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    So, Dumbing of Age. Webcomic about Walkyverse characters going to a college without aliens or superpowers or other wackiness. Updates seven days a week at the moment. First comic here.

    Discuss how adorable Dina is. Or anything else about the comic.
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    For the record, it's perfectly fine as a standalone strip; you'll miss out on a few continuity nods, but it's an entirely separate universe with its own self-contained story (plus, y'know, there are four other webcomics in the Walkyverse, each of which has several years of archives). Heck, I personally think DoA is the best comic Willis has done.
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    It really suffers from lots and lots of characters syndrome (and the stylized appearance doesn't help).

    It helps that it updates five days a week though, so you don't forget who people are (at least, until the focus changes to someone else).
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    It, uh, it updates seven days a week now, because of kickstarter.
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    Yes, but those continuity nods are hilarious, and you can't really love Dina until you read It's Walky!.

    Have I mentioned how adorable Dina is?
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    Does anyone think there's still a chance of something developing between Ruth and Billie? The recent revelations explained things, but there's a lot to sort out between them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rose Dragon View Post
    Yes, but those continuity nods are hilarious, and you can't really love Dina until you read It's Walky!.

    Have I mentioned how adorable Dina is?
    Oh god if you love Dina, don't read It's Walky!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Campbell View Post
    Oh god if you love Dina, don't read It's Walky!.
    Reading IW! just makes you love DoA Dina more.

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    Does anyone think there's still a chance of something developing between Ruth and Billie? The recent revelations explained things, but there's a lot to sort out between them.
    Please. This is David Willis we're talking about. The only time there's not a chance of a pairing developing is when it's a heterosexual pairing and one partner is confirmed gay (note that, if it's a same-sex pairing and one half is confirmed straight, there's still a good chance that (s)he will turn out to really be bisexual).
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    Please. This is David Willis we're talking about. The only time there's not a chance of a pairing developing is when it's a heterosexual pairing and one partner is confirmed gay
    Ethan/Joyce.

    There is nowhere that Willis will not go. There's a reason that "Damn You Willis!" is trademarked. Possibly copyrighted. I think Willis may in fact make a nickel every time someone writes it on the internet.

    Which he then gives to Mike.
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    And then Mike gives it to your mom.

    Ethan/Joyce isn't a pairing; it's a slow-motion train wreck.

    But then, so is Ruth/Billie, Jason/Sal, Amber/Danny/Amazi-Girl, and... uh, actually, Dorothy/Walky seems to be working out surprisingly well.
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    Oh I can't wait for the inevitable Dorothy / Walky drama. Willis is incapable of writing a drama-free relationship for long.
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    Oh I can't wait for the inevitable Dorothy / Walky drama. Willis is incapable of writing a drama-free relationship for long.

    She's trying to dress him up nice. And lost his shoes! Doesn't that count as drama?
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    Well, there was the little pajama pants thing as well.
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    If pajama pants and nice shirts are the extent of the drama, it's the Willis-equivalent of a boring, vanilla relationship.

    I mean, Danny's dating Ultra Car in disguise, Billie is a not-lesbian, and Sal is having her share of British cuisine a la sexual.

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    I mean, Danny's dating Ultra Car in disguise

    You know, ever since Ultra Car got a humanoid body, I've been waiting for Willis to have this dead horse/bad in-joke become cannon.
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    What? No! Ultra-car doesn't even exist in Dumbing of Age!

    No, Amazi-girl is clearly Dina's secret identity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rose Dragon View Post
    What? No! Ultra-car doesn't even exist in Dumbing of Age!

    No, Amazi-girl is clearly Dina's secret identity.
    Correction, Ultra-Car hasn't appeared in Dumbing of Age. I get the feeling she'll be showing up eventually, though probably not for a very long time.

    And Amazi-Girl is Joe. He's uncomfortable with his unrequited lust towards Danny so he had to create an alter ego to explore their relationship.

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    Correction, Ultra-Car hasn't appeared in Dumbing of Age. I get the feeling she'll be showing up eventually, though probably not for a very long time.
    Well, there aren't any aliens, so Ultra Car is kind of out. It's possible that we might see a human version of UC's humanoid form, though. I wonder what she'd me named...

    And Amazi-Girl is Joe. He's uncomfortable with his unrequited lust towards Danny so he had to create an alter ego to explore their relationship.
    "Unrequited"?
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    "Unrequited"?
    They are a little married, and they love it.
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    Oh Walky, I was waiting for somebody to stick their foot in their mouth. Figures it'd be you.

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    *smacks Walky with pillow*
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    Today we learn that, in real life, when you can't see people, they can still hear you.

    ...what do you mean Dumbing of Age isn't real life?

    ((Incidentally, I wonder if Walky and Joe will be friends, like they sort of were in It's Walky!.))
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    Someone who's read more of Willis' stuff, tell me: do the various plot lines ever converge with hilarious consequences? Because there are too many to keep track of and there need to be fewer.
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    Umm... good question. This is the first time Willis has tried such a sprawling cast that didn't have a reason to be close to each other (whether that reason is fighting aliens or running a toystore or being roomies). Currently, it looks like different plot lines cross each other at various places and then diverge again until it is appropriate once more. Whether there will be a grand plotline crossover, I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flickerdart View Post
    Someone who's read more of Willis' stuff, tell me: do the various plot lines ever converge with hilarious consequences? Because there are too many to keep track of and there need to be fewer.
    They cross over frequently yes. It's not that hard to keep track of though. You can read and enjoy Shortpacked without having read It's Walky, since most of the characters are separate. Roomies and It's Walky are different, since they're essentially one story spread across two comics.

    Dumbing of Age is an AU though, you can read it without any prior knowledge of Willis previous work. Though you'll miss out on some of the injokes.

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    So...Ethan's mum is basically a horrible excuse for a human.
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    So...Ethan's mum is basically a horrible excuse for a human.
    And then you get right to Joyce's parents.

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    And Faz finally appears.

    The next comic will obviously be Dina and Amber submiting to Faz's overpowering charisma followed by a week of Faz seducing the entire female cast. Resistance is futile.

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    Why does Willis even need so many characters? I understand having cameos to keep the illusion of college life, since if he only focused on the same six or seven characters all the time, the campus would look deserted (unlike having a half dozen employees in a toy store, more during holiday season). But why does he keep adding and adding characters?

    I bet he's going to add Super-Car, either as a mini-van some of the cast rent, or as a girl who goes by on roller skates every so often, and Historical Jesus as the campus janitor. The only character he probably won't add is Robin; she's too awesome to exist in the crapsack would of "Dumbing of Age".
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