You guys were off by a vowel.
Which one? Donna Tello? XD~~~
It coulda been worse. She could have named her kid Bebop Krang O’Malley.
or Techno Drone O’malley
or even April O’Malley.
But that would have been awesome.
Di Mand Sean X
Casey Rocksteady Splinter Foot O’Malley-Warner
Venus Buzzoff Pizza Face O’Malley-Warner
Just so long as she isn’t Venus De Milo Warner.
Venus Cody Biggles Garageman Howie Warner?
Don’t be silly, that’s the name of her future band. XD
venus de milo warner?
Robin, you just can’t keep your blasted mouth shut, can you?
We need to get Robin together with Something*Positive‘s Vanessa. Nuff Said.
Personally I want Amber and Vanessa to meet. Love of Ponies would bring them to the convention and that much craziness in one room would be epic.
Amber vs. Vanessa: Ponycon Smackdown
Why fight each other? I could see them teaming up to beat up the Bronies that ruin it for everyone else. It would be all the better if they don their disguises, Amber as Amazi-Girl and Vanessa in her pink Godzilla outfit.
Speaking of Bronies… http://www.fmylife.com/intimacy/19846265
I second that motion!
Marvin Waitforit Erikson has a better name.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that particular face on Mike before.
next thing you know, we will develop a facial-tic.
Babies have that effect on people
Yes, babies can lead to embolisms.
This is so babies.
It’s babies MacIntyre.
No, it’s babies Warner.
Mike’s face in the last panel is fantastic. >.<
Turtle Power dudes.
I’d be more worried people would associate her with Donatella Versace. I can respect someone being named after a ninja turtle.
Besides it could be worse. I heard of some kid named Shazam Wil Wheaton Dowden-Patel.
You forgot the second hyphen. Hyphens are the source of his power.
I knew a guy who named his daughter Jances Raistlin-Majere Baisler-Ridge.
I heard some kid named Dorcus.
I’ve heard of a kid named Sephiroth Anakin.
Sounds like the sort of name one gives a Marty Stu character in one of their fanfictions.
I don’t care what people name their kid as long as it can be spelled. There’s too many names with alternative spellings that are really a poor attempt at being clever. For the sake of the child parents should pick something that won’t get them targeted by all the other kids. Of course I wouldn’t worry about Donna. She’s Mike’s spawn. I’m surprised he didn’t go along with that for the sake of giving his kid to get into fights, but the look on his face says otherwise.
Why not just name the kid Genocidal Rampage?
Don’t be silly, that is the name of her future band.
i know someone who actually named their baby grimlock. legal name. not even a middle name. this was after backing down from optimus prime.
I recently heard of a kid whose second middle name was “Danger”. Which is awesome.
I heard of twins called Richard and Johnathon K’noff.
True story. My grandfather taught them years ago.
Kevin Smith named his kid Harley Quinn.
Let’s just hope she didn’t meet with any psychopath in her future.
I’m still mad he did that before I thought of it.
I suppose Pamela Isley is still possible.
“Worse”? That’s an EPIC name.
Mike’s face? Priceless.
The bad part is explaining it to Donna when she gets older.
“I named you after a fictional character I really want to sleep with”.
Yeah, that’ll be awkward.
Woo! That baby finally popped. This took longer than the “five minutes” it took for Planet Namek to explode.
OMG, those DBZ episodes. the only place where five minutes can take 20 half hour episodes. and why nobody ever starts fighting at full power instead of getting their butt kicked for a few episodes then saying they werent at full power and charging up? and, and… i should stop.
congrats Mike and Amber. may your she-Damien reign over the wasteland that is to come.
And the thing is, the writers totally had an out for why they could squeeze so much into those ‘fuive minutes’ with the whole super speed thing but then they’d cut to Bulma who can’t move or percieve things at that speed so they really were taking that long.
In those days they had to fill as much as humanly possible. There was at least one instance where someone would bring in a single page of the manga and say “make an episode out of this.”
Yeah, they were basically desperately trying not to run out of manga to adapt.
At least Frieza was surprised the planet was holding together at one point.
I just excused the five minutes as Friezas Bad math.
hey, we don’t know what time system he was converting from!
“Namek time” pretty much still is a running gag among anime fans around here.
It wasn’t called “Drag-on Ball” for nothing.
