The Name Game

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We’re talking about comics here, right? Comics are little stories printed on paper that are told in serial format and sold monthly or told in daily strips. How did Donna leap from comics to video games in today’s strip?

Jeez Loiuse, how many topics are there to talk about in the Funkyverse? Comics, pizza, cancer, FaceSpace, Alzheimer’s and PTSD appear to be it. We *know* girls enjoy comics too, and though the fanbase isn’t nearly as large, the comic-based movies (Well, Marvel ones, anyhow) enjoy a large audience of men and women alike.

Do I even have to mention Comic Con? For crying out loud, girls are even cosplaying as Rocket Raccoon.

I don’t want to bash comics, as I liked them a lot as a kid, but I don’t think they’re quite as deserving as the reverence TomBat gives them. I mean, the whole Superman is Clark Kent without glasses thing could *only* work in a medium where characters are as one-dimensional as the paper they’re drawn on.

My protests are against a comic writer that wrote this over a year ago. I might as well be shouting at Judge Judy on the TV, it would do about as much good.


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13 responses to “The Name Game

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Holly = fat, frumpy and blonde with misshapen head. Donna = fat, frumpy and blonde with HORRIBLY misshapen head. Got it. I actually remember the “Eliminator” gag from old Act I, however I have no recollection of the he/she thing nor do I recall her and Harry (ugh) getting together, which is certainly no great loss. I do recall their children though, at least the one with her dad’s hat, which is more than I can say about Batface who probably forgot about them completely by this point. Again, no great loss there. Maybe we’ll REALLY get lucky and he’ll forget all about Les and his insufferable daughter next. A guy can dream, can’t he?

    I’m not really sure what a thirty-five year old gag about stand-alone arcade games has to do with comic book collecting but apparently it does, somehow. Nor do I understand who would possibly care about Harry and Donna’s back story at this point, but hey, there’s a premise to avoid here so I suppose “anything goes”, as they say. And as far as this ridiculous “comic books aren’t JUST for boys!!” thing goes…uh, OK Tom, whatever you say.

  2. “You don’t have to be a man to like comic books! You just have to hide you femininity so far down that nobody ever suspects it exists.”

  3. Rusty

    “Sobriquet?” Yes, that’s a word that gets kicked around in Ohio pizza joints on a frequent basis.

  4. SOBRIQUET, formerly known as Guest Page Turner Author

    In the real world, nobody thinks of comic books as “a guys domain” – it’s a nerdy teenage boy’s domain.

  5. Okay, I guess I jumped the gun with my outrage over yesterday’s “Y chromosome” gag. Turns out Holly was NOT expressing Batiuk’s own beliefs when she suggested that you have to be a guy to enjoy comics. Of course, considering that the characters in FW generally fall into two categories, “Batiuk avatar” and “Evil strawman,” it’s understandable that I thought Holly was representing the first category.

  6. DOlz

    TB are you trying to increase the audience for comics or keep it an exclusive club? I only ask because the folks you show obsessing about comics as if they held the cure for, lets say cancer, are more likely to make people want to gouge their eyes out with a spoon rather than read a comic. I know it makes me feel that way and I like comics.


  8. He’s misusing “sobriquet” here. Oh, it means what he thinks it means. It’s just never used in casual conversation. And really, is anyone so sesquipedalian in a pizza joint?

  9. billytheskink

    Hey look, it’s Montoni’s famous Space Invaders cabinet. Space Invaders, of course, is the legendary arcade game that was released in the summer of 1978, just after Funky and Co. are said to have graduated…

    I grew up in the era of the Neo-Geo rather than Space Invaders, so things may have been different back then, but a kid who wore a space helmet while setting the high score in Fatal Fury would have been called many things other than “coolest guy on the planet”, most of them unrepeatable.

  10. Professor Fate

    In westview the onset of puberty is delayed for years, followed later in life by sudden rapid premature aging – except if one’s wife has died.


    You know I seem to remember that in a James Bond movie, one of the bond girls was playing Pac Man in a fancy dress setting. Hell Bond even beat a villain in the video game. And that was in the early 80’s the birth of video games. So yes, Batiuk we were long aware that girls play video games!!! Way to stay current, Batty.

  12. bad wolf

    I think Batiuk was a guest of honor (choke) at Comic-Con last year, so we might see a representational woman reading comics by late summer, early fall. Assuming he payed any attention at all to the real world around him…

    Okay, i’m willing to bet we’ll see someone reading comics in late summer, early fall.

  13. I think we need a “Batsplaining” tag for all these arcs where some author avatar or another lectures the readers through stilted, expository dialogue.