Spongiform Desires

Because today’s strip is about comical books, Mr. Oddnoc has enlisted perennial sophomores Owen and Cody to do the daily commentary. They will provide the puerile perspective and gravitas that Batominc bloviating about comic books warrants.

Cody: OMG, dude, I drew a better splash page when I was in first grade.

Owen: Totally! This Chester guy is pretty fat, even for an old guy.

Cody: Yeah, he must be, like, 30.

Owen: He’s got, like, double chins everywhere. Like, even on the back of his head.

Cody: Holy s——t, dude! Who’s that freaky kid? Why does his head come out of a sheet?

Owen: I think it’s supposed to be Chester. Look at all the chins!


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13 responses to “Spongiform Desires

  1. It’s possible to make your own enthusiasms seem interesting to someone who doesn’t share them, but you have to make a little bit of effort to get across that feeling of vitality. When you make no effort whatsoever, you make your characters seem even more idiotic when they nostalgically spazz-out over “The Amazing Mister Sponge.”

  2. Epicus Doomus

    He’s so intent on getting these “Hagglemore the snooty comic book snob” gags in there that he’s completely abandoned any pretense of continuity, logic or common sense. There’s no point in trying to list the numerous inconsistencies in this week’s part of the arc, the whole thing is just one huge inconsistency anyway. In fact, the only consistent things about FW are how much it sucks and how little TheAuthor seems to care.

  3. DOlz

    I said yesterday TB I was sitting this one out. MUST … NOT … COMMENT.
    Arggh, this strip sucks on so many levels. No, I won’t let you suck me back in. Begone insipid tempter.

  4. So, I guess that we’re supposed to laugh at Chester because behind his condescending attitude is an inner child who still geeks out over comics. Which again, makes him different from the rest of the cast how exactly?

  5. Epicus Doomus

    So after she gets issue #216 she’ll only need one more issue to complete the set. Will he do the logical thing and make that issue #1 or will he eschew the logical path and instead do something so confoundingly stupid you couldn’t have ever imagined it in your most boring and stuporous dreams? I think we all know the answer to that question.

    BC: And he’s nostalgically spazzing out over a comic book character that didn’t exist when he was a child. Again, it makes no sense on any level.

  6. Charles

    So once again Holly gets one of her comic books for free.

    I’m really struck by this whole deal with Mopey Pete. How much is this item he dashed off supposed to be actually worth? Five figures? Six figures? High four figures? We won’t find out because Batiuk telling us that would make how absurd this sequence is all the more obvious.

    So Mopey Pete gives her a piece of artwork he tossed off that’s apparently worth several thousand dollars if not more. (And don’t think for a moment that a hardcore collector wouldn’t have any idea of exactly how much this original would be worth, If it’s not worth anywhere near what the comic is, he won’t trade it) And what’s his relationship with Holly and Cory? None. Her husband was the guy’s landlord. That’s it. That’s all the connection she needs to merit receiving this exceptionally expensive gift. Never mind that Mopey Pete might be worried about diluting his brand by just giving away his putatively high priced talents, and never mind how much of an unaccomplished loser he obviously is when he’s prominent enough that any random crap he dashes off can fetch thousands of dollars.

  7. Guest Page Turner Author

    I honestly do not understand today’s strip. Has he never had a personal encounter with another another actual human? He is an old guy reliving his pubescent years when he salivated over comic books? So sad for Chester.

    His haughtiness is so incredibly stupidly drawn and written. Kudos TB for writing/drawing more crap!

  8. Epicus: I seem to recall DSH reading off the numbers that Holly needed, and none of them were #1. I can’t remember when that was but the numbers all seemed random. So, the #1 paradox will not be answered…unless Tom Batiuk ignores continuity again “to get to the other side.” Pretty soon the strip will explode from all the paradoxes.

  9. Well, this is pretty much what I should have expected: Hagglemore’s inner slobbering idiot getting in the way of his brain.

  10. billytheskink

    I do like that the inside of Chester’s stately home appears to be decorated with large semaphore flags and an excessive number of wooden cabinets.


    You know. The real idiocy here is that Chester would probably pay a cool $20,000 for the signed Mister Sponge comic. At his level of wealth such expenditures are nothing to get what he wants.

    $20,000 would be a hell of a lot more useful to Corey than completing the damn comic collection!!!

  12. apauled

    “I seem to recall DSH reading off the numbers that Holly needed, and none of them were #1.”

    @beckoningchasm, someone pointed out that the issue she bought on eBay wasn’t on that list of needed numbers either. If the strip’s author can’t be bothered to keep track of his own story, I guess the characters needn’t do so either.

  13. Epicus Doomus

    It’s just that doing an arc based around issue #1 and the FW history behind it seems SO OBVIOUS which is why it’s just bizarre that he’s choosing to ignore it. Sepia-toned flashback sequences, Funky being sad…it has everything you’d think TomBat would want in an arc.