Sorry about the sloppy comic. I got home from ECCC at 9am yesterday, took a nap, and when I woke up I had The Sickness. I am a plague. This comic is all I had in me.
Sometimes minimalist genius is enough. Get well!
I agree, there is something to be said for your talent in a fevered semi-delusional state.
We’ll just pretend he put a black tarp over the poster so Roadblock wouldn’t taunt him.
That’s probably what it is. Ethan wouldn’t be able to take it in his current frame of mind.
Or maybe Roadblock is elsewhere, sustaining the world peace that Robin created…
Kim Jong Ill: Ha ha! Now that the world is distracted by peace, I will use my armies of mindcontrolled slaves to rule the world!
Kim Jong Ill: …no, not YOU!
Kim Jong Ill: You can’t stop me! I’ll destroy you too!
Roadblock: . . .
Kim Jong Ill: *sobs* Okay, I give! No war! I disband my army and give up power to the people! Just stop STARING at me!
Roadblock: . . .
Kim Jong Ill: *wimper*
This just made my day.
I’m loving the idea that Roadblock can leave his poster like the paintings in Harry Potter. It somehow makes him more disturbing.
i think roadblock is hiding for the same reason as ethan.
What is this I don’t even
Furry – one who likes to take on animal-human hybrid personalities.
If you’re asking about yiff, I will not educate you. You’re better off ignorant.
I honestly don’t think Batman is a furry, by any definition of the term. Sure, there’s a bat motif to his weapons, vehicles and costumes, but he doesn’t have sonic attacks. He doesn’t claim to have super hearing in any way. And only when he holds his cape does he have anything resembling wings. Besides, I’m pretty sure he takes the costume off when he gets with chick-of-the-week.
But Batman can breathe is space.
… misread as “Butman” because of your avatar.
Like the difference between someone transgendered and a cross-dresser: one’s in it for the identity, one’s in it for the reaction.
So… He is a furry not for himself, but to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies. HAHAHAH! YESSS! Batman’s mastery of prep time makes him the pioneer of trends, becoming a troll before trolls existed.
that’s not a very good definition of a cross-dresser/transvestite you’ve got there.
Yeah, but he’s really into Catwoman. He doesn’t even take that much of an interest in Selina Kyle, but man as soon as she dresses up like a cat and starts making cat noises, Batman is all over that. Batman’s Real Shameful Secret.
But catwoman is a catgirl, which is more similar to the bunnygirls of the playboy mansion than it is to the human-someothermammal/reptile/bird/fish hybrids of the internet.
… So it’s ok if it’s a “culturally approved” furry species, but a sick perversion if it’s anything else?
@Nimras: yes. HTH. HAND.
…I knew that. >_>
My reaction was more just how RANDOM the sequence was. Ethan hears a possible theory and his reaction is to…go to bed?
It was either bed or a bathroom stall.
Rognik, it’s a meme…. Look it up.
Wrong. A furry is someone who enjoys, but not necessarily takes part in, anthropomorphic art, characters, etc. You don’t have to be parading around furcons in a fursuit to be a furry.
Even after he realizes he’s gay, Ethan continues his sexual confusion. XD
Homosexuality is trendy, furry isn’t (yet).
Not enough palms to put over my face in the whole world
So, is that, like, your fetish?
Does he make Selina wear the vinyl suit to bed?
Catwoman is a gateway drug for furries.
Especially after “Tyger Tyger”.
Spiderman: What’s in that pocket?
Batman: Gas mask.
S: And that pocket?
B: Smoke grenades.
S: And that pocket?
S: And that pocket?
B: Kitty litter.
B: It’s personal.
AHHH!!! My two favorite humor homages to geekdom in one place!!! *HEAD SPLODY*
Do you just add words to your user name every few days? it seems like it just keeps geting longer. (can remember when it was just Digidestined of Trust (which was kinda long on its own))
My theory is that the words in his username have spontaneously gained the ability to sexually reproduce. As long as there are more than two words in there, more and more of them will start popping up, given enough time.
But if you find it bothers you, you could try, perhaps, not letting yourself get bothered by something so silly/trivial.
Put both words with a slash, just in case you don’t know the meaning of one of them. Well now you do! Congratulations.
No. Just no.
Between tonight’s Guilded Age and this, I may rupture my diaphragm from laughter. >W<
>:( I’m Batman.
Catwoman’s totally a furry tho.
Catwoman’s “furriness” can be attributed to mental illness. What excuses do the other furries have?
One needs an excuse for a fetish now? Damn you must be a terribly bland person.
If you just happen to think athropomorphism is cool you need to come up with another word for it because “furry” has come to mean something else, and that’s not going to change.
So why does any of this need an excuse. There are some strange, strange people out there. An excuse is for when something is wrong though, not merely out of the ordinary.
