Thursday, December 10

Today’s strip was not available for preview. This is kinda like getting a Christmas present from that relative who always gets you socks… if those socks were also made of broken glass.

Speaking of that relative, you still have time to get them a truly meaningful gift. For the third consecutive year, this TB-signed letter from the future world of 2990 is for sale on eBay. A great collectors item for the true Funkyfan in your family, especially if their name is Andrew and you hate them. Act now to get that 10% discount, it’s a real bargain at under $540!



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22 responses to “Thursday, December 10

  1. Epicus Doomus

    I keep imagining Batiuk on the side of the road, furiously whipping the weathered remains of a long-dead horse. He’s about as subtle as a hand grenade in a barrel of oatmeal. I do enjoy seeing Becky wildly flailing her arm about, though and I admire the way her pinned-up sleeve remains perfectly in place throughout. Don’t sweat it Becky, you’ll be deaf and retired soon enough, at which point everyone will suddenly like you.

  2. Unca Scrooge

    I had to look at the eBay listing just because it seemed so improbable yet it is true. Makes me wonder what my three early 70s handwritten, signed letters from Carl Barks must be worth. A couple million?

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    I’m kind of shocked that Batiuk didn’t put a mirror on the wall in the second panel so that he could still show Becky’s pinned-up sleeve.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    $539.10 AND $19.00 for shipping, too. Is it so “valuable” because TB signed it or because it’s the only known written proof that a FW fan exists? I like how it’s a form letter, as if so many FW fans write to him and he’s so busy with the strip he simply doesn’t have the time to personally reply. So hilarious.

  5. billytheskink

    I’m glad this strip wasn’t available for preview, because I’m really struggling to find anything to say about it. Maybe something about Nate’s hypocrisy and “bingo” being offensive to farmers who have dogs. Ugh, I dunno, maybe osmosis is bringing my writing closer to TB’s.

  6. On the plus side, there’s only two more days of this, so there is a finite limit to how much further it can sink…

  7. Epicus Doomus

    TheDiva: You’d think so, but never underestimate TB’s sinking ability.

  8. Rusty

    Nate pulls off a smug look that’s about a 7 on the Les Moore scale.
    Can Becky put on a bra with one hand? Food for thought.

  9. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    Crankshaft this week has essentially been about how kids today are idiots and how the word “surprise” can mean different things. So there’s always another rock bottom with Batiuk.

  10. Slager


    I just tried it, and the answer is… yes! If you turn it around first. Practice makes perfect!

  11. The inevitable end result is to have the whole concert scrapped in order to save people from being offended. I find this offensive because there’s a more honest way to say that they don’t have the cash to stage the thing thanks to another school levy being voted down.

  12. I’ve sold autographs on eBay. That letter ain’t gonna sell in a million years at that price.

  13. I’m going to complain because Nate’s reply in the second panel promotes gambling.

  14. Batiuk takes to the blogs again to dredge up a Star Wars—uh, Star Wares—themed John Darling strip. Although the artist is Tom Armstrong, Batiuk’s penchant for scenery-crushing dialogue balloons turns out not to be a recent development.

  15. Jason

    No one in the history of conversation has ever held a dumber “discussion” than this passive-agressive attack on political correctness.

  16. When a person is writing comedy, or horror–something that is supposed to provoke an immediate, visceral reaction from the reader–there are two ways to go about it.

    1. “This makes me laugh, so it should make others laugh–I’ll draw it up as a daily strip.”

    2. “This doesn’t make me laugh–but it’ll probably make them laugh, so I’ll turn it into a daily strip.”

    The first has at least one genuine reaction–the author’s. The second–who knows? The second method is why there are so many films that are supposed to be funny or scary and aren’t, even a little bit.

    As for this strip, and particularly this week, I’m going to be really charitable and say that Tom Batiuk uses the second method.

  17. Apauled

    That eBay listing is hilarious. Has poor Andrew really been trying to sell that letter with the date typo for 3 whole years? And is becoming so desperate that now he’s discounting the price by 10%! Maybe he’d have better luck if he waited until after TB wins a Pulitzer prize (or dies) — one of those is bound to happen, Andrew, so hang in there!

    Wonder how much of that stationery TB has left? It must be old, since it doesn’t feature Les Moore — cute goat, much nicer.

  18. billytheskink

    Thank you for linking us to TB’s latest John Darling reminiscence, TFH. Interestingly (relatively speaking), in the last three John Darling posts on TB’s blog, he has noted his failure to effect lasting change on society via that comic strip. First Middle East peace, then insipid sports commentary, and now the merchandise-driven blockbuster film. Actually, make it four straight John Darling posts, as the one prior to the Mid-East one features an interview with Governor “Jerry Manders”.

    I guess TB didn’t want to dig up any of his old “Jedi Jokes” strips, several of which are inexplicably on Youtube of all places. Nearly all of the jokes in that series of strips were reader submissions, a practice TB should consider revisiting.

  19. I wouldn’t pay $4.99 for that Batiuk form letter, and I’m being very generous here.

    For a look at more substantial letters from actual accomplished cartoonists, check this article out.

  20. @billytheskink – What I found amazing about that YouTube video (or at least the two minutes I watched) was that someone had actually cut these strips out and put them in a scrapbook. Of course, that sounds like the kind of thing Boog would do, but still…

  21. billytheskink

    I guess I should not admit to owning several scrapbooks filled with comic strips I’ve cut out of the paper…

  22. I’m not sure whether this arc is merely lame or whether it points to a serious disconnect from reality on the part of the author. He obviously doesn’t have an editor (or alternatively, his editor is either incompetent or committing fraud when he collects his paycheck).