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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #550 on: 08 Oct 2020, 14:22 »

It’s still a bathroom, but “half-bath” gives you more information.
True, but are they going to call bathrooms in the academic buildings half-baths because there's only toilets and sinks in there?

No, but if ever they had a bathroom with a bath in an academic setting, they’d probably come up with a new name for that.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #551 on: 03 Nov 2020, 05:02 »

So I'm still a little confused about Billie. Did I miss something or have they been vague about whether she's dead, she left school for some reason, or if they're still just talking about her being in another building?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #552 on: 03 Nov 2020, 05:17 »

Willis is being deliberately vague on that...
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #553 on: 03 Nov 2020, 12:35 »

There is still one unidentified person left on the silhouette... That might be Billie?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #554 on: 03 Nov 2020, 16:56 »

There is still one unidentified person left on the silhouette... That might be Billie?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #555 on: 03 Nov 2020, 17:38 »

Willis has been creating a silhouette of the characters that are included in the new storylines.



This is the one he started with:







This is the most recent, with only one person left 'blank'. Could be Billie, or maybe Marcie?



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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #556 on: 04 Nov 2020, 07:31 »

Ooh, I'm really liking Booster.  :-D
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #557 on: 05 Nov 2020, 04:58 »

Who said "no," Booster or Ruth?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #558 on: 05 Nov 2020, 05:09 »

It could be either. It could have been Ruth realising that it was the way madness lay or it could have been Booster, realising that they weren't being paid to peer into Carla's brain and that meant that they weren't being paid enough to try!
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #559 on: 05 Nov 2020, 05:32 »

I thought it was Booster not giving in to Carla, so she couldn't be the center of attention.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #560 on: 05 Nov 2020, 07:28 »

It was definitely Booster refusing to give Carla what she wanted, which was there way of calling her out.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #561 on: 05 Nov 2020, 07:52 »

Is Booster telepathic? Howinhell can they see so deeply through people they've just met?

Also: ooh, Amber, that was rough.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #562 on: 05 Nov 2020, 08:15 »

So I am a little confused, I thought the storyline would more or less continue after the previous one, but it feels much more like a complete reboot instead, writing out Mike (who apparently died, which, I'm sorry to say, was handled really poorly narratively), Billie (may be explained later?), and Ethan (why would he be gone?).
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #563 on: 05 Nov 2020, 08:17 »

Is Booster telepathic? Howinhell can they see so deeply through people they've just met?

Preternatural-level observation skills, like Mike. Based on their hairstyle and general face shape, I'm starting to think that Booster is the Dumbingverse equivalent of the 'Nice Mike' version of Mike in the Walkyverse. Nice Mike only came out when he was drunk. He was still as observant and still as prone to call out people but generally nicer with a focus on helping people if he could.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #564 on: 05 Nov 2020, 09:23 »

It's basically cold reading. Nothing they are saying is particularly in depth nor does it require any specific information. It's all very general surface level stuff. Good observation skills combined with some basic to moderate level knowledge of psychology can explain it. Nothing supernatural required.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #565 on: 05 Nov 2020, 13:31 »

It's basically cold reading. Nothing they are saying is particularly in depth nor does it require any specific information. It's all very general surface level stuff. Good observation skills combined with some basic to moderate level knowledge of psychology can explain it. Nothing supernatural required.
Ah. Like that asshole grief-rapist John Edward who claims to speak with the dead.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #566 on: 09 Nov 2020, 05:57 »

Is that Walky?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #567 on: 09 Nov 2020, 05:58 »

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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #568 on: 09 Nov 2020, 07:48 »

If it's the actual comic from tomorrow I'll click*, otherwise shame on you :parrot:
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #569 on: 10 Nov 2020, 07:47 »

Yay! I'm glad I waited and found out I was right. Walky, you kindhearted dummy.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #570 on: 10 Nov 2020, 09:24 »

Troubling parts of today's strip:
  • It is clear that the harassment of women on campus is still ongoing even though 'Ryan' and his friends are either in the ICU or jail awaiting trial;
  • Walky cannot have the slightest clue what he's doing right now. He's probably thinking that, just because Amber and Sal did it (and even Joyce to a very limited degree) he can fight crime with his fists and wits but he has no idea of the level of preparation Amber and Sal went through in different ways to be able to do what they do.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #571 on: 10 Nov 2020, 11:31 »

Harassment of women will likely always continue. There is little that any college campus can or is willing to do to stop it. All universities care about is avoiding bad press. There first, second, and third instinct is always to hush it up.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #572 on: 10 Nov 2020, 12:16 »

Harassment of women will likely always continue. There is little that any college campus can or is willing to do to stop it. All universities care about is avoiding bad press. There first, second, and third instinct is always to hush it up.

