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Webcomic: Roomies!, It's Walky!, Joyce and Walky!

Roomies!, It's Walky!, and Joyce and Walky! are three interconnected comics in the Walkyverse, and can be found here (with the exception of most of Joyce and Walky!, which can be purchased here.) If you don't want to Archive Binge, the entire thing is being reuploaded a day at a time in "best reading order" here.

Roomies! began on September 10th, 1997 as a Slice of Life webcomic concerning the adventures of Danny Wilcox, Ordinary College Student, and his Kavorka Man roommate Joe Rosenthal. Other important characters included Danny's love interest Jennifer "Billie" Billingsworth, his mixed-race Broken Bird ex-girlfriend Sal Walters, and the sheltered, semi-well-adjusted Joyce Brown. The strip gradually developed both Cerebus Syndrome and a love for theatrics, culminating in Joe and Joyce being kidnapped by aliens.

At this point it re-branded itself It's Walky! and began to focus on the adventures of a Government Conspiracy called SEMME, dedicated to dealing with extra-terrestrial threats to Earth. The titular David "Walky" Walkerton, a hyperactive member of Squad 128, found himself fighting alongside Sal, Joe and Joyce, all of whom were inducted to SEMME and placed in his squad, with Stuffy Brit Jason Chesterfield, Jerk with a Heart of Jerk Mike Warner and even-more-hyperactive Robin DeSanto rounding out the central cast.

After a random collection of Where Are They Now Epilogues, Willis launched Joyce and Walky! in 2005, a Dom Com centering around the Official Couple of the verse, debuted, playing out the affairs of characters after the retirement of It's Walky!. Only strips published on Saturdays were available to the public; Tuesday and Thursday material were for subscribers only. Though initially described as "a post-apocalyptic tale of domestic hijinx", it quickly developed its own sci-fi oriented storyline based around the offspring of SEMME members from alternate futures appearing in the main universe in the present day. (Around the same time, Robin and Mike got spun off into Shortpacked!.)

This strip was put on hiatus in 2010, and later that year got an Ultimate Universe in Dumbing of Age, which transplants characters from all of Willis's other comics into Indiana University and strips off the sci-fi elements, thus going back to the original premise of Roomies!...and so the circle is complete.

Joyce & Walky! got taken out of mothballs on May 13, 2012, with sporadic updates between then and August, and is currently stalled again. However, the plan currently is to end the comic on the scene it left off on, keeping its chronology trapped in 2010.

As mentioned, the entire story is being gradually reuploaded to a new website, with commentary under every strip from Willis. The main purpose of the site is to give people the chance to read it in chronological order, and apparently to induce a sense of despair in Willis.

The cast of these series is vast, but the main players in each can be boiled down to:

Roomies:

  • Danny Wilcox, an ordinary college student with a tendency for unbridled panic.
  • Joe Rosenthal, Danny's womanizing best friend and dorm roommate.
  • Joyce Brown, a quirky innocent girl who is intent on making Danny her boyfriend.
  • Sarah Clinton, Joyce's jaded pre-law roommate and Friends with Benefits with Joe.
  • Jennifer 'Billie' Billingsworth, a Troubled, but Cute student with a reputation as a party girl.
  • Mary (Mary Paul in Walky!), Sal's hypocritical 'best friend' whose moralizing towards Billie is proven hollow when she has an abortion.
  • Ruth Lesse, a cynical grad student who had been Billie and Walky's babysitter as a teen.
  • Sal Walters, Danny's moody, mysterious ex-girlfriend, who shows up just long enough to tell Danny goodbye because she's moving on to...

It's Walky!:

  • David 'Walky' Walkerton, a hyperactive, bubble-headed medical lab attendant turned alien hunter who was once Billie's best childhood friend and is actually Sal's long-lost twin brother.
  • Steven 'Beef' Walkerton, Walky's fraternal twin brother secretly Switched at Birth with Sal.
  • Jason Chesterfield, the uptight British squad leader, and the only non-abductee amongst Squad 128.
  • Mike Warner, violent-minded Jerkass who delights in torturing those around him.
  • Allen Rees, alien expert.
  • Professor Doc, Mad Scientist in charge of studying alien technology.
  • Dina Sarazu, unfortunate, mild-mannered paleontologist who ends up as Professor Doc's assistant.
  • Robin DeSanto, hyperactive speedster who is Mike's replacement in Squad 128 after he is nearly killed by Walky.

