Now would that be an Iguana Malaya has, or another reptile that I don’t immediately know the name of?
It could be a Komodo Dragon, the skin tone and size are right for some breeds–those are carnivores. But they are illegal to own or take across international borders. Plus anything white (like, say, fluffy hamsters we’ve seen) will provoke their interest.
I believe it’s a monitor lizard (as are komodo dragons) but very unlikely to actually be a dragon, since they’re twelve feet long and eat people.
Aaaaand I’ve just worked out what Mike’s getting Amber for christmas.
Your mom? I heard there was a sale, only a nickle.
Sir, I applaud you. I am pwned.
Even though it has been established as not being a Komodo dragon, you do realize that they are not 12 feet long when hatched right?
Hmm, a little gene-splicing to up the cute-factor and adjust its dietary habits to something more interesting, like starches and sugars, and a fascination with daytime TV.
I can picture it now, a monitor lizard. XD
Yeah, I thought it was pretty small for a Komodo Dragon. I guess we’ll find out if it’s important to the story.
… You know nothing of reptiles. “Breed” of Komodo dragon? Nor is it any form of monitor lizard, they have a completely different body layout than that. It’s probably just a general purpose lizard, its physiology looks mostly based on some form of iguana or agamid.
Probably came off as a bit jerkish there, so sorry if that’s the case. But I’ve been raising reptiles most of my life. And this comment just kinda made my eyes cross worse than Derpy Hooves’.
You’re right, they likely know nothing of reptiles. How fortunate that you were here, to correct their shameful ignorance and wave your expertise all over the place!
(if you think you might have been “a bit jerkish”, you probably were.)
Heh heh, if he hadn’t said it, I was going to.
And I didn’t find his comment jerkish–just kinda incredulous. But to be fair, most lizards look to same to alot of people. I had a friend try to tell me my skink was a beautiful baby iguana.
Also, iguanas are so characteristic I have no idea how could anyone confuse it with a kodomo dragon or any monitor lizard.
i would love to se someone carry a komodo dragon on their head…
especially a somewhat petite asian chick.
also, i like malaya alot more now she has weird pets.
Yep, we got dark striping patterns on the neck and tail, larger, rounded scales on the “cheeks”, and long, pointed scales on the neck and back. Looks an awful lot like an off-color female iguana to me.
And really; Komodo dragon? Do they not also have venomous saliva that can be squirted on their prey to paralyse it (for the convenience of not having to chase one’s supper as much)? And besides the dangerous reptile factor, they are also an endangered species and therefore protected. (Their nastiness is part of what keeps ‘em un-poached, tho’. That, and I believe they are idigenous to Madagascar, and they have laws and enforcers up the wah-zoo.)
If I am incorrect, I apologise. Hence the question marks rather than the surety of pontification.
As for adorable lizard appearances, I will put in my vote for Bearded Dragons!! (Kermit-style “Yaaaaaaayyy!!!!”)
If Leslie tries this, her head’s going to be absorbed.
What’s Leslie’s pet? I forget and am to lazy to go back through.
The kitten from Something PositiveXGirls With Slingshots
I think I remember that now. And yes, yes her head would be absorbed. >_> <_<
You mean like Captain Kittenface?
Oops, meant to reply to Shifty’s comment below.
The last time we saw Leslie’s kitty, it was inside Robin’s mouth, I believe that SK is stillinside Robin trying to adsorb her.
But I thought she enjoyed the taste of pussy.
There’s a mental image. A human body with a fat kitty for a head… Say Willis… Any chance…?
I love the penultimate panel. You’re not a real employee at Shortpacked! until you’re involved in a completely ridiculous beat panel.
Also, this is the first strip with Malaya that doesn’t involve her being a total jerk.
Not actively, on-camera jerkish, anyway. The fact that she obviously went home to -get- her pet, though? Yeaaaah, that’s tipping the scales towards “entitlement attitude out the wazoo”.
