Hey, look, I have a Tumblr. And, yes, there’s slash on it.
Still not making your case D=<
Next up, they get into a tug-of-war match over the drama tag.
And then it rips.
For some reason, I can imagine them duelling it out at karaoke singing My Puss.
But Galasso already burned it.
Are we ever going to find out what was up with that?
31 tops huh? Not sure how old you are, Robin? Senility must be kicking in early.
As Indiana Jones said in Raiders of the Lost Ark, it’s not the years, it’s the mileage.
Robin would be due for a tuneup, having her oil changed and having her carburettor blown then.
I`d change Robin`s oil any day! *creepy leer*
After all, the ten hardest years of a person’s life are between 29 and 30.
Oh great. I’m turning 28 in less than a month. Just what I want to look forward to in just over a year. Thanks.
Think of it this way… on Jupiter, you’re TWO!
Robin was born sometime in 1980. In the walkypedia entries, characters are listed with YOB, but not DOB. So it’s unclear if she’s turned 31 yet this year, or if she’s still 30. I guess Willis is giving us a fourth-wall-esque wink, letting his characters be as just unsure of their exact age as he is.
Or, she’s talking about how old she thinks she should look.
Only four more years until Robin can be president.
(Yes, I made Mike VP. He bring in votes from all the moms.)
Vote DeSanto/Warner in 2016! Cancer will be banned forever, hot guys will be forced to make out, and minimum wage for women over 35 with at least one child will be reduced to 5 cents an hour! DeSanto/Warner, because really, how could they screw it up even more than it already is?
I laughed so hard I cried. Also, seeing as DeSanto/Warner would probably be significantly better than the lineup as it stands now, I’m tempted to put that on the ballot when I get it.
We shall see, though. We shall see.
Hey, if Cheney can be VP, so can Mike!
Robin’s 31? She looks 26 to me.
She had to be 25 to be a Representative, and she’s served 3 two-year terms. That makes her 31 minimum.
Her first term was only a half-term, since she won an emergency mid-term election.
That’s probably why she said “tops.”
It is a rare woman who will admit to their actual age without been under serious duress.
I am a woman and I can say honestly and truthfully that I am 20 right now; 21 in less than a month. Not all women lie about their age because ~oh no I’m getting OLD~ or whatever reason. Saying that women always lie about their age just fuels kyriarchal beliefs that women lie and can’t be trusted.
As a sub-rule, no-one who’s twenty ever has a reason to lie about their age. Unless they live in one of those heathen places that puts the legal drinking age at 21. Or they really really want to go on the under-twelves assault course in the local park.
Well, I’m 27 and I don’t lie about mine, but I guess I would only have slightly more of a reason to.
But…I don’t think I ever will. I just don’t see the point. It’s not about “women can’t be trusted,” it’s just…why lie?
I don’t lie about my weight either. I guess I’m just not a stereotypical woman. lol. I never saw the point of that one either.
31 here and never had a reason to lie about it, but the getting older BOTHERED me more in late 20s. After 30 it seemed like less of a big deal and now I find it funny because I keep saying “What am I going to be this year? 33? Wait, no…I’m 31 now….” I think it’s truly a sign of not caring when you accidentally say you’re older
Also it’s more fun to be honest about your age when people’s responses are “What the hell!? There’s no way you’re over 25!”
Twenty-six year old who keeps getting asked what I’m studying in college and if I’ve graduated yet. It’s more irritating than charming to be constantly mistaken for being younger (because it happens in a professional setting pretty often), but getting older does freak me out.
I am 20
Mongoose said woman, not adorable babychild infant baby young person.
Question: is it still slash if the characters are gay in canon, or is slash fic for gays going straight?
If it isn’t hetro, then it counts as slash.
“Slash” just refers to any non-canonical romantic pairing. It’s called “slash” because of the punctuation mark involved. For example, Kirk/Spock, Draco/Ginny, Walky/Sal.
Any two (or more) characters can become slash, as long as it doesn’t exist in continuity.
Strike that. According to wikipedia, it’s only slash if it is same-sex.
I find that stupid/limiting.
Wikipedia is wrong.
