Fruit of the Doom

Link to today’s strip.

I rate today’s episode two “Meh”s.   It’s a good example of “Batiuking it.”  It’s not terrible enough to be irksome, nor is it insensitive enough to provoke anger.  It’s like something the dog left on the kitchen floor–he didn’t really mean to do it, it just happened by accidental instinct.  Though at least the dog has enough self-awareness to look guilty about what he produced.  Luckily, I have some paper towels.

Nice freeze-frame on that “Starbuck Jones” image.  I assume someone hit the “pause” button, so that Mason and Cindy could chatter on brainlessly, but it’s entirely possible the scene is still running and consists of characters just chattering.  That seems entirely Batiukian.

I wonder if that’s a workprint of the new film, or just Cliff and Vera again?  I find I don’t really care about the answer.  But, isn’t it funny that the characters here went out of their way to find the cast of the Starbuck Jones serial, but anyone who worked on the original comic book has been completely ignored.  Who knows, they might still be alive, too!  But then, artists and writers might want to do something creative (“This is not my vision!”); actors, on the other hand will just read the lines given to them.  Whew!  Dodged a bullet there.

As far as today’s “content” goes, let’s not forget that Cindy’s “going out on a limb” was not, repeat not, because she had great faith in BuddyBlog or because she believed in her own abilities to deliver stories.  It was so she could seize Mason in her mandibles.  That’s all.  Mason’s either fine with that, unaware of it, or worse, pleased with how his personal magnetism snared his new paramour.

So, we’re not talking about someone striving for excellence in a new frontier.  We’re talking about someone indulging her urges to keep her insecurities at bay.

Still, she did manage to find a nice piece of fruit.

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15 responses to “Fruit of the Doom

  1. spacemanspiff85

    I don’t think a “bi” person would like being called a fruit, Cindy.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    What’s with Marianne’s neck? Freddie Blassie would have a field day with that pencil neck. Yeah, Cindy grudgingly took the BB job specifically to follow Mason out to California and the Anger documentary was pretty much a spur of the moment kind of thing, so hailing her as a determined hero is a bit much. Still though, he’s giving her a victory of sorts and not ruining it via weird self-deprecation or anything, so there is that.

  3. Ladies and gentlemen…behold the power of this FULLY OPERATIONAL Epicus Doomus!

    Epicus: Fire at will!

  4. Epicus Doomus

    BC: Thanks, Batom makes it so easy sometimes…

  5. billytheskink

    But then, artists and writers might want to do something creative

    If there is any truth to Pete and Durwood’s Batom Comics fever dreams, no they wouldn’t.

    Add Cindy and her refrigerator magnet gig to the list of writers who are better than Les.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    I can do FW-style “groaners” too.

  7. Well, she’s as much a hero as Mister Self-Blacklister is so there’s that.

  8. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “On a roll? Have you ever seen ‘Last Tango in Paris’ starring Marlon Vendo? Wait here while I grab a stick of butter.”

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Classic Batty. Tons on nonsensical dialog with plenty of words nobody uses in daily conversation. Oh yeah, Cindy came out there following her dream…right. I seem to recall she settled for this job, as anything on the internet isn’t really real.

    Crankshaft: Why is it with Batty that nobody can write anything in their house, they can only write in some room attached to the garage.

  10. The envelope please… for best screenplay, Epicus Doomus!

  11. @BC: “I assume someone hit the ‘pause’ button, so that Mason and Cindy could chatter on brainlessly, but it’s entirely possible the scene is still running and consists of characters just chattering.”

    If you look closely, Starsux’s hairline is different in the second panel. So either the video’s still running and even the great actor himself is too bored to watch it, or Bathack can’t draw consistently.

    Oh, wait… those aren’t mutually exclusive, are they?

  12. Hitorque

    Seriously, who wouldn’t want to live in the Funkyverse where just showing up and giving a modicum of effort has a 99% chance of embarrassingly abundant success, adoration and financial windfall?

    If it’s this easy for Cindy/Pete/Darrin to make it in Hollywood, don’t we need to take a very critical look at how horribly Les failed with his inability to finish the “Lust for Lisa” project? Although to be fair Masone didn’t lift a finger to help him, while on the SJ production he has more power and influence than Howard Hughes…

  13. hitorque

    1. As others have pointed out, BuddyBlog.com was the last outfit willing to take a chance on Cindy (and they had so much faith in her that they admittedly decided to crowdfund her guesstimated $150,000 salary instead of paying her directly), and even then she wasn’t going to take it until she realize it was her best chance to get her slutty golddigging claws into Masone… (Note: Reverse the genders of this storyline to truly highlight its idiocy)…

    2. There’s no way Masone would openly admit he’s about to get married to a disgraced, unprofessional former network reporter turned starfucking groupie turned stalker… That is even assuming he wasn’t blinded by his own self-important vanity, hypocrisy and had two operational brain cells…