Just Like Howard the Duck in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Link to Today’s Strip.

Whelp, it’s been a fun two weeks at the helm. In fourteen days, we learned that Chester Hagglemore wants to meet with Pete for some reason. And that Darin does at least occasionally visit his parents. I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot.

Beckoning Chasm gets to see us through to the end of the month and beyond. Think we’ll know what Chester has planned by then? Think again! Ann Fairgood in the masthead heralds at least a brief stopover in grandparents’ land.

It is weird, it’s been so long since there has been any kind of suspense in these strips. Some question that you KNOW will actually (probably) get answered. Batiuk doesn’t know how to weave suspense into his day to day, so when he accidentally gets any at all he drags it out to a week of envelope opening.

One thought I’d like to leave you with: What if it IS actually scary inside Darin’s head? What if…hidden under his bland milquetoast nature…his brain is a twisted kaleidoscope of terrifying imagery that would make Hieronymus Bosch double take? This is my personal headcanon now.




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18 responses to “Just Like Howard the Duck in Guardians of the Galaxy.

  1. billytheskink

    Is Durwood drawing Pete from behind in panel 2? Disturbing, even with Pete having his hands in a relatively “clean” part of his pants…

  2. Jimmy

    So, apparently Batiuk gets his ideas from old episodes of “Treehouse of Horror” on “The Simpsons” (TOH X, I believe).

    Worst. Comic. Ever.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Didn’t Chester buy some sort of Batom comic at the Korner just last week? I guess he didn’t have a “complete run” of that one. So he’s the world’s foremost Batom Comics fan who wants to meet with the guy who just wrote the first Batom Comics movie…gee, I wonder what he wants?

    Man, the banter between these two is nauseating beyond words. What the hell is going on with the lower half of Boy Lisa’s face in that last panel? Gak.

  4. I have the horrible feeling that the rich idiot has managed to buy the rights to the name Batom from Mega Comics and is planning a relaunch. This means that we can compare his being a straw man editor with the previous unintentionally sympathetic villain.

  5. Chyron HR

    Yes, Tom, we still have no idea why that wealthy comic book collector* wants to meet with Pete. Maybe you, as the writer, could have done something about that in the last two weeks?

    * Chester Hagglemore

  6. Gerard Plourde

    I think we’re seeing more retconning. In panel 5, Darin says Pete used to work for BaTom.

    • I think you’ve got it. According to, um, what’s that word again? Oh yeah…”continuity” Batom shut its doors in 1972, when Pete would have been an infant at best.

      Come to think of it, having an infant write comics makes a whole lot of sense…certainly in this strip.

      • redsnifit

        I went and checked, and according to the blog post Batom was sold to a larger company in ’72, not necessarily shut down. I expect we’ll learn in the coming days/weeks/months that it existed as a subsidiary or something.

        I’m guessing that this “story” has to do with a specific superhero rather than resurrecting the whole Batom line.

        • Gerard Plourde

          You’re right that Batom was taken over by Mega Comics. According to the history, it was to enforce a judgment awarded to Mega Comics as the result of Batom’s losing a copyright infringement suit.

        • Double Sided Scooby Snack

          So…. The guy who was turned down by every REAL comix company on the planet not only creates a make believe comic book company named after himself, he’s given it an elaborate back story??

          I think that’s kinda sad.

  7. louder

    Nothing says “Hollywood Writer” like leaving your work to go meet someone on personal business, yep, no problem there, not like there’s a ton of other writers waiting to take your place. Nothing to see here!

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      But this is Mopey Pete Rostenkovitch, the Specialest Snowflake of all writers everywhere. He can come and go as he pleases, even if he has no idea why he’s going.

  8. @Jimmy: Wasn’t it also established that Pete moved to New York to work for Marvel or DC?

    In fact, Pete got to work for both. From June ’08:

    • Gerard Plourde

      So we can trace the origins of this retcon to the first time Pete was associated with The Amazing Mr. Sponge.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      So Kid Toucher John has been wearing that same shirt for at least ten years, huh?

  9. Did blond guy’s jaw grow in the last panel?

  10. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Yeah, because people leave their job (assuming Baggy Eyes actually does anything) and fly across the country without first finding out what the other person wants. But hey, he’s a Wealthy Comic Book Collector, so when he summons you, YOU SHOW UP!

    Once again, as far as BatWit is concerned, all communication between people has to happen in person. Phone? Email? God forbid, SKYPE??? Eeeevil technology. This is 1947.

    It’s scary inside Duuuhhhren’s head, but it’s stupid inside Batty’s pointy little bald head.

    After this comic strip came out, Batyuck drove over to BurchHack’s house and knocked on the door — in tears. BurchieBoy was supposed to say “Batom” in all six panels, but he only said it in three.