How Time Flies…

…yet how the plot crawls. We’re back at Komix Korner today, where T-Bats has managed the smoothest of segues in order to steer our attention back to Starbuck Jones – the comic he really wants to publish if only it weren’t for these meddling kids. And lo! Pete announces to DSH John that filming starts next week in Cleveland! Seems like only a couple of weeks ago he was bitching about how there were so many rewrites he’d never get done with it. Brace yourself, folks, it looks like we’re in for a long summer’s trudge through the making of Starbuck Jones. At least we can count on some laughs as T-Bats displays his bollixed-up notions of how filmmaking works.

As for the AV Club, last week they were all over that big-ass Wedgeman ring, but today in their Safe Place, they’re chillin over a cool game of…  Bingo??  Really? Whatever you say, Tom, you’re the drawing the game board.



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18 responses to “How Time Flies…

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Those kids are even lamer than I thought if they’re sitting around in a comic shop playing two-person bingo. And why does the screenwriter need to be on site for filming? If anything, it seems like he’d be out of a job at this point.

  2. Jimmy

    Bingo? All the cool kids are playing Bridge!

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Oh, I’d be stunned if this SJ movie thing wraps up anytime this year, in fact IMO he’ll keep it going way longer than that. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we’re still rolling our eyes at another Retro Pete and Darin arc in 2020. In the Funkyverse it can take weeks for a character to open an envelope and we’re talking about an entire movie here.

    Comic Strip Author: “Hey, you know how old people are always playing bingo? Well, I thought it’d be very funny if you saw teenagers playing bingo instead of one of those newfangled role-playing games all the hippest kids are into these days. Get it? It’s good, right? Right?”

    Reflection In Comic Book Author’s Studio Mirror: “Heh heh…teenagers playing bingo…heh heh!”

  4. Vegata, the what does the scouter say about this strips goofiness level?

    IT’S OVER 9000!

    Gad, I can’t say too much more about it.

  5. Because the screenwriter is always on hand during an on location shoot, right? (Also, Bingo? Even by this strip’s standards, that’s a weak punchline.)

  6. Hollywood (via Cleveland) writers have super powers:

  7. It’s a sad sign that he puts more effort into drawing bricks than thinking about where his strip is drifting.

  8. billytheskink

    So Komix Korner is located in what may be the town’s only fallout shelter? That’s… pretty consistent with the rest of Westview’s priorities.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    I’ve never seen the front of Montoni’s drawn this way. I thought the door to the komix crapper was on the side of the building with an outside stairway.

  10. HeyItsDave

    Check out the masterful use of shading on his character’s faces:

    He managed to give everyone – even Alex – five o’clock shadow. Is that John, or Fred Flintstone?

  11. Noticed on TB’s blog he had a nice meet with a fan while signing books. Has anyone ever gone up to him and said, hi, I read the fan site SOSF every day… Just to get his reaction? Or better, hi isn’t your name Red Ronin?

  12. Gerard Plourde

    @ Rusty Shackleford-

    I was curious about that, too. It seems like with everything else related to this strip there is no consistency. The entrance has been depicted at the front before but not adjacent to Montoni’s. Instead it has also been next to the Chinese Restaurant that later became Khan’s.

    It’s also interesting to note that in the past the bricks weren’t as prominent.

  13. Rusty Shackleford


    More proof that Batty just doesn’t care!

  14. Not B–9, benign. The tumor was benign, and bingo was an interjection of relief.

    Of course, the real pathology report will later be found in the wrong file, and shoes will plummet from the sky.

  15. Charles

    Boy, John’s face is extra smarmy in the title panel. How is he not constantly getting beaten up? Is it because his wife only has one arm?

    It’s pretty obvious to me that Batiuk decided that he really didn’t want to move this cut-rate Laverne and Shirley to Los Angeles completely. So having the endless Starbuck Jones production relocate to Cleveland was the way he could keep writing about it but still have these dorks hanging out at Montoni’s and having perfunctory conversations that would be impossible if half his cast was living across the country. Gotta get Les’s, Funky’s and Gross John’s opinions in on this stupid thing, and he can’t really have Mason or Mopey or Dorkin fly all the way back to Ohio just to have a conversation.

    The problem, of course, is that this was obviously decided after it should have been. This post hoc solution just shows that Batiuk really doesn’t have any plan whatsoever, which probably shouldn’t come as a surprise considering how he’s dragging out this Starbuck Jones thing to absurd lengths.

  16. O-69

    Is Pete so desperate to remain relevant within this strip that he’s willing to play the part of Set-Up Man for a lame Teenagers Playing Bingo gag? I guess Crazy Harry had other commitments this weekend.

  17. bad wolf

    @Jimmy, that was my guess too. The kids are arranged for a hand of bridge, not with a caller and audience like bingo. I think TB had a bridge scene planned out but even he couldn’t justify a quote from a bridge game as in any way accessible to a modern audience (first time?).