Dung

Link to today’s strip.

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?

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15 responses to “Dung

  1. Hannibal's Lectern

    Batom Comics looks more and more like a Bizarro-World version of Dilbert’s office: Cigar McBalding seems to be the only employee who gives a rat’s ass about producing a comic people might want to read (perhaps because he’s the only one whose pay isn’t magically guaranteed). Everybody else, from Pete to Durwood to the insufferable creator of this mess, is a prima donna concerned only with properly stroking his own engorged ego (what did you think I was going to end that sentence with?). In other words, Dilbert’s been put in charge of an office full of pointy-heads, in a world created by the ultimate pointy-head.

    The stupid, it burns…

  2. Epicus Doomus

    It’s all so baffling. It’s all been on display this week: the laziness, the lack of effort, the ego, his weird “writing is hell” obsession, his hatred of “Hollywood”, the way his mind is full of all sorts of things that never find their way into the strip, the intense malaise, the overwhelming banality…it’s a TomBan buffet featuring all you can upchuck.

    And what’s with the photo album corners? This isn’t a memory, it’s a daydream. I really, really hate it when he does that.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Do Fake Pete and Fake Darrin write and draw three comics by themselves? That’s kind of crazy.

  4. HeyItsDave

    Aaaagh! A cliffhanger! Are we going to get a Starbucks Jones cover? A Sponge Dude cover? Or that Black Ghost thing that T-Bats seems to have pulled out of his butt at the last minute? The suspense is killing me!

  5. Great, that’s just what this strip needs: another phony comic book that nobody cares about but the characters talk about endlessly.

  6. Baffling and worrisome increasingly describe The Author’s creative process (term used advisedly for lack of a better one) in this strip. While his apparent dislike of Hollywood might explain his apathy in trying to make an interesting story about the making of the Starbucks Jones movie, one would think he’d want to do justice to the comic book writers of the 1950’s and 60’s, (The view would be second-hand at best since The Author was too young to actually be in the business at that time. Instead, we get a week of ramblings from the editor who apparently thinks his job is to throw random ideas at the writers that must be shoehorned in somehow. I seriously doubt that DC/National, Dell, EC, Charlton, or Marvel actually worked that way.

  7. batgirl

    For some reason, I am stuck on the narrative box of the early (junior high?) TB page that HanzMFG posted a couple of days ago where The Amazing Mr. Sponge is described as “a spry young genius who turned to crime”.
    So he was a supervillain? With his own series? Or did he reform when Batiuk was in senior year or something?

  8. SpacemanSpiff85

    @batgirl:
    How much do you want to bet that at least one of Batiuk’s classmates referred to him derisively as “sponge”? And that Batiuk saw himself as a “spry young genius”?

  9. GodalmightyDAMNIT. More blubbering about how awful it is that evil editors want to make a book the masses might like to read instead of indulging the egos of whining incompetents who refuse to learn How Things Work.

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    I guess Tom is lucky to have a job that pays well and doesn’t require a lot of time or effort. Likewise, it is clear there is nobody overseeing the quality of his work.

    So maybe he does go up in the attic and read his old comic books while dreaming of the days of yore. I won’t fault him for that. He’s just taking advantage of a good situation.

  11. Merry Pookster

    Tom has/ had so much material he could have used for story lines: how about a single story about Sumer and Keisha in college? How about Wally and Raquel and her son…oh and Wally jr.? How about stories on Jinx, Maddie, Durwood’s 1/2 sister? Maybe something with krayola’s family?. Maybe Tony’s funeral?

    What does TB know about editors? He surely does not have one here at CK.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    I think he could do a lot with Cindy to explore the looks obsessed culture we live in. She despises the culture now, but lived it when she was younger.

  13. Wonder if that is an homage to the story referenced at this Venom link – it involves Ghost Rider and a joint called the Devil’s Den.http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Venom_Vol_2_13

  14. The Amazing Mr. Sponge is a creation of fifth grader Tom Batiuk. Now, as he wraps up his seventh decade of life, he incorporates the character into FW. Talk about a second childhood!

  15. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    I guess the fat, bald, clueless, incompetent editor/boss is Whiny Tom’s attempt to lash out at all the editor/bosses when turned him down when he unsuccessfully applied to all those comic book companies.

    This’ll show ’em.