To Re-Pete This Message, Press 1

Despite his seeming disdain for most internet activity and his unabashed nostalgia for videotapes, compact discs, band boxes, and Space Invaders, TB seems to fully embrace one certain piece of modern technology, as we see again in today’s strip.

That technology, of course, is videoconferencing. TB LOVES to depict the technology of communicating face-to-face via screens that in the pre-Skype world of just a little more than a decade ago was accessible only to wealthy early adopters and Star Trek characters.

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27 responses to “To Re-Pete This Message, Press 1

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Well, Pete, although I do realize how confusing “modern technology” is, you have to REPLY to those messages, not just listen to them over and over. I barely recognized Pete today, what with the weird angles and the smiling and all. Boy Lisa is right where he belongs though, in his usual “supporting” role. At least everyone’s names are correct today.

  2. John

    They want him to FLY OUT to talk about the rewrite.

    So, um, before he’s so much as written a draft or even been HIRED, they’re footing the bill for him to fly all the way out “Hollywood”…just to CHAT.

    There are not enough faces or palms in the entire world, Tom.

    Not nearly enough.

  3. Nathan Obral

    The perspective in that first panel is… unique. And that’s not a good thing.

  4. Nathan Obral

    @John:

    There are not enough faces or palms in the entire world, Tom.

    Not nearly enough.

    Allow me to assist.

  5. MJ

    Let me see if I have this right: They are going to hire Pete because he is the best friend of the biological son given up for adoption by the dead wife of an old high school classmate of the girlfriend of the actor.

    In Pete’s defense, he looks a lot happier about this opportunity than good old Les did. I wonder how long that will last?

  6. Charles

    So, um, before he’s so much as written a draft or even been HIRED, they’re footing the bill for him to fly all the way out “Hollywood”…just to CHAT.

    Hell, John. From the dialogue in this appalling-in-every-way strip, they haven’t even SPOKEN to him.

  7. SpacemanSpiff85

    I am, so, so tired of seeing Pete’s head looking up from Darrin’s lap. Especially given the awkward, voyeuristic angle in the first panel, and Darrin’s manicly happy expression.

  8. bayoustu

    Forget about the hideous vision that is an allegedly “happy” Pete Rayburn. The question is: why is he so happy?! We all know this implausible dream job will render him miserable before too long. Wait ’til The Lord of The Late hears about this!!

  9. Rusty

    There should be less time spent on improbable perspectives and more time spent on writing some elfin’ stories.

  10. SpacemanSpiff85

    Also: why is Darrin saying “heard back”? Did Pete contact them first, at some point? And Batiuk didn’t show that at all?

  11. billytheskink

    Who loves orange soda?
    Kel Darin loves orange soda! (but not coasters)

    @ John

    They want him to FLY OUT to talk about the rewrite.

    This is actually pretty consistent with the (quarter-inch from) reality of the Batiukverse. Remember when Les traveled all the way to New York City so his agent could tell him that his book was going to be published… by the Kent State University Press? TB loves depicting videoconferencing, as long as no one uses it to conduct business.

  12. John

    Speaking of the name mix-up yesterday, to those worried, I wouldn’t be. This has been typical of the strip for the past five years.

    Remember how Les chided Funky on car names AFTER he’d already flown off to Kilimanjaro?

    Compared to a character bi-locating, mixed-up names are actually on the lower end of the WTF? scale.

  13. Apauled

    So TB’s not ill, he just doesn’t care about the quality of his work or its effect on his audience? Like serving a meal by flinging down bowls of hog slop on a dirty table because your guests don’t deserve better? Not sure which is worse….

  14. Didn’t we already do this with Les? Didn’t it end up just collapsing because the Delicate Genius was too stupid to live? Isn’t that going to happen again?

  15. Epicus Doomus

    Another thing that drives me batshit about this strip: every time he leaves an arc then re-visits it later he has to waste panels with the dumb expository dialog, as he assumes his readers need a brief refresher course to “catch up”. If he’d just tell a story straight through without taking all those unnecessary “breaks”, he wouldn’t need to rehash the premise over and over. Of course he’d do it anyway, but still.

  16. Who wants to bet this ends with Mopey Pete playing that message to himself over and over again, sobbing over how everything went wrong?

  17. Rusty

    Accepting this story at face value, Pete is somehow qualified to write screenplays about Starbuck Jones because he used to write for Mr. Sponge comic books. Okay, is there any more to it? Did Pete used to write for other titles? (I don’t think he was ever an artist for any strips). Does he just have a complete knowledge of Starbuck the character and backstory, something he obtained from the Westview well water?

  18. Accepting this story at face value, Pete is somehow qualified to write screenplays about Starbuck Jones because he used to write for Mr. Sponge comic books. Okay, is there any more to it? Did Pete used to write for other titles? (I don’t think he was ever an artist for any strips). Does he just have a complete knowledge of Starbuck the character and backstory, something he obtained from the Westview well water?

    And to top it all off, this movie is in mid-production. They’re going to stop a movie in mid-production to bring in an unknown person with no screen writing experience to re-write a movie script?

  19. captaincab

    So what’s the story with that old strip posted above which ends with Tony playing a depressing game of Space Invaders in response to Darrin’s web app? I love classic games and even TB manages to take the joy out of them.

  20. billytheskink

    captaincab, the Space Invaders strip was the concluding strip of the week Durwood introduced the Montoni’s mobile app. Tony spent the week making sullen and disdainful comments about the app (even though Montoni’s started accepting online orders in Act II) before slinking off to use some technology that apparently didn’t overwhelm him.

    And for those worried that TB’s frequent misnaming of characters is a sign of some deeper problem (which I hope is not the case), it is worth remembering that this is not a new phenomenon. Ask “Jennifer” Darling from this Act II character guide

  21. Jim. in Wisc.

    Epicus Doomus wrote: At least everyone’s names are correct today.

    Ha ha! I see what you did there. So, how long before L’Auteur Glorieux starts calling Mopey Pete Pedro Reynosa? Or Piotr Raczkowski?

  22. captaincab

    @billytheskink

    Typical, thanks!

  23. captaincab

    Also, is anyone having problems getting the strip display today? I’ve tried two browsers and comics kingdom, Seattle PI, and Houston Chron site and none will pull up the strip.

  24. Jim. in Wisc.

    @captaincab: I Think CK is having some issues with their image server this morning. I’ve been having some problems getting some o the other strips I read to show up.

  25. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    I think Mopey Pete needs to adjust the resolution on his Pineapple Skybook there. I can’t tell if he’s talking to Durwood or Eraserhead.

  26. captaincab

    @Jim

    Ah OK, glad it’s not just me. A few other strips weren’t displaying, maybe King Features is having issues today.