So, based on his parking spot, it looks like Mason went ahead and legally changed his name. I guess that nagged at Tom Batiuk from the beginning (as most trivia seems to nag at him) as he realized that “Jarre” looks a lot more natural than “Jarr,” as well as a lot less stupid. The name “Mason Jarre” is plenty stupid on its own, no need to help it along with dumb spelling.
That’s literally all I’ve got for this strip today. The “Screw Bull Over But Good” arc has really drained my ability to make anything out of this crap. If it’s all going to be rewards for Les, vindictiveness for the regulars, and bland filler for the rest, it’s really hard to look for anything when the hated-loved ones aren’t in the strip. We all know an arc with Jarre is going to be filler. We also know there aren’t going to be any “sparks” on set–even the mishap mentioned by Mason is something we weren’t allowed to see (in typical fashion). It’s a lot easier to draw people standing around and talking than it is to show something interesting happening. Not, of course, that there’s ever anything interesting happening in this strip.
By the way, I think I’ve figured out why the shooting schedule is so haphazard for the “Starbuck Jones” thing. They’re not shooting a movie. They’re shooting a television series, despite what Tom Batiuk tells you. (You know you can’t trust him to be honest with you.)
Probably a “SyFy Original Series” given the quality level. Though I think the SyFy channel would balk at “Starbuck Jones.” If you’re at all familiar with what the SyFy channel coughs up, that’s not a good portent for Tom Batiuk’s beloved comic book.