first comment XD
what the hell is Faz’s last name?
It’s a pun on a Restaurant. Fazoli’s I think it was?
His last name is just “Lee” — his middle initial is “O”
Look up a few lines from your comment.
Do… we care? Are we caring about that?
Not even No0ne cares about Faz’s last name.
Yeah. I don’t think even Faz cares about his last name so much as trying to lose his virginity.
Faz already lost his virginity, just not the way he wanted.
Faz IS his last name. His first name is The. Middle name Great.
The G. Faz
I just love how he can still be an outright, evil jackass and still do it with a smile on his face. Go Mike!
He should always be semi-tipsy so he can be nice and evil at the same time. It just works so well for him.
Mike in mid-drunk-tranformation?
I think the answer you’re looking for is closer than you think.
Completely ignoring Robin and Les’ of course!
I love Mike, I really do.
I didn’t know Faz was Irish.
At first i tough he was asian but he is aparently of the country of ambigious nationality.
Faz is Korean.
Faz is Scotch-Korean like the kid in the Starburst commercials.
sweet jebus no!
That just be an excuse for him to go around in a kilt talking about his free hanging junk…
dammit this means its going to happen doesn’t it?
Wait, Internet Personality Vangelus is in a Skittles commercial?
You HAVE heard of Chin Ho Kelly, haven’t you?
BUGS BUNNY: Mike doesn’t have to kill you now…
FAZ: Kill me now! Kill me now!
(Scene of unspeakable carnage…)
FAZ: You’re despicable.
Faz hitting on Amber’s mom is horrifying.
Is that shocking backstory I smell? Stacy appears to think Faz looks familiar, like she knows a relative of his. If Faz and Amber turned out to be half-siblings, would Faz still keep after her? Probably.
ew… please, no, Willis. Please, no.
Faz is Faz. Do you really think it would bug him? Amber will say no whether or not they’re related, so it won’t affect the plot, just the characters. And Faz not chasing her for any reason is out of character.
Haha! It’s still such a lark seeing Mike smiling.
I thought it was “Faz O. Lee”
Faz is of Korean descent, so I figured it would be Faz Oh Lee.
But there is no letter Z in Korean, or F. The closest you can get to spelling Faz in Hangeul (Korean writing) is 팢 (Paj). In addition, any final J/ㅈ-sounding consonant will be pronounced “ji” by a native Korean-speaker if there’s no vowel after it to blend the J/ㅈ into. “Faz” would be pronounced “Pah-ji.” 이팢오 would be an incredibly surprising (currently nonexistent, borderline impossible) Korean name, especially shortened to just 팢.
Of course, this is a comic strip with a sentient car.
The person you’re responding to is only talking about Faz’s middle initial. Faz, being born in America, can have any random non-Korean first name his parents wanted.
Full of beans, that man.
If Faz could piss off drunk!Mike sufficiently and incite him to behave as sober!Mike towards him (as only Faz could) would this cause Mike’s dual personality to fracture and the two halves flow into each other, forming some kind of balanced and well-adjusted mecha-Mike who can express the entire spectrum of emotions at will? Or would the two halves then cancel each other out leaving Amber bereft and your mom undone in a Mikeless universe? Would that entire universe then be sucked into the resulting vortex? Or would Mike just have another slug of whiskey until even the pain of Faz is numbed?
You got me. Clearly there’s no logic behind how Mike functions. I’m still boggling over his return to the land of the living.
He did your mom until her yowls woke the dead. That’s what brought him back to life.
I always assumed he was too much of an asshole even for hell (obviously there is no booze in hell).
Didn’t SEMME have access to a resurrection chamber by the end of IW! ?
I’m pretty sure I recall the resurrection chamber…
…then again, We never did learn what Mike’s abductee power is, unless it’s a supernatural sense of how to be the biggest asshole possible in any situation. Maybe it’s an inability to stay dead?
Okay, just went back through the archives. Resurrection chamber, check (built by Joe from a small piece of a destroyed one). Chamber requires DNA sample of dead guy, humorous moment about source of dead central character’s DNA sample. Mike (and several other people) killed into so very much death that there “probably” isn’t any hope of locating a sufficient DNA sample.
Yeah, that’s like pushing your enemy off a cliff and leaving in my book. Far too much chance of surprise resurrection one or two seasons later.
But there were a lot of people on the list ahead of Mike to be raised. Grace, Mandy and Guns were specifically mentioned, as well as Tony, Alan and Beefy as questionable. Also, as Joe said, the government would probably step in to use the resurrection chamber for their own ends before they could resurrect everyone.
