#469 – kind of a bummer

May 23rd, 2011

#469 – kind of a bummer

Hope your weekend was good! On Saturday I had the first barbecue of the season, and it felt amazing. I think I’m ready for summer and a haircut.


Discussion (73)¬

  1. Cody looked like a woman in the first panel. x3

    Also, wills phone actually still has an antenna!? OLD SCHOOL WTFAONTONAbt

  2. PrettyPersuasive says:

    Party foul Cody.

  3. Metheperson says:

    Lol. I LOVE Will.

  4. Carmenis says:

    Looks like someone skipped party etiquette 101 in school

    • Tuna Ghost says:

      What? Since is asking a drug dealer to sell you drugs at a party unreasonable?

      • MerchManDan says:

        Dealing drugs is Will's JOB. Nobody wants to go to a party, only to end up doing their JOB.

        • Tuna Ghost says:

          Yeah. I get the joke, guy. The point is selling drugs at parties IS part of a drug dealer's job. I don't really understand why this needs to be explained to anyone.

          • MerchManDan says:

            I'm not sure you do get the joke. For a while now, Will hasn't seemed to actually LIKE being a drug dealer. Maybe he's sick of these douches approaching him because they're friends of friends, or what-have-you. So maybe he reacted "unreasonably" to Cody because he really doesn't want to sell drugs anymore. Or maybe Will is just pissed off about all these strange people in his house.

            • Tuna Ghost says:

              …so basically you're saying that my comment is accurate and there are other reasons for his unwillingness to do his job, reasons that aren't referenced here, and that Will's obvious annoyance at being asked to "work" at a party (despite his job entailing working at parties) is not actually the issue but rather a cover. Gotcha.

  5. @Drakmarth says:

    "Oh man, you know computers right, can you fix my laptop?"

    Yeah, I guess. Maybe next wee–

    "Great, it's in the car, I'll get it!"


    • wykstrad says:

      "Oh, here's the problem! Your graphics accelerator is de-synched from your processor core! It's an easy fix, though… we just need to have your laptop reach terminal velocity!"

      *drops computer off roof*

      "That'll be two hundred dollars."

    • Tuna Ghost says:

      How are those two scenarios similar??? Seriously, am I taking crazy pills? I've been a dope dealer before, since when is someone asking you for drugs in exchange for money at an effing party unreasonable? A photographer, sure. Don't ask them to do their job for free. A computer tech fella, sure. That's time consuming and unless you're friends, that's unreasonable. But a drug dealer? I mean c'mon, that's sort of what they're expected to do.

      • Venus Racer says:

        Agreed! I figure that is THE market place for it!

        • Also, there is the thing that it is illegal again. Will has shown himself to be very sensitive to public exposure in the past. I think the main issue here is that this kid is trying to get him to commit a very public felony, not that there's a lot of effort involved.

      • wykstrad says:

        Most salesmen of any product believe that parties are for arranging business, not conducting it. You network, get to know people, make sure they have a good time, and set up the transaction for tomorrow, when they can bring anyone who might also be interested.

        Also, remember that Will took his current job precisely so he could clock out at 6 and go home. He might be expected to be carrying at a party, but he probably won't be.

        • Tuna Ghost says:

          Hmmm yes I do recall the day he spent with whats-her-name as he went on his rounds. But the point is, as a former dealer, I can tell you parties are pretty much one of the best places to sell one's wares. Its unreasonable to expect someone to know right off the bat that a dirt-merchant at a party is not open for business, or to treat it like a breach of protocol. A dealer with business hours is the exception, not the rule.

        • Zoltán says:

          "Also, remember that Will took his current job precisely so he could clock out at 6 and go home"

          This is exactly what I had in mind! Will never wanted to -be- a drug dealer as such, just a guy that had a regular daytime job dealing drugs.

  6. Radrappy says:

    One of my favorite comics yet.

  7. Devon says:

    It's actually not out of the question to ask something like this. Cody just wasn't informed that Will's a higher level salesman. A lot of regular nickle and dime guys would be happy to throw someone a bag at a party.

    If Cody is trying to set up a planned deal or arrangement at a party, that's a bit more out of line, but not totally unheard of. Just sort of stupid.

    • Nick says:

      I dunno about "higher level". I think he just doesn't want to be bothered by jerks while he's trying to text someone.

      • jerb says:

        I think that's a "pretending to text in awkward situations" text though.

      • Tuna Ghost says:

        How is he a jerk? He introduced himself, chatted about New York, and tacitly admitted he isn't used to pot being so illegal. When I was a dealer I would've appreciated courtesy like this.

  8. Dell says:

    c'mon Will, if a guy's going to be inconsiderate, the least you can do is rip him off, he would've paid anything…

  9. @CLRgrrl says:

    I love Will to pieces.

  10. cattorney says:

    I love it when Will is with people who are totally not his crowd. It's fantastic!

  11. wykstrad says:

    California keeps saying it's going to move out of the country, but at the rate it's going, it'll take a few million years. And in the meantime, the rest of us still have to deal with Californians.

