Paul Jones
September 15, 2016 at 3:12 am
Well, there is a remedy: calling in legal to sue John into the Stone Age.

Batiuk’ll go ya one better: how about “back to a ball of dirt“? That’s one for the Batiukionary! Something that’s even nearer and dearer to TB’s heart than old comic books and weird turns of phrase is protection of intellectual property. And while siccing one’s lawyers on, say, a blogger for “unauthorized use of the Funky Winkerbean name, trademark or comic strips” might be valid, query what standing has the studio to go after Dead Skunk Head? And if that’s the lawyers calling John, how the hell did they get his number?



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21 responses to “♩♫♪♩♩

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Yeah seriously, did he post the still photos to the official Komix Korner Facebook page or something? He had to have found the pics somewhere, so how’d they find John so quickly and not the source of the pics instead? BanTom doing a copyright infringement arc…that’s pretty funny. Maybe next he’ll do an arc about a lazy hack comic strip author who’s milking the Syndicate for all they’re worth in his desperate attempt to squeeze a fifty year anniversary out of two months worth of material total. Then art will truly be imitating life, eh?

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Man, if they take John for everything he owns, they’ll get a couple comics and a single Batman shirt.

  3. I still don’t understand how this is a thing. The studio posts stills; they are releasing said stills on their own–no one has hacked into their network and stolen them.

    Dirthead John downloads the stills, looks at them, and in a brief moment where his brain functions, he’s able to deduce the storyline for the film, and posts said storyline on his blog, or on AOL or Prodigy or whatever.

    This is not something the studio can sue him over. The stills are freely available, and no one (yet) can stop him from contriving a storyline. This is like seeing the Hulkbuster from the Avengers 2 trailer and posting to Fakebook, “Hey, looks like the Hulkbuster is in Avengers 2!” and having an army of lawyers throw you into prison because you spoiled a plot point. The studio already spoiled that plot point.

    Besides, as pointed out earlier, the stills will show nothing of importance. Cast members, an exploding school bus, a graduation ceremony of death, and that’s about it. The rest will be shot in the studio and overlaid with CGI, and thus beyond the ability of a casual browser to spoil. On the other hand, someone involved in the production, someone who signed an NDA, could post such stills, and could find himself in legal trouble. And that would be Pete Rachmaninoff, “screenwriter.”

    For a strip that specializes, and even revels in idiotic, unrealistic storylines, this one really takes the trophy.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    It’s a quick look into BanTom’s mindset regarding the internet: it CAN be useful at times but it’s mostly just good for ruining things. Movie plots, Cindy’s career, Susan Smith’s career, stuff like that. I still can’t understand why John seemed so malicious about spoiling the movie his Westviewian pals are making, it doesn’t make a shred of sense.

  5. Nothing has to make sense on our terms. In the real world, the studio would simply either add in or have in reserve a scene that makes John’s synopsis meaningless and also warn the masses never to believe anything some random asshole blogger might post about an upcoming film. Batiuk’s hatred of Internuts and twitter tots for coming along and saying mean things about him and also of Touchstone Television for telling him that ain’t nobody going to watch a television show about a destructive and malicious idiot bus driver with no redeeming qualities makes this punitive pile of poo make perfect sense.

    Also, “back to a pile of dirt”? What the Hell, Batyuck?!

  6. Saturnino

    “Man, if they take John for everything he owns, they’ll get a couple comics and a single Batman shirt.”

    Wouldn’t be worth it. The soap to clean the shirt would be more than they could get form the lawsuit.

  7. ComicTrek

    As usual, these comments are right on point. Besides, movie stills are usually just that, right? Stills and nothing more. We’ve all had enough experiences, sometimes disappointing, to know that they’re much more likely to just be pictures of the movie rather than any kind of spoiler or “big reveal”. It’s like lobby cards in the theaters and pictures on the backs of tapes and DVDs.

  8. Rusty

    That’s not a phone call, that’s the Montoni’s app sending an alarm that his favorite waitress to creep on is working lunch today.

  9. billytheskink

    How did they get his number? Because DSH is Anonymous’ least-talented member.

  10. Hitorque

    @beckoningchasm: Well to be fair, Masone Jarre is a colossal moron in a strip chock full of International Moron Hall of Fame candidates, so it’s no big shock he doesn’t know how the law works, or that he’s so arrogant that he believes he speaks for the executive board and legal counsel for a multi-billion dollar movie studio…

  11. Syntax of Winkerbean is the component that leaves me confused whenever I read that strip of comic which shows up daily in my newspaper making me want to run into a wall with my head.

  12. Hitorque

    Meanwhile, over in Krankenschaaftland, what we’ve seen this week is infinitely better than anything you can ever find in the Starbuck Jones movie universe…

  13. Don

    The studio’s response will probably be (a) to have one of the actors “leak” that they had to shoot new scenes because of plot changes caused by the posted plot, and (b) not make any changes to the final product, the way “Glee” did when somebody spoiled the “Kurt is Homecoming Queen” plotline (and, to a lesser extent, “Smithers shot Mr. Burns,” although that was never made public until after the fact)

  14. Comic Book Harriet

    The idea that anyone could even remotely believe that posting an educated guess based on available material is somehow a sue-able offense has me grabbing random strangers on the street to rant at them about the stupidity and injustice of it all. Samuel Taylor Coleridge keeps following me around, taking notes.

  15. Hitorque

    I still want to know the smartphone app that automatically sends me pre-release movie stills…

  16. @Hitorque – on the other hand, Mason does seem to make all the decisions regarding the studio, so maybe he has a lot of clout. None of it seems consistent at all, except for the “E” taped to Mason’s chair and Dirthead John’s ever-present Batman shirt.

  17. Ryokomayuka

    In real life they would never sue. I mean plots get leaked all the time and no one is sued. However if he posted footage, that could be a different story. In fact recently some did the same thing with the ghostbusters movie and made a YouTube video what they thought it would be and the video wasn’t even taken down.


    How would this lawsuit even work? What proof do they have that DSH John stole intellectual property? Do they proof of a script? Do they have emails of him corresponding with anyone working with the picture and transferring the script to him?

  19. sgtsaunders

    John better watch out. Defending that suit could cost an arm and a leg. Lefty may not dig that too much.
    *Joan Rivers voice* Oh, grow up!

  20. Miskatonic Sophomore

    I keep hearing this sort of thunderous Jonathan Edwards hellfire preacher voice proclaiming: “FROM A BALL OF DIRT THOU HAST COME, LOWLY COMIC BOOK NERD, AND TO A BALL OF DIRT THOU SHALT RETURN!”

  21. Meanwhile on the other side: it appears those of us who thought we’d get to see Ed torn limb from limb by a monster (even if only in a dream sequence) will instead have to make do with the Bus-O-Bot bludgeoning the Termator to death with a mailbox. Sigh….