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I’m on a boat.
The director can-can dances?
We can dance, we can dance
Everything out of control
We can dance, we can dance
We’re doing it from wall to wall
Hey, Abel! Where’s that popcorn??
And anything did!
Now with added groping!
Not a good idea to do that. I’ve seen a guy got his ass kicked for doing that.
Malaya sure doesn’t seem to mind where his hand is in the last panel.
That’s because that guy I mentioned before accidentally her boyfriend and his is not to happy about that.
I’m not sure what the problem is. I accidentally all the time, and it never causes me problems.
I think Willis needs to add a “boob-grab” tag.
I’ve frequently not been on boats.
I’m sorry, I’ve been waiting for that exact phrasing since Monday just so I could make this joke.
High five! I love Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead!
This…Actually could be sustainable.
I don’t think so. Jason’s to geeky for Malaya.
Leslie’s a total geek, and the only thing that prevented them from really hooking up was the “turns out I’m straight” thing.
To me the real obstacle is that Multiplex is supposed to be taking place hundreds of miles away. Of course, for the purposes of this crossover we are pretending they are on the west coast, but that sort of spatial anomaly can’t last very long.
Word of God, from the commentary on Tuesday’s comic:
“We’re just gonna handwave that and say that in the Multiplex universe, there’s a version of Shortpacked! in Chicago, and in the Shortpacked! universe, there’s a version of Multiplex in San Francisco.”
So, SP! Multiplex is just an AU version of the real Multiplex, right?
Yeah, but these events are happening in both universes.
sustain this! Or at least make it canon! Malaya and Jason banter is webcomic gold!!!
That’s what I was saying. These six strips are canon in both comics.
I maintain that this is also the case for the It’s Walky!/Fans! crossover, only there the separation was temporal rather than spatial (it was a different season in each comic).
Ah yes the, Kamen Rider Decade of BSing continuity for cool storys.
Anything indeed my dear Kenny.
Like your love interest doing it with Jason Todd in the employee only area.
Jason ATWOOD, which, in retrospect, makes this remark a bit embarrassing. Just a bit of fact checking from a Multiplex fan.
Yeah but he kinda looked like Jason Todd, isn’t he?
Well Dick Grayson or Tim Drake he ain’t.
I don’t think all directors are geeks. It’s just that the well-loved ones are.
No, some of them are NERDS!
Wasn’t that the plot of an episode of Freakazoid?
Oh, come on. You just know that a few of them are dorks.
Also, some are just batshit insane.
and the worst ones are Dweebs.
Worse than the pedophiles?
And we can’t forget the necrophiles.
I only have one question: How long until Ken discovers them?
My guess: Friday.
Whenever the dramatic highpoint hits.
Friday’s punchline: Damn, guess I’m lesbian after all.
Or “Damn, guess I’m asexual after all.” And then Malaya turned into a symbiote.
Malaya is a goa’uld? OOOOO!
More like Venom actually.
It would explain a great many things.
Nah, you can tell who is an alien symbiote because they suddenly develop a really bad…attitude…
Okay, you got me there.
That was supposed to be a reply to Aizat.
She’s also missing to refers herself as “us”
Toxin doesn’t refers to itself/himself as “us”.
Onak sha kree, shel Goa’uld?
Shel kek nem ron!
As long as Malay never reproduces I’m good with that.
*Malaya rawr stupid typo x.x
Malaya: “Shit, turns out I’m not straight, either!…You don’t happen to know if talking card have genders, do you?”
Cars. Talking cars.
It dark out. Me not can be good typing late. It for to sleep now.
Solomon Grundy want talking card too!
Grundy has talking gorilla. Isn’t that enough?
No, that’s Grodd. Grundy was the big zombie dude.
I know that. The joke being that he already has a talking gorilla as a colleague why do he need a talking card for? It’s bad I know.
Solomon Grundy should not talk. Him broke English are annoy… thing.
I wouldn’t want to give him a talking card.
It Solomon Grundy birthday (born on a Monday)!
Bizarro give talking card. When open, card say “Miserable unbirthday!”. Also sing Christmas carol.
Grundy am think Bizarro very strange chap.
I now demand a non-storyline comic featuring Solomon Grundy and Bizzaro as roommates.
Wow. Its those pants isn’t it? Braniac had a fit.
Give back Grundy soul!
What’s the geek level of John Carpenter?
