“On second thought, Amber, make sure that Malaya sees lots of Ninja Rick at work. I think she should work with Faz as well. And make sure Ultra-Car is all stocked up on pies.”
SHE WILL DIE.
BY Ratchet’s Spinny Mechtech saw.
She’s my new favorite character. I want to enter the strip just so I can give her a high-five.
The best part is that she is completely oblivious to the fact that she just stomped all over Ethan’s obsessive-compulsive ritual.
She’s like an oblivious Mike. Only not as dastardly… Or handsome… Mmmmm… Mike…
Are you sure? I think it was deliberate.
Malaya’s special skill – crushing hopes and dreams.
Throttle her, Ethan. You know you want to.
yes. this new girl must go
Heh. People always want to kill the female characters… now, where have I heard that before?
I’m not actually advocating the death of Malaya, I’m speaking as what I assume is Ethan’s thoughts. A sort of anti-conscious, if you will.
true, and throtling her doesn’t MEAN death.
It could be a Nurse Ratched situation. Y’know, she loses her voice, peopel no longer fear her.
i didnt say kill her, i just said get rid of her. just put her in ultra car and have him return empty and just write her off
Put On An Ultrabus?
Wait, are you actually suggesting that we are advocating for the death of women simply because they are women?
BITCH’S GONNA GO DOWN…
on my penis.
Be proud, you’ve won “creepiest thing I’ve read today!”
You obviously don’t read the right parts of the internet
Don’t you mean the WRONG parts of the internet? Those parts are not for the weak *even though the weak who do go there and make themselves known can provide moments of lulz for the Anons at the victim’s expense.*
For a nickel
She has made a powerful enemy.
Who, Ethan? His mom’s a more powerful enemy.
Well I’ll counter your Ethan’s Mom with Joe’s Penis!
Hey, he IS the Second Eton, after all!
*BAP* Ow, what was that for?
Not yet she hasn’t. You will have to wait until she meets Mike who will either show her how outclassed she is or maybe just maybe, they will hit it off.
We so easily forget that there are people NOT LIKE US. They don’t CARE that Green Lantern and Thor could never meet. As an example.
That is true. However – she’s just being a bitch, now. I second the vote of “shove Ninja Rick at her, Amber.”
…I’m just gonna throw out the fact that JLA/Avengers is considered canon for both companies.
Due solely to my own fundamental contrariness.
What bout the DC Marvel crossover a while back?
when she said that i was like O.O …wut, for a moment
What a horrible person.
In Malaya’s defense, she’s just trying to do her job. She doesn’t know Ethan well enough to know that what she’s doing is pushing all his buttons.
On the other hand, she is apparently the type of person who constantly likes to spread negativity around her by complaining and denigrating everything in her surroundings… so yeah, mildly horrible.
I agree with this. Doing that wasn’t unreasonable because I doubt anyone told her not to do that specific work item because one of the employees actually loved doing it for some strange reason. The lack of appreciation for nerd/children things is quite normal and okay too. The negativity is unpleasant and makes her hard to approach though, which is likely why she didn’t have a good job prospect in the first place though, so she should think about being slightly more positive or at least listening to what her co-workers are saying and keeping her most caustic opinions about their most treasured hobbies to herself.
As a negative person, listening is actually my primary method of getting by in situations that require a more sunny disposition. Nine times out ten if you just let them talk and chip in occasionally with some manner of expression of interest they will not stop and will even speak well of you to others later.
I would bet money all Malaya would have to do to have been in Ethan’s good books is say things like “Really?” “And you like these transformers do you?” “Well that’s fascinating, but what about those X inch models you mentioned. What is their appeal?” “Interesting, and that [blank] character you mentioned. What’s his deal?” “No way! How does he get away with that?” and so on and so forth.
With Ethan’s focused interests and social nature especially, I bet she could literally keep that going for weeks before he even thought ask Malaya anything.
Of course, Malaya doesn’t seem to be interested in any manner of success, acceptance, or just general convenience during her shift, so bitching out everyone around her is a great way to…. what’s the goal again?
In humanity’s defense, she’s still quite a horrible person.
That is true. ) I just find this strip hilarious as Malaya is one character who absolutely detests her job but does it because–well she needs the money. That and it’s fairly obvious it’s part of the her “to do list” she was most likely given to do. I bet if that wasn’t on the list, she wouldn’t even bother *touching* those transformer toys.
That and she has no clue that she has co-workers who are toy nerds.
And frankly I do *like* Malaya because she is perfect foil for said characters.
oh my god, a retail employee who actually puts stuff on the shelves and tries not to think about it too hard because it’s just a fucking job.
DISRESPECTFUL OF TOYS KILL HER WITH FIRE
FOR THE GOOD OF TOYSSSSS
Uh… huh! Yeah, y-you go on and have fun with that.
At this rate, Amber will have to schedule Malaya to work the graveyard shifts when nobody else is at work.
This strip takes place at midnight
The other graveyard shift? o_x;;
Wouldn’t it be funny if in the end everybody BUT Leslie and M. Bison hate Malaya working there? Including of course herself?
Good comic, no negative comments in that regard, just feel like I should state that “retarded” shouldn’t be used as an insult. It’s a medical condition that the patient has no control over.
Listen to Dr. Cox: http://www.r-word.org/
Malaya being an ablist jerk doesn’t seem out of chara.
It’s Malaya. Every word out of her mouth is offensive, and deliberately so. And do here some of the other commentators tell it, that’s what makes her somehow amazing.
Geez, my typing skills tonight. Ugh. That should be, “To hear some of the other commentors…”
Retarded also means stunted, slowed, and generally not up to speed. It’s not JUST a slur against a medical condition, after all.
Well, that DOES sound like the G1 cartoon
It is also used in music to tell the conductor to slow the music or to bring down the volume at a gradual pace.
thank you for pointing that out. i get so tired of people getting overly sensitive to a word, and forgetting what it actually means.
i would think the more appropriate thing would be to not have retarded used as a word to describe people with a mental handicap, as opposed to trying to remove a word being used appropriately.
Except that it’s used to describe people that you don’t like *because* it’s the word for a handicap.
Which is exactly why using it that way is incredibly offensive.
Telling people you think they’re bad by calling them the name of other people implies that, well, that you think those other people are bad.
If you want to get technically, every non-swear insult we have is due to it’s association with one group of non-standard people or another from one point in time or another. Actually, even some of the swear insults are that way.
1) Insults aren’t supposed to be pleasant words that bring joy to all who hear them. Trying to make sure insults are politically correct is a little like trying to only use swears that aren’t inappropriate. It’s missing the point.
2) Just because the author chooses an offensive insult for a character to say, doesn’t mean he or she personally approves of that insult. It gets a little gray area if the character saying the insult is supposed to be seen as clever or admirable for having said it, but in this particular case, Malaya is supposed to be hitting a series of buttons, one after the other, to cause offense. So this is just a part of that.
I choose to interpret that as license to use racial slurs as insults, regardless of context.
(If it were possible to have a smiley with two thumbs up, there would be one here)
Note that I didn’t discuss the consequences of what using various insults are or would be. If you use the word “retarded” frequently, it shows that you have very little sensitivity to the people the condition refers to, which would offend someone who does (I guess bonus points if that’s your intent). If you did what you’re suggesting… well I’m sure you can figure out what people would draw from those statements.
To clarify: I’m not saying people who use the word should be looked down upon or criticized or anything, I’m just putting my opinion out there that the word shouldn’t be used. Just a general statement to go along with its use in the comic, like a Surgeon General warning on a pack of cigarettes.