Out of curiosity, what would you say if Ethan or Leslie had done it? XD
Let’s see: In Ethan’s case, he’d probably pick one of his TransFormers, which would be pretty appropriate for a toy store. In Leslie’s case? “No Leslie, not the cat!” because that cat has a bad habit of absorbing things.
I picture Drew sitting attop Ethans head.
I’d say they had been there long enough to develop such entitlement issues. :p
Also, they’re actually nice to other people…
But I do have to say it was nice to see her being kind of wacky and less narrow-minded and dismissive in this comic.
Hey its Blanka’s friend!
You know she’s kinda cute with that lizard on her head and that expression.
Man I can’t believe that you can’t remember Maya’s name but you can remember Karin’s fine.
Well you know Chun-li has been around longer than Malaya. So obviously I’ll remember his name more!
Hmmmm. “Fishin’ Chicks.”
I got nothin’ yet.
Nothin’? Not even a certain character of yours and her once commonly-seen pet?
Okay, what the heck, did she see Snkrs and run home just to get the iguana, or did she already have it with her?
And if the latter…WHY?
Maybe she just ran to a near by pet shop and grabbed an iguana to prove the point?
Which says some interesting things about her sense of self-preservation, doing such to try to “prove the point” to someone that can fire her for that attitude… x.x
She didn’t want the job in the first place, so what does she care if she gets fired? Nada.
Now I dislike her even more. Bad enough she was sponging off her housemates all this time, she was feeding her pet at their expense as well.
Why… have I never looked at it that way before o.o
I think it’s more a case of “this is a webcomic and the characters have the ability to materialize objects to suit their needs”
Pssh, maybe in one of those SILLY webcomics. This is a SERIOUS REALISTIC webcomic. Talking robot cars notwithstanding.
Maybe she pulled it out of subspace!
One think I noticed is that somebody mentioned the iguana looking ‘off-color’ higher up. While it would be a bizarre coinincidence, I think it would be an interesting twist if Malaya happened to have brought in her sick pet at the same time as Amber.
The image of Malaya with a reptile on her head is pretty funny sans explanation. I’m inclined to treat it as a sight gag for now and then see what Willis does with it.
That iguana looks pretty pissed.
“Yeah, okay. Laffs a’plenty. Are we done?”
Damn, that was quick. Does Malaya live right next door or something?
She literally just showed up that way
Must be International Bring Your Pets To Work Day.
While I know people who thank reptiles are cute, they are not a majority. Hamsters are generally considered cute by more people.
I don’t know about the rest of them, but bearded dragons are adorable.
… Why did you say that?
Mostly, experience. Of course, this being the internet, I probably should have known better.
People are more likely to get themselves a lizard cos they are cool/awesome rather than for their ‘cuteness’.
I don’t know what you’re talking about. I got my iguana because I thought it was adorable.
You don’t make it wear clothes, do ya?
You mean like the little Mexican sombreros they sell at pet stores?
Well, that is something you don’t see everyday,, Malaya not acting like a jerk.
give her time. shes only one line in
Actually she kinda is. She didn’t ask Amber if it was okay, but instead said “I’m doing it.” Still kinda jerky behavior. It’s just not AS overtly jerky as other times.
Snkrs looks quite happy and content in panel two
So Ryu and Malaya live with Arnold and a 2nd girl, right?
…what’s the other girl’s name? She’s not identified in the tags on Malaya’s first appearance.
She doesn’t have a name yet. Well, presumably she HAS one, I just don’t know what it is yet.
You going to have some kind of vote for the new other girls name or you rather chose one yourself?
I’ll figger one out when I need one.
Rebecca Ground? Because of her first appearence being nowhere near the other cast members?
The other girl’s name is Darth Nasal.
I feel as though Malaya’s pet is going to eat SNKRS… :C
if indeed it is an iguana, i can attest to the fact that they are NOT herbivores. they will eat birds in their natural habitat, and mine tried to eat my room mates birds all the time. he also had a taste for whoppers. after the second one i learned not to leave him alone with my dinner while i went to the bathroom.
