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Holiday times continue as our hapless heroes learn that it isn't all about presents!

Let's kick off with a requested story, "The Present", written by Devin Grayson, with art by Will Rosado and Sal Buscema, our first story from from DCU Holiday Bash #2 (1998)! About three and a third out of ten pages.
[personal profile] scottyquick, this one's for you!

Kyle's got some last-minute (literally! it's 7pm on X-mas Eve!) shopping to do, and the only person around to help was Connor (he was hoping for Wally, super-speed and all, but he was done for the night).

Suddenly, the power dies throughout the mall! Kyle lights the way with his ring, but there are till people stuck between the exit doors! It turns out to be the handiwork of one man, who hacked the power through a display model PC (?!) in one of the stores, then grabbed a shotgun to teach everyone a lesson about what awful heathens they are for their consumerism.

While Connor tries to calm the maddened crowd pushing against the doors, Kyle knocks the shotgun out of our gunman's hand and locks him in an action figure box (!), but not before the man's grabbed, wait for it, a nun!

Moving along, Kyle is a pretty bad negotiator.

Kyle throws his hands up at this as the crowd tries crushing Connor against the door.

It's all up to the nun now.

Kyle's no good at negotiation, and crowd control isn't working out for Connor, so they trade places.

The guy doesn't understand, so Connor has him give him the knife for an object lesson.

The guy complains how that makes no sense and demands his knife back! He's a real kidder, that one. And the same time, Kyle gets the doors open! The day is saved!
(for those of you following at home, Connor was talking about the fact that the bad guy no longer had the knife)

As they resume their shopping, Connor still doesn't get the deal with presents. He already has what he needs, why does he need more? Kyle says it's an acknowledgement of their friendship, so Connor suggests that a verbal acknowledgement of his appreciation for each of the Leaguers would be more meaningful than silly knick-knacks.

Oh Kyle.

Our next story, from DCU Holiday Bash #1 (1997), is "Present Tense", written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid, with art by Paul Ryan and Dick Giordano. About two and a half pages from eight.

It's twenty minutes till Wally West and Linda Park's X-mas party, and Wally's sure he's gotten his notoriously hard-to-shop-for then-girlfriend the perfect gift. A rather tacky microwave, billed as the fastest on earth. "Illegal in nine states." Projecting much, Flash?

Anyway, he's looking for the tape when he walks in on Lind talking on the phone with her mother.

silly boy can't even dress himself. really, Wally, where did you get that sweater?

Anyway, Wally rushes out of the house to get a better gift. He recalls the conversation, but none of the words it contained, being distracted by a sweater uglier than the one he was wearing. He decides to go the safe route and grab a scarf.

The stores in Central City have already closed, so he runs ahead to L.A. and decides that make-up'd make a good present. After he's picked the most expensive case they have, he notices that same ugly sweater from before. The clerk asks if Linda is a summer or a winter.

Running further to Hawaii, he head to a curio shop and picks out a random ring. The place is crawling with those damn sweaters.

He's late for the party now, but he can't give up. His last chance is in Hong Kong, but he just can't find anything that screams "Linda!" at him. He does, however, find another shop full of those ugly sweaters. He decides to slow down for a second and think about what Linda might've said. As he's watching the crowd pass by him, he finally gets it.

And that's why Wally and Linda don't do presents.
hey, that's Bart and Max standing next to the tree! :D

Tomorrow: Two X-mas shorts by Ty Templeton, featuring Darkseid and Etrigan!

Date: 2009-12-16 05:50 am (UTC)
jelly_ace: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jelly_ace
Those are pretty nice stories. Not diabetes-inducing sweet, not trying hard to be deep, and very funny.

And Kyle's so cute. Tee hee hee.

Date: 2009-12-16 06:19 am (UTC)
3goodtimes: (Default)
From: [personal profile] 3goodtimes
Agh, I love Connor! He's such a fabulous character.

Why has he been ruined by brain damage?! *weeps*

Date: 2009-12-16 03:41 pm (UTC)
dorksidefiker: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dorksidefiker
Because DC doesn't want us to have nice things?

Date: 2009-12-16 06:24 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Shun the nonbelievers! Shun-na! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
I wonder if he went back in time to listen to what she was saying the first time..

Date: 2009-12-16 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] cuntfucius
D'aww, the Connor and Kyle story was cute ... not my usual thing I enjoy but still dawww worthy.

The Linda and Wally thing though! They never fail to get me.

Date: 2009-12-16 06:53 am (UTC)
ext_302898: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Hah! Piper looks completely offended by the sweater there at the end.

These were so nice, though.

Date: 2009-12-16 11:06 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko's giggly icon. (Giggly)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Which is hilarious considering some of the outfits he's worn.

Date: 2009-12-16 07:13 am (UTC)
toasty_fresh: Incredible Hercules . . . maybe (Purple Nurple)
From: [personal profile] toasty_fresh
Oh god this would be adorable but it just reminds me of the shopping I still have to do . . . okay, never mind, still adorable!

