Amber’s mom’s first appearance. I really need to settle on a name.
Say it with me, now:
She kinda looks like a Phyllis…
Verrry interested in how she’s going to take to Mike. Looking forward to seeing them go toe-to-toe. >:D
I like how Amber and her mom wear the same glasses all the time apparently.
Remembering how to draw more than one style of glasses is too much work.
Hey, I wear the same glasses all the time. People with several pairs of glasses are just showoffs.
I believe the comment was in reference to how Amber’s old glasses matched her mom’s glasses, and then Amber got new glasses, and the next time we see her mom, she has new glasses that are very similar. In essence, the appearance of Amber’s mother’s glasses is tied to that of Amber’s.
That or it’s a particular artistic style? It’s hard to reflect different glasses types without over-exaggerating in a cartoon form.
Heh. Looks like Amber wasn’t the only one to get a makeover.
Will her dad possibly get one?
I don’t know about that. Wasn’t her dad abusive? I think that for her mom to change positively like this, the father is probably somewhere where he’ll never be seen again.
Having a father who’s divorced and a douchebag, you’d never know.
I for one would love to see how Mike reacts to meeting Amber’s dad. He’d probably be happy to have someone people would approve of him beating to death.
Mike’s kinda like Rampage from Beast Wars. He only exists to bring others pain and suffering, so he would probably hang out with Amber’s dad.
Though I do hope that Mike beats the crap out of him.
Which means he will never do it. Remember that Mike does things that people DO NOT want him to do. The moment he senses approval, he would just walk away.
Mike only does something if he wants to do it. In this case he would probably stuff a hamster down Amber’s dad’s throat, thus fulfilling his threat to kill a hamster into the bargain.
Yes, I understand stuffing and mounting is the new black.
No she is totally a Lynda, that’s right with a y.
It’s Shortpacked Makeover!
I did actually get that advice from my grandmother once. “Maybe she wouldn’t be a lesbian if you wore nicer shirts.”
With every passing day I trust that storyline title just a little bit less.
“Let me get this straight- I won’t sleep with you, and that makes me a lesbian? Is that why there are so many? You do good work.” -A Softer World
I’m glad Amber and her mom are on good terms. It makes me happy to see how much they’re improved since the last storyline with Amber’s mom.
No, she was a Patsy before. Now she’s a Patricia.
Name Amber’s Mom Linda, or Even Cheri
Amber’s mom appears to be leering at Ethan’s crotch in the second to last panel.
Goin’ with the Linda/Lynda crowd. Alternatively, perhaps Shelley/Shelly/however you spell that.
Hmm, names? I’d go with “Anne,” personally.
For Mama’s name, I’d be tempted to go with a mild pun and name her Electra…
Can Amber’s mom’s name be a terrible pun please? We haven’t had any of those for a while
I suggest naming her after one of the My Little Pony Designers… maybe Steph?
Err, we really don’t need another mom named Linda, not after the last one…
Katherine would be a suitable pun name. I do like the simplicity of Li/ynda, though.
Amber’s mom is clearly also named Amber.
One of the things I like about this comic is that all the makeovers are realistic. I could totally have expected Amber and Mom/Linda* to have started out the way they were, and then end up looking the way they do now, in real life. Both girls could totally pull off the look, and yet still look like the same person they were in the beginning.
*putting in my vote for that name
A gay guy can tell a woman that she looks amazing. (not that we are all fashion or hairdressing geniuses. I doubt that Ethan would know what designer shoes she is wearing. Nor would I.)
Would she have been more convinced if he had said she looked fabulous?
I like to use “I’m gay, I’m not dead!” when this happens.
(The woman in question will usually preen smugly. Sometimes I get offered cookies.)
Her name is Gene.
Um… Cartaria… Fellspit… Sheila…
I’m not very good at coming up with names
I vote for Grace. Just because I like the name. Not sure why.
That depends, are we supposed to like Amber’s mom or hate her? I ask because in honesty, she resembles my ex-wife.
So if she’s really a psycho bitch who spends all our money and drives us into bankruptcy while claiming she can’t work, and we’re supposed to hate her, please name her Mary.
I’ve already got an evil Mary.
I was really disappointed when nothing bad happened to her.
She got teen pregnant and revealed to be a nasty bitch to all who thought otherwise! That’s something.
(Oh, and later she got divorced, but that happens to, like, everybody, I guess.)
I say Martha. Why, Amber’s really AmaziGirl!, Shortpacked!’s own superhero, and Martha has a long comic-book tradition of not only being the name of Superman’s adoptive mother, but Batman’s birth mother.
I already went that route with resident superhuman alien-fighter Sal‘s parents, who are John and Martha.
Or Bob and Cindy, depending on what comic you’re reading.
…Yes, that was off the top of my head. DON’T JUDGE ME!
Did Batman get adopted? Who’s his non-birth mother? Alfred? GOTHAM??!!!
OK, you DO intend her to be evil then?
(FYI, that other Mary’s a pretty obscure character.)
Amber’s mom is not evil.
Mary’s only obscure if you haven’t read DW’s earlier series.
Is Amber’s mom trying to hook those two up? Wait until she meets Mike, she will double her efforts (all in vain, of course).
I like Amy since it goes with Amber. IT is also Bombshell’s ID.
Wow. If you named her Tracy she’d be an exact carbon copy of my mom.
… And that would terrify me. Please don’t name her that. Dx
I say you have a contest like the whole Dinobot thing, you put up like 10 random names and have all your readers vote on which name it will be..
I only endorse this idea if one of the available names is “Dinobot”
Name her Toot!
Sorry, but she reminds me of Toot from Drawn Together because of the body shape.
Oh, and is it just a perspective thing or is her right leg gigantic compared to her left leg? Is she a kicker for a football team? Does she kick butt professionally? Does she have cellulitis? (OK, that wouldn’t be funny, that is a serious medical condition.) Did she only have enough money to liposuction one leg? Or (my favorite explaination) is she a TV model for cellulite cream and the right leg is the “before” leg and the left leg is the “after” leg?
Feel free to use any of these if they tickle your fancy.
I think she looks like a Julia or a Shirley, both popular names around the time she was/could have been born.
I like Colleen and Dolores.
My thinking overday is that if DW were trying to be cute, Amber’s mom would have a name in the same general theme as “Amber”. As in gemstones, or possibly materials that are combinations of mineral and lifeform processes. Examples: “Pearl”, “Coral”, “Ruby”, “Amethyst” (shortened to “Amy”), etc.
Hope they tell her Amber grew up just like her dad: violently striking the person they love, but felt really, REALLY bad about it. (and if Amber honestly felt that way… maybe her dad did too. Maybe dad deserves another chance?)
Melanie “Maulin’ MILF” O’Malley. Or at least that’s what she goes by in the local roller derby league. I see some pain in Mike’s future.
Heh. Is it bad I’ve had this exact conversation with my friend’s moms?
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This strip sucks because there are no amputees in it. Or bears that play $#@$ing flutes.
Shortpacked! Bucket of Blood!
Amber and Mike would’ve been good for each other, just sayin.
Whoops, Not Mike, I meant Ethan
They still are.
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