Shortpacked! is six years old today! Enjoy a double-sized strip.
He’s not Robin since that’d be creepy.
And Dick Grayson is a huge man-slut for the ladies.
Don’t be silly, Dick Grayson is a huge manslut for EVERYONE. In fanon, at least.
But okay, Drew is probably Bruce!Batman because Ethan is all into that.
maybe he’s being Nightrunner, the French Batman
RANDOM PENIS ATTACK.
So…that S*P guest strip was canon, then?
Maybe, or will THIS become non-canon when Robin travels back in time to undo what she did?
Je suis Batman.
…Et je peux respirer dans l’espace.
The only thing I know, is that I’m a man and even so, some tears came out of my eyes watching the beginning of this strip
Ethan, ever a mystery wrapped up in an E.Nygma suit.
*groans and applauds*
Not sure why but it feels appropriate.
Wha’chu talking ’bout?
Question: How does porn show up on Youtube, given it’s content?
Shouldn’t that be on X-Hamster or YouJ-…what? Those sites exist!
Ah, but this is a perfect world Robin has created. In a perfect world there are no YouTube moderators.
Ah, but moderation isn’t instant. I’ve seen porn on youtube before. It just gets taken down pretty fast. But it wouldn’t be hard for someone to rip it before it was taken down.
Oh my god her face.
I realize it’s the wrong continuity, but don’t you mean her FAAAAAAACE?
I, yes. Yes. Very much yes.
Riddle Me this, Riddle me that…
Won’t you show us what is under that riddler hat?
bad time to be wearing his hat on his head…
With his penis.
I now imagine a hat slowly gaining height.
So … a top hat? Also, it looks like Ethan has a pretty nice body under that shirt.
riddle me diddle me fiddle
Hey I share a birthday with your comic and Jim carrey
Does that make this strip a tribute to Jim Cary for his Riddler? The all black Batman banging the green Riddler from the movie. Val Kilmer and Jim Cary on Jim Cary’s birthday.
I’m riveted. David’s gotten a lot of ego-stroking from me of late, but I gotta be honest: this story has engaged me as few others have in the last six months.
A few questions remain. Why did Robin show up at Leslie’s after the video was released, if she and Leslie had already broken up? What was there to fight over, if Leslie had already let Robin go?
And… When Robin snapped out of her sugar-trance the first time, she was in the middle of a briefing as a senator. When Leslie snapped out of her contact high, she was in the middle of manipulating Galasso. Both aftermaths left them fully functional except for a sudden rush of amnesia: if there was grogginess a few hours later, we didn’t know it. So it seems like the Cadbury high does not have a corresponding crash. Yet, this time, Robin woke up in the gutter with mild hangover-like symptoms. So what else had she been doing that landed her there?
I have some guesses. But I have a feeling the answers are forthcoming.
And while I’m thinking of it…Eighties rock lyric:
–I’m at Sixes with the statements
Am I at Six?–Am I at Six?–Am I!–Robert Plant, “Sixes & Sevens”
Damn it willis! Stop it!
I am gratified by portrayals of comics slash roleplay. Largely because that is one of my greatest aspirations in life.
Looks like your comic isn’t the only thing that’s double-sized.
What? It’s not that big a hat.
Leslie’s face in last panel: “Ya THINK!?!”
“Riddle me this, Batman: What has no arms or legs and can still stand upright?”
“No not Stonehenge.”
“And not a Weeble. But you’re getting warmer.”
Do they sell weebles anymore?
Wikipedia says Hasbro relaunched Weebles in 2004, so yeah I guess you can.
Does Hasbro own all the toy licenses?
Where’s my weeble Darth Vader?
I saw Weebles somewhere recently…it was either Walmart or Kmart.
Of course! Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.
Thank god for sexy Batman-on-man action to get some smiles out of all this sadness.
And honestly, I’m REALLY surprised that Drew is into super-hero role play.
Sex can increase the appeal of everything.
Put a pair of boobs on the cover of Plato’s Republic and it would hit the bestseller list.
