Dot The Eyes

Hi folks! SoSfDavidO here with another sneak peek into the workings of what went into making a comic book way back in the early 2000s in today’s strip.

Hey, great, just what this strip needs, another pudgy bald white guy that’s impossible to tell from another! I’m not sure what’s going on with Pete’s eyes but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on drugs and chalk it up to late night 4-Chan browsing sessions while downing a 6-pack of Jolt Cola.

Panel three Pete looks– well, I can’t read that expression at all but I think Batuik was going for “shocked” at the idea of of killing off a superhero for ratings. I mean, it’s not like DC Comics did that way back in 1992 or something.

It’s when in the Funkytime line, the early oughts? Comic companies were already crapping out zombie-variant themed books with multiple foil covers and crossing storylines over in such a way you had to buy 16 comics a month just to follow your favorite X-Man. The fact it’s all about the moolah should have been obvious to Pete even back in Westview when he was a collector.

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21 responses to “Dot The Eyes

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    Yeah, because if there’s one thing old-timey comics were known for it, it was artistic integrity and well thought out, rational plots. No gimmicks at all. Ever.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    “BanTom, we need some sort of big event to draw attention to FW.”

    “You mean like a suicide or an amputation or crippling depression?”

    “No, more along the lines of a lump-sum dramatic payoff…a malignant lump!!!”

    He’s yanking our chains here, right? I mean come on, there’s no way he kept a straight face while penning this part of his disturbing little fantasy. Strips like this one always make the “long con” theory seem more plausible.

  3. Because no serious comic artist has ever killed a character for petty reasons. That reminds me, whatever happened to John Darling?

  4. I think I’ve figured it out–The Amazing Mister Sponge’s power is being able to bore people into a state of catalepsy.

  5. So is this week supposed to be some kind of Author-Avatar confession or something? “I killed off John Darling because…” “I killed off Lisa because…” “Ed Crankshaft will probably be killed off one day because…”

  6. Batiuk lacks the self-awareness required for this to involve yanking our chains. This means that he’s going to be dead serious when the twitter tots and internuts get on his case about his stupid decision to kill off John Darling for the very twisted and self-serving monetary reason of ensuring that someone else couldn’t make money off of HIS creation.

  7. @Paul Jones: Right. I mean, I understand that a strip writer wouldn’t want their strip to be taken over by someone else, but they don’t go around KILLING their characters! (Especially not in such a rushed and poorly done way. The final two strips look like they were fan-made.)

  8. @ComicTrek: If you want rushed, you should have seen how Jim Davis killed off Gnorm the Gnat….someone stepped on him. Said someone probably went on to explain that he’s Jon Arbuckle and this is his cat Garfield……

  9. bigd1992

    Kill off his wife with a long battle with cancer.

  10. Okay, so I’m a little confused here. I’m taking from yesterday’s strip that what we’re seeing is Pete’s daydream about what it was like to work in the comics boiler room before mega comics took over? So I’m guessing that this is either a completely idealized vision by Pete of what it was like in the old days of comic production, or it’s an actual flashback, and Pete actually wore a clip-on tie to work and used a Smith Corona typewriter? Either way it doesn’t make any sense. Can’t you just SHOW US THE FUCKING SPONGE ALREADY?

  11. sgtsaunders

    So, Sponge is all washed up.
    Pore
    Mr. Sponge.
    Mr. Sponge, he dead.
    The horror.
    The horror.

  12. Professor Fate

    This seems like a repeat of Les’ Hollywood fantasy sequence – were Pete has projected himself into the golden – actually sliver age of comic books – where folks wore white shirts and ties to work and used manual typewriters – The IBM Selectric was introduced in 1961 by the bye – which is then combined with his passive aggressive pushback against the clone idea that he had. Which results in this confusing mess.
    Geek note – The Doom Patrol was killed off by it’s writer after the series was canceled in the final issue of the first series – sept-oct 1968. This being comic books that did not stop them.

