I love myself some fader iconography, don’t I.
I hate nerd girls that are interesting and not just a pretty face/body.
I hate pretty things!
This is why you can’t have nice things.
Can’t things be ugly, but still nice?
Yes, but they don’t get laid as much.
You would be amazed how not-true that is.
Every time you think you’re starting to respect Malaya a a little, she slaps you in the face with a rotten fish then punches you in the throat. Dammit Willis.
Respect? No. Pity? Maybe, but then the slap. I’m waiting for the ball to drop in Malaya’s head. That moment when she realizes ‘Holy hell… Nobody likes me, and it’s my own fault’ or even better ‘They aren’t acting, they’re purely genuine and they’re better than me.’
Problem with this scenario: as much as I’d love to see it, too, I think we both know it’s never going to happen.
More likely is that she’ll find some way of ruining both her own life and Lucy’s in an attempt to fix a situation she thinks is broken – bonus points if she manages to get Lucy to ruin her own life trying to help her after she ruins her own life after she tried to ruin Lucy’s.
At least that’s what I’d do.
If I were a total bastard.
Which I’m not.
Now, THAT sounds plausible.
She is aware that nobody likes her, she just needs to realise that she’s the one in the wrong, not them.
There’s an easy trick to that – stop trying to respect her. She wouldn’t respect either of us, if she were real.
You lost me at the first part.
If you think you’re starting to respect Malaya a little, you’re clearly doing something wrong.
This is making me want a Shortpascked/Diesel Sweties crossover with Maya and Little Sis and Indy Rock Pete.
Welcome to Network 23, where two is company and three is the market share.–Max Headroom
Oh… Oh I remember when that toggle switched for me. Sucks to be you.
Whereas my entire extended family is scrawny, wiry, or muscled-but-small. It’s genetically impossible for me to be fat unless I seriously screw myself up. :p
My metabolism slider got vanilla coke splashed on it and it’s been stuck at low forever.
Welcome to Network 23, where two is company and three is our market share.–Max Headroom
Oops. This is the wrong season for re-runs.
I think I’m missing the joke here. What does being 23 have to do with high metabolism and being nerdy?
After about 25 or so, your metabolism tends to slow down and it starts becoming a lot easier to put on weight. So, if you’re relying on your looks instead of having a decent personality, it leaves one what we like to call “screwed.”
I thought the joke was that Malaya is acting like a whiny teenager when she’s a grown woman
It can be both.
That was what I was thinking before I read the last panel. I agree with D.Herb, it can be both.
Also if your body already shows signs that it’s perfectly OK with the idea of accumulating decent sized fat reserves, but so far it’s only putting them in certain places…
Mind you, you can sort of tell when the switch is flipping because winter starts becoming quite physically and mentally unpleasant rather than a happy wonderland of snow and frosted glass and dew-laden cobwebs and breath-mist.
Apparently I was born with that switch flipped, because winter’s always been an arctic hell-hole for me. Only child that voluntarily put on a second scarf
On the other hand, my metabolism apparently was born cocked up, so there might be something to that theory.
And the implicit schadenfreude of Malaya’s temple of severely-unpleasant-personhood coming crashing down around her is delicious
“I wanted to know how much of a bonfire the cake is going to be”
“I wanted to figure out if any cake won’t have friggin’ candle wax on it.”
Look at Lucy, now back to me.
Now look at Lucy, now back to me.
Unfortunately she’s not me
but if she dropped the whole nerd schtick and acted her age she could be like me.
Look up, look down, you’re in a store with the girl your girl could be like. Here’s the invitation to my birthday party
Look again, the birthday invitation is now diamonds
Any thing is possible with Malaya in your life.
I’m on a high horse.
Internets for You!
High horses are awesome.
Unless they’re so stoned they fall over and crush you beneath them. And they don’t notice. Because the ground is so INTERESTING (and they weigh ten times more than you do)
How high does that horse have to even be?
It depends on how much weed you give it.
High enough to put jelly on a hot dog.
I told you about stairs, man.
I told you dog.
You know, I’ve seen this one several times by now. But I don’t think I ever found out where it originally came from.
Someone able to help me there?
Never mind. Found it.
That thing practically screams “Make me an internet meme!”
Oh boy, I can see where this is going!
Happened to me at right about that time. Forget the “Freshman Fifteen”, in my last year of college I put on the “Senior Shitload”
I always heard it called the “Freshman Forty”. Must be the modern update.
