Those Four Dreaded Words

Link to today’s strip

No, not “I love you Spanky”….”it’s a long story”…(shudder). Long like two-week arc long or LONG, like this SJ movie mega arc that’s spawning all these spinoff arcs? I like how Cindy, the veteran journalist doing a documentary on an old movie star, is shocked to learn that her subject was in prison, as if it’s the first she’s hearing of it. I also love the little dig at her own work, like all true Westviewians she takes a perverse pleasure in knowing she’s churning out crap, like it’s OK because she’s in on the gag. And I think it’s safe to say that if you’re reading this you probably know the deal there.



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17 responses to “Those Four Dreaded Words

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Cindy is back to looking like she did in high school. No blemishes anywhere, no cellulite on her legs, no botched plastic surgeries. What gives? She should have a late night infomercial about her fountain of youth products…all natural of course and made of the finest (read expensive) ingredients.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Just because it’s a two hour documentary doesn’t mean you want to have half of it be an old man rambling about how he was so excited about seeing the creator of Superman that he jaywalked and spent a night in jail because of it.

  3. billytheskink

    So Cindy had nothing in particular planned to fill her two hour documentary before finding out about this prison thing?

    Sounds about right.

  4. Oh, this is just stupid. She did absolutely no research on her subject and we’re just supposed to accept that. If they were going to half-ass it like this, why not just get that other flake to do it?

  5. I’m beginning to see why she got canned from WABC.

  6. ComicTrek

    Oh, please, NO! Last time we saw the making of a documentary in this strip, it was all that “my father John Darling” stuff!

  7. Rusty

    Cindy is drawn as more attractive now than she ever was in high school. It is the burden she carries as the only “hot” character.

  8. sgtsaunders

    Oh shit oh dear. What budding documentary filmmaker is cooling her heels in Worstview. At least I think she is, she could be in Hollyweird for all I know. Of course, it’s none other than Durwood’s wife. And of course, the first person called by anyone in the know for film projects is a denizen of Worstview. Gawd, I’ve learned to hate comic books.

  9. billytheskink

    Oh, please, NO! Last time we saw the making of a documentary in this strip, it was all that “my father John Darling” stuff!

    – Spoiler Alert –

    John Darling is Cliff’s father…


  11. Professor Fate

    Once again we see how the Author can sneak up behind the reader’s willing suspension of disbelief and bludgeon it with a sock filled with sand.
    Two hours? Two Hours? He was in a serial in the 50s? This justifies two hours? Dear lord people don’t do two hours about Cary Grant never mind someone who vanished after one film (prison or otherwise).

  12. Clyffé didn’t say he was SENT to prison for a crime; he just said he went to prison. Watch it turn out that he was just visiting the prison, doing personal appearances for the inmates because so many of them were “Starsuck Jones” fans.

    You may now speculate on what kind of crimes they must have committed…


    “It’s a long story”. “You’d be surprised how detailed shanking neo-nazis in the prisoner shower can get”


    BTW, I agree with the assessment that this will be an “I went to jail, but it was for a really good cause” trope.

  15. OK, so Cindy is a journalist in an age when a youtube segment that lasts longer than two minutes is too much of a time investment for most people, and she’s expecting to sell a two hour documentary about a washed up actor nobody’s ever heard of?

  16. spacemanspiff85

    This has to have something to do with comics. I bet that when censors started going after comics, Cliff said comics were the highest form of art and got locked up for it. This is from the same writer who compared Womder Woman to the Salem Witch Trials, after all.

  17. @bobanero: Nevermind the fact that Cindy isn’t even making a *real* documentary, which I presume would be following Cliffe around as he goes through his regular day — And they’d have to go back to the Bronx for at least one part of it…