Lions And Tigers And Bores…Oh No

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The bizarre fantasy sequence-within-a-wish-fulfillment fantasy continues today and incredibly it’s even more nauseating than yesterday’s strip was. There’s something about seeing women throwing themselves at Les that just fills me with revulsion, it’s just so unlikely and unseemly, you know? At least TomBat’s therapist will have an interesting week, or so one would think. Whatever that doctor is getting paid isn’t enough IMO. Can you even imagine being stuck in a room with that guy for an hour as he whines about his world of make-believe? Shudder.

Typical Les (or in this case, Leslie): a beautiful actress is flaunting her curvaceous body in front of the guy and his response is to start boring her (and everyone else) with more useless facts no one cares about. Always trying to prove how intellectually superior he is…what a dick. The funniest line is when she refers to him as a “writer”, even though so far in this arc no one has actually seen Les write anything at all. And my educated guess is that just like with his avatar, we never will. I guess TomLes figures that if he keeps saying it, someone will eventually believe it. Like how those gullible Pulitzer voters did a few years back.

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25 responses to “Lions And Tigers And Bores…Oh No

  1. The “tigers in Africa” was done much better, and (it goes without saying) much funnier in “Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.” Sorry to further ruin Funky Winkerbean by mentioning something that’s far superior to it in every conceivable way. So, when FW’s fumbling ineptness reminds me of something genuinely good, is that points earned?

  2. Right, because pulp serial writers were so invested in realism and geographic accuracy…

  3. Right, because pulp serial writers were so invested in realism and geographic accuracy…

    Yes, but this is right in character for “Leslie”, who likes nothing better than flexing his intellectual might in front of his lessers. “Tigers in Africa” could easily have (and at some point probably will) yielded an Owen in Mr. Moore’s classroom gag.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    TFH: Lessers meaning “everyone else except for Lisa”.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    I think it’s funny on how Monday, Les was enjoying all the great Hollywood history, and now he’s fantasizing about an actress playing the jungle queen version of his wife seducing him. And I’m sure he’ll still come out of this acting smug and superior.

  6. Gyre

    Remember Spaceman, not too long ago we were supposed to share Les’s disgust at Hollywood’s behavior. Now it’s a fantasy.

    And here’s a list of things that Les could have been written doing instead.

    Calling up Cayla to tell her about how he got the director to agree to some changes that he thinks helps establish the pain cancer causes to your everyday life.

    Thinking to himself about how he has a chance to actually work in Hollywood while looking at some memento of one of the great’s.

    Being told by one of the other writers that the scene is just too long and the audience’s attention is going to wander, ending with Les admitting that there are some differences between the written word and live action that he didn’t appreciate at first.

  7. spacemanspiff85

    This all goes to prove what I think is Batiuk’s biggest problem: He apparently doesn’t stop and take the time to think about how his comic comes off to readers, or to get an outside opinion on it. Does he really think a full week of Pavarotti trivia is compelling? Or that people want to see Les fantasizing while sitting in a dark room by himself?

  8. DOlz

    @spacemanspiff85, “Or that people want to see Les fantasizing while sitting in a dark room by himself?”

    In the name of all that is holy NO I don’t want to see that. Heck I don’t want to even think about that! Where did I put that brain bleach.

  9. He has a third problem: he also doesn’t realize how unsympathetic his characters might look to the people reading it. He might identify with this nebbish but he never stopped to ask “Would anyone else like this guy?”

  10. Rusty

    Well, he has re-imagined his conversations with the two acting leads. Who gets it tomorrow, the script editor/waiter?

  11. billytheskink

    You want to squick up the place, TB? That’s fine. I mean, I don’t like it, but this is printed in the same papers as Luann and Momma.
    However, Leslie’s dangling cigarette, *ahem* sorry… cancer stick is too much.

  12. Flummoxicated

    TB’s reaching unplumbed depths of self indulgence this week.