It doesn’t have to bug you, but it bugs me, and I’d like to let it be known.
Just curious, should we not call things or people “stupid” either? Intelligence and/or stupidity are inherent qualities just as much as a genetic disease. Naivete and ignorance can be helped or fixed. Stupidity cannot be remedied.
Yes it can: anybody who is a functioning human being now and was once a teenager has managed to remedy stupidity. Stupidity is something temporary, and can be applied to anybody at any time. Nobody goes around with the label “stupid” for their entire lives, except for Carlos Mencia. And even then, it’s not like he personally identifies with the term. People who have mental retardation have that label affixed to them their whole lives, and they can’t get rid of it, and so much of making their lives at least *resemble* a normal life revolves around making them feel as valuable as anybody else, and the use of the word as a generic derogatory insult works very strongly counter to that.
Except that teenagers are ignorant, sometimes willfully ignorant, not stupid. You are only as intelligent as your brain allows you to be. It’s not something you can affect, at least not in a positive way (drug use, alcohol, and other damage can of course affect it negatively.)
And, btw, I’m only playing devil’s advocate. I actually agree with you. It’s just like the comments of “that’s gay”.
A writer should have the right to use a word, if it’s appropriate for they are doing. I think it works here, if he actually know the meaning and that people really shouldn’t use it. Just yesterday I asked a friend not to use the word “Retarded” around me.
What world work better to show how casually mean Malaya is? “Dumb? Idiotic? Moronic? Lame?” or maybe he should have used the safe word of “Silly”. I thought “Stupid” use to have a medical classification, but Wikipedia and dictionary.com doesn’t say anything, so I guess that would safe also.
Yeah, the avatar for that one did it for me. I laughed for a good five minutes.
You think you’re bigger than it all right now, Malaya, but the girl you seem to be crushing on is a proud sci-fi nerd. You’re going to have to make a choice.
I hadn’t thought of that, that’s gonna be pretty funny.
Has it been established that Malaya likes anybody who is a sci-fi nerd? She doesn’t KNOW that Leslie is one. Yet.
In her first appearance, she equates “working at a toy store” with having a neckbeard. A lot of her personality isn’t totally nailed down yet, but a sort of anti-geek prejudice does seem to be part of her maekup.
Depends. Wha if Leslie is too blinded by “love” to protest?
It’s POSSIBLE, but I’m not sure that Les, even at her crushiest, would’ve just stood there and taken crap from Robin about something she loved. Les doesn’t seek out conflict, but I think she would quietly withdraw.
That was one thing Robin always did right by her: she bought Les a Millennium Falcon because Les would like it, not because she liked it, and got into watching sci-fi shows because Les was into them. Now, you don’t have to love or even like all the things your S.O. enjoys. But you can’t hate them.
Last I checked, though, Leslie isn’t a Transformers fan, so…
But she does have empathy, so she probably won’t take kindly to Mayala making fun of Ethan’s hobbies.
But is Leslie a Transfan?
That is just wrong, and I bet you already knew that.
Transformers fans just set themselves up for it.
We did.. we did… and who the hell let the Usenet people name the awards post/show thingie (on usenet) “Trannies?” What were we thinking? STONEBREAKER (and assorted other people involved, I forget)! I got a bone to pick!
It’s wrong because transfan could also mean transgendered fan? I hardly see how that would be “wrong”.
Also, to the “trannies” thing below… I hate that word. With a passion.
Agreed, when I hear Transfan, I think transgendered fan.
Also, where I’m from, a trannie is slang for a car’s transmission.
No, it’s wrong because it sounds like a slur. The literal meaning has less pull here than the potential weight.
Trannies … or Tannie the singular used to refer to *gasp* a cars transmission.
Come to think of it, most motorheads still use the term to this day.
So stop picking on that poor work … next thing we know someone will be lambasting the word JEEP.
stupid spellcheck .. word …
She’s close enough. Malaya isn’t prejudiced against Transformers because she thinks Gobots are better.
Funny – I was just thinking that maybe her character arc was supposed to be kind of a Shanna thing.
I have decided to join the group of people who do not like Malaya.
My rage is signified by the lack of contractions.
Welcome to the side of truth. Have a slice of pie, it’s delicious.
I’m sure it says something about me that it took Malaya being a douche to Ethan (as well as imply that cartoons are stupid) for me to dislike her.
My rage has clearly settled down. I blame the truth pie.
And you are not the only one.
They never found Malaya’s body…
Goddamn. I do believe that may be the first time I’ve had to suppress murderous rage for a fictional character. What does that say about me?
I love how Malaya felt the need to come back and add an extra zing.
Presumably, next week she will begin kicking Ethan in the kneecaps.
No, she’ll just start talking smack about Batman.
If anything could drive Ethan to violence, it would be that.
…..Malaya just became one of the most hated characters in web comics…..awesome….*twitches*
Thank you Captain Obvious in the last panel.
but its incorrect.
Oh, Malaya, you really shouldn’t have done that.
Then again it is going to be awesome to see someone completely unlike the usual Shortpacked employees interact and work there.
Also, does Ethan go pale when the enormity of what Malaya’s done sinks in, or is that just my monitor?
I think it’s just your monitor. Unless my monitor is broken. Or your monitor is possessed by the ghost of a picky artist who changes art when he or she has a better idea.
Let’s call that last option canon.
I’m not sure which I want to do more: give Ethan a hug, or smack Malaya repeatedly upside the head.
Do both! That’s what poking sticks are for. =D
Not even into toys and figures, and this still managed to piss me off. Fuck off, Malaya, you work in a toy store. Assume people like what they are surrounded by. Bitch.
She hates what she’s surrounded by, why shouldn’t she assume that other people are like her? More relevant to her, why should she care whom she offends? She’s already made it clear that she thinks working in retail is beneath her, and by association everyone else who works in the same job.
She works in a toy-store around at least one person who blatantly loves his job, and you’re telling em she couldn’t be respectful enough to see that and maybe shut the fuck up? Are is she just so ignorant she didn’t realize? Either way it isn’t good for her,.
Or is she*
“you’re telling me she couldn’t be respectful enough to see that and maybe shut the fuck up?”
Yes? I wasn’t trying to defend Malaya. I’m pointing out that she’s a bitter black hole of negativity who is neither perceptive enough to realize that what she’s doing hurts others, or to care if she did.
That assumes Mayala has taken five minutes out of complaining about how much she hates it there to get to know anything about her coworkers. She may very well have no idea Ethan loves toys and transformers. She doesn’t want to be there, she doesn’t care about anyone else there except maybe Ken so why would she be aware enough to hurt anyone and why would she waste the effort?
Her contempt toward her friends and co-workers make her Edgy and Cool.
Granted, I’m wondering if this is part of her cunning plan. Work just long enough before getting canned, so she can go back on unemployment for another 6 months, or however she was paying her share at the apartment.
But if you get fired with cause you don’t get unemployment… At least that’s how it works in Texas. Is it different elsewhere? Are there states that have allow doucheholes to collect benefits?
At least in Indiana, the firing employer has the option to dispute the unemployment benefit claim, though most don’t bother wasting the time. Don’t know about other states.
I’m pretty sure in California if you’re fired with cause you don’t get unemployment. However, employers don’t like to do that unless they really have to because if the employee challenges it they may have to defend it in court, which is expensive. Most will just arrange for them to be laid off, which does allow them to collect unemployment.
