Holly Smoke

SosfdavidO, coming up short on fire related puns for today’s today’s mope-a-thon. Once again, Tombat leaves the viewer with a confused sense of wondering what the heck they’re supposed to be feeling. It sure ain’t comedy. It’s more akin to Garrison Keillor’s brand of humor but we the reader don’t get the enjoyment (or misery) of hearing Garrison ramble on out-loud.


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21 responses to “Holly Smoke

  1. count of tower grove

    Unfair to Garrison Keillor!

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Oh, I get it. This T Guy is a stand-in for longtime FW readers who fondly reminisce about those golden Act I gags of yore whenever BanTom forces us to via another boring premise featuring annoying characters verbally recalling those aforementioned days of yore. “Sigh. I remember those gags. Sigh. So long, long ago….sigh. Nothing left to do now but wait for death’s grim inevitable hand to end my futile meaningless existence. Sigh”. It sums up the experience of being a longtime FW reader perfectly.

    Seriously though, who the hell is this guy and what the hell is he doing there? I mean if he wants to re-live old gags then just re-run the old gags. It’d be a hell of a lot better than trying to endure an entire week’s worth of this idiot reminiscing about a high school he didn’t even attend.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I think we need to start a new page on this site where we can post ideas for Batty to use. You’ll have to waive all future rights to your idea and give permission for Batty to use them of course.

      Breathed, Watterson, and to a lesser extent, Scott Adams, have all been able to achieve a nice balance between the serious and the humorous.

  3. billytheskink

    Look at all those clapping hands… not only is the Anonymous BWT sitting on the Westview fan side of the field, he’s apparently sitting with the band parents. Weirdo. Now that halftime is over, he should have the whole section to himself, though.

    I’m glad that he specified that it was black soot that he used to get on his jersey…

    • count of tower grove

      To paraphrase a man with a really bad haircut: “Soot is black. A lot of people don’t know that!”

  4. Gerard Plourde

    Hearing that the flaming baton routine regularly set the field on fire, it becomes clear why Westview taxpayers consistently vote down the school levy.

  5. Is he here to finally mercy kill their athletics program? If so, this mush will be well worth it.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    According to the Batty blog, he is done with Lisa as he has said everything there is to say about he with the release of the (groan) digital chapbook that tells the story of Summer’s birth.

    • DOlz

      We’ve heard that before. I’ll believe we’ve heard the last of Lisa a year after TB passes.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Yeah, I agree. Lisa is all he’s got, nothing else that he does gets any interest. In his latest interview he mentions that someone wrote to tell him that Lisa inspired them to get checked for cancer. I really wonder about people like that. You had to read about it on the comics page before you took your health seriously ? Really? I do hope they got checked in time, but wow.

        • Gerard Plourde

          He’s admitted that killing Lisa left him without a plan. He made the ten year time jump, got Wally (incredibly) captured a second time so that he could get Becky married off to John (?), for character development, made much of the original cast old and fat, and ignored developing any aspect of their kids.

      • Charles

        I don’t know. While I certainly think it’s way more likely that he brings Lisa back in some awkward fashion, there’s a small chance that we’ve pretty much heard the last of her.

        If you look at how Les’ Hollywood sequence for the Lisa movie ended, it seems to me that at that point, Starbuck Jones took over the spot that Lisa had previously occupied. This coincided with Mason becoming a much more prominent character at the expense of Les. It’s possible that Batiuk realized at that point that there was some combination of his own and, more significantly, his audience’s Lisa fatigue that made further Lisa stories untenable. That probably became very evident to him after the disastrous “Summer finds a Lisa tape for Cayla” sequence that occurred a year later. Since then, the only time Lisa’s been mentioned (to the best of my recollection) is when Batiuk’s been hawking his real life book about Lisa. Those strips served a very different purpose than simply being something he wanted to write about.

        So who knows? Maybe he’s really serious this time. I suppose we’ll know when he has the opportunity to shoehorn in Les’s Run for Lisa’s Legacy and chooses not to.

  7. Comic Book Harriet

    This is just as boring as Funky wandering through an abandoned house. But worse for two reasons.

    1.) The house strips were ‘silent.’
    2.) There was a slim chance Funky would get tetanus.

  8. Jimmy

    Welcome to Lake Westview, where all the women are frumpy, all the men are bald, and all the children are below average.

  9. Charles

    You know, people usually give cartoonists crap when they reuse old punchlines.

    What do those people say when a cartoonist doesn’t actually reuse an old punchline, but instead merely remembers the time when he used that punchline?

  10. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Today’s strip ahould be titled, “Bonfire of Inanities”.