And also, it was about nine months from the end date of IW (As posted in the top corner of the panel during Walky’s resurrection) and the start of Shortpacked, leaving time for only one person to be raised. Considering Robin’s reaction upon seeing Mike in Shortpacked, it’s highly improbable that Mike was chosen second.
Not impossible, just improbable.
And of course Gallasso also brought back Reagan.
I have a theory.
Gallasso owns a resurrection chamber. Mike had worked for him previously and after hearing of Mike’s death on the news, Gallasso resurrected him using some DNA such as a hair on Mike’s work shirt. Gallasso also bought Reagan’s comb on Ebay and used a hair from that to resurrect Reagan.
However, that clashes with my theory that Mike’s only working for Gallasso to learn his trick of raising people without a chamber so that he can bring back Dinah to make up for him getting her killed.
So that’s two seperate theories I have.
My theory: Galasso saw the people from SEMME fighting the Martians, and said to himself, “My empire must be ruled by mutants!” He managed to find all the components needed for a resurrection chamber and a box of SEMME stuff from storage (possibly on eBay). The box happened to be the stuff from Mike’s room, because he was dead and couldn’t claim it. When Galasso succeeded in bringing Mike back to life, he said, “You will be my heir!” to which Mike replied “Fuck you.” Mike went to see his parents for a bit, then decided that he didn’t want to legally change his status from being dead and had to find a job where he wouldn’t have to fill out paperwork or could easily have it faked. Galasso brought him back illegally and therefore had to hire Mike “or else”. Agatha knew Mike from SEMME, and helped him get a job at McAwesome’s under the condition that he always shows up drunk to work.
As if SEMME didn’t have other rez chambers made after a short while. Somebody probably swiped one, used a DNA sample (from anything Mike touched, possibly your mom) to bring him back, and told nobody.
“Months later”… maybe 9 months later?
Nope. Five. I’ve checked.
It’s not really a “dual personality”, he’s just a Nice Drunk. Lots of people are ______ Drunks; they go straight to a particular personality aspect/flaw/quirk under the influence and stay that way ’til the hooch wears off. It’s only dissonant enough for comedy purposes because Mike is such an unremitting shit-shucker the rest of the time. No one would giggle at Ethan being a Nice Drunk, although him being a Violent Drunk would be pretty funny.
White Lantern Mike.
A general trend I’ve noticed with Mike is that he’ll generally threaten to do something only if he’s not planning on immediately doing it. Otherwise he’ll generally just do it without warning. eg, all the times he’s threatened to kill the hams, and hasn’t actually done it, versus punching Ethan unprovoked.
Haha. That’s awesome.
Can I still like this comic since its creator hates me? I do anyway.
Willis hates you? Do tell.
…since you’re already enough of an attention-seeking douche to leave anonymous little comments about the issue on the internets.
Kumata, I made some very unpopular statements a few strips ago. Many took issue with what I said, including Mr. Willis.
If you’re really curious, check the comments to a few days ago.
As of this point, I am dropping the issue. I will no longer bring it up, even if asked.
He argued at length with Willis about the intent of one of the characters. That’s pretty much it.
My comments are just as anonymous as yours, so…….
I keep forgetting the internetz is serious business.
Clearly, my opinion is different than yours. And by simply referencing that opinion, I MUST have a number of serious character flaws.
Indeed, after finishing this post, I must return to my day to day job of killing orphans with a claw hammer.
Whereas if I was an echo chamber for what you believe, I would be a pure oracle of absolute truth. And by making an “anonymous” post, I would have simply be doing my part to spread enlightenment throughout the world.
Please tell me that my earlier prediction isn’t coming true. I’m running low on brain bleach dammit!
I don’t know what’s creepier…. Mike starting to smile, but not quite there yet or Faz interested in being in a threesome with Mike and Amber.
I think that it was more Faz wanting a threesome with Amber and her mum.
Well, considering how many times Faz has messed around with guys (Ninja Jack and giving Ethan a message), either scenerio is a possibility.
I had the same thought about a Faz-Amber-Mike sandwich. Also, considering how Mike is the one that “helped” Ethan realize that he was gay, it wouldn’t be out of character for Mike to accept the offer of a three-way. Though Mike would then really mess with Faz by making him a bottom and making sure that Faz would not get any time with Amber.
Faz needs to cut his hair.