Quitcher bellyaching. Try explaining how “fighting” time works in a Dragon Ball Z roleplaying game. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WTEXPCAYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
that’s why i don’t like like DBZ.
Now that was pretty damn funny.
And Mike’s face looks very Archie…
Is Amber his Betty or Veronica? And who is the other one?
I don’t think that even Mike saw that one coming. But hey, it’s not a bad name.
Ethan look so old in that first panel…that birth must have taken FOREVER
Amber successfully trolled Mike.
Perfect proof it was meant to be.
Indeed! Well played, Amber.
What speed is your STD?
Well that’s not a face I thought Mike was capable of making when sober.
Who said he’s sober?
Well, she always wanted to get Donatello in her vagina. This counts, right?
Thanks for the imagery there.
That will only happen if she ever gave birth backwards!
I don’t think she wanted him crawling out of it. Unless she daydreams of being a manhole.
So? Donna Mae is a pretty good name. At least her name ain’t Dorcus.
Nothing wrong with Dorcus. I’ve got some ancestors named that. Dorcus is a good name.
The only problem is that it is pronounced Dork-cuss, thus invite bullying.
since we were talking about Donna here, she´s probably super strong AND immune to criticism, as well as having Mike as a father.
The bullies wouldn’t stand a chance
I’m naming my new puppy Dorkus Beus Goodus or Munchkin or Stinky. Haven’t decided yet.
Naaah, you should go for the classic: Biggus Dickus.
Or Incontinentia Buttocks.
It’s better than shlomo
What do you have against Shlomo? I would name my son Shlomo If I had one.
The avatar accompanying that comment is perfect!
I’m a traditionalist – I’d go with Phydeaux.
Man, I have the weirdest urge to congratulate…somebody. Yay! Fictional infants!
Same here. Yayyyy!
Have a fictional cigar!
Out of curiosity, was it natural birth or cesarean?
As natural as a drugged-as-much-as-possible birth can be.
That’s how I plan to do it if I ever give birth! If I can’t handle a mild headache without popping 3 aleve I seriously doubt I’ll be able to cope with a pain a friend of mine who went through a natural birth (it was her first pregnancy) once described to me as being “like someone was trying to rip both her legs off her body.”
Drugged out of my mind please!
Incidentally she also named her second child after a fictional leather jacket wearing hunter of the supernatural.
Van Von Helsing?
Ah yes, Fonzie’s little-known career as a freelance vampire hunter.
I didn’t realize there were so many XD None of these are right though.
Too bad, Blade would be an awesome name.
Even funnier than being named after a ninja turtle is having a dad with the same name as one.
But still. Way to sneak that name past Mike there Amber. *lol*
Ha ha, wow, this is what it takes for sober!Mike to make an expression? Personally I like the name Donna, although when I say Donna Warner it comes out Donna Wonna.
Question? Where’s Mike’s parents? They are some of the few people that have an unquestionably good relationship with him. Have they even been informed?
Amber would have to tell them, since Mike doesn’t talk to them. Amber’s been busy. And, well, they live on the other side of the continent.
too busy for a phone call?
Dude, she was pushing a baby out of her cooter.
“UUUGGGHHH!!! Hey Mom and dad-in law!”
*huff* *huff* “I just wanna…-mph- let you know..Huahhh!!!” *Huff * *Huff* “that you’re gonnaaaAAHHHH! Cheetos Christ! Uh! Uh! Uh! Uh! Ahhh!!!” *whimpers and cries* “-gonna be grandparents!”
They live in Manhattan. Shortpacked! is in the San Francisco area. Even if they called the second Amber went into labor, it’d still take several hours for them to get to the airport, get tickets for the next flight to SF, go through security, fly there, get out and get to the hospital. And that’s assuming they instantly drop whatever they may have been doing, don’t pack, and already had arranged for lodging and such. They’ll be there in a few days, but cross-continental flights are still pains in the neck.
Unless they call that nice young English man with the bow tie, who initially gave them the news of Mike’s demise.
If anyone could guilt Jason into providing some quick transport, it would probably be them.
That’s a good point. Where is Cdr. Chesterfield? You’d think Jason, out of all of the still-living SEMME agents; would at least send a nice card or cheese basket or something.