Yeah. Drew is doing it for Ethan, because it gets Ethan revved up. When you’re in love, you do things that makes the other person happy even if it’s not entirely what you dig.
At this point I also suspect that Ethan has an entire wardrobe of Arkham Escapees to choose from.
Hell, I’m not into cosplay, but I would dress up SO fricken’ quick if the right person was into that sort of thing.
Is everything italicized after my post for anyone else?
I’m viewing from my friend’s iphone, so I don’t know if it’s a site issue or browser hiccup. I did some googleing and some people are having issues with HTML tags in comments on word press pages.
Yeah it seems to be a wordpress thing, because no amount of ending tags seems to be stopping these italics.
Somebody left their italic tag open. Let me fix that for you: That should do it.
I used the italics tag and it seems I screwed up the closing tag.
It looks like the page is parsing tags weird, and it’s not recognizing closing tags correctly.
You’ve discovered the entire reason for Evony.
I want to be sad about Robin and poor Leslie. Robin’s face in panel 2…so sad!
But…but my mind is mostly taken up by those last couple’a panels…what an interesting idea…
What’s most interesting is, Ethan doesn’t seem to be holding his hat with his hands….
Batman/Riddler? Who even ships that? Clearly, Batman/Joker is far more plausible, or perhaps even Batman/Harvey Dent, but Batman/Riddler? Where’s the chemistry?
Everything is shipped. Every possible pairing and combination.
Everything. I think it’s an extension of Rule 34.
Also, I thought Superman/Batman was the slash world’s OTP?
Batman/Joker and Batman/Two-face are slash-author favorites because they’re pairings full of various flavors of sick, twisted drama.
But for the bedroom, you don’t want a bunch of dark angst–you just want to make it fun–to make a game out of it. And that’s where Batman/Riddler makes perfect sense.
Considering both Joker and Two-Face are both fairly repulsive they’re not so good for sexy role playing. Riddler has the benefit of being both physically acceptable and is a low enough threat to not trigger a fanboys nerdrage over Batman never doing that.
Batman/Riddler would make for intellectual mindgames without the ever-looming threat of lethal insanity that is the Joker.
Besides, ever seen any comics when they have to team up? Those things are gold!
Batman wants to capture the Riddler…with his penis!
…he’s not wearing pants, is he.
Hooray for the Full Monty!
You can leave your hat on.
Man, I need to get myself a hat rack like that. Though then the problem would be that I would find it HARD to fight the urge NOT to put a hat there. BUTT, I could always use him as an umbrella stand.
Home is where you hang your hat.
Ethan lends whole new meaning to the phrase; “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?”
Damn You Willis. Again.
Well, Robin *didn’t* cheat. Yay.
I bet she double plus wants to find that Drama tag now and set it on fire, put the ashes into a milk shake, feed the milk shake to a bear, and then shoot the bear.
So that’s what Galasso was doing!
Oh yeah. Come to think of it, if Robin never cheated, I can’t really make sense of Leslie’s “BEFORE I FIND YOU” reaction. Robin had obviously already shown up *after* the sex tape was published, so they should already have had that fight by now. So why did Leslie act like this was the first time she saw Robin since seeing the sex tape? (Apart from Willis needing a better cliffhanger than “oh, you’re here again”)
Or maybe Leslie has had that reaction rehearsed, and performs it *every* time Robin shows up, thinking “THIS time she might be sober and not remember her previous visits!”
They had another fight after the tape, maybe Robin crossed a line. Plus, Leslie knew she’d be back and keeping Robin focussed would be the important part of the explanation.
Walkyverse always swings between humor and drama (and back again), no matter how hard Willis tries. Thing is, it’s that mix of humor and drama that makes the stories work.
Is that guy serious?
New to the comic?
No. this guy is Sirius.
Thank you , Sarah. I hadn’t got my Gary Oldman fix lately.