Their main opponents are the Purple Aliens ('Alien' being the actual name of their homeworld), lead by Head Alien; the British Ninjas from a secret organization led by Jason's father Dargon Chesterfield and Jason's former lover Penny Worthington; and the Martian Empire.

Joyce and Walky:

  • Becky, Joyce's new best friend. She is generally more sane and easy-going than Joyce.
  • Dorothy, Walky's over-achieving ex-girlfriend who dumped him for not being studious enough. She's moved into Walky's neighborhood and is having second thoughts about her decision all those years ago.
  • D.J. Wilcox, Danny and Sal's hypothetical kid from the future. Other universes sending help for other versions of him, only to end up in the mainline continuity, is the impetus for most of the plot.
  • Our universe's D.J. Wilcox, Danny and Billie's female kid, born exactly ten years from the debut of Roomies!.
  • Bobby "Machete" Walkerton, another hypothetical kid from the future and seemingly the only one with the right parentage.


These series provide examples of:

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    Roomies! 

    It's Walky! 

    Joyce & Walky! 
  • After the End: The comic's tagline describes J&W! as "post-apocalyptic." Given that said apocalypse was averted, it's debatable how well the description fits.
  • Alternate Universe: Hoo boy. The villain's entire plot revolves around building an army out of the future kids of potential pairings, and that's just for starters...
  • April Fools' Day: 2008 had Ultra-Car getting hit with a missile, Joyce and Walky inside declaring their hatred for each other, and Head Alien and Monkey Master having a Dance Party Ending.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Monkey Master disbelieves Head Alien II's existence and exploits. Head Alien II assumes this is the reason until Monkey Master tells him it's because "that would mean you actually succeeded at something."
    • Played straight later: even after all he's seen and done, Joe still denies the existance of Danny's alt-future kid DJ.
    Joe: Am I the only one who refuses to dignify this retarded development?
  • Back to School: Played Straight. Joyce was abducted by SEMME before she could finish college and Walky never started, so both start taking courses once the war's over. The plot never focuses on it, granted...
  • Back from the Dead/Back for the Finale: Head Alien I. "That's right, I'm original recipe. Wanna dance?"
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Sal and her job at Pluto 9571.
    Sal: These antennae can be used as stranglin' instruments.
    Walky: Than we shall remain silent.
  • Benevolent Boss: Joe, as head of Rosenthal Industries. Danny works for him.
  • Best Woman: Danny implied he would've ended up Joyce's maid of honor if Becky hadn't popped up.
    Danny: I'm off the hook?
    Walky: You're off the hook.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: How the alt-universe future kids end up, for the most part.
  • Burger Fool: Sal ends up as one when forced into the working world.
  • Call Back: Sal calls Joyce's use of her jetpack cheating when recounting one of their It's Walky!-era fights to Becky. Later, whilst fighting the brainwashed alt-future kids, Joyce gleefully refers to the use of her jetpack as cheating as she and Walky fly into battle.
    • Joyce mocks Walky with his dialogue from these comics when he returns from his first day of student-teaching (which of course requires him to wear a tie.)
    Walky: I'll have you know this is a clip-on.
    Joyce: You look adorable.
  • The Cameo: Joyce logs onto a pony chatroom in the hopes of finding a new friend to be her maid of honor, only to become discouraged and give up. Amber is on the same forum.
  • Cerebus Retcon: We get an explanation for the duct tape restraints. Apparently it worked on the abductees when they were kids—and when they got old enough to escape, mental suggestions were planted in their brains creating a psychological inability to break the tape.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Duct tape.
  • Crossover: With Shortpacked! for the wedding. Robin is officiating, and Mike is invited. They bring Leslie and Amber as their plus-ones and they all show up in Ultra-Car.
  • Clue from Ed.: The Rubber-Band History version of The Unmasqued World arc comes with the following note from Willis.
    Longtime It's Walky! readers may find this scene familiar. Sort of.
    Hint: Things are different.
  • Crack Pairing: Invoked with the alternate-reality kids for the future. Some of them have really bizarre parentage—the kid of Doc and Doc's clone and Harold and a tube sock are some of the less bizarre examples.