They will eat pizza too…but they’re still herbivores. They’re just dumber than a box of rocks. They’ll eat all those crickets that people insist on giving them instead of the veggies they need, and then die of malnutrition. Very human of them, really. But in the wild, strict herbivores and can eat badass stuff like cactus with 1″ spines.
Snkrs, they really satisfy. ^_^
I can only reply to that pun with a line borrowed from Dr. Smith and Lost in Space..
“Oh the pain….the pain…”
Ever since I found out that hamster’s name, I been waiting for an excuse to say that. *hehehe*
I love Malaya’s pet.
Malaya has something in life that she likes!
And I like it too.
Head Pets are all the latest rage this season.
Everybody wants to get a Head in life!
Everybody wants prosthetic foreheads on their real heads….
That lizard is reincarnated Dina.
I am pressing the “like” button on this. Repeatedly.
Let’s see… Shortpacked! is based in San Francisco, and Amber’s complaining about the heat. As I recall from when I lived there, that must mean the temperature hit 70 degrees!
(you want heat? cross the bridge and visit the east bay!)
You want heat? Come to Texas. Actually, come anyways, it’s awesome here.
Stop your cheery lies! Don’t listen to him, he’s delirious! It’s suicide to admit you’re from this state when traveling abroad, it can’t be that awesome. ;_;
Bah. You want hot, come to Australia. On Boxing Day.
Assuming, of course, that by Australia you mean ‘Not Tasmania’.
That came off more snide than I meant.
♪ Come to Tazmania, come to Tazmania… ♪
Dammit, now I’ve got that theme song running through my head.
Working Boxing Day in the burger room of Hungry Jack’s in Perth. One of the hottest, most uncomfortable days in my life.
Whooo Texas! What part? Houston has been 100 for a week.
Yeah, I now like Malaya.
You, too? I just can’t dislike her with that lizard on her head.
Five bucks says the lizard gets a certain fuzzy meal this week.
Wait. It’s hot out, but Malaya is wearing an undershirt.
SHE’S A CYLON!
And let’s not even mention the congresswoman taking advantage of a “corrupt administration”. That’s my job, after all.
That would make her suddenly more attractive to Leslie.
Her pet is very charming!
Um.. Malaya.. you have a lizard on your head….
Nothing gets past you
You are the world’s greatest detective. Just joking, just joking. Don’t kill me.
I was thinking more… “Hey Lizard, you’ve got a Malaya on your ass”.
ok I would like to say that I find it very poor form to say that to a senior employee, much less your manager.
I don’t know whether you’re referring to Robin or Malaya, but either way “poor form” would pretty much be standard operating procedure.
Are you new here?
Awww adorable living lizard hat is adorable with points in adorability. Well played, Malaya, well played.
The last two panels made me forget about the hamsters dieing.
….Until just now.
Malaya has a reptile for a pet and has it perched on her head, and now immediately gets 5 points in my awesome book.
Fifteen more and she gets a free frozen yogurt.
“Zim! There’s a pigeon on your head. You’ve got head pigeons. Get to the nurse before they spread to the other children.”
Iguana!!! So cute!
also could be a good strategy to atract customers XD
The iguana could be named Sneakers.
Or Mr. Bean.
The iguana’s name is No Fucks
cause he gives no fucks
God, I hate Malaya.
I think she’s kinda hot and funny.
Normally I’d agree, but I’m not seeing the problem in this strip. Amber is the Assistant Manager, she set an example of behaviour, Malaya is simply following the standard set by her superior.
See, but it would be one thing if they were like, friends – for instance, if Ethan came in wearing a small dragon (I couldnt think of a transformers reference, Im so so sorry. x( ), she’d probably be fine with it – right up until Mike tried to sacrifice it or something at least. However, Makayla has been a bitch to at least a few of her friends (Im a.t.m. unsure if shes actually been a bitch to -Amber- yet persay), so Amber is far less likely to be cool with.