In all of IW!, Jason was the closest thing Mike had to a friend. Or, at an absolute minimum, someone Mike dispised *marginally* less than the rest of humanity. Jason and Mike went out drinking occasionally, which implies Mike was WILLING to go get his booze on with Jason. And, as this Jason indicates, “if he did it, he wanted to…”
she’s been pregnant for nine months. that’s not a good excuse. mike’s parents should have been notified of the due date as soon as amber found out. if mike wasn’t going to tell them, i get it. but if nothing else, amber should have forced him to do so or just call them herself. the baby may have been born late, but grandparents (especially grandmothers) aren’t going to care. they would have arrived a few days early and they sure wouldn’t mind staying a few days late.
now i’m upset that torru asked. i lost some respect for amber.
Maybe Amber assumed Mike had. She’s not monitoring his activities at all times.
….for nine months?
Dude. Mike’s parents knew the due date. Amber was only busy WITHIN THE PAST FEW HOURS. They’re not right here, right now because they live on the other side of the world and Amber already has her own flesh-and-blood mother nearby.
seriously! the internetz is seriously business!
That and the Warner’s might not be retired It’s not easy to just take time off and fly to San Francisco to be there on the day they think might be their grand child’s birth.
I hope Ryan is ready to call my brother and sister-in-law horrible people because only two grandparents out of six were there for the birth. (Which, like Donna’s birth, was weeks past due.)
WEEKS past due? Why didn’t Amber induce? My brother was only a couple days late when my mother was planning to do that but labor happened naturally before the scheduled date.
It depends on the individual, I imagine.
Oh god Mike’s face as the realization sets in and it took Robin all of two seconds to figure it out! I love it!
Robin’s actually pretty smart, when she can be made to focus for more than two seconds.
Donna Mae Warner sounds like Donna May Warn Her.
Got that the name would be a pun on Warn ‘er. My guess was Anita.
Can she be nicknamed Dot? Pleeeeeeaaaaasssseee?
Man, if my last name was Warner my future sons Yakko and Wakko would hate me.
If you name your sons Yakko and Wakko, they not like you too much anyway.
That only works for Dorothy, unfortunately.
Though you can say that, for now, she is the Don of this comic.
She could, but then she would have to kill you.
Everyone should be named after a Ninja Turtle!
Awww, she’s nomming on the blanket!
Seriously, I keep trying to close out the computer and go to bed, but then I scroll up to see it and spend a few seconds going “D’aaaaaw!” before forgetting what I was doing and doing something else. Damn you, Willis.
you’re right i was off by one vowel, but i figure mike allowed their child to be named that b/c of how closely they sound to each other
Newborn Mutant Ninja Turtles… Eh, it could happen.
And now the Warner parents can move into a two bedroom Water Tower…
Who is Donna Mae(i am racking my brain but i can`t figure it out DX)
Meh, that’s reaching.
“Off by a vowel” -> Full form of first name “Donatella” -> one-vowel change to “Donatello” -> She does machines, that’s a fact Jacqui.
ew, wait… the mental images… my brain is now sitting down over there, waiting for Hansen.
Vibes and sybians can count as machines.
Mae = Michael Angelo?
Well, now we know why April spent so much time hanging out with them. Ol’ Don had her hookup.
Also, Michelle and Michaela are perfectly acceptable.
Err… “Off by a vowel” refer to the fact that some of us (including me) thought that the baby will be named “Dina”, one vowel away from “Donna”.
What? Her name’s *not* Dot Warner?
They were definitely not naming their kid Dorothy after the wedding incident.
Stop taunting me with the comics I can’t read, Willis. I can barely afford food.
Just another thing to add to my list once my fiscal ship comes in.
Amber and Mike 1 The World 0
I wonder if Mike will do something to change the baby’s name on the register.
My husband’s dad Frank did that. Wanted to name the baby Frank too; his mum wanted Michael. She agreed to “Michael Frank”, and then the dad went and filled out the register as “Frank Michael”. No one was the wiser until Mike got a copy of his birth certificate for his driver’s license when he was sixteen.
He eventually legally changed his first name to Michael and lost the Frank entirely. For some reason they never had a very good relationship.
I’ve always thought that agreeing to one name and then filling out the register however the hell you want is a completely dick move.
Also, what’s the point of doing it secretly? If you name him “Frank” but call him “Michael” for his whole life, how have you achieved anything useful?
I really love the artwork in panel 1. The placement of the characters works really well.
