Wearing Me Out

Finally we get to see Marianne looking like the kind of Hollywood ingenue that could turn Conan into Bob Hope. I am no judge of fashion: I do think the shoulder straps seem borrowed from a Montoni’s apron, but the cutout midriff is a kind of stylish touch. A great little black dress for a party, sure, but I think what the reporter girl’s got on is much better suited for a movie premiere.

The author has gone to lengths establishing Marianne’s close relationship with her Mom. It’s all she talked about over lunch with her costar, and she even dragged Mason home to meet her (and we all know how that turned out). It’s rather puzzling, then, that as Marianne’s dreams of stardom are realized, the Mom who inspired her sits home alone watching it all on TV.

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18 responses to “Wearing Me Out

  1. Count of Tower Grove

    Oh mega!

  2. Epicus Doomus

    I thought the same thing re: why Mrs. Winters is at home while everyone else in the Batiukiverse is presumably at the premier. Then I remembered Marianne’s simple homespun upbringing and I realized that Mrs. Winters probably has to get up early, shear the sheep and get to work on her loom to create Marianne’s latest ensemble for the sequels. Life in the Hollywood foothills isn’t all fancy premiers, movie stars and attempted suicides, you know.

  3. Actually it’s quite simple why Marianne’s mother isn’t there–there aren’t5 any comic books to be read, so there’s no need for her cookies and milk.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Marianne and Cliff are similar in many ways. Obviously they were both created specifically for the SJ arc. The both began as one thing (sexy sex vixen to sex production up, weird reclusive hermit) then became another (chaste homespun overly-sensitive naive nice girl, social justice pioneer cult hero supporting actor). They’ve both battled mental health issues (suicidal urges, long-term agoraphobia) that were seemingly and miraculously resolved overnight and never mentioned again. They both have sidekick characters for themselves too. And of course, they’re both laughably stupid.

    It’s pretty funny how they’re airing this live, like all the major networks cut away from regularly scheduled programming to cover the SJ premier. Hopefully they’ll stick around for the fire and the hopelessly bungled rescue operation too.

    • Hitorque

      It’s funny because for a sex vixen, Marianne is by far the un-sexiest “young” woman in Batiuk’s character template…

  5. billytheskink

    I like to think the studio offered to fly Mrs. Winters out for the premiere and she responded, “It’s gonna be in Ohio? No thanks…”

  6. Once again, Batiuk’s overweening need to emphasize a character trait (in this instance, how wholesome and unassuming and conventional he retconned Marianne into being) gives birth to an absurdity that makes everyone involved look ridiculous and accidentally makes a hero of a straw bimbo. That might have worked when he was churning out the story of the outcasts, losers and idiots at Westview High but once The Lady Knight Of Cerebus Saint Dead Lisa showed up, it didn’t any more.

  7. Can’t help but be reminded of the “Accidental Porn” segment Maxim magazine (I think) used to run in the late 90s. Please to see MaSs0nne’s pose in panel 2. (I think it’s a little creepy that she’s yelling her mom’s name, too…) http://imgur.com/A6tiC2W

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Seems like just yesterday she was climbing the Hollywood sign…that story went nowhere.

    And now today Batty is shoehorning in yet another old person. I guess it fits the typical newspaper demographic so it probably makes sense.

  9. Gerard Plourde

    So what’s the backstory to explain why Marianne Winters’ mom didn’t get to go to the premiere? After all, this is a project that was so well-funded that Mason, Cindy, Pete and Darrin could make multiple cross-country trips at the drop of a hat, could make Jon a consultant and pay for him and Crazy Harry to attend ComicCon in exchange for apparently no real work and abruptly decide to mount the world premiere in a small-town movie theater in Ahia. They couldn’t spring for travel, accommodations, and a ticket for mom?

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Well they are a mother daughter duo that sees the Hollywood sign as a safe space and a source of inspiration, so you gotta question their intelligence.

      • Hitorque

        And she did almost kill herself because some nobody on the internet said something unflattering about her, so she’s emotionally stunted as well.

  10. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    I don’t remember EXACTLY what she looked like before, but it seems to me Momma Summers Winters has looked different every time we’ve seen her — Semi-attractive at first, then she was fat like a Holly, and now she looks about 60. Could someone please post pics of Momma Through The Ages? I’d really appreciate it.

    Note to Momma Summers Winters: People on TV can’t see you when you wave at them, and you really don’t need to sit so close to a wide screen, high def TV.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    By the way, doing the BatMath, seems to me Momma Winters would likely be younger than Cindy. Chew on that a while.

  12. Hitorque

    A homemade dress? Holy fuckin’ damn she’s a low rent no-class cheapskate….

  13. Don

    Obviously, Marianne’s mom is not there because her eyes aren’t what they used to be – she pretty much has to have her nose up against the TV screen in order to see anything.

  14. Charles

    She had the custom Valentino that was worth several thousand dollars, but she decided she wasn’t going to waste that thing on a crappy opening in Ohio.

    Now that Marianne’s gone full Modest Down-home Good Girl, the only question I have now is which shitty version of Westview maleness is she going to have to hook up with?