Clifford the Big Red

November 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm
Does Batiuk think that any of his readers actually care about Cliff? Because there’s not even at attempt at humor here. Just sticking it to a senator who’s been dead for sixty years, which is weird and bizarre and totally par for the course for Batiuk.

What’s even more annoying and boring than Cliff Anger “trifling with” Sen. McCarthy by cracking wise? It’s Cliff, for the second day in a row, responding to another direct question by sanctimoniously spouting his views. Voting “several times for candidates of various political parties“? Hoo boy! What a rebel. And I’m pretty sure that definition makes most of us Communists. This arc is the comic strip equivalent of “eat your brussel sprouts.” Colorless, musty, verbose brussel sprouts.


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19 responses to “Clifford the Big Red

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Good lord, get a load of BanTom trying to be all profound and timely in the most obtuse and evasive way possible. “No sir, Mr. Joe, I am not a commie. But I have voted in the past and I have chosen candidates based on my beliefs and opinions”. What a renegade, huh? No wonder he was sent to prison and forced to live out his remaining years as a lonely bitter forgotten hermit, what with subversive and incendiary ideas like that running through his steely-chinned head. Cliff, I mean.

  2. Gerard Plourde

    So yesterday we had Cliff admitting membership in the CRC, a Communist front organization, and now, confronted with that fact, he gets sanctimonious. I have no idea what message Batty wants to convey (but it appears that neither does he)..

  3. spacemanspiff85

    I’m honestly surprised he’s not doing this strip with Cliff hidden behind a file cabinet, out of view like the two heroic Westview Gay Prom Attendees.

  4. billytheskink

    You can tell Cliff is the biggest of stars because he gets four microphones to McCarthy’s three.

    Hey, at least Cliff votes… even if it is for Claude Watson or whoever.

  5. Jimmy

    I’m guessing Cliff’s “prison” time was 48 hours spent in the Capitol clink for contempt of Congress.

  6. DOlz

    Jimmy, all us here should just be grateful that there’s no penalty for contempt of TB.

  7. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    I am cheesed off that people are posting their idiotic political opinions on the newspaper (I’ve been reading the Seattle PI site since my hometown Cleveland PD killed the comics comments) FW site. There are a million websites filled with assholish political crap, but I go to an FW website to read idiotic, assholish comments about FW. Thanks for keeping it real, Funksters, and sticking to FW snark.

    You’ll come for the comments, you’ll stay for the snark.

    We now return to the Senate Committee on Government Operations snark, already in progress…

  8. Charles

    I think the only way this sequence can be redeemed is if this whole Red Scare thing is an elaborate Shaggy Dog setup, and after two weeks of this shit, Cliff then says “After the hearings, I went to eat at the Hollywood Brown Derby. A guy spilled a Cobb salad on me and I beat him to death. I ended up spending the next fifty years in prison on a second degree murder charge.”

  9. It’s sort of irritating to have to remember that Batiuk thinks that this is a quarter of an inch from reality instead of a quarter of an inch from plagiarizing Alan Alda. At least on the other side, the creepy twins don’t know what a trolley is and have to google it. That’s sort of real.

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    I don’t believe that someone who does nothing but wrap their characters in smirks is the right person for the job either.

  11. Chyron HR

    Thank you for reading “Tom Writes His Strip a Year in Advance: Trumbo Edition”. Tune in next fall when we he finally publishes his criticism of the new Harry Potter spinoff (spoilers: not enough cancer).

  12. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “Are you now, or have you ever been in, an unfunny comic strip?”

  13. Comic Book Harriet

    Getting an appointment with my psychiatrist. Because I laughed un-ironically at Crankshaft this morning. I couldn’t help it, I’m a compulsive googler too.


    That’s right, Masone! Just because someone wraps themselves in literary prizes and acclaim doesn’t mean they are the right person for the job.


    @Comic Book Harriet It wasn’t a bad joke. And at least there was an attempt at humor unlike it’s sister strip.

    My first gripe is this belief that kids are completely unaware of antiquated technology or things that existed before them. Maybe it’s just me, but I knew even as a child that iceboxes were a thing, that Howdie Doodie existed and that people delivered milk in bottles to your door step once .

    My second gripe is that trolleys are still around. San Francisco Maybe you should take your kids to visit there instead of boring them to death with your stories.

  16. Dang…that the smartest thing TB’s said in a long time…

  17. TB is certainly at his worst when he tries to send his characters on the moral high road/horse. Anyway, we’re deep into the second week of this, and we still haven’t seen anything that would explain Cliff getting sent to prison, unless contemptuous smugness was a crime in the 50’s.

  18. I’m still waiting to see what Cliffe did to warrant a lengthy term in prison, and why he was kept out of Hollywood for 60+ years when even the most notorious names on the blacklist were allowed back after 5-10 years…

  19. bad wolf

    @Hitorque: That’s one of the things that really irks me about the fabled “Hollywood Blacklist” being in the top-ten human rights violations of the 20th century. Not exactly being sent to Siberia, but man when the writers get mad at you, you will hear about it for the next 60 (!) years.