Link To Today’s Strip

Cue the sad trombone sound because it’s still raining and Cindy’s still getting fired for being so old and washed-up. Yep, again! It’s why she’s considering the Buddyblog offer, in fact. Well, that and the “low res”, of course. It’s a little disconcerting how Tom Ban appears to be playing this woman’s total mental and emotional destruction for laughs but then again she did kind of have it coming after being so beautiful and successful for all those years. Although it is encouraging to see that she’s stayed right on top of news media transformations, though. Because who the hell saw that coming, right?

The “bo peep” thing is one of those bizarre FW punchlines that’s only funny because it’s so ludicrously bad. I mean I know he’s aiming for a sort of “Jerry & Elaine”-style banter here but nope, big swing and a miss. “X-man”, “bo peep”, if Cindy appeared more often I think she’d skyrocket up the “most annoying characters” list, you know?



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24 responses to “BuddySlog

  1. Yeah, “Bo Peep” is the hep lingo that all the cats use.
    This is more trolling by Batiuk.

  2. Spacemanspiff85

    Maybe her career woes have less to do with her being and more to do with crap like “X-man” and “bo peep”. Seriously, imagine that kind of banter on a morning show.

  3. Spacemanspiff85

    I have a feeling the climax to Cindy’s Career Collapse will be her coming, broke and jobless, to Funky, begging for a job at Montoni’s. And he’ll say he’s not hiring at the moment. And she’ll walk away, looking back at him and saying to herself “I never should have left him”.
    The Sunday strip will be her lying in the same gutter that Funky once passed out in.

  4. @Spacemanspiff85: Of course it is. And of course, he thinks she deserves that to happen because he’s got issues with women. He can’t live without them but he can’t live with them telling him what to do because he’s the same sort of jerk the don’t-call-me-a-misogynistic-lunatic-women-actually-are-inferior-and-probably-from-Hell nitwit that the jerk who writes Cerberus is.

  5. Nathan Obral

    If you can’t make it at CHANNEL ONE in Cleveland, you really shouldn’t bother with trying to make it anywhere.

    Cindy is channeling Joe Shablotnik, Charlie Brown’s baseball player idol who was always struggling to stay in the lowest tier of the minor leagues possible.

  6. JerrytheMacGuy

    “Bo Peep”?

    What she meant to say to Funky is that the management at Channel One told her to “make like a sheep herder and get the flock out.”

  7. I’m beginning to *firmly* believe that these characters are descending into madness. I mean, really…what does a centuries-old nursery rhyme about a little shepherd girl have to do with anything at all?

    Tom. This “quirky” language that these people speak is not endearing, or funny, or clever. Besides, compared with the usual content of this strip, how could we possibly take the awful puns and wordplay as “jokes”? Most of the time they’re used for dark humor or just to be d*ckish. And for all we know, the incoherent speech gives us reason to believe that these people could be having strokes or something. Nobody talks like that in real life. They don’t! (At least Ed Crankshaft had the excuse of being old and barely literate.)

  8. Saturnino

    For what appears to be a very short conversation, they sure move around a lot.

    And what happened to the napkin that mysteriously appeared in panel three yesterday? Maybe it symbolizes Cindy’s future? Maybe she won’t make it to FW’s 50th?

    Maybe FW won’t?

    Buddyblog would probably have a better chance if they used Buddy as the anchor.


  9. Merry Pookster

    Yep…. Internet News is cutting edge alright..

    Sally Forth surpasses FW.

  10. Do broadcast journalists, particularly network veterans, not have agents repping them? Cindy’s waiting for Channel One to politely ask her to remain? WHY does she run to Funky fuckin’ Winkerbean for advice???

  11. Rusty

    The local news anchors in CT make a pretty nice living, from what I have seen in news stories when they sue their employers (it’s been happening for years). Whatever Cindy gets in Cleveland should make her Supreme Majesty of Westview.

    The X-man quip makes so little sense because it is being uttered by the one character who has always been portrayed as having zero interest in the geek pursuits.

  12. Professor Fate

    “they didn’t say Kumquat either. They don’t say a lot of words. They gesture mostly.”

  13. billytheskink

    Aging Cin-dy comes crying to Funky,
    About being replaced by folks younger;
    Instead of looking to sue, she’s come back to Westview,
    Just so that Funky can chide her.

  14. Cindy’s been a New York anchor for how long? Doesn’t she have enough money to retire, or at least take some time off and not scrabble for whatever job crumbs she can find?

    Oh wait, this is Westview. Nobody plans for the future because they know they don’t have one.

  15. Saturnino

    “Oh wait, this is Westview. Nobody plans for the future because they know they don’t have one.”

    Westview puts the “FEW” in future.

  16. There’s always cougar porn. I hear Pornhub’s hiring.

  17. Saturnino

    “There’s always cougar porn. I hear Pornhub’s hiring.”

    Cindy Winkerbean would be a GREAT porn name!

  18. bad wolf

    Like i said before, this seems like it takes off from Katie Couric’s move to Yahoo News, which (honestly i don’t know) could be better or worse. But the way it’s written is kind of similar to Khan’s departure–“Hey, turns out i failed. Goodbye! (nothere’snothingyoucoulddodon’ttroubleyourself).”

  19. @bad wolf: Oh, super. He’s mangling a news story he only half understands because he can’t be asked to keep current so that he can further his agenda of jamming it to the popular girls for not giving him the time of day fifty five years ago. This makes sense how?!

  20. Jimmy

    @TFH: Shame on you for not recognizing Montoni’s as the center of Westview culture, commerce and social interaction.

    Reading FW this week, I feel like someone slipped a Mickey in my drink.

  21. Epicus Doomus


    Hey Mickey!!

  22. Jim in Wisc.

    @TheDiva: After a little Googling, it looks like Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric (who would be Cindy’s real-life counterparts) were making about $22 million and $15 million per year, respectively, as the anchors of the ABC and CBS network newscasts. So, yeah, Cindy Summers should be well-off enough financially that she should have to worry. Just one more example of Tom Batiuk not being “quarter of an inch from reality.”

    Furthermore, even after she unceremoniously dumped by CBS, Couric was able to and a $40 million gig hosting her own talk show on ABC. After that was cancelled last year, her Yahoo! gig is still going to pay her $6 million a year.

    And I learned all of this by spending all of 5 minutes on Google. But Tommy Boy can’t be expected to use the Internet to do research, since it’s the EVIL, EVIL, EVIL, EVIL TOOL OF SATAN HIMSELF!!!!

  23. Jim in Wisc.

    Aw shoot, need to proofread better …

    “So, yeah, Cindy Summers should be well-off enough financially that she shouldn’t have to worry.”

  24. bad wolf

    @Paul: I have a feeling if i ever watched Hot for Cleveland i would find a few more mangled elements Batiuk had used but sadly i have not.