I wasn’t sure if I had character model art of Dean McHenry yet, but I don’t think I do, so have some now.
He’s pretty short! (And since I first drew him in like fifth grade, he seems to have kicked his cigar habit.)
Hello, Riley DeSanto. Your dad couldn’t supply one damn Y chromosome, could he.
should have known better than to trust folks wouldn’t immediately ask the INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT QUESTION as to whether she’s old enough to be fucked
Reno and Falyn Snow are Sierra’s adoptive parents. They’re pretty cool and laid back, and that’s obviously imprinted on Sierra a bit. It’s uncertain, however, where she got the barefoot thing from. Maybe somewhere out there in the void, her biological mom is a flower child nevernude.
These… may be the penultimate batch of character models of family members introduced during this storyline? I know there’s at least one more to go from a character nobody’s ever seen before, but there may be some others who might’ve already have character art drawn.
Charles and Linda Walkerton are the parents of Walky and Sal. Linda was a pretty dang important character in the Old Universe’s It’s Walky!, sort of like how Gendo Ikari was important in Evangelion. She’s only five years younger here than she was in It’s Walky!, but I think she’d look relatively younger than that because she’s not a former government field agent in charge of running a super-stressful anti-alien organization which hopes to, uh, cancel the apocalypse, which probably would age you like it would the Presidency. So these are the younger, hipper Walkertons. As before, Linda’s a few years older than her husband.
Of course, the other major difference between them in Dumbing of Age and the Old Universe is that Linda and Charles actually raised Sal rather than hiding her across the country with a pair of foster parents. Here they only sent her across the country to go to a boarding school. Oh, Linda. Your parenting ideas are weird and arcane.
It’s like a who’s who of Shortpacked!‘s least popular players. On the left we’ve got Blaine O’Malley, Amber’s divorced and estranged father. He hasn’t been around in Amber’s life much, for Reasons. One of those reasons might involve Faz, on the right, a member of the family Blaine remarried into, but it’s not the most important one.
Let’s see how they are in this universe.
Despite Ethan arguably being the main character of Shortpacked! for about eight years, we never saw much of his parents. In fact, we only got one glimpse of his mom’s arm. So I just kind of whole-hog made ‘em up. Here Saul and Naomi Siegal are, for the first-ish time! And boy, do they have some weird ideas about homosexuality. In the Old Continuity, I imagine they figured out Ethan was gay before he did, and had kind of resigned themselves to it by the time he told them he was gay long after college, but in Dumbing of Age, Ethan came out in high school and his parents are still young and stupid.
Amber’s mom, Stacy O’Malley, suffered no huge changes in her translation from Shortpacked! other than shaving about a decade off her age. (Shaving a decade off one’s age doesn’t matter quite as much when we’re talking about scooting it from 50 to 40, versus, say, 20 to 10.) She’s a smidge skinnier and her chin is sharpened, but that’s about all that’s visibly altered.
That said, this process seems to have moved her from “I’d hit that, sure” to “God daaayyum.” Speaking for myself.
Don’t judge me.
The Original Universe’s Joe’s Dad was Joe with a beard. But Walkyverse Joe has a beard now, so I decided to grizzle up Dr. Richard Rosenthal’s beard a bit in the Dumbiverse. That’s right, he’s a doctor. A BONE doctor.
He is not above using wordplay to that effect to try to pick up chicks. It might be why he chose that specialty.
(Weirdly and completely coincidentally, today’s republished Roomies! strip is kind of pertinent, in a cross-universal sort of way.)
Hey, it’s an honest-to-gosh older brother of Joyce! In the Original Continuity, Joyce’s older brothers were relegated to photographs or token appearances at weddings and I don’t think any of them got official names. But here in Dumbing of Age, I had this storyline about families visiting, and I forced myself to include one of her brothers as an actual speaking character, finally, for the first time. Why “forced”? Well, it’s a much simpler dynamic to have just parents and one of their kids. The parents can easily work as a single voice versus their offspring, and so you have an easy conversation to write between the two entities. But with another sibling in there, it adds another voice and another someone to squeeze into a panel. It complicates a story and creates more work all around! But I’m a glutton for such things, so here we go.
So let’s introduce Joshua Brown. Like his sister, he’s kind of adorable.