Which is why you should never violate the first rule of small business employment – never piss off your superiors in a corrupt hierarchy. You will get shafted.
I never thought of Malaya having any pets, but the iggy makes it an apt pet for her. She doesn’t seem to be the type to take on exotic pets. at least it’s not a fuzzy spidey.
She has one of those – it’s just too large to wear on her head.
Now Malaya clearly has the cooler pet.
Oh and she also clearly has a point here.
My iguana used to have that look on his face all the time. Even when we would take naps together, he kept that look.
So… how did Malaya know that Amber was going to wear her pet on her head? I mean, Amber just showed up for it seems. Does Malaya just bring her pet to work all the time, but this is the first opportunity to wear it like a hat?
robin appears to be taking malaya’s side. i’m surprised that nobody has mentioned this.
Her enmity towards Malaya is temporarily subsumed by her hatred of The Man.
The nerd-shit-emporium assistant-managing Man.
(Who is a woman.)
But hamsters are cuter!!!
According to Richard Gere, also much more pleasurable.
Malaya: still owns
Well played Malaya. For the first time ever you get to have a strip completely devoid of being a bitch and actually being funny with surprie head lizards. Keep this up and you’ll quickly be more liked than Amber, whose impending hamster deaths made me laugh yesterday (though there was some sympathy from me my dislike of Amber, while slowly lessening, is still strong).
I love how even when Malaya is being defiant, she looks like someone just ate her puppy in front of her.
I harbour PSL for Malaya.
I liek the implication that Malaya just ran home and grabbed her iguana in the middle of that conversation, just to do this.
godamit i can to spel
This strip tickled me, and it’s the first time Malaya’s been in-panel and /not/ made me feel nauseous. But the weird thing is, I think the people who are pointing out that Malaya is still technically kind of being a bitch are right, too. So, I went over this strip trying to figure out what about it makes Malaya so much less hateable than usual, and I think it’s that A) her awkward expression in the comedic beat panel shows that for the first time she /knows/ she’s doing something wrong, and B) she’s admitting that she actually /enjoys/ something, her lizard, when in all of her previous appearances she was deriding /other/ people for enjoying things. So, yeah, I think she really slipped up big time here and showed some genuine humanity. I suggest she gets some mentoring from Mike to prevent this from happening again.
Wild Ass Theory: Malaya used to work for SEMME and has some kind of abductee power, hence her distain for ‘mundane’ employment.
This comment made me go search her previous appearances for any sign of a striped shirt
I was disappoonted
Well they haven’t shown her bedroom or what is inside her closet/drawers yet and until the theory is Jossed or utterly disproven, I will still believe it.
… there is something distinctly Faz-like about Snkrs’ expression in panel two.
“Great Faz’s hamster disguise has allowed him to perch atop the head of his destined conquest Amber! Faz is victorious!”
I can almost believe that!
I have always said pets at work should be mandatory. ESPECIALLY head pets.
Would you consider Head Lice as Head Pets?
I don’t think they would count somehow.
This has nothing to do with this comic page but I was wondering if anybody knew the name of this comic that used to have a link on this website. It was about this dude that worked at a supermarket or something. There was this one guy who thought he was a vampire. The comic also had a self decription, “like shortpacked but with less cloths”, or something lioke that. I can not remember the comics name and would be a huge help if someone could tell me.
You’re thinking of Treading Ground. http://www.treadingground.com/
Like he said, it’s “Treading Grounds”
For the record, it’s not like shortpacked. Instead of 90% of the cast being gays, in TR 90% of the cast is always naked
If Gallasso sees this he will assume that it is a new trend in retail and ‘make pets on heads’ a mandatory policy to be followed at all times on the sales floor, except for casual ‘pets on heads optional’ Friday.
The iguana will eat Snrks. Of this I am sure
Crap, I just realized I got a Legit Amber haircut. :/
Wooo! Iguana! I have an iguana named Iggy. He also responds to Buddy. He’s not neerly that big yet, though
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