Groot Expectations

SoSfDavidO here! And here’s an early link to today’s strip, as I’m heading out to a re-enactment of William Henry Harrison’s inauguration speech this weekend and won’t be back until Monday morning.


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18 responses to “Groot Expectations

  1. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that someone is cosplaying Herbie Popnecker, or the fact that I got it.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    I’ve read some of the Herbie comics, they were actually kind of fun. 😛
    This is pretty annoying to me. Comic-Con is not some niche thing anymore, really. It’s not something nobody’s heard of. Big Bang Theory has done multiple episodes about or mentioning it. The thing is, they actually have jokes and a storyline about it. All Batiuk does is tell the guy who does his drawing, “Hey, can you draw people dressed like these superheroes?” and goes back to reading Flash, I’m guessing.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow, another full panel, half effort, Tom Batiuck special!

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Again he’s sort of passively making fun of the CC attendees while celebrating CC itself. That has to be the joke, otherwise there isn’t one. “Look at all these nerds!”. There’s always that weird undertone there, that strange push-pull between all-out homage and wry sarcastic mockery that keeps it from being either.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    As nerdy as he obviously thinks they are, I doubt very many of them have blogs that are half reviewing decades-old Flash comics and have rambling on about how the flame of their literary genius was sparked.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    @spacemanspiff85: It’s very peculiar. He definitely knows he is a nerd yet there’s this certain hesitancy to fully embrace that nerdhood, so he keeps a bit of distance from it via good-natured mockery. He obviously loves CC yet at least so far we haven’t seen any of the characters really enjoying it, they’re all busy making snide remarks and engaging in awful wordplay instead.

  7. spacemanspiff85

    It’s extremely bizarre. I had some hopes for the “Flash Museum” arc. It’s a subject Batiuk is obviously passionate about, and I thought for sure some of that passion would have to be evident in the story, and he’d make an effort to share what makes it special to him.
    But nope, just dumb trivia and a dolly.

  8. In the Funkyverse. every day is garbage day.

  9. billytheskink

    Best costume award goes to John’s hair for its near-perfect Tribble cosplay.

  10. erdmann

    There’s nothing wrong with knowing Herbie, the Fat Fury. In fact, I… Wait. That kid behind him… Merciful Zod, is he cosplaying Act 1 Funky?! The horror!

  11. It’s almost as if he wants it to be this niche thing that mainstream society derides. The worst thing in the world to someone with his need to feel misunderstood and persecuted would have to be acceptance, I guess.

  12. How much you wanna bet he will publish on his blog a legend to the characters depicted, like that one he did for Cliff’s big party? Gotta tell the world how clever and Easter egg-y he can be!

  13. Rusty

    I think Batiuk thinks of himself as Les, a nerd who gets the girl, has a creative career, and so overcomes his young loserdom. So he’s afraid to celebrate it entirely.
    Side note: I do believe John would wear socks with sandals, I don’t believe Batiuk sees anything wrong with that.

  14. bobanero

    I guess the “joke” today is that these nerds are openly defying the authoritarian orders that are spouting from the PA speaker, going against the stereotype that nerds respect authority, or something like that (yawn).

    Anyway, at least nobody in the audience has chosen to cosplay any of the characters from Starbuck Jones.

  15. bigd1992

    Sorry if already posted, but a large comic store stayed home for the first time in 44 years.

  16. count of tower grove

    Skunqualung eyeing little girls with bad intent.

  17. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    I guess the point of today’s strip (or at least as much of a point as FW ever has anymore) is that ComicCon are a bunch of selfish assholes who don’t think the rules apply to them.

  18. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Oops! I made a typo and almost repeated what Bobanero had already said (except I take a harsher view of such lojinx).

    A tip of the drunken beard for Skunqualung! Supoib!