Thank You Vera Much

June 16, 2016 at 1:02 am
Cliff Anger gets a huge tribute in his honor, while his costar is just trotted out and expected to fawn on him the way everyone else does. Yep, sounds about right for this strip.

Eww! Old people flirting! Hard to find much else to say about today’s installment…Mason’s expression in panel one is not so much “I’ll leave you two lovebirds alone” but rather more like he’s just lit a stinkbomb and is off to watch the ensuing hilarity from a safe distance. “I always wondered what…” And we’ll always wonder what Cliff was about to say before Vera cut him off mid-sentence.


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18 responses to “Thank You Vera Much

  1. HeyItsDave

    Oh man, the cringe in this arc gets worse and worse every day. We’re approaching Brony-fighting-eight-year-old-girl-for-the-last-Rainbow-
    Dash-Happy-Meal-Toy levels of cringeworthiness. Let’s take a look at Tom’s creative process.

  2. Gerard Plourde

    Can this get any more drawn out? It took less time to build the pyramids.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    It’s like he took his already laughably terrible little story and smothered it in a thick, gooey, implausible and icky wad of sappy goo, just for the hell of it. Everyone just forgets things like the internet or phone books in TomBan’s magical little universe, maybe because they’re forever re-living their youths again and again, I don’t know.

    And yeah, Vera is yet another classic Tombat “the girl!” character, a prop for a prop no less. They literally trot her out like she’s a gift for Cliff, like a reward for keeping himself in suspended animation until he was old enough to properly amuse a bunch of nostalgia-crazed nerds.

    “Hi, Vera? I’m Mason Jarr and…no, really, it is my name. Listen, I’m an actor doing a film with your old co-star Cliff Anger and…no, really, I am. We’re doing a little personal appearance thing with Cliff and we were wondering if…first class? Um, yeah, we can cover that…um, sure, hotel included and…well no, it isn’t a paying job but we thought…oh, did he? Really? Oh…sorry, uh…he never told us THAT’S why he was banished from Hollywood, if I’d have known…hoo boy, hope that doesn’t get out. OK, ten grand and hotel plus airfare it is.”

  4. spacemanspiff85

    I’d be really shocked if Batiuk doesn’t own that same outfit Cliff is wearing, and was wearing it while drawing these strips.

  5. Apropos of nothing: has anyone else checked out any of the “Joke of the Day with Dana Carvey” videos on the comics page? Man, I’m embarrassed for Dana Carvey.

  6. billytheskink

    From the very first Funky Winkerbean strip: “What women’s lib doesn’t know won’t hurt ’em.”

    This remains true, though not for TB’s lack of trying.

  7. HeyItsDave

    @TFHackett – I watched one and then set my adblocker to kill future ones before they grow.

  8. bayoustu

    Someone glued Cliff’s beard onto the side of his face in that last panel there…

  9. Jimmy

    I think Dana Carvey seems like a swell guy, and I enjoyed his standup act live 20 years ago, so I’m cringing thinking about that video series. Didn’t he have some sort of game show or talk show in the works recently?

  10. Of course Vera never moved on after being Co-Star to Cliff Anger in Starbuck Jones because really, where would you go after that?

  11. Epicus Doomus

    TFH: I agree…WTF was that supposed to be? I hope he saved his “Wayne’s World” money.

  12. spacemanspiff85

    I’m not really a huge Dana Carvey fan, but just seeing those made me feel pretty sad. It really sounds like the kind of depressing melodrama Batiuk would write. “I went from SNL to that annoying ad right next to ‘Date Russian women’!”. Although who knows, maybe he enjoys it and makes decent money.
    The really sad thing is that in all seriousness, I bet those videos have made more people laugh, and made more money, than Batiuk has in a long, long time.

  13. Here, cringe-worthy levels of male entitlement that make a poorly spelled and punctuated rocks-fall everyone-dies fanfic about Sailor Moon that takes grammar from behind, slits its throat and leaves it to die in Prostitute Alley look readable and humane because a grown woman has spent sixty years in stasis pining away for her soreheaded lunatic of a co-star while he threw an extended diva tantrum because Wimmenamirite. On the other side, Unlikable Idiot Ed Crankshaft recoils in horror because the garbageman does to him what he does to everyone else.


    Regarding the the three pressing SOSF topics of the day

    Dana Carvey – The duo of Waynes World has not fared well. Mike Myers hasn’t been in anything since that awful “Love Guru” movie.

    Funky Winkerbean – “So Vera, given the sudden popularity of Starbucks Jones movie, Cliff Anger has options. YOUNGER options. He has access to Mason Jarr’s leftovers. Granted, said leftovers are probably Cindy, Summer Moore, & Keisha…but still…

    Crankshaft –
    You know what would make this strip a classic. If it had an all black last panel with an appropriate crunch noise. HeyItsDave get to work on it!

  15. The low hanging fruit here remains TB’s inability to draw older women. Vera’s in profile looks like Pete in drag and her first panel neck couldn’t possibly support her head. I’m not an artist, but I appreciate those who can draw. But I shake my head at those who claim they can draw without having a decent concept of anatomy (stylized or otherwise).

  16. Professor Fate

    To be honest I missed the whole innuendo bit (I often do) and it just became an exercise in Non-sequitur Theater. leading one to wonder just what unrelated thing Ciff was going to say next.

  17. Epicus Doomus

    It’s all so incredibly nutty in that weird lazy way of his. He doesn’t even care if a story makes sense as long as he can wrap it in one of his intensely corny little bows. He never even tried to make Cliff interesting in any way, same personality as the rest of them, straight out of the box.

  18. @TFHackett: “And we’ll always wonder what Cliff was about to say before Vera cut him off mid-sentence.”

    Wonder no more:

    You’re not surprised. Admit it–the matching smirks gave it away.