Mayala, you’re not making your case any better…
She may or may not receive punchings soon. They may or may not be amusing.
I don’t know why, but I feel like she doesn’t mean “mess with” maliciously.
It all depends on what see means exactly by “Fun to tease?”
She didn’t say “fun to tease”, she said “fun to mess with.” There is a rather distinct difference between the two.
My Bad! But more often than not, it means the same thing.
*Fills the kiddie pool with butterscotch pudding for the impending throwdown*
Now that’s just going to be REALLY unfair to Leslie.
But totally awesome for us readers. ^_^
or leslie would just really love to watch
The future of Leslie will be decided as it should be…
…in PUDDING KOMBAT!!!
(cue theme music)
Wouldn’t a pudding battleground be an unfair advantage for one of the combatants?
Is blood mixed with pudding really that appealing?
It’s a catfight. The goal isn’t to hurt each other. Whoever provides the most fanservice wins.
And gets the rest of the pudding.
Doesn’t look like Robin’s in a catfight mood.
But she’s never not in a pudding mood.
oooh, Blood Pudding!
You mean THIS?
This is why Robin’s my favorite.
Totally off-topic… and yet totally on-topic for Shortpacked.
I FOUND SPIDER-CAR TODAY!!!!!
Who is that masked car?
It’s not Amber, the boot(y) isn’t big enough.
So obviously Galasso.
OH NOM NOM!
Robin doesn’t seem to be considering that Leslie might have, y’know, control over her sexual urges. You know, that thing adults have. Neither of them are acknowledging that the choice of who to be with is ultimately Leslie’s.
IDK, regardless of her self control, it still seems considerate to not put her in a position to be having to control those urges?
I know that overall as a character Robin tends to be inconsiderate, but by her words it seems like she’s coming from a place of considering and respecting Leslie’s feelings, which for her seems like kind of a step forward!
Yeah. To translate f roimc razyrobinskittlespeak, “I stay away from Leslie because I am bad for her, and I do not want her to be tempted to get back together with me, because I would say yes and it would be bad for her.”
It’s the way she worded it that troubles me. “Sexy times WILL happen” goes way beyond not wanting to tempt Leslie. And it speaks to the larger issue that Robin and Malaya are making this all about who “deserves” Leslie more (Robin’s words last time they spoke) without considering that Leslie is a person who can choose for herself who she wants to be with.
My point is that while Malaya chuckles to herself about how easy Leslie is to mess with, Robin’s basically saying the same thing and then thinking that she’s the better person because she won’t do it. But that completely ignores the possibility of Leslie being able to resist the temptation.
In short, they’re both in the wrong here.
Yeah, that too. Leslie should just take a third option. Maybe somebody who’s not self-destructive.
This is not the first time in the Walkyverse that someone took a “third option” when she was in two destructive relationships. I don’t want Leslie to take THAT third option.
Based on Leslie’s Walky-face, and her previous episodes of unabashed PSL, I am not so sure Robin is wrong.
It’s the way she worded it that troubles me.
IDK, i think when someone’s been in a relationship with someone for a long enough period of time, they’re gonna have a pretty good idea of that person’s weaknesses. It’s like, if one of the characters says that Ethan is gonna lose it over some totally awesome new Transformers toy. It’s just, well, true.
I mean, it certainly could be that Robin’s wrong, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable of her to think that, even with as much certainty as she does, especially when it comes from a place of not wanting to hurt Leslie any more than she already has.
I mean I do find fault with the way Robin freaking out on Malaya over just like, teasing Les a bit in a way that honestly doesn’t seem like anything more (so far) than harmless flirting, cause that does seem pretty possessive, even if it does come from a place of not wanting to see Leslie get hurt.
Just because someone has control doesn’t mean it’s pleasant for them to be tempted. Would you flaunt a triple-fudge sundae in front of someone dieting?
A thousand times yes.
And my wife loves/hates me for it.
To be fair, controlling her urges around one of her “sexy rebels” has never exactly been Leslie’s strong suit. It was how long ago that she practically drooled onto Kara Thrace’s signing table?
I’m not really sure Leslie does have that kind of self-control, though. Remember, this is the girl who nearly kicked Robin out of the house because she got to the point where she couldn’t handle being ‘just friends.’
Oh man I love Malaya, but that was some fantastic ownage.
ROBIN USED INTIMIDATION!
It’s super effective !
(super-hot, too !)
Rolled a Nat20 there, unless you’re talking about Pokemon.
Owait, you COULDN’T be, because “Intimidate” in Pokemon is an ABILITY, not a MOVE, and thus cannot be Super-Effective.
The more you know!!
