Link to today’s strip, when it appears.
Saturday’s strip was not available for preview…
–which, when you think about it, must be an awful lot like what it’s like for Tom Batiuk, actual writer and drawer of the strip, over the past couple of years. Let’s listen in!*
“Okay, I need a strip to end the week. Where was I with these stories? Oh, again…ugh! Open, file, browse…uh…NO NO NO. Digging out the spreadsheet is too much work–why can’t new technology work the way I want it to?–the hell with it–I’ll wing it! So…let’s do a comic book tribute! Oh wait–it’s Saturday, not Sunday… Hm. How about…(pause)…someone waxes nostalgic about how things were better back in the 80’s? I could have…uh…Funky…yeah, he’ll work–be all peeved that Sony’s mini-disc never really caught on. Or maybe laserdiscs? Yeah–I could have Funky holding one delicately by the edges and saying how great it was that you could ‘hold a real movie in your hands’ and it’s, like, Back to the Future, or Sinbad of the Seven Seas, or Stallone in Cobra. Yeah, yeah, this is great. Only…maybe too great. I could probably get a week out of this. A week? C’mon, Tom, who’re you kidding? Two weeks! Yeah! Lemme get out the ol’ sketchpad, and–
“–oh crap. I still have to do this damn Saturday thing. Damn it. Just when I’m on a roll, too! Oh, ah, let’s see, Bull tells student athletes, the ones he hates, to go get a few desks. And he says ‘You might consider this a desk job!‘ Yeah, that’s good. Or maybe something about ‘This is as close as you’ll get to TV coverage’? Oh, that’s good, too–man, I sense another week coming up! –no, no no! I gotta get this done. Okay. Okay. Everything is calm. Mental coin toss. Going with the ‘desk job’ thing. Yes…[draws some stuff] another day’s work…worked out. Time to warm up the VHS, the popcorn maker, and delve!”
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