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March 31st, 2009
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Four years was a good run, no?
ROOMIES: Shortpacked! is over...


Our new vanity license plates came in the mail yesterday!  They were Maggie's choice, since it's Maggie's car, but I can't say I disapprove.  It was my older work that got her to pay attention to me in the first place.

Well, that's a good segue as any.  I really miss my old characters.  And, y'know, something about these toy store guys never really clicked.  Plus, I get complaints all the time from those who feel Shortpacked! should be all about one-off Batman jokes, and so I shy away from using my new characters to their full potential.  Always, in the middle of these bigger storylines, I second-guess myself.  And so I've sort of sold the entire strip short, all along.  A strip cannot serve two masters!

And so I've decided to go back to the beginning.  But better!  People always tell me to Bring Back Roomies!  It's a refrain so common I always capitalize it.  And, frankly, I've always sort of agreed with them.  The Roomies! book coming out this year was something of a hint towards my inclinations.  And with all this Ethan stuff just sort of crashing in on itself, imploding, I really don't have the heart or drive to finish it.  I just don't care for these new characters.  

But I do care about Danny.  And Joe.  And Walky.  And Sal.  And Joyce.  And so I've decided to go back to them.  Do it "right."   No aliens.  Just people, learning to love each other, learning to grow, set in the fun, early years of college.  There's no reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so I have ganked a few favorites from the recent years.  Think of it as "Ultimate Roomies."  The best of the best of my work, all swirled around into one big heaping helping of concentrated awesome.  And this time, there's going to be no Cerberus Syndrome.  No First and Ten.  It's going to be a dramedy from the very beginning.  Nobody can claim I've pulled a bait-and-switch.  

Many of you will complain.  Or feel hurt and betrayed.  I'm sorry!  But I have to follow my heart.  If that isn't in my work, it's going to be crappy work anyway, so I'll be sparing you that, at least.  I just want to live up to my full potential. 

A rebooting of Roomies, of sorts, has been in my mind for years.  (See the sketch to the right, drawn years ago!)  You'll notice Joyce and Walky!, at least the member-only strips, has been about alternate universes.  I've considered for a while ending it with a shift to one of these alternate universes.  Kind of a "Crisis of Infinite Earths" sort of deal, where all the best elements are all crammed in together for a richer tapestry.  But it couldn't wait.  I'm doing it now.  And it totally makes sense!  I'm so excited!  These are the characters I've loved.  I can't wait to get to work with them again.

Of course, it may not work out the exact same way this time.  Maybe Joyce won't even end up with Walky!  If you read J&W!, you know there are quite a few universes where she ends up with Joe!  Maybe this is one of them.  Or maybe she ends up with Danny!  Or Walky with Dina, or Walky with Dorothy.  Don't worry, if you've read/memorized It's Walky!, you aren't spoiled for the things to come.  You may think you are, but, oh, you're in for some shocks.

Thanks, guys, and I hope you continue to have faith in me.  

(Of course, I'll eventually have to come up with a better name.  Don't even TRY to find an available domain that has "roomies" somewhere in it.  They're all taken!  Anybody got any good puns that use "dorm" in them or something?  In the meantime, continue to check out shortpacked.com while we sort these details out.)

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From:cholma
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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!slooF lirpA



Oh, how about CollegePals! UniPals! Bosom Buddies! (oops, that's taken!) FratPack! :D

Edited at 2009-04-01 03:14 am (UTC)
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From:grafxman256
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
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Fratpacked!
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From:grafxman256
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
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*clap* ... *clap* ... *clap*

Sooth Willis. Not over-the-top and almost plausible. Well done.
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From:jarodrussell
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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theyredormies.com
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From:angrylagomorph
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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I suspect shenanigans as well, though I wouldn't be adverse to the idea. Roomies, Walky, Shortpacked; they're all good in my book.
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From:museofspeed
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
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...you almost got me. And that isn't easy. Well fucking done.
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From:noachoc
Date:April 1st, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
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I'd just like to take a moment to say that your icon is the best icon in the universe.
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From:sonictail
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
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April First, and no dinosaur parody ;_;
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From:tlachtga
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
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Frick! You're pullin' a Spiderman?! That's it? No more









Checks date....