Yeah. I’m not a big Robin-fan, but I have to say I am going to totally steal that line. Also, I will not be able to look cookies in the face for the next week without bad thoughts
IT WAS SUPER EFFECTIVE?
It was so effective that Mayala died.
So did Chuck Norris.
There has been a lot of lip-biting in both comics as of late, hasn’t there.
I’m surprised that their lips doesn’t bleed.
Surprisingly, up to now everyone’s just been biting their own lips.
I officially love Robin more. Who else could do that and be honest about it? ‘I’m not around her because to flaunt it in front of her would be cruel.’ <— Nobody aside from me and one, maybe two people I know would actually be -that- nice to avoid hurting somebody.
Robin’s not wearing her usual red-orange undershirt I noticed…
Also Malaya has bigger boobs according to panel 2.
Robin has always been portrayed as the “small, pointy style” boobs-type. And appearantly, Leslie is quite fond of this … http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/07-hello-roz-goodbye-reagan/freeloading/
Larger chest puppies are only an advantage if she has got Boobs Of Steel.
Well that wasn’t the confrontation I was expecting, but it stays true to Robin’s character that she tries to do the right thing in a strangely misguided way. Surprised Malaya is actually taken aback by this rather than responding with a “wait, what?” look. She must think Robin is literally crazy enough to start eviscerating her at any moment.
Robin IS a superhuman, half alien, former super-soldier who gets seriously trippy if she eats caramel chocolate eggs. And she really does care about her Lesbian.
yeah, but i don’t think anybody actually knows that except for mike and that guy ethan had a crush on
Leslie, Ethan and Ultra Car were present for her defeat of the Axis of Something. And she’s used her speed at least in front of Ethan.
That’s why I hate Malaya, asshole.
Because you could see the future and you read today’s strip yesterday?
And I’m sure there are no nuances in this strip that are open to interpretation either.
MALAYA IS WRONG AND MUST BURN!
Can’t they both be true? The strip does have various nuances to consider AND Malaya has to burn?
To be fair, everything Malaya had done up to this point except her interactions with Leslie had established her as an asshole. Now it seems the one non-asshole thing she has done was just her being a more subtle asshole.
It’s perfectly understandable that some people didn’t like her even when they thought she was only 90% asshole.
You know, it wasn’t until now, when they’re standing next to one another, that I realized that Malaya is a spiky haired, darker skinned Robin.
She’s the evil twin!
I see, so Malaya is to Robin what Faz is to Amber.
NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL DRAMA!
Yeah, I noticed the similarities just now too.
Damn you Willis.
Seriously, where are her ears?
Also Malaya’s considerably shorter and has a different nose. Didn’t notice the lack of ears so far, but looking through the past strips with her, you seem to be right. In some panels, it could be explained by her hair covering them, but in others not so much.
Under her hair like Amber’s.
Robin, are you saying that if you flaunt yourself in front of Leslie, she will just forget what you done to her and ravish you senseless?
Somehow I don’t believe this will be the case.
Nah, she means that if she flaunts her body in front of Les, Les will (eventually) crumble and sleep with her, but without healing the emotional rift between them, that sex would end up only hurting her worse.
Maybe she might have to visit McAwesomes and see if there are any single ladies for her, you know that they are far more mentally sound at least.
Malaya is hilarious and I want her in the strip forever.
Ohhhh, Malaya, you reeeally shouldn’t have said that. I’m still not sure it was maliciously meant, but calling Leslie “fun to mess with” has given Robin all the reason she needs to go after you HARD.
I mean, if you’d kept playing the good-girl game, sticking to your earlier position of “you’re the bad guy here, you hurt her, I’m just hanging out with someone who’s cool and nice to me and mmm sexy,” then you might’ve snuffed out Robin’s righteous indignation until she became resigned to letting you and Leslie happen. Instead, you just poured gasoline on it.
True, but judging from Malaya’s comment (which to be fair is open to some interpretation), she doesn’t actually want her and Leslie to happen.
Either she’s straight like Balrog said and is just screwing with Leslie, or she’s bi and up for a more literal sort of screwing with Leslie, but still basically just using her for her own amusement.
Or, you know, she’s lesbian and screwing with Leslie. Don’t assume that a woman who is only into other women wouldn’t mess with Leslie and have no intention of doing anything.
Malaya learns a valuable lesson in keeping one’s inner monologue actually inner.
Just because she’s messing with Leslie doesn’t mean she’s not honestly interested. I imagine it would be quite fun when the person you are seducing give such strong feedback to your subtle advances.
That is the vibe I’m getting from her and I will continue to believe this until strong evidences says otherwise.
I don’t think flashing boobs really counts as “subtle”.
It isn’t like Leslie saw any boobies, she was facing the other way when it happened.
I was really really really hoping Malaya would have more depth then that.
