It’s storytimes again! Updates return to M-T-W-T-F schedule.
Also I’d like to cop a feel off of Amber too.
Must resist temptation.
Yay! Storytime! *Sits in circle with punch and cookies*
Punch? That must mean a different thing where you come from, or you went to the hardcoringest kindergarten in the world.
Hells yeah! Other schools had wet pants – we had a wet bar!
Sadly punch in The OC is often just fruit drink flavored corn syrup.
“punch” = “fruit punch”
I was homeschooled, we called it punch and/or fruit punch as well
Squee! A wedding!
I love a wedding especially the free food.
I love weddings too. Drinks all around.
….what’s that? We’re out of rum?
It’s always gone.
Because Ninja Rick won’t let people drink a filthy pirate beverage!
As someone who’s recently gotten married in California, I can attest that you don’t need a church to have a realish ceremony. You can always invite friends over to the courthouse. (After all, you still need witnesses!)
Depends on what you mean by realish.
A condiment made of finely chopped sweet dill pickles plus other seasonings.
Lol, good sir or madam, lol.
Yeah there are a lot of nice places that you can rent for weddings and all you need to make it official is someone with legal authority to marry people be they a cooperating member of the clergy or a justice of the peace. I do hope they have something because I really want to see the Warners again and there’s bound to be awkwardness if Stacey O’Malley is in the same room with Jacob.
I’ve always liked the idea of using a theater. Kind of strips away the pretense.
An outdoor wedding would be nice, too. I once worked (1989-1997) for a tourist boat ride in eastern Pennsylvania where the boats were pulled along part of a 60-mile-long (by 60 feet wide, 3-1/2 feet deep) canal by mules walking on an adjacent towpath.
I have captained private parties where a couple were wed upon the boat, which carried up to 80 passengers. I believe that, had there been no clergy present, I could have wed the couple as well, as I was the captain of a vessel!
Unfortunately, the mule barge no longer operates thanks to flood damage to Delaware Canal State Park, where the ride operated as a concession.
I got married on a boat, so, yeah.
On a boat, on a boat, on a mothafuckin’ boat?
They’re on a boat aaaaaaaaand,
It’s going fast aaaaaaaaaand.
BOATS AND HOS
At least there isn’t so much stigma for having babies out of wedlock anymore.
How much you wanna bet that Leslie’s mother is a General Patton when it comes to weddings and wedding planning?
If that happens, I really wanted to see the wedding version of the reading of the book written by a magnificent bastard.
Mike wrote a book? Probably about Leslie’s mom. For a nickel.
Twenty-three weeks already? Really!
In the Walkyverse, one must always date from the beginning of the originating storyline, not from the revelation.
Amber was already several weeks pregnant by the time she noticed. Morning sickness usually hits around six weeks. Count the weeks since the week of the 10th of September to this week, starting with six, and you get roughly 23 when you reach this week.
That’s pretty much what I figured on.
I always figured that if Mike entered a church, either he’d spontaneously catch fire or the church would.
The church, definitely.
Spontaneously? It takes him a lot of planning to time the perfect fireball, dammit!
He’s so good that he can make even his spontaneous fireballs perfect.
I think Leslie’s approach to the belly should be made a law. After two sisters and three cousins going through pregnancy, it gets annoying having to deal with how annoyed they get over people copping baby feels.
I first read this strip right around midnight, so I was tired and initially read panel 1 as “Permission to cop a feel, baby!”
An approach which should also be made a law, IMHO.
If Bobby Walkerton got Martian DNA through Joyce and Walky, then Mike’s kid would get Martian DNA as well, so he would become slightly stronger than a regular human, if not the same strength as Mike. So would Amber deliver the child normally, or is it going to as graphic as the birthing part in the fourth Twilight book, Breaking Dawn?
I’m not the biggest expert on the lore of this, but isn’t it only Walky and Sal who have martian DNA because their mother had some, and all the other ‘abductees’ simply had enhanced junk?
*enhanced dna and junk
(hur hurr, you said enhanced junk.)
