Unticipation

SosfDavidO here, watching in bleary-eyed boredom as you probably are at the excitement over the band box returning. I’m guessing, if Keith did his job, it’s going to play exactly like it did before it broke. Today’s strip also makes me wince at the thought of having to listen to that damn thing all day long with its mechanized whirrlings. It’s like the singing Billy Bass trout. A great idea for the first few days, until you’re so sick of the thing you rip the batteries out and throw the thing into the closet. Unless Keith added levitation or lasers to the band box there’s no reason for this kind of excitement.

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15 responses to “Unticipation

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Uh yeah that’s hilarious, Tom. The noteworthy thing here is that Boy Lisa’s entire family is present, which undoubtedly means that TB wants you to remember they exist, which means something “big” is cooking with the hated Darin. Obviously I’d assume it will involve leaving for Hollywood but with this strip who the hell really knows? He could be building a space helicopter for all I know.

  2. This leaves me wondering why Funky doesn’t simply break down, install a flat-screen TV and leave it stuck on ESPN like a regular person. My personal opinion is that the beloved band box is actually customer repellent.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    So Keith drove who knows how long to see them hang it on the wall, but left before they actually played the stupid thing? That makes no sense at all. Even when you know this strip is going to be crap, it’s amazing how it can still surprise you with just how crappy it is.

  4. Saturnino

    @SpacemanSpiff85 “So Keith drove who knows how long to see them hang it on the wall, but left before they actually played the stupid thing? That makes no sense at all. Even when you know this strip is going to be crap, it’s amazing how it can still surprise you with just how crappy it is.”

    1) WHO is the blond at the end of the line holding the kid? We’ve never seen that face and those beady eyes before.

    2) WHY is Funky putting a dollar in the machine, doesn’t he own it and can’t he test it?

  5. billytheskink

    Pendleton Ward just called. He thinks Jessica’s face could use some more detail.

  6. bad wolf

    I realize he would have had to force the perspective even more but holy cow i can’t believe they’re talking about the band box while it’s just out of the frame. Why not have the jukebox and the band box in the shot at the same time, so that readers would know what you’re dialogue is talking about?

    Anyway sad but in a way glad i saw Luigi’s that one time, helps me figure out what’s supposed to be going on in the background here.

  7. sgtsaunders

    So this Band Box thing responds to the sound of the jams. Reminds me of the time I put a Talking Heads cassette in my niece’s Teddy Ruxpin. That thing was possessed. Oh, and somebody punch Les.

  8. Yeah, that will be a big hit with the customers. “Please do not play more than one 135+ bpm song at a time. Our band box can’t take it.”

    Who am I kidding? Montoni’s never has customers.

  9. Well, at long last we have the answer–there’ve never been any time jumps, it’s just Westview that makes people age years in a matter of months. Look at Skyler–there’s a happy, cheerful five year old. Until you remember that he isn’t even two years old yet.

  10. So between the arc where the band box broke down and had to be taken in for repairs and the arc where the band box was reinstalled after the repair, we’ve had two full weeks devoted to horrible band box jokes. I’d love to see somebody play “Rip This Joint” on the jukebox and see all the band’s body parts detach. That’s the only thing that would make this week worthwhile.

  11. Professor Fate

    you know just a bit of whimsy would help – like showing this from the Band Box’s point of view – ‘boys we’re on in one, two” – then it might be almost sweet – but this have less of a point than a bowling ball.

  12. Bom Tatiuk

    Bowling balls don’t have points, you beady-eyed nitpicker.

  13. SpacemanSpiff85

    You just know that Batiuk is going to bring this up again in a year or so. I bet he’ll have a key element of the Starbuck Jones movie be SJ travelling to the moon to get the band box on his spaceship repaired.

  14. bigd1992

    Perhaps he’s leaving before it mercifully blows up

  15. Jon I Am

    Only in Westview (or whatever the name of this town) would a repaired “band box” be major news to the bored, cancerous residents.

    “I broke the law of gravity and my ankle”

    That’s OK. Batiuk frequently break the laws of good writing and common sense.