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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #150 on: 12 Mar 2019, 00:37 »

Has Joyce always had platform shower shoes...that she wears with socks for some reason?

The 'shower shoes' were built by Carla to Joyce's design because she was afraid of other people's germs in the water on the floor. The fact that she wears socks either means that she's still nervous about germs or that she still has a complex about being seen 'naked'.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #151 on: 13 Mar 2019, 06:58 »

Right, I remember now. Thanks for the reminder.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #152 on: 14 Mar 2019, 05:38 »

Reminded again how unnerving seeing Becky's eyes on top of her hair is.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #153 on: 14 Mar 2019, 06:35 »

I am looking forward to Joyce's reaction to all this. I am sure Becky could shed some light on whether or not Joyce would be freaked out by it all (if it wasn't discussed in an earlier strip that I don't remember).

When this sort of talk directed at Halloween is brought up, I am always reminded of that King of the Hill episode where a neighbor or new member of the town swears that Halloween is the devil's holiday. She essentially shames the town for liking it and gets a curfew instated. The logic never made sense to me as a kid as it was essentially just a costume party holiday with candy. Maybe its because I grew up Catholic but there was never an association made with Halloween and anything satanic for us in our Parish. It was essentially Mardi Gras for kids with the next day being All Saints Day instead of Ash Wednesday. After seeing that episode it really irked me that someone would believe that. I even had a few classmates in (public) high school that felt that way and it just baffled me to the point I thought they were messing with me. It wasn't until I got to college that I met some die hard religious people who truly felt that way to their core. That was the first time I met creationists too. It just baffled me.



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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #154 on: 15 Mar 2019, 02:33 »


Coming soon:

Joyce Brown: The Backslidening! (4hr Director's Cut)
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #155 on: 15 Mar 2019, 05:39 »

I suspect that Joyce is letting Anti-Joyce out to play. However, she's so extreme in the other direction that I suspect that most of Joyce's dorm-mates will consider her alarming at best. Like a lot of people, Joyce is going to spend most of her time finding a happy middle path.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #156 on: 16 Mar 2019, 06:24 »

I...wouldn't call this extreme at all. I mean, maybe knocking is a bit extreme, but I like this chill Joyce. Obviously it won't last :parrot:
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #157 on: 16 Mar 2019, 07:24 »

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I think society is finally ready to accept that you want to visibly celebrate a major holiday.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #158 on: 11 Apr 2019, 07:31 »

Today's strip indicates that Becky's hair is transparent from any angle.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #159 on: 11 Apr 2019, 12:41 »

I always just interpreted it as her bangs are thin enough that they obscure but don't block her face.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #160 on: 21 Apr 2019, 19:39 »

Dorthy having an aneurysm is perfect in this situation.  :mrgreen:
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #161 on: 21 Apr 2019, 23:44 »

I do think that Dorothy's stress-induced breakdown has come several steps closer. I also expect her to start bawling, which may test Becky's newly-required people management skills!
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #162 on: 22 Apr 2019, 06:06 »

Dorthy is going to learn the sad truth about politics: Its not about whose the smartest or did the best in school, its about what you can bring to the table to make others look good and by proxy, yourself.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #163 on: 22 Apr 2019, 06:11 »

So we might see Becky as a student by 2030! Congrats, Becky!
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #164 on: 22 Apr 2019, 06:56 »

Dorthy is going to learn the sad truth about politics: Its not about whose the smartest or did the best in school, its about what you can bring to the table to make others look good and by proxy, yourself.
Also, "it's who you know" seems to apply here.
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« Reply #165 on: 22 Apr 2019, 06:58 »

So we might see Becky as a student by 2030! Congrats, Becky!
Yeah, what are we now... about a month into the first semester?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #166 on: 08 May 2019, 06:08 »

I don't know if I'm just tired or if its the words used in todays strip but I am confused on how that means the family had a problem with Halloween.  :psyduck:
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #167 on: 08 May 2019, 06:22 »

