The Turning of the Tables

Link to today’s strip.

Now, this is curious.   Presumably, Cigar McBalding is the guy who founded Batom Comics.

Let me just repeat that:  Cigar McBalding is the guy who founded Batom Comics.

Here, his staff is all but openly insulting him, already positive that whatever idea he’s about to present is absolute garbage.

In real life, Tom Batiuk is the guy who founded Batom Comics.

And I’m going to guess that he has a staff.

I don’t want to draw too many conclusions…

Is this a cry for help?

How can a person, who only listens to himself, cry for help?  That seems like an interesting philosophical conundrum, which I leave to the philosophers among you to ponder.

(Who says I have to post things that are 8000 words long?  Enjoy my brevity, fellow snarkers!)



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19 responses to “The Turning of the Tables

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    Given that Imaginary Pete and Darin are apparently working in the hallway outside the Batom Comics offices, they should be a little more careful about pissing off their boss.

  2. Jim in Wisc.

    For philosophers to ponder? More likely for shrinks to ponder.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    BC: I’ve been wondering about this too. Is this some sort of wish-fulfillment fantasy? Does he secretly crave a tough boss who’s always insulting and denigrating his work, or does he want to be the boss who has a beleaguered staff he can yell at and berate? It’s a pretty specific fantasy within a fantasy within a fantasy and pretty anti-climactic when you consider just how far removed from “reality” it is. Talk about a lousy imagination, even the characters within his character’s daydreams are annoying dullards.

    Talk about Batiuksturbation. You have a struggling writer chafing under the thumb of a cold stupid heartless producer who then begins to daydream about what it’d be like to be a struggling comic book writer chafing under the thumb of a cold stupid heartless editor fifty years ago. It also doesn’t help that Mopey Sepia Pete is a real jerk, a sullen sarcastic dick who never stops complaining. Also interesting how all Westviewian “writers” seem to share those traits. Just write whatever they want you to write and take the money, you moron, some people would trample their grandparents to get that gig.

    The funniest part? Sepia Darin is a background player in the past too. Like I said, what an oddly specific fantasy.

  4. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    I think maybe it’s a subtle way of deflecting criticism.
    “Oh yeah? You think Funky Winkerbean sucks? Well, that’s all because of my fat, bald, chain smoking editor!! If he would just leave me alone, this strip would be the pinnacle of human achievement!”

  5. Rusty

    Oh, I doubt he has a staff. Just a wife to bring him hot chocolate and cookies.

  6. billytheskink

    Is Wentworth’s brilliant idea smoking a cigar that is lit on both ends? It certainly wasn’t hiring these two…

  7. “I just had another brilliant idea–I’m going to fire you and give your job to someone who will actually appreciate and understand it. You have one hour to clear your desk and leave the building or I’m calling security.”

  8. Epicus Doomus

    It’s also pretty funny when BanTom, of all people, tries to capture what it’s like to be a “writer”. How the hell would he know? Also hilarious how his writer characters always bemoan the “artistic process” even though he was the one who decided to take FW in a direction that required “writing”. I mean it wasn’t The Syndicate that came to him asking for a really shitty and unbearably trite teen pregnancy arc, he dreamed up that garbage all on his own and then he didn’t stop preening about it, well, ever. Then he uses his strip as a platform to whine about “the business”. He’s just so complicated in such a dumb and boring way.

  9. Yeah. The strip really did go off the rails the instant he decided to take on the issues. If Funky and Les were still just lame knock-offs of Archie and Jughead, this would be a far less annoying and better written strip.

  10. Also, it’s not really bright to go creeping on the dude who hired you just because you’re a whiny monomaniac with a persecution complex, Petomic.

  11. Rusty Shackleford

    Batty should be grateful that he works for a syndicate that will pay him for this crap. Heck, as yesterday shows, he is recycling entire strips and yet he still gets paid. What a racket.

  12. Seriously, fuck this guy. This “overly-demanding-boss-who-thinks-he-has-good-ideas-but-he-really-doesn’t-even-though-he-built-the-company” arc wasn’t funny the first however many times he’s done it, and it’s not funny this week either. With all the other characters in the strip who could actually be doing something interesting, who we haven’t heard from for months or years, he doesn’t need to keep doing the same stuff over and over again. The real crime is that Funky Winkerbean has all the ingredients of what could be a decent comic strip worth following, but TB has pretty much squandered all his opportunities.


    I like to think that Mopey Pete walked home that day with cigar burns over 70% of his body.

  14. HeyItsDave

    Let’s make this comic a little more realistic:

  15. The daydream being played out here is part of The Author’s extensive history of mythical Batom Comics of Cleveland, OH, publishers of the immortal titles Starbucks Jones, The Amazing Mr. Sponge, and The Cockroach, which appeared as a multi-part series in the Funky website’s blog. The cast of characters include Barry and Tom Martin (founders and owners), writer Flash Freeman (creator of The Amazing Mr. Sponge), artist Phil Holt and editor Brady Wentworth, who was hired to ride herd over the eccentric creative geniuses when the company began to achieve limited success.

    The fact that this backstory is not told to the general readership through the strip but has to be hunted up raises more questions about The Author’s perceptions and expectations concerning his readers. Is he writing for a select few “initiates” who buy into his genius? If that’s the case, he has no business complaining that most readers are either confused, bored or both by these flights into the recesses of his mind.

  16. Props to Gerard for bringing up the backstory on Batom. “The History of Batom Comics” appeared on the FW blog between May 2014 and May 2015. It seems to have been pushed off the blog page by more recent content. Thanks to the Internet Wayback Machine, I was able to collect it and preserve it for posterity. You “select few ‘initiates’ who buy into his genius” (good one, Gerard! I guess that includes me) can find “The History of Batom Comics” under the Other Crap menu at the top of this page.

  17. Epicus Doomus

    He creates an elaborate history for his fictional comic book company and only uses it on a platform where no one will ever see it. Meanwhile the version in his daily strip is lazy repetitious garbage. It makes no sense whatsoever.

  18. The Dreamer

    Baton comics seems to be modeled on Marvel. Cigar McBalding is clearly based on Stan Lee’s older in-law who owned what became Marvel Comics and in the early days badgered Lee and Jack Kirby with stupid ideas, when *they* wanted to do Captain America.

  19. HeyItsDave

    @Epicus Doomus “No one ever read The Silmarillion, either,” replied T-Bats, “but its very existence gave depth and realism to Middle Earth.”