What's Frankie going to do? If he's trying to reconnect with Darin, why is he hanging around like a cop on stakeout? Why doesn't he just go in and introduce himself?
Even though it's stalkerish behavior, I'm still not getting Batiuk's intended "evil vibe" off of Frankie. He genuinely comes off as a guy who was deprived of the chance to meet his own illegitimate bastard son.
What and why indeed? Frankie seems totally un-sinister today, at least compared to how he's been portrayed so far in this arc. Where is this going?
The plot, such as it is, continues to thicken today. Frankie the
Rapist Stalker's got a partner in whatever he's trying to pull here: the equally-shiftily-named "Lenny". It also seems that his target is not Les (drat!) but Darin, whom he's trailed to Montoni's. TB actually rewards us with a pretty good punchline.
Ooh, I got a leaked scene Les is working on! Let's take a look!
Int: Les and Lisa's apartment above the pizza place
(Lisa is checking her self in the mirror after the football tackle thing after she landed on her chest. Her handsome husband is in the other room, saying funny, witty things about stuff)…
Guess that leftover pizza did the trick! Les finally begins crafting a screenplay which so far happens to read very much like davidorth's "leaked scene".
I don't know how Hollywood works, nor do I pretend to know. Some of you readers, though, seem to have some insight into the movie-making process, and it's fun to compare and contrast that with Les' Hollywood "experience". I know even less about the network news business, so I'll just share my musings about today's strip.
For starters, how long has Cindy, I mean, Cynthia Summers been an anchorperson? Guess she's no longer "embedded". And is it just a little premature to be reporting this "news from Hollywood," considering that not even one page of the screenplay has been written? Do plans to make a made-for-cable-TV movie even qualify as "news from Hollywood"? And are news anchors allowed to report hometown gossip as "news"?
Please join me in sending thoughts and prayers to those affected by the horrific and senseless terror bombings in Boston.
Really, studios have a whole host of writers to "help" idiots like Less pull their heads our of their asses.
…and it's certain that Les could use some help, though he won't find any at Montoni's. Please tell me that Mister Stuck-Up-a-Rope-in-Gym-Class isn't weakly employing a sports metaphor, two sports metaphors in fact. "Seeing the stitches on the fast ball"? Well, for starters, "fast ball" in a baseball context is usually one word…and the last fastball that Les saw almost left him with stitches.
"Chamber of Commerle?" Oh, Chamber of Commerce! Well, Funky is the president of the local chamber, so it makes sense that he would try and solicit John as a member. Just think of the networking opportunities with the many other businesses in town: Jitters Coffee Shop, Citizen Khan's Deli, the Village Booksmith…oh wait, they're closed.
…in addition to being the slovenly middle-aged owner of a dingy little comic book shop, John is also an undisciplined, scheming, disrespectful lying little shit as well.
Undisciplined for sure, and you can add "clueless business owner" to that description. Business at the Komix Korner may have seen a slight bump with the addition of a comic book sommelier to the staff, but John clearly operates the place as a clubhouse for his teenage boy buddies, and thinks himself daring for refusing to interact with fellow business owners.
The thing I hate most about strips involving DSH John and Funky:
DSH (the most repulsive character in all of comic strips – I can almost smell him) is raising Wally Jr, who is the son of Wally, Funky's nephew. Does TB even think about the inter-relationships among the characters in this claustrophobically incestuous little world he has created?
Why are these two shown talking about anything and everything except their most obvious, normal, natural human connection? Wally Jr: DSH's adopted son and Funky's great-nephew, who grew up in the same town Funky has lived all his life.
Spot on, Spode. John explains to Funky that he intends to circumvent his wife's efforts "to get us to eat a little lighter." "Us"? Becky, with her huge head and scrawny frame looks like a walking lollipop, Rana is a svelte cheerleader, and Wally Jr., well, maybe he's a little husky, but he's only, what, 8? 12? 16? Surely Becky just wants to keep her second husband from turning into an even fatter fat slob.
John's creepy countenance in panel 3 makes me wonder what the other occasions are when he chooses to ignore his conscience…
You know, I have a sort of bored fascination wondering how Tom Batiuk is going to stretch today's situation–two morons wasting the time of a third–into a three week arc…
Maybe you'd like to see two different morons wasting our time? Having Crazy Harry to mind the store means that Dead Skunk Head John is free to occupy Harry's old spot at Montoni's counter and gorge himself on The Perfect Food.