Tuesday, September 26

Today’s strip

And there’s our least favorite guy, sitting there in his earnest earnestness in the Columbus Museum of Art with his latest cancer porn books. And Batiuk decides to do another damn Crankshaft crossover by bringing Lillian into the strip as Les’s lone customer. She’s got to be, what, 137 years old by now?

And then Batiuk flashes us back in what I presume is today’s “hook” that makes the strip seem somewhat less perfunctory. Les is sitting there with his hands similarly cupped, but instead of his earnest earnestness, he has his standard “oh, how jejune” face, no doubt over how debased he was to be appearing at such a crappy venue as Lillian’s attic-turned-used bookstore.

But what intrigues me the most about the throwback panel is how Burchett hasn’t bothered at all to change the appearance of flashback Lillian from today’s Lillian. She’s still the same woman, clutching the same book in all three panels, despite the fact that in panel two she’s supposed to be something like 25 years younger than she is in panels 1 and 3. After all, Lisa died 20 years ago in the Funkyverse and Les’s publication of the book about Jessica’s-father,-John-Darling,-who-was-murdered, was before even that. Hell, Lillian was old when she was first introduced in Crankshaft, which by going by the screwy timelines between the strips, was probably supposed to be around 43 years ago. Way to mail it in, Rick Burchett.

Panel 3, with its underhanded insult of Les, is pretty much par for the course.



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21 responses to “Tuesday, September 26

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Wow! What a coincidence! She had a bookstore over her garage, while Les has a studio IN his garage! I don’t really remember this, as I was driven away from large swaths of Act II by things like this, but I sort of vaguely remember it. My oh my, Les sure has come a long way, eh? Once a mere clean-shaven geek writing about his dead wife, now a gigantic bearded dick with ears writing about his dead wife. He’s truly a titan in the “dead wife” genre.

    • Comic Book Harriet

      This isn’t an Act II reference. Rather the plotline about Lillian opening a book store in her attic is only from about a year ago in Crankshaft, but it featured a BACK IN TIME cameo by a younger, not yet bereaved, Les.

  2. When I go through game stores or video stores, they frequently have these life-size cardboard standing things of Thor, Wonder Woman, or Batman, or whoever’s movie is currently in theatres or newly arrived on Blue-Ray. You know, so you can walk in and be startled for a tiny moment. “Whoah! Is that Bane? Oh no, chuckle, it’s one of those advertising things! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!”

    Is this what we’re seeing here? Someone made a cardboard-cutout-thing of Les Moore? Because his expression doesn’t change a whit from “I hosted your party” to “No one showed up.”

    What kind of horrible monster makes Les Moore cardboard cut-outs to prop up in book stores? And why hasn’t he sold these to gun stores?

    • Epicus Doomus

      Whenever he’s at an actual book signing, Les is always just a tad too cool for the crowd. He looks at everyone with either deadpan disdain or mildly bemused tolerance. He comes off like he knows this sort of thing is beneath him but it’s just a part of the trade he has to endure with gritted teeth and forced smirks. He hates writing the books, he hates publishing the books, he hates promoting the books, he hates his fans and admirers, there’s nothing about writing he enjoys…except Lisa. God I hate him with the fury of a million exploding universes.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    I’m sure that was the one and only book signing Les did where nobody showed up.

  4. billytheskink

    What I took from panel 3 is that even Lillian didn’t get Les to sign a book for her, which… good for her, you know.

    Also, the book she is holding isn’t one of Les’, so double good for her. Doesn’t make up for what she did to her sister, of course, but the enemy of my enemy is friend and all that.

    • Jimmy

      Dare I ask what she did to her sister? I make an attempt to avoid Crankshaft when possible.

      • billytheskink

        Lillian, jealously, intercepted a letter with a marriage proposal from her sister Lucy’s boyfriend that he sent right as he shipped off overseas during World War II. Said boyfriend (Eugene, I think was his name) assumed that she rejected his proposal when he received no reply and never contacted her again. Lillian admitted nothing to a heartbroken Lucy and kept this a secret until Lucy (who had suffered for years with Alzheimer’s) lay comatose, dying in a hospital bed.

  5. Wasn’t one of those books he was supposed to write the story of how great she was for waiting until her sister was dead to tell her the crap she pulled? It’s like how Lisa’s dad should be forgiven for telling her corpse that he regretted disowning her for the whole teen pregnancy thing. This must mean that Batiuk thinks that you’re a good person if you confess your sins to the carcass of the person you selfishly fuck over.

  6. Saturnino

    “Whoah! Is that Bane? Oh no, chuckle, it’s one of those advertising things!…….. ”

    Don’t laugh. Several years ago there was a 90 minute nighttime SWAT standoff with a cardboard cutout of Regis Philbin at a bank in the PDRNJ

    • There’s also the Boy Ghost in “Three Men and a Baby.”

    • billytheskink

      I’ve known of businesses that leave cardboard standees of police officers in and around their stores/offices. They swear it cuts down on burglaries.

      Many years ago, my dad worked in the advertising art department of a local grocery chain, and the art room guys would collect those cardboard people (usually from in-store beer displays) and place them all along one of the walls. They eventually acquired one of those cardboard cops and placed him prominently between Elvira Mistress of the Dark and Jim Varney as Ernest (complete with paper sunglasses taped on his face).

  7. Comic Book Harriet

    I’m not sure that in FUNKY time twenty years are supposed to have gone by since the glorious ascension of the dead St. Lisa . It doesn’t feel like Act III has covered 10 years of time in strip…(it feels like A THOUSAND YEARS out of strip) Also wouldn’t that make Summer 25? Is she getting a seven year undergrad degree like I did?

    • Gerard Plourde

      It should be pretty close to that. The second time jump was about ten years. Summer was about five when St. Lisa went off arm in arm with Masky McDeath. We then jump to the lost generation of kids – Jinx, Maddie, Summer who I think were entering high school. While they were there, we get the crop who just graduated entering (Chullo Boy, et al) So I’d estimate an additional six or seven years for that. I think, but could be wrong, that Les wrote “Fallen Star” about the John Darling murder before Summer was born, so twenty years could be right, making Lillian a spry nonagenarian, as opposed to frail, Bedside Manor inmate Crankshaft.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Summer moved into her KSU dorm back in Sept. 2012, so this marks her fifth year in college.

  8. The Dreamer

    Later this week Crankshaft is rolled in from Bedside Manor to get his book signed, stunning Led, “you?!?! You’re still alive?! You nearly killed me every day on the way home on the bus! In what sane world would you, Crankshaft, still be alive and my St. Lisa be dead?!?! Thus causing Les to lose his religion and turn against the world!.