  • Dead Guy on Display: The final fate of Head Alien I's body—in the Smithsonian, no less.
  • Doppelgänger: Rachel's been swapped out for an Alien in a robotic Rachel suit.
  • Fainting: Happens to Danny and Billie when faced with the reality of D.J.'s existence for the first time.
  • Fantastic Racism: Lampshaded and subverted.
    Head Alien II: Hey, you stupid monkey! Those were the guys on our side! C'mon!
    Monkey Master: All these humans look alike!
    Head Alien II: ...That's sort of a cliche, don't you think?
    Monkey Master: I'm serious. They're all wearing the same damn outfit.
    Head Alien II: Oh. Well. Point taken.
    • Played straight (well, straighter) in a different instance—Sal is furious to discover most of her co-workers at Pluto 9571 are Aliens and is sent to sensitivity training.
  • Flash Back: An extended one happens early on, which introduces us to Dorothy and tells the story of how Walky became an honor student in high school.
  • First Episode Spoiler: Jason and Sal don't last, which is why Sal now lives with Joyce and Walky.
  • Friends with Benefits: Jason and Sal try this for a while after their relationship falls apart. It doesn't work out.
  • Fourth Wall Portrait: Walky takes a life-drawing class and is criticized by his professor for "making up anatomy."
    Joyce: Were you drawing lips again?
  • The Fundamentalist: Becky's dad. He's used to show how far Joyce has come.
  • Gift of the Magi Plot: Well, half of one, anyway.
  • Grand Theft Me: HAII eventually pulls this on Dorothy as one last resort—only for it to work out for HAI instead.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The alt-future kids all wear goggles, but mostly on their foreheads. What purpose they serve is never explained, but given that the kids bitch at each other for stealing each other's looks they're probably just there for esthetic reasons.
  • Got Me Doing It: Joyce now also uses "wiigii" instead of "woo-hoo", and probably picked it up from Walky.
  • Groin Attack: A self-inflicted one, based on bad advice from Joe regarding the application of Icy-Hot.
  • Friendless Background: Jason's employers are very happy that he comes from one of these.
  • Halloween Cosplay: On occasion, with the most memorable instance of Joyce being just a word away from implying Walky was dressed as David Willis. Walky quickly clarifies that his costume is actually Harry Potter.
  • Happily Engaged and Living Together: The titular duo. While Joyce does become a tad paranoid when Walky starts hanging around Dorothy, their relationship is remarkably drama-free and all of their arguments are petty and short-lived.
  • Henpecked Husband: Danny. He doesn't seem to mind.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: D.J. dies getting an organ transplant for a dying Sal, which he forced a doctor to do at gunpoint.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dorothy's mind, like most abductee minds, is wired to be psychologically unable to break duct tape restraints—a fact Machete exploits when he tapes HAI-in-Dorothy's-body to the wall during the wedding arc.
  • Hope Spot: The multitude of alternate-future kids have been chained up by Head Alien II, but one (D.J. Wilcox) escaped. The others think he'll be of some help, until...
    HAII: I see the hope on your faces, and I know the reason for it. Hell, I put it there. You know, to taunt you, if only for a few minutes. That's right—I let D.J. Wilcox escape.
    cue Oh Crap look on the fleeing D.J.'s face
    HAII: It should be fun.
  • Hypocrite: Joyce edges into this territory when she has a mini-freakout over Walky and Dorothy hanging out. Walky points out that she pined after both Danny and Joe and he doesn't take issue with them being around.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Walky threatens Jason with this when he finds out he and Sal have been sneaking around. Jason is unimpressed.
    Jason: You may be superhuman, but I remember you have a soft neck.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Jason's excuse for his lack of social life.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Walky's right - that was a clear abuse of Joyce's power.
  • Insistent Terminology: Pluto 9571 isn't a theme restaurant, it's a dining experience.
  • Intangible Man/Voluntary Shapeshifting: Electric Man, and later Head Alien II.
  • Internal Homage: Hey, Sal! Yeah, college is fine...
  • Just in Time: Bobby Walkerton, to prevent Head Alien I from retreating.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Walky's immunity to mindwipes and Joyce's extreme mathematical skill have become genetically ingrained somehow, resulting in a kid who can wipe people's mind via physical and psychic contact. Apparently the resurrection chamber can futz around with acquired and genetic traits.