When I lived in California, i worked for a company that forced its employees to sign voluntari resignation froms waiving the right to unemployment.
Though I don’t know if that was entirely legal…
Why would they even care if the person they fired gets unemployment or not???
I’ve never had a hand in the process of sending out UNemployment benefits, but I got the impression that the company would have at least some part in paying it.
That’s the only thing I could think of.
Yes, the employer pays into your Unemployment fund while you are employed. In Cali, if you either voluntarily leave a job, or are Unwillingly Terminated With Cause, you are automatically declined Unemployment, and the funds are returned to your former employer. And the appeals if you feel you deserve it..heh…right.
That’s not even remotely legal.
Wasn’t that from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure?
yes. yes it was. historians also confirm that he said it during his invasion of prussia. of course, we all know that prussia was the expanse of land east of modern-day europe and north of the orient. this was before russia was established, so it literally means “pre-russia”.
Ouch, she’s not making any friends.
I want her to meet Duncan. Violence may very well ensue.
Or else they’ll team up to make Ethan’s life a living hell.
Then have kids, so the next generation can continue to piss Ethan off.
In general, I’d say that Malaya’s comments fall well inside the pale. However, she is working in a toy store. That is like someone working at a book store saying how much they don’t like reading books and how ridiculous it is that people make a living writing.
I agree, the comments themselves are not that outlandish, merely grumbling about work. However, it’s still two black marks against her because 1) she is bitching about her work while *at* work, which is horribly unprofessional; and 2) she is bitching and moaning to a person she doesn’t know nearly well enough for to be an acceptable social outlet.
And yet you whine when i say the same thing.
My comment was agreeing with yours. Was it really necessary to follow me down the page to continue your imagined fight?
Imagined fight? I’m merely trying to understand how you shift from one point of view to the other? How would I be able to do that if I didn’t reference it? ANd you need to word your posts better if you expect me to believe you.
to be fair, i’ve never worked a retail job where most of the (non-manager) employees didn’t complain about something. on top of that, complaining about work was often how employees became friends with each other.
“she is bitching about her work while *at* work, which is horribly unprofessional” —- outside of the ridiculously high end places, there is no retail job world that pays you enough money and treats you as an employee respectfully enough to not complain about it. Even while on the job. Jeez, *Ethan* complains about working at Shortpacked! and he gets to spend all day with friends and the toys he loves.
Also, while Malaya’s attitude is negative and getting her jumped all over, noticed that she just totally hauled butt and got an entire wall stocked before anyone else noticed. Not to bad for someone who hates the job and is apparently lazy.
One instance (at present) of quick work, doth not excuse a shitty attitude.
*6 Months ago, at the Mickey D’s*
Man, why do people eat *meat*??! That’s so lame!
At least we can take heart that hopefully, in another year or so, it’ll hit her that no-one cares about her Edgy Counter-culture antics and it’ll force her to have to act like a human being.
If only it worked like that…
Question: Is this Mickey D another of those strange themed restaurants that seems so popular in the US?
Mickey D’s = McDonald’s. Slang name/nickname for it.
Danke! ^_^ Over here in Oz, we call McDonald Maccas.
I think that’s what make them so infuriating. It’s nothing you wouldn’t hear from non-nerds every day, but it’s irritating to see her simply not care about other people’s feelings.
She’s just a jerk. Can’t wait to see something awful happen to her. Pies? Or maybe Vega can give her a “Why You Suck” speech.
Seth is too blinded by his crush to realize that she’s not happy, let alone that she’s kind of a jerkass.
Wow…..She’s deliberately hurt Robin and possibly Ethan…..makes one wonder what sort of tragicly malicious baggage she has to make us sympothize with her.
but until we get it……Blind unfettered RageHate works too.
Consider that, at this point, the only reason she’s sticking with the job it to piss off Robin. Never mind that they’re both squabbling over Leslie like a couple school girls over a popular doll.
In having contempt towards pop culture in general, and dropping f-bombs and retard remarks, in general, she fancies herself part of the Counter-Counterculture. She works at a toy store, but only does so Ironically.
Counter-Counterculture? Is that like some kind of anti-hipster who only likes stuff if it has sold out to the mainstream or just a hipster in denial?
She took Ethans one joy away…toys.
So… I wonder if Malaya is ultimately going to join Sydney Yus’s group. Or become the leader of a new one.
“These people are LAME!”
She’s not motivated enough to join an anti-Shortpacked group or lead one, unless she knows it will annoy them. And since the cast seems to pretty much forget Sydney and her group exists, there isn’t much motivation there to join up, I’d wager.
Is it just me or are a lot of the female characters in his comics showing high levels of bitchatude?
Also, a lot of the male characters are complete assholes.
Although Ethan isn’t.
I’m voting just you. So far I count Malaya and Sidney as being intentionally bitchy. Roz is sort of a bitch, but I think mostly she’s too self-absorbed to realize that she’s being one when she is. Other that, the other girls just screw up some times.
Actually, scratch that, Sidney’s just fucking insane.
KILL THE WITCH!!!
Malaya is clearly some for of the devil, or like the most evil form of the unintentional idiot
Or a GoBots fan. If so, death is too good for her.
Can’t wait for someone to give the new girl a verbal smackdown (and you know someone will). I just hope to see Mike get along with her, just to spite everyone.
But a verbal smackdown would only work if she were hurt by it. Somehow, I think she might be immune to criticism.
No…….but the person who is may bury a Fisher-Price Popcorn Popper in her skull by the end of this storyline.
Unless it comes from Ken or Leslie. Ken seems like someone she’s used to walking all over, and if she actually likes Leslie, being called out by her might be a harsh blow.
I see her simply rejecting Leslie if she did that, but Ken would be interesting.
malaya is amazi-girl?
Jeez Malaya! Can you be less of a bitch? What did Ethan ever do to you except saving you from being sexually harassed by Ninja Rick?
Man I feel so bad for Ethan.
I don’t. I think the Gremans call it “schadenfreude”.
Yes, that is what te Gremlins call it.
I thought they called it “GIIIIIZMO ca-ca!”
There’s a song about it by Avenue Q
Only the Germans and those that folow their culture I think.
I get this all the time from the ignorant peeps around me. “OH HURR DURR DEM TRANSFURMERS R OK BUT THEY KINDA SUCK ALSO” and such.
We are pilgrims in an unholy land of morons who grew up on the recent seasons of Pokémon and cussing rappers.
I actually got that from a clerk today. I bought one – one single Marvel universe figure ( to replace one that was defective and broke). The checkout girl?
“Now, are you one of those NERDS who buys these things just to sell them in twenty years?”
Me: “It probably won’t be worth too much in twenty years.”
Girl: “So nerdy!”
That’s when one replies with the words of one Jonathan “Gabe” Gabriel:
“Just push the buttons, register biscuit.”
Yes, because retail employees are worthy of naught but your derision.
If they’re talking shit about you to your face, then yeah.
I was polite. I just smiled and shrugged, paid for the item, and left. I guess I was a little less chatty than I usually am with Wal-Mart clerks.
Hey, spanky? I’ve worked retail. Don’t sass me.
Besides, my point is that, if they’re gonna be a little snot, they don’t deserve respect. I’m kind and courteous to everyone in retail and food services that I interact with. But if one gave me crap for what I’m buying (and not in a ‘this product kills babies’ sort of way), sorry, but they earned the scorn.
