Age of Dulltron

Above: my rendition of Owen’s rendition of the Captain America theme song from the 1960’s cartoon. Click here to see the “real” strip, it’s a hoot.

A bunch of kids sitting around talking about comic book movies.

And when I say kids…well, Owen remains a freckle faced, towheaded kid under that smelly chullo. Cody, meanwhile, appears to be about 37 here. Don’t get me started about Alex, who has the sketchiest timeline of all: she first turned up at Pete’s book signing eight years ago (nearly two years before we were introduced to C&O). Her model sheet on the official FW site’s “Meet the Cast” page (archived for ya here!) gives no clue to her age, but of course now she’s been established as a high school chum of the boys.

And what about that big Baby Huey lookin’ “boy” with the weird hair, whom they do not permit to sit and join them at the table for whatever weird game they’re playing? He was 38 however long ago Act III began, now closing in on 50 and still hovering around teenagers and chiming in on their conversations.

Anyway, the new year is upon us, Sunday is my birthday, life in the non-Funkiverse is pretty sweet. Enjoy the weekend before we commence whalin’ away at 2016 in earnest!




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23 responses to “Age of Dulltron

  1. DOlz

    In panel two it looks like Alex has had a lobotomy. Of course that would make hanging with these clowns more tolerable.

  2. Huh. Usually, I can see where the joke was coming from, and where it “went wrong.” But this makes absolutely no sense to me at all, on any level. Is there a joke here?

  3. Rusty

    “Let me tell you kids about a different kind of movie, one you can’t see in a theater. Oh, and you too, Alex.”

  4. Epicus Doomus

    I don’t get it either. Nor do I want to, by the way. That “meet the cast” page is a real hoot though, it’s kind of remarkable how many FW characters have vanished into the ozone. Who the hell are “Big Mac” and “Matt”? And check out “Holly at 46”, too funny.

  5. The Author should provide some context. Is there a reason why Owen would be talking about “The Age of Ultron? The movie being mentioned was released almost eight months ago. Is The Author giving us an example of a pregnant pause?

    And Dead Skunk Head’s comment, “High praise indeed.”, has two strikes against it. It makes no sense and, coming from someone hovering in the background of the conversation, comes across as a little bit creepy.

  6. SpacemanSpiff85

    If you cut Cody and Owen out of that second panel, it would look even more disturbing than it already does. Like Batiuk had finally found his next Very Serious Issue to write about.

  7. billytheskink

    Who the hell are “Big Mac” and “Matt”?

    Big Mac was a Westview High basketball player and occasional Komix Korner latchkey kid who has made a number of Act III appearances. A number that could be counted on one hand, that is.

    Matt is probably Matt Miller, the jock of the Act II high school cast and the “star quarterback” of the Scapegoat football team (that never won, so…). He dated Susan Smith for a time and was emotionally and physically abusive to her until Les and Lisa intervened. He was later used on occasion to rerun Bull-Les gags by picking on Darin and Pete. How he’s 28 when Susan is 33 on those Meet The Cast model sheets is probably explained by time pool. He has never shown up in Act III that I recall.

  8. My guess is Tom Batiuk didn’t actually see Avengers: Age of Ultron, and just assumed Captian America threw his shield at everything in sight.

  9. SpacemanSpiff85

    Given Batiuk’s lead time, Age of Ultron probably hadn’t even come out yet. And thanks to that lead time, you have Batiuk writing a strip about an Avengers movie six months after it came out and two weeks after Star Wars.

  10. Some people can poke gentle fun at geeks and fandoms without coming off as dismissive and condescending. Baituk is not some people.

  11. SpacemanSpiff85

    And since apparently just portraying dorks talking about comics is good enough to pass off as quality entertainment, you’d think Batiuk could’ve gotten the title of the movie right. There’s no “2” in the title. Sure, it’s nit-picky, but when you’re a few days removed from having an entire Sunday strip consist of nothing but “comic book artists sometimes switch jobs”, I think it’s deserved criticism.