Oh Amber you adorable geek you, traumatising your kid for the love of 80s pop culture. My son, Metroplex, should have a play date.
It’s a good job I haven’t bred (…yet?). My sneak references would be even WORSE.
Dose this mean Aslan is no longer waiting for the bus?
Aslan’s waiting for a different bus.
Any bus that comes by, Aslan is waiting for a different one?
I know that feeling all too well.
So, what, it’s like Schrodinger’s Bus?
Given Willis’s hoosier roots, he’s probably waiting for an IndyGodot bus.
Now that’s a fact, Jack. Stupid Indy transportation system or lack thereof.
Aslan is ALWAYS waiting for the bus.
2nd coming of Aslan hasn’t come to pass yet
…and the bus “finally” arrived at it’s destination
Hooray for the Baby being born!!!
Oh, man, I LOVE Mike’s face in that last panel – you can hear the “Dammit, we TALKED about this!” he’s thinking at Amber.
Can’t wait for Mike’s parents to show up and start the Competitive Grandbaby Spoilin’!
YAY. INFINITE YAY.
Plausible deniability is always important when picking child names based on geek properties. Nobody knows until I tell them that my three kids are named after a hapless bounty hunter, a warrior-woman sidekick, and a supervillain. And all pre-approved by their mother. I married well.
You named your kids Boba, Teela, and Joker?
Nope, I said hapless, not badass.
Actually, it’s Stephanie, Gabrielle and Nathaniel.
Boba Fett was defeated by a blind guy completely by accident. That’s pretty hapless.
I figured Gabrielle, but ruled it out because it wasn’t obviously wrong. Don’t know the others though…
Baby is here! Yes! Also I approve of the name (and Mike’s face).
Hey, I’m not judging. After all, I’m seriously planning, if I ever have kids, to name my firstborn daughter either after Kaylee from Firefly/Serenity, or another fictional Donna (as in Donna Noble from Doctor Who). I honestly have fun picking out names of fictional characters that would make good baby names in about ten years or so.
Haha! My wife and I did just that. Named our daughter Kaylee (nickname) real name Catalina (from Catelin of Game of Thrones). So it’s a double pop-culture whammy for her.
That’s what I was thinking. Should have made her middle name Noble. Nice double reference, but I don’t think Willis is a Doctor Who fan.
He said in his tumblr that he doesn’t care for it.
If I’ll ever name my kid after a Doctor Who companion, it’ll be Leela. Because Leela was fucking awesome
If I reproduce, I’m calling my kid Barbara. Or Sam (Lord of the Rings), if it’s a boy.
Barbara was awesome, too. she, Ian and Susan were the only worthwhile 1st Doctor compaions
Actually, Susan might be easier to get away with, name-wise, since it’s my mom’s and grandmother’s name. But noone is more awesome than Barbara.
Although people may call her Barbie for short, and nobody wants that.
Well, here she is. I think the big mystery now is how Mike is going to treat Donna. We’ve seen how he deals with even minor annoyances, so how he’ll deal with something as life-shatteringly disruptive as a newborn is genuinely scary. Although, I seriously doubt Mike will be anything more than surly towards her, anything worse just wouldn’t be funny.
What would be interesting: Mike displays general disinterest and surliness towards Donna, like he does most people, and Amber’s concerned how the lack of affection will affect her, and this causes some tension in the family.
What would be really interesting, but very sad/scary: Amber gets postpartum depression, and Mike’s attitude just keeps making things worse. He has a ‘Character Moment’ over how he can’t turn off the anger, even when he’s really needed.
What will definitely happen: Mike will display the same kind of hilariously-violent protectiveness he does for Amber.
What will definitely not happen: Mike will be genuinely abusive, if only a little.
I know it’s a longshot, but I’m putting my call on a timeskip; Yes, DoA! just did one, but now we expect one even less. I think the realt-time/toys issue will just be ignored.
Are you saying Reader Question Week lied to me?
I *said* it was a longshot.
Oh that face!
And what more to say than…
I like the way that Mike looks horrified like he had one put over on him. And it was a really stupid one too.
I’m amazed he didn’t see it coming. He should really know Amber better than that.
Doesn’t everyone want to do this
My first son will be Hoit Rodney Thompson
my first daughter will be……. can’t think of any real life girl names that sound like transformer names
Or you could go for Ariel, as that was the old name for Elita One, as well, prior to being rebuilt by Alpha Trion
Or you could just go with Elita.