Because what she remembers is her brother having to prove to her parents that they'd done it with their other children, and it wasn't a problem back then. That implies that it is a problem for her parents now; or when she was of an age to be taken trick or treating.
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« Reply #168 on: 08 May 2019, 06:29 »

Oh, so Joshua had to prove to their parents it was okay to go trick or treating and he'd take her out but her parents didn't participate? Or did they just do it anyway?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #169 on: 08 May 2019, 06:34 »

I don't think her parents participated. It's not exactly clear if they grudgingly allowed it, even after the pictures. He took her anyway.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #170 on: 08 May 2019, 06:58 »

I forgot... is Joshua also Jocelyn? Or was that John or Jordan? I can't remember the last time we saw Joyce's brothers.
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« Reply #171 on: 08 May 2019, 06:58 »

Oh, so Joshua had to prove to their parents it was okay to go trick or treating and he'd take her out but her parents didn't participate? Or did they just do it anyway?

It was my impression that the Brown parents took their first two kids out trick-or-treating but later decided that it was wrong for someone of their faith. When they tried to tell Jocelyn not to take Joyce out trick-or-treating, she took out a picture of those earlier days and challenged them with it. From Joyce's reaction, I'm getting the impression that, instead of telling Jocelyn what had changed, they simply exploded at her and a shouting match followed.

I forgot... is Joshua also Jocelyn? Or was that John or Jordan? I can't remember the last time we saw Joyce's brothers.

Yes, Joshua is Jocelyn's birth name and, at this point, still her legal name.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #172 on: 08 May 2019, 07:05 »

I forgot... is Joshua also Jocelyn? Or was that John or Jordan? I can't remember the last time we saw Joyce's brothers.

Yes, Joshua is Jocelyn's birth name and, at this point, still her legal name.
She still presents as Joshua in meatspace - or at least, to her family.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #173 on: 14 May 2019, 10:00 »

[2019.05.13]

God DAMN it, Blaine...  :x
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #174 on: 14 May 2019, 14:11 »

I knew Joyce's mum was bad but this strip hit me in the gut.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #175 on: 17 May 2019, 21:36 »

Oh fuck, I forgot that was Joyce's mom. Gross.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #176 on: 18 May 2019, 07:23 »

Joyce's mom and my mother's mom would get along, except for the whole Catholic thing. They are both vile, bigoted, self-righteous assholes.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #177 on: 30 May 2019, 09:24 »

Becky's hair again confirmed transparent.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #178 on: 19 Jun 2019, 06:27 »

So I am not trying to ship any characters here by saying this, but does it seem to anyone else that Malaya may actually like Sal? Like I'm getting that tropey feeling of saying "Just fuck already" with Malaya trying to undermine Sal's "potential" mates. As if she's trying to sabotage, not necessarily because she doesn't like Sal, but to prevent competition of sorts. I'm not really putting much stock in it but its just a thought that crossed my mind.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #179 on: 19 Jun 2019, 06:28 »

Malaya is definitely trying to impress someone, even if it is only herself (basically, that this is all a huge self-esteem issue for her).
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #180 on: 28 Jun 2019, 06:14 »

So Asher called the cops, and the store clerk was willing to just let her leave until the cops came. When the cops came it escalated the situation that Sal felt she needed a hostage. She takes Ethan hostage, which is the catalyst for Blaine to drive Amber to stab Sal which created the "monster" she thinks she is. Amber is confronting the guy that pushed the first dominoes to create dark Amber.
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« Reply #181 on: 28 Jun 2019, 08:06 »

My jaw actually dropped. Dang.
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« Reply #182 on: 28 Jun 2019, 22:09 »

My jaw actually dropped. Dang.
So did Asher, thanks to Walky.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #183 on: 29 Jun 2019, 00:43 »

As in the old Walkyverse, we see that Walky has a terrifying Bersek Button when those whom he loves are harmed. The question now is whether Amber will try to stop him from beating Asher into paste or whether she'll join in!
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« Reply #184 on: 07 Jul 2019, 14:53 »