Not 100% sure which direction this storyline will take us, but I know I am definitely interested in finding out.
We’re almost 23 and you’re still mad at me…
I’m beginning to think that there is no real hope for Malaya. I’ve seen Willis bring some of his people up and out in amazing ways. However, he draws ‘em they are all human and no such thing as 100% good or evil. Except for maybe Mike. And even Mike has shown a bit of humanity on occasion. Sarah grows on you after awhile. Amber really grew up. But ah Malaya-I think you’re stuck at permanent bitch.
Mike’s not evil though, he’s just an asshole and an amazing one at that.
Mike’s evil (IMHO, and depending on the scale– but I think part of the point of Mike as a character is that by “superhero alien sci-fi universe” standards he’s heroic while by “slice-of-life drama” standards he’s pure evil).
Mike’s evil, but at least he’s honest about it. Malaya has that particularly infuriating brand of self-centered, self-righteous sociopathy where she is all that is good and correct and everyone else is just unfairly biased against her without any good reason because of things that are in no way at all even possibly her fault.
I’m 24, constantly snack on junk food, and I’m still a skinny bastard.
I be really interesting to find out if that still holds true in 5 years time.
It’s partially genetic. Still, constantly snacking on junk food will kill you either way – just because your body doesn’t store most of it doesn’t mean it’s not effecting you.
I was skinny during my entire childhood and teen years despite snacking and eating a crapload, and spending most of my time stationary. Then 18 rolled around. Nowadays I’m kind of chubby.
Good for you. I eat a ridiculously healthy diet and I’m still a fat bastard. I’m not 24 anymore though, so maybe that’s it
This … with little free time for anything resembling serious exercise that isn’t actually part of my job, I end up stuck eating as healthily and as little as my budget and hunger allows (no such thing as a set mealtime except for morning coffee + cereal), and just about keeping a constant weight. Said weight is roughly 200lbs… :-/
But it’s been that way since my mid teens, with only a slight improvement (180?) whilst at college, as it was in a hilly town, and I didn’t have a car until the final year (and even then, could only afford to run it for essential trips that couldn’t be covered on foot/by bicycle, plus the very occasional therapeutic ride through the mountains). Plus the regular nightclub dances :p
Exercise I guess is the key, as well as portion control. The fat, sugar, carb and fibre content of your meals also helps, but not by quite as much…
That’s not entirely accurate. It comes down to calories in/calories out. Foods that are high in fat tend to contain the most calories so even a small portion of steak will contain more calories than a very large portion of vegetables (assuming the veggies aren’t cooked in butter or something like that).
If you want to drop a bit of weight, you should consider switching to almond milk. It’s better for you than cow’s milk for all kinds of reasons but if cereal is a constant in your life, putting 60 cal/cup almond milk on it rather than 130 cal/cup 2% milk will help in the long run. Assuming you consume one cup of milk daily, the switch would save you 25,550 calories per year.
I’m 24, I eat a reasonably healthy diet, could be better.
I’m not only underweight but physically incapable of gaining it. I actually have to watch my weight because if it starts to go down there could be serious medical ramifications. Take it from me, a fast metobolism isn’t always a blessing.
I was just like you!
Now I weigh 350lbs!
Good luck, sucker!
Gosh, Malaya…I just don’t know why anyone might prefer someone who’s funny, sweet, and shares interests in common to someone who’s a self-absorbed and heinous bitch! Just one of those weird geeky things, I suppose.
There’s no evidence that Lucy’s funny or sweet… just that she has an interest in common. Being willing to ignore all other aspects of a person just because they have something superficially in common with you is admittedly pretty dumb!
I also don’t think Malaya’s a heinous bitch; she’s the only character who is willing to say the truth about how she feels, instead of lying and sugar-coating it to be more popular, like most people do. I think that’s an amazingly virtuous quality, which is also extremely rare. It doesn’t make you a more popular person, but it makes you a better person.
A pity then, that there is more than one way to say the truth. And some ways are far nicer than others.
With any other comic I’d think this was a one time joke, but with this series I could see it as foreshadowing. Very curious how Malaya might act and look this time next year.
Nobody likes you when you’re twenty-three…
Well, at least Malaya won’t have much adjusting to do.
And I care more about prank phone calls
What the hell is Add?
My friends say I should act my age
What’s my age again?
What’s my age again?
Does this mean that Malaya’s going to start to ‘blimp out’?