Wikipedia is also not and has never been a reliable source, particularly in the context of fandoms.
Slash is just an older term for Ship in fan context’s is simply pairing two (or more) characters, with slash more likely to describe a gay pairing. Anyone younger than 20 might not even know or care, fandom language changes over time.
You want language quibbles, how come “fandom” automatically connotes tepid sci-fi and comic stuff instead of fan communities that surround other stuff, like the musical output of Representative of Corwood Industries?
Also, compare a group of DC musicians rejecting the dominant punk trend of rebellion anthems and embracing second wave feminism’s mantra of “the personal is political” to make music relevant to lived experience of people at social margins to My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade.
Why would it be limiting? There’s no law that all ‘ship fic has to be slash. Het is completely valid, it’s just not slash.
Because ‘shipping can be (and often is) canonical, but slash is not. If slash is exclusively same-sex and/or homosexual, that leaves whole rafts of pairings uncategorized.
Is Ruth/Ethan slash? Is Ultra-Car/Monkey Master slash? What about Robin/Mike/Reagan? How do we refer to these groupings?
Ruth/Ethan is non-canon het. Robin/Mike/Reagon would be a threesome or an OT3, and one, frankly, that I would read the shit out of.
“Slash” did originally just refer to the / punctuation, but overwhelmingly now it’s only used to refer to same-sex ships, and if you insist it means otherwise, you’ll only end up confusing people. It’s less obvious whether the ship has to be non-canon to count as slash. When the term first came into use, the prospect of canon gay pairings was so remote it wasn’t even an issue, but now, most people don’t really quibble* about still calling it slash even when the same-sex pairing is canon.
(*This is your cue to start quibbling, people).
I remember it as slash for gay/les sex matchups, shipping for any combination of relationshipping and crack for any particularly unlikely matchups (eg: Faz/Sal, Amber/Walky).
That’s not crack, it’s just odd. Crack is Ultra Car/Faz, Mike/DrunkMike, or Conquest/Horse. It’s not crack unless someone’s brain cells need scrubbing after reading it.
On that note, I really ought to write crackfic for Shortpacked! at some point.
You’re not wrong, the ideal crack fic is beyond the impossible pairings but a lot of fics featuring extremely unlikey pairings are usually listed as crack anyhow.
Crack fic is a sort of genre of crazy, whackiness, it doesn’t have to involve a pairing – ie, Walky and Columbo team up and fight crime! That would be crack fic. If Walky and Columbo also had sex, that would be a crack pairing.
Walky/Columbo just strikes me as far to tame to be crack. Walky/Giant Mutant Honeybun, sure. But Columbo? A crossover is not automatic crack.
Crack doesn’t have to be brain scrubbingly bad (although it’s nice when it is). Just highly improbable, say if they have never met (including cross-overs) or if they don’t have any kind of a relationship.
@Victor: are you saying that Faz/anybody would not require brain scrubbing?
Blame Star Trek. I’m sure that if the term had started out just meaning a het pairing, it’d still mean both. But since it started out meaning K/S ((No, seriously. For a little while ‘slash’ just meant K/S fics)) that it became inclusive.
Maybe the fangirls took it over? Maybe the homophobes shoved the word away? Either’s possible, really, as are a few other theories.
I think the one thing everyone can agree on is that we’re lucky portmanteau couple names had yet to take off during the heyday of Kirk/Spock.
Starsky/Hutch. SIMON/SIMON. I’ve seen real slashzines devoted to both of these on sale at cons.
I wonder if Leslie overheard them, if so, the poopy is going to hit the fan.
“How dare you? All of you! Standing around deciding my future. I am not a prize to be won!”
And then the pet tiger eats Robin and Malaya.
All they’ve got to choose from at the moment are an iguana and a hamster.
^ I wholeheartedly agree. Thus my comment in the previous one. If they’re arguing over her like that, like she’s got no say, neither one really deserves them.
Which is kind of an odd line in the original movie, because Aladdin was just saying that he was sure Jasmine would like him if she met him. Not at all deciding for her.
Now, he totally thought of her as a prize to be won, but it wasn’t obvious in the lines she was angry about.
