No, no, that’s to be expected.
Holy wombats, first? I should stay up until midnight more often.
Trust me, it’s not as lucrative an undertaking as you’d expect.
But then I gain a false sense of famous-ness.
Maybe she should tell him before he does something like grab her boob.
Eh…he’d probably still do it anyway.
Mike must be getting lazy or Faz has developed a thick skin after multiple beat downs if he’s still harassing Amber at this point.
Faz, I can see acting like this, because he’s a moron. But after all the hand-wringing in “Daddy Issues,” it’s a little odd to see Robin so casual about makeouts.
He wasn’t always this stupid, so I’m guessing Mike’s beatdowns depleted a lot of his brain cells.
I think the point here is that Faz’s mention of putting aside differences has distracted everyone except Amber from the actual content of his actual suggestion.
ERRTT. Overuse of ‘Actual’. Lose 2 points.
As the world’s biggest Faz fan … I missed the little twerp!
Faz probably thinks he won’t get his ass kicked if he can somehow make Amber be the one making out with him. Which is totally stupid, but there you go.
If everyone is making out with the person on their right, will amber be making out with faz or with robin?
I… guess they take turns?
It’s simple. Ken will be making out with the back of Robin’s head, who will be macking on Amber’s do, who would be smooching Faz’s hair. Faz, as should be expected, has to make out with his right hand.
And man, it too me way too long to track down his name! Poor guy gets no love.
Yeah, I keep wondering what Pat Lee is doing working at Shortpacked.
Maybe this is a sincere Heel Face Turn, and he’s attempting to make some extra cash so he can pay off all the artists he owes money to.
Ha! I made a funny!
His name is right there in the tags at the bottom of the comic.
Faz going deaf at a convenient moment. Naturally.
Ethan got a haircut? And I agree with Amber here. I’m surprised the other two didn’t catch his last phrase.
No, that’s Jacob’s replacement.
Or wait, they just didn’t hear him?
Sorry, but this one confuses me.
What’s not to get? Ken agrees that making out with the person to his right (Robin) is a good idea. Robin likes the idea of making out with Ken and Amber, and Amber doesn’t want Robin or Faz. (but especially Faz)
Ken? Huh, I don’t remember him coming into the picture, much less him working there. I do remember the whole getting replaced thing, but not him.
@T. Campbell Yah, that’s what I was getting at. And only Amber caught that of course. Too bad Mike’s not around to hear him and nail him again.
DIE BY FACE PUNCHING FAZ!
Willis occasionally plays with the notion that there are other people working at the store (particularly temporary or seasonal employees), and the main characters are not in fact the centre of the universe.
That said, for Ken’s whole story, you can check out his tag.
At the end of “Daddy Issues,” Robin wrestles with whether to stay by Leslie’s side, or to leave her and maybe all of Shortpacked behind. She seems to consider herself bound by responsibilities similar to the ones that her father shirked. She respects Leslie’s belief that it’s over between them, but– at least in that moment– doesn’t act like she shares it.
In light of that, it just reads kinda weird for Robin to be up for casual makeouts at all, these days… though it’s totally in character for 2005-2006 Robin, especially if she gets to indulge her crush. It’s kinda strange for Ken to be backing up Faz’s BS, too, but hey, Robin’s hot and we don’t really know Ken that well.
I’d go with “Robin and Ken just didn’t hear Faz’s last two lines,” but then Robin’s last line does not work. I dunno, maybe this is yet to be clarified? Maybe a little bit of story got smuggled into the wacky one-off strips?
Keeping in mind Robin’s short attention span, I’m not surprised to see her fall back in her old tracks. (Is that the correct expression?)
“Up to her old tricks” sounds like what you’re going for, Bjorn.
And… yeah, maybe. Maybe she just forgot her situation for a minute there; that happens to people. That’s not really clear without an “oh, shit, I FORGOT!” moment at the end though.