I’ll admit in its’ extremes it can be weird as all shit. Still, the notion that someone needs an excuse to be unordinary strikes me as inherently wrong.
So they like to fuck in costume and engage in unusual role play. So some of these people even lose themselves somewhere along the line. There still doesn’t seem to be anything that would make this inherently worse than S&M or any other number of similar sexual practices.
Anyway, I’m finding myself defending it now, and that’s not what I set out to do. The original point was just that the notion of that they need an excuse for their incredibly bizarre and potentially even creepy fetish is flawed.
Agree with gangler. No matter fucked up someone’s kink is I don’t think it needs any excuse as long as everyone involved’s consenting.
I’ll take furries over people who shit in each other’s mouths any day.
The concept that “furry” inherently means “creepy sex thing” needs to die.
Being a furry is not exclusively a sexual fetish. Sure, that might be part of it for a lot of people, but one can be a furry with no sexualization involved at all.
Being a furry, in general, is just cosplay that happens to involve animals. The people that dress up as anime, video game, or comic book characters at cons, for instance, are no better or worse than furries.
And, for that matter, some people consider themselves to be furry without ever putting on a fursuit, or even having an interest in doing so.
Pretty much this. One could be ‘furry’ for any number of reasons. It’s basically liking any mix of human and animal traits in any form, at it’s broadest definition. You might just like cartoons with talking animals. You might like to dress in mascot suits and entertain kids. You might like it as a roleplaying or artistic style. Or it can most definately be a sexual thing as well.
Furry is a very diverse group, people are just going by the few examples they’ve seen, which are used for dramatic effect.
Random information: 4chan’s “d” board (the one for “alternative fetishes”, which people usually refer to as “d as in dickgirls”) has a no-furry rule. You can post any kind f weird sexual fetish, as long as no participant is an antropomorphic animal.
Take that as you will.
So that’s a mark in favor of furries, right?
If you believe C.S. Lewis, Jesus was a furry too. Weird.
That is, like, very deep, man… Jesus was a furry. Good bumper sticker to go next to a Grateful Dead stamp. It sounds so (weed) trippy.
Some of his science fiction read a bit like an LSD trip: Floating islands where one drank from the honey drop trees.
Interestingly enough, Lewis thought interplanetary travel was evil. It would spread man’s sin to other planets.
Actually, evil (from the fallen angels) had already visited Mars and stripped its atmosphere. It was only Venus that had to be protected from an atheist possessed by Satan.
And then the guardian angels of the planets all showed up to defend England from a head without a body.
It does get a bit trippy, but only in summary. It makes more sense in context.
I wasn’t actually talking about his fiction on the ” thought interplanetary travel was evil” thing.
According to Arthur C. Clarke in one of his collections (The view from serindip – I think) Tolkien brought Lewis by the British Rocket Society and they had an interesting chat. Lewis (reportedly) stated that real life rocket ships to other worlds were going to spread man’s sin to other worlds. (A bit hard to argue I suppose) And this was a bad thing.
He also (paraphrasing a bit, been a little while since I read the book) said that Clarke and his rocket friends were quite wicked, but that the world would be pretty boring without wicked folks in it.
Great spot to be in pre war Britain: Tolkien, Lewis, and Clarke. Orcs, Screwtapes, and Monoliths… Oh my!
and damn you robin!
Ethan dealt with being gay rather gracefully.
But realizing he likes a Furry might break him.
It is true.
What has been seen cannot be unseen.
… Is it wrong for me to admit I actually liked that ep?
No? Why would it be bad to admit, that episode was awesome. Batman being a badass who defeats everyone despite being tied up, awesome.
…is he closing his eyes in that picture? It’s always so hard to tell with white-eye masks.
It was an awesome episode. The bad guys had thought of most everything too, even blocking batman’s brain waves so he couldn’t signal J’on. May have succeeded if they didn’t leave him with the idiot
He seduced the catgirl and bribed the Ultra-Humanite. Which member of that all-star team do you think he couldn’t subvert?
Firstly, it’s J’onn. Two N’s. Now that I’ve been over my Nitpicky-ish needs, here are my thoughts on the matter:
Solomon Grundy: a hulking brute against the worlds greatest detective (gotta be a smart kid to earn that rep after all). We all saw how that ended. IG – 0, Batman – 1
Shade: a mid-level criminal who was constantly complaining he didn’t earn enough money on the deal against one of the richest (and in-costume scariest) men on earth. IG – 0, Batman – 2
Star Sappire: She was initially apprehensive to join with ‘common criminals’ until money by the boatloads came up. See Shade above. IG – 0, Batman – 3
Copperhead: Somewhat cowardly ‘act-first-think-later’ thug against the scary ‘Batman Gambit’-master. IG – 0, Batman – 4
Final score: Batman wins four to nil.
damn, missed the quote:
I could have escaped anytime, but I thought I’d stick around to keep an eye on you clowns.
