Let us address Bull’s “CTE diagnosis:” From Wikipedia:

Currently, [Chronic traumatic encephalopathy] can only be definitively diagnosed by direct tissue examination after death…

…though according to my light research, this past fall it was reported that a diagnosis had been made in the case of a still-living, since deceased, unidentified “old baller.” Naturally, Batiuk couldn’t have known this when he wrote this strip a year ago, so we still get to call “Bull” -shit.


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18 responses to “Enfee-Bull-ment

  1. Epicus Doomus

    This is just excruciatingly awful on every level. If he wants to have Linda and Buck talk about Bull, fine, but do they need to do it right in front of him while he gestures and smirks like a complete imbecile? It’s all so embarrassing, like the reader won’t understand the severity of Bull’s CTE unless we actually see him acting deranged. Batiuk really should stash this sub-moronic CTE arc on the shelf with Morton’s Alzheimer’s and Summer’s basketball career. Just chalk it up as another overly-ambitious poorly-executed failure and go back to the standard “dumb jock” gags or better yet, just pretend Bull doesn’t even exist anymore. No one cares at this point anyhow.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    It really does amaze me, even after years of reading this crap, how someone could do a storyline about CTE spanning months without doing the most basic bit of research on the subject.

    • DOlz

      To be fair when has TB ever done any research?

      • Hannibal's Lectern

        To steal a line from Jon Stewart, Todd Buttock’s “research” is limited to two topics: the human anus, and pulling things out of it.

        Oh wait–I think I used this comment before… am I developing early signs of CTE (Changing to Todd Enfeeblement)? Doctor! We need an MRI, stat!!

  3. Smirks 'R Us

    BatHack take some advice and stop embarrassing yourself with arcs about topics you know nothing about, and clearly refuse to do any research on.

    Stick to your wheelhouse. For instance, how to sharpen and properly arrange ones colored pencils. Or how to have a lucrative career as a “cartoonist” without ever being funny.

  4. billytheskink

    Well yeah, Buck is the only person who still visits Bull and Linda is quite possibly the least funny character in this comic strip (I mean she’s tied with a bunch of characters, but TB doesn’t even try jokes with her). She’s great at changing earrings between panels, though.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Yup, he’s a lifelong town fixture who’s coached hundreds and hundreds of local kids over the years but his only friend is some mysterious weirdo who just popped up out of nowhere one day. Thus we can safely conclude that either a) Bull is a real dick and/or b) Westview is a cold, cold place.

      I’ve always had an irrational hatred for Linda. She has the exact same world-weary attitude as Becky does but with an extra side of wry cynicism that always manages to irk me more than a rarely-used secondary character should. She often seems to exist solely to remind the reader of how stupid Bull is.

  5. redsnifit

    I get the distinct feeling that Bull is actually locked in a cell, wildly gesturing to nobody in particular, while Linda and Buck observe him through a one-way mirror. How else could he be so oblivious to the discussion they’re having five feet away from him?

  6. Perhaps he really is dead and he’s in Hell. Oh, wait. Hell is a better place than Cancerview. Maybe that’s why he’s laughing: he’s damned for all eternity for his sins but he’s out of Westview for good.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Bobanero was correct when he said Batty needs to have the younger characters, particularly Summer, take over and bear the brunt of these sports jokes.

  8. Rusty

    Don’t forget, this couple had an adopted daughter, the unfortunately named “Jinx.” She was last seen selling tickets to the gay prom. I assume she moved East for college and is too busy to come home and visit.

    • billytheskink

      She didn’t even come back to see Bull’s retirement ceremony back in 2016. Ouch. She probably got fed up with Jessica dithering over the never-completed John Darling documentary she was supposed to work on and swore never to return.

      Poor Jinx. TB, attempting to flip the Les-Summer dynamic, set her up as a brainy, artsy teen with an interest in AV and little in common with Bull in order to set up some lighthearted conflict… and then did almost nothing with that premise. Bull never even met her halfway on her interests, their only “bonding” story arc involved Linda FORCING Jinx to join Bull’s summer league softball team. And that was it, Jinx spent the rest of Act III being…

      She was probably the most poorly-defined of Act III’s first generation high schoolers. Summer and Keisha got gallons of ink dedicated to their athletic prowess and friendship. Cory was an angry hoodlum with enabling, disinterested parents. Rana went from adopted Afghan orphan to stuck up cheerleader and stayed in that lane while being briefly bewildered by having both DSH and Wally as fathers in her life. Maddie never deviated from her spaced out totally-not-a-stoner act, but she at least had that. “Big Mac” appeared in 2-3 strips and doesn’t count.

      • comicbookharriet

        Thank you for that wonderful recap of characters we’ll probably never see again.

        Since your Funkyverse knowledge is both deep and vast, who was the young woman at Bull’s retirement shindig?

        • billytheskink

          That was Mickey Lopez, Linda’s daughter from a relationship prior to her marriage to Bull. Mickey was a later addition to the first generation of Act II high schoolers, folks like Wally and Lefty. She was the placekicker on the football team, which is probably why TB had her attend Bull’s retirement ceremony.

          She had another Act III appearance as well, giving a pep talk to the football team just before they beat BWT for the conference title in 2014. The title panel and reference to her being on the 2003 championship team actually refer to a 1997 story arc where she wound up scoring the winning touchdown against Centerville in a driving rainstorm while wearing her formal homecoming dress. The fall of 2003 was almost entirely about Lisa trying and failing to win a reprieve for a death row inmate, no Mickey Lopez or football to be found.

      • Epicus Doomus

        SoSF’s resident Funkstorian, just awesome. This stuff fascinates me. Early Act III was almost as ambitious (relatively speaking) as Act II was but somewhere around 2009-2010 it just sort of ground to a halt. He spent a few years wallowing in post-“Lisa’s Story” ennui, then after Summer graduated the hulk of his early Act III characters sort of faded away, replaced by the sort of crap he’s cranking out now.

  9. comicbookharriet

    Everyone here is on the same wonderful wavelength and already said what I was feeling about this horrible arc better than I could. But I’ll add one thing:

    Go F**k youself, Tom.

    I am not usually furious at him, just bemused, but this arc has finally broken me.

    • Epicus Doomus

      I find this one extremely irksome too. I mean sure, he’s always played Bull’s general idiocy for laughs and that’s fine, but using the brain damage stuff for chuckles is just obnoxious, especially given how’s he’s all but martyred certain other “afflicted” characters who shall remain nameless here.