Hiya, snarkers and snarkettes. Here’s hoping everyone had a delightful, long Thanksgiving weekend. And isn’t it just my luck to have my turn in the SoSF host rotation come up in the midst of the dullest FW story arc of the year. So far in the course of this interview, Cindy’s gotten in one question (“You went to prison?”), and for her lack of basic interview prep is forced to feign attentiveness as ol’ Cliff recounts how it went down in the days of the Red Scare. Cindy’s “two hour documentary” threatens to turn into Gilligan’s “three hour tour” without the laughs.

November 21, 2016 at 12:02 am
Well, BuddyBlog is certainly moving up in the world- they’re now using an actual camera instead of an iPhone!

True enough! And pretty soon, who knows, at some point they might spring for a tripod. I’d actually forgotten that Jessica had moved out to Hollywood last January. Naturally, like the rest of the Westview transplants she’s found employment as another cog in the StarBuddyBlog complex.



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12 responses to “McCliffyism

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Ugh, I can’t f*cking stand this Anger asshole and his obnoxious Elder Statesman act anymore, I cannot wait until “Tailgunner Joe” (and wow how f*cking annoying has THAT become already) tosses his ass in the can for a stretch. And now that I’ve finally realized she’s there, Jessica grappling with her antique camera is easily the funniest thing about this pile of steaming claptrap. See, if she’d kept at it and not given up so easily her forearms would be massive by now and this Anger documentary would be a breeze for her.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    I was thinking “why didn’t Batiuk do any research before writing this?” because I still expect him to have some kind of standards for some reason. Since he keeps talking about the Committee on Government Operations, and not the House Un-American Activities Commission, which is obviously what he meant. But then I went to the Wikipedia page for McCarthy, and in the little information summary box on the side, it mentions the CGO as the only committee McCarthy was on. So Batiuk probably just glanced at that and assumed it was what he wanted and didn’t think about it for more than five seconds. Or, knowing him, he opened up his encyclopedia he used in high school and just read the first paragraph.
    And does Cliff’s sentence make any kind of sense?
    “He wasn’t to be trifled with, and I did.”?
    That’s not a real sentence. Splitting it up among two panels and adding a smirk doesn’t make it one.
    And I’m already extremely tired of how smug Cliff is about all this. It’s like someone who was thrown into a prison camp for defying Hitler, and then you find out all they did was make fun of his mustache.

  3. billytheskink

    Cliff Anger was clearly one of the greatest actors of his generation; a man who apparently convinced so many folks that he (or Starbuck Jones?) was a civil servant that he got an audience with the CGO and Tailgunner Joe himself… for the sole purpose of telling bad jokes inside the US Capitol.

    It must have been a masterful piece of performance art in addition to being a clearly illegal act deserving of jail time.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    @ spacemanspiff85 – He definitely didn’t research much of anything. McCarthy was a Senator and his Committee on Government Operations was solely investigating alleged Communist infiltration of Governemnt agencies while HUAC (the committee that spawned the Hollywood Blacklist) was a committee of the House of Rperesentatives. HUAC’s investigations actually began in the late 1940’s while CGO’s investigation began around 1952.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    @Gerard Plourde:
    It’s just bizarre. Immediately, just on seeing the words “Government Operations”, I’d have to think most people would assume that it’s a committee focused on the government itself. Maybe how it operates? 😛
    So why are they concerned with what club a nobody actor belongs to?
    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is leading to a Ways and Means pun, where Mason tells Cindy as long as she weighs just right, he won’t be mean to her, and she swoons.

  6. Batiuk’s skimming through the research seems oddly fitting. This is because his characters clearly didn’t do any research on Cliff that didn’t begin and end with “angry old man holed up in a tenement for reasons unknown.”

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Aghhhh, so much dialog, so little content. Get to the damn point already and stop saying “tail gunner”. I wish they would enforce a comics code so that authors like this get sent to prison.

    I’m waiting for Cliff to talk about how someone smuggled in a comic book and that it ” sustained and nurtured” him during his prison term.

  8. Professor Fate

    Joseph McCarthy and the red scare and the blacklist are so out of the Author’s pay grade that it makes ones head spin thinking about it.
    I feel I should point out that another comic strip dealt with the Senator – it was Walt Kelly’s Pogo and he did it back in 1953 when it was a bit more topical and actually brave.

  9. DOlz

    Cindy is swallowing this load of hooey without an ounce of critical thinking. The inconsistencies between history and his story shows he’s pulling out of his ass to cover up the real reason he went to prison. The real reason was that he was caught being a peeping Tom at Hedda Hopper’s house.

  10. louder

    And yet, Cliff was in hiding for years, a bitter old man, refusing to answer the door when “fame” knocked. But here he is, Mr. Debonair in front of the camera, like he did this all the time. Of course, Vera is now completely out of the story, and we’ll never hear from her while the man talks. Jessica is running around, getting completely worthless camera angles, tape that can’t be used in any forum. The holes in the story are amazing, but, hey! that’s called writing!

  11. Hitorque

    1. Yesterday pissed me off to no end… Batiuk gave himself a golden opportunity to create an honest-to-god laugh-out-loud joke (like many of Cliffe’s real-life counterparts did during the actual hearings), and instead of hitting it out of the part when the ball in on a tee, he decides to bunt with two strikes…

    2. I don’t get it –Is Cliffe committing a bold act of civil disobedience, or is he really fucking dumb??

    3. As others have mentioned, is a half-assed, unfunny flashback to the Red Scare really what Batiuk thinks we want to read about? Especially since his strip is apolitical?

    4. Why are folks surprised to see Jessica out there? I keep telling you the immense power of the Westview Crony Mafia…

    5. So who is defying age better? Is it the 56-but-looks-27 Cindy Sommers-Winkerbean-Jarre? Or the 93-but-looks-64 Cliffe Angere?


    @Professor Fate

    Thanks for reminding me about that. Walt Kelly actually did take a risk doing the Joseph McCarthy strips he did back then. He could easily have become one of the blacklisted. ..oh and yeah, Walt Kelly could actually fucking write and draw, too!!!