Discrete Depravity.

Link to Today’s Strip.

Weird how in the Sunday strip Chester was asking both Harry and John, but in the Monday replay he appears to be attempting to keep Harry out of it.

After reading today’s strip, I’ve realized just how Komix Corner stays in business.

There’s a joke about cheap kid’s cereal or candy having to spell every word in the name wrong for legal purposes. Chackolote because it contains no chocolate… Frooty because it contains no fruit.  Komix Korner so named because it barely contains comics. In the tiny conservative Westview, Komix Korner has become the only place for ‘discrete’ customers from, adolescents to the elderly, to purchase their adult materials.

Whatever happens in Komix Korner stays in Komix Korner, indeed. DSH John and Harry know that the backbone of their lascivious moneymaker is anonymity.

The giveaway is the last panel, where John whispers softly to Chester. His eyes are closed, lips parted, and he sniffs his hand. His pose is frankly erotic, and utterly shocking for a strip that chose to symbolize lovemaking as a darkened window on a rainy day.

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20 responses to “Discrete Depravity.

  1. DOlz

    Off topic

    I just found out that Bud Grace’s “The Piranha Club” ended 2018/02/03. It was one of those strips that I would let it get ahead of me and then binge on the weirdness of it. All I can say is thanks for 30 years of fun and laughs Mr. Grace.

    On topic

    I’m going to bed now and if I can’t sleep tonight I’m holding you responsible ComicBookHarriet!

    • Jimmy

      I didn’t know that. It was one of those strips that would make me laugh from time to time, and I appreciate its oddball nature.

  2. countoftowergrove

    There’s mortar between the bricks!

    • redsnifit

      I’ve seen enough bricks to know that mortar isn’t that color. I believe this strip is confirmation of my long-running theory that the Komix Korner is some horrific eldritch beast, which has shifted ever so slightly to reveal the pink flesh underneath the faux bricks.

      • comicbookharriet

        Thank you for that terrifying idea. I am now picturing a Monster House style movie staring the Montoni’s building.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    This is definitely not the first time (or probably even the second or third) time he’s used this gag, which became played out and tiresome ten years ago. You know what Chester? He also shows up at his big studio job from time to time, perhaps you might have tried him there. I mean Pete doesn’t even live in Ohio anymore, what are the odds that he’ll just pop up at Komix Korner and…oh yeah, wait. Scratch that.

    And John WORKED on the SJ movie with Pete too! But it’s all forgotten as Batiuk desperately stalls for time, a sure sign that the eventual premise will be a gigantic “huh?”. Chester walks in, exchanges sarcastic banter, asks John if he knows Pete, John says yeah, why? Chester tells him, John calls Pete right then and there and presto, the story moves to the “next part”…an alien concept in the Funkyverse. Instead everything is a weird stupid secret for no reason, I mean what kind of people interact with one another this way?

    • Rusty Shackleford

      How to do things the Batty way:

      1. Purchase airfare and fly to Cleveland.
      2. Hire a limo driver to take you to Westview.
      3. Beat around the bush for several days with goofy word play.
      4. Finally get to the silly point.

      The rest of us would: Search the Internet. Find Pete’s LinkdIn page and contact him directly with our inquiry.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Given how the only “customers” ever shown in the Komix Korner are teenagers, that last panel really creeps me out.

  5. billytheskink

    It’s almost funny that Chester thinks anyone in the Batiukverse or this universe gives a rat’s left hind quarter that someone is talking to Creepy Pete.

    It is also almost funny Pete’s last name was Roberts for his entire existence in this strip before he got fired from The Amazing Mr. Sponge and hired to work on Starbuck Jones, when it became Reynolds. And we all gave Mason Jarre a hard time…

    • comicbookharriet

      Obviously he had to change his name to hide from all the Mr. Sponge fans who wanted to lynch him after the Clone sponge storyline.

  6. The Nelson Puppet

    That image of DSHJawn sniffing his hand should be on the masthead!

  7. It’ll be until Oscar Sunday until we learn what stupid thing is supposed to be so God-damned important that this boring non-entity has to ape Maxwell Smart in contacting the other boring cipher.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    Whatever Chester wants to contact Pete about can’t be too important, since he’s wiling to wait until the next time Pete comes to Ohio from Los Angeles.

    But seriously, if Chester is as rich as we’ve been led to believe, flying to California is no big deal. And because of this need for secrecy, there could be a great sub-plot involving Darin’s bio-dad Frankie taking paparazzi pictures of their meeting from the food truck (since I’m sure studio security hasn’t thrown them off the lot).

  9. It is also almost funny Pete’s last name was Roberts for his entire existence in this strip before he got fired from The Amazing Mr. Sponge and hired to work on Starbuck Jones, when it became Reynolds.

    Hey! That’s “The Comic Book Writer Pete Reynolds” to you. That’s how Baldy McChinbeard has referred to him two days in a row.

  10. Tomorrow’s episode: Chester tells John that he wants to contact Pete, but he doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

    Wednesday: Chester tells John that he wants to contact Pete, but he doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

    Thursday: Chester tells John that he wants to contact Pete, but he doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

    Friday….

  11. Jimmy

    My hope is Chester wants Pete to create some comic forgeries. They’ll get caught up in the dangerous comic underworld, and Pete will end up in a 50-gallon drum at the bottom of the Cuyahoga River.

    • comicbookharriet

      How did you know what I asked Santa for this year?

      • timbuys

        It would just be a tease. Don’t forget the time when they actually showed what’s-his-face’s friend what’s-his-name actually get plugged for boarding a ship or something and it turned out to be a dream. About pens or something?