While I Ponder, Weak and Weary

Link to today’s swill.

It gets increasingly difficult to bother with the content of this strip.  I think I spent more time writing that sentence than Tom Batiuk spent on the last month’s worth of strips.  The strip above…I can’t in all honesty say that it was written at all.  He overheard some five-year-old’s joke in the comic book store, and thought I can put that in the strip.  Doesn’t matter where.  It’s a space filler, a time waster, one more step toward that magical 50th anniversary when we can all go home.  At least he knew enough not to make it a Sunday strip.

The other content is what makes today’s entry utterly pathetic.  You just know that never in the last five years has Tom Batiuk worked himself into weariness like these two.  That he would extol such dedication while avoiding it himself is one of the things that makes this strip so terrible.

That and the artwork.  Seriously, this crap is just dismal.  Pete in particular looks like he was drawn by a drunk with two broken hands, riding on a freight train in 1934 in the middle of major earth tremors.  Panel three is an excellent illustration of “quality control” since you can see what you get when it is entirely absent.

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13 responses to “While I Ponder, Weak and Weary

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Har har har. Yet another Friday strip devoted to some old dusty gag he had bouncing around in that dense skull of his. The guy has to resort to using filler material in his own fantasies, I mean what can you even say at this point? These Batom Comics fantasy sequences are irritating enough without padding them out with terrible BanMan “groaner” gags, it’s like a skunk walking by and spritzing a rotting corpse. Total overkill.

  2. HeyItsDave

    What’s that about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, Tom?

    Nothing on the internet is ever lost forever. Sometimes it just takes a little more digging.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    So that actually is Darin and Pete? Not old timey Batom writers who happen to look just like them? Meaning that this isn’t “history”, but literally just Pete’s daydreams about what it’d be like for him and his friend to work in the comics industry of yore? What is the point of this supposed to be, again?

  4. Hey everybody, I’m just back from two-and-a-half weeks abroad; what’s shaking?
    *looks at strip*
    Oh, we’re still on this crap, are we? Good to know I’ve missed less than nothing.

  5. billytheskink

    Say what you will about Mussolini, but he made the trains run on time and kept Funky Winkerbean out of the newspapers.

  6. “Say what you will about Mussolini, but he made the trains run on time and kept Funky Winkerbean out of the newspapers.”

    I can just see Batiuk jumping into the Time Pool to give the Fascists and Nazis copies of FW.

  7. Not that we should expect historical accuracy from The Author, who can’t keep the timeline of his own characters straight, but the Batom doppelgängers of Darin and Pete are working in the mid 1950’s (if The Author’s opus about Batom contained on his blog is to be considered canon). The term “crypto-fascist” (and its alternate crypto-Nazi) first came into use in Germany in the mid-1960’s. It was first used in the U.S. by Gore Vidal in his 1968 debate with William F. Buckley, Jr. while covering the presidential election.

  8. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Gerard Plourde:
    There’s a depressing concept: “Batom comics canon”.

  9. Gee, I wonder why this hamster was never given a big contract to work at DC or Marvel. Could it be that he couldn’t work under pressure?

  10. Saturnino

    The reversed lettering on the front door of the office?

    Quite appropriate assuming the boss has already moved their desks out into the hallway……………………………………..

  11. I just realized that sloppiness has reached a new level. This is supposed to be a flashback to the Batom Comics history. The name of the illustrator/Darin-doppelgänger is Phil Holt. Today he’s called Darin. The Author isn’t even bothering to phone it in anymore.

  12. So a Nazi superdog is actually a thing? Who knew? The joke still isn’t funny.