Define “Man”

Link To Today’s Strip

Mysteries abound today. “Our man”…yes, I suppose that biologically speaking Boy Lisa is indeed a “man”, in a way. I can’t imagine it being too difficult to track him down, just follow the trail of comic books, pizza crusts and his wife’s tears of disappointment and bingo, there he is. Seriously though, who the hell knows where this is going, although if Boy Lisa is involved it’s guaranteed to be duller than watching Montoni’s pizza grease congealing. Boy Lisa has never been in an arc that wasn’t a pointless slog and even the one “good” Darin moment (when he was gunned down after illegally boarding a ship) was just a dream, alas. Hopefully it doesn’t involve opening mail or we might be here for a while.

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15 responses to “Define “Man”

  1. Spacemanspiff85

    Something seems incredibly, incredibly off about the perspective in the first panel. Are those gigantic columns behind that building?
    Also, that’s got to be a tablet on a stand on the guy’s desk, because a computer monitor wouldn’t be displaying a portrait that way.
    Also, CME Studios is pretty funny. I guess Batiuk doesn’t want to draw attention to the fact that it’s a cable movie company but can’t just retcon the name, for some reason.

    • Epicus Doomus

      It’s bizarre, like some vast alien city. Even more bizarre is how much “detail” is put into a strip that is a lead-pipe-cinch to be absolutely and totally meaningless by Wednesday at the latest. This is a FW Darin arc, not only will nothing happen but there’s a pretty fair chance he won’t even be the “star” of the arc by Friday.

  2. countoftowergrove

    What’s this, are the artists being platooned?

  3. billytheskink

    TB lives up to his words in panel 3. Whether yawning or popping a cocktail of pharmaceuticals, Mr. Businessman’s reaction to the news that his lackeys have found Durwood is certainly within a quarter inch of reality.

  4. I have to say, if you want really boring, uninvolving content where you just don’t care what happens, and you can’t be bothered to even make something up that involves anyone caring what happens…Tom Batiuk is your man.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    The last time we saw someone discussing our Boy Lisa, it was his wife and mother-in-law muttering about him in hushed tones. That arc ended with him buying a Flash treadmill. This comic strip goes off in some pretty goddamned weird directions sometimes and no one finds more boring ways to get from A to B quite like BanTom does. Just when you think he’s exhausted every single tedious stupid premise he has he digs deep and trailblazes another path through new frontiers of banality. Aside from an actual semi-interesting story, nothing would surprise me here.

  6. Watch the boring slog be another exercise in trying to “get” Big Frankie once and for all. It’s bad enough that his scheme to ‘dig up dirt’ on the movie turned into “Marianne Winters lives at home with her mama” without Boring Psycho Cop here using his boring son against him.

  7. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Great intro, ED. “Trail of comic books, pizza crusts and his wife’s tears” – I laughed out loud. I didn’t guffaw, it was more of a chuckle.

    Spaceman Spiff is correct. The building on the left is a either a Frank Gehry or it’s falling over. Someone wasn’t paying attention in Art 101 when they covered three-point perspective.

    Looking at the character in the last frame, I think the story would be more interesting if it started like this:

    The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

    This is the city: Westview, Ohio. I work here, I carry some flab. I’m a pizza delivery man.

    Dum De Dum Dum!

    It was Monday, October 16th. It was unusually breezy in Westview. I was working the night delivery shift out of Montoni’s. A call came in at 10:43 pm. A guy wanted a large deluxe pizza – with a side order of goofballs…

  8. Comic Book Harriet

    Well, we finally have an explanation for why the past couple weeks have been TERRIBLE. Due to law of conservation of Tragedy/Comedy/Banality in the Funkyverse, all the humor and intelligence that could have been rationed out in crumbs over those horrible Fun Run strips was saved up so we could get exactly one ironically funny Crankshaft today.

    • Comic Book Harriet

      That was supposed to be “unironically.” But upon further reflection my ‘error’ was correct. Any time Crankshaft is actually funny, it smacks of cosmic irony.

  9. Is this going to be another dream sequence? Because it doesn’t seem reality based. Seriously, we’re supposed to believe that two sober, fully-conscious adults who hold down office jobs care about Dullin Fairgoof?

  10. The guy comes to within a Hitler mustache and a white lower half of hair of being J. Jonah Jameson.

  11. Professor Fate

    Of course it won’t happen but one does wish this arc has Boy Lisa waking up bound and gagged and inside the trunk of a car. It won’t happen but one still tends to dream.

  12. Charles

    I love how the people search engine the guy is using just displays a huge vanity-type picture of Darin. Yes, that’s totally how using a site like that works.