Beautiful Dreamer

Today’s strip is part of an Act III Cindy story arc and, as 90% of such strips are, it is centered entirely around her fretting about her looks. You know, I’m pretty sure that’s what most of her Act I story arcs were about as well, so I guess we can’t say that TB isn’t at least a little nostalgic for the light-hearted earlier days of Funky Winkerbean.

This is the fourth story to feature Cindy and Mason since they became engaged (remember that?) back in December, and three of those four story arcs have heavily involved Cindy being insecure about her looks.

Anyways, engagement usually leads to a wedding… not that you would know with these two, who don’t appear to even be in the planning process. I typically wouldn’t complain about this as I find fictional weddings (and, especially, fictional wedding planning) generally uninteresting. The alternative storylines, however, have been about Cindy’s insecurity, that dang Starbuck Jones movie, or both of those things. Bring on the dress shopping and DJ selecting!



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14 responses to “Beautiful Dreamer

  1. Gerard Plourde

    So, just to get this straight, Cindy is engaged to (according to Batty) a leading-man type and has a job in her field (Buddyblog is allegedly a news site) yet she hasn’t progressed beyond worrying about her appearance like an adolescent?

  2. Epicus Doomus

    It’s somewhat troubling how BanTom thinks Cindy’s insecurity about her fading looks is funny enough to merit all these arcs about it. I’m just saying is all.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    I really think Batiuk has his high school yearbook out when he’s drawing Cindy in these strips, and is modelling her after the cheerleader who ignored him. And is cackling the whole time. It makes no sense otherwise.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    spacemanspiff85: Oh it’s a revenge fantasy all right, directed toward a character HE created, no less. Which only makes it stranger IMO.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    She didn’t used to be like this. In Act II, when she was married to Funky, she was fairly tough and spoke up for herself. She had a backbone and was career-driven. All Batiuk’s done with her in Act III is ruin her career and turn her into an insecure mess who’s desperate for a man. Thanks for bringing her back, Batiuk.

  6. billytheskink

    I dunno about her looks, but if Cindy is standing that close to the mirror, her vision is definitely in decline.

  7. Jimmy

    Forget Cindy; why does Mason(e) wear makeup to bed? Panel 1 reveals it’s either this, or there’s some weird mime action going on.

  8. He really doesn’t seem to understand women at all. Cindy is what someone who’d had women described to him by a Martian looks like.

  9. Rusty

    I suppose he wants the decision to let Cindy go from her big-time job in NYC due to age haunt her forever, but it doesn’t read that way. Just pure vanity for someone whose only currency in life is her attractiveness.

  10. When Cindy’s talks about her “decline” in panel three, she’s not talking about her appearance, which is still as good as ever (quite amazing given her actual age). She’s talking about the declining standards that caused her to wake up in the same bed as Masoné Jackassé Thee Actoré. Certainly she should be able to do better than this!

    BTW, I was surprised that in the final panel Masoné isn’t smirking. In fact, he just looks terminally bored. Bored with Cindy, bored with being Starsuck Jones, bored with Cancerdeathville, bored with being bored. Kinda like BatHack’s readers.

  11. Okay, fine, I get it — TB hates Cindy with the heat of a thousand suns… Which is understandable, since I’ve never liked her either…

    What I don’t get is why he continues to put her in thriving, happy situations that would make most other women green with envy… Is TB trying to make us hate Cindy more by having her constantly bitch and moan about her charmed life and the fact that her 56-year-old face and body look 28 now instead of 20??

    If Cindy is going to bitch and moan after being handed two golden tickets, shouldn’t Batiuk give her some personal turmoil and tribulations to at least give her something tangible to get all depressed about??

  12. I’m sorry — Why is Crankshaft’s daughter taking him to freaking broadway instead of something more his flavor, like OTB or the local tittie bar?


    What the hell are you worried about Cindy? You know what type of person Mason Jarr “really” is. You nailed it first with your misconception on the “bipolar” incident. His hanging around with Mopey Pete. His closeness to Cliff Anger. is lack of interest in his leading leady. Mason Jarr is playing the Rock Hudson/Errol Flynn/Tab Hunter card here. Cindy you are Mason Jarr’s beard! You’ve got nothing to worry about.

  14. Jim in Wisc.

    @spacemanspiff85: That pretty much sums up the whole strip. In Act II, for the most part the characters were doing alright. But at the end of it, when L’Auteur Glorieux killed off Lisa, everything changed. Now in Act III, everyone, with the excpetion of L’AG’s beloved Leslie, is miserable and a failure.