December 11, 2013 at 8:23 am
To spare anyone who might be curious, my definitions:
keys: Key issues, may include first issues, first appearances, crossovers, beginning of famous storyline. ($$)
Thanks to bad wolf who, in yesterday’s comments, provided a Komix Kollektor mini glossary along with a little insight:
Believe me, the industry has had a long conversation about these man-cave stores with geek-babble spouting salesmen freezing out potential customers by putting up a wall of ‘secret passwords’ and inner-sanctum speak.
Though, to be fair, today John is actually making sense: Silver Age Flash meets Golden Age Flash would be, by bad wolf’s definition, a crossover. I get it! Why doesn’t Holly? She’s making the type of classic “duhhh” face that we usually see on Bull.
“Another universe“? “Secret password“? “A journey of biblical proportions“? For fuck’s sake, we’re talking about comic books! Dead Skunk Head John’s (and Tom Batiuk’s) favoritest things in the world! And rather than directly answer Holly’s question (said answer being “Oh, hells yes”), John climbs into his Comic Book Guy pulpit and starts spewing his jibba jabba. The punchline fails because John clearly is speaking English. Panel 3 would be funnier without dialogue: just Holly standing there with a blank expression. Wait: that would fail too, though, since Holly’s expression is always blank…
I mean no disrespect to real-world comic book aficionados; I know that there are some of you reading this blog. But the majority of folks don’t know or care about comic books. Question for comics fans: Batiuk’s writing this with you in mind…do you find any of it amusing?
Whatever the hell that means. Biblical? In what sense? She’s looking to acquire a bunch of old comic books; her quest will likely be very costly and time-consuming. Epic, even. Where does he get biblical?
Holly carries her bulk up the stairs to the Komix Korner. Speaking of bulk, Owen’s goatee does little to conceal his double chin; when did that happen? That flight of stairs is probably the only exercise that any of the characters in today’s strip get.
Anyway, business at the Korner seems to have picked up since last December: not only can John now afford a nicer Christmas tree, but he’s sporting one of those cool t-shirts with a Batman logo that magically disappears!
The die is cast: Skyler is destined to attend Westview High and become the star quarterback who finally makes a winning team of the Scapegoats. Check out the futuristic football helmets! Check out that throwing stance (just like Jarod)! Check out how baby Skyler is already sitting up on his own at two weeks of age!
Holly’s Komix Kwest 4 Kory has yet to take her beyond the Westview city limits. Today she browbeats Crazy Harry into revisiting the humiliating circumstances that led him to sell off his most prized possessions. You’d think Harry might know whether or not Komix Korner has sold his Starbuck Jones comic, given that Harry now works there.
In addressing today’s strip, I’m slippin’ on the old “tread lightly” shoes. There are thousands of families right now, waiting and worrying over loved ones who are away serving this country. It must be a “helpless” feeling indeed. That said: how is Holly’s self assigned task supposed to benefit her or her soldier? This all began six weeks ago with Cory complaining to his mom via Skype about the lack of supplies “over there in Afghanistan”. And Holly’s idea of “doing something” about it is chasing down the missing volumes in his comic book collection? Only in the Funkiverse, man…only in the Funkiverse.