Though i get that the transformer fans out there feel attacked, don’t attack Pokemon. That one is just mean.
I don’t disparage transformers, so you really should try not to insult Pokemon.
I didn’t even realize transformers and pokemon weren’t compatible. I had transformers growing up. I also had pokemon. I don’t know which transformers cartoon it was or what generation, I was a child, but certainly both were a source of joy. The toys part of my childhood was practically dominated by transformers, whereas pokemon came in somewhat later after having moved on to electronics. Treasured memories one and all.
I seem to recall an episode where Megatron gets damaged while in his gun form and isn’t able to change back until repaired because of it. That episode freaked me the hell out. The idea that you might not be able to change back just gave me the heebie jeebies in a way that only a child can really get them.
I don’t think that’s an episode. There is an old Marvel comics issue that you might be talking about, though: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Shooting_Star%21
Sweet! Thanks^^ I could have looked for that forever and never found it. Would have been looking for it in all the wrong places, since I thought it was from the cartoon X_X
That’s just really cool of you to chip in and tell me where that’s from
Malaya, the best character, ALSO, better than every other character
Everyone saying KILL THE BITCH owns three Mike statuettes
I still love her for it^^
I don’t own a single Mike statue, and I’m still saying “STRING THE HERETIC UP!” =P
You own five
And a giant Mike tattoo across your abdomen
and one ON HIS PENIS!
If Faz loses interest in Amber and pursues Malaya then Amber won’t fire her no matter how complicated she makes things.
Ouch, Malaya doesn’t really make herself likable in any way, doesn’t she?
I don’t get all the hatred. I mean, Malaya is not exactly friendly but I don’t see her as being all that bad. she reminds me of kim from scott pilgrim.
Murder! Murder most foul!
More and more dislike of this person.
All right, time to throw her to Faz.
I actually don’t see her as a jerk in this page. She seems like any person in a work position they don’t like. I’ve seen the same from lots of low-pay employees in my area, store names withheld for their own protection (cause I really don’t blame these employees for complaining).
Now, if she’d been told Ethan was a total Transformer fan – then that girl would need to go DOWN via some punching-kicking-kung fu action right then and there. But right now, she seems to be showing the usual teenage disdain for transformer toys, ect, that is popular in this generation from what I’ve seen.
Yeah, she’s complaining (I’d use the b word, but I don’t habituate comment sections enough to know if it’s allowed) and it’d be annoying and negative as hell to work with. But other than that, and how much that kind of attitude causes problems in the workplace, I don’t see what she’s doing wrong. It seemed more like Ethan realizing the she’s “AWWWFUUUL DDD:” working there, which seemed more humorous than anything to me.
Wow, lol, apologizes for the tl;dr wall of text there. Didn’t look so long on my screen, lols.
I’m hardly gonna judge.
Regarding Malaya, that’s exactly the problem. She’s a representation of a demographic that is diametrically opposed to the demographic this comic targets. Not to mention that it’s a demographic that is pretty adept at bringing hate upon itself in general.
It’s no different from if Willis had brought in some bitchy cheerleader with a false sense of entitlement. I imagine such a hypothetical character would gather much hate.
Similarly, if they brought in some old man who’s constantly putting down the “Stupid and decadent hobbies of the young’uns”, his elder status might take the brunt of the load, but no one would like him at all.
Especially since she’s a brand new character, reactions and opinions are in an exaggerated state, and rely much on the moment by moment, lacking a background of context to compare it against. Later on she’ll settle into something well liked but with a prickly shell, or a faz or roz. We’ll see how it goes, but today’s update brought in a lot of hate for understandable reasons.
“Well-liked with a prickly shell”? Faz is hated. He deserves only pain and suffering, which is good because the comic piles a lot of pain and suffering on him. SP!Roz is divisive enough that I doubt she’s well-liked by the readers, even if she is liked by individuals. Malaya seems to be on track to being the next Faz.
well liked but with a prickly shell, or a faz or roz
I think you missed that “or”. It’s a list of possibilities, not equating them.
To everybody who hates Malaya and wants her to die, for one reason or another:
Get over yourselves. 8D
I understand that many peeps, due to exposure to the many crappy things Hasbro and co. have churned out under the name of Transformers (Thank Primus Kiss Players aren’t too well-known), but that doesn’t mean you should try to foist that upon everyone else. I hate super-distilled-anime-lovers, but I keep it to myself.
Wow. So much hate for Malaya! I didn’t take it as her talking TO Ethan (except last panel), so much as she was talking to herself about her disbelief in what she was doing and the toys themselves. (Street dates do sound silly to me. To someone who doesn’t know the reason, it seems silly to hold onto product instead of putting it on the shelves)
Besides, the only mean thing she said was in the last panel. The previous statements aren’t bitchiness: “I finished my assigned task”, “man, it’s stupid I had to stay late to put out toys that could have been stocked during the day.” I’m with you, girl! (You’re on your own for that last remark, however.)
Well, I can’t speak or everyone else, but the reason I personally hate Malaya is that she’s… well a bitch about everything. I mean, so far she’s come off as not only mean spirited, but overly negative, all the time. Add to that she swears unnecessarily like a sailor, and she just comes off as unlikable. I mean, even when people are nice to her she acts rude and judgmental. The only person she’s seemed nice to is Leslie, and since it seems to be because she’s interested in getting into Leslie’s pants and also screw with Robin, I don’t really trust her.
Okay, about the “being rude to people who are nice to her” thing — so far, I’ve only see Malaya be significantly, deliberately rude to two people: M. Bison Ken and Robin.
– Ken DOES NOT LISTEN TO HER. Like, at all. She even asks him right out “are you even listening to me?” Sure he’s nice to her. He’s also pushy and completely unobservant of her feelings and opinions. I find it funny that so many people are screaming ‘death to Malaya’ over not being observant enough to realize she took Ethan’s favorite job from him, but Ken’s empathy-void just gets him a “poor Ryu, she’s so mean to him!”
–Shockingly enough, there are some people in the world who consider spreading around sex tapes of yourself to be bad. Malaya was being completely judgmental, of course, but I’ve got $5 that says that at least half the commenters on this entry only remember former President Clinton as “the one who got the blow job in the white house”. Given this initial prejudice, followed by an interest in Leslie, it only makes sense that Malaya isn’t going to be nice to Robin.
Otherwise, Malaya was outright charming with Leslie, neutral to Amber, and accidentally pushed Ethan’s buttons… she wasn’t even directly rude to him, just oblivious that this is something anyone would give a damn about.
Well here’s the thing: Ken was trying to be NICE to her. When he got her an application for a job at Shortpacked! she acted like a world class bitch, insulting him and insulting the job, just because she didn’t want to work AT ALL. Her other male roommate had to bully her into filling out the application and applying primarily because she wasn’t working and helping with the rent, not to mention after she had hurt Ken’s feelings for even SUGGESTING that she work at the toy store.
-So you’re saying Malaya is justified to behave like a petty child towards Robin, solely because of something ROBIN did the sex tape? That just makes Malaya look EXTREMELY pathetic. Yeah, when you talk about Clinton, people will often remember him as the “blow job president”, but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to intentionally do stuff to annoy and hurt him, solely because of that fact, unless they’re anti-sex zealots. And Malaya hardly seems like a prudish character who’s doing this because of moral reasoning. She’s doing it because she just wants to piss off Robin, because Robin told her to stay away with Leslie. It’s like telling a kid not to play with a toy, and they do it because you told them not to. Malaya might think that Robin is a slut, but it kinda feels like she wants to piss her off for the fun of it.
