And the guy behind the counter sez “why the long box?”

Is today’s strip a clip show? Further examination reveals that none of the artwork in these panels is reused, but I had to double check, because this is the third day of the exact same conversation.

Cory continues to sell a mystery that we all stopped caring about after Tuesday’s haiku-legram read:

Cory sell comics
Looks bad but probably is
for decent purpose

I’m not sure why we need to receive this message every day. I guess it keeps Western Union in business.

All this time is not wasted, though. We do gain some insight into Cory’s life here, specifically about how little privacy he believes his mother will give him.

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29 responses to “And the guy behind the counter sez “why the long box?”

  1. DOlz

    Cory, Cory you grew up in Westview. All they talk about is comics, pizza, St. Lisa and how awesome Les is. Your Mom probably knew the moment you walked in the store.

  2. I’ve always wondered about John’s hair color. Is it intended to show that he’s graying at the temples (a common occurance)? If so, I thiink that Rex Morgan M.D. shows the standard comic book representation (like the Silver-Age Perry White in Superman). John, on the other hand, looks like he’s doing some kind of two-tone dye job. (Is that even a current style?)

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Couldn’t Cory just keep the box he brought them in? I have to think John’s going to move them around.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Sigh. We get the point: he doesn’t want his mother to know. It’s all so disingenuous, I mean he’s trying really hard to give the reader the impression that Cory might be up to something but everyone knows it’ll be nothing but pure sap. Whatever it is, it’ll be disappointing and very boring, like always. The big question is, after two weeks of Cory does he drop this now or does it (sigh) continue on like this for another week?

    Coming next week: Immediately after hosting Les & Cayla for dinner, Holly discovers the empty long box and accuses Les of stealing the SJ collection. The local townspeople hunt Les down with pitchforks and fire and eventually stone him to death in the gazebo. Cory buys himself a sweet new car.

  5. Rusty

    @Gerard Plourde: John is keeping the same haircut the Montoni’s waitresses gave him 20 years ago when he started dating One-Arm and lost his man ponytail. The two-tone look I believe is just easy coloring for Batiuk and the minions, he is going grey in a very severe manner.

  6. Gaaaa. John’s expression tells the whole tale. “Wait, you’re selling all these comics that your mother received on your behalf? Just now, after the plot has unfurled, I will explain how you cannot do this, because comics are holy relics. You should feel complete shame, and fashion an engagement ring out of these worthless 80’s comics [points]. You should host the Lisa Fun Run for the next twelve decades. And you should worship at the DC Church of your choice forever. WAIT where are you going? We have to do this for at least three weeks!”

  7. @Rusty and @Gerard Plourde: John Byrne was ultimately responsible for Dead Skunk Head’s hair-don’t and wardrobe redesign, lest we forget.



  8. @Epicus Doomus:

    Coming next week: Immediately after hosting Les & Cayla for dinner, Holly discovers the empty long box and accuses Les of stealing the SJ collection. The local townspeople hunt Les down with pitchforks and fire and eventually stone him to death in the gazebo. Cory buys himself a sweet new car.

    Now, THAT would be my ultimate dream ending for the strip. Why must we be teased like this? 😉


  9. I’m pretty sure that Cory made up his mind on selling this comic book collection he really didn’t want when his mother treated Mason
    Jarr The Movie Actor Bi The Way
    like he was an eight-year old.

  10. @ Nathan Obral:

    So Wally was MIA twice!? (BTW – Thanks for the link to the original Becky/John arc.)

  11. What do you want to bet DSH finds a way to sneak the comics back into the “empty” box? Sure it defies all logic and common sense, but when has that ever stopped this strip?

  12. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Nathan Obral:
    Man, that third strip really makes me dislike John even more. “I know you’re going out with me and all, but you’re surely too ashamed to be seen with me.”. It’s that pathetic whininess that turned Wally’s homecoming into nothing but John moping because he thought Becky was going to leave him for her original husband. (I wish she had.)

  13. What always used to bother me is that John poses as some sort of great big hero when he’s actually just a mercenary creep who basically stole Wally’s home life from him. He’s a shlumpier version of the dicktard Chris Noth portrayed in Castaway. He has no problem selling the collection Holly gathered but, for some reason, balks at hiding the evidence.

