You Should See What They’ll Do For Some Pants And A Nectarine

Link To Today’s Strip

Sure Les, they didn’t participate in a cancer fun run because it was for a worthy cause or because they enjoy running, they did it for a banana and one of those hideous tee-shirts that no sane person would wear again for any reason. Only you may fully appreciate Lisa’s Story, the rest of the peons are no more than animals, unworthy gullible morons. He can’t even be bothered to thank the participants for their time, he’s too busy implying that they’re just a bunch of easily-swayed marks. What a dick.

What a shitty punchline too. The gag would be terrible enough on its own, but what really sends today’s strip over the edge is that artwork in panel three. Seeing Les in that odd annoying pose fills me with a peculiar mix of rage and queasiness I can’t quite define, as it’s unique to this comic strip and the Les character. You know exactly what I’m talking about, that complex combination of sheer anger, stupefying boredom and total disgust that only Les Moore himself can generate. The Germans have a word for it: Lessmoorefruedeschitzen, which roughly translates to “shameful annoyed rage”. While any FW arc can and will be just as bad, when Les is involved it’s just a whole different level.


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

17 responses to “You Should See What They’ll Do For Some Pants And A Nectarine

  1. WOW, Les’s expression towards Cayla in the first panel. o.o

  2. Spacemanspiff85

    Yeah, I’d say the worst part of this is Les theatrically staring and pointing at his own t-shirt, like Cayla wouldn’t understand what t-shirt he was referring to otherwise.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Cayla’s dead-eyed grin isn’t helping matters there either. This arc began with Les feeling happy and relieved about not having to do any of the work normally associated with his annual cancer fun run and it ends with Les insulting the intelligence of the participants. And last week’s arc began with Les holding a prestigious book-launch event and ended with him being humiliated by his biggest fans. That is some really odd self-promotion right there.

  3. billytheskink

    I’d throw Les down a well for a t-shirt and a banana. I mean, I’d do for nothing, but if you’re offering…

  4. I’m invoking fair use and inserting today’s strip into the post because since Batiuk ceded “pencilling” duties to another artist, the “quality” of the draftsmanship’s gone from inconsistent to wildly erratic. As was noticed earlier this week, Batty’s assistant this week is Chuck Ayers, who drew Crankshaft for years and who, especially when compared to TB, is a decent cartoonist. I suspect, as with Burchett, that for the sake of visual consistency Chuck’s got to dial back his rendering skills to be on par with Batiuk’s.

    • If I had to guess, I’d say that Batiuk still pencils the rough artwork, and it’s Burchett and Ayers who fill in the details. Hence the awkward stances and such, in order to get the ad for the book in every panel.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      When I see Burchett and Ayres making the same stupid mistakes, and using the same annoying mannerisms as BatHack, I can imagine it’s because Batty bangs on their doors in tears, screaming “DO IT LIKE ME!! DO IT LIKE ME!!!!”

    • Rusty Shackleford

      It’s amazing what cartoonists will do…when chasing awards,

    • Rusty Shackleford

      That interview has all the same recycled bits Batty uses in all of his interviews.

      My gosh we are all just a bunch of hayseeds, good thing we read the comics and learned about getting checked early.

  5. Note to Batiuk: it isn’t self-deprecating humor if you don’t make the character into a pompous load of shit who thinks he’s better than the people around him.

  6. Saturnino

    “Legendary cartoonist, Northeast Ohio native, promotes breast cancer awareness through comic”

    I think folks are already aware of it.

  7. louder

    “Legendary cartoonist, Northeast Ohio native, promotes breast cancer awareness through comic”

    How is a week’s worth of comics about a cancer run, feature nothing but Less, helping to raise awareness? What a terrible writer BatHack truly is! To raise awareness you would think Cayla would have a central place, maybe at least have her say something like “good thing I have a mammogram every year,” or have her say something that will connect with the woman readers — but no, breast cancer week is all about Less, and not a single important statement from a female character. The lack of awareness and self-centeredness is astounding.

  8. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Panel 1: Whoa, whoa, whoa… Slow down. What was the name of this event again? I had plum forgot! Run it by me again…

    And nothing at all weird about Headband Boy offering his “hot macaque” a banana.

  9. Charles

    You know, there was a time when the repellent nature of the Lisa worship arcs were sufficient to get me to comment enthusiastically.

    But now I just find these sequences to be exhausting. Is Batiuk defeating me?

    • Epicus Doomus

      Nah, like everything else in the Funkyverse even his most irritating tropes are becoming duller by the day. It’s the inevitable heat-death of the Batiukverse. Eventually it’ll just be a single silent disembodied Les head, floating aimlessly from panel to panel.