… I miss Ronnie…
Okay, is it wrong that all I can think about when I look at this strip is that Amber wouldn’t have to wear socks to bed if she’d just get under the covers like a normal human being?
Also, that’s totally the same My Little Pony that was in the first Transformers movie, right?
Nope. The MLP in the movie had white hair.
Those are actually just Sodomuffin’s colors.
So wait, you’re telling me Sodomuffin DIDN’T have a cameo on the first TF movie?!?! My world is shattered!
My Holy Avatar would never be in a Michael Bay movie!
Okay, you saved me from whining about how that particular size of stuffed pony would have PINK hair (well, wool mane)
… what? shut up, even pony nerds are obsessive
So, I’ve just been going through the old comics looking at the comments, and I have to say this:
Yes, I realize that My Little Pony has appeared a whopping 2 times in Transformers media. BUT DOES THAT MERIT ITS OWN ARTICLE ON THE WIKI!?
The Nerd is not strong with this one.
Doesn’t always work that way. The rest of her might get too hot, first, and then the contrast gets upfucked. Just you try and sleep that way. It doesn’t happen.
When I’m super upset or distracted, I tend to sleep on top of the covers, as if my body is defying its right to be comfortable. Well, “sleep.” Mostly there’s just staring.
Basically, Amber’s too in a state of shock to properly put herself to bed. She’s just laying on top of it, clutching her plush pony, not entirely aware of her environment.
(I always worry about trying to explain the nitty-gritty my cartoons before allowing people to discuss them amongst themselves for a period without my input, but tonight I’m sleepy and too weak to contain myself. Plus, maybe it’ll be interesting.)
It’s interesting, and about what I figured was really going on. Dude up there just sat on a sleep configuration issue button.
I wear socks to bed… and get under under the blankets… Double warmth
My feet get too cold if I don’t wear socks to bed. On really cold nights, I wear two pairs.
for some odd reason, i want this to work.
i hope he doesn’t mess her up too bad.
I share your opinion here.
Mike has a condition, and dispite the effect of the condition, should still be allowed to find love.
No matter how twisted it needs to be to fit.
I’m a sucker for feelgood scenes.
To creep you out, of course!
Why can’t you just accept it as a good thing and try not to screw it up, girl? Be HAPPY. I know you can do it.
Possibly because she punched him and then got a creepy smile along with the “I love you”? You sure that wouldn’t scare you?
Coming from Mike? Nothing out of his mouth could scare me at this point.
Do you really want to say that? That sounds like a challenge, and I’m already behind on sleep from the last one…..
I think it’s entirely possible that she simply cannot believe that he does. It could be a vicious cycle of her refusing to believe that anything could go so well to the point of actively sabotaging the relationship to prove it.
wait, since when is he a good thing?
Did she curl up in the foetal position under the shower scrubbing herself until she felt clean? Or did I just guess a future strip?
I wonder who would win in a fight between Mike and Drew? I bet Drew is secretly a Time Lord so the battlefield is about even!
Oh, everybody’s secretly a Time Lord. Actually, they’re all secretly the SAME Time Lord in different incarnations. The whole reason Mike’s so jaded and bitter is because he’s already lived through all this a dozen times.
Everyone knows Ultra Car is the Time Lord.
It’s so hard to tell what Mike is thinking here…
Probably “Dammit, there goes the next hour….”
OR: “I wonder how long until I get to the makeup sex?”
nah its probably more lke “What have i gotten myself into”
no offense willis but its nice to see a strip that isent the gay.
What does that mean?
Yeah, my thought was “F*ck woman, I want to sleep… okay, great, I guess we’re having this conversation.. just great.”
Seems like “Well, hell. I should have known this would come up.”
That’s easy “Where should I bury the polar bear cubs? The backyard is already full of dead kittens and seals.”
Obviously, Mikes entire aim here was to get her to hit him. Her father beat her, and now she’s become her father. The fact that he loves her, even though she now views herself as abusive, is about as big a mind-F*** as it gets. I know I don’t want to become my Father (He slept around A LOT) and whenever someone compares me to him I take it as a major slight against my character.
