Wow, it looks like Bernie and Thatsnought are determined to make this sale! In the second panel, it appears they are physically forcing the mattress against that lady, shoving her back into her own home! “Buy this mattress or we will kill you with it!” Wow, that eleven dollars is as good as theirs!
Many folks have pointed out the idiocy of this arc–you don’t lug the damned mattresses around, the same way you don’t carry around turkeys that are becoming dangerous by the minute as they thaw and incubate. No, you show pictures to folks and take orders, then you order the stock, and then you deliver the orders. But that’s not the way things work in the Batiukverse.
Okay, fine, comic strip rules are not the same as real-world rules. But here’s my question, specifically about what we’re seeing here, with Bernie and Thatsnought shilling a mattress.
What happens if they sell it? Are they done for the day, or do they have to go back and get another mattress, come back and start again at the next house on this street? Is there a flatbed truck just out of sight that has a dozen or so more mattresses for them? Has this arc been poorly thought out?
Uh, I mean um *cough*
Well, I’m sure there are at least half a dozen people saying, “Hey, you wanted him to do more funny strips and he’s doing them! There are jokes! You people are ungrateful and should be thanking him!” Well, okay, but honestly, this strip doesn’t give me much to be thankful for. The problem is, as far as “funny,” that ship has sailed many years ago. Tom Batiuk has no idea how to be funny.
And if you’re not going to be funny, at least get the logistics right.