I was under the impression that martian DNA can be inherited, in general. http://www.walkypedia.com/index.php/Martian
Got a good point, though. The Walkertons had Martian DNA. That was unique because all the other abductees had Alien DNA, but not Martian.
Enhanced junk? I think you’ve explained this relationship for those who still had any doubts.
As I understand it, Walky and Sal were born with Martian DNA because their mother gained Martian DNA through the resurrection chamber. We don’t know if the resurrection chamber further upgrades abductees, but if it does, then Walky has the greatest amount of Martian DNA on the planet. Since Joyce is also an abductee, their union would make Bobby far stronger than a “pale copy” like Mike and a non-abductee like Amber.
I’d like to see Leslie with a new hairstyle. Is her hair short or just tucked under? either way, it looks weird. She should get something edgier.
But then Galasso would be less confused!
It isn’t her hair being short, it’s that she looks grannyesque when she’s supposed to be…in her 20s? 30s?
Oh Leslie, you’re so diabolical.
Your avatar made this line perfect
I have to say I’m a bit nervous about this. Weddings have been proven to make time stop in the Walkyverse, at least when the parties involved are main characters.
Also, that baby is just desperately hoping Amber’s belly will line up with someone’s crotch.
I could totally see Robin running around in a panic because last time she attended a wedding it cause the universe to splinter and all her friends became college age again.
Actually, my theory is that since Robin was meant to officiate the ceremony, she forgot and the other characters are still there waiting for her.
Except she’s pretty clearly there in what little of the wedding we saw.
The image of them all standing around in the chapel for a couple of years because Robin’s forgotten to show up is pretty amusing, though.
Oh Leslie (or rather, Mr Willis), thank you SO much for asking for permission to cop a baby feel.
Even between friends, it’s awkward to have someone rub your stomach without warning.
Amber looks too small for 23 weeks.
I think it’s supposed to mean “23 weeks to go”. Seems like a confusing way to phrase it though.
In my experience “23 weeks” is almost always used in the context of age/development.
If you ask someone how far along they are, they’re more likely to say “23 weeks” than “just about six months.” If you ask someone how old their newborn is, they’re more likely to say “seven weeks” than “about two months old.” Or, for that matter, “fourteen months” instead of “a little over a year old.”
that’s not a trend i follow. before the baby is born, i don’t want to know its develop in weeks. i’d much rather have months. it’s easier to figure out how far along things are. and then when the baby is born, i go straight to years.
my sister in law was relieved when i couldn’t describe her son as “zero years old”.
23 weeks to go would mean that she’s *less* preggers–23 weeks is 6 months!
I read it as “23 weeks along” too. But some women show less than others.
What’s to argue about, except for bouts into individual storylines (with filler catchup in between), the Walkyverse generally follows realtime. It’s a pretty safe assumption that after all of the reader question week and other filler that we are indeed on January 9th, 2012 in the Walkyverse.
Leslie just gained my respect by asking to feel Amber’s stomach. I’ve heard of random strangers who would literally go up to a pregnant woman and feel their stomach without asking.
Hell, I’ve had random strangers walk over and start petting my arm because I was wearing a fluffy sweater, or touch my hair on days I didn’t straighten it. Yet another good reason I plan on never having a children: I’d spend the end of any pregnancy in jail for punching people who pulled that crap. (I’ve listened to friends complain about it too.)
Leslie continues to be awesome.
I am stealing that line on my next friend/co worker that gets pregnant. ‘Cop a baby feel’. Heh.
Also: I want to see how drunk they have to get Mike for a wedding to happen in a church.
If they get married in a church, does Mike have to get baptized?
Y’know, I had completely forgotten that Amber was raised Catholic. Now I want to see Mike go through Pre-Cana.
Oh holy crap, I just realized how soon Amber’s going to have her kid. I don’t think I’m ready!
Which is a weird feeling, because, uh… she is a fictional character.