The million dollar question… Is he doing it to hurt her, or to help her? If she can forgive herself, then she can forgive her father and move on with her life… If she can’t… She’s become the embodiment of everything she hates.
wow…angry mike…doesnt seem so angry in this scene. i mean his scowl seems to be his default expression (boy can i sympathize there) but here, it seems he’s going to be honest, even if it hurts.
,even if it hurts .>
Is it just me, or does panel 3 mike seem honestly /sincere/ about this? For just a moment there he doesn’t look like his actions or words have alterior motives. That’s oddly a little unsettling.
Panels 2 and 4 looked sincere/sad/regretful to me. Panel three felt like he was exasperated, and impatient that she wouldn’t just accept it.
Maybe cause shes the first woman to stand up to him like that? I mean the only one who laid it to matt hard enough to knock him down (and then some) was Walkerton.
I think his love is true and sincere, as far as mike goes anyway :\
I feel bad for Mike, honestly. He’s a jerk, but I think a lot of it’s conditional, and he knows it.
Naw, he’s just a jerk. Plain and simple. Not every jerk has to have a deeper meaning and cause behind it. Especially in a webcomic.
Willis, I have been waiting for this, and this strip is just as lovely as I thought it’d be. I agree that Mike looks sincere/only default scowling. It’s actually neutral/happy compared to his normal expression. Amber is soooooo cute, I just wanna cuddle her.
Gawd, I love the Mike and Amber dynamic.
Mike either snuggles pillows in his sleep or he’s holding a gun.
I think it’s more that he just sleeps away from Amber. Any time they are depicted in bed he’s facing away from her.
Get ready for more creepy shit everybody!
I was just thinking. Mattel made Mo-lar for SDCC this year. Who else thinks we should get Christmas Hot Shot sometime from Hasbro?
I don’t find Amber’s vulnerability endearing.
Mike is either becoming nicer or has the biggest masochist mind ever.
This has nothing to do with the latest comic, but there seems to be some missing from the archives. I just reread the entire thing (phew!) and the part where Robin reads that internet article about a guy being gay for Batman (and approaches Ethan in her underwear, with a Batman toy in hand) was nowhere to be seen. I think it was originally in fall of 05?
My only thing is HOLY HECK THE EYES!!
Really… So well defined that I can’t get it through my head. Weird.
And here I thought the socks were for what bit of comedy could go in this strip.
this series reminds me a lot of my f-d up relationship with my last serious gf. she was a mess, and prone to physical violence which did not stop with therapy, medicine, warnings from me and the cops, or her time spent in jail. we ended up breaking up which was a good thing, but very hard to do. it’s been 2 years that we’ve been apart and i’m only now healing up enough to think about it and talk about it. violence in a relationship is a bad thing, and i’m curious to see how it plays out in shortpacked.
Is it weird that I take exception to Amber wear socks to bed?
D’AWWWWW shes terrified… Good >.<
Amber knew what she was getting into. Or at least she should have considered the consequences of being with someone like Mike. I mean, desperation never really pays off. SIGH.
Poor Amber. Mike had better have a good explanation, or her insecurities will eat her. And not in the nice way.
And poor Mike for having to deal with it.
Mike looks.. almost normal, asleep.
Her face in the last panel reminds me of that generic, realistic anime guy face that circulates around the internet.
aaaand both Mike and Amber’s damage has finally caught up with them.
Hatefucking can only last so long.
Funny how many people mistake it for love, though.
Well, I mean, it is passion, and passion’s direction can change rapidly and without warning. I think it’s totally possible to go from hate to the feeling of being in love. Whether it’s solid love underneath the feelings of “in love” passion depends on real compatibility and good choices, but hatefucking to “in love” is not an implausible jump.
Hatefucking means sharing a part of yourself that you (presumably) suppress, and letting go of that tightly-held control over your frustrations and aggressions. On top of that, it’s incredibly pleasurable and cathartic exercise. That shared experience can make an impression on a person.
D’AWWWWWW . . . Amber looks so cute with beady little eyes and the MLP plush. Also, this: wow, that sounded a lot less creepy in my head.
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