  14. ComicTrek

    @Nathan Obral: Did she really just say “I forgot to put on my dress-up arm”? (*passes out*)

  15. DOlz

    @The Diva, perhaps TB is doing his take on “The Cat Came Back”, but with SJ comics instead of a cat.

  16. Rusty

    What’s strange is now Byrne draws the Crankshaft character in Batiuk’s looser style, rather than the sharper, more angular ones seen here. I really dislike the eyes and mouths on panel 3 of the last panel.

    My memory was the waitresses forced John to get the haircut/went with him to the barber to pick it out. I guess he found it in a Tiger Beat magazine.

  17. sgtsaunders

    Well it looks like The CW is as big a jackass as he ever was. By the way, The CW, what have you done with Rocky Rococo, er, ah, Rhodes?

  18. Based on the Cory sketchbook images from yesterday it would appear that he is in panel 1 of the barbershop strip as well. Foreshadowing!

  19. Not Funky

    Here’s something I don’t understand: When a strip is “unavailable” to comment on, why can’t you comment on it after you’ve seen it the next day?

  20. Claire Annette

    Re: Dead Skunk Head’s hairdo – I’ve always thought the lighter color was where it was shaved down to a stubble. The top is all grown out, like seaweed or a dead skunk. Basically, this is a look NOBODY over the age of 14 should have.

    Then you have the Batman t-shirts. I have long thought that he cultivated this look to attract teens and put them at ease, as if to say, “Look! I’m one of you! Come in and hang with me a while! Maybe later we’ll wrestle and have tickle fights!” You almost expect to see him skateboarding in front of the middle school.

    Batboy seems to have no Creepy Filter at all. Does he spend NO time around normal people? There’s no doubt he thinks Johnny Skunks is the coolest character in the strip, when in fact he’s the most repulsive. (Sorry, Les.)

  21. Epicus Doomus

    Not Funky: It depends. Sometimes by the time you see it, everyone has already said everything there is to say about it.

  22. Claire Annette,

    You make a strong case for making John worse than Les. On the scale of ceepy, it’s also an interesting coincidence that they both work at jobs that put them in contact with juveniles and that Les seems to enjoy exerting power and control over his students (even when he’s demonstrably wrong and doesn’t seem to be able to read a class list).

  23. Jason

    I was expecting Skunk Hair to give Cory the low-down on how hard poor old mom worked to get these books, thereby shaming him into keeping them. The last panel of the storyline would be a smirky “Do you still need an extra long box?” followed by some idiotic smirky response.

    I guess we’re getting a poorly-done O’Henry rip off story instead.

  24. Epicus Doomus

    From the official FW blog:

    “At the same time, my sense of humor was beginning to be shaped by various influences. It started with my dad, whose punning and wordplay I quickly picked up on. Whenever my mom was doing something and would ask for a hand, my dad would break into applause. My mom never thought that was funny. I, on the other hand, found it endlessly amusing.”

    Another piece of the puzzle reveals itself. Poor, poor Mrs. B.

  25. @Epicus Doomus:

    Yuck. That does explain too much about Batty. It’s frankly more than I wanted to know.

  26. @ Epicus Doomus:

    The other anecdote he relates is equally revealing – “At other times around the dinner table, my dad, my sister, and I would conduct a conversation consisting of nothing but non sequiturs, with my mom being the odd person out. We all found this to be great fun—again, my mom not so much.”

    Just a barrel of laughs – at Mom’s expense.

  27. Not Funky

    Here’s something I don’t understand: When a strip is “unavailable” to comment on, why can’t you comment on it after you’ve seen it the next day?

    Epicus Doomus
    October 24, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Not Funky: It depends. Sometimes by the time you see it, everyone has already said everything there is to say about it.
    NOT FUNKY again:
    If that’s true, why bother at all? Why not just leave the blog to the commenters? Or, alternatively, make the effort to do your blogging?

  28. Epicus Doomus

    Not Funky: We very rarely miss a day, but sometimes things happen. Remember, this thing runs 365 days a year.

  29. Not Funky

    That may be true–except it happened four times in the last two weeks.