Shadowy Agenda

Link to Today’s Strip.

Someone decided to rip of Frank Miller in exactly one panel today.

Actually the art on looks pretty good, bravo to the colorist for the gradient shades on Chester’s bald head. And you can actually tell that it is supposed to be a Hulk poster in the background. Much better than the weeklies. If you look at Saturday we have a brown Green Arrow, and a nearly black Spider Man. I know that there is a black Spider Man now, but I don’t think he’s gone for a suit the same shade as his skin.

In one entire week of strips, we’ve learned exactly HALF of why Chester is here. I’m guessing that at the end of next week we will finally learn why he wants to contact Mopey Pete.



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21 responses to “Shadowy Agenda

  1. billytheskink

    Chester wants to contact Mopey Pete? Really?
    That’s the saddest thing in today’s paper, including the Sears circular.

  2. gleeb

    A whole week wasted on a build up to Mopey Pete. Well, isn’t that special?

  3. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “I wish to have a liaison with this Pete.


    “At a motel.”

  4. Really, really looking forward to next week’s flashback imaginary story about what it was like when Secret Masters of Fandom tried to get messages passed to comic-book writers back in the days of Batom Comics.

  5. And of course, we wasted a whole week on something that could have taken a day to tell. Someone who did not pad things could have turned out the following Monday strip:

    Panel 1:

    John: Chester Hagglemore? What brings a big shot like you here?

    Panel 2:

    Chester: I want to float a deal past your pal Pete but I don’t want people on-line to know it.

    Panel 3:

    Pete: My ears are burning.

  6. redsnifit

    It’s impressive how the Sunday strip coloring is either “actually pretty good” or “vomit inducing uncanny valley.”

  7. I assume he wants Pete to autograph that Spongeman artwork he got from Holly. Something extraordinarily dull like that.

  8. Someone decided to rip of Frank Miller in exactly one panel today.

    That’s one of the few real upgrades that Burchett contributes around here: the occasional stylishly lit panel (Batuik used to favor flat, 2-D silhouettes). Burchiuk slipped another one in last Sunday of Funky slouching towards the bathroom. Also on view today is RB’s fondness for weird, upward-looking angles, and ceiling tiles, which are to Burchett as bricks are to TB. Chester’s light gray suit in the meantime has turned white. Picking on the artwork is about the only enjoyment I get from this strip anymore.

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Without making my business known to… [DUN DUN DUNNNN!] THE INTERNET!”

    “Jesus Christ, here’s his phone number. Just call him. You don’t need to be such a Drama Queen about it. By the way, if that’s all you wanted, why didn’t you just call or email us?”

    “Because in Batty’s pointy little bald head, people hop in the car, drive wherever, and just show up unexpectedly at your door, like it’s 1947 or something.”

    • Gerard Plourde

      “Also, there’s this organization called the United States Postal Service. For $0.50 you can send a letter to Pete. It’s a Federal crime for anyone else to read it. It can take a couple of days to reach him, but for about $20 they can get it to him overnight.”

      • DOlz

        Whoa, hold your horses there. Do really expect TB to look favorably on a service that’s only been around for 225 years?

  10. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    By the way, is that Mister T in the 5th panel??

  11. Wait a moment. Chester wants to contact Pete, but doesn’t want anyone to know about it…so why is he asking John? Doesn’t DeadHead John have a habit of blurting things out (like the plot of the SJ movie, or his salary requirements for working on same)?

  12. bobanero

    Maybe, since there has been a hypothetical 10 year time jump, all these characters are living in a dystopian future where what we now know as “The Internet” has evolved into a monstrous AI that is ruling the world and has its tendrils in all forms of communications. Thus, the only way for Chester to contact Pete Roquefort without being discovered by The Internet is to make a personal appearance at Komix Korner, confuse the listening devices with days of nonsensical banter, and then make his wishes known. DSH will provide Lat/Long coordinates of Pete’s studio where he can send a carrier pidgeon to deliver his coded message. Or, more likely, TB just doesn’t get how electronic communications works.

  13. Epicus Doomus

    Wanna make an already-plodding arc even less interesting? Say hello to Pete & Boy Lisa. Thanks to Batiuk’s uniquely-paced storytelling we still don’t know what the premise is, only that it somehow involved (yawn) comic books. Swell.

    • hitorque

      Well, at least nothing could be worse than their grabass second honeymoon to the Flash Museum…

      Batiuk, I’m throwing down the gauntlet — I defy you to create something worse than the Flash Museum… If you do, I will buy your latest book.

      • spacemanspiff85

        Crankshaft today is about how anything a writer uses for their writing they can write off on their taxes. I have a suspicion that the “Flash Museum” arc is the result of Batiuk blowing a lot of money on Flash crap and then claiming it was research for his strip and writing it off.

  14. hitorque

    Oh, for fuck’s sake…

    1. Try as he might, Batiuk still doesn’t know how the internet works…

    2. Can someone please remind Baldy McComicsgeek that nobody in the history of Westview has ever been able to keep a secret, EVER? Not only has he come to an out-of-the-way place in North Central Bumblefuck County, Ohio he already knew Pete wasn’t at, Goofus and Gallant are almost certainly going to extort a little sumpthin’-sumpthin’ out of Mr. Deep Pockets in exchange for their silence (which they’ll “accidentally” break at the first opportunity anyway)…

    3. I want to live in the Funkyverse, where even barely average writers get Hollywood producers and millionaire benefactors kicking down their door to hand them suitcases of money to do nothing but sit at a desk and mope all day…

  15. hitorque

    4. God forbid Baldy McComicsgeek just fly out to L.A. and set up an appointment at the studio since he clearly has the clout, right??