Date: 2009-12-16 07:44 am (UTC)
lbd_nytetrayn: Star Force Dragonzord Power! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
It took me a minute to realize Connor =/= Kon-El.

Aren't there rules against that sort of naming? ;P

--LBD "Nytetrayn"

Date: 2009-12-16 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] redstar
The ten jillion Teds, Hanks, and Cassandras think everyone else should have to suffer too. Green Arrow's name is Connor-with-an-O and Superboy's name is Conner-with-an-E, which you'd think would help, but it really just means it's even more confusing when they get mixed up.

Ah, those scans make me nostalgic for scans_daily on LJ, and the comment exchange- "Yeah, what *do* you get for Batman?" "Black-haired preteen boys?" "Good idea, a present Kyle can make himself!"

Date: 2009-12-16 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scottyquick
Conno as in Arro, Conner as in Super.

Date: 2009-12-16 09:29 am (UTC)
thebigapricot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] thebigapricot
The Wally/Linda is one of my all-time favorites. I like how you've put the stories together with themes.

Date: 2009-12-16 09:50 am (UTC)
levyrasputin: by me, poor darling they didn't know what they were going into (kleydonna-nicetomeetyou)
From: [personal profile] levyrasputin
Might be my RENT-indoctrined mind, but I'm pretty sure I saw Kyle kind of quoting Tune up #1 in the first panel, and even the robber's woman is called Maureen. Curious enough, if not intentional...

Wally & Linda story was extremely cute as well, thanks for sharing, it definitely put me in a good loving mood *^ ^*

"He's my brother!" "...We're close."

Date: 2009-12-18 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] redstar
RENT just collided with the Arrowfamily in my head, and now I can't rid myself of the mental image of Dinah and Hal doing the tango while complaining about Ollie. They even both have jackets to dramatically discard beforehand!

Re: "He's my brother!" "...We're close."

Date: 2009-12-18 10:26 am (UTC)
levyrasputin: by me, with penguins and love  (roylian)
From: [personal profile] levyrasputin
ahahahah! awesome...=)

I've always been persuaded Mia would make a pretty pale, yet fantastic Mimi! <3

Re: "He's my brother!" "...We're close."

Date: 2009-12-18 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] redstar
She'll have to be- I briefly went to the mental place where teenaged junkie-era Roy was trying to seduce Dinah with a song relying heavily on arrow-related double entendres, but Dinah can only be in one place at a time. Maybe Mia's Mimi and Roy's Roger?

Re: "He's my brother!" "...We're close."

Date: 2009-12-18 10:21 pm (UTC)
levyrasputin: (rainbowcloud)
From: [personal profile] levyrasputin
I approve of Roy!Roger wholeheartly ^____________^

and Connor won't made a bad Collins at all, he has that greatness of heart..
sad thing, we are out of a good Mark...

Re: "He's my brother!" "...We're close."

Date: 2009-12-18 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] redstar
Well, Ollie's Maureen, right? So Hal's Joanne and Dinah's gotta be Mark. She won't mind rooming with Roy, and, like I said, tango.

Re: "He's my brother!" "...We're close."

Date: 2009-12-19 10:50 am (UTC)
levyrasputin: (kyledrawings)
From: [personal profile] levyrasputin
...Mh, yes, I like that =) you actually inspired me to draw Starcity!Rent a lot.. we need an Angel, too. Even if the original Angel/Connor would be an all kind of epic pairing.. ° °<3

Date: 2009-12-16 10:07 am (UTC)
stig: "It Was A Boojum..." (Default)
From: [personal profile] stig
Silly Kyle. You don't seriously think Batman would ever accept a computer sold by Dr. Killinger, do you?

Date: 2009-12-16 01:53 pm (UTC)
deepspaceartist: Iron Man mark 43 (Default)
From: [personal profile] deepspaceartist
Look at the third panel from the end of the last page. I think Bart put the ugly sweater on!

Date: 2009-12-16 03:10 pm (UTC)
deepspaceartist: Iron Man mark 43 (Default)
From: [personal profile] deepspaceartist
I see. That makes sense. I didn't notice that Wally and Linda were wearing different chlothes in that panel.

Date: 2009-12-16 03:47 pm (UTC)
silverzeo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Whats going on with Connor now?

Date: 2009-12-16 04:15 pm (UTC)
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
From: [personal profile] sistermagpie
For most of that Wally story I thought he had spilled something on that sweater in a blender mishap. But that actually is the pattern on the sweater. Wow.

Date: 2009-12-16 05:28 pm (UTC)
galateus: Didn't you mean to ask about FLOWERS? (Dnyarri's flowers)
From: [personal profile] galateus
It took me way longer than it should've to figure out that Simpsons reference.

Then I LOL'd.
Edited Date: 2009-12-16 05:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-12-16 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scottyquick
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww <3

Date: 2009-12-17 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love the frame of everyone at the party staring at the sweater in slack-jawed horror.


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