Sunday Blahs

SosfDavidO here, finishing up my shift before passing the Bat-Tom to Epicus Doomus, who will be handling the Ebola Airport Screening Joke arc. As you can see, today’s strip is a lose-lose proposition for lovers of funnies and those that enjoy a scathing snark. Tombat drew a veteran with salad tongs for hands but I can’t say anything because I have the utmost respect for those who serve, doubly so for those who were injured in combat.

So, thanks Tom. Now we all just feel awful about everything.

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16 responses to “Sunday Blahs

  1. Chyron HR

    You would maybe prefer a fake Starbuck Jones comic book cover instead?

  2. Epicus Doomus

    I like to believe I have a fairly irreverent sense of humor and all, but I can honestly say that I never envisioned or encountered three men with artificial limbs carrying boxes up a somewhat rickety and dangerous-looking staircase and thought to myself “now there’s some comedy gold right there”. I guess I’m simply not wired that way.

    Is this a gag based on some actual terminology debate that I am unaware of? Is “wounded” the proper way to describe a disabled vet? Either way the gag is as clumsy as it gets, but at least it sort of makes a little sense if this is a real thing.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    “Unlike that stupid band director. She is definitely disabled.”

  4. Somehow, the weak wordplay is even worse when it’s in service of these “Serious Issue” strips…

  5. I’m guessing that this is a “message strip” as opposed to a “gag strip. That said, the set up is pretty lame. The initial panel as laid out would be a more appropriate lead-in to a classic “Mad’s Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” than a superficial pontification that “disabled” is somehow offensive and “wounded” is a better term to describe the veterans pictured.

  6. Great. I expect Dyslexic David Seville to show up and yell “ANVIL!!!!!!”

  7. What’s the message here? Hire wounded vets as furniture movers? Wally is cheap?

  8. Merry Pookster

    P3 top of the stairs guy looks like a black Masky McDeath

  9. To paraphrase Spinal Tap, there’s a fine line between poignant and obvious.

  10. Having given up on receiving any accolades from the Service Dog Association, Buddy has been exiled to the discarded character room, and now TB is pursuing recognition from the Wounded Warriors Project.

    Come to think about it, if one were to produce a comic strip that consisted only of characters that TB has swept to the side, it would probably be a lot more readable than the current state of Funky Winkerbean.

  11. @bobanero: Not only would it be more readable, they’d be a damned sight happier than the sad sacks we’re dealing with now.

  12. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Yeah, I’m also guessing Battyboy is begging for some sort of award today, either from Wounded Warriors or the American Brick Council, since this has nothing to do with comic books, pizza, or high school band. I’d also be willing to bet the rent and the kids’ college fund that Tommy actually “loathes” the military, having been a product of Kent State when Nam was going on. But he’d glorify Puppy Fighting if he thought it’d win him some much-craved attention.

    In any case, when Tommy wants to make a point about something, it matters very little to him that his characters are having conversations that no Earth Human would ever engage in. So you’re casually walking down the street and you see some guys carrying boxes and furniture into a building. “What’s going on here?,” said nobody, anywhere, ever. Really? What’s it look like? Jesus! Who the hell would actually stop and ask that?

    And through the magic of “writing,” none of these amputees are falling down, dropping things, or appearing to struggle in the slightest. I’m not sure if such a thing is possible or not, considering all the circumstances, but that’s what it being depicted. In other words, nothing to see here – Keep moving. Oh, unless you want to start an incredibly contrived conversation to set up today’s forced and preachy punchline. Mary McBusybody communicates her surprise by touching her mouth, as Batty learned in Day One of Cartoon Hack School.

  13. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Hey. Me again. Wondering if this same woman shows up at the high school football halftime show:

    Woman: “What’s going on here?”

    Becky: “I’m conducting the band at halftime.”

    Woman: “The school hires disabled band directors? Who are WOMEN??”

    Dinkle: “Yeah, made no sense to me either. That’s why I still show up every day.”

  14. I think this is more of Tom Batiuk saying, “See, critics? I can get away with anything! No one edits me! So ha-ha-ha on you!”

    Either that or he’s saying, “Please, I need an editor. Help me, please!”

  15. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Double Sided Scooby Snack:
    If you’re arguing that Batiuk hates the military, Wally is really the only example you need. He was MIA for like a decade, and when he came back he found out that his wife and daughter had left him for a comic book nerd. And Batiuk’s pretty much forgotten about him after that, except for a few weeks to show how pathetic he is.