And I don’t think you read what I wrote complete. I said what makes her unlikable for ME is her attitude. I don’t like people who act like she does. She loudly vocal about how EVERYTHING sucks and is negative pretty much all the time and she swears constantly. She’s a downer and an obnoxious one at that.
She was neutral to Amber because Amber caught her off guard by flat out hiring her without much need to talk. Malaya then immediately tried to escape the job and bad mouthed it, while Ken admitted he had hoped she would do the job because working together might be fun and because (again) she NEEDS the job to pay rent and survive in the world.
And while she wasn’t an intentional bitch to Ethan, the way she talks is obnoxious. All she says about anything is how stupid it is to have street dates on toys and she feels like she has to use swears to present her opinion. She then insults the toy franchise itself by calling it “retarded”, for no real reason than like the job, the toy store, and most of her friends, she believes are beneath her. I don’t like when people talk like that, because they come off as ignorant and unlikable, especially when that’s primarily how they talk.
And the Leslie thing doesn’t quite work as a good justification right now, since it appears that the only reason Malaya is being nice to Leslie and charming is to get into hr pants and again, mess with Robin’s head. If Leslie were just someone who Malaya had no interest in, do you think she would have acted as nice as she did, or would she have just bitched about the job again and found some reason to bitch about her?
Seconded! A fine statement.
“(Street dates do sound silly to me. To someone who doesn’t know the reason, it seems silly to hold onto product instead of putting it on the shelves)”
The intent of street dates is to funnel excitement, press, and the fan base on that particular product. It is like Christmas only just for the one thing.
Malaya’s comment of “how the hell do stupid TOYS get street dates” indicates (to me) that she is accepting of street dates in concept. She understands a street date of a highly anticipated video game, or a Harry Potter book, or something like that. But, she considers TOYS (her emphasis) to be a waste of space and appealing to a small audience. So, a street date for something unwanted is pointless, in her opinion.
It is not really an unpopular opinion. Many people have a mental block about things of which they don’t know, and therefore assume that no one else likes it either. It is really her attitude and phrasing that makes her so unlikable here. If she had said, “I don’t see what the big deal is. Why do these Transformers merit a street date? Its not like they are tied into the new movie.” that would have been completely different.
So, I’m really not getting all the Malaya hate. Sure, she’s a terrible person, but she’s no worse than Mike, and people love him.
Actually, no. I get the Malaya hate. What I don’t get is why so many people love Mike, especially those hating on Malaya. He’s a dick to everyone without any real reason for it, has no real friends, and is only dating Amber to fuck with her head.
Because Mike rocks it. It works well on him. He’s a dick the way Batman is a dick, and since he always comes out on top that makes him inherently admirable. Successful and respected dicks are great. Doctor House. Gordon Ramsay. Lobo. Kratos. If you’re a complete asshole and badass then people praise you for it.
Malaya hasn’t shown that she can do that yet. If anything she looks like a walking vehicle of self destruction more likely to garner pity than admiration. No one wants to be Malaya. Everyone wants to be Mike.
Also, we don’t need two Mikes. One horrible person who does their best o be the biggest jerk around is good for laughs/plot stuff, two character like that is a waste of time.
Of coure she’s nowhere near Mike’s level. She’s just kind ofa waste of space who won’t stop bitching and hasn’t had any character development yet.
She’s nowhere near mike’s level, but if she was I’d go for it.
Really, I could accept an all-Mike cast. Mike, Batman, Doctor House, Gordon Ramsay, Lobo, Kratos, and Lex Luthor all sharing an apartment. That doesn’t sound like a winning cast to you? Such characters work great because they play off eachother even better than they would normal people.
Considering I can’t stand any of those characters, no, it doesn’t sound great to me.
Best. Response. Ever.
Also, Mike is funny.
As I explained to someone else who asked this, Mike’s behavior is so far removed from reality that it merits laughter due to the sheer audacity of it. How many people do you know who offer to cure you of your love of TMNT by raping you while singing the theme song? Didn’t think so.
Malaya, on the other hand, is acting in a very realistic way that pretty much everybody has experienced in one form or another. That makes her actions more personal, and it’s why she’s getting all this hate heaped on her. Just like when people were demonizing Amber when she started blackmailing Mike into dating her even though both of them are utterly screwed up people (who happen to be entertaining to watch).
Also, Mike’s been around since Roomies! He’s got over a decade of history behind him, whereas Malaya was just introduced earlier this month. Things like this seem more heinous when you don’t have the context that gives you a better picture of their character as a whole. Give her a little while to grow into her role, and if people still hate her by then, at least it will be for justified reasons.
Bitch gotta go.
Kill her Ethan. Kill her now. No jury in the world would convict you.
Well the street date is more about the licenses with paramount and GM, keeping the toys released in a way that favors sales alongside the movie.
For long time fans, or toy department associates. Its just like a changeing of the the guard in formal, succession. Even without these films as transformer fans its something to look forward to and be excited for, especially since you may be spending a lot of time checking these pegs and shelfs as a regular ritual, perhaps a daily ritual throughout the year.
*tick tick tick tick tiiiiiick…*
I would appear to be in the minority that is siding with Malaya here. Over the last couple of years, Ethan has gone from a fun, confident, likeable character, to a moping, wet, whining annoyance on legs.
You didn’t get to put some toys on a rack so you’re going to cry?
Boo frigging hoo.
Somehow, your avatar makes this comment more amazing.
i would love it if it was in rhyme,
but i guess he didn’t have them time.
Honestly, Ethan really doesn’t seem nthat different. And the almost crying, well, he’s been waiting for this for six months only to have it ruined at the very last minute.
…isn’t this how Ethan always acted?
But at least he’s getting lots of sex, so that’s good.
Why do I hear Eric Cartman’s Bitch song playing in my head?
Also Transformers started as a cartoon designed to sell toys not just a cartoon.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…
FeMike! (Female Mike)
Aww… I thought you were linking to a rule 63.
Malaya sums up my thoughts about the last six years of Ethan’s behavior perfectly.
This might -really- not be the comic for you then, since it’s written by a TransFormers fan…
No, you can read the comic and still think that Ethan sucks. Because he does. He’s everything that is terrible and pathetic about “adult” toy collectors. If you identify with him, what does that say about you?
“He’s everything that is terrible and pathetic about “adult” toy collectors.”
No, that’s the jerkass that comes in just to complain about things, get it right. =P
Kill her! KILL HER WITH FIRE!
Hmm. Malaya has the same hair color scheme as Ethan. I call firsties that they are related.
He’s gonna cut her right? Tell me he cuts her.
Malaya is absolutely hilarious. This update was a good update.
So the new character who is hypothetically a lesbian is a complete and unrepentant judgmental bitch. I commend you, you have made her less likable than Faz. Willis, you wonderful genius.
I like Faz!
In a “I love to see the other characters put him in his place” way, granted. I don’t think there are any characters whose idiocy and misfortune is more fun to laugh at. Yet. Malaya seems to be getting there. We shall find out the first time Mike gets a crack at her.
Comparing Malaya to Faz is an insult to the glory of Faz.
I can’t seem to decide what my opinion is on Malaya. I love her personality, but I loathe her actions. I actually like her bitchiness, but I simultaneously hate seeing the characters I know and love get shit on by her.
I’m really looking forward to seeing her interactions with both Faz and Mike.
