Unsafe Place

SosfDavidO here, still, somehow…

More, more backstory in today’s strip from a girl who, from the looks of her upper lip in panel one, inherited her mom’s love of Hollywood and her father’s mustache.

Tombat’s idea of how people in Southern California speak seems to draw completely from a rerun of Square Pegs

Speaking of Safe Places, I’m pretty sure that the area where Peg Entwistle jumped to her death isn’t exactly a “Safe Space” by any stretch. Too many junkies and needles laying around.

Plus, the idea of looking at the sign seems silly, anyway…

“My Mom used to be depressed about being poor so we’d drive to Mulholland Drive and look at houses we could never afford..”


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15 responses to “Unsafe Place

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So is this “reality” or a dream sequence or what? Why are we suddenly getting Marianne Winters’ complete True Hollywood Story here? What sort of bizarre whimsical BanTom fantasy prompted this bit of cornpone drivel? I won’t even attempt to venture a guess as to what he has in mind here but I guarantee it’ll be stupid, boring and ultimately pointless, but you all already knew that.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    “Oh, crap. I have to write backstory for someone from Hollywood. What the heck do people do in Hollywood? Apart from crush small town comic writers’ dreams. Um… there’s the Hollywood sign! Yeah, I bet Hollywood people go and look at it all the time! Perfect!”
    *runs the imaginary bases*

  3. the dreamer

    So Marianne must be joining the FW cast- why else would we be getting her back story? Maybe Mason sets her up with Pete?

  4. We have a dumb guy from Ohio trying to understand what people from out of town do here and on Crankshaft, we have him cheat death yet again.

  5. HeyItsDave

    Marianne Winters’ mom was a single mother who dreamed of being an actress, but never really made it past a few low-budget pornos. Marianne got her start as a child extra in a bunch of crappy 90’s sitcoms. She graduated to cheesy horror flicks in her teens and got noticed shortly after her 18th birthday when she started landing topless parts in really low-grade “tits and terrors” movies where she usually played one of the first girls to be killed in the spooky mansion. Her mom died of a heroin overdose at the foot of the 3rd “O” of the HOLLYWOOD sign, after which Marianne had her mom’s name discreetly tattooed on her left thigh. Her photo shoot for Maxim caused a sensation and led directly to her casting as Jupiter Moon.

    There. Filled in the gigantic holes T-Bats left in her backstory.

  6. Marianne’s mom wasn’t an actress; she was a tourist doing what they think actors do all the time.

  7. billytheskink

    Batiukmobile®, the choice of Ohio schoolteachers AND out-of-work actresses.

    What do you call a Batiukmobile® high up in Hollywood Hills? A miracle.

    Pontiac is driving excitement; Batiukmobile® is driving excrement

  8. louder

    Where’s the key to open the blue box? Because Mulholland Drive made a lot more sense then this stuff.

  9. Comic Book Harriet

    I’m guessing that when Marianne Winters and Masonee Jaree have their first kiss, suddenly everything will be in color, ala Wizard of Oz.

    Alternately Marianne Winters may not exist at all…except as a possible figment of Cindy’s hidden id side, ala the Black Swan. Which means we’ll get a scene of them making out soon.


    If we are going to go full “Mulholland Drive” here may I suggest some more panel time for both Cindy & Marianne?

  11. I often wonder if Tom Batiuk is as bored out of his skull writing and drawing this, as I am reading it.

  12. Hitorque

    1. Well, we’ve gotten more backstory about her in two days than we have about Masone in two years….

    2. Is this supposed to be a date or something?



    I love how the neighbors aren’t even making an attempt to warn and dissuade Crankshaft from this terrible idea. They are watching this like this like they are watching their favorite drama on Netflix. I half expect them to pull up seats and pass popcorn.

  14. 1966tvbatman

    She’s on a car date with her mom.

  15. 1966tvbatman

    A solo car date that is.