  12. Hat Mall! says:

    Wow you're awesome at drawing scene kids, I totally thought Cody was a girl!

  13. Kathleen says:

    Aww, he's got Larry's nose!

  14. personalachi says:

    dude, i thought will was much more chill than that. If i was at said party, bored and annoyed out of my mind, I totally would have appreciated someone to burn with.

    • Fiction says:

      problem is, Will doesn't "burn". He just facilitates other people burning. And if you've ever scene him do his rounds, he does treat it like a job. He makes HOUSECALLS only, and is very discreet about his profession.

    • Ivan the Terrible says:

      If you are bored and annoyed hanging around a stoned college student you don't know will probably only help to put your previous boredom and annoyance in perspective

    • cattorney says:

      Will is the type of person who likes to keep work and play separate. He doesn't want to work at this party; it's not professional, anyway.

  15. Tuna Ghost says:

    That's, um, a pretty unreasonable reaction. Since when do dope dealers have hours?

  16. chris says:

    Two comics in and I am already in love with this arc.

  17. Jeff says:

    I love this comic, but Will is the least believable pot dealer EVAH! With the exception of Hanna, he seems to treat anyone involved with that part of his life with intense disdain/loathing.

    If he doesn’t want to make a connection at the party all he has to say is “Sorry dude, I’d love to, but I can’t help you now – gimme a call tomorrow.” This is the way it works f’realz.

    i don’t know if Merideth is making up Will’s behaviour based on what she imagines someone like him would be like, or a f-ed-up real-world example, or she just needs the character to not want to be doing that work and be (sub?)consciously sabatoging himself…but no retail pot dealer who acted like Will did could ever make any money – certainly not in a major urban area where making a ctx is pretty much a no-brainer.

  18. shereen says:

    whooa there, now, if it was me and I had a surplus of product I would help a brother out, especially in an area with a comparatively limited supply. Not out of the question, different strokes right? Probably different etiquette in the east..

  19. Jo-ou says:

    Don't cut your hair! I love long hair on the ladies, and your hair seems… seemed? appreciably long.

  20. Marc says:

    Guys, stop bitching about whether it's reasonable for Will to refuse to cut a deal right there at the party. It's Will! It's just the way he does things – would any of us care about him and his story if he was just a run-of-the-mill dealer who was defined solely by his profession? The fact that he sets aside time away from his job and doesn't expect to be treated as "just the dealer" all the time allows him space to develop as a character – he's a human being, not a weed-based vending machine! Also, Cody's "confused" face is hilarious. Love this one!

    • Kate says:

      Exactly! It's not about dealer ettiquette (which I'm not even going to pretend to know anything about) at all. It's about Will and his relationship with Larry, and where he feels he's at in life right now.

      Poor guy, he's there hoping to meet people and the first one to strike up a conversation isn't interested in him at all, just his job. You don't go to parties, (especially ones in your own friggin' apartment) to feel used and ignored.

    • Tuna Ghost says:

      Can't help it! It's a situation I'm very familiar with, from both sides, and since its the thrust of the joke its a bit distracting for me. But you're correct, the story is much deeper than a simple "can I buy dope" scenario. Sorry to bother.

    • Suilean Dubh says:

      I lol'd at the idea of a weed vending machine. That would be so ridiculously wondiferous.

  21. Scott Bieser says:

    You guys just aren't paranoid enough. Can anyone here spell "narc"?

    • Arkadi says:

      Or maybe you're a bit 'too' paranoid; he's Larry's cousin, after all. If my cousin were a cop, I think I'd know it

      • Sihaya says:

        Well, I have to admit, I think the kid is dressed in what grownups *think* kids all dress in, not what college kids actually wear. He's trying too hard, like either a narc or a freshman. Honestly, though, my money is on the latter.

        • Unfortunately says:

          As a college student, I can attest that he is unfortunately dressed like one of many irritating hipster college kids.

  22. Rita says:

    First panel: "Oh, she's cute. New love interest for Will?"
    Last panel: "Oh, he's a guy. Oops."

  23. Kelsey says:

    He's clearly not learning that much if he didn't even know pot was illegal in New York before moving there. And that he didn't even get that hypothetical analogy

  24. Bok says:

    This very likely isn't the first time this has happened to Will. I love how the comments section drives that home!

    As much as I sympathize with Will though, he really should've given up on that analogy when he heard Cody was a student.

  25. lurp says:

    Not everybody from California is constantly on the lookout for pot! Or assholes. I promise.

  26. Jon O. says:

    Mostly I want to know what Cody's no-doubt-inadvisable chest tattoo is.

  27. derp says:

    hahaha Will's such a dick

  28. I.M. says:

    Okay, the Cody guy is a jerk, but Will overreacted. He seems to be in a bad mood in this storyline. I wonder why…

  29. Peter says:

    I prefer to think that Cody’s a girl. I haven’t read anything (canon) to the contrary yet ^_^