Story Bored

SosfDavidO here, and like most of us, we just can’t get enough of watching the writing and editing process being depicted in the media. If you enjoy pasty-faced nerds staring uncertainly at word processors as much as I do, you’ll really like the action in today’s strip! The sepia edges indicate it’s a flash back but it’s NOT, because he’s imagining they’re working at Batcom Comics in the 1940s because.. your guess is as good as mine.

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  1. Or is he? Having Pete imagining (or fantasizing) this is as weird and crazy as the “Time Pool Reunion”. The evidence gets stronger and stronger that he’s just mailing it in until 2022.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    I wish I had a job where I could just throw together random writing terminology without an attempt at a joke or drama or plot or logic and call it a day.

  3. You know what’s better than randomly spouting off jargon from one job? Randomly spouting off jargon from two different jobs!

  4. Epicus Doomus

    I think I’ll give BanMan a pass here, as it’d be pretty hypocritical to mock his use of hardcore “insider lingo” given how we here at SoSF throw around inside snark lingo all the time. For example, describing an arc like this one as a “snore” (boring, uneventful, pointless, idiotic) full of “filler” (meandering self-indulgent tripe and/or characters taking all week to perform mundane tasks) and “typically batiukian” (a pile of irredeemably stupid, mindless crap) would be completely normal here at SoSF World HQ. So who am I to talk?

    Seriously though, this one reads like The BanMan suddenly snapped out of it and realized there was a premise to flog here. So he stopped daydreaming about that comic book company of his and got down to brass tacks with reminding everyone (and himself) that there was a movie to re-write or something. Then he couldn’t think of anything so he went back to daydreaming and filled in the word balloons with gibberish. At least that’s what I got out of it.

  5. billytheskink

    Is this a comic strip or concept art for the long cancelled trilogy-completing film Bill and Ted’s Tedious Adventure?

  6. It takes a special sort of man to think that presenting something as boring to an outsider as watching grout mildew (while devoid of the accompanying drama) is cutting edge. Not special in a good way but still special.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Too bored to comment…moving on to check out Bloom County.

  8. sgtsaunders

    So Bats decides to regale us with his oh-so-insider knowledge of, what, terms of art used in the industry, with the story remaining up to its axles in mud and seemingly incapable of advancing further. As a long-time reader of FW, I expect no less. Wait. No less……. Right. No Les. Carry on smartly, Bats.

  9. Bobby Joe

    I’m totally confused on 2hat is going on here. I do know it is not remotely amusing, isn’t this supposed to be a comic strip. The worder comic implies funny.

  10. Two more days of this shite before band turkey week.

  11. FW: How would a reader who doesn’t write movie scripts or comic books for a living magically know what those industry terms mean, and furthermore, why would he give a rat’s ass?

    FW 2: Why is this script so fucking complicated? For someone who lives/breathes/eats comic books, Batiuk seems to be completely ignorant of the basic Hollywood formula for superheroes:
    1. Origin story
    2. Superhero’s fears/anxieties/moral dilemmas/personal demons and/or his love interest
    3. Denouement with the primary villain

    And even if the script writers completely fuck up parts 1-3, the director always has the trump card in his pocket: 4. Cram in so many explosions, CGI special effects, one-liners, gratuitous violence and tits+asses that the audience doesn’t care about parts 1-3 anymore…

  12. DOlz

    Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the debut of “Calvin and Hobbes”

    http://dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2015/11/19/calvin-and-hobbes-turns-30/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheDailyCartoonist+%28The+Daily+Cartoonist%29

    In its short run (like holidays it doesn’t matter how long they are they are always one day too short) Bill Watterson created more laughs and memorable strips than FW ever will even if TB manages to drag this dead horse of a strip across the fifty year line. He did it by caring about his craft and leaving while he was on top. TB instead is slogging thru with a strip he clearly has lost interest in for the sole reason of getting a piece of bling.

  13. Professor Fate

    You know – maybe I’m just being thick here but wouldn’t it be even a bit interesting if we could maybe see what they imagine as the cold opening or the splash page? Instead we’re treated to two guys at desks spouting insider gibberish, which is about as exciting as watching someone knead dough.

  14. BeckoningChasm

    I followed the link from a “Like” I’d never seen before, and came across the “Problems With Infinity” site. If a certain person needed hints in how to tell a compelling and interesting story, I would certainly steer said person toward that site.

    Seriously, a lot of great stuff there.