I bet you thought I made a major mistake yesterday, in making a “Friday” joke about Thursday’s strip. Well, after experiencing a series of unfortunate events yesterday (I’ll just hint with a number: $609.00) I’ll admit I was a bit rattled and might have been convinced it was already Thursday, since my brain function was off-line. And I made a joke about an unavailable strip.
(Today’s strip is also unavailable, by the way.)
But then I got to thinking – what would Tom Batiuk say if someone asked about his lapses in continuity? You know, the fate of Becky’s mother, Marianne Winters-hot star or naive waif, etc etc etc. There are a lot of them. Or how about his lack of jokes? You know, the funny part of a comic strip.
And I’ve come up with a Batiukian Excuse. See, the reason that continuity is non-existent and the jokes have moved to a better neighborhood is that it makes the strip more interactive with the reader. When the reader can supply continuity, it stimulates his imagination and makes him a part of the creative process, thus making him more involved with the strip. Similarly with the jokes–when the reader can make up his own, he’s invested in the success of the strip. It all makes perfect sense.
So, for me posting a Friday joke on a Thursday, it “jolts” the humor, it makes it more interactive and creative. Making it funnier.
Or, I could have just been a dumb-head. It won’t have been the first time.
PS: Has anyone noted that the last two weeks were all about band funding? And the week before that was the Lisa auction? Then we had Phil getting fired. But the week before that was the Les Book Tour. This strip is nothing but hucksterism non-stop.