The actual names don’t really matter. So long as her initials are RC, you’re golden.
OK you proved me wrong
Rachel Clarke Thompson?
Oh my god. Amber outMiked Mike.
Donna is not a bad name.
Also could be worse: She could be named after a Pony. Twilight Applejack Warner….
Or Sodomuffin Warner
Pony names would only serve to make the parents sound like hippies.
Yes, but what parent wouldn’t want a child named Pinkamena Diane Pie?
I sure wouldn’t.
I was lying in bed thinking I should check to see if the comic is up yet. I’m glad I did.
Also – SQUEEEEEEE!
If Aslan catches the bus he can never be seen on Shortpacked again such are the rules for being put on a bus.
My first son was to be named Bartholomew, the second was going to be D’artagnan, if there was a third, Arthur…that’s right, Bart, Dart and Art.
Good choices, as at least two of them would be fairly bad ass (if a touch “scrappy”).
The third, well… are we talking “The Aardvark”, “And The Square Knights Of The Round Table*”, or something else?
(* coincidentally, license bought/DVD released by the same company that released Dogtanian)
So I guess Amber and Mike have decided to go with his last name for the kid and, presumably, Amber when they get married? Or did Amber just decide that it was only fair that Mike gets claim over the last name after Amber got Donna’s mega-nerdy first name?
Amber’s not going to volunteer her father’s last name for her kid.
Ah, I hadn’t considered that. I’d probably do the same thing in her situation. Go Amber!
Funny, she doesn’t look Druish.
I see what you did there
You need to update the “Unborn Amber/Mike spawn” in the Cast now, muahahah!
Awwww. Love the name.
My own kids are going to be Ace, Rory, and Sarah Jane.
Or possibly Laharl, Etna, and Flonne.
I shall require a very understanding mate.
What, no love for Pleinair?
If xe’s not THAT understanding, you could probably sneak a Jennifer, Kurtis, or Carter in. Gordon…maybe not so much.
Rozalin is a nice name, too. 8~3
What, no love for Asagi?
forever waiting to be a main character in her own game
Now I am picturing Asagi waiting for the bus next to Aslan.
It actually makes a lot of sense.
Rozalin would be great, but then I can never have another girl.
She has to be able to introduce herself by saying “I am Overlord Doctor_Who’s one and only daughter!”
And she even has a purple band
“Oh by the way, Michael Bay has announced the new TMNT will be aliens and not mutants now”
Appropriate given that Donna is a second generation abductee. I wonder how early she’ll show any of her Martian heritage.
Oh, Please let there be an Incredibles style Batysitting storyline where Donna’s crazy Alien Powers start tormenting a Babystter.
Who will probably be Leslie, since she’s the only one of the Shortpacked! crew that I would leave with my hypothetical kids (Except maybe M. Bison, he seems pretty normal, but Amber doesn’t know him as well as she knows Leslie)
Don’t worry, Liebesman said they’re still going to be mutants and this whole “came from an alien race”, is about the Utroms from the Mirage comics and 2003 show.
CAST PAGE CHANGED!
but no new picture
Now new picture!
Ninja Rick is still billed last.
Though, to be fair, being billed below an infant is a slight improvement over being billed below a fetus.
I was going for a Doctor Who reference. But hey you know I once thought I would name my kids after the members of SG-1, the only problem was T’ealc, and me having to decide if I was cruel enough to name a kid that just to complete the set. speaking of which Amber better get busy making the other three turtles.
I think Willis needs to go back to sex education class, the baby doesn’t come from the pooper!
Mike’s face. I’m dying. )XD It’s always funny when Mike’s expression changes from the usual.
So how long do you think this story threads DonnaMae-tion of the strip will last?
Congratulations! And thank God I’m not the only parent on the planet to name my kid after a cartoon character (err…make that two cartoon characters).
Out of curiousity, which cartoon characters did you name your spawn after?
Kagome Higurashi from Inuyasha and Helga Pataki from Hey Arnold.
Yay! She shares a middle name with my daughter.
how sweet . it could been worse mike could have named the baby or ethan would have suggested batman or something.
congrats and may God have mercy on the poor fool who first ask her out (some 15 or so years down the line)
So I take it the Faz ban is still in effect?
My favorite turtle!
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