Roses in November

Today’s strip was not available for preview. It is, almost certainly, more of the same book signing shtick. Will today’s customer be totally or only partially clueless as to why they are waiting in line? We’ll have to find out together.

But while we are on the subject of Les’ books, let’s take a brief look back at the promotion for his first book Fallen Star, the John Darling bio and murder-solver that may or may not have actually been released in 1997 or 1998.

Les gets booked on “The Today Show”.

Has a publicity photo taken by Crankshaft’s non-Pam daughter Chris (Barry Balderman cameo in the photo-corner flashback!).

Gets bumped from “The Today Show” because his agent is terrible.

Gets interviewed by some giraffe children for their high school newspaper because his agent is terrible.

Sulks in the park and is found by Apple Annie, a homeless media maven and part-time stalker who would become Les’ publishing agent in early Act III before TB forgot she existed.

Post-script: Chris Crankshaft would later help Apple Annie out of homelessness. They met because Annie helped a lost Crankshaft find Chris during one of his infrequent visits to New York. I think the Batiukverse is shrinking to a singularity…


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15 responses to “Roses in November

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Awesome (and incredibly timely too) post. I was wondering when the “Fallen Star” fan would finally make an appearance. And, of course, she’s another eye-roll-inspiring jerk who fails to appreciate Dick Facey’s masterpiece, just like the rest of them. First he makes a whole big show out of how he’s dropping the silly gags and really “writing” now, then he spends thirty years bitching about the “life of a writer”, like deciding to turn FW into a serialized drama was just his destiny or something, a force over which he had no control or say at all. What a dick.

  2. Spacemanspiff85

    Not even a “thank you” when someone says they liked your book? Just immediately trying to get them to buy something? Man, Les sucks.

  3. billytheskink

    I really, REALLY hope this is based on an actual encounter TB had with a fan who waited in line just to tell him that they preferred his earlier “funny” strips.

  4. Rusty

    Holy crap that old artwork was bad. He would refuse to sketch out a face if the character wasn’t front and center.

  5. Here we go again. Batiuk wants to stand around weeping and gnashing his teeth because he made life worse by making people laugh at his poor draftsmanship and tepid humor when there were Serious Problems to have Serious(ly STUPID) Thoughts about.

  6. Chyron HR

    “I really like your earlier book about John Darling.”
    “Would you like to buy this collection of comic strips that my step-son drew?”
    “No, but if you ever write a real book again, I’ll buy a copy.”

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Great post today. I had forgotten about Apple Annie, another character shoehorned in so Batty could say his strip dealt with contemporary issues like homelessness.

  8. Those earlier strips share a striking similarity with recent offerings: with the exception of the school newspaper one, none of them are funny.

  9. bobanero

    No, but if anybody ever writes a book about your murder, I’ll be glad to buy a copy.

    • Comic Book Harriet

      ‘Murder at the Bookstore’ anyone? It’ll be like a Basic Instinct level alibi.

      • I imagine the various detectives assigned to the case would quit after a couple of days. “There’s no way to narrow the list of suspects down. In fact, the number of people who really wanted to murder this guy just keeps growing.”

        • Gerard Plourde

          Sort of like “Murder on the Orient Express”.

        • billytheskink

          That’s pretty much how it went when Les was trying to figure out who killed John Darling.

          Everyone hated the guy, a story arc that was revisited a couple years ago when Jessica decided not to finish the documentary she was shooting (pun intended) about her father.

  10. timbuys

    The degree of witless self-regard that animated the creation of today’s strip is amazing. I feel bad anyone has to collect a paycheck illustrating this dreck.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Would you like a copy?”

    “HA! Heck no, Beardo. Look at this: Your wife dies a painful, lingering death, and you make it all about you. Then you get into this staged interracial marriage, with this lady you obviously don’t care about, to show the world how hip and cutting edge you are, when in fact you’re the most smug, uptight person on the planet. This is the most pathetic garbage I’ve ever seen in book form.”


    “Yeah, well why don’t you just take your stupid book and cram…”