(Sorry I’m late! Things…happened…)
Panels one and two are the funniest things I’ve seen in this strip for a long time. “This is the cover for ‘Prelude'” says Dullard, handing Les an image that’s got PRELUDE written on it in huge letters. Does Dullard have the same contempt for Les that the rest of us have? Maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all!
Just kidding. Dullard is thoroughly hateable, and if he likes to insult Les to his face, that’s not mitigating enough.
Normally, the titles and such wouldn’t be done by the artist, but by a typographer–so, if this was normal, Dullard might have to explain which cover went with which book. But as you can see, Tom Batiuk didn’t even bother to change the author name to “Les Moore,” so this is exactly what it looks like–an advertisement. Remember that $80 behemoth that Fearless Leader found? Gotta get the word out!
I still find it hard to believe that anyone could read 862 pages of Les Moore. That sounds like an elaborate suicide attempt, albeit much more painful than the traditional ones.