Cover Me

SoSfDavidO here, and whoa, does my head hurt because of today’s strip!

Mopey Pete, Dopey Darin, look around you. You’re *in* Hollywood, doing storyboards for the Starbucks Jones movie. You don’t NEED to fantasize you’re doing something else. When you’re with a supermodel you don’t think about the plain-Jane girl from high school who was your first kiss. Enjoy the here and now. Your imagined exploits are not only lame but confusing as well. Is any of this happening!?

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16 responses to “Cover Me

  1. Epicus Doomus

    My head hurts too, man. “Lunar Cadets”??? What the hell is going on here? And yeah, I have no idea whether this is supposed to be a fantasy, a daydream, a wildly self-indulgent piece of shit or what. It’s all over the place, like a sick dog. Seriously, I have no idea what he was going for with this other than the obvious “the business never changes” trope he’s hacked to death twenty million times already. It was incoherent even by FW standards, which as always is really saying something.

  2. Great. Another week about how wonderful his dream comic book company would have been if it only weren’t for evil editors trying to keep wonderful artists from shoving their artistic vision down the ignorant BUYING public’s throats. If the populace vote with their wallets, it’s because they’re stupid, not because a condescending, oblivious, tone-deaf and out of touch egomaniac subjects them to a blizzard of insulting garbage and tedium.

  3. Talk about incoherent – Are we to believe that the writer and illustrator in the flashback story are somehow Pete and Darin for any reason other than their appearance? And how does “Lunar Cadets” tie into “Starbuck Jones” (the comic book, not the movie arc that’s being completely ignored)? Why should we care about any of this?

  4. Bobby Joe

    Totally incoherent. I have no idea what’s going on here or how it is relevant to what these two goofballs are suppose to be doing in real life.

  5. Boy Lisa the Fair Good realized he couldn’t draw to save his life, so he went to the nearby Woolworth’s and picked at random from the EC Comics aisle.

    Seriously, Batiuk has given us zero proof that Darin can draw. Those stupid – and poorly-drawn – Billy-esque “Sophomore Sightings” panels don’t count as evidence.

  6. Agreed. Totally incoherent, even as a non sequitur to the film arc. You still gotta admit panel 3 is awesome, though. Wonder if that is a specific homage?

  7. Hannibal's Lectern

    I’m starting to think TomBat’s conducting an experiment in which we are the lab rats. Hypothesis: it is possible to create a comic strip so incoherent, rambling, pointless and disconnected from reality that it cannot be snarked.

  8. Rusty

    So Batiuk engineered the whole Starbuck Jones movie needing these two clowns working on it, just so he could launch an arc about his true love, faux nostalgia Batom comics. Why couldn’t these dopes imagine this while passed out in a Montoni’s booth? More Montoni’s goodness to come, I’m guessing from the header.

  9. So, this whole week was just an excuse to feature a cover from a fictional comic from a fictional company. That has to be the biggest waste if time ever in this strip, and that’s saying something.

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    @pauljones I wouldn’t mind Batty forcing his artistic visions on us if they really were artistic, instead, he gives us crap. I can think of so many funny situations for his characters, yet he just pushes nonsense and bad puns.

  11. There have been wonderful stories about the early days of the comic book industry and the struggles of their creators: Will Eisner’s “The Dreamer,” Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” etc. Unfortunately, Batiuk is not Eisner or Chabon. For one thing, Chabon has a Pulitzer Prize…

  12. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Only one having a fantasy here is BatWad himself. Wasn’t he turned down by every comic book publisher he applied to? So now he lives through his characters, who not only work for a comic book company, they also put one over on one of those old meanie editors who once stood in the way of HIS employment.

    Anyway, I’m sure the three or four people on the planet who still care about comic books are really enjoying this storyline.

  13. RedRonin has made his appearance at Comics Kingdom complaining that the critics want a complete backstory with footnotes. The big problem is that his artwork creates confusion (either intentionally or unintentionally). As I wrote above, the two characters in the flashback are drawn as Pete and Darin. Are they supposed to be Pete and Darin (in which case we may have a daydream except for the use of the photo corners that he uses to indicate action that occurred in the real FW universe’s past)? Is he (and I’m probably giving him too much credit for thought and creativity here) implying reincarnation and that Pete and Darin worked together in a previous lifetime at Batom? That could be a good story but experience with the reunion/time pool story suggests that some trolling on his part is also a possibility.

  14. @Gerard Plourde: Batiuk has succumbed to Johnston Syndrome in that he’s so far up his own asshole that he can’t remember that simply because he knows what’s going on, it doesn’t mean that we do.

  15. I think the point here is actually very simple. We are the editor. We are the ones who are incapable of appreciating true artistic genius, because we are the ones who are looking for crass, unworthy, unimportant things like storytelling and coherence and entertainment. We are the ones who are unaware that the true value of any art is what its creator claims it is. We dare to point out that the emperor has no clothes, and in fact hasns’t had any for a good number of years now.

    In short, we are the ones who find Les Moore despicable.

  16. @ Paul Jones: Thanks. So in a sense he really is trolling his audience. That’s just sad.