I think it was really more how he was going about it than anything he said – he’d made a huge entrance, quite literally parading his wealth around, and then was sucking up to her dad. Pretty much following the same pattern as all the other odious princes who had come to offer for her, so she assumed he had similar motives.
So, does the SP! banner work like the DoA banner, with the most tagged characters appearing?
And I must say that “nipple” is a curious and disappointing tag.
I believe not, though when it’s occasionally remade there does seem to be an effort to pick characters that actually participate in the comic now and then.
I know I said yesterday that Malaya’d thrown away one of her big advantages, but she’s definitely still got the edge in this little game.
Age and “new lover smell” aren’t the half of it. There are a lot more reasons to laugh at Robin’s “threat” here, like the fact that ROBIN hasn’t actually been avoiding LESLIE as much as the other way ’round. They’ve shared a panel twice since she moved out, and both times Les pointedly ignored Robin as Robin shot her a pleading look.
Malaya’s also killing Robin on the “just friends” front. Maybe it’s cold manipulation and maybe it isn’t, but from Les’s perspective Malaya has been a FAR better friend than Robin was in their early months together.
Robin can’t even approach her on the “outcast” front, either.
Still, it doesn’t pay to underestimate Robin, and Malaya’s certainly doing that. She might have gleaned a couple more facts from Les, but I don’t think she’s got clue one what Robin is capable of when she focuses.
what i want to know is, could robin cadbury-egg-cereal her way into fixing the mess that cadbury egg cereal created?
Ah, Cadbury Egg cereal: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems!
You’re better, Malaya? With your fugly ass freckles and upturned pig nose?
Why is it that ugly people so often have overconfidence issues?
Pshaw. Freckles are ridiculously hot, and at least Malaya’s nose is a pleasing arc. Have you looked closely at Robin’s nose? It’s two discontinuous lines! It’s not so much a nose as it is an inference of a nose.
Don’t lie to yourself. You know the truth. Malaya has it going on.
However, it seems to be going on behind her back.
You’ve just insulted real life people with similar facial features, but at least you put a fictional character in her place. Man, doesn’t it suck how Malaya says insensitive things while not thinking about the feelings of others?
It was actually meant to be facetiously hyperbolic, in terms of the two characters being way too overconfident and insulting each other.
Yeah, you really need to calm down.
Um, I don’t think Willis is the one who needs to calm down, here.
Whatever you say, Champ.
oh look, trolling
0/10 Way too blatant. A good trolling attempt needs to be subtle enough that people don’t immediately recognize it.
Fictional character must know their place or they’ll get uppity.
Damn you, Willis – you’re right! We with those features aren’t ugly – in fact, it sometimes makes us rather cute, and those whose features are not the “norm” are sensitive about it. I also have a cute little PUG nose, not PIG nose, but not too many freckles (I’m 47 now, and passed for my mid-20s as late as age 38).
Although I have known several Filipinos in my life, I haven’t met too many Pinoys/Pinays who have such a nose. Their noses are more like a smaller version of the shape of the nose you see on many African-Americans, and they are cute. Is Malaya 1/2 Filipina?
Malaya is 100% Filipino.
She is? Interesting. I’ve lived in the Philippines my whole life and I haven’t seen a Filipino/Filipina with freckles before.
I’m pretty ugly and I don’t have overconfidence issues…I think.
Malaya is a careless tease who doesn’t care who gets hurt in what way as long as she benefits… Oh good f***ing lord… She’s a sexually empowered Mike who can actually enjoy things.
Mike enjoys things. On at least one occasion he’s had wood.
Ugh! Why does Malaya have to be such a b*tch!
I like Robin in the fourth panel, though. Dunno why.
My posts are gonna keep getting deleted until I find out something new to say each day.
And yet I feel inclined to keep posting them because she’s an evil bitch.
I feel inclined to ban people who don’t take hints. Stop spamming these comments with the same sentence. Find a new schtick.
But this is my favorite one. :O
Aww wheres the eye gouging hair pulling clothesripping cat fight I was expecting an eye gouging hairpulling clothesripping cat fight.
there’s still time. the war has just begun!
If it ever comes to a physical fight, it’ll be over in seconds. Unless Malaya has superpowers, too.