Hmph.
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From:lbd_nytetrayn
Date:April 1st, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
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Well, you can always give it just One More Day, and I'm sure everything will be fine.

I mean, it wasn't for Spider-man, but that's got to be the exception, rather than the rule, right?

--LBD "Nytetrayn"
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From:genmaicha
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
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Well done.
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From:deriksmith
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
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ItsRoomies.com appears to be available! Synergy!

Or how about TFWiki.com?
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From:profxuanwu
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
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You DO realize this strip is better than every Shortpacked strip you've ever done?

What I would give for this to be true.
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From:kickthehobbit
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
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. . . oh God, I totally bought that.

I was like, ". . . D: Oh well, I guess it had a good run. :(" and actually came to post as much in the comments.

Well-played!

Edited at 2009-04-01 03:37 am (UTC)
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From:sunsetsinthewes
Date:April 1st, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
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YOU ARE EVERYWHERE.

For the next twelve hours, I trust no one.
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From:tommy_is_cancer
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
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...wait. Is Joe BLACK?!
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From:kingandy
Date:April 1st, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
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I don't think so, but he is kind of dusky. Rosenthal is a Jewish name, maybe he's Jewish?

Apparently he's based on the middle guy here.
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From:rantinan
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
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Goddamend schweet new header too :) I was sad when it didnt show up initialy, but then the good old force refresh fixed that.
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From:danihana
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
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Hooray! Shortpacked! is over!

Thank God, that shit was gettin' terrible.

Edited at 2009-04-01 03:51 am (UTC)
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From:dvandom
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
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This will, of course, backfire as people demand to see new Roomies instead. Just like people wanted the fake Shattered Glass instead of what we got. :)
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From:sanityormadness
Date:April 1st, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Heh
From:megatron992
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
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Just wait. The real joke will be that this wasn't a joke.
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From:landbasered
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
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NOOOO!!!!
I'll miss you Ethan. You too Amber. Faz, I'll miss you most of all.

HOWEVER, I look forward to seeing Robin and Mike in another universe.
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From:everflow
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
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points to the date of the comic *April First*
From:shadow_contact
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
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You so had me convinced. Man it aint funny on the west coast, I still consider this my Tuesday funny.
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From:brassydel
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
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So this year's practical joke is that half the fans will be angry and the other half will be disappointed?

Isn't... isn't that just like every other day?
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From:danihana
Date:April 1st, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
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Damn girl. I think that little miracle in your belly is making you ornery.
From:c_lawnmower
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
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I thought "If he wanted to bring back Roomies, the smart thing to doo would be to start a new webcomic- because all you're gonna to by doing a parallel universe is start debates about what is and what isn't canonical"

Then I realized it was a fake, and that I spend way too much time analyzing this kind of shit.
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From:kingandy
Date:May 13th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Welcome to new Trek!

Try not to hit your head on the fanon.
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From:the_blot
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)

HAHAHA

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Best....April....Fools....Day....Joke....Ever!
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From:ace_girl
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
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It'd be a way more plausible April Fools joke if the direct link didn't still have the Shortpacked! header.

Or maybe it doesn't and I just need to clean out my cache. Damn cache ruins ALL SORTS of pranks. D:
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From:danihana
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but that would be a lot of work, and he's been Sicky McSick.
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From:creature_sh
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
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Way too obvious. I do like the design, though !
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From:everflow
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
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so it's either a joke or an end to my love for amber well here is to hoping it's a joke...

you know re-reading that statement makes me very sad because it shows I am a sad sad person

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From:cappadocius
Date:April 1st, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
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And so the worst fucking day of the year begins.
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