He loved the scifi classic The Thing From Another World enough to make it even more awesome, so I’d say he’s a geek.
Geekier yet, he clearly went back and read the original novella, and made a much more faithful adaptation of it.
I don’t think John Ford was a geek. And anybody who calls Clint Eastwood one would be playing with their life and limb.
Clint is a total geek. For period films.
Micheal Bay is not a geek, he is a dork. He is 14 years old, and has recently discovered girls, but is not sure how to deal with them yet. And I have it on good authority that when he has an idea about how the CGI robot truck you built should act, he will come to your goddamn cubicle, get down on the goddamn floor, and pretend to be a goddamn robot truck.
Vrrm, vrrm, bitches.
I’m on a boat! I’m on a boat! Take a good hard look at the *BLEEP*-ing boat!
You may be on a boat; I’m on a horse.
Every art involves some science. I’d even argue that science involves some form of art. it’s a fine line really.
And any artist would be considered a geek, but but at least we make money off our geekiness.
Why, what has her ulcer ever done to you?
If you’ll excuse me, I think I just heard a drum set fall off a cliff.
And Malaya’s comment in the second panel reminds me of why I hate her so. She reminds me of every person who assumes that putting effort and care into creating something is “geeky” and therefore negative.
Good things they make movies for folks like that too. Like Marley & Me: The Puppy Years–he talks! And has soulless CG eyes. I can assure you, Malaya, that absolutely no thought or craft or “geeky”-ness went into the production of that movie.
Took the words right out of my mouth. Maybe she wouldn’t have so many problems in her day to day life if she didn’t consider “thinking things through” to be “geeky” and thus undesirable.
Malaya is the anti-geek. any contact with geekiness results in an explosive reaction. unfortunately our universe is made of mostly of them.
“Marley & Me: The Puppy Years”
…please tell me that this is not an actual thing which is true.
I dunno…does the dog die at the end of that one too?
Yup. I work at a library, and we just got about thirty fricken copies of it. He talks and has little dog friends that also talk, and they probably have wacky talking-puppy adventures.
And yes, as Garth pointed out, Marley does die at the end of the original movie. So that’s why this one is set while he’s a puppy!
Seriously, the voiced-over talking dog genre is disgustingly huge in kids movies right now and it makes me sad since we get every. Single. One. Also, Beethoven has a Christmas movie–he talks also.
Someone should tell her that hating on geeks is soooo high school.
I mean no one who works a job better than some dead-end retail stint still… cares… about.. hm.
Thanks for turning me on to Multiplex, Willis! 7 years of catch up, here I come!
You have a fun journey ahead of you!
Indeed! I picked up the ‘Plex after Gordon’s gravatar intrigued me and I follod the linky. Good stuff, Maynard.
Oh, Ken, you’re so deluded. XD
Also, damn all the other commentor’s who play the ‘use a different character’s name in place of Ken’s’ every tiem he shows up, I actually had to go look up what his name was because I couldn’t be sure it really was his name and I wasn’t continuing that stupid game.
You messed up. His real (and rarely stated) name is Shin Akuma. Yeah it’s weird but don’t judge.
I thought his name was Cracker Jack.
I thought his name was Candle Jack.
Watch me disappoint a bunch of people.
Ooh, cut off in mid-ellipsis!
GOD. DAMN. YOU. ALL.
It’s ok. You can at least take sollice in that his name is actually Vega.
I have no idea if this is promising or not since I havent read Multiplex
but I so wanna do it now becaus I fell in love with Jason the moment he started to talk<3
So you know nothing of Kurt yet? Ooh, I have excitement for you! *Crosses fingers hoping Kurt is in the crossover
I have finally caught up. I stopped reading this comic two years ago and I’ve missed it so. Mr. Willis sir, f’ing amazing.
And so as our Savior, David Willis, proclaimed, the Multiplex has been assimilated into the Walkyverse. His will shall be done. And it will be totally babies.
I’m calling it now – Malaya is either secretly a huge (possibly unaware of it) geek or shall become a geek – why? Just because…
Her attitude won’t change in the slightest and yet it will somehow make everyone who hates her love her well everyone who loves her will come to hate her…
and balance shall be kept in the universe…
and yet Ken will still have no chance with her…
… Does “wanting to hook up with a robot” count as huge geekiness? ‘Cause if so, you were right and I offer you a fruit basket.
