably going to recognize her as the friend that rushed to Joyce’s aid in the aftermath.
**Ryan is an awful person, but we already knew that.
Basically, I’m suspecting that Ryan is gonna get information from the phone no matter what Sal and AG do here.
This depends on your settings. My phone has the options to turn off notifications on the lock screen.
In general, there’s going to be at least some information that shows up. That can usually be turned off for app notifications and text messages, but if there are phones that can turn that off for incoming calls, I’ve never seen one.
If the caller is in your contacts, at least their name is going to show. Their number too, on many phones. The contact picture as well, though I doubt Amber would have one for Dorothy unless she’s got Facebook our something else set up that would grab one automatically.
There could easily be versions of Android that let you hide some or all of that, but I doubt Amber would have done that. It doesn’t seem like the possibility of somebody getting ahold of Amazi-Girl’s phone is something that had occurred to her before, so I doubt she’s paranoid enough to go to the trouble.
There’s no way Dorothy won’t call or text AG for an update at some point, so she’ll know if she needs to warn Joyce. If they don’t get the phone back first, he’ll certainly get enough info to track her down 🙁
Even if he does get the name “Dorothy” from a call or a text, it’s likely to be just that. No last name (unless Amber entered the full name as a contact, which I doubt). No idea where she lives. Generally you only get a number if they’re not in your contacts. Maybe a picture.
That’s not really enough to track someone down.
Not normally, but even ignoring student directories, Dorothy in particular would be easier to find. Remember they not only is she a reporter — whose picture might appear with her articles — but she has specifically written articles about Amazi-Girl! It wouldn’t take a genius to guess that the Dorothy who got an interview with AG might just be the one trying to contact her
Even if her full name wasn’t enough to track her down, he’d know one place he’d be likely to find her
Ryan seemed to only vaguely know about Amazi-Girl when she confronted him. It’s possible that he’s only heard rumours and courtyard scuttlebutt.
Yeah, but that vague knowledge may have from to the paper. Even of he doesn’t think to look back at the paper, the first (non-porn) result if he typed ”Amazi-Girl” into google would probably be the online version of Dorothy’s articles.
Its just a matter if whether it occurs to him to look. He wouldn’t need to be especially clever from there
Sal has conquer (mainly) her inner Amber. The need for rage and violence. She still has her inner Amazi-Girl, the one who will fight for justice (with her fists).
Marcie isn’t a position to fight like that. Skin tone, sex and her vocal inability make her much more vulnerable. Plus she doesn’t seem to consider violence as a proper response- though death glares are.
Seriously, it is time for these two to leave before the police arrive and take them into custody.
Translation: “Not cool, Sal.”
“That Amazi-girl is a bad influence on you, Sal.”
Calling it now: next Slipshine is Sal x Amazi-Girl
Marcie is the scariest person in this entire comic.
Is Marcie feeling abandoned? That’s how she made Sal feel when she was trying to get with Malaya. Not saying turnabout is fair play, but I hope it doesn’t wreck Sal and Marcie’s friendship.
It may not be abandonment, it may be that she’s angry that her friend (the one with the police record) is putting herself in a situation that could easily land her back in jail. “Black girl and self styled superhero attack white college frat rat” won’t play well at the police station or in the media.
Someone’s jealous XD
Look at that grin behind Marcie in that last panel! I’m starting to wonder if, in the lobby of the lecture hall, a strange narrative is starting to emerge. If Sal helped Amazi-Girl… then what if she’s a superhero too? After all, everyone knows that Capes are touchy about others intruding on their “turf”, so that was probably what the earlier argument was all about.
What if… What if Representative DeSanto knew that there were criminals amongst the Bloomington volunteers and personally asked these two to reinforce the venue security to protect her supporters? The dark-skinned, exotic one… What did Amazi-Girl call her? ‘Nightmare’, wasn’t it? She’d been hanging around with some of the security staff earlier! They must have been there to protect Representative DeSanto from some terrible plot! Wow! Wait until I tell the press this!
I’m wondering if Freida may come up with a spin that sounds something like this to save face. :-p
no san diego comic-con, the sorries
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