I still kinda hope that “short attention span” won’t, in the long run, trump “life-altering issues central to about eight non-consecutive weeks of storylines.” I’m not saying every appearance of Robin or Leslie has to be drama-sauced or some kind of callback now– “Soggies” and “Asshole” were fine. (Ah, sugar, the OTHER great love in Robin’s life!)
And this would be fine if “Daddy Issues” had ended with Robin saying “it’s over and I have to accept that” instead of expressing doubts and questions.
I dunno. It’s one strip and I should probably be patient and I’m probably overreacting to the casual throwaway gags. But for the first time, I just don’t have a read on what’s going on with Robin. And I’m not used to that.
You know what else confuses me? How everybody in this comments thread except Bjorn has a “reply” link. I mean, what the hell?
You ran out of ‘Reply’ links too. I’m guessing it’ll only iterate so many levels down the tree.
There does seem to be a somewhat distinct difference in the characters personalities when they are doing a “drama tag” storyline and when they are doing single comic joke strips. Perhaps the strip jumps dimensions when the “drama tag” in invoked again?
I am sorry, but I can not think of you as the digidestined of trust.
From now on, you will be: That artistic black kid in the Frizz’s class.
Uhm, okay? Not black though, am white. And I have always been very unartistic, though recently I’ve seemed to have gotten better.
And wow, I just caught the Mz. Frizzle reference there.
My name here is in fact my pen name for my fanfiction.net account
2nd panel: Dumbest call to collective action ever, or dumbest ploy to make-out with someone ever?
Shortpacked! reports! You decide!
Amber and Robin get a threesome out of the deal! (granted, one of Amber’s partners would have to be *shudder* Faz, but still… threesome! But… Faz…. Threesome! Faz… *head asplodes*)
And that’s when Ken became Tristan’s favourite.
It’s a trap!
I will totally watch that smurf movie and it will be amazing.
By at least one sense of the word.
Amber must chill out, we’re talking about the Smurf movie, an aberration of humanity that must be stopped no matter the cost. Like when most of Marvel heroes and villians joined together to defeat Onslaught or any of DC’s Crisis. Or when the US joined forces with the USSR to defeat Germany in WW2. Darn Smurfs, it’s worse than Yogi Bear.
Technically speaking, Amber is to Faz’s left. To his right, the invisible man.
So? Faz is still to Ambers Right, he may have to make out with the invisible man, but she would have to make out with him.
First “Beastly” and now this? Oh, Neil Patrick Harris, your agent must loathe you something FIERCE.
Let’s not forget the man revived his film/TV career with “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.”
If Robin’s REALLY determined to make out with Amber, she could always buy one of these and see if that helps. (Warning, questionable work safety…worse sanity-safety.)
Everyone here is missing Amber’s point. The Smurfs movie is not History’s Greatest Tragedy. That moment already happened and it involved Fergie and Slash in a stadium dressed in surplus Tron costumes.
No, no. That might the greatest tragedy for american people, but I couldn’t care less about their football.* Plus, you know, the Black Eyed Peas doing something shitty shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s got any kind of taste. I’m still kind of not sure about Slash.
So, seriously, as a Belgian**, seeing this trailer aggravates me a lot more. You know, Les Schtroumpfs (The Smurfs) being the comic† books that introduced me to serious subject in a light manner. Le Schtroumpfissime (King Smurf) with demagogy and totalitarianism, Schtroumpf Vert et Vert Schtroumpf (Smurf vs Smurf) with the language trouble Belgium was facing at the time of writing and still is.†† I’ve seen that Les Schtroumpfs et le Cracoucass (The Smurfs and the Howlibird) can be read as a warning about the dangers and responsibility of science and scientists, but I haven’t read that one in a long while (never had it at home).
So, yeah, the trailer basically shouting “THIS IS AMERICA, YOUR CHILDREN WILL GET IT” in my ears the whole damn time made me really sad. Does Hollywood have such a bad opinion of kids?