  13. Jim in Wisc.

    The thing about John Darling is this: If the syndicate really did own the rights to the strip, and had wanted to continue it without Batiuk’s involvement, they could have simply 86’ed the murder strips when they were submitted. Then they could have put the strip on a brief hiatus while they brought in a new author/artist to take over. That they didn’t clearly shows that they thought the strip wasn’t worth the bother.

  14. billytheskink

    @Paul Jones
    @ComicTrek: If you want rushed, you should have seen how Jim Davis killed off Gnorm the Gnat….someone stepped on him. Said someone probably went on to explain that he’s Jon Arbuckle and this is his cat Garfield……

    Jim Davis:
    Ends comic strip by killing main character (Gnorm Gnat)
    Introduces cat (Garfield)
    Builds Scrooge McDuck-ian money bin to contain profits
    Monetizes internet criticism (Garfield Minus Garfield books)

    Tom Batiuk:
    Ends comic strip by killing main character (John Darling, Lisa for FW Act II)
    Introduces cat (Le Chat Bleu)
    Builds Lisa shrine in home art room
    Attacks internet criticism through his strip and his lawyer (Susan’s production of Wit, the SOSF C&D letter)

  15. @Jim In Wisc.: You’re probably right about that. It was probably easier for them to greenlight the thing with the evil baby who smiles because he’s got a load in his Pampers and he’s never going to let himself get potty trained.

    @billytheskink: This means that we should get Soundwave to come in and intone “Batiuk: Inferior. Davis: Superior.”

  16. bad wolf

    billytheskink is onto something: the only likable characters introduced in the last couple of years were Kili the cat and Le Chat Bleu (okay, that one’s a little older). If he focused on one of them and dumped Les, that money bin could still be his!

  17. Epicus Doomus

    Batom doing a story about comic book publishers looking for outrageous ways to attract attention is so incredibly hypocritical that it’s hard to believe. Lisa, Becky, Susan, Wally, Funky, Fred…he’s chew-toyed every one of them (and some multiple times) in a desperate attempt to gain recognition, attention and plaudits. I’d LOVE to hear him explain how killing off a comic book hero is any different than killing off his own characters.

    Another REALLY annoying BanTom trope is the way EVERYONE who works “behind the scenes” in ANY business involving “writers” is inevitably a giant profit-motivated scumbag who doesn’t care about “art” at all. If this is how he really sees things he’s even more deranged than I thought he was. Between this claptrap and his little rant about “internuts” it’s pretty obvious that he’s slipping off the sanity rails.

  18. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    I would suggest someone is ghost writing this strip…but it’s so unfunny and badly written. It has to be Batiuk.

  19. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    That’s what I thought was hilarious about the Mega Comics editors griping about nerds. They’re the heads of a comic book company. I’m pretty sure you have to be a nerd to some degree to be in that position.

  20. bad wolf

    FWIW, the Official Blog is back up. The History of Batom Comics (entries from May, July and October) covers a bit of the backstory that i guess this week’s strips are alluding to. The May entry describe the demise of Batom in 1972:

    “… The Lunar Cadets, Charlie & Chuck, The Black Ghost, The Arizona Ranger, Tank Thompson, The Amazing Mr. Sponge and Absorbing Junior, The Cockroach, the majestic Blue Astra and of course Batom’s stellar hero Starbuck Jones. It was The Cockroach the company’s last creation who had proved Batom’s undoing. Its long legal battle with its aptly named rival Mega Comics had finally ended in the Fall of the previous year with a Federal Court upholding a lower court ruling that The Cockroach substantially violated Mega Comics copyright on Arachnid-Man. To fulfill the damages awarded by the court, Batom Comics, which had always run on a paper thin profit margin as it hung on against the industry giants, now essentially belonged to Mega-Comics.”

  21. Jim in Wisc.

    I remember reading those blog entries on the “history” of Bantom Comics. At the time my first thought was that he invested waaaaaay toooooo much time and effort into creating this little fantasy world for himself.