Goop Rage

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“Never seen such vitriolic memes before”…obviously not a SoSF regular, eh Pete? Well here’s a little vitriol for ya, pal…you suck, your comic book sucks, you’re a big mopey whiner, you talk to yourself out loud and everyone hates you. Feel better now? I sure do.

Man, does this one really take me back (sniff). Some of you fellow snarkers of a certain age know exactly what I’m talking about here. Back “in the day”, we didn’t have all these wifi doohickeys and high def plasma phones with the MP-whatevers. No, when we wanted to go online we’d all gather around the monitor and watch the black & white hand-drawn webpages flicker by together, as a family. There was just something about it all being on paper that made it so much better, you know? Paper that YOU drew on and that YOU decided was good enough…yep. Those were the days.

This one is amazing because he actually self-sabotages two separate jokes here. First he kills the crash dummy gag by drawing the most insane rendering of a web page ever. Then he craters gag two by choosing Gwyneth Paltrow as the least likely person to leave a hate comment on an online comic book nerd forum. I mean sure, she’s an unlikely candidate to do such a thing, there’s no doubt about that. But it just seems like such an odd and random choice, doesn’t it?

He should have used “Tom Batiuk” in that joke instead. That would have been pretty goddamned funny IMO. I mean come on, that would just blow everyone’s mind, right? “Hey, I got a tweet from Buddy The Dog…”i will bite you on sight you suck”!”. “You will never amount to anything you fraud – Le Chat Bleu”. “Finally, a writer the public hates more than me, love Mr. Moore”. “Thanks Pete I am now ruined – Chester The Chiseler”. You get the idea.



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26 responses to “Goop Rage

  1. MJ

    “You know things are bad when your own editors post a hate comment.”
    Oh wait, that was yesterday.

    Still, if the point was someone super nice I think I would have gone with a more obvious choice like Ellen.

  2. Nathan Obral

    Once again, the only joke I can find here is that Batom® managed to fleece King Features/North American Syndicate for another paycheck by offering pure garbage that was drawn a full year in advance.

  3. merrypookster

    Brendon Burford…… Hello? Anyone home?

  4. Why do I get the feeling Batiuk just printed out the cast page of the Avengers movie and threw a dart at it?

  5. SpacemanSpiff85

    It’s pretty bold to have a story arc about a bad comic book story arc, and have the majority of it consist of an ugly loser sitting in front of a computer and talking out loud to himself for a week.

  6. bayoustu

    I don’t know what Mopey is upset about- these vitriolic memes are being aimed at someone named Pete Reynolds, and Mopey McEyebags name is Pete ROBERTS- at least according to Bantom’s own flippin’ website!! For cryin’ out loud, Tim: this is your life’s work!! How lazy and indifferent can you be?!

  7. Gwyneth Paltrow is such a nothing celebrity. I own two films she’s been in–Seven, and Sky Captian (and I highly recommend both, especially Sky Captain)–but I could not tell you anything she’s done in the last five years.

    Wait, she won an oscar, right? Shakespeare in Love? Which was, oooo, 17 years ago. Wow, how contemporary. And so relevant to young people!

  8. Epicus Doomus

    bayoustu: Un-be-f*cking-livable. I didn’t notice but you’re right, his name used to be “Roberts” until today. Just unreal. The worst representation of a web page ever, a truly moronic punchline AND he gets his own character’s name wrong!

  9. #1: “Nerd rage”? See, this right here–just one example of the hatefulness and immaturity–is EXACTLY what gets ‘Funky’ and ‘Crankshaft’ slammed on a regular basis. I’m still not sure whether Batom is making a parody of aggressive comic book fans of today…or of those of us on the Web who don’t like how he completely obliterated his three strips. I don’t know. All I know is that at any rate, if you want respect, you have to give it. But does he? No! No respect for his characters, no respect for his readers.

    #2: Who?

  10. He isn’t aware that he’s destroying his strips in the name of defending them. All he’s aware of is that for some reason, bad people are bullying him for creating the same great strip he always has.

  11. I think this is the second appearance of Pete’s new surname in this arc. So, about a year ago, BanTom’s crack continuity squad said, “Reynolds? Yah, sure. Whatever,” without looking at their own website. AKA SOP at BanTom Inc.

    Or, maybe, he did it on purpose to bait us beady-eyed nitpickers. Either way, quite a piece of work.

  12. Epicus Doomus

    IMO it’s one of the most maddening things about Bantom. He created this massive cast of characters with these complicated intertwining back stories and histories and interactions. Then if you dare to question a detail you’re a nitpicker. But if you don’t care about the details, why introduce them at all? It’s all so confounding.

  13. Chyron HR

    I could not tell you anything [Gweneth Paltrow]’s done in the last five years.

    Uh, I think she was in some direct-to-cell-phone movies with that washed-up hack Robert Downey Jr.

  14. Nathan Obral

    It’s a special brand of tone-deafness when a brittle writer/artist lashes out bitterly at his own critics in the strip, yet fails so badly at quality control that he can’t even get his own character’s names correct.

    And remember… Batom® drew this a full year in advance. He had all the time in the world to do some quick quality control on himself and check Mopey Pete’s last name.

    To call Batom® a hack is an insult to hacks.

  15. At least when Lynn Johnston gave a character two different last names, she had the decency to admit that she goofed. Of course, she then made a passive-aggressive crack about how the snarkers keep better track of her continuity than she cares to…….

  16. @Chyron HR- D’oh! Amazingly, I had forgotten all about the Marvel movies. Although, my recollection is that her impact in all of them is pretty negligible…say, just like the women in Funky Winkerbean!

  17. Well, Gwyneth Paltrow is one celebrity who is almost as punchable as Les Moore, which I guess makes her a natural choice.

  18. A big tip of the ol’ SoSF Balmoral to bayoustu and oddnoc for picking up on Pete’s surname change!



  19. Howard and Nester

    Looking at those two panels from TFHackett’s post side-by-side shows that Batiuk has a serious imagination problem.

    Couldn’t he have drawn a different pose for the Lord of the Late? Why not a shot him menacingly gripping the pocket-watch scrying pool and holding it over his head? Why not his shadowy projection looming over Pete in his studio? It’s not like the character appears so often that he has to recycle villainous poses.

  20. Observe: it’s at least the third time he’s traced LoTL in that very pose.

  21. Epicus Doomus

    Coming next week: Les Myers and his wife Karla take off for Japan to see his new graphic novel “The Last Branch” be published.

  22. Jim in Wisc.

    @TFHackett: Wow! Everything’s identical, isn’t it? Placement of the hands, positioning of the legs, facial expression and shadowing. Everything. Talk about lazy. It’s getting almost as bad as Jeff Keane tracing (or C&P’ing) his late father’s artwork to keep Family Circus alive (and the checks coming in). Of course, in FC it’s gotten so bad that you sometimes get hilarious errors – liking scaling where one kid is twice the size of the others. Once Batom® gets to that point, then we’ll know he’s completely lost it.

  23. DOlz

    Well here’s a couple of pretentious wannabes talking about something they know nothing about. Thank goodness we have TB to show us how it really should be done.

    The Art of Richard Thompson book excerpt: Thompson and Bill Watterson talk comics

  24. Professor Fate

    The lord of the late just might be a more interesting character if he for once maybe he wasn’t sitting like that? Maybe catch him at lunch with a sandwich? I mean super villains got to eat yes?

  25. Nathan Obral

    That “Lord of the Late” pose either has to be a total ripoff of some famous character’s pose, or it was some goofy villain design by John Byrne or Tony Isabella that Batom® lazily retraces over and over again.

    It’s too good to be a Batom® creation.