I was totally gonna link to that but you already did!
*Falls off his chair laughing*
what episode is that from anyway? =D
I lol’d. Batman IS comedy gold.
Oh, THAT’S what you’re sorry about?
I’d think Batman would be a leathery.
Dammit! I got The Sickness too, and I didn’t even have the fun of going to ECCC.
Catwoman’s a fetishist. rubber catsuit in Batman Returns ^^
OMFG!!!!! Thanks for the badly needed laugh! Feel better!
Ha ha! I survived ECCC without getting The Sickness!
…Because Washington Residents have had this thing for a month now and I just got it out of my system last week XD Win!!
SRSLY, they should have put a biohazard up, people have been getting a nasty thing since late January around here… There’s been a RSV outbreak too. (nothing to worry about unless you have asthma or are under 2 years of age)
so your the one who spread it.
That’ll do pig… that’ll do.
Get well soon, Willis!
The Sickness? You caught the PAX Plague, didn’t you? NO SHAKING HANDS at cons, David. Thump your fist to your chest or bump elbows, but no shaking hands! (also, rummaging through dumpsters looking for food after the City shuts down doesn’t help either)
No, the PAX Plague was a strain of influenza. I think I had what he caught a couple of weeks ago and I was out from work for two days.
Is it that surprising? You could pull out the fetishists handbook and start matching items against Batman all day. I would think that Ethan would already at least be familiar with some of comics that address the masochism. Start throwing in parental issues and blatant homoeroticism, not to mention *ahem* age of the company he keeps, and there’s very little you could accuse him of sexually without having a solid case.
Yes. Is it low-hanging fruit to point out all the messed up stuff about characters like Batman?
(and is it wrong to post links to other webcomics on related subjects?)
He’s a rich kid with issues. Lots of issues. Said so himself.
More of a leathery/scaly, I think.
This comic has made my day…I needed a chuckle this morning Thanks
Nice job, Robin, you broke Ethan.
Robin has become RoBane, the woman that broke the Ethan!
This needs a “The More You Know” symbol heh
Ethan has been shattered. He will either repress this, rationalize it, or just never be the same ever again. I’m hoping for a combination of the three, though.
Feel better, Willis… or ELSE.
Goodness gracious, man – Take a break when you’re dying!
(Can always work from beyond the grave later)
Reminds me of the online autobiography of a Swedish artist who traveled to the U.S. to attend the Joe Kubert school of art so he could work for either Marvel or D.C. After a few hiccups, he managed to attend a class where he could put his talents to use. One of the classmates wanted to draw the entire cast of Batman appearing as bears. No, really! Check it out:
The whole thing so far is a great read, with new pages popping up every week Tuesday.
“This comic is all I had in me.”
And it’s brilliant.
Ethan is just thinking about all those times Drew dressed up for him now.
Third panel killed me and I am dead now.
I’m having trouble deciding on an appropriately apocalyptic description of the effect this knowledge may have on the Internet.
Catwoman is the Fetish Fuel Station Attendant.
Spine bustin’ and yiffing, right at the top of his list.
I don’t think real furriness involves as much leather – or whips. I’d say more cos-play/b & d.
Dunno. I’d expect to see more in terms of fur on his costume if that was the case. Maybe he’s just into *women* who are furries?
Is the internet still making furry jokes? I thought that stuff was over.
For so long as people share Nikola Tesla’s aversion to human hair, there will be furry jokes.
For as long as there are depilatories and waxing treatments, there will be furry jokes.
For as long as there are hair pieces and men named Shatner. There. Will. Be. Furry. Jokes.
whelp she made Leslie a bit less fun and now Ethen is traumatized.
Top notch job Robin.
On a side note why wasn’t there a comic yesterday?
Shortpacked! is back to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, unless there is an ongoing story arc.
oh. When was this announced?
A few weeks ago.
. . . In what way? He doesn’t identify with the bat because his soul was born in the wrong species or because he fetishizes attributes bats have. He doesn’t dress as a bat for empowerment (or sex). He doesn’t have fur on his costume. How is he remotely like a furry? How does his being Batman automatically give him any fetishes?
Never actually dealt with furries, have you? The soul bit is “otherkin,” not furries. The two groups usually hate each other. Furries hate otherkin for taking shit too seriously, otherkin hate furries for not taking it seriously enough. Or that’s how it used to be, at least. Maybe they’re more intermingled now… Dunno. And even most fursuiter furries don’t have sex like that and are even appauled by the idea. The ones I’ve spoken to do it for the same reason anybody cosplays at a con in non-skimpy outfits. Fun.
