So Crazy in Glove

Looks like His Craziness is tackling the Digital Lisa project starting with Volume One, Tape One: the Lisa we see onscreen still looks pretty hale and hearty. “I want you to have these so you’ll remember me…” Because if I don’t spend huge chunks of the precious time I have left on this earth delivering rambling lectures into a camcorder, I’ll be forgotten?

File this whole setup under “Batiuk Aims for Heartwarming and Hits Creepy.” Harry’s face is wayyy too close to the monitor in panel one, perchance to appreciate the enhanced quality of his baked videotape. And the white gloves, what’s he slipping these on for? “This calls for white gloves! And some lube…”

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26 responses to “So Crazy in Glove

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    I would love it so much if Crazy ends up living up to his name and falls madly, obsessively in love with Tape Lisa, and refuses to let anyone else ever watch them.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    I don’t get it. One thing I really, really, REALLY hate, though, is that annoying twee pious look on Lisa’s stupid face as she belches forth her lame platitudes. And if she wanted Summer to have these tapes so much, why did she hide the box where no one would find it for fifteen years? What an idiot.

  3. Bad wolf

    The thing that’s been bugging me about these tapes is how sick Lisa (doesn’t) look. Wasn’t she in no hair, baseball cap, last chance chemo mode when she made them?

  4. Merry Pookster

    To list stories in which TB disrespected someone or something would be painful.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Bad wolf: Same thought here, when Les is fondly recalling their walks through the park Lisa is bald and wearing her cancer smock, yet in these videos she’s practically radiant. Maybe she recorded these tapes way before she was diagnosed, just in case.

  6. Rusty

    Why is this story arc necessary? When was the last time The Lisa Tapes were even mentioned? The man has a mental illness.

  7. Guest Page Turner Author

    I think this defender character is the same person who hijacked the ck site last year. They have very similar writing style.

    Imagine that, being disrespectful to a cartoon character!

    That’s the whole point here!

    Anyway, that’s the last I address the troll.

    Seriously, don’t you think that a college student would have this task done by her college pals?

    In today’s episode, Harry is possessed with the usual Westview Lisa worship (she’s the only person who has ever died, apparently )

    And Lisa herself seems narcissistic and insufferable. What a pretentious action, creating volumes and volumes of yourself so that you can continue to nag from beyond the grave.

  8. SpacemanSpiff85

    She probably looks so young and healthy because this is one of the tapes she made after marrying Les. Everyone in Westview records these kinds of tapes when they’re married, because they know their days are numbered.
    And if there are so many tapes, than why did Les have such a hard time writing about Lisa? He could’ve probably just transcribed the tapes and been fine.
    Oh wait, that’s probably what’s he planning to write after finishing the original trilogy.

  9. Rembrandt36

    I believe Lisa took to wearing a wig. There is at least one drawing floating around of Summer looking at the wig on the wig stand. When Lisa got really sick she probably said “to hell with the wig.”

    As to the lube, it would only be so kind of TB to offer us some when he sticks it to the public with these inane maudlin stories.

  10. Of course Crazy is going to take the same care with the Holy Scripture that is normally reserved for handling exhibits at the Louvre.

  11. A HREF

    Well of course Lisa says that cause not everyone can be John Darling who was mrudered.

    BTW: Ever any mention of LE’s parents?

  12. bad wolf

    @Epicus–i think it was just the journal that was hidden? The thing that chased Franky off? That was an additional written journal that… Kayla found, Les couldn’t deal with, but Summer read it to get rid of Franky? Okay, it’s been a while.

    i think Lisa has gone back and forth in these tapes the way she did on the memorial table at the reunion last month. She always reverts to how TB loves her best, whether that’s the appropriate look or not.

  13. Epicus Doomus

    bad wolf: That’s the thing. She meant to hide the journal, but the videos were apparently just overlooked for years, thus she must have put them somewhere in the house where no one would ever think to look, which seems like an odd thing to do with something you want someone to access in the future. Then again, I’ve never been in a position where I had to come up with a plot device in order to use a character I killed off years ago either, so what do I know?

  14. I remember specifically her telling a stunned-looking Les that she didn’t want Summer to think of her as being a bald, sick person so she put on her wig and had herself made up to look less cadaverous. That act of vanity fits in with the fact that she basically willed herself to die because chemo would ravage her looks for a while and hurt to take so she might as well make a big, stupid spectacle of herself and leave the dumb people around her so impressed by her ‘tragic’ fate that they start the First Church Of Dead Saint Lisa Who DIED NEEDLESSLY And Was Cremated.

  15. Professor Fate

    He has no idea how creepy this is does he? Worse yet, maybe he does.

  16. ComicTrek

    Umm….what? (*frightened*)

    Whatever’s going on, how did today’s strip get approved? I’m just saying. Because imagine if you had just started reading this strip TODAY and this is the very first thing you see!

  17. Rusty Shackleford

    @comictrek

    Nobody cares anymore about anything in the newspaper biz, they are just running out the clock until their last subscriber passes away. And Batty is just wasting space until 2022 as it is some kind of milestone for him. Then he will draw some fancy one panel strip of himself–as all the other characters will be dead by then. He will blab about being lucky to share his special gift with the world. Blah blah blah

  18. Batiuk is referencing his “greatest hit” again, because he absolutely knows that the Pulitzer committee reads this strip daily, and he’s hoping they’re thinking, “Wow, the Lisa story…we should definitely have given him that award.”

    Instead they’re thinking, “How the hell did we nominate this guy in the first place? We sure dodged a bullet there.”

  19. My memory is that the tapes were never hidden, they were arranged on a big bookshelf by subject. I seem to recall Les pulling out one clearly labeled “re-marriage” or some damned thing. And Lisa said something like, “Well, if you’re still watching these obviously you haven’t digitized them” or, again, some damned thing.

  20. bad wolf

    @beckoningchasm, epicus:
    Yeah, that’s my recollection too, that the tapes have always been there, and Summer’s grown up under their shadow her whole life. Which is why continuing it seems… horrible.

    Weekend at last, time to poke around in the archives for answers…

  21. DOlz

    @bad wolf, “Weekend at last, time to poke around in the archives for answers…”

    Safe travels brave adventurer. You venture forth where the rest of us fear to tread.

  22. It’s like he’s preparing to masturbate to those tapes.

  23. bad wolf

    @Dolz–luckily with the Act III outline pages to guide me, it didn’t take any time at all. The first mention of Summer looking at a tape was August 9 2008 right after her ‘reunion’ with other premature infant survivors. Adorably Precocious! is probably what TB was going for there, results predictable.

    The next day Sunday strip shows Lisa in the “wearing a wig” style mentioned already. It does specify she was 16 when pregnant, so why was Darin supposed to be 28 at the time of Les’ 30th Class Reunion? Oops!

  24. Epicus Doomus

    Blech, that Sunday strip is the stuff of nightmares. I guess I was mistaken about the tapes, but nevertheless, it’s still a really dopey gimmick. Why does BanTom spend so much time recounting Boy Lisa’s conception but never Summer’s? If I recall correctly it was a whole big deal at the time but he never travels back down that particular memory lane, just the first pregnancy. I’m assuming it’s because the second pregnancy wasn’t “groundbreaking” in any significant way.

  25. Outstanding research, badwolf! And thanks for plugging the “Act III” pages (the link in the menu bar above the header on every page). Part of the labor of hate that is SoSF is keeping those up to date; I reference them myself.

  26. bigd1992

    Why does BanTom spend so much time recounting Boy Lisa’s conception but never Summer’s?

    Perhaps Les shoots blanks and Lisa had to turn to Funky?