I think that would be an interesting evolution of her character to watch unfold.
Or develop folds as the case may be.
Either way, I approve of this direction in her “character development.”
Rule 36 my friend, Rule 36…
Yeah, I’m 27, and well aware that I need to change my “4 hrs of sleep a night, and a meal-and-a-half-a-day-unless-Something-Happens-for-Dinner” in the near future. Le sigh.
Also, I’m kind of disappointed with Leslie for not just calling Malaya out on this. Lucy did, but maybe coming from somebody that she actually likes, it might sink in that people, even hot people like Leslie, actually like nerdy things because they’re fun.
Probably won’t though.
I honestly can’t see Malaya not interpreting that as Leslie sucking up to the new kid, though. I mean, seriously. Nerdy things? Fun? They’re for kids. *Withering stare*
Hmm. In many ways, Malaya seems a lot like Billie. “What do you mean no one thinks I’m cool? I’m pretty!!“
Leslie has a tendency to be kind of a doormat you have to realize, thats litterally the whole reason she dated Malaya, cause she was more proactive and vocal then she was.
Is Malaya getting grey hair?
It does seem a bit strange that Leslie’s response to Malaya’s little tirade is “Boy, metabolism’s going to be cruel to you soon” instead of “Gosh, I’m starting to SEE why you have no friends, you poor self-defeating thing” or even “Well, if she IS faking it, it’s not like she’s FAKING A WHOLE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, YOU POSER– sorry, sorry, I’m trying, I’m trying, let’s start again.”
Yeah, I get that Malaya’s taking credit for her looks while she can still get away with doing nothing to maintain them, and taking advantage of something she hasn’t really earned is SO MALAYA, but I don’t think either Ken or Jacob are looking at Lucy and thinking “Mmm, yaaas, she’ll fill out nicely in a few years.”
On the bright side, yeah, I love fader iconography too.
At any rate, Malaya says she relies on Leslie to inspire her to be better. I guess now’s a test for both of them, then.
Yeah, it doesn’t feel like the kind of observation Leslie would make, even if she keeps it to herself.
This seems more in-character for her than any of the other responses suggested, though. Leslie’s very very slow to anger, and she’s already snapped once. Now, this might make her more open further down the line, but more likely in my mind is that she’s like “well, not gonna let that happen again.”
You’re probably right that Les let go of her anger toward Malaya after her mini-meltdown in front of Jesus. But even said in a calm and helpful tone of voice, the point would stand.
I think she’s smiling on the inside. Maybe even singing a little: “and when I see how sad you are, it sort of makes me… happy…”
I’m eighteen and, for what it’s worth, I’ve got a pretty large gut and am starting to show a second chin, but beyond that nothing’s really changing. It’s bizarre. I don’t even have manboobs yet.
I’ve taken this as a sign that it’s not to late to turn things around, but man is it difficult, because even if I’m not visably out-of-shape (one-size-to-big shirts are awesome) I wind extremely easily.
…That was not supposed to be a reply. Everyone else here seemed to be chiming in about their age and weight so I thought I’d join in.
seventeen, a bit overweighed, ever since I was 8- might be a metabolism thing – bu my dad was a stick in that age, so I’m going to blame this one on bad habits.
I’m rather afraid of what’s going to happen when the toggle switches
Wow, I literally just turned 23 yesterday. It’s like Malaya and I have a SPIRITUAL BOND.
You poor bastard.
Oh, a couple more things–
Just noticed the storyline title, so okay, I guess that’s pretty direct foreshadowing then. But Leslie hasn’t read the title and this metabolism thing hits different people at different times, so it’s still kind of odd that she’s getting such a relevant vision of the future.
But I guess Leslie is pretty much over her physical attraction to Malaya if she’s gone from thinking “mmmm, such a leeeean athletic body” to thinking “hello, future tubbo.”
I took some heat occasionally for making the overweight characters unlikable in [i]Penny and Aggie,[/i] largely because I was tired of the “beautiful on the inside” stereotype. Truly, some overweight people are beautiful on the inside, some just kind of get by, and some are just that much more bitter. Still, given how often David shows off comments from people who reason by profiling, I figure the first time Malaya shows any extra weight, he’ll be accused on Tumblr of a brand-new prejudice. “Amber? Who’s that? Oh, she’s the one you GOT RID OF because you couldn’t STAND to have a sympathetic overweight character!”
To be fair – Malaya started it with her “skateboard” observation. Could be Leslie continuing on that thought?