Just a quick edit of today’s comic that will hopefully amuse.
Malaya rips into Robin
I approve! I think people should rhyme all the time, as I find it sublime.
All I am missing is a dash of Lime. ^_^
You know, I’ve just read all 18 strips that have Malaya in them, and I still have no idea why she’s getting all the hate.
The only two things that she’s done that I can possibly see people not liking is (1) taking an instant dislike to Robin, and (2) showing improper respect for geekdom.
Is that it? Am I missing something?
Toying with Leslie ‘s on that list too.
Off the top of my head…
-She was too lazy to get herself a job and was apparently trying to live rent free with people who DO work
-She is completely rude to her roommate (she doesn’t have to return his affections, just be considerate is all) despite the fact that he scored her a job
-She calls someone she doesn’t know a slut because she was on a video on the internet having sex. With one guy. And never again. Yay slut shaming!
-Along with that, she decides to jump at a relationship just to spite that person. Who she doesn’t know!
-She can’t take obvious hints vis a vis the interests of her coworkers (Ethan and toys). Mainly because she can’t be arsed to care about anyone.
Just to be clear, I think she’s a peach in terms of developing the story, but she’s obviously being written into the antagonistic role. I’d be surprised if she didn’t show some sympathetic traits eventually, but there’s no reason to act all confused about this.
Also included in that list is her complete and utter disdain for people who work — she makes it clear that she considers this job, and all the people who work there, to be beneath her, and doesn’t hesitate to bitch about work AT work. In short, she’s incredibly unprofessional on top of being rude.
She’s antagonistic to a point where the head alien could even take a few tips down. Anyway, you’re also forgetting her lack of respect for the rules/heirarchy that was developed in the store unless it benefits her (sweaty shirt on shelf, animal, and saying that Robin shouldn’t be in when she feels threatened.)
She’s honestly reminding me of some bad people who are real. That’s not a compliment :/ She’s an atypical user, the type who will justify her actions with anything, avoid work and take credit, and bend the rules unless they need to affect somebody else she doesn’t approve of. It’s not rare to find people like that, but there are few who can get away with it. Apparently Malaya has.
You clearly underestimate the power of the second thing.
I think the “31, tops” thing was a fourth wall thing.
The way both of them are talking about Leslie, neither of them look good.
Leslie so doesn’t deserve this.
But I love being entertained.
I’m surprised people are flinging insults at Malaya, but no comments on Robin’s objectifying Leslie. Just curious.
I’ve got no respect for Robin in this — I didn’t on yesterday’s either. But it also isn’t an either/or thing. Robin’s being petty and dumb, but Malaya’s still worse.
I’m pretty chill with Malaya, but I agree. Malaya has the chance to be the bigger person, and she’s egging Robin instead. But in this situation (re: today and yesterday) I don’t thinks she’s that much worse then Robin.
What, in her short history in this comic, would give you the idea that Malaya would ever be the bigger person about anything? She is snottiness and spite personified.
I didn’t say I expected her to be. Just that she had the chance.
That was the first thing I thought… hey! this is Leslie they are talking about o.o
I totally agree with you, I was going to say something on the last comic. Robin is acting really childish, and it bothers me, because she’s usually one of my favorite characters. I hope she figures out soon that Leslie isn’t just going to come back to her, and especially not with that kind of attitude.
pretty much sums up my feelings about Robins behavior right now (though last strip I interpreted more charitably…sigh >.>)
My opinion of malaya: Hate her as a person, for all teh reasons the haters before me have brought up.
Leslie deserves whatever she gets. Her judgment is terrible, and quite a bit of the time, so is her attitude.
-Have no idea what you’re talking about-
I agree completely! I mean, I like Malaya and Robin, but the way they’re talking about Robin really makes them look bad!
This comic and the previous one can be summarized in the following exchange:
Robin: “RAWR I AM HOT STUFF.”
Malaya: “Challenge Accepted.”
At this point, seducing Leslie for any reason, no matter how noble, makes it really hard for me to root for you. Malaya’s still worse right now, but only just.