I mean, she has Fuckface. Fuckface is cool.
Maybe she just likes being a tease. *crosses fingers for tiny light of hope*
Like a few others evidently, I’m pretty confident she likes messing with Leslie the same way somebody likes messing with their friend or significant other. Has nothing to do with malicious intent, just having some fun with someone you like being around.
Same here. I’m hoping Malaya just meant she’s teasing her and not that she’s some kind of mustache-twirling villain introduced just to tick Robin off.
And speaking of Fuckface, I think she left him with Leslie. She should probably go get him.
A lot of people seem to be jumping to the worst possible interpretation of anything that Malaya does, on the basis that she’s 1. had trouble getting along with a store full of incredibly odd, frequently unlikeable people, and 2. been maybe 0.00000001% as much of an asshole as Mike, who everyone loves.
“I wear an iguana now. Iguanas are cool.”
Not as cool as stetsons.
Stetsons also poop way less than hamsters.
When Shortpacked employees take off their blank namebadges, you know shit is about to go down.
I like to think they don’t say anything because Galasso doesn’t want the authorities to know who his operatives are.
What’s sad is I can seem him saying those EXACT words if the conversational ball ever bounces that wa.
Best fanon ever.
That’s… That explanation is just perfect.
Willis, this needs to become canon. Like, now.
Or, y’know, whenever there’s a break in the action. Cuz I don’t want all this madness cut off for a strip about nametags.
Anyway, make it so.
I love that Robin tosses her badge before her speech. (“I’m not arresting you anymore”.)
Robin seems to be channeling Jessie from Toy Story 2 in the last panel. I’m also making a note to work the phrase “Hawk your substandard wares elsewhere” into my regular vocabulary.
And I was beginning to -like- Malaya too. I thought that if anything, she was more in to Leslie than vice versa (mainly from her expression the first time she meets her), but now this.
I AM DISAPPOINT.
Aw, Robin, that’s kinda sweet in a supremely egocentric way.
Robin says that malaya has the substandard goods but malaya is the one with the cleavage line……
Boobs are not he only bodypart determined in beauty. Besides, Robin’s a speedster, that means she has a speedster ass, there is no greater form of ass.
Her legs must be damn nice as well.
I’m torn between two comments:
1. And then they kissed.
2. I wouldn’t mind eating THOSE cookies. OMNOMNOMNOM!
Bitches don’t know ’bout dem Cookies.
So what flavour cookies are you Robin & malaya and can I get a sample?
What, no snickerdoodle? I thought this was a comedy.
Snickers has a cookie now?
I wonder if Fuckface wants a snkrsdoodle. >:D
Ha I wish… Though snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie. But it just seems perfect pun-wise since it includes snicker and doodle in its name. They’re basically sugar cookies with cinnamon added to the mix.
Sooner or later Robin and Malaya are going to make out, and Leslie will have a heart attack.
That was…pure.. awesometonium.
WARNING: do not combine awesometonium with wonderflonium. The results will be legen… wait for it… DARY!
I’m somewhat conflicted on this one. On the one side, I applaud Robin for calling Malaya out on her manipulation, because what she’s doing to Leslie is just wrong. On the other hand, though, Robin assumes *way* too much about herself. Especially after what she put Leslie through. To be honest, I don’t think either of them really deserve her at this point.
“what she’s doing to leslie is just wrong”
Flirting? Teasing? Flirting and teasing are “just wrong” now? Malaya’s self centered, sure, and this could qualify as sexual harassment, but Leslie could quite easily have Mal fired for it if she wanted. It’s not like Mal has any authority over her.
Flirting is one thing, but doing so simply for manipulation purposes (or for that matter, just to screw someone else over)…that’s not just bad, or wrong, it’s badong. No matter who does it.
Waaait, are you telling me they’re all lesbians? Well, I still have Ethan’s heterosexuality to hold onto.
It’s fine if Robin wants to make Leslie’s life easier by avoiding her, but this “Leslie was hurt (by me) in a relationship (with me) and therefore to protect her I will make sure she’s never in a relationship again (with anyone else)”, is possessive and stupid to a fault, and as much as people are cheering Robin’s “ownage” of Malaya here, I’ll be cheering Leslie’s ownaga of Robin when she finds out about it twice over.
When did Robin say nobody ever could be with Leslie? So far she’s said Mayala shouldn’t be with Leslie.
Not even that; Mayala’s admitted she’s no intention of being with Leslie, and his just messing with her, and that’s what’s enraged Robin.
Since when are ‘messing with’ someone and being romantically interested in them different things? Hell, if anything there seems to be rather a lot of overlap there, especially in walkyverse.
And yeah, Malaya’s a bit of a self centered jerk, but Robin doesn’t know that. Robin doesn’t know anything about her, and was immediately hostile as soon as she knew Malaya was interested in Les.