Precisely my thoughts. When Malaya and Mike butt heads, we ALL win.
I harbour perverse sexual lust for Malaya.
No, she is in no way a female Mike.
Mike is a dick, yes, but he’s only that way because he’s legitimately HONEST. He points out character flaws, hypocrisy, and generally screws around with people who kinda deserve it. He’s a force of nature and has his own character flaws and positives.
Malaya, on the other hand, has done nothing to endear us to her. She is lazy, argumentative, ungrateful, judgmental, and generally unpleasant. If she is SUPPOSED to be this way, kudos, Willis. If this is meant to be charming, I am not charmed.
on top of that, mike is FUNNY. consistently funny. if malaya threw in zingers frequently, i think more people would like her.
Malaye is more like an example of what you get if you try to act like Mike does without having Mike’s twisted charisma to pull it off.
A Deconstruction if you will.
Some force of nature with his friggin’ GIRLFRIEND.
Back when Mike was first introduced in IW (I think he had a non speaking appearance in Roomies), he was nothing but a jerkass, and I didn’t like him. It took a long time for him to evolve into the magnificent paragon of jerkass he is today.
Just treating people like dirt isn’t enough. Mike puts a lot of cleverness, a lot of planning and effort, and a very good understanding of his fellow characters’ psychology into his jerkishness. He has raised it to an art form.
So far Malaya is more like “Poor man’s Mike” Ultra-car. Simply cursing and insulting everyone is no more clever than repeated pies to the face.
Yes, Mike is honest. When he says he slept with your mom, that’s because he really did!
OH GOD I WANT TO PUNCH HER SO BAD/ SHE HAS NO TACT/ POOR ETHAN.
She has initiative. There are Transformer fans out there today who are unable to buy DOTM toys because stores are dragging their asses and didn’t stock the shelves and pegs.
She has initiative yes, but that can’t replace tact. She could at least keep her negativity to herself.
LOL, the only thing that ever had street dates back when I worked at one of those stores was the harry potter books… which would be completely sold out the following day.
Toys though, the supervisor would deny their existence and not make room for anything not on the planogram.
Ah, so you worked for a time-displaced Malaya, then!
The idea that she’ll be stuck doing this long enough to be a manager is fun…even if she’d be a BAD manager.
she clearly has to go.
So… Malaya’s a girl.
love her forever.
make entire strip about her.
Another reason for Mike’s durable popularity is that he has, at least occasionally, used his powers (both super strength and bastarditude) for good. He was introduced in It’s Walky! as the kind of guy you might not like, but who’s useful to have at your side in a fight. Hell, he exited that strip with a genuine moment of bright, shining selfless heroism. Even in Shortpacked!, he saved NYC from a rampaging honey bun, and you just know that if Amber’s dad ever crept out from under his rock again, Mike would disassemble him.
Malaya has not done a single positive thing yet. Not one. She’s a new character, so even one act that hinted she gave a damn about someone other than herself could turn this around, but right now the momentum is against her.
Apologies for the italics. Don’t know what I did wrong with the tags.
“Malaya has not done a single positive thing yet. Not one.”
Except, you know, her job. On time. And probably faster than Ethan would have, because he’d have to stop every five minutes to beat off.
Hmm. Nah. If the other characters had been established as incompetent at their jobs, that would be a positive. As it is, she’d have to do it without all the whining to bring it up to neutral.
Yes, I know that in real life no one would want this pack of drama queens working at their toy store. But in the context of Shortpacked!, it’s been established that said drama queens are better at running the store than the actual owner. The time they locked Galasso in the back room for a few months, business improved.
Yeah, he’d be beating off to a picture of YOUR MOM. That she sold him for a nickel. =P
Forgive her Lord, she knows not what she does.
I find it hilarious how people are all ragey at malaya for 1) doing her job, 2) not subliminally knowing that she should be handing her job off to let Ethan do it, 3) not being a transfan, 4) not subliminally knowing that Ethan is a transfan, and 5) making rather inoffensive commentary about some aspect of her low-paid job to a fellow wage-slave not-in-hearing-of-customers.
I think she may just become my favorite character sheerly because all the fans hate her so much and so overreactingly!
Actually it was just the cartoon comment that got me. “You know there was a cartoon before the transformers movies?” and I just started twitching.
It’s just stupid shit with children like that. “Did you know there were pokemon games before ruby and saphire?” Yes child, I knew that. Way to make me feel old and angry at the new generation while in my early twenties. This isn’t right. Stop doing this to me!
Of course, retarded ass doesn’t help either. “Did you know there were some retarded ass zelda games before Twilight Princess? He looks like a freaking cartoon!” And I just blew a blood vessel.
The rest is all pretty well within what we’ve seen of her so far. I don’t see why any of that would bring in new haters. Unless there’s just way more of a protective instinct surrounding Ethan than I ever knew. Are we white knighting Ethan? I totally thought we were just pissed that she thought it was noteworthy that there were transformers before the Michael Bay productions.
OH MY GOD A TWENTY-SOMETHING FEMALE DOESN’T KNOW THE 30 YEAR HISTORY OF THE TRANSFORMERS FRANCHISE WHAT A DUMB BITCH SHE IS SUPPOSED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT TOYS THAT CAME OUT BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN BORN THAT WHOOOOOORREEEEEE
Lol. I’m sorry, did I sound like I was speaking rationally? I should have made it more clear that this is an initial emotional reaction. A pet peeve if you will.
Then again, I should hope we all already knew that the entire subject was not actually a matter of great import, and thus it would be near impossible to rationally condemn a person based on their Transformers related views, but perhaps that was naive.
@gangler: Psst. Methinks I’m smellin’ me a troll, there. ^
Nah, it’s just Hoop.
Must the two be mutually exclusive? =D
BITCHES DON’T KNOW ABOUT MY (T)ROLL.
I’m holding off on my judgement of Malaya for now. I don’t like her, especially after her actions with Ethan, but I can’t say that she’s the devil incarnate just yet. That’s probably because I worked in a retail store that I flat out hated for awhile, so I can sympathise a bit. Not enough to warrant complaining out on the floor unprovoked where anyone can hear, but still.
Why all the Malaya hate? I’m guessing none of you have really worked minimum wage retail? Most people find their jobs dumb. Plus she just finished all her work in what looks like an acceptable manner and seems to care about her to-do list. I think it’s kind of cool to have a ‘normal’ person to balance out some of the toy obsessiveness that goes on.
Except she says “tonight’s to-do list”. So basically she just grabbed the list, period, and never bothered to ask “who normally does what?” An employee that doesn’t take the time to find out how things are normally run, is an employee that doesn’t care about the team, and likely isn’t going to last long.
she’s not normal, nobody in Shortpacked is normal, the hate comes from her disparaging things that are beloved by Ethan, who himself is a stand-in of sorts for the author/artist David Willis, given her attitudes toward something that the central character holds dear, I believe we are supposed to hate Malaya, she doesn’t get along with anyone, is intentionally trying to screw up any chance of Robin reconciling with Leslie, and she doesn’t even want to be there.
It makes me wonder if Malaya was based on someone Willis met recently who rubbed gim up the wrong way… hmmmmm!
I’m betting a large number of people here have worked the retail gigs. But while some people might not like their job, they at least can hold a bit more decorum about it, rather than saying “this is stupid and the show was retarded”. People can dislike their work without having to be obnoxious and vulgar about it.
All stores with toys should have a hard working, non-fan like that to stock toys. I think I like Malaya now.
