Real Stuff: "Dinner at Dale's"


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#2

I've been the victim of a couple of acquaintance "dinners" paid for by Amway - but I can't say either of them have ended up that weirdly.


#3

So the entire family just sat there and...wow.

That is fucked up on an epic scale.


#4

Probably pretty normal as far as the sort of shark-toothed sociopaths who become Amway leaders.


#5

Denny appears to be wearing a varsity jacket very similar to that of the protagonist of Hotline Miami.


#6

Based on previous Real Stuff strips reprinted here I was halfway expecting Dale's mom (Mrs. Revere/Severe) to be sporting an eyepatch by the last panel.


#8

An excellent point! I have little experience with sociopaths (that I know of...), so it threw me off.


#9

Absolutely love Julie Doucet's artwork!


#10

You can start by not bothering to comment. And learning to read faster.


#11

I think this might just be the most inoffensive Real Stuff strip posted to date. Even the artwork is relatively pleasing to the eye.

On that note, wasn't the previous "Three in a Bed" supposed to be a part-one-of-two? It's been so long that I was starting to think that maybe someone at BoingBoing finally discovered he or she had certain standards for good taste and was discontinuing the feature entirely.


#12

No, you may not.


#13

To Whom It May Concern,
This is my favorite comic on BoingBoing. I consistently love it. It's funny, weird, it reads well... and is always a nice enough length to loose oneself in the story for a bit. I love it. Thank you!
- : )


#14

You have been penalized an additional 2.5 minutes for complaining that will now be removed from the back end.

Good day.


#15

Even though I've never had anything like that happen to me, I can still believe it could happen; some families are deeply weird in a not-cool-or-kooky way. Sometimes you'd go over to someone's house and have something happen that, while not a nasty prank like this one, make you want to make up an excuse to leave and not come back. (The best example I can think of is one time in my early teens when I dropped by the house of an friendly acquaintance to see if he was home, and his mom snared me into a fairly lengthy, one-sided conversation that consisted mostly of fairly personal questions on her part; to this day, I'm not sure if she was trying to flirt with me, was just lonely, or simply thought that she had to keep me personally occupied until he came home.)

A couple of other things:

  • Julie Doucet is one of those artists who was pretty big in the alternative B&W comics field of the late eighties and early nineties who has sort of drifted away from it; she seems to have given up on comics and is doing mostly collages now. Too bad; I remember one early work of hers that shows her running out of tampons, and being transformed by rage into a giant woman who rampages through the streets, drowning passersby in torrents of menstrual blood, until she can find some tampons in a store. Good times.
    • I have had the experience, when I was in high school, of having an Amway distributor delay paying me for mowing his lawn until I sat through his pitch. (I can't honestly say now whether he outright refused to pay me until I sat through it; he may have simply implied that I'd get more money if I did, and me interpreting that as that he'd tack on a tip, which he didn't, nor did he ask me to mow his lawn again. It wasn't as big of a deal as the guy who offered to pay me to let him suck my dick.) By the way, Michael Dougan, a cartoonist who has also worked with Eichhorn, did a short autobiographical story of his own titled "Opportunity Jones" about someone who teased Dougan (who was working at a coffee shop at the time) with a mysterious "business opportunity"; no points for guessing what that really was.


#16

" I remember one early work of hers that shows her running out of tampons, and being transformed by rage into a giant woman who rampages through the streets, drowning passersby in torrents of menstrual blood, until she can find some tampons in a store. Good times."

I remember that too! I even remember the title - "Heavy Flow." Internet sez it was in Weirdo #26 from 1989


#17

Bonus points for the username!


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