DuMbZ

Link to today’s strip.

Before reading anything I have to say (as if), I urge you to check out BillyTheSkink’s posting of Coach Jack Stropp’s epic takedown.  While in a way I think Bull had it worse (Stropp’s arc ends with him smiling in reminiscence, Bull’s ends with him shuffling into darkness) it’s interesting to see that, if you’ve sinned in Tom Batiuk’s eyes, he’s a very wrathful god indeed.

Today’s strip puzzled me for a moment; I thought Starbuck Jones was supposed to enrapture all who beheld its glories, but here’s this news-anchor mentioning it with a thinly-veiled dismissive comment.   Then I remembered–the “Zeton Warriors” don’t actually come from the comic book, they’re add-ons dreamt up by the current director.  While he (and the studio) no doubt consider them canon, the true fans see them like the Gnostic Gospels–something that’s trying to impose itself on the sacred texts.

If nothing else, today’s offering does show that when he’s not drawing the regular cast, Tom Batiuk is capable of rendering attractive people.  We’ll probably never see (*guffaw* *chortle* *knee-slap*) “Beverly Hill” (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha) again, for which she should be grateful.  This strip is proof positive that the old adage, Familiarity breeds contempt, is not just a good idea, it’s a lifestyle.

 

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10 responses to “DuMbZ

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So he’s making a self-deprecating comment about comic book geekery within a comic strip arc centered around nothing BUT comic book geekery…what a weirdo. “Beverly Hills”…har…har and har. How long has he been waiting to squeeze that one in there somehow?

  2. billytheskink

    Is this what Frankie is feeding to the TV tabloids? This is a press release… one that that the studio would brag to the heavens about.

  3. Well, that’s something else Batiuk doesn’t understand: how to build publicity for something. We know that from his eight years of completely failing to drum up interest in the Saint Dead Lisa saga.

  4. HeyItsDave

    Speaking of media no one cares about, neither of T-Bat’s latest books (one a valume of Funky Winkerbean comics, the other a Crankshaft collection) won the Eisners they were nominated for. That trophy case in the hallway by the bathroom door just looks emptier all the time.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Another day passes and Batty keeps dragging his feet with the story. Boring.

  6. Majicou

    The key here, I think, is that Slenderwoman here works for DMZ, just like Frankie, and she is therefore eeeeeeeevil. To Batiuk, not caring about comic books is THE hallmark of the eeeeeeeeeeeeevil person. Each implies the other.

  7. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Okay, Okay….this was supposed to be a summer blockbuster right? But haven’t we already seen that it’s the football season and fall already??? This movie is set up to be a disaster on par with Waterworld!!

  8. God dammit movies don’t work that way!

  9. HeyItsDave

    The key here, I think, is that Slenderwoman here works for DMZ, just like Frankie, and she is therefore eeeeeeeevil. To Batiuk, not caring about comic books is THE hallmark of the eeeeeeeeeeeeevil person. Each implies the other.

    Agreed. T-Bats is setting up DMZ as the bad guys, sending Team Rocket out to dig up dirt about the Starbuck Jones production, and now dismissing a possible sequel with a “who gives a shit about this?” attitude. He might as well have had Beverly Hill (LOL! MY SIDES!!) finish off the last panel with “Hail Hydra!”

    …disaster on par with Waterworld!!

    Battlefield Earth

  10. Jimmy

    At this rate, this movie is going to cost more than every James Cameron flick combined.