Damn, I hope I’m a whiny bitch and that this trailer is a parody.
* I watched the Giants-Patriot super bowl a few years ago, and while it was relatively fun at first, it get very long very fast. Seriously, the whole “last twenty minutes actually last for two hours” stuff? Can you become more ridiculous than that? How is a game based on interruptions supposed to be captivating? At least in baseball or cricket, they are part of the gameplay and in association football, rugby or handball they are, you know, the exception.
** For how long?
†I don’t like the word, but I think think: ““graphic novel” would be worse. Bande dessinée, while not perfect, really is a better, more neutral word than comic strip. You anglophones should try and improve yours.
††Or the first Romero-like story ever, that is before John Romero, in Les Schtroumpfs Noirs (The Purple [sic] Smurfs). Except for the happy ending but, you know, it’s the Smurfs and, seriously, I don’t think it can get less happy than it is.
†††Damn, too late.
I have no idea how the Peyo estate agreed to such a film. This films seems to take just about anything likeable about Les Schtroumpf and replace it with base and crass humor you see in just about any film. Gargamel looks fun though. Furthermore the idea of bringing the Smurf to our present is an interesting one, but it would have been better left to a sequel. How do you introduce a franchise to a new generation of kids by ripping it from its original context right away?! It doesn’t make sense.
I’m not astonished by the position of Peyo’s estate. As far as I remember, they never seemed reluctant to make money, and I certainly don’t blame them. I’m not sure Moulinsart SA approach is better. At least, The Smurfs still try to entertain kids.
Yeah but even on a commercial stand point you know this movie’s not going to perform that well. It looks way too generic to capture anyone’s attention very long. I doubt we’ll see a ‘Smurf in New-York’ TV series… at least I hope not. You know the Smurfs will end the movie still in New-York City. If they had set the first movie in their normal setting they could have no only launched the original stories in the US but also make a new TV series that could recycle a lot of old material for a new generation. I think this movie just won’t help establish the brand’s identity well enough.
While I will admit to have never read the original Smurf works (despite being passably literate in French), the choice to throw the little blue men into NYC definitely violates a sense of decency. Even in the American cartoon, they were kept in a fairly fantastical environment. Doing this is just… wrong. (Should I say “smurfed up”? No, that’s pushing it.)
Really, can it be worse than a Hanna Barbera cartoon with smurf KIDS
* that led to their apparition in the books? In a mushroom town of one hundred MALE smurfs?
And let’s recall what a stereotypic ** thing the books† themselves have become since the last thirty years? fff.
* Ok, it could be a tron smurf kid singing whatever in a roller derby contest
** and less belgian. The point wasn’t exactly to adress only to belgian since there were swiss, french, and african kids who read it and also found it contrapointing their own sociological environment – language struggles are quite universal, and so are smurfs, universal blue salsepareille eating, in opposition to non-universal (specific or nationalist) humans.
†an acceptable alternative? Otherway just use “bande dessinée” or “BD” as everybody uses “fiumetti” for the italian specific sequential art.
Well, sure thing is that the Smurfs never have been improving. Although I must admit that I know the early books* best**, and everything else actually really poorly. Recent books really aren’t tempting, I barely remember the cartoons, but what I remember is at best very average.
PS: Of course the Smurfs are universal, that’s why their great (albeit somewhat sexist). That’s probably why the trailer is so shocking. But while language struggle is universal, the contest in which Smurf vs. Smurf was written leaves little doubt about the inspiration. I guess the Smurf which lives across the border can be read as plenty of thing, but to think of it as Brussels is soooo fun.
Also, you forgot Québec in your list.
* Yes, that’s a simple alternative for the object. How does McCloud calls the art already? Sequential Art?
** Best, but not well.
I think I must have repressed that memory. Huh?
They had to modernize and americanize it, or else it wouldn’t make any money. Nobody wants to see a movie about a bunch of pint-sized gay communists living in mushrooms. Well, nobody outside of Burning Man.
