Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God

Link to today’s strip.

There are a lot of folks nowadays who despair over the state of the world.  Folks who are religious tell us that, although things may seem bad, God is a kind and loving father who watches over us all, and offers hope to mankind with the promise of ultimate goodness.  I guess my question is then, if God loves us all, why did He allow panel two to come into being?  It seems to me that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for a lot less than a Les Moore crotch shot.  In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, unless that man reads Funky Winkerbean.  Suddenly, having an eye is the worst thing ever.  If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out!  Or, you know, burn the newspaper.

Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us that we’d better shape up, because the horrors of Hell are far more horrible than we are capable of imagining.  In other words…things can get worse than panel two.

Okay, I’m scaring myself now.  So, on a strip level, I hate to say it, but this seems more evidence that Tom Batiuk is well aware that his audience is composed entirely of critics, and this drawing of Les is his “Up yours!” to them.  I guess my initial response would be “Grow up.”  Tom Batiuk is not without talent.  Why doesn’t he use it?  If this is the case, I just find it very, very sad.

So let’s have some fun with it.  Let’s make it a happy thing.  Let’s turn that money shot into a funny spot.  (Sorry.)

Recommended soundtrack:  open a new browser tab, load this, and put it in the background.  Suddenly Les Moore is magic!

The original works pretty well too, but I just love the parody of the parody.   It takes something existing and makes something new out of it.  A good lesson for people who are, supposedly, creative.


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14 responses to “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Great, first we’re treated to seeing Funky and (blurgh) Dick Facey stretching, then we get to visualize Funky flossing his teeth. Welp, there goes tonight’s dinner.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    What is going on here? Is this their post jog stretching? Why are they at Montoni’s then? Is there a shower in the back they’re going to use before working there?
    The way Les is positioned, I’m hoping he overextends, loses his balance, and falls into the road. Preferably in front of a bus driven by that crazy old bus driver from Centerville.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    What I know about running is on the same level as what Batty knows about movie making, but I thought that runners stretched before they ran. If that’s the case, are this week’s strips being printed in reverse chronological order?

  4. spacemanspiff85

    @Gerard Plourde:
    You’re supposed to stretch before and after. Of course knowing Batiuk they’ll probably be running again tomorrow.

  5. billytheskink

    Unbelievable. Stretching, flossing, and a Tom Batiuk punchline… Three things science says are dubiously effective, all in a single convenient strip.

    Original sin surely would not have happened had Adam and Eve understood that today’s strip would be among the consequences.

    And when did the traveling green shirt become a tablecloth?

  6. Andrew

    Haven’t been to this place in a while, but it’s good to see that Bautik hasn’t changed much and his ongoing plot about making a movie is just as flying in the face of actual movie-making as his illustrations of veteran services, EMS procedural and actually showing gay people. And that Les is still a snarky smirking hipster.

    Good on him for bringing the sentient computer back in May though, but I’m not saving the strip from my copy of the ABJ until it says more than sigh. Who knows, maybe it’ll get a scene in the movie with dialogue (but if not, at least he gets to party with HAL, Robby and Maschinenmensch in Hollywood’s secret robotics star club).

  7. A disturbing look at Les’s package AND making Funky look stupid? We get two annoying things for the price of one today.

  8. Because what any restaurant needs is two sweaty, middle-aged guys airing out their crotches.

  9. TB’s been doing the “Les and Funky go jogging together” strips for probably 20 years now, and every time he does it he acts like it’s the first time.

  10. “I was being sarcastic, you little shit. Jesus, can’t you let a single comment pass without trying to look all superior?”


    “..Also up there with wiping after flushing, too”

    I mean seriously is Les Moore the only one responsible for maintaining Funky’s cleanliness and health?


    Crankshaft –

    Well, Pam. You’ll have a lot of use for that corn-shaped candle.

  13. @Westview – Pam says its shaped like a corn cob. It’s not–it’s a full ear of corn. Can’t they even be bothered? Sheesh.

  14. Jim in Wisc.

    spacemanspiff85 wrote: Why are they at Montoni’s then? Is there a shower in the back they’re going to use before working there?

    Funky probably bathes in that huge sink in the kitchen.