A Load of Bull

Link to today’s strip when it appears.

I ask you–how could I resist a post title like that?  Tom Batiuk must be a faithful reader here, and decided he was going to lob an easy pitch right over the plate.

I had no idea that Bull’s fantasy was to be a news reader, just as it came as a surprise that Ann Fairgood wanted to be a writer.   I also had no idea how far he’d go to realize that fantasy (barring actually applying for the job).  I mean, that looks damned dangerous the way he’s sitting in the back of the truck.  Note that the desk is not secured in any way, so that if the truck goes into a curve Bull risks having his thighs crushed.

I also think yesterday’s answer has to be “joking.”  There’s no way a second desk would fit inside that pickup truck.  Heck, the desk itself barely fits.  Sure seems like Les picked the most qualified person to oversee this task.  (Okay, to be fair there’s probably a second truck, or some other vehicle since we saw three students and two teachers yesterday, and we’re missing at least one of each.  However, being fair is no fun.)



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10 responses to “A Load of Bull

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    Um, the driver of the truck doesn’t see the fat bald guy right behind her? Was she not driving when he got back there? Did he lay down flat until she started moving, for some reason? Or did maybe the writer not put the least bit of thought into this?

  2. Nathan Obral

    Damn, a LeBron mention! (For those living under a rock, the LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers just clinched the NBA’s Eastern Conference and are headed to the NBA Finals next week.)

    Batom®… with your stupid M.O. of drawing strips a full year in advance, and this is the one you updated in order to sound topical? Why not go over that one where you confused Cindy with Holly and update that in order to sound like you aren’t in the early stages of dementia?

  3. John

    For the same reason a few years back he had Les bi-locate -after- Les had already left for Kilimanjaro, Nathan: He considers his wordplay to be an astonishing masterpiece. He’ll be damned if he lets simple things like “plot”, “coherence”, “characterization” and “logic” spoil up a BRILLIANT GAG.


    Today’s strip proves that Tom was so intent on managing to draw at least one panel with Bull’s doughy, moist, bloated visage and Cindy’s ever-mutating noggin together that he deliberately damaged the flow of his own word balloons just to weakly produce an excuse for such a panel. Urgh.

  4. The only way that last panel works is if Bull is perched on the edge of the truck bed, a position that guarantees he will be thrown out into traffic if the driver sneezes too hard.

    We can only hope.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    No one noticed the fat moron perched dangerously in the bed of that off-brand Eastern Bloc pickup truck? They somehow fit Les, Bull and a bunch of female basketball players in that tiny cab? They drove all the way to Cleveland to pick up a desk because the desk was on TV? A grown man wrote this strip and somehow didn’t ball it up and toss it in the trash after deciding it was just too stupid to print? So many questions, so little substance.

  6. And yet he blames the Internet for the lack of interest in this incoherent mess.,,,mostly because he can’t tell chicken salad from chicken shit.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Ah, another example of this strip being relevant to young people….except young people don’t watch the news on TV, nor are they enamored by TV news people.

    My friend’s sister worked at WKYC TV3, and so one day we got to go down there and tour the studio. I was surprised by how crappy the news desk was made, like they just threw some scrap lumber together. I was a young EE student at the time and so I really wanted to see the transmitter, etc..but these were at a different location.

    I did get a chance to meet Cindy Summ–er, I mean, Kim Scott.

  8. Where’s Cell Phone Girl when you need her?

  9. Epicus Doomus

    The Untold History of Batom Comics part five is up on the official FW blog page, in case you’re (LOL) interested.

  10. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    That is seriously where all of Batiuk’s time and effort goes these days. I guarantee he has stacks of notes and timelines for his made up comic company that only matters to him. Whereas he forgets the name of one of the prominent characters in the strip he gets paid for, and that made him “famous”.