  • Left for Dead: Head Alien II does this for Sal and D.J., in spite of Monkey Master's insistence that D.J. still has vital signs and he should finish the job.
  • Let's Have Another Baby: Averted with Danny and Billie, whose plans for an "Obama baby" go off without a hitch.
  • Married to the Job: Jason, kind of. While he does love his job, his issues are mostly unrelated to that and he considers his career choice is a convenient scapegoat for said issues.
  • Meaningful Echo: Back to this Roomies! strip. D.J. uses Danny's Anvilicious moralizing as his last words to his alt-universe father, and in doing so lends them a small bit of dignity.
    DJ: I shouldn't be interacting with you to begin with. I only initiated it for my own selfish reasons. So I deserve any ire thrown my way. This was stupid, plain and simple. But hey, principals mean diddly squat without the experiences to back them up, right?
  • The Mole: Dorothy and Rachel, the latter of whom turns out to be a robot replacement of the original.
  • No Dialogue Episode: Joyce and Walky's wedding ceremony—at least until Head Alien I gatecrashes.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sal gives Head Alien II a damn good thrashing while having just undergone organ transplants.
  • No Mere Windmill: Turns out Walky's mom's conversations with the Head Alien weren't hallucinations after all.
  • Nonindicative Name: Subverted—Machete, who doesn't carry any sort of blade, is eventually revealed to have gotten the name from his ability to cut people's memories out of them mind-wiper style.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Sal, to Joyce.
  • Overly Long Name: "I bet you never expected my army of brainwashed kids-of-your-friends from the future! ... Doesn't roll of the tongue very easily, but not everything good is marketable."
  • Revenge: Joyce and Walky are ready to flee HAII's army when Machete mentions he killed Sal, at which point they charge back into battle. Jason is a little less rash but follows them when Machete says HAII recorded the killing and watches it over and over.
  • Right Through the Wall: Joyce and Walky. It gets Becky's dad on their case and, well, Becky...
    Becky: What's that noise I sometimes hear in here? Stampeding cattle?
  • Rubber-Band History: The Alternate Universe arc starts with a replay of the The Unmasqued World arc of It's Walky, except Joe and Joyce are together now and Walky is nowhere in sight...and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Schedule Slip: Multiple, which resulted in the finale only being half-finished.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Joyce has got a bit of a case of this with regards to her relationship with Danny in Roomies!.
  • Shot in the Ass: Joyce's mom. She withholds the location of the wound long enough to guilt Joyce into having kids.
  • Status Quo Is God: Head Alien I, outnumbered and on the retreat, suggests this: he rebuilds his army, Joyce and Walky rebuild SEMME, and the cycle of plotting-and-thwarting continue just like the old days.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Averted. Willis realized that that he'd done this to Rachel during the wedding storyline and wasn't happy about it, so he set up a storyline in Shortpacked! specifically to fix the problem.
  • Tempting Fate: Lampshaded.
    Joe: Everything's going to be completely different, isn't it?
    Danny: Yep. And I'm completely ready. ... Nothing can possibly go wrong!
    Joe ducks under the table, than cautiously pokes his head up
    Joe: Nothing happened.
    Danny: Told you everything is different.
    • And Played Straight a moment later—after Danny's big speech about how he feels ready for any challenge life lobs at him, D.J. shows up and claims to be his son.
  • Under The Mistletoe: Joyce and Sal freak out when they find themselves under it in the Dec. 2005 wallpaper.
  • Wedding Day: Danny and Billie's wedding, though the duo are out of focus in favor of highlighting Sal and Joyce's hostility towards each other regarding how their relationships with Danny ended up. The comic also ends on one—or is about to, anyway—between Joyce and Walky themselves.
  • Wedding Smashers: Head Alien I in Dorothy's body. Lampshaded.
    Sorry, took "wedding crasher" a wee bit too literally.''
  • With This Ring: Joe fumbles it at Danny and Billie's wedding, sending Sal and Joyce scrambling to beat each other to get it, much to the irritation of the bride and groom. Sarah beats both of them to it.
    Sal and Joyce: Drama queen.

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