The apocalypse came suddenly. Some kind of worm, virus, trojan -- some kind of Mark Russinovich doomsday scenario. It spread so fast no one had a chance to react. It lit up every computer screen, obliterating every computer user in the world. Every last worker was obliterated, right at their desk. All that remained was a tiny pile of ashes on every seat.
Only Wally was spared. While everyone else was at their desks working, Wally was wandering the halls, holding a coffee cup.
'Just Wally' is a cartoon that removes all unneccessary elements from Dilbert, leavesing just the hero himself, Wally, wandering the empty building; holding meetings with himself; filling his loneliness with imagined interactions.
Wally has always been the truest character in Dilbert. I've met a few Dilberts in my time. I've met a few Pointy Haired Bosses. But just about everyone is at least part-Wally. And more than a few have been pure-Wally. You know who you are.
Some people theorise that the true story of 'Just Wally' is that Wally is the one who died. This is his limbo, wandering alone, unable to interact with the living.
Others say Wally has fallen into a coma. This is his extended delusion. He cannot tell dream from reality, sarcasm from seriousness. What exactly is a dream? What exactly is a joke?
The words of JD Salinger are relevant here, as always.
"It isn't just Wally. It could be a girl, for goodness' sake. I mean if he were a girl - somebody in my dorm, for example - he'd have been painting scenery in some stock company all summer. Or bicycled through Wales. Or taken an apartment in New York and worked for a magazine or an advertising company. It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so - I don't know, not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid, necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and - sad-making.
And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much as everybody else, only in a different way."
Tiny and meaningless and sad-making.
Tiny and meaningless and sad-making. 'Just Wally' makes us stop and ponder the futility of everything we do, everything we think and everything we are.
In the style of Garfield minus Garfield, Just Wally plays upon the maxim of my old buddy Antoine de Saint-Exupery:
"Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away"
'swebit' on Sat, 12 May 2012 10:49:50 GMT, sez:
very nice post, thanks
'dan' on Sat, 12 May 2012 11:35:48 GMT, sez:
Salinger is excellent. If he supports your idea then I support your idea.
'Chad' on Sat, 12 May 2012 22:21:49 GMT, sez:
Oh, man - and here I thought there was an entire site with these! Thanks though - these are great!
'Gary' on Mon, 14 May 2012 14:22:16 GMT, sez:
Are there more of these somewhere? These are awesome.
'lb' on Tue, 15 May 2012 03:15:46 GMT, sez:
Don't worry @Gary.
There are thousands more at http://dilbert.com
Unfortunately you have to put up with the presence of various superfluous characters in each one.
'JonR' on Tue, 15 May 2012 22:06:23 GMT, sez:
i'm *so* into this. when you're a narcissistic, borderline aspergers office sociopath like me, every day is an episode of Just Wally.
'lars' on Mon, 21 May 2012 22:28:23 GMT, sez:
Brilliant. Better than -garfield.
I guess I can be quite "wally" from time to time...
'Kyralessa' on Thu, 07 Jun 2012 01:03:59 GMT, sez:
I was going to add this to Google Reader. What do you mean, it's not a real site!? How can you tease us this way?
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