Epicus Doomus
June 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm
So, is Mason all stupid again now or what? He was kind of douchey when Les first met him, then he became a beloved Westview fixture, then a benevolent student of lost films and now he’s an idiot again?

What do a percussionist Prince protégé, the Boss’ backup band, a lowercase poet, and mass–energy equivalence have in common? Besides the most commonly used letter in the English languages, not much at all. “Gravitas“? Does Mason even know what the word means? Sheila E’s a helluva performer, but is more famous for her musicianship than her “dignity, seriousness, or solemnity of manner.” As Epicus points out, for all the “strip time” Mason gets, we don’t know much about him besides the fact that he’s a handsome movie actor. Is he making a joke here? The guy who writes and draws him sure isn’t.



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21 responses to “Gravit-ass

  1. HeyItsDave

    Yeah, Mason. You go, girl.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Every time I think “I cannot believe Batiuk spent a whole week on this crap”, something comes along that makes me feel that even stronger.
    And I would not be at all shocked if this is a multi-week arc.

  3. Hey, Mr. Batiuk, I thought of some funny names you can use for free!

    Kartu Knist
    Ed Attor
    Noah Count
    Davis Nauthear-Mann
    Penn Sill
    Bud Tox
    Wanda Ringround
    Skip Lunch
    Bob Frapples
    Pule Itzer
    Stu Piddity

  4. HeyItsDave

    Oh, and this whole “e” thing? Tom Lehrer did it far better in a 90-second song for the old PBS series The Electric Company.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Well, who could forget Sheila E’s e e cummings reading while being backed by the E Street Band while, uh…obeying the immutable laws of physics? Or the time Eazy E and E-40 tried out for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos? But I digress.

    Once again the “joke” here is either the premise itself or that Mason is suddenly a complete moron. IMO he just thinks this premise is too good to not use. Sure, it’s barely enough for three panels much less six days but that’s never stopped Batom before. You know that somewhere, today, he was still chuckling to himself about the waiter named Dereke. It’s yet another thing that’s inherently funny to him, like rain or obnoxious smugness or human misery.

  6. Continuing from yesterday, Mason JarJar considers Cindy’s suggestion…

  7. What happened to Cindy’s nose in panel three? Did she get punched in the face? Rhinoplasty gone wrong? Have we discovered the long-lost location of Cayla’s original nose?

  8. billytheskink

    By this logic, it would have been all downhill for the Beatles after they dropped an e from the proper spelling of beetles.

    Sheesh, I’m trying to apply logic to this? The things this inane strip drives me to do…

  9. sgtsaunders

    The schmuck who says “E E CUMMINGS” is unworthy of an “e”. Now go! No “e” for you!

  10. You want gravitas, don’t name yourself after something pickled beets are in.

  11. 1. I’m shocked that he didn’t mention the Mercedes E-Class…Batiuke missed a trick there…

    2. If Cindy really wanted to be a bitch, she’s ask Mason what E = mc^2 stands for and what the significance is, just to see him fidget and squirm…

    3. Mason was never the sharpest tool in the shed, but he’s crossed over into mental instability and/or heavy drug use… Guess he’ll get that “People” cover story after all…

    4. Even by Batiuke’s standards, this week is incredibly unfunny and uninspired…

  12. @HeyItsDave: Funny, because the first thing I thought after reading this was “Mason has been watching Sesame Street again, hasn’t he?”

  13. Rusty

    Heap O’Shit

    Pile O’ Crap

  14. Gerard Plourde

    So the point Batty is making is – what? That Mason is shallow? That Mason is an idiot? That Mason thinks that you can only be famous if your name has an “e” in it?

    It once again proves that he doesn’t create characters – instead he makes puppets that can mouth whatever idea he’s pushing this week.


    What is this. What am i reading. The only way these strips make any sense at all is if this is the prelude to CIndy & Mason breaking up. It has to be, because if it isn’t this would be to inane for words.

  16. Jimmy

    Sometimes the extra e has been very effective. Mugatu probably employed it best:

  17. Next week: Mason spends five days trying to decide between McDonald’s and Burger King. In Saturday’s strip, he snaps his fingers, says “Of course!” and walks into Montoni’s.

  18. Rusty Shackleford

    Batty know who Sheila E is?

  19. Professor Fate