The Ghost Who Balks

Link to today’s strip.

Don’t know what I can say about this.  Frank Brunner is a really great artist, and that’s a heck of a cover–it makes me want to read the comic inside.  Too bad Tom Batiuk had to junk it up with his own stuff, the sad, miserable “creators” that live in his sad, miserable comic strip.  I think he should abandon the idea of a Sunday strip that references his characters, and just do comic book tributes every week.  Just the covers, no stupidity in the margins.  I’d like that; at least the artwork would be good, and we’d get less of these smelly, trollish creatures that proudly wallow in their own mire.

Once again, there’s not a joke to be had here, but I am amused that The Idiotwins think that “spongetonite” stinks as a concept, to the extent that it cannot be associated with…The Amazing Mr. Sponge.  Really, the dumbest non-parody superhero of all time, and apparently he’s just too good for “spongetonite.”  That is rich.

At present I have no idea what Monday will bring.  Possibly more of The Idiotwins tolling in comic-book Hell, with an unhinged Brady fuming that his ideas were squelched, although I would note this:  that would be something interesting, that would develop a story beyond just stating a concept and smirking…so that probably means we’ll get Les watching the “For Les” tape.  Or Funky at the gym, haven’t had one of those in a while.

We can be certain of only this:  it won’t be funny, it will be dull, and it will be excruciatingly padded.

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19 responses to “The Ghost Who Balks

  1. Across the nation
    Around the world
    Everybody have spongetonite.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    We’re on the same page this week, BC. Why does he insist on including his little “plot bubbles” in these tributes? The cover is just fine the way it is, why bother with this sepia-toned idiocy today? I mean the guy had all week to spin a story, but instead he just farted around as usual, so what’s the point of “continuing” it here?

    IMO he really should consider either creating his own Batom Comics website or utilizing his existing site better. Shoehorning it into his strip in the most half-assed way possible accomplishes nothing. Run with your passions, BanMan, life is too short to half-ass everything.

    Coming next week: Les begins daydreaming about what it was like to write a prequel about your dead wife back in pioneer times. Log cabins, quill pens, tallow candles, the whole works. And it won’t be funny, either.

  3. Apauled

    I was about to say “at least it’s not sideways”, until I clicked on the link. But thanks, Son of Stuck Funky, for making it be not sideways here — I’m already seeing a physical therapist for my stiff neck & have to be careful.

  4. I guess we should have expected this – there’s another installment of the History of Batom Comics on the Funky web site. It may be introducing a 15 year-old wunderkind writer. Will he begin to make unexplained appearances in the flashbacks? Only time will tell.

  5. “We can snark at him under our breath because we’re terrible, but we can’t actually talk to him about our disagreements, because we’re spineless. Clearly this is all the Evil Editor’s fault, somehow.”

  6. SpacemanSpiff85

    The thing is the little bubbles with his characters used to explain the cover. Like Deadman and Funky whining about “dead man’s singles”, or Les being hung for his artistic ambitions. Now it has nothing at all to do with the cover, and I think Batiuk only includes it because he figures he has to actually put in a bare minimum amount of effort in his own strip.

  7. SpacemanSpiff85

    It also kind of boggles my mind that Batiuk has introduced multiple fictional characters who would probably actually be more interesting than Les and Funky and all the rest. But instead of showing their adventures in these make-believe sequences he thinks it’d be more interesting to seeing how miserable their writers were.

  8. “Now if we told him his idea SUCKS that would make all of this a bit more realistic and enjoyable, but this is supposed to be light hearted and old timey. Jazz hands! Jazz hands!”

  9. If Tom Batiuk had any balls, he’d make a story within a story within a story of The Amazing Mr. Sponge receiving a knock at his door, meeting The Sinister Mr. Spongeton, his ultimate arcnemisis. But even if he did, he’d just use the character in extremely bland flashback arcs that never actually happened, and maybe he’ll make a tribute Sunday spash panel that no major comic author will actually see until their agent informs them weeks later.

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    Well, at least the artwork is nice.

  11. The odd thing that this waste of great artwork in the service of a stupid idea is sort of a metaphor for Winkerbean itself. We spent a week seeing the backstory behind this appealing (if askew) panel and it’s “Two whiny hacks complaining because someone tells them that they’re in the business of making money by letting the audience dictate what’s popular instead of being able to shove their weak ideas down people’s throats because of an arrogant and fallacious idea that they know better.”

  12. Also, we’re dealing with the fact that despite being in love with the stupidest and corniest crap DC churned out, Batiuk’s world is more in line with Marvel in that the characters’ limiting factor isn’t some odd thing like the color yellow or glowing rocks but instead a personality defect: being entitled idiots who don’t adapt well to their surroundings and who refuse to understand that they aren’t the measure of all things. Everyone would be a lot better off if they were more humble and better at dealing with change.

  13. Saturnino

    “The odd thing that this waste of great artwork in the service of a stupid idea”

    No, next week we will see Crankshaft using Starbuck Jones and Amazing Mr. Sponge books to start the next fire which will almost burn down his house AGAIN and be forgotten the next day when the plot turns to bird/squirrel feeders or Lina’s cookies or the mailbox…………………

  14. Epicus Doomus

    And just for the sake of making sure I complained about every single possible aspect of this, note how Sepia Pete and Sepia Darin aren’t drawn any differently than Regular Pete and Darin are (except for the bowtie). He didn’t even bother with the sepia-tone here, so there’s no way to tell when this is taking place, which might be very confusing to readers (har) who don’t understand the way this lunatic’s mind works. I mean draw some sideburns or mustaches or something, you know?

  15. @ Paul Jones- You’ve summed up the basic conundrum of The Author’s vision. “We spent a week seeing the backstory behind this appealing (if askew) panel and it’s ‘Two whiny hacks complaining because someone tells them that they’re in the business of making money by letting the audience dictate what’s popular instead of being able to shove their weak ideas down people’s throats because of an arrogant and fallacious idea that they know better.’”

    Sadly, the “two whiny hacks” embody that vision. He really must believe he knows better and deigns to share his genius with us.

  16. Hannibal's Lectern

    “Sponge Tonite” is the Funkyverse’s answer to “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.”

  17. bad wolf

    Unless I missed something else the only thing leading up to this particular cover was the editor holding it yesterday. No discussion of the character in the multiple days of jokeless filler we’ve had this week, no leadup to this cover. It just… happens. I mean, come on. If this was at least leading up to a spicy ‘good girl’ cover of Jupiter Moon, I’d understand.

    @Saturnino–reminds me that the “Crankshaft’s friend being elected as mayor” plot could have been played for new material for years to come. Nope, Cranky starts a fire.

  18. @Gerard Plourde: When it’s obvious as anything that he’s both ignorant as sin and a poor sport to boot. It’s like watching McEldowney not have the class to admit that he’d misspelled weigh station because the grandiose twinkie couldn’t admit that he’s not nearly as clever as he thinks he is.

  19. hitorque

    Help me out — In the good old days of comics, were a couple of nebbish underlings able to regularly disobey their boss’ orders with impunity??