… Also, shit man. It’s just a joke. He dresses up like a god damned anthropomorphic bat. That’s how a lot of people identify furries. Dressing up like animal-people. Doesn’t help that as people have pointed out earlier he totally digs Catwoman. And he’s made out with Cheetah without obvious protest. Which just makes the joke funnier.
Pretty sure otherkin are the people who claim they’re reincarnations of elves and satyrs and stuff like that. I think the people who think they’re “animal souls trapped in human bodies” call themselves therians or something like that.
And then there are the otakin, the people who claim to be reincarnated anime characters (no, seriously).
Therian… Yeah, that sounds about right. But I recall otherkin also being tossed around by people claiming to have animal or mythical beast souls trapped in human bodies. While I’ve also had lengthy discussions with one little nutbag who thought she was a reincarnated imp-ninja-princess who seemed to hate “otherkin,” and call herself and others like her simply “kin.” You’re probably right, I’m just sorta backtracking on my own statement.
i think to strike fear into the hearts of your enemy counts as empowerment
Um, what? Batman totally dresses as a bat for empowerment. It’s well established as something he uses to strike fear in criminals and it’s pretty likely his own attitudes are somewhat tied to the costume and such.
In fact there was an episode of Brave and the Bold showing Batman selecting the bat for the first time (in that continuity) precicely for it’s traits. That was the whole point in that scenario.
If anything he’s probably mad at furries for making bats something cute and nice that everyone likes, not really scary at all.
Then again he’s been off the ‘bats are actually scary’ and more on the ‘dudes who dress weird and have little kids with them are mentally unstable and will hurt you-scary’ for some time now.. furry can only help with that.
Still, until his battle cry is an attempt at making bat noises, I don’t think so..
I didn’t think it was possible, but Robin just broke Ethan.
That’s actually a good question… Batman LIKES to dress up with a bat-motif, HOWEVER, he doesn’t make himself look exactly like a Bat, and as far as I know, he’s not interested in having sex with humaniod-animals. Although there was that time Catwoman got turned into a half-cat, half-human thing…
If we consider the animated series there was not only half cat Selina but later on in Justice League he made out with Cheeta as well.
Oh man, this totally made my day.
Batman is not a furry. I’ve seen him talk about feral animals and use that word properly, and he has never once said “murr.” So there!
Don’t stand so close to me…
I guess someone already linked this screencap, which I wasn’t expecting since I was the one who had taken it to begin with…
As long as we’re all on the subject of Batman:
I saw that. It looks like the most horrible idea ever conceived.
That being said, I highly approve of Harley and Ivy in cheerleader outfits.
But… they already did a cartoon about Batman in high school.
You know, Batman Beyond.
Yeah, but that was a different Batman.
I think my favorite “Batman as a furry” joke is: http://dawnchapel.com/2010/12/bruce-the-bat/
I do find it funny how the internet typically hates furries for “being obsessed with sex”, and then goes to compile terabytes of personal porn collections, sift through loads and loads of porn spam and porn ads and bots IMing people to “check out my webcam teehee” and so forth… Because, you know, non-furries aren’t obsessed with sex at all. That’s why it’s so hard to find non-furry porn sites online.
Looking at the RSS feed for the last three comics, the title spells out “Furry Asshole Motormaster”.
Great, now I have to rename my Mike / Canadian Tire Guy slashfic. =(
Hey! It was great meeting you at Comic Con on Saturday!
Superman is a furry.
All pretending to be a human.
Well, that one Caveman Batman figure from DC Direct is wearing a fur cape.
Assuming an alternate identity in his spare time… Donning a costume when he has the opportunity… Accessorizing himself and decorating his sanctum with his chosen theme… Socializing with others who also have alternate identities and themes and costumes, and have regular furm– er, meetups with them, and public outings with them in costume… Often attacked by people who don’t understand him or just because of his chosen path… Accused of being a pervert by people who think his only possible reason is sex and not for fun or public service…
No, he’s not a furry. He’s a Watchman.
Someone read THIS thread, amirite? http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=77472
Nope. When I awoke from my post-convention germ-addled stupor and saw the thread, I thought maybe I’d started it.
Don’t know about Batman, but Wildcat? Couldn’t get any more obvious.
Dude, maybe it was sloppy, but for me it was the funniest strip in a long while.
I’m gonna go and cry.
That makes perfect sense.
He spends significant amounts of time in a bat costume.
He no longer identifies himself with his original identity as Bruce Wayne, believing that he is more “himself” when in costume.
Of all his adversaries, he is closest to Catwoman.
He is always more interested in her when she is in costume.
Ahaha I think that goes for a LOT of superheroes. Way to go Robin.
Fun fact: think about Batman’s nemesis, the Joker. He’s the kind of a guy who causes chaos for the sake of chaos, right? There are people in real life like that. They’re called trolls. And who do trolls hate the most?
That’s right. Furries.
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