Seconded. If this were a threat to injure Malaya if she continued to “mess with” Leslie, I would be 100% in Robin’s corner (and eagerly looking forward to Malaya scoffing and Robin reminding us all that she has super powers). But getting all territorial and jealous over the woman you gave away? Robin, you have learned nothing, and I begin to wonder if you can.
/sets up a Team Malaya tent
/joins Minder in the Camp Malaya tent
Needs more Ultra-Car.
just wait. i think at the end of all this, ultra car will be the one to win leslie’s affections. and then they will ride off into the sunset. to the amazon.
I approve of this. Muchly.
“You laugh? I dislike” really cracked me up. That’s something Galasso would say.
Can’t Faz show up and start fawning over Malaya? I mean, she’s even shorter than Amber! Think of how she could exploit him!
…Despite how she’s been acting, not even Malaya deserves Faz. >_>
Though it would make a lot of sense.
From what vibe I get from a number of the commenters here, it is more of the lines of ‘Not even Faz deserves Malaya’.
I don’t think I care about these characters any more.
Malaya is going to be hated like Roz.
Going to be? It took her about two strips to catch up.
It’s nice to see Robin never stopped thinking about Les’ feelings.
I think I like Malaya. Just now. I never really liked Robin as a person, so there is that. Hmm… Maybe it’s because Robin is TOO comic relief-y?
Dear Sanity. I have no idea why.
I like them both. And Roz! I honestly can’t understand so much hate here, I think they’re all awesome.
You all seem to be like, holy crap, they’re flawed! They make mistakes! BURN THEM BURN THEM. I mean, that’s what makes them interesting to me.
I for one am looking forward to the contest.
It is as I expected. Malaya is one of those.
At this point, I seriously doubt she’s gay.
So, really, it’s *Malaya*’s behaviour most of you are being shocked with right now? She sees a hot chick, she digs it. It’s normal. You can’t even say she really mess up with Les.
Les knows Malaya knows her sexual orientation, so it’s like a heterosexual girl taking off her shirt in front of a heterosexual boy, or the reverse: fair game, even if a little pranky. Seducing people would be quite boring without these kinds of good times.
On another hand, Robin here is showing both extreme arrogance in the seduction battlefield and pathological possessivity. Let’s also remember it’s still the same Robin who first treated Leslie like an object, then cheated on her *very publicly*, adding social humiliation to the pain of being relationshipscrewed.
Since she first appeared within the SEMME, I always loved Robin, but this time she’s just not thinking about anyone, not even thinking about her own dignity or interest, she’s just jealous someone else get close to the toy she abandoned herself, acting like the worst spoiled child.
When one decides to do something delicate as trying to seduce back their ex, they’d better do that for the best reason, aka “I still love her”, and not the too common and so horrible “Back off bitch she’s mine”.
Panel six? Hot damn. I didn’t think Mal was hot until right just now O.O
You gotta tap that, or what?
Is it horrible that I kinda want Mal and Leslie to get together only so that we can see more SexySeductressMal?
Human yes, horrible is way more subjective but as I too want to see MOAR Mal action, I would personally say no, it is not horrible, in fact it might even be awesome.
Malaya: still the best; also: owns
It’s kind of a shame that Robin has to throw out the laudable effort to respect Leslie’s feelings that she brought up in the last comic, for the incredibly petty reasons she brings up in this comic.
…you know, at this point I’m really kind of hoping that by the time Robin and Malaya have settled anything between them, Leslie will have met someone else.
go away Malaya
hmmmmm barley Legal Asian pie or Latina Heeeeeeat!
I resent the fact that a 35 year-old cannot have new, untamed sexiness!
I will be 35 in September, and…in terms many here will understand…I am mint-in-package! I can be returned-to-sender, unopened original! *huffs*
Know-nothing little beeotch!
If you got pushed off a hill would you be TumblRing?
Kinda funny how both girls forget that EMOTIONAL connections might play a bigger role in things. Yes, Leslie can find them both attractive and want to have sex with them, but Leslie has always seems more included towards emotional connections. I mean, she loved Robin because of her personality and behavior. The fact she was hot was icing on the cake it seemed. So just because Malaya is “younger and new” don’t mean jack necessarily.
Now Ultracar’s voice in my head is Bender’s.
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