Poor whatshisname can’t catch a break
I went back and tried to read Multiplex from the beginning. It’s got some good jokes in there (and I enjoyed the Knights of the Dinner Table reference early on, even if Bob was missing his glasses), but I got to about #49 and just couldn’t stand looking at it any more. I think it might be the lack of lines.
A lack of lines? That is easily solved, just buy some more coke so you can do some.
Trust me, the art improves drastically. (Lines never show up, but whatever.)
When Jason and Devi start visiting old theaters… Eye candy, man. Almost every comic starts out rough. Stick with Multiplex. Well worth it. If you like hand-drawn check out the last few months.
I know most comics start out rough and improve, but do keep in mind that the first Multiplex comic I laid eyes on was the most recent comic which was part of this crossover.
Also note that I’m a fan of KotDT, which doesn’t have great art by any stretch of the imagination. It’s not that the art in Multiplex is *bad* – it bothers my eyes, not my brain.
Man just give up. It never works out. You’ll never end up with who you want to.
But if you’re really lucky, sometimes you wind up with who you need to be with.
Problem is, who out there is that person for Ken?
What the hell does that mean? Why shouldn’t we be able to be with who we want?
Who is who we need, anyway? I got my heart broken by someone who didn’t feel the same. She was who I wanted and needed.
So yeah…the fuck?
To state the obvious, she didn’t want/need you?
it means *sings* you cant always get what you want! but if you try sometimes you might find you get what you need!…You need honky tonky women! gimme gimme gimme the honky tonk blues! *plays polka music*
What’s with the hot rockin’ of the ultra high frequency?
Anyway it’s just too bad Malaya has Ken under her thumb, or I could continue what you’re doing there
If she broke your heart, it sounds like she wasn’t who you needed.
Just becvause you want her doesn’t mean you needed her.
Ken clearly belongs with Ninja Rick.
Why do I suddenly ship this?
Because you know it could happen?
Sigh… Oh Ken…
Michael Bay isn’t a geek? I dunno… That doesn’t sound right for some reason…
Michael Bay is a frat boy and his films look like it.
Micheal Bay is clearly a massive military geek.
Seriously, how else do you explain him showing movie-goers the correct procedure for calling down an airstrike on a giant robot?
She means geek in the more classic (derogatory) sense, before everybody and their mother decided that being a geek was cool, of someone who is into a subject SO MUCH that it has a massively negative impact on their social skills. Bay seems to have social skills aplenty.
Geek used to mean, like, carnival freaks.
Don’t they bite the heads off chickens?
Yeah, that, too. But some people have a pretty white-washed idea of what circuses used to be like, because of Hollywood’s moral codes. Carnival freaks included dwarves, people with often horrible birth defects, the mentally handicapped… these people were complete social outcasts, totally shunned by mainstream society.
So for 1950′s jocks to go around calling people who liked math “geeks,” that was pretty mean stuff. As “real” circus geeks disappeared, the metaphorical usage of the term basically took it over, and there’s really nothing wrong with language evolving. Definitions change. That’s fine. I’m just saying people shouldn’t forget/ignore the historical definitions of the words they use, either, and at least in my opinion, saying an overgrown fratboy is a geek just stretches the definition a little too far.
I mean, imagine if, in fifty years, jocks walked around proud to consider themselves a “sports retard.” That’s kind of how divorced from its older meaning the word “geek” is becoming.
So being referred to by their, y’know, jockstrap is… totally babies? *completely confused*
I know a lot of frat-geeks. Or maybe that’s just my frat.
Greek geeks. Greeks.
Thanks, ShadZ. ThadZ.
I think Malaya is actually the devil….
What are you talking about? She looks nothing like Mike.
Yeah, I can’t really hold the make-out session against Malaya. If Tenshi didn’t bother to inform her when he asked her to go to the movies that this was meant to be a DATE date, she’s not exactly committed to anything on his part.
I can, however, totally hold her views on cinema directors against her. And I do. Oh yes, I do.
i don’t think malaya would have gone if she was told it was a DATE date.
Or at least I don’t think she would have acted any differently.
Which is probably why Tenshi didn’t tell her.
Did Ken suddenly change character models or something? His head looks gigantic in that penultimate panel.
That’s distortion from the San Fran/Chicago Asshole vortex. Notice how tiny it made Jason’s hands.
What’s Gabe from Penny Arcade doing here, and why’s he so interested in what could happen with Malaya?
Poor poor delusional Fei Long.