  12. This is where that one year lead time comes back to haunt him. The movie hadn’t even come out yet when he drew this.

  13. DOlz

    Several commenters today have mentioned TB’s infamous lead time getting him into trouble with today’s strip. I would contend that it isn’t the lead time that got him into trouble, but that he was too damn lazy to redo the strip when it was obvious it didn’t work and he had plenty of time to do it.

  14. I’m curious: why a full year? Is that standard, and even if so, the question stands. Why not 6 months, or 3, or even just six weeks? I can’t imagine a paper dealing with daily deadlines needing that long a lead time for layout purposes. I have worked for weeklies and except for some restaurant and adult chat ads, I don’t think anything needed to be finalized longer than a couple of weeks out.

  15. Ohhhhhh! I think I get it–the joke, that is! When John says “High praise indeed,” it’s because Owen is totally smoking marijuana and is completely baked. Hence, “high praise”! “Praise” that someone does when they are “high”! Is that right?

  16. Epicus Doomus

    Thanks billy, I missed huge swaths of Act II so some of his more obscure characters are lost on me.

  17. What a waste of electrons! I’d mention the newsprint, but I don’t think the CK blurb’s claim that FW appears in 400 newspapers is believable.

  18. @oddnoc – they’re probably counting 400 copies of the same newspaper. I bet that’s stretching it, though.

    And happy birthday, TFH!

  19. Charles

    Matt is probably Matt Miller, the jock of the Act II high school cast and the “star quarterback” of the Scapegoat football team (that never won, so…). He dated Susan Smith for a time

    ‘Cause you know, the star quarterback of course dates the mousy, homely, poem-writing girl who’s in love with the pretentious douche English teacher. Just like football star Frankie going for hunched-over fashion victim Lisa.

    Anyway, speaking of updating the old versions of these characters to the current generation, I’m beginning to convince myself that the reason why Summer has vanished so completely from the narrative is because Batiuk’s waiting for Cody to graduate so she can date him. Since all he can do with younger or youngish people these days is get them married (see: Cory/Rocky, Wally/Rachel, Cindy/Mason), Summer can’t be a significant presence until she finds some schlump to hook up with.

    Got to admit it makes sense to me when the last sequence where Cody was the focus was the awful “anonymous text” story where he revealed he was in love with Summer. After that, Batiuk didn’t have anything more to do with him and Owen became the face of the stumbling idiot high school generation. Summer also hasn’t really had many appearances since then, and I’m pretty sure that every one of them featured Les more prominently.

  20. Epicus Doomus

    Charles: See, I always thought Summer would end up with the “new and improved” Cory thus bringing together the Moores and Winkerbeans forever. But nope, Batiuk had to work “Rocky Rhodes” into the strip instead. I remember Cory’s “pity date” with Summer, I figured he’d revisit that eventually but he never did.

    It is very strange how he’s essentially abandoned the Summer character (not that I’m complaining about it, mind you). She seemed like she’d be the focus of Act III there for a while, but ever since the basketball championship arc she’s been a bit player and/or Lisa conduit. I can’t even remember the last Summer-centric arc where she was the lead character.

    And you’re right, BanTom just cannot resist pairing his characters up. Pete is still single, so is Cody (assuming Owen is paired up with Alex now) and Summer, but otherwise everyone else is part of a couple.

    Re: Susan Smith, her departure from the strip was one of Batiuk’s coldest moments. Les basically sneered her out of town and she shared her final panel with a garbage can. So utterly pointless.

  21. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Chiming in on “Station Wagon” Susan Smith: It was in a scene with her when Les delivered, hands down, his most dickish line ever, and that’s saying a lot.

    Like most everything female, Susan was uncontrollably attracted to Les. She planted a kiss on him that went viral among the internuts and Twitter Tots. Result was loss of job and career, and banishment from the Holy City of Westview. People have jumped off of bridges for less. But as she was packing up to leave in disgrace, Les made all the humiliation and unemployment worthwhile by telling her, “By the way, Hell of a kiss!”

    How twisted of Batty to think that might be an appropriate thing to say at that moment! It’s like your rapist telling you you’re cute. Disgusting.


    Give it up, Batiuk! Marvel isn’t going to hire you no matter how much you mention their movies!