(favorite part of growing up in 80s: Smurf conspiracy theories! Socialist Men Under Red Father, etc.)
No, I mean the Tron costumes thing. When did that happen?
Wait, does this wrap around? Is there Faz/Ken in the offing?
You people want to STOP the GREATEST MOVIE OF THE DECADE!?!??! What is WRONG with you people!?!?
Plus, it might make it easier to find Smurfs in stores for a short time…
Thank you for the subtle redesign of Ken Mr. Willis. Now he no longer looks like Pat Lee’s clone.
Smurfs movie is gonna blow. Another Part of my childhood raped for corporate profit.
The only thing that would be good to come out of the Smurfs movie is if Smurf-Berry-Crunch is reissued by Post. Now that would be Awesome!
I don’t know what’s more sad: The amount of time I’ve spent over the years searching for a sealed box of that on ebay… or the fact that if I found one I would eat it.
Keep the new guy. I like em already.
Ken? I thought was Ethan. This makes more sense now.
Must learn to proofread before posting. “I thought THAT was Ethan” was what I meant to say.
Stay away from my tail! AH!
GNAP GNAP GNAP!
Can it really be worse than the Alvin and the Chipmunk movies? It has Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria, true marks of film excell—- ahahahaha, sorry, couldn’t get that all out.
Good things come in bears. And Faz.
3d Smurfs movie.. .. what, Avatar?
(and yes, I ctrl-F’d to make sure nobody said that already)
Admittedly, I’m surprised it took so long. Mind you, those blue freaks are kind of the anti-Smurfs, being 3 apple-trees tall.
Who got Allspark P&R in my Shortpacked?
Smurf movie? I thought Games Workshop release that months ago.
In the grim future of Smurf Village there is only war.
The problem with Ken (or maybe it’s on purpose) is that he’s not that interesting and we really don’t know anything about him yet. As a result he’s a very forgettable character.
I think the presence of a reasonably normal hetero man is novel in and of itself. (Until we find out *his* secret, anyway.)
What the smurf is this all about again?
Amber is on Faz’s left. That is all..
But Faz is on Amber’s right.
I stand corrected, good sir.
well you weren’t exactly wrong. so no correcting would be needed.
…Wh-…Is this real life? Did I seriously just spend the last three days reading like…over 6 years worth of web-comics? And I’m DONE? This is so weird.
So let me just give my thoughts on the comic with some exaggeration given this comic is all I’ve been reading for most of the week: I love you. (that’s the exaggeration I was referring to) I don’t get half of your Transformers jokes, but you make up for it by pandering to my near-worship of Batman. I’m too short on cash to buy webcomics in book form, but if you were to release a compilation of JUST your Batman jokes, I’d buy it just because it exists.
Also? Thanks for having a web-comic with homosexual characters that’s not exclusively about gay sex. I relate to Ethan because I didn’t discover I liked men until later in life (though not as late as him and also I’m still bi. Yay boobs.) and I relate to Robin because me and my now-boyfriend pretty much had the same relationship evolution as her and Leslie respectively, except for the Cadbury-fueled sex-tape cheating obviously…My camera doesn’t even have a tripod, it would never work. The production value would be atrocious.
So that’s all I really have to say. Keep up the fantastic work.
Oh and in regards to this specific strip: Screw Smurfs, Snorks rule!
i just watched the commercial and 3 things:
1 NPH & Hank Azaria are in this movie. that alone makes this movie win
2 definitely for children. NOT what i’m interested in, but around the time it comes out i’ll probably see it w/my nephews and niece b/c its something i can do w/them when they’re mom brings them up here around that time
3 in this movie there is smurfette, wasn’t she an evil smurf IIRC?
She was originally an evil smurf created by Gargamel to infiltrate the Smurfs and lure them to their doom, but she was turned good by their niceness.
Gargamel tried the same plot again later with Sassy Smurf. With the exact same results.
Don’t ask why I remember these things.
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