Sunrise, Sunset?

SosfDavidO here, and after a long night recording, our gang packs it up and watches the… sunrise? Is that what that’s supposed to be in today’s strip?! They’re staring at it like it’s the mushroom cloud of an atom bomb. Don’t step off the sidewalk, because what should be a solid street below the curb looks more like a gateway to another dimension. Meanwhile, the 2001 Monolith looms sinisterly ahead.

What a weird daily.


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13 responses to “Sunrise, Sunset?

  1. countoftowergrove

    It’s the end of autumn. The sun’s orientation too northerly. Ah, but for art’s sake!

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Nothing drives home Memphis’ rich musical legacy like a silent strip featuring a bunch of elderly tourists standing around at sunrise. What a storyteller…seriously…I mean who the hell else would tell a “story” like this? No one, that’s who. All premise and lots of filler, that’s the ticket to comic strip success.

  3. And once again, we don’t really see much of the recording session and also once again, somewhere cool has been rendered bleak and banal. I’d rather be reminded that the guy who sold the theater has nothing to look forward to for Christmas but loneliness and regret.

  4. TB should have put them at Ardent Studios. Then the sunrise would be a genuine Easter Egg. But something tells me he wouldn’t know Big Star from Big Mama Thornton.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Too lazy to think up some awkward dialogue Batty?

  6. Sgt. Saunders

    Looks like we may be in for some Abbey-Road-style Tomfuckery come tomorrow.

  7. I’m willing to give TB a pass here. On the surface, it’s a nice piece of art. I guess, on a deeper level, if it were a “sunset” it could represent these aged musicians looking at the end of their lives, knowing they left a contribution to society behind. But, it’s a sunrise – beginning of a new day – and I got nothing except it’s a nice piece of art.

    • Sunrise works on a symbolic level too, though. They did, after all, just do something new and remarkable and that should be sweetly wonderful. And that this album, and this new interest, and this new thing to find worthwhile in life, came after their years of dreary purgatory lodged in Whatever Pun Nursing Home makes sunrise after a long night appropriate.

  8. timbuys

    So, I can remember one time after a long night of working in a New Jersey office building seeing the sun coming up over the Manhattan skyline and it was truly sublime.

    As is not unusual, I’m older than I was then and younger than I’ll be but I can’t imagine nowadays pulling an all nighter to lay down some tracks, legendary studio or not. And I’m in decent health, leaving aside the much noted idea that these are nursing home residents.

  9. If you’re gonna do a wordless one-panel, and your inker is this celebrated comic book heavyweight, the artwork needs to be…good. The light source (the sun, get it, Sun Studio) is right there, and the shadows are running away from it at almost a right angle. And unless those horizontal gray streaks are fog, they probably should not be in front of that looming black shape.

    Fred Blurt: TB should have put them at Ardent Studios. Then the sunrise would be a genuine Easter Egg. But something tells me he wouldn’t know Big Star from Big Mama Thornton.

    I will come to TB’s defense on this score: from what I can tell, Batiuk’s got pretty decent musical tastes. He’s name-dropped Mink DeVille and the Smithereens on the FW blog. I’d wager he’s heard of Big Star.

    • Wow, good call! Didn’t know (or remember) that. I think this arc was well meaning. There was a ton of potential – wry stuff, even. So why does he chicken out every time he gets so close to the flame?

  10. billytheskink

    It’s missing the caption: “Four days later…”

    Actually, you know, I’ll take this break from the strip attempting to play any of this story arc for laughs.

  11. At least there’s no dialogue at all. In Funky Winkerbean, silence is golden.