Mentally Illos

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“Illos”???? At first glance I had absolutely NO IDEA what he was saying there. Boy Lisa is like forty years old, there’s no need for the childish slang. Anyhow, sad-sack Dick Facey is all mopey and despondent because he has YET ANOTHER case of “writer’s block” (or in this case, “writo nogo”) even though he’s writing YET ANOTHER book about Lisa…the only topic he’s written about in decades. At some point perhaps it’d be best if Les just dropped the stupid fantasy about being a writer, as he clearly doesn’t have the aptitude for it. If writing is always such a torturous task maybe he should consider writing about something aside from his dead wife, as obviously the two things have merged into one miserable trope he clearly hates. And everyone else hates it too, thus if he quits everyone wins.



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18 responses to “Mentally Illos

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Nobody’s forcing you to write, Les.

  2. billytheskink

    They should rename this strip “Smirk and Shirk”.

  3. In all fairness, “illo” is a fairly common abbreviation for “illustration,” and not something Batiuk made up. It just goes to show how used we are to Batiuk creating his own “Batiuktionary” vocabulary, that even ordinary slang sounds awkward in his characters’ mouths.

  4. Why is he flying to Ohio to see his parents? Frankie is right there in California, and Lisa is dead.

    He’s already shown that “step-parents” are things that can be tossed aside at any moment if a smirk should be had at their expense.

    Be consistent.

  5. count of tower grove

    Meanwhile Jess and baby continue to drive across the country in a rented cargo truck. They arrive while Durward is back in Ahia. Comic gold!

  6. “Illos? The plural accusative of “Illas?” I hate it when I flash back on my high school Latin. Fidem scit, Batiuk.

  7. Jimmy

    I got a few illos out of the vendo last week. They were stale-o.

    I would have preferred “License to Illo” as today’s title.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    So has Les abandoned the Lisa biography and turned to writing a graphic novel? The Lisa biography strikes me as an unusual subject for this format.

  9. Epicus Doomus

    Gerard Plourde: This baffled me as well, why would his Lisa prequel need to be illustrated? Then I realized it makes less sense that way and I immediately understood. Most books of that sort would probably include a few pages of actual photos…Lisa at the prom, Lisa graduating, Lisa in the park with Summer, Lisa being pulled from the wreckage of the bombed post office, stuff like that. And it’s tough to see how any of that really lends itself to Boy Lisa’s cartoon doodles.

    Jimmy: I had the same thought but a little too late and the post was already up so I figured the hell with it. “Illos Conceivedos” was also considered. The titles are hard sometimes, especially when so little is happening (in other words every single day).

    Erich: Did not know that. It’s tough to figure out what these idiots are saying even when they’re not tossing around weird imaginary Ohioian slang. Part of it is the font, at first glance it looks like some sort of totally alien word. The effect is jarring. I wonder if he’s flying coacho or if Mason’s letting him use the private jeto?

    beckoningchasm: I doubt we’ll even see Fred and Ann, much less Darin’s weird half-sister, maybe ever. They’re on the scrap heap with the rest of the discarded Act III cast, I mean maybe Fred will get to solve some sort of mystery by comically mumbling something at some point but that’s a best case scenario for him.

  10. spacemanspiff85

    I noticed on his blog, Batiuk refers to, totally out of the blue, Howard Cosell as a “non-glamourpuss”. Which I guess is Batiuk just calling him ugly, for some reason, but trying to be clever about it? Batiuk really does just plain suck, so often.

  11. Les reminds me of a radio comedy show I heard ages ago. The episode in question was set in a high school and one of the morning announcements advised students to stop asking English teachers if they were failed writers because Mr Halverson was the fifth one to commit suicide that semester.

  12. Chyron HR

    Illos, adjective, the state of reading Funky Winkerbean. “When I saw this week’s strips were about Les I felt illos.”

  13. Rusty Shackleford

    Well, at least Crankshaft had a funny gag today. A+ for that. I hate selfies too.

    But then we get a totally stupid FW. Illos? Gotta fly out to Ohio to see what Les wrote? I’m surprised Les isn’t using typewriter, after all, it’s not a real book unless it’s on paper.

  14. sgtsaunders

    Psst. This “illos” … you know, I think Darwin is on dope.

  15. Rusty

    So, I guess the Cayla comic book has been tossed in the dustbin of history.

  16. Hitorque

    “New” book? Hasn’t Les been working on this for three years already? And how the hell do you get writer’s block writing about yourself and your deceased wife?

  17. Comic Book Harriet

    @Rusty- I was thinking the same thing. The parent triumphed and Crankshaft was miserable. Everyone wins. And if I had caught up to a schoolbus via fancy footwork alone, I also would want to record that accomplishment. I wonder how many ‘likes’ that picture is going to get on the Parents of Eastview message boards.

    Wait. Which book is Les working on? Dead wife or living wife? Wasn’t he working on a comic book about living wife? A comic book, so he could write the absolute minimum amount of words required about his affirmative action doormat and pawn the rest of the work off on someone else? I’m going to guess ‘A New Leaf’ has a lot of completely silent segments.


    Okay, I know Brooke McEldowney upped the pretentious snob game with “jeroboam”, but that doesn’t mean you have to one up him Batiuk with “illos”. I swear, could you imagine being with both Brooke and Tom at a party? I would have to “van gogh” both my ears off to tolerate even a second.