Bleaky Friday

More of the black void that is a Westview winter night in today’s strip, where Mason is obligated to answer a telephone call from his agent. Mason’s agent, “Rip”, quickly remembers that Mason is out of town, possibly in one of those mysterious time zones out east where people are huddled next to their heaters and catching Letterman’s monologue while he’s still laying on the beach getting a tan. I like how Mason hums a little tune before telling Cindy “Sorry, it’s my agent…” I assume that’s what is happening, I mean, the two things share a dialogue box.

Mason’s punchline, such as it is, rings pretty hollow when you consider that “last century” ended all of 15 years ago. When the last (20th) century was the current century, references to the “last century” were typically idyllic and wholly unrealistic nostalgia about the Victorian era and the Gay Nineties. With the gazebo looming in the background, this seems to be what Mason’s line is going for. After all, the 20th century was when TB’s frame of mind for such references was formed.

Then again, perhaps Mason does indeed mean that Westview reminds him of the 20th century’s “Gay X-treme! Nineties”, what with the town’s continued interest in VCRs, Toyota Paseo “Batiukmobiles”, and unfounded comic book price speculation. I imagine he’ll be disappointed when he learns that everyone in town threw out their “Ross for Boss” buttons, Zubaz pants, and Pogs years ago… Or did they?


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21 responses to “Bleaky Friday

  1. Epicus Doomus

    As usual, BanTom takes his pitiful premise too far and a bunch of nonsensical jabbering is the result. With that awkward phrasing it almost seems like Mason is goofing on Cindy’s age, but the Great Author didn’t notice that, caught up as he was with his idiotic folksy nonsense about Westview’s Old Tyme homespun ways. I do like how Mason’s agent is named “Rip”, though. Bet you his last name is Mehoff, too.

    And I’ll tell you something else: if Mason had a gander at what was REALLY going on in Westview last century, he’d be fleeing town in tears. Suicide attempts, bombings, amputations, unanticipated teen pregnancies…it was a real bloodbath. Plus they didn’t have too many cell phone towers back in those days either.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    This is one heck of a romance here. Cindy has said literally three words all week, and that was essentially parroting what Mason said right back at him. Women should be seen and not heard apparently.

  3. Rusty

    Batiuk could draw that gazebo with his eyes closed.

  4. Jimmy

    That last paragraph had me cracking up, especially because it was so Xtreme!

    Bravo, Billytheskink.

  5. Nathan Obral

    Let me guess. Because Mason Jarr the Goddam Movie Actor!!! is inexplicably happy in Westview, his agent Rip is calling in to relay the news that the Starbuck Jones movie has been cancelled due to outright apathy about the subject matter.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    It’s pretty funny how Cindy is BanTom’s female embodiment of the Westviewian way of life despite the fact that she just spent most of the last decade (at least) serving her corporate masters in the Big City. Then again, she’s pretty much the only single available woman in the strip, is she not? Who else is there? Summer? Keisha? Mallory? Too implausible, too unlikely and too creepy. So I guess he had no one else to shoehorn into this ridiculous gazebo-centric love story. It’s a really odd fit, though.

  7. Nathan Obral

    The only summary of the “Xtreme Nineties” that you will ever really need.

  8. Nathan Obral

    For the record, I still have a box of Snoopy pogs… that are in storage. Maybe I’ll open the box when they become valuable again. Oh wait… I don’t remember them EVER being valuable!

  9. So, his agent is named “Rip”–in other words, RIP, or “Rest In Peace.” Come on, Mr. Batiuk, try to be a bit more subtle!

  10. Rip doesn’t know where Mason Jarr the Actor is or what he’s doing there. And, presumably, he was involved in helping land that plum “Lust for Lisa” role. I think MJtA needs a new agent.

  11. SpacemanSpiff85

    Last year Mason was a complete doofus who didn’t know that Les’s autobiography was written about himself, or that Lisa died at the end. And he was unable to do a table read, which is probably the easiest thing an actor can do. Now he’s supposed to be this deep, insightful, nostalgic Bogartesque heartthrob. This is just odd.

  12. Hadda Mae Kapupe

    54 year old Cyndi is about 17 today. It’s called “drawing,” Tommy. Meanwhile, Masonn Jar The Hollywood Movie Actor seems to get older every time we see him. Tommy, is there an Intro to Art course you could sign up for at Medina Community College?

    “RIP.” His agent’s name is “RIP.” What a coincidence. Goatee Boy’s wife’s name is “Lisa – RIP.”

    Soooo is BatHack setting up Masonn Jar The Hollywood Movie Actor’s move to Worstview? Is there a Montoni’s apron with his name on it? I get the idea something really stupid is just around the corner.

  13. Batiuk is clearly living in an idealized fifties where everything was a minimum cinch for white men. Most of the reason people in this strip get shat on is that for some reason or another, they question the authority of someone white and male. Case in point: Cindy, as I’ve said, is finally paying the price for not being the “great” wife doughy, submissive imbecile Holly is.

  14. Chyron HR

    “I’m pretty sure it’s the last century, or maybe 2030? This whole time jump thing wasn’t very well thought out.”

  15. billytheskink

    You know, I think I misinterpreted Mason’s use of “the last century”. Instead of meaning the century prior to the current one, he may well mean that Westview’s reprehensible residents and its apocalyptic appearance and atmosphere have convinced him that we are now living in the final century of human existence.


    The fact that his agent doesn’t know that his client went to Ohio, probably explains Mason career trajectory.

  17. Professor Fate

    as yes the lovely lovely 20th Century – to quote one Ray Davies:

    ” This is the age of machinery,
    A mechanical nightmare,
    The wonderful world of technology,
    Napalm, hydrogen bombs, biological warfare,

    This is the twentieth century,
    But too much aggravation
    It’s the age of insanity,
    What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jerusalem.

    Ain’t got no ambition, I’m just disillusioned
    I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t wanna be here.

    My mama said she can’t understand me
    She can’t see my motivation
    Just give me some security,
    I’m a paranoid schizoid product of the twentieth century.”

    Actually Mr. Davies does the longing for the land of lost contentment far better than the Author does.

  18. Smirks 'R Us

    sneak peek at tomorrow’s strip:
    Mason (hanging up the phone): Cindy, I know this is sudden, but I really feel a connection between us.

    Cindy: Oh Mason, so do I.

    Mason: Cindy, would you consider…

    Cindy: (heightened anticipation) Yes?….

    Mason: playing my mother in the Starbuck Jones movie. You’re the perfect age!

    Cindy: SONOFA…..!?!#

  19. Hadda Mae Kapupe

    Smirks, that was the laugh of the week for me. Well played, friend.

  20. bad wolf

    Smirk’s Hollywood math is pretty good! My favorite example is Wynona Rider (now 43) playing Spock’s mother opposite Zachary Quinto (age 37).