That’s a good question. Hey, Willis, why so seriou-
cool story brooooooooooooooo
Leslie and Robin pretty much haven’t ever been a particularly “happy” couple. They clearly care deeply for each other but have consistently been depicted as having tension between them due largely to Robin’s uncertain feelings about Leslie and her own sexuality and Leslie’s insecurity (itself partly a result of Robin’s uncertainty).
The happy gay couple in Shortpacked! is wearing a Riddler hat on (one of) its dick(s).
I mean your follow-up post would seem to indicate you’re just trolling but in case you’re just sincerely this disproportionately angry at this particular comic I thought I’d clear that up for you.
“The happy gay couple in Shortpacked! is wearing a Riddler hat on (one of) its dick(s)”
When I read that I had to laugh… my mind went to the possibility of Ethan having two dicks and only one being covered by the hat.
I like how Drew is apparently on the ceiling.
I also like how Robin is apparently staring at Ethan’s hat.
Batman generally attacks from above.
If I were a criminal in Gotham, my neck would hurt from looking up for vigilantes so much.
And while you were doing that, Huntress would kick you in the balls.
I thought the Huntress was one of those VENGEANCE FROM ABOVE characters too?
Nah, she’s more of a lurky-type. I mean, she does swing about town, sometimes, but she’s certainly less acrobatic than anyone who has the words ‘bat’ or ‘robin’ in their names.
Happy birthday Shortpacked! I am sorry I haven’t been here for a while, but fatherhood means I have other stuff to do from time to time. Such is life.
How did they fight again AFTER world peace was achieved? Doesn’t world peace make this impossible? I’m so confused by your dystopian utopia, Willis.
World peace isn’t the absence of all conflict, it is the absence of all major international and national conflict. Even peaceful people still get mad, and not everyone agrees on everything.
For that matter, I’m trying to think of comic writers who are breaking up gay characters right now, and I’m drawing a blank.
Most web-comics writers seem to be very pro gay. At least the one’s I read.
Mainstream comics aren’t doing too bad either. Hulkling and Wiccan haven’t broken up, have they?
It’s not anti-gay to have a gay couple break up for complex and non-characturized emotional reasons. Especially when just one room over there’s a gay couple that is (emphatically) not breaking up.
Hulking and Wiccan haven’t been in enough comics to get broken up. As a YA fan, I don’t know if I should be happy or sad about that.
I didn’t see your response due to all the post deletion.
As a YA fan, I feel your pain.
Scandal Savage and Bombshell.
So when world peace comes, there will be porn on youtube.
Oh god, please let the next toy be Ethan in that!
The cliff hanger is too much!
Don’t you mean HAT Hanger ? 8D
Okay, moving on… What happen with Jacob & the other sub-plots?
* We had the reintroduction of Conquest, which wasn’t really explained & we haven’t heard from her again.
* Jacob fell off the sexual addition wagon & banged Amber’s mom
* Jacob’s apparently been fired & replaced with an Asian guy (can’t remember his name) – but if he was, it was all off screen
* Galasso was considering hiring to quotas, and Amber/Ethan/Mike were in trouble of losing one of the white person positions
(So I never cared for the Robin + Leslie thing to begin with, so sue me. They never felt like they had much in common & it always seemed like Leslie forced Robin into the whole thing.)
I agree that the Robin + Leslie is forced. But Leslie didn’t force Robin into it. Not at all. Robin came into it with her eyes wide open, willing to ignore her orientation for the security and convenience of someone that loves her not matter what.
The situation is pretty tragic, IMHO, but in the end, I don’t believe Leslie and Robin are sitting anywhere near each other on the Kinsey scale.
As sad as this scene makes me, I think it would be better off for Leslie in the long run to let Robin go. Even with the sexuality issue aside, its always seemed to me that Robin is more interested in having ‘someone’ rather than having ‘Leslie’. Leslie deserves better. And Robin does too.
There’s something about Ethan in that last panel…. Oh yeah. That hat.
And to celebrate, we get…the mental image of Batman taking the Riddler to pound town. Hooray?
