Sigh. So, tomorrow (Sunday) we get to look forward to another comic book tribute. Hey, why not, it sure saves writing and drawing effort on Tom Batiuk’s part, and the artwork is usually not too bad.
Now, I’m no expert in comic books–thank goodness–but it sure looks like Cigar McBalding is holding a finished proof in his hands. If he’s asking for a cover change at this stage, he’s either a moron or has so much money he can afford to throw lots of it away. (Or, to be fair, both.) This things is ready to roll off the presses–it’s a bit late to be making major changes.
This episode contrasts with the others this week. In those, Cigar McBalding suggested “improvements” to be implemented in the future (at least he discusses it with the creative team, unlike the people at Cable Movie Entertainment who just present a list of demands). In those episodes, at least he steered the folks toward what he wanted. Today, he’s looking at something that (presumably) he approved, and wants changes made way late in the process.
Sigh again. If Tom Batiuk’s fantasy world consists of crass publishers and beleaguered writers…man, that’s just too depressing to think about. Imagine Sam Lowry from Brazil daydreaming about being buried under tons of garbage…and liking it.
Another example of a “who cares” episode, by which I mean more evidence that Tom Batiuk just doesn’t care any more. It seems to be obvious that he would rather be eating cookies, drinking hot chocolate, and reading old issues of The Flash in the attic rather than put any time or effort into his work. (This seems worrisome. Is is possible for nostalgia to become a mental disorder? I’m serious.)
There’s no joke here. There’s no here here. There’s also a deliberate blindness here. If he’s so passionate about genuine creativity being pushed aside by crass mediocrity, why is his comic strip taking up space that could be used for something good?