I think we’ve reached some kind of Batiukian plateau here. Nostalgia-Darin is distressed at the amount of work ahead, but Nostalgia-Pete seems…worried? That Darin doesn’t have the drive for art that requires sacrifice? Is that what I’m seeing here? Because I think that’s what I’m seeing here. I mean, look at his face in panel three. That’s someone thinking, “Wh-what? You think pulling all-nighters is bad? You…you are not of The Body!”
Which contradicts everything we’ve seen about Darin and Pete, not only in the “real world” but their counterparts in Nostalgia-Vision. They hate working. They would rather complain than work. They would rather complain than eat. They would rather complain than breathe.
But now, because it involves weak wordplay, all that goes out the Batom Comics window. Pete now needs to be the Pure Comics writer, who would go without food, air, water, everything if it meant producing a comic book.
Speaking of going out the window, where is this supposed to be taking place? In the alley or something? Because who puts the company name on the inside face of a door? Well…maybe the two clods kept asking the boss whether they worked at Batom Comics or Bantom Comics, and the boss finally had enough and hired a sign painter, or perhaps…I’ve put more thought into this than someone I could name.