Slim or not, I don’t see Malaya’s attitude changing. She’s pretty good at blaming others – people like that don’t see a need to change. Even if their friends tell them they ought to consider it.
You’re making quite a few interesting points here, ‘specially that David might catch hate if Malaya keeps her personality if she becomes overweight — but your comment about “the beautiful on the inside” stereotype made me think. I think I’ve seen a /lot/ more unsympathetic overweight characters than sympathetic ones, unless they’re there for a one-shot the-more-you-know lesson about inwardly beauty.
The problem I have is that characters — in anything — often have a sort of default skinniness and healthiness. Bland beauty. It’s quite rare to see a character who just happens to be overweight — they’re sympathetic because they’re beautiful on the inside, they’re unsympathetic to subvert that — it always has to have an impact on the character. Then again, maybe I’m just reading all the wrong works…
I personally didn’t find a problem with the fat chick in Penny & Aggie, to me it made sense. She was rolling with people trying to improve their social status.
What bugs me is when all the ugly chicks are the mean ones, like in the weird… Cheerleader Anime comic I came across, read for awhile and promptly dropped like it was a dead rat covered in slime. Can’t remember the name of it, but it was a spin off of a larger anime type comic. It was intolerable.
I think the big thing with this is … does it make sense contextually? I think the problem with internet commentators is they don’t ask themselves this enough.
Um, I’m a big girl and beautiful on both the inside and outside, thank you.
I’m tired of the automatic assumption that fat=ugly, low-self-esteem, victim and thin=pretty, confident, tough. It’s frequently not that way AT ALL.
Congratulations on missing the point.
It’s funny, about that time I had weighed the most in my entire life, i’m 30 now and probably the healthiest I’ve ever been. Know I’m definitely the exception to the rule, but anyone who dedicates more time to exercising and eating a little better (not starve to death) can maintain or lose weight.
Hmm, now I feel like an infomercial for one of those exercise programs (*cough* P90X, Insanity *cough*)
As my metabolism goes down I have been slowly eating better and exercising more to counter-balance it.
I LOVE YOU MALAYA KEEP HATE ALIVE
23 and full of yourself becomes turn 30 and desperate. Stank attitude leads to you being alone for the rest of your life… Exhale Malaya…Exhale before you wind up in the loser ass woman category.
Does Malaya have interests or hobbies?
I kind of get the anti-nerd thing, but what does she LIKE???
She doesn’t have time for stupid hobbies, it would take away from her ability to hate on everyone that’s a geek/dork/nerd.
I know, right? What does she DO for fun? Or is bitching about other people her only form of it?
I admit I’ve wondered this about the entire population of non-nerds. I mean, there are some things I know they do, like some are into sports or music or church stuff, but there seems to be an entire subset of the population with nothing in particular taking up their time.
If I recall correctly, a nerd is defined by an interest in niche activities. If Malaya is anti-nerd, she probably just does whatever is popular at the time. She probably spends lots of time on social networking sites.
Every time Malaya shows up, I find my desire to choke the shit out of her rising.
Nerd-hating IS her hobby.
She needs to meet up with the awful library lady from Girls With Slingshots, and together they can like not liking things that other people like. Because those things are boring. And dumb. And other people are losers.
Stop eating wheat Mayla
Some of us like ironing boards!
“A flat chest is a status symbol! A rarity!”
I thought EVERYone liked skateboards. They’re fun!
And why the fuck are Ken and Jacob not up on the banner? The character nobody likes and the girl that JUST SHOWED UP are there. It’s not fair. And I don’t even like Jacob!
YOU’RE A CREEP! GO AWAY!! WE’RE HAVING A GOOD TIME UNTIL YOU SHOWED UP, MALAYA!!! AAAOOOOOO!!! GO HAVE SOME COFFEE WITH CREAM OR SOMETHING!! BECAUSE I’LL TELL YOU SOMETHING!! THIS IS A HAPPY PLACE!!!
Where would you like your internets?
I still don’t get the metabolism but her brain should reach maturity in 2 years (verse time) about age 25 your brain reaches maturity. Generally from then I think you start getting old man syndrome.
I’ve heard someone say that the person you are at 25 is the same person you’ll be for the rest of your life. I think I agree to that.
I’ve heard someone say that the person you are at 25 is the same person you’ll be for the rest of your life. I think I agree with that.
Holy crap I’m older than Malaya.
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