“Huh… turns out I’m actually into koalas…”
You’re going straight to hell beside Pepito for that one.
I thought we were having stove top? I want none of this soul-toast.
So you know nothing of Kurt yet? Ooh, I have excitement for you! *Crosses fingers hoping Kurt is in the crossover*
i don’t think ken should end with malaya, but i still can’t help feeling sad for him.
I don’t. He’s very immature about love, and if he doesn’t stop that “boyfriend in waiting” nonsense, then his heartbreak is only the product of his own self-made delusion. Malaya can’t be any more clear with her disinterest in him short of telling him to f— off and never talk to her again, and Ken isn’t seeing her clearly enough to be in love with her instead of a shadow he’s built in his head.
Ken needs to grow up and get over his passive aggressive, self-degrading infatuation. Especially since it seems entirely based on her race & her rack.
And her rack isn’t even all that great.
The time-stamp on your post suggests you spoke 44 minutes too soon.
They must be pretty short-staffed tonight if Melissa is on concessions.
And poor Ken. He’s going to be so crushed.
Heh. Oops. That slipped by me when he showed it to me…
Well, she’s got her old hairstyle. You’re already bending space, you could bend time too and set these strips in the pastfuture.
Good. Maybe a good shock will finally wake him up. She’s no good for you, man. She’s just no good.
Is this what they call…NTR?
I don’t feel sorry for Ken, he’s a tool.
Malaya, you work in a toy store. Before that, you spent six months sitting at home playing video games, sponging off your friends and giving them pissy looks when they suggested that you should help out. You take no joy or interest in anything, including your own bastardry. The only person you’ve shown any human emotion for whatsoever is the latest in your long string of failed relationships, and when you tried to help her the best you could think of was to go to her parents’ house and leave butt-prints on their car. Just what is it that you think gives you the right to look down on geeks? Are you, like Billie in DOA, someone who was once cool who thinks her former coolness still applies?
She’s just a bitch, that’s all the justification she needs. She has an assload of self-loathing that she gladly projects onto others, like mentos and diet coke vomit. Before she can start becoming nicer to others, she’s got to get over herself.
Y’know what you put it like that, you answer the big question of “Why do you hate Malaya but like Mike?” in a different way that has less to do with who’s more realistic.
Mike actually takes a strange sense of joy, and definitely takes interest, in being such a terrible person. He puts effort into it, like a craftsman. So he’s not just some black-hole of worthlessness.
Not that Malaya’s completely worthless–she provides plenty of drama.
Well, I don’t know if you’re ‘asking’ why Mike is tolerable, Laura, or if you’re connecting with why Mike is tolerable.
For me it basically has to do with the fact that Mike actually is ‘critical’ of people in the sense of holding them to the standards they purport to have. Like when he was helping move Galasso back into the cage he was pretty much taking Ethan to task and forcing him to think about what he was doing – kind of.
The other stuff is played for humor and isn’t necessarily definite – when he heard about a cat allergy you saw him carrying a cat but you didn’t see if he actually used it… he probably didn’t.
And, I know some people have only read Shortpacked, but Mike has actually put himself on the line to help or save other people.
Mike acts crotchety and holds a person to the standards they claim to have and is otherwise part of gag moments – all that if you forget the fact that he’s a hero. Malaya’s just bitchy. They’re not at all alike in my mind.
Awesome. Pawn her off on Multiplex, and let us never speak of her again. Ever.
Or maybe this – Angie and Duncan have a terrible fight and Jason is such an ass to her that she leaves the ‘Plex and goes to work for Galasso. ‘Cause she thinks she needs to be punished and stuff.
I say Good Trade!
But I just read Multiplex, and I like the cast too much for that.
Maybe we could do a crossover with Sometime Positive. I’m sure the cast of that strip could find a place for Malaya. Randy has taken in strays from other series twice before, and cast could use a new deserving chew toy.
Now that’s the perfect solution!
I dunno. I can see the Chordes walking into Shortpacked! as a great way to conclude the strip. They judge everyone in the store wanting and lay waste to the whole thing, the alien inside Galasso jumps out of the body and into his escape pod, fire and damnation…
Oh, and then of course Faz discovers Nerdrotica and his head explodes in pleasure. We next se his remains being violated by Avagadro for all time.
Ha! Willis is in today’s S*P!