Unfortunately that is the first, second, and third instinct for pretty much any for-profit organization (let's not make the mistake of thinking universities and hospitals and such are not-for-profit)....

Ah who am I kidding, it's the case for any company and organization save for very few unicorns.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #573 on: 19 Nov 2020, 04:38 »

Wait, what the fuck, Billie?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #574 on: 19 Nov 2020, 06:04 »

So I am a little confused, I thought the storyline would more or less continue after the previous one, but it feels much more like a complete reboot instead, writing out Mike (who apparently died, which, I'm sorry to say, was handled really poorly narratively), Billie (may be explained later?), and Ethan (why would he be gone?).

Sooo...basically the above? More of a reboot than true/logical continuity? Or should I patiently await until Willis narratively explains everything that has happened offscreen?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #575 on: 19 Nov 2020, 06:14 »

Wait, what the fuck, Billie?

Billie decided that being the Cool Kid and the best girl of the most dangerous bad boy in the college is a lot more attractive to her than being the responsible girlfriend of a recovering alcoholic.

Harassment of women will likely always continue. There is little that any college campus can or is willing to do to stop it. All universities care about is avoiding bad press. There first, second, and third instinct is always to hush it up.

Which is the good part of Amazi-Girl and Sal's extracurricular activities. It is hard to hush things up when you have actual superheroes fighting crime on campus because it's so endemic!
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #576 on: 19 Nov 2020, 13:03 »

As a person with severe mental illness and on again off again substance use issues, I can hardly fault someone for not wanting to be in a relationship with one, especially at that age. I can, however, fault her for who she chose to be with instead.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #577 on: 19 Nov 2020, 13:20 »

I get the feeling that we'll see a lot of 'Asher backstory' in the coming months.

Ugh, the time-skip is doing my head in. WHAT HAPPENED in that timeframe?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #578 on: 19 Nov 2020, 18:52 »

Wait, what the fuck, Billie?
I should probably clarify, that wasn't so much a what the fuck towards Billie as a what the fuck that Billie showed up at all after what I saw as an implication that she was either no longer at school or perhaps even dead.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #579 on: 20 Nov 2020, 03:49 »

WHAT HAPPENED in that timeframe?
Even more so today!
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #580 on: 20 Nov 2020, 05:31 »

WHAT HAPPENED in that timeframe?
Even more so today!

I've been thinking and I might have some ideas about this.

For Ruth, I think that Billie became increasingly toxic for her recovery. Ruth wants to be sober, she wants to address her depression and she wants to grow up to be a responsible adult, despite all of the problems she had in her youth. However, I fear that the problem is that Billie was constantly this niggling presence urging her for one last party, one last alcoholic bender and to stop taking the medication or attending therapy. I've got a feeling that Ruth gave Billie an ultimatum about her attitude towards self-improvement and Billie walked out on the relationship.

For Billie, her objective has always been clear: She wants to be the Alpha cool kid, living an edgy, exciting life. However, Ruth just was changing too radically for that to happen. There was no more sexy lesbian suicide pact. There was no more dangerous near-violent interactions. There was no more drinking to unconsciousness. Instead, there was sobriety, responsibility and (and this must have been the ultimate insult to Billie), therapy. I think that, by the time that Ruth issued her 'shape up or else' ultimatum, Billie was looking for an exit door and took it when it was offered.

I think that Ruth is still trying to persuade herself that giving up on Billie after she walked away was a good thing for her own long-term health. Regrettably for Billie, I think that the dangerous and criminal-associated (Billie must know that because of her association with the Walkertons) ultra-cool bad boy Asher is more in line with what Billie wants to enable her preferred social position and life-style.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #581 on: 20 Nov 2020, 07:21 »

My money's on Amber.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #582 on: 20 Nov 2020, 08:10 »

Any guesses where Ethan went? Looks like he won't be a character in DoA anymore.....(which makes me sad)
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #583 on: 21 Nov 2020, 05:48 »

Wait, why would you think that?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #584 on: 21 Nov 2020, 08:54 »

Ethan isn't in the cast photo, which implies at the very least that he will not be a primary focus in this book.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #585 on: 21 Nov 2020, 14:03 »

Right, sorry, I meant that it looks he won’t be a primary character anymore, unless I’m over interpreting the silhouette thingy (very possible). At least I’d be surprised if we see much or any of him for the foreseeable future.
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