Great Gig in the Sky

I’m a little late to today’s party and am as baffled as you at what’s happening here. But my first thought as I groggily read and re-read this was, are they all dead, and have been “reunited” in this weird nether-gym to face judgement? Or was Crazy Harry the DJ they hired (to spin frozen pizzas)?



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

17 responses to “Great Gig in the Sky

  1. Epicus Doomus

    What? Is he talking about death? What a lowly, sorry, awful pile of garbage. Just alarmingly terrible.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    Batiuk has been doing this kind of crap a lot lately. Where he’ll have a strip with pretty much no content in it, and absolutely no joke, except for some lame quasi-cliffhanger like this. Like on Monday when he had Balderman say there was a problem, and then explained what it was the next day. I’d say it’s sad that he thinks there are readers on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what the problem is with the reunion, or what the heck Harry’s babbling about, but I know even he doesn’t. He just doesn’t give a crap, and is just trying to stretch this strip out as long as possible. I have a feeling before too long he’ll be doing single panel strips. Except instead of doing quality ones like The Far Side, he’ll just stretch a three panel strip over half a week, so Monday will just be the outside of Montoni’s, with no dialogue at all.

  3. Given the instrumentation we’ve seen for the band, I hope the assembled guests enjoy Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” (written in a concentration camp–there’s got to be a Pulitzer there, right?).

    For entertainment value, I like to look back on the “Father’s Day” strip we got, where Mort kept asking Funky to “eat his sandwich.” So I envision an endless repetition of opening riffs to familiar standards, while those standards never actually get played beyond those opening riffs. Might make a great soundtrack for these damned youths!

  4. billytheskink

    I will give TB credit for one thing in this strip; this is probably the first time in at least a decade that Crazy Harry genuinely lives up to his nickname.

  5. Yes, Harry, it’s the reunion. It’s apparently the only reunion that’s ever happened, the only one that will ever happen, the only reunion that’s been happening since the beginning of time, because there’s no mention of a class year or the number of years since graduation.

    You’re already dead, Harry! The band is from the rest home, Harry! The phone call is coming from inside the gym, Harry!

  6. You can’t build suspense about a legendary reunion where a certain thing is supposed to happen when the audience can’t care about what happens because they don’t care about the people it’s happening to. Batiuk forgot that….if he ever knew it.

  7. Smirks 'R Us

    Holly has that smug look of self-satisfaction only achievable in Westview. For booking a nursing home “orchestra”! What the heck does she look like when she actually accomplishes something? BatHack has truly put together a group of characters it is easy to hate.

  8. louder

    A trombone, two clarinets, a violin, and drums. A band with this line-up is surely going to tear the roof off the joint! Can this get any dumber? Of course it can…

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow, Batty sure stretched this story out. I imagine a one panel Sunday strip showing Westview High getting drenched in rain, with Crazy Harry looking outside with a dazed look on his face.

  10. He forgot about something that’s only been a thing for a few months? You don’t suppose this is foreshadowing a prestige arc about early-onset Alzheimer’s, do you?

  11. Hanzmfg

    Can’t wait for their rendition of “Raining Blood.” Horns up! \m/

  12. The shadow covering Crazy’s face in the final panel can only mean one thing. Cindy has just made her grand entrance, Carrie style. The gym doors have been locked from the outside. A smell of smoke starts to permeate the air. Yes, this is the reunion, all right.

  13. JerrytheMacGuy

    For sure, this is a CIDU.

    Crappy. Inane. Dialogue. Ugh.

  14. Nathan Obral

    This is nothing. Remember when Crazy Harry truly fell off the deep end a few months ago?

  15. John

    You’ve camped out in line. You saved every bit of spare cash you could to buy a reserved seat in Hall H.

    And here you are, San Diego Comic Con.

    Seven thousand fans sit with you, breathless with anticipation. Chatting. Laughing. Celebrating and poking affectionate fun in the way devoted fans love to do.

    The lights dim. A hush falls over the room. What delights are in store? What grand and glorious vision of your favorite graphic novel will be brought to life?



    Makers of “Lust For Lisa: The Series” and “Peter Polar Bear’s Birthday Surprise


    S * T * A * R * B * U * C * K * J * O * N * E * S!!!!

    “Say, Starbuck, we certainly do have lots and lots of plot, don’t we?”

    “Indeed we do. Also dialog and characters.”

    “Truly, we are the DOWNTON ABBEY of Space Opera!”


    “You’re wrong, Millennial Menace! Everything was better back in the Olden Days, when we knew what’s what and children did their children-y duties!”

    “….um, all I said was instead of using up fuel, cash, manpower, and resources, the ansible allows us to communicate instantly across galaxies with the flick of a finger.”

    “EVIL TECHNOLOGY! Hmmph, I guess there WERE some children left behind!”

    “You know I was never a child.”

    “Child. Clone. Whatevs.”


    “There’s only one band of heroes who can save us now.”

    “Yeah. Unfortunately, the Guardians of the Galaxy belong to Marvel.”

    *sigh* “Shall I call Jones?”

    “…..might as well.”


    “Oh my gosh. Sorry, Lord Cygnus Alpha! I forgot to book us a starship.”

    “You’ve spent three months setting up a STARSHIP BATTLE, but never once considered getting a STARSHIP to fight in?”

    “Yup! Guess it’s just a sign of how pure, noble, and put upon I am in my pure, noble, put upon suffering!”

    “….or that you’re an idiot.”

    “Or that I’m an…HEY!!!”









    The trailer is cut off. You blink your eyes. There’s a massive clearing of throats. An uneasy shifting about in seats. You turn to your best friend.

    “So, um, what did you think?”

    “Like I was promised dancing girls at the Moulin Rouge and instead I got a Tijuana donkey show.”

    “….crude, but accurate.”

  16. bigd1992

    I am SO rooting for an asteroid.

  17. Gyre

    It’s kind of like the first time I saw Hallucinatory Cat in the story. I really have no freaking clue what’s going on.