He needs to grow it more. We can still see his face, and he can still see out to avoid walking into traffic.
We can but dream.
I’ve been working my way through the It’s Walky! archives, and just out of curiosity… Can someone rank the abductees in terms of strength?
Or rather, the strong ones. Is Walky stronger than Tony? Mike? Beef? Sal?
I don’t know if this is considered to be a spoiler or something, being posted at Shortpacked! and all, but I don’t know where else to ask.
Walky overrides everything, strength-wise. I’d bet Sal fits in there too considering how interchangeable they are. (http://www.walkypedia.com/index.php/Abductee)
It seems Tony is listed as the 2nd most notable powerhouse while Beef was merely “durable.”
Huh. It seems everyone has superstrength and ultradurability on some level. Mike, Joyce probably even Joe and Dina.
I don’t think that page is accurate. Beef is stronger than Walky, and so is Tony.
Not completely sure but I think it goes something like this in terms of physical strength/endurance:
Walky > Sal > Joyce > Beef = Tony > Mike = Robin
Joyce has an aptitude for Martian Technology, and I’m not really sure if she’s really stronger than Beef/Tony or not (memory’s a bit foggy at the moment). I mainly recall her power being remarkable for one reason or another. Mike seems to have the extra strength and durability typical of abductees, but nothing remarkable (as far as we’ve been shown).
Mind you, Jason has no abductee powers, yet I would consider him more dangerous than most of the SEMME agents – there’s something to be said for a keen mind and a strong will.
Plus Jason was raised by Britja’s, so his threat level isn’t to be underestimated.
Also, he’s such a sharp dresser, he could take someone’s eye out.
A wicked thought crossed my mind.
What if Amber’s mom was asking because she thinks that she might know Faz’s father? What if she was going to marry said father or if Faz’s family was related to Amber’s in some way?
Wouldn’t that be frightening for Amber? (I think Faz would still chase after her anyway.)
Well, consider this. Amber’s father got into trouble with the Korean mafia. Faz is of Korean descent.
Are you implying that Faz may be Connected?
That’s a frightening thought.
Faz probably has a brother or some other relative in the Korean mafia. There doesn’t seem to be any other reason why the fact that Amber’s mom remains unaware of his last name, after meeting all of the store’s employees, would be explicitly shown. She’d probably recognize the last name if she heard it.
Oh, and one more thing – after all these years, Happy Mike never fails to totally creep me out.
I was going to remark on how well Stacy seems to have taken meeting the talking car, and then at the last moment I remembered they’re common now.
I know that the resurrection chamber theory is always the lead runner but what about the clone thing? Remember Anti-Head Alien? What if this is Anti-Mike, quick pay attention to minute details in the archives to see if he used to be a southpaw but is now a right hander.
No good, he’s always been ambidextrous. At least, I seem to remember Walkypedia saying so, with sources.
Highly doubtful. Anti-Mike would certainly be nice while sober, which this Mike is most definitely not.
Even friendly, drunk, Mike wants to hurt Faz. Now that says something; it takes a certain level of annoyance to cause even friendly drunks to want to hurt a person.
I think it’s just that he’s warning Faz what he’ll do sober.
Mike is cognizant of how he behaves sober while he’s drunk.
I was just poking around Walkypedia and it appears that every link to a Shortpacked column there is broken, and just comes to the current comic. In case anyone cares.
Every link to a shortpacked *comic*, I meant. D’oh.
The website has been revamped from the ground up. The links haven’t been updated accordingly.
Dude, happy Mike scares the ever loving shit outta me… but I like how he knows he’s still likely to hurt Faz.
Is it wrong that I gave happy Mike threatening to kill Faz James Woods’ voice?
Not incidentally, Willis, what happened to the members-only J&W! strips? Have they been updating since March and I just didn’t get the notice (that my subscription ran out)?
They are on hiatus because I am dumb.
Oh… Is dumbness curable by throwing money at you? =p
You’ve sent plenty! Send no more! I just need to take a week off SP! soon to finish it.
Mike cracks me up. You just know that he’s gonna get Amber back for this later.
Is it just me or does Faz seem like F.E.Z. from That Seventies Show? You know, Foreign Exchange Student from God Knows Where, with a name you can’t pronounce?
FES, I mean. Or was it Fez, for the fact that he may/may not be Moroccan and the hats they wear are called Fez? Am I reading too much into this? I mean, Fes/z was also hated by the cast for similar reasons as Faz
I love it’s Drunk Mike who want’s to kill Faz.
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