Doctor My Ass

If script doctor “Ken Casey’s” name is a play on “Ben Casey“, TB’s crafted yet another hoary cultural reference that’s sure to elicit a chuckle from those readers who appreciate “Jungle Jim toppers”. But it’s still better than naming him after a porn star (see “Mason Jarr“).


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26 responses to “Doctor My Ass

  1. Epicus Doomus

    “Ken Casey” the “script doctor” eh? Oh, I get it. Figures he’s a shaggy, unkempt slob (and probably a pervy drug addict too). “Miguel the adopted son”, the “Latino market”…whooo boy, he’s pulling out all the stops with this one. The idiocy, it hurts my head.

    Coming later this week: Les is disgusted, infuriated and outraged upon learning that Clay is spreading rumors about the cancer book, implying that it may have slept around with the captain of the football team back when it was a mere cancer brochure. Cayla then calls Les and informs him that his daughter found a secret journal the cancer book kept while Les was writing it which clears the cancer book’s name completely.

  2. I guess Miguel is the first Hispanic character in Funky Winkerbean–and I guess it’s fitting that the character is fake.

  3. I still don’t know why Les has to be present for this process, unless everyone hated his screenplay so much they wanted him to be present when they ripped it to shreds.

  4. Rusty

    Epic bitchface on Les in panel 3. EPIC.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    I’m not getting this little “Latino market” running gag. It’s most likely just one of those things he incorrectly thought would be funny if he repeated it a lot, another one of his little jibes at how Hollywood is about everything but the story and etc. It’s pretty sad that he couldn’t come up with a better contrivance to ruin the cancer story than that, though. That’s just weak, even by his pitifully low standards.

  6. I do NOT want to be that guy but it seems to me that Batiuk has no problem with Latino people (given that Bull’s wife started out as Linda Lopez) but does have one with their insistence on speaking Spanish. He impresses me as being on the cheering section of the English Only movement. He also impresses me as being a South-of-the-Border (I’m Canadian, BTW) take on a bunch of old soaks that infest my home province of New Brunswick who believe that French on the cereal boxes today leads to domination by the Vatican tomorrow.

  7. My first thought was “Ken Casey? What does Batiuk have against the Dropkick Murphys?”

  8. Chyron HR

    This is ridiculous, if they wanted a Hispanic character, they’d have race-bent Les. This has the benefits of:

    A) Not requiring a new character to be written into the story (or the part of the 5-year-old girl to be changed to a 20-something male).
    B) The epic bitch-fit Les would throw when he found out that they dared to turn HIM into one of those ********* ******* ********s.

  9. I’m guessing that somewhere, some newspaper dropped “Funky Winkerbean” and replaced it with “Baldo.”

  10. billytheskink

    This is probably TB’s way of recounting the meeting with King Features that led to Linda’s introduction. I choose to believe the script doctor got ahold of a photo of Summer and said, “Eh, that guy looks like a Miguel…”

  11. Professor Fate

    This is just painful to watch – we’re suposed be oh Ha ha that wacky hollywood and the way the change the story but Les’ petulance just makes you want to slap him and the overall effect is deeply depressing.
    And it just feels he’s skating on thin ice here iwth this ‘add a latino to the cast’ joke. Again I supose it’s an attempt to show how wacky hollywood is but it just comes out mean.

  12. Well, we can add soft racism to the soft misogyny in Batominc’s repertoire.


  13. Jimmy

    I like the fact that “Miguel” looked older than the actors playing Les and Lisa.

  14. A HREF

    “If you take their money, it’s their turn to tell the story”. Michael Connelly on asking whether it bothered him about the changes that occurred when his novel Blood Work was adapted to a movie.

    I think it was a polite way of saying “I cried all the way to the bank”.

  15. Heads up to the readers: with a new month beginning tomorrow, I’ll have to wait ’til midnight EDT for tomorrow’s strip to go live…so no early post tonight.

  16. bigd1992

    Where’s an 8.0 earthquake when we need one.

  17. I will say something good about FUNKY WINKERBEAN today: It’s not as bad as this comic:

  18. bad wolf

    I do like the script doctor–young, slovenly, surgically attached to the Batiukian “Pineapple” laptop. It might have been even better with a porkpie hat and thick-frame glasses for that total Brooklyn hipster vibe but maybe even TB has his limits (note: TB does not in fact have any limits).

    I wonder why TomLes is so tone-deaf? Perhaps the answer lies in the demographics of his beloved Medina:

    “The racial makeup of the city was 94.60% White, 2.77% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.”

    Apparently (bitchface).

  19. Charles

    I still don’t know why Les has to be present for this process,

    Exactly. He wrote a script that they changed substantially, keeping him pretty much out of the loop. They have a new screenwriter who’s on board with their changes because he actually wrote the script. On the plus side, he’s not married to the material and thus is not reflexively adverse to changes made to his creation. Whether you decry or doubt the direction they’ve chosen is immaterial. It is the direction they’ve chosen. This guy is on board with the people in charge. Les quite obviously is not.

    I have to admit that I wonder what the denouement will be, if we even get one. Does Les pull the entire project, even though the idea that that would be contractually allowed is even more unbelievable than Lisa’s VHS collection? Or does he run home crying, defeated and violated?

    Or does it just never end, and Lust for Lisa is always in development?

  20. @bad wolf: Great. Since Batiuk lives in an Anglo echo chamber and is also stupid enough to think that his gated community is the Real World, he confuses his lack of need for Spanish-language programming for a universal. God. Just when you think he couldn’t get any dumber…….

  21. @Charles – It has already been established that Tom Batiuk doesn’t know how these things work, so I believe that Les will pull the plug on this sordid corruption of his sainted book, because his contract will give him that power. I’m not sure how far that is from reality but it’s a whole heck of a lot more than a quarter inch.

    The fact that Frankie had to be ret-conned from a jerk to a rapist-jerk shows just how far Tom Batiuk will go to insure that Lisa (and Les) remain utterly pure. Why, neither one of them has ever made a mistake, ever, in their entire lives!

  22. Epicus Doomus

    The only possible outcome I can see is Les taking his script and abandoning the whole thing. While you never know with this TB nut, it seems like the Funky-est of outcomes. He will go home secure in the knowledge that his beloved story is still sacred, money be damned.

  23. Another thing, going back to yesterday’s strip: While I’m not familiar enough with Spanish-derived names to say for certain that “Alexandro” is NEVER spelled with an X, I do know that “Alejandro” is a much more common spelling. And while I’m not surprised that Batiuk would never have heard of the Lady Gaga song of that name, surely he remembers Alejandro Rey…

  24. Rick Brooks

    flummoxicated – I’m shipping up to Westview, whoa
    I’m shipping up to Westview, whoa
    I’m shipping up to Westview, whoa
    I’m shipping off . . . to find my prosthetic arm

  25. bigd1992

    Rick Brooks: or “going out in style” about all of the deaths