This would usually be a foot-in-mouth moment. But in this case, she’s just a bitch.
I’m confused…she’s too new to know it Ethan’s job, and obviously not a toy person ith any knowlege or interest in toy culture. Why does that inspire “kill the witch”? I’d say this for any character…
I guess as an anime nerd that goes beyond most anime nerds, I’m just used to being talked to like that. It’s the start of the new anime season–so? New Good Smile figure–so? etc.
‘So’ is not the same as ‘that’s retarded’, which is Malaya’s real crime.
Put the toys out, robbing Ethan of the joy of doing so? Oops. Poor Ethan, but, eh, nobody told her.
Coming back, after wandering off, to insult the line? Even without knowing that Ethan’s a fan, that’s just being a jackass – it’s being a jackass unless she knows he’s an anti-fan, in fact.
(The use of a particularly offensive word is just icing on the jackass cake.)
Except she’s not being exceptionally mean to Transformers, she just talks that way about everything…and most people would say “Hey, did you know that a stupid cartoon *sob no it’s not* has ended up with such a huge franchise.” And as much as I hate retarded–a lot of young people use it in day to day life without considering it offensive. It’s been hard enough to get people to slow down using gay as an insult.
There are hobbies that normal people don’t get and look down upon. They don’t deserve to die for it. And asking for a character to die is not cool. Seeing “kill her” in comment after comment IS upsetting and scary. It makes it feel like–if I do something a general majority doesn’t agree with it, it’s okay to die? People don’t have to like her. I’ve never defended her for being mean. But this is out of hand…
That, and I refuse to let Malaya get me mad because this comic is clearly trying to tick off as many people as possible.
Other people being jackasses in response to her does not render her not a jackass.
People talking about killing her is creepy, we can agree on that. (At least the ones who are serious, and not just riffing off Willis’s comment on people calling for the deaths of female characters, or the people who are seriously doing so.)
However, that does not make little miss ‘I have to be as unpleasant as possible to everybody around me’ anything other than a jackass. She should be judged by her behaviour, not other peoples’.
And, again, not getting someone else’s interests, or even passively dismissing them, is a completely different thing than actively insulting it. She did the latter, not the former.
How much you want to bet that Leslie has made a few of these prior to her job at the store?
Here’s a thought.
What if Malaya alienates everybody, but does her job really well on a technical level and brown-noses enough to Galasso that he becomes her new “Favorite?’ Perhaps even stealing Amber’s post, and then lording it over everybody else in a tyrannical manner, while they can’t reciprocate without losing their jobs?
Then Ultra Car dumps her in the Amazon, Faz attempts to sleep with her every 10 minutes, and Mike leaves her curled up in the corner crying. She’ll be out of the store by sundown. The only reason she’s still there is that she’s so far met only the good employees and none of the terrible ones.
I she had galasso-givenhority, she could fire all of them, put them on toilet-cleaning duty (with their tongues!), or just schedule them for thew graveyard shift. ABSOLUTE POOOOWEEEEEEEERRRRRR
Although there is no way she’d defeat Mike. Except I think Mike would like it if she made others miserable.
That all requires effort that she’s made it abundantly clear she doesn’t want to expend.
Did Ethan say Oh by the way please leave the transformers DOTM display set up for me? I don’t think so. Malaya completed what to her was an unfun job in an exemplary manner. I hate my job too but I do it to the best of my ability. This strip actually makes me like her.
This comic strip is quite timely. Who knew that there would be several retail stores that still haven’t put out DOTM toys, despite the street date? The fact that is the case in real life really makes me side with Malaya.
Anyway, what was Ethan doing that he wasn’t the one to put out the DOTM toys as soon as possible?
In fairness though, I think Malaya should have to, by hand, put clearance stickers on all of the Green Lantern movie toys.
Malaya is not a good employee, whatever some readers claim. I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure as Hell would not consider a toy store somewhere to cuss, especially not if I was a worker there. I sure as Hell don’t swear at my job, and I only work at a grocery store. She may not see a customer around, but they’re sneaky little things and there could easily be one that overhears her.
I am not claiming that any of the other employees are fabulous at their jobs. However, the cussing totally voids out her speed at shelving, as far as work goes. At least Ethan shelves with a smile.
So all this waiting… and the only Zellers in Charlottetown, PEI stocks two pegs of “Speed Star Stealth Force Bikes”, the same toys that were on the shelves since January, only without the silver strip at the top of the card and “Dark of the Moon” underneath “Transformers”… and 4 each of the two different “Bash Bots” sets. No Cyberverse, Deluxe, Voyagers, or Leaders. I go to Walmart (across the highway and down a hill with four speed bumps/rumble strips on it for no good reason) and what do I see? Tons of Deluxe and Cyberverse. Naturally I’m in a situation where I have two very full HBC gift cards that are good at Zellers, so no shopping at Walmart before payday for me. I thought the whole point of these damn street dates was to ensure proper distribution and saturation of the toyline for a pre-determined launch date? RARGH! I want my deluxe ratchet damn it!
You know what’s going to be hilarious.
When we see Malaya’s hobby, and its the exact same intensity as Ethan’s.
BONUS POINTS if it is some kind of toy she is hooked on.
Extra bonus points: It’s My Little Pony, Amber discovers this, they have a hot lesbian tryst, Mike films it and posts it on YouTube.
Practically every other girl in this series has at least kissed Amber, so why not Malaya too. >:}
dont know why, but i think they will get togheter at least once, they could look cute
Ethan’s batting for the wrong side for that…
Yes, but, is Ethan gay in this universe? 8D
Do you ever see a cute girl and then one thing comes out of her mouth that changes all the stuff you were making up in your head for how awesome she must be?
Oooh Malaya did NOT just do what she did GRRRRR. To INSULT the awesomenes that is TRANFORMERS oh dont get me started. Please let her meet up with Ninja Rick PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
Idle Daydream: Mike and Malaya irreversibly swap bodies, resulting in drama, hilarity & PSL.
I hate her now.
Okay, I get that some of you might not like Malaya. My understanding is that she’s supposed to be a lazy, arrogant bitch who swears all the time and alienates people she doesn’t like. I get why that would inspire hatred. But can we please stop the “she needs to die!!!1!” comments? Wishing death on anybody, even a fictional character, is deplorable and wrong-headed, and doesn’t imply great things about you as a person if you’re so quick to call for someone’s execution just because you personally don’t like them.
The only times I can remember wanting to see a fictional character bite it are when they were well and truly irredeemable monsters whose transgressions started at murder and just kept going from there, which just isn’t the kind of character you’re likely to find in this sort of strip. Malaya is, at worst, the kind of negative, bitchy person you wouldn’t like to work next to for eight hours a day. That does not merit the repeated cries of “off with her head!” that she’s been getting. The furthest I’d be willing to go is to hope she gets some sort of verbal comeuppance, hopefully from Leslie, who seems to be the one person in the store whom she admires and would actually listen to.
Seriously, I get that hyperbole is one of the main features of fandom, but can we tone down the murderous rage just a little?
Just to toss this out there for anybody still reading after all the above comments:
That is all.
I really agree with this…
But is it okay to wish death upon Faz?
I mean, come on. Faz is like, a half-step from becoming a serial rapist.
“well and truly irredeemable monsters”
We are talking about the same Malaya, yes?
OH COME ON.
She’s not a mass murderer, she doesn’t rape children, she doesn’t torture puppies. That’s the sort of thing meant by that.
I like Malaya. Conflict keeps things from being boring.