It’s not Robins job or place to screen Les’s love life. Robin has been a jerk, and is continuing to be one, and totaly deserves the chewing out Les is going to give her when she finds out.
Man, what comic have you been reading? Robin was hostile after she found Malaya was interested in Leslie? Robin was hostile AFTER Malaya called her a slut without even knowing her, and after Malaya mocked her.
She said she liked messing with her, but where did she say she had no interest in actually getting with her? It’s pretty obvious that Malaya’s attracted. I think the most you can conclude is that she’s not interested in a serious relationship.
The plot thickens.
At this point I think Malaya is straight and just messing with Leslie because she’s bored/wants to mess with Robin. Just because she’s not interested in Ken doesn’t mean she’s not straight, she’s just not into Ken.
I don’t know why everyone assumed she was into girls. That may not be the case at all.
Because of the way she instantly lit up with a huge smile as soon as she met Leslie, even before knowing she liked girls or had any connection to Robin?
Ah, no worse than dozens (hundreds?) of things Mike has done to “mess with” pretty much everyone. Then again if you’re being compared to Mike you’re probably not a very nice person.
“I am the friggin’ cookies!”
That NEEDS to be a tattoo…
“I am going to toss your cookies” needs to be the response.
God, I hope Robin bashes Malaya’s pig nose even flatter than it is now.
If it’s even possible.
Calling it now:
Malaya hooks up with Faz
Malaya is only half Asian (if ya know what I mean *wink wink nudge nudge say no more*)
If you’re going where I think you are with that, you should be aware that Faz’s flavor of Asian and Malaya’s flavor of Asian are completely different.
But Galasso doesn’t know that.
Amber’s dad is white (I think) and we happen to know that he likes Asian chicks, so it still could happen.
Know your place Malaya.
More like “know your place, Robin”, specifically that “relationship gate-keeper for the ex-girlfriend who’s heart you broke” isn’t it.
Amen. I used to think Robin was at least somewhat decent, and now every strip has her foaming at the mouth trying to protect Leslie from someone. Even though she’s been, so far, the worst poison for the lass, Robin seems to have it in mind that she and she alone is awesome for Leslie and everyone else is, as we put it, trash. Robin, get over yourself, let Leslie have her own life, and why don’t you find a job somewhere else while you’re at it? Do you really need to work at the same store your ex does while you try to convince everyone they are dirt beneath her feet?
Robin…. Robin…. Robin… thank you for proving that I was never wrong in naming you my favorite
I suddenly crave cookies!
I think this is my second post. I just needed to congratulate you on a truly original and great quote with the cookie monster line. I now need to figure out how to work that one into a conversation.
Malaya + Robin hatesex?
See, to me, in the first panel Malaya looks more fond than vindictive. It doesn’t really seem like she’s playing with Les’s feelings just so she can… more like how friends affectionaty embarrass each other cruely.
Like how some people stand up in the middle of the caf and yell out your most random secret.
A lot of people show ‘affection’ this way, apparently. Especially, I hear, sexy people. Not that I would know anything about being sexy.
The issue is that these two have still basically just met. There is nowhere near the level of bonding that the type of “affectionate teasing” you’re describing tends to entail. …and now that I’m looking at the level of teasing you’re talking about, I’m a tad concerned.
As well, Malaya had some poor word choice. “Mess with”, rather than “tease.” There -is- a very large difference between the two, and “mess with” is more like say, the “I’m only kidding” that someone tacks on -after- saying something rather cruel. Like in Tangled, when her “mother” would say something like “look at that gorgeous woman in the mirror. Oh, and you’re there, too.” That’s messing with. Teasing would’ve put it much better. No one likes to see others being messed with, that’s why Robin is pissed. Because Malaya ain’t showin’ affection, she’s seeing what she can get away with.
The psychological self-preservation is strong with this one.
It’s “Hock” not “Hawk”
Actually, no. Hock means “to pawn.” Hawk, in this context, mean to sell or peddle.
So a pawn shop owner hawks hocked items.
I must say it seems Malaya has a past history with Robin. Can anyone tell me where? I’ve been a bit lost.
And why do I keep getting Roadblock.
If you’re using a random Gravatar (rather than one you make yourself), you get the same one each time until a new one is added to the mix and they’re randomly shuffled.
Uh-oh, the button has come off! run for the hills!
Oh God, Robin – I love you. I saw someone use a #TeamRobin hashtag on Willis’ twitter and I’m so joing that!
This has “Restraining order evidence” all over it.
Robin’s going into walkerton rage mode hahahahaha!
Get out get out get out stupid Malayaaa
Adore the dialogue of the last panel.
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