Back to another storyline~! Yay! Why doesn’t amber just get Mike drunk for their wedding? And isn’t it more in Leslie’s character to overlook her own negative religious experiences to support Amber? Although I do think it would be effective if Willis found a way to involve Leslie’s family. They could show up at the church or something like that.
It’s not too hard to have a pretty strong philosophical opposition to so much as setting foot in a church. I mean, would you go to a – wait, let’s not get into specifics here. Think of a group that you believe has really hurt and targeted you, with a vicious and unrelenting assault, and ask yourself, would you drop by their place?
Of course, it’s not all Christian denominations that persecute gays. In San Francisco particularly, it’s not hard to find gay-friendly congregations.
It may feel that way though.
Hear hear. My New England congregation recently voted to establish ourselves as an Open And Affirming church, which basically means we believe it is no longer God’s will for homosexuality to be considered a sin. At all.
I think the proper question would be how do you marry a dead man? If there are records of Mike’s death, wouldn’t that be a little bit odd?
I imagine SEMME just didn’t release info on who died during that battle, since at least some of them were due to be resurrected. Otherwise Walky would have had trouble getting married as well.
Well, more trouble than the author getting cold feet and running away with a younger fictional universe.
Don’t know how that applies to Mike, who was supposed to be impossible to resurrect. It’s possible the government informed his parents out of courtesy, but asked them to keep it private.
Well, as far as being “Impossible to resurrect”, remember Walky got that by some “DNA” that Joyce had. Isn’t it conceivable that they might have gotten something from Mike’s room at SEMME (like a hair strand from a brush) to resurrect him?
it can’t be any worse than when he has to file taxes. although i suppose the government wouldn’t have any problems receiving tax payments from dead people.
Panel 1, awesome. It’s so disturbing when people think they can just reach out and touch someone without asking.
This storyline is going to be awesome. And totally babies MacIntyre.
D’Awww maid of honor invite!
And the question is: who’ll be Mike’s Best Man?
Ethan? Galasso? Jacob? Joe? Ninja Rick?
The answer has to be …. Faz.
I’d hope someone from SEMME. Maybe even Walky.
Making Faz the best man is the most assholish thing he can do
The return of Reagan?
Ok, saying you wouldn’t come otherwise? Odd. Why would she do that?
if i remember right she came from an uptight christian family. heeeere it is (took me a few minutes to find):
And she’s, you know, gay. And her family positioned the uptight christianness as being an enemy to gayness. So it’s a bit like dropping by your enemy’s place to party.
Don’t you remember that song by Loverboy?
Because Trekkies and God just don’t mix.
The dialogue is particularly natural in today’s strip. It feels like a normal conversation between friends.
If I may make a suggestion, an old friend of mine got married at a very cool church over on Russian Hill across from the Anchor Steam brewery. It’s now Episcopalian, I think, but used to be Russian Orthodox and they kept the Orthodox layout and ran with it. The inside of the dome has paintings done in a style like Orthodox icons, but feauring an unusual group that includes “saints” like Charles Darwin, Malcolm X, and Paul Erdos (nerd cred!).
…I must make a pilgrimage to this church.
Found it: it’s St. Gregory’s Episcopal. It’s Rincon Hill, not Russian Hill, actually. I always get those mixed up.
It’s a nice place (speaking as an agnostic here). Though Amber O’Malley might prefer a Catholic church.
Well, I’m finally caught up with the Walkyverse!! (I think, there still might be some paid subscriptions of Joyce and Walky I’m missing, but nobody can tell me!!) BTW, the last Joyce and Walky I’ve seen is them wondering what would happen if they met in college (or not at all). Anyway, thank you Mr. Willis for getting me through my BORING stretch of mid shifts. Great webcomic, keep it up!!
Screw churches, or any sort of formal ceremony! The real action is at the reception.
If I ever marry (HA!), it’ll be something quick & fast…and have the most AWESOME Halloween costume wearing, haunted house crawling, reception EVAH!
….if you want to, I guess, but the reception is the really expensive part.
Somebodies getting marrieeeeeed!!!!!!
Why can’t Mike come near to churches?
Because he’s evil.
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