Even His Tools Try To Escape From Him

Link to today’s strip.

Not much to say about this one.  Of course it stars Les, so that’s a drop of three letter grades right there.

I nominate panel six as the Official Portrait of Les Moore.  It’s his best side and self-descriptive at the same time.

Thus ends my stewardship in the Funkyverse.  Let’s see, some people chatted about snacks, then other people chatted about awards.  Holly printed something by mistake, and Les almost lost a pencil.  Wow, it’s a wonder I was able to survive all that incredible action.

Starting tomorrow, the lovely and talented Epicus Doomus will be your host.  Let’s all please give him a warm, SOSF welcome! (Applause sign lights up.)



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12 responses to “Even His Tools Try To Escape From Him

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Describing a pencil falling as cliché is stretching that term way past its breaking point. Following the laws of gravity isn’t cliché. Strips like this still amaze me, that Batiuk actually thought it qualified as a finished, publishable product. And I have no doubt at all that he was sitting, staring at his desk, when he dropped a pencil and said (out loud, because all of his characters are incapable of not vocalizing a thought) “Aw yeah, that’s a Sunday strip right there. Run the bases, Tommy”.

  2. If the penultimate panel shows Les Moore for what he is, where’s the steaming pile of horse turds?

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Seven (SEVEN) panels featuring Les picking up a pencil he dropped. BatNom needs to get the hell out of that studio and take a walk or something. Just when you think the premise can’t possibly be any thinner, wham, you’re proven wrong.

    Coming next week: A two week arc featuring Les dropping his toast butter-side down begins with five silent strips in a row.

  4. Jimmy

    I don’t get it. Is this because I’m not sophisticated enough to understand FW?

  5. billytheskink

    I don’t know about cliche, but spitting pencils is certainly one of Les’ more creative ways to procrastinate.

  6. DOlz


    I’m with you. I can’t figure out how this was suppose to be funny, interesting, or insightful. I weep for the trees and electrons that gave their lives so this could be inflicted on humanity.

  7. Jim in Wisc.

    Yeah, I’m with the rest of you. I just don’t get it. Maybe the “cliche” is that the pencil rolled under the desk, making it more work to retrieve? I dunno.

  8. Epicus Doomus

    The way I read it, it’s because the dark malevolent cloud at the heart of the Funkyverse follows Les everywhere he goes and influences absolutely everything he does, no matter how mundane and trivial it might be. The geometry and physics of the Funkyverse are such that Les’ pencil took a direct path toward whatever the least-convenient place to retrieve it from would be. In other words:

    Les + action x Funkyverse = woe

  9. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    The strip is a big F you to all of us. TB is trolling us; isn’t that what you kids say? He breaks the fourth wall and looks straight at us and says, “You nattering nabobs think the strip was bad before? Dig this. I can waste 7 Sunday panels on an ‘incredible cliche’. Keep snarking. I can always make it worse.”

    I don’t think he knows what a cliche is. Perhaps a it would be cliche for Less to lick the tip of his pencil before writing, or wear a green visor while sitting at an old typewriter, or have someone tell him to “write what you know”. I don’t see how wasting time looking for a pencil is cliche.

    The speech balloon in the last panel should read: “So that’s where my butt plug went.”

  10. It’s like watching Lynn Johnston call every sort of social dynamic ‘politics’; that’s because Batiuk might actually think that any predictable outcome is a cliché.

  11. Rusty Shackleford

    What does Batty do with his time that he cannot seem to piece together anything interesting? He blabs on and on about “the process”, yet I don’t see him practicing what he preaches.

    Oh well, back to reading that cruise ship brochure, er, I mean Mary Worth.

  12. Let’s improve the masthead!