Besides, people who are uptight about toys deserve to be tweaked. I collect them too, but, dammit, they’re just *toys*. We ain’t savin’ the world here, folks.
How dare she treat it like a job, and not an extension of her obsession hobby?
How dare he look forward to the parts of his job he likes!
*Wanders back in, sees the 200+ comment thread* I’m sure Willis appreciates all the buzz and free advertising for his strip. It’ll sell more trades and figures.
I think there’s a couple major differences between her and Mike. They’re both pretty loathesome, but Mike is in the Alpha cast, while Malaya is on the support cast. It’s like the strip awhile back pointed out, Robin’s antics and catchphrases are Wacky and Cool, but coming out of someone else is looked down upon. It’s another part of Webcomics 101.
Also, Mike’s shown himself capable of being things other than a Jerk when needed, or can at least channel it in better ways. For Malaya, its her one schtick, and she’s trying so hard to establish herself as the Edgy Outsider pointing out that the Emperor or has no clothes. Or in this case, the customers and fans who shop at her store.
I find it funny so many people react predictably when the new girl pushes a good portion of the fanbase’s “buttons” as if that was not the author’s intent in the first place.
Believe it or not, the majority of people who work in Toy Stores do not, in fact, enjoy toys.
To add to my comments:
She got a DotM display up and stocked faster then Ethan could even *get started on it*. Considering a good portion of the Continental US’ retailers are still working on aforementioned display, that already puts her ahead of the game.
She might not care for the hobbies and toy collecting, but hell if I wouldn’t want her to work at my store. Efficient Workers that finish a project and move onto another at a steady clip are something to be treasured.
Perhaps the strange thing is the one who DOESN’T want to do it is already finished before the one who looked forward to doing it for SIX MONTHS could start. Did she jump the gun? Or…
SEE WHAT SEX GETS YOU, ETHAN =B
Waaaaaaaaaait….she had already put the DOTM toys before midnight.
Perhaps she doesn’t think so bad about the Transformers after all.
Mark my words, Malaya will be the character who breaks the Shortpacked internet server.
phaha, despite the raging that surrounds her, I much enjoy this character Mayala.
I think Malaya is going to be one of those people who hates to work, but when working does a great job, all the while complaining. This will make it hard for the people who hate her to get rid of her.
“And she was never heard from again.”
I love all of the comments complaining about her cursing in a toy store. Unless I’m mistaken, most toy stores aren’t often open at midnight, so it’s not like there’s any customers around right now.
Even outside of customer service it is generally not kosher to use foul language in the work environment. It may vary from job to job, but we’ve never seen any indication that this is a swear-centric environment.
Is it possible that Malaya might have been created as the perfect partner for Mike, at just the same moment that Amber is once again concerned for a certain sex addicted former employee? And I don’t understand why everyone hates her, I think she has set up some funny moments already
On an unrelated note…
..is there a way for me to change my icon to that of Amber? Or do I need to get a Gravatar? =_=
You know, regardless of all the ‘Malaya is a rotten bitch/Ethan is a whiny bitch’ arguments, let me attempt to put this into perspective.
Let’s say you’re a kid, and whenever your mom bakes, you get to lick the spoon/beaters/whatever. You’re a kid, so as far as you’re concerned, this is your job. Your responsibility.
Then, one day, your mom bakes something, and when you get to the kitchen, your kid sister is licking the spoon/beaters/whatever. Yeah, you, the adult, can rationalize it away, but as someone who saw that task as /your/ responsibility, can you do the same? Or would you be upset and mildly heartbroken?
Ethan is reacting in an irrational way, yes; and nobody told Malaya that Transformers are Ethan’s passion. But even irrationally, Ethan’s reaction is understandable for his character.
Malaya’s dig at the end was just uncalled for on her part, though.
Does it really count as a dig if she’s not aware he’s into transformers? Seems like just the final thought of her little rant. Probably would have done the same if it had been Amber instead of Ethan.
I didn’t mean it was a dig at Ethan, specifically. Just that it was a dig.
Though the fact that she comes back into the panel after leaving tells you something, too.
That one line about Transformers starting out as a cartoon has made me dislike Malaya more than anything else she’s done.
” Man, how the hell do stupid TOYS.. ”
I love that line, because it’s just so tries-too-hard! It’s like you expect it to be followed up with ” And fucking breathing, huh? Why don’t we use the carbon dioxide, instead of just spitting it out? Guh. “
That bitch! Doing the work she’s paid to do in a timely manner. God, how I hate her!
Banish her to the Phantom Zone!
Malaya is an effective character. Willis, you know how to keep your fans emotionally invested.
I think she’s a good addition to the cast because we haven’t really seen (that I can recall anyway) a regular character who has a disdain for all things geek – other than Mike, obviously, who disdains everything.
I have a feeling she’ll stick around for a while – to have her come in, stir things up, and then just leave would be cheap.
I’m very curious to find out, I wonder why Malaya has turned into such a negative and angry person. I’m hoping she has a juicy backstory.
I don’t get why everybody is so upset about Malaya. She doesn’t like geeks. So what? Are geek unsure about the validity of their hobbies enough to need the appreciation of every person they meet? Or are they transfering their hobby as their whole identity, and then would any “attack” or rationnal thought against it be an attacke against themselves. I don’t care about toys myself, only about emotions of the characters as they seems humanly enough prototypes. I agree with every word of her, even if I wouldn’t have expressed it in a known geel environment.
And yes, if she can be unemployed and earn money, she shouldnt care about getting a job just to filfull the needs of a such useless sectors as toys stores, call centers, junk food stores, banks, office building teams…
anything she doesn’t like she feels the need to belittle and criticize, with her seemingly offended by it’s very existence.
Which Ethan does his fair share of too. Of course he targets fanboy rants that he disagrees with and wiki articles.
Maybe it’s just me, but everyone has been saying that Malaya was VERY efficient at getting those toys up before Ethan could even get started, yet according to Ethan, it only JUST turned midnight. Combined with the fact that Malaya is complaining about street dates makes it sound like she started putting those toys up before they were supposed to be up.
I’m not saying whether or not this makes her a bitch or anything like that, but I am saying that people using the logic that she stocked the shelves before Ethan could even get started is potentially faulty.
The store was closed.
True, but if all they had to wait for was for the store to close, then why did Ethan, who’s been waiting six months for this, wait until midnight if he was allowed to do it earlier. I don’t know about you, but it seems illogical Ethan would wait until midnight for something he could do earlier.
I like Malaya. She’s like Faz when he first showed up, and hadn’t yet gone full retard.
Well, Ethan does take his toy thing to somewhat creepy levels. He could have waited to midnight specifically because he “reveres” the street date? Even though he technically could have put it up as soon as the store closed, doing so would clearly be blasphemy to him. The poor, creepy bastard.
If he was waiting MONTHs for the chance to put these new transformers up then WHO the heck gave her the job to put up the display? ie thing to do on her to do list.
Seeing as she is of the lazy sort this smacks more of putting effort into making others miserable as opposed to actually doing a good job.
Here’s the tricky part: if Malaya never saw the error of her ways, if she never learned the value of a collector’s edition Batgirl – nothing really would change! Not only would it not at all compromise her ability to fit in, it may even help her.
And so, one can not not admit that while it may be from the mouth of infants and nursing babies, what she speaks does hve a certain amount of merit.
This your nightmare, isn’t it.
now Amber’s the only one person allowed to stay close to Mal
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