Weapon of Mass Deception

SoSfDavidO here! Puns are supposed to make you groan. Is there even a pun in today’s strip?

This is just awful writing. This, what you’re reading, and today’s Winkerbean. How many story arcs are still being juggled and we get a throw-away strip like this? Funky looks bored as hell but he’s probably long-since fused with the couch and couldn’t leave if he wanted to.


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19 responses to “Weapon of Mass Deception

  1. billytheskink

    Newspapers could run this single strip in place of Crankshaft for probably two weeks straight before anyone would notice.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Harry got Boy Lisa-ed, not getting your full six days is the ultimate FW character indignity, one usually reserved for Boy Lisa and his ilk. Harry only exists these days to be background fodder in DSH John arcs, talk about falling and falling hard. Too bad he wasted his life on pizza and air guitars when he should have been brooding down at the ol’ angsty college bookstore, right Tom?

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Probably the absolute worst thing about Batiuk’s writing, in my opinion, is how he throws in so many needless words. He does it in BOTH of his strips today. “The home team” just sounds so awkward and out of place, and a commentator would never say it. And he has Crankshaft saying they’re leaving “the science museum” when they’re still parked out in front of it. This doesn’t add anything to his strip, at all. And he does it all the time.

  4. Too many words in service of a stupid punchline…that’s Batiuk for you. It’s like reading Lynn Johnston trying to write a Dilbert strip.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow, I missed a couple of days and now it looks like Funky is in the nursing home.

    Then I see from BattyBlog that Bats is beating a dead Lisa. I predict another book, where he will deal with the issue of teen pregnancy and finding the right thing to wear to the prom. Book signing at KSU where he is treated like royalty…cause he probably donates lots of cash. Gotta check Amazon to see how is other books are selling. Aside from his collections of daily strips, I can’t see why anyone would want his books.

  6. Rusty Shackleford


    I’m surprised Batty hasn’t done this already…he would call it art.

    I picture a snowy view of Montoni’s, the bricks carefully rendered as a blizzard rages on. This strip repeats daily through the entire winter.

  7. Who the hell sits around at home wearing their own company merch?

  8. I think that if I ran a failing pizza joint (and it’s got to be failing; you never see any customers in the place) in a dying Ahia town, the last thing I would want to wear while taking a Saturday afternoon off to watch sports is a sweatshirt with that pizza joint’s name on it.

  9. The weekend is usually a popular time to go/order out for pizza, so why is Funky sitting on his fat ass at home? It’s not like Westviewians have any better restaurants to frequent.

  10. Rusty

    That second panel really lets you see Funky getting hit by the aging stick. It’s odd how he picks winners and losers regarding decrepitude. Meanwhile, Funky’s ex-wife is rocking bikinis and it takes a microscope to find a wrinkle under her eyes. And Les appears the same as he did at the last time jump.

  11. Hitorque

    Great… So now Batiuk is recycling material from “Tank McNamara”? Because I promise you that they already did some variation of this joke…

    I know TB writes his stuff a year in advance, but to run this the day after another high profile mass shooting seems a bit off to me…

  12. @spacemanspiff85 Seems like more evidence for my theory that the strips, including word balloons, are drawn a year ahead of time, while the dialogue gets written a couple of days before they go live.

  13. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Well, this was a shocker! Yesterday, we saw pervy Beardo offering money to small children. Nothing new about that, I’m sure, except it wasn’t for something that could result in an embarrassing prison term.

    As idiotic as the entire premise was, I was curious to know where it was going. Would the parents return to find a weird looking old guy offering money to their kids, with ensuing misunderstanding and hilarity? Would he fork over $20 only to have some huge, fat slobs park themselves immediately in front of him? Well, no. That was the end of that. It’s almost like Batty starts arcs, then tires of them midstream and abandons them.

    Today, Batty copies a familiar and tired Doonesbury format — Character sits silently while voices from the TV deliver today’s slapnuts funny “joke.” Only problem is no announcer refers to one of the teams simply as “the home team.” All we can be absolutely positive of is, since this is a playoff, it’s not the Browns.

  14. Gerard Plourde

    What is the point he’s trying to make? That football players are gun owners? A lot of athletes hunt in the off season. Is he saying that football players are violent potential criminals? Is this supposed to be some sort of statement about the pervasiveness of gun in our society? It may be clear in his mind, but the reader has no clue.

  15. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Gerard, all BatBoy knows about football players is they’re big, mean, violent guys who gave him wedgies and swirlies. He’s implying here that they’re not above using guns on each other during the game, which is moronic.

  16. Gerard Plourde

    Double Sided Scooby Snack – I agree that that was his intended take-away. I’m also sure that most readers agree with your assessment that his point is moronic.

  17. @Gerard Plourde:
    You want ‘moronic’, read his blog. All we get are threats of NEW pretentious remainder-bin bound slop and arch nonsense about comics.


    Reason 369 as to why Charles Schultz was a genius:

    He knew how to create a unbelievably effective anti-gun political strip.


  19. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    It’s funny because football players have guns that they tuck into the waistbands of their pants and they shoot themselves in the groin. Is that the joke? Wait – that’s not funny.