This calls for a picture of Willis, McAlpin, and Milholland as the Ghostbusters crossing their streams. Which streams is to be determined by how polluted your mind may be…
I have now read all of Multiplex. Damn you Willis.
Actually, it was awesome and I’m glad I did.
I envy you that amount of time. I at one point was able to start Roomies! and finish here when Reagan was still around in 3 days. But now I’m still a couple hundred pages from catching up on Blip since Sage came back. She does the animations so I can’t do it on my cheap phone, though.
Meh. It’s not that hard to catch up on web comics. It took me all of 10 hrs of reading over two days to finish Roomies! through to the then current Shortpacked! last year, which is about what a 300 page novel takes. That was a week after I spent the three hours to do so for DoA (back early on Friday morn) which was a month after I did that for Shortpacked.
Insomnia has som bonuses I guess.
Only took me about two days to get up to here, with very little of this “sleep”
Fun fact: You can track my descent into madness through my comments throughout this strip
I may have a really bad teacher in an attendance required class.
Five bucks says they’ll hate each other by the end.
Micheal Bay seems to be a big fanboy with guns, cars, explosions, and hot girls.
I feel sorry for Green Wolf if he found Malaya and Jason together.
JEE. DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING.
(no offense Willis)
This was set up in the first strip. If you DIDN’T see this coming, we would have worried about you.
This is unrelated but… Community’s renewed for three seasons
Wait, no, wait, WHAT? Where did you hear this?
That says the third season is returning, not that it got renewed for three seasons.
Jason is about to show Malaya the ‘employee only area’, hur hur.
Move on, Ken. She’s not worth it~! XD
I’d feel bad for ken but I have no connection to ken and feel nothing for that idiot. If he got hit by a bus in the next comic I wouldn’t bad an eye. This means david will probably give him a sudden fleshing out at some critical point.
I pretty much feel the same way. Ken doesn’t have really any character depth beyond his pathetic crush on Malaya and a meme revolving around his name. Appreciation for Ken seems to depend on whether you’re still in the state where you can find sympathy for his actions or whether you’ve moved beyond that. (My bias, instantly apparent.)
Malaya, for all her issues, is a much better developed and interesting character than Ken. Hell, their roommate Arnold feels like he has more depth, and he’s only been in two strips, largely revolving around getting Malaya to work and telling Ken he’s an idiot. Ken could vanish, and no one would notice or care.
Weird. I have a different avatar from my other posts above…
Ho ho! Secret achievement unlocked.
I have to agree. Plus, there’s really no way for Tenshi to win here. Even if he got what he thought he wanted, she’d be so dissatisfied with the relationship that she would slowly destroy him.
Moving on is the only healthy move he can possibly make, and I see no spark of self-awareness that will lead him that way.
Ken gay rebounds to Ethan. i’m calling it now
“I’m tired of women’s games, why can’t women ebb more like you Ethan?”
SEVERAL VODKAS LATER
sex, graphic sex
I imagine it would be more like Ken does to Ethan what Malaya did to Les
Shortpacked posts every strip at Midnight ET/ 9 PT. What time does the next Multiplex post?
Multiplex updates at midnight Central, so 1am ET/10pm PT.
So I started reading Multiplex because of this crossover. It’s pretty good.
I love it how Malaya’s last name is revealed in somebody else’s comic, while she’s in her underwear. That was unexpected.
I like your second comic, Gordon. Malaya’s shocked look in the last panel is well done. I’m interested to see how this storyline concludes!
twinky asian guy about to get his heart broken by a girl and a more mature, caring gay man in the same comic? gay sex within a week or two, i am calling it
Hahaha Ken you pathetic loser. At least I don’t entertain delusional fantasies like that…anymore.
No, Bay is just a talentless hack that’s never directed a good movie in his entire life. I’d rather watch Uwe Boll’s entire filmography in one sitting than suffer through any of Bay’s movies ever again…
Actually, Bay geeks out over things like different sorts of cameras. He made ILM re-render Devestator because they had used the wrong type of “camera”. Keep in mind that rendering Devastator melted a computer’s motherboard, and, I assume, cost gajillions of dollars.
Ken really needs to learn how to take a hint
Hell not even a hint, her clear unhappyness at the thought of being in a romantic relationship with him
I swear to God, Malaya is bad enough to make me not want to read this webcomic. And I LOVE Shortpacked. The characters are real, they’re organic, the art is great, I love just about everything in this. Malaya really is that bad.
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