Sweet and Splice-y

We’re still in Crazy’s AV lair in today’s strip. When did Crazy become some sort of AV guru, a guy who owns shelves of different media players? I don’t even remember if he ran the projector back in Act I but now he’s going on about Bull’s sweet splice repairs. I’m a noted Betamax enthusiast who can talk at length about the late 80s rise in use of VHS cases and labels for Beta cassettes but I don’t say things like that.

One might wonder why Bull, who has both a fairly high opinion of his AV skills and lots (lots!) of free time, doesn’t simply buy or borrow the equipment and convert these tapes to DVD himself. One might also wonder why Bull, if he has such skills that he can splice videotape in a “sweet” manner, was never tasked with putting up any of Westview High’s legendary badly taped signs.


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16 responses to “Sweet and Splice-y

  1. Epicus Doomus

    If he knows video so well, why does he need Harry at all? There isn’t even a joke here, unless the line about playing videos in class is supposed to be the gag…but that’s really, really weak. “Weak” describes this one perfectly; he’s actually repeating the premise in a Sunday strip.

    • redsnifit

      Given Harry’s apparently a dolt who’ll do anything for free because of The Power of Friendship and/or sympathy, it’s more a question of why people aren’t running to him to do all their menial tasks more often.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    I really wish Batiuk knew how to deal with humor.

  3. What bothers me is that why doesn’t he deal with the fact that Linda looks down on him and always has.

  4. The only notable aspect of this episode is that Batiuk and Burchette are now signing their work “B & B.”

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      I guess they’re an item now. And Batty and Chuck Ayrhead were such a cute couple — skinny little Tom and that big bear, Chuck.

  5. By the way, the “badly taped signs” link just leads back here.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    I’m certainly no expert regarding videotape, but my understanding is that repeated use physically degrades the tape and the image (unlike optically-read DVDs). If Bull was actually making as much use of the tapes as Batty postulates, I doubt that there’s much left to see.

    • The unfortunate thing is that DVDs deteriorate as well, and I’d guess that homemade ones are probably more prone to that than professionally pressed ones.
      I used to have hundreds of DVDs and found that a number of the older ones (particularly those pressed by Warner Brothers) either glitched out just wouldn’t play at all.
      Hey–it’s another thing for Bull to fret over! Win-win!

  7. Don

    Er, it’s not particularly easy to convert a VHS tape to DVD if you don’t own a DVD recorder (yes, they exist; in fact, I still own two of them – they’re still useful for recording things off of the radio, and the answer to your next question is, cassette recorders (a) don’t have timers, (b) don’t hold more than 45 minutes at a time, and (c) don’t let you record to a format that is much easier to copy onto your computer, and then onto your cellphone).

    And one of the tapes is from 2005 – either he has tapes of games that he coached, or he graduated a lot later than the strip lets on.

  8. Max Power

    Where is this taking place? It’s not the Komix Korner. Did Bull and smug Linda show up at Harry’s house? Harry should be rich with all the conversion of Lisa and band videos that the town requires. I’m guessing Montoni has hours and hours of nostalgic video of Montoni’s also.

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    The K*nt State Times interviewing BatTwit:

    “So Tom, tell us about the Linda character.”

    “Well, as you can see, she’s Mexican, which is like a whole different race from regular people. She’s marred to Bull. I wanted to show that the races can get together, you know, and even get married. I’m not afraid to take on edgy, contemporary issues like interracial stuff. I don’t seek recognition for that kind of thing, but I’ll leave my address and phone number with you in case, um, in case somebody calls the Times and needs it to, uh, to get ahold of me. For whatever.”

    “Tom, I’m not criticizing your artwork or anything, but can you tell us what’s with Linda’s hair?”

    “That’s a great question. See, the thing is, I don’t have Linda talk Mexican in the comic strip, because most of my readers are in Ohio and they don’t speak Foreign. But I still want my readers, as well as any award committees, not that I care about awards or anything, to know she’s as Mexican as… as Taco Bell or… or those big hats they wear down there. Note she has salmon colored skin. Mexicans also have tight kinky hair, I’m pretty sure, and she gives it a nice, smart part on the side so that she can have a professional looking appearance at school.”

    “The one thing that confuses me, and a lot of readers, I’m sure, is how Bull and Linda got together. She’s an academic teacher and probably has a masters degree. Bull was a monosyllabic grunter until just recently. He was portrayed as really stupid until recent times, and even now, he’s not so bright. What kind of possible connection could have brought them together?”

    “What are you, some kind of beady eyed nitpicker?? It’s called ‘writing.’ They got together because… because they got together. I don’t know. Look, I really don’t want to talk anymore. Can you call my mom and ask her to pick me up?”

  10. batgirl

    What’s up with the last two panels? In the next-to-last, Linday is hiding a smirk with her glove, even though she has her back turned to Bull. In the last panel, Bull has come all the way around the room to the other side of Crazy and Linda, between one sentence and the next.

  11. DOlz

    I’ve been binge watching “Marvels Runaways” the last few days. At the end of one episode TB’s quarter inch from reality, issue involving young people, and his obsession with VHS tape all came together.

  12. countoftowergrove

    Asshole Todd Bottock, Linda shouldn’t be laughing.