October 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Proof that outside of Lisa, Batiuk can only draw three kinds of women: homely, fat and older than they are; look like guys or hatchet-faced.

That is generally true; however in today’s strip, Alex is made to resemble a homely, fat, older hatchet-faced guy. A grand slam! Actually, she resembles Les’ bag-lady-turned-superagent Ann Apple.

Mallory’s “costume” consists of a nice dress which would’ve been appropriate even for a non-Zombie homecoming, and a couple randomly applied dabs of grime (and is this the un-bloodiest zombie gathering ever?). Actually, she does look pretty good, particularly for a Batiuk female, but we’ll let the Goth chick enjoy her little zinger.



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15 responses to “Zom-pliment

  1. Wow, Alex looks drunk in panel two, what with that slash of a sickly grin. And I suppose that’s supposed to be Owen in panel three? I have to admit, without his chullo, I’d never pick him out of a police lineup.

  2. Are they supposed to be zombies or abuse victims? (I probably shouldn’t give Batiuk ideas…)

  3. MKay

    I’m impressed with the way Alex can make her face melt in panel 2. And I would be remiss in not saying that Owen looks 1000% better without the hat.

  4. sgtsaunders

    in P3 ‘ol Goober there looks like Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice.


    Zombies…or homeless people??? YOU MAKE THE CALL!!!!

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Mallory: thin, “attractive” (relatively), popular, blonde. The perfect target of Westviewian scorn, the embodiment of everything the typical Westviewian is not. Thus it’s OK to mock and denigrate her. Remember, kids, it’s only bullying if the victim is a big ugmo.

    Actually, it’s probably exactly what Mallory will look like in Act IV, plus a few dozen pounds, give or take. The deadened eyes, the bad posture, the look of overall depression and defeat…perfect. Now let us never speak of her again.

  7. Gyre

    Look closely at the guy in the background in panel 1. Why is the school letting him show up with his shirt open all the way to bare his chest?

  8. Owen. Owen. Owen.

    No, wait. I’m doing it wrong.

    Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice.

  9. Orbiter

    Yes! Owen’s Michael Keaton impersonation is spot on! And what a glorious alcoholic Liz Taylor send up from Alex! These kids got pop culture down tight!

  10. Merry Pookster

    Batiuk even drew a slight gobble chin for Alex… common among 35 year old high schoolers

  11. What I want to know is who won the f—ing football game.

  12. A Batiuk female that is attractive, thin, looks like a female, seems relatively pleasant and resembles her proper age? No wonder Batiuk doesn’t like her.

    There should be a rule with comic strip artists that they should all see a shrink to get rid of any teenage hang-ups.

  13. Charles

    I love how everyone’s so apathetic and inert in Westview, where money is so tight they’re always shooting down funding increases for the local school, and everyone’s dad is losing their job or terribly concerned about their finances. But hey, throw a dance with a costume theme, and not only does every kid show up, but they are all able to toss together a costume so elaborate that they could step in as an extra on a television show. It’s not just a little makeup here and there to simulate a blood trail, no! They simulate gore coming out of their mouths, bullet holes in their heads, elaborately messy hair that they actually had to style in that fashion, and wreck some nice clothes in order to complete the look. If the theme had been the Muppets, there’s no doubt that multiple teens would have shown up in full-body costumes of Kermit, Fozzie and Elmo. If the theme had been comic book superheroes, no doubt the girls would have been so into it they would have been able to come as the Black Cat or the.. heh, Dazzler, with such a commitment to the costume that they could step into a film version of the character.

    All this, in a community where the kids don’t even think about college until June of their senior year, and where the return of a POW results in a shrug and a “here’s your trombone, see ya around.”

  14. Epicus Doomus

    You can tell it’s a “zombie” themed dance by the way the hand-drawn banner on the wall is even more askew and shabby than the hand-drawn signs usually are. It’s this attention to detail that makes every FW strip so gosh-darned memorable.

  15. The background woman in panel one looks like a dog character from a Hanna-Barbara cartoon.

    And that image in the masthead is very depressing. We’ll never be allowed to forget, will we?