That’s a definite hooray.
Maaan, some of y’all’re just heartless!
Leslie is being quintessential Leslie. How many people could break up with someone without using a single insult, and end by calling their ex one of the greatest geniuses on the planet? David’s always been extremely faithful to Les’s character, and this sequence hasn’t disappointed.
I tried to resist putting down my theory in case it spoiled David’s developments, but heck with it, I think he can keep things interesting even if I’m right, and putting my fanboy hat on every so often makes me happy.
I think the second fight, and the bender that landed Robin in the gutter, both stemmed from Cadbury!Robin deciding that she’d made a horrible, horrible mistake, and Leslie refusing to budge for Robin’s own good. Maybe Leslie managed to pretend to hate Robin just to convince Robin that the door was closed, which would explain how she greeted Robin this time, as well as “We fought again. I kicked you out.”
This would also go some way toward explaining why Leslie counts Roz as “siding with the right side,” but practically snaps at her when she joins in on Robin. Roz is a sexual free spirit, but she’s always drawn the line at cheating, and breaking up with Leslie like this might strike her as close enough to that.
Whether Cadbury!Robin actually did make a mistake is debatable at present. After all, she and Jake obviously work very well together. And even more obviously, Jake is the only person Robin’s ever met that thinks just like she does. They could be soul mates. They could also be a match made in Hell: lots of people can testify that a romantic/sexual partner who’s too much like you can either inhibit growth or aggravate all the things you don’t like about yourself.
If I’m right about Robin deciding she’d made a mistake, that doesn’t mean she actually did. We don’t always know what’s best for us. Maybe Robin is better off alone right now. Maybe she’s better off with Jake. Maybe she would have been better off if she’d burned that notebook weeks ago, and found some other way to deal with her frustrations that kept Leslie in the picture. We now have a lot of information about the intervening weeks, but only a hint or two about what Robin’s life is like now. Staying tuned.
That’s how many beers it took, is it? Well, happy anniversary.
Wait. You’re a Batman/Riddler slasher?! Ewwwwwwwww. Bruce Wayne’s supposed to have better taste than… than Nigma?! EWWWWWWWW. Better a Batman/Calendar Man slash than this…
Please, Grouchy McWaynerson isn’t good enough for Eddie. Nigma’s plenty sexy!
Unless you look at his latest appearance in comics. He looked kinda creepy homeless guy in that.
Only in Daniel’s stories.
Which, unfortunately, are the only ones set in the present we’re seeing. Stupid Daniel.
So she brought about world peace at the cost of her lesbian. Sacrifices have to be made for the greater good. At least she got Joe’d in the process so it’s a net gain.
Happy birthday Shortpacked! And to celebrate Batman/Riddler. Woohooo.
That’s adorable. and sad. And adorable. And sad. And creepy. and adorable. And sad. and…
Wow … Robin’s face in the second panel … heart breaking. I feel sorry for her now, more so than for Leslie.
And regarding Robin’s expressions in this strip, nice touch with her eyes “targetting” the Riddler’s-hat-area as Ethan entered the room.
The Riddler, realizing he’s just flashed his wang inappropriately in the middle of an argument: “Bummerrrrrrr”
This seems a huge karmic payback for any and all of the terrible things she may have done since the beginning of the comic.
As much as I want to see the rest of this plot line, the great humor break with the Riddler costume was much appreciated
I’m trying to figure out what best fits the euphemism of “capturing”.
I think the actual Riddler would have more class than to own a belly shirt, as this appears to be.
Nice hat though
Not a belly shirt.. Ethan has no pants on
WHY would Ethan come out like that?
Aw screw it, this is the best comic in years.
Join the Campaign for a post-timeskip eyepatch.
SP! apparently wasn’t the only double sized thing posted that day.
…..Never have I been so jealous of a character’s sex life O.O
“The DeSanto/Manly act” is my new favorite euphemism for sex.
Where’s the “Anne Hathaway as Catwoman nerd rage” parody comic coming?
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