Wait... what if...Malaya has been Marcie's way of getting to Sal?  :psyduck:
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« Reply #185 on: 10 Jul 2019, 21:17 »

7/11/2019 strip: I friggin knew it.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #186 on: 11 Jul 2019, 07:13 »

Unfortunately, unrequited feelings for a straight friend is a right of passage for most of us queer girls, Marcie. Solidarity and condolences. This too shall pass.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #187 on: 11 Jul 2019, 08:44 »

I think Becky is just pushing those feeling away, but she's kind of going through it too.  :-\
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« Reply #188 on: 11 Jul 2019, 09:07 »

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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #189 on: 11 Jul 2019, 09:24 »

I think Becky is just pushing those feeling away, but she's kind of going through it too.  :-\

I think that Becky thought that she was over it until she saw Joyce 'cosplaying Sal' and then she realised that she wasn't! FWIW, I thin that's from why we have the near-lifesize utaraptor plush: Becky felt guilty for straying back to her crush on Joyce even briefly and wanted to make it up to her girlfriend.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #190 on: 11 Jul 2019, 12:56 »

It takes awhile to get over those feelings, and that's okay, you shouldn't feel guilty for still having feelings for someone, especially someone who has been such a big and important part of your life.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #191 on: 12 Jul 2019, 20:59 »

Are we sure Sal's straight? I mean, I don't think it's a good idea for them to date, but...who knows?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #192 on: 12 Jul 2019, 21:06 »

She says she is. Given my history of dating girls who claimed to be straight, I'd say that doesn't make it definite, but until proven otherwise I'll take her at her word.
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« Reply #193 on: 12 Jul 2019, 21:13 »

Fair, although I was pretty sure I was straight until I realized I was bi like...a year ago. I don't remember her specifically saying she was straight, but I'll take your word for it.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #194 on: 13 Jul 2019, 06:55 »

...why is Sal signing to Marcie now? She usually just speaks to her, and I figure voice is more expressive than handsigns.
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« Reply #195 on: 13 Jul 2019, 07:10 »

Probably because it is a mode of speech they have developed with each other for years, so it is more personal to them. We've seen Sal speak to her in ASL before.  Also, it forces her to be more deliberate with her words.
Fair, although I was pretty sure I was straight until I realized I was bi like...a year ago. I don't remember her specifically saying she was straight, but I'll take your word for it.
Also a fair point. A lot of people don't figure this stuff out until way older than these kids are, but considering their relationship, one would think there would at least be some inkling by now and Sal's reaction when Marcie explained her motivations toward Malaya suggest the idea of being with a woman is not even a blip on her radar.  I don't think she has used the exact phrasing, but she has strongly implied it.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #196 on: 16 Jul 2019, 06:46 »

So is a "fakey" just the modern colloquial term for a "poser?"
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #197 on: 16 Jul 2019, 07:04 »

So is a "fakey" just the modern colloquial term for a "poser?"
Yeah, basically fronting as something/someone that you aren't.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #198 on: 16 Jul 2019, 08:03 »

Not so much a modern colloquialism as much as  Malayaism.

And it's been my experience that the louder and more frequently a person talks about and makes accusations of being a poser, the more likely said person is one.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #199 on: 16 Jul 2019, 08:03 »

Fair, although I was pretty sure I was straight until I realized I was bi like...a year ago. I don't remember her specifically saying she was straight, but I'll take your word for it.

Also a fair point. A lot of people don't figure this stuff out until way older than these kids are, but considering their relationship, one would think there would at least be some inkling by now and Sal's reaction when Marcie explained her motivations toward Malaya suggest the idea of being with a woman is not even a blip on her radar.  I don't think she has used the exact phrasing, but she has strongly implied it.

I think that Sal knew that Marcie was homosexual; she expressed no surprise when Marcie told her that she was sexually attracted to Malaya. What was a totally-out-of-left-field revelation for Sal was that Marcie had ever been attracted to her.
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