  13. sgtsaunders

    Something’s weird with Tiger woman there…she has but one bosom! Let me state that breast cancer is not funny and I am not joking about that. BUT, has Les thought so little, and forgotten so much about women that his fantasy gal as only one teat? Nice azz though.

     
  14. Via the Medina Gazette:

    When nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip writer Tom Batiuk was in grade school, he once saw a girl bullied by his peers and did nothing. The memory has stuck with him and will be echoed in a “Funky Winkerbean” storyline next year.

    Hoo boy, TB just loves to tease upcoming storylines. He’s pictured with a pencilled Sunday strip for September 2015 in which Owen and Cody decide not to bully freshmen, the way they themselves were bullied through their six years of high school.

    ‘Funky Winkerbean’ comic creator contributes to anti-bullying campaign

  15. bad wolf

    @TFH: Amazing, drawing two characters talking about bullying. How novel. Come to think of it, didn’t we cover this before?

    By the way, anyone think it’s an accident TB appears to be flipping off the reader with his right hand?

  16. Professor Fate

    So in this fantasy the actor playing his dead wife is hitting on him. That’s a whole lot of Squick there i must say.
    Also he seems to have forgotten the joke he made to his living wife about the starlet who was so dumb she slept with the writer.
    never mind the whole – actors didn’t usually buy their own costumes in the good old days of Hollywood – we can leave that be as there is only so much time in a day and i have a life that needs to be lived.

  17. Epicus Doomus

    GRADE SCHOOL??? So he finally decided to address the issue after a cool fifty five years or so? Man, this strip moves slow.

  18. Flummoxicated

    “My whole life, I’ve thought what it’s like to be that person,” Batiuk said in an interview at his Medina Township home Wednesday. “I’ve always wondered if by not doing anything, am I equally culpable? If I do nothing, have I done something wrong?” – What a self-involved, self-indulgent ass. “I saw someone get picked on, and I’ve been thinking about me and my role in it ever since!”
    Batom Inc. (who must have the poor local editor of the Medina Gazette on speed dial) continues to pull our collective leg with the sad tale of not sticking up for someone way back in the 20th Century – we all know the real reason he’s doing a prestige bully arc is to try to gain attention from groups like the National Bullying Prevention Center. That’s why he’s pimping a story that won’t happen for another freakin’ year already! He’s just saying, “ATTENTION ANT-BULLYING GROUPS! I am here to focus on your concerns! Please give me lots of awards!”

  19. Mike N.

    @spacemanspiff85: “This all goes to prove what I think is Batiuk’s biggest problem: He apparently doesn’t stop and take the time to think about how his comic comes off to readers, or to get an outside opinion on it. Does he really think a full week of Pavarotti trivia is compelling? Or that people want to see Les fantasizing while sitting in a dark room by himself?”

    My guess is that he only reads the daily funkyfan drivel and decides that whatever he does is fantastic, stupendous, wonderful, or whatever word is being used that day.

  20. Epicus Doomus

    I’m a little surprised to see him do a contemporary bullying story, as I would assume the arc would take place in the 1940s, probably in a classroom where the kids were learning how many hogsheads make up a rod.

  21. bayoustu

    Tee hee- note the action figures of Less and Lisa The Lioness sitting on their most favoritest bench in Bat Boy’s photo! Why doesn’t he just have autographed pictures of himself hanging on the wall?

  22. Epicus Doomus

    bayoustu: That’d be the Lisa shrine, prominent in every TB pic taken in the studio. It gets dusted every day with unicorn feathers then lightly sprinkled with elf glitter.

  23. billytheskink

    I guess Owen and Cody’s presence kills the possibility of the return of the term “bully jocks”.

  24. carriekube1

    I’d admire Batiuk for addressing bullying, but given what a pile of self-congradulatory crap the gay prom arc was, I’m feeling cynical.

  25. He has his own tchotchkes in his office. That’s like a rock band wearing its own t-shirts. I hope that they’re gifts and not from his own stock, because that would be too pathetic.