SoSFDavidO here for the next two weeks, takin’ the reins! Here’s today’s strip, where Mason is introduced to the idea of making a movie based on someone in real life. Strange concept, I know, and so much so that it sounds like one of those experimental films like Andy Warhol’s movie that showed someone sleeping for 9 hours.
Still, it’s just so crazy it could work!
I do wonder what part of Lisa’s Story could be considered fascinating. Did the talking cat make it into the script somehow?
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One could take this as meaning Les needs Lisa to be dead in order to reach his exalted artistic state. But those Hollywood morons are trying to save her.
She lives as long as Les keeps blowing up his Lisa inflatable doll.
I realize that Tom Batiuk is contemptuous of everyone who’s not a comic book fan, but really, is Mason supposed to be this stupid? Is he actually the grip or the boom man, cajoled into playing Les because no other actor on Earth would touch the roll?
I’m hoping that tomorrow Mason will admit that all week long he’s been being extremely sarcastic, and Les is too self-absorbed to even notice. How else would you explain him acting like love as a motivation and basing things on real life are new concepts in stories?
Good God almighty, this LesTom guy has no shame whatsoever. This whole screenplay debacle is just a painfully transparent excuse to trot out that annoying f*cking cancer book again and it all exists to provide us with sappy, melancholy drivel like this. FW is always at its most repellent when Lisa is involved and TB is always at his most pitiful when he’s pining over the shitty character he killed off seven years ago for some cheap easy media attention.
The really enraging thing about this is how TheAuthor tries to use these insensitive Hollywood lunkheads to paint Les as a sympathetic figure. Not happening, though. Les Moore will never be a sympathetic character, as people universally detest whiny, smug, obnoxious assholes who suck the fun out of every room by endlessly moping about everything. And that applies even if their spouses died of cancer and or they constantly relive it via the book they wrote about it too. In fact, I hate Les so much that I’d wish that Lisa would come back to life only to die again and again but I don’t want to give Mr. Pulitzer Nominee any ideas. He definitely do it if he could.
The guy from Comics Casserole has a different worry. He worries that Mason will pull a Saul of Tarsus and be so enraptured by Les’s ‘authenticity’ that he’ll demand that the script match the book. That being said, Batiuk’s need to make Hollywood people so divorced from reality that they see the script as being more real tends to preclude that horror….for now.
I was about to post that this week’s strips haven’t advanced the plot one bit when I realized that I was wrong. There is no plot.
Not much to say here – Les has a point. Still, it’s amazing how much of a douche Mason Jar Jar is, until you remember how much Batattic hates “Hollywood.” On the other hand, looks like they’ve got the right guy to play Les!
“Did I tell you the title of my next book? It’s called ‘My Wife is Dead Feel Sorry for Me” – it’s going to be in three volumes.”
till, it’s amazing how much of a douche Mason Jar Jar is, until you remember how much Batattic hates “Hollywood.”
I don’t think Batiuk has thought about Mason as a character at all. He’s just there to spout lines that set up Les’s whining/weariness/douchery. I don’t think Batiuk gave even a moment’s thought to having Mason’s lines make sense in context. He’s oblivious because it sets up Les’s wry wails of victimhood, not because he’s a douche.
“I do wonder what part of Lisa’s Story could be considered fascinating. Did the talking cat make it into the script somehow? ”
No, but I bet it would make on kick a55 off screen narrator!
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