Taking Sides

Link to today’s strip.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your reading pleasure enjoyment fun made easier, we present today’s strip vertically.  Neckstrain begone!

Why Tom Batiuk feels he has to create strips like this is something completely beyond my comprehension.  It’s not like this is witty or insightful dialogue that deserves a special presentation.  It can easily fit into a regularly oriented strip.  But then, it wouldn’t stand out on the comics page!  And once standing out, the reader reads and either shrugs or gets mad.  Today’s episode can basically be reworded thus:  “How’s Mindy?”  “Eh.  [pause] You were pretty snooty in high school.”  “Was not.”

You could make the argument that the dialogue I wrote above isn’t funny.  And I’d agree with you.  Then I’d ask you if you thought Tom Batiuk’s dialogue was funny, and there’d be this awkward silence until I said something like “Say, how about those sports teams!” and we could go on with our lives.

The main point here seems to be that Peeved is half-assing his relationship with Mindy…who lives in Centerville.  Ohio.  And apparently he goes out to see her enough that she hasn’t completely forgotten about him, like I wish I could.  So maybe he does jet out to Ohio all the time?  And yet this trip is some big deal?  I guess maybe he just uses Skype to, uh, “court” her, the way he did when he and Dullard were in separate cities.   What a fun thing for her, eh?  Lucky thing for Peeved that Mindy has no standards and decided on him.  She obviously has no expectations out of life whatsoever, other than it will, at some point, mercifully end.


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15 responses to “Taking Sides

  1. Epicus Doomus

    WHAT does she “remember differently”? Not “friend zoning” her many suitors? So he’s saying she had the opportunity to turn down many guys like him and she’s disagreeing? Or is it that she’s baffled by Pete’s inability to carry on a normal conversation with his best friend’s wife who he’s known for twenty five years? Because I know I am. These two don’t have any sort of history (gak) together, do they? In that context her line almost makes sense, so I’m guessing “no”.

    I bet you the person responsible for formatting the comics page just despises these vertical strips. I wish I knew one of those people so I could ask.

  2. countoftowergrove

    Hoo-ah! I guess we’re gonna get another installment of visiting dying Crankshaft and Mindy gleefully declaring “That’s my gramps!”

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Batiuk when he thinks he’s being witty might be the worst kind of Batiuk.

  4. billytheskink

    Pete is one to talk about the friend zone… Ask Chien.

    • gleeb

      You can’t. She had the sense to get the heck out of town after high school and never look back. Probably had her bags packed and the car running during the commencement exercises.

  5. That’s the fun thing about being as full of shit as Pete. When he says that he remembers things (like half-assing his way through his relationship with Chien and being baffled because she’d had enough of his crap), we have to take him at his word while a Jessica (who remembers having to keep shallow predators like him and Tombat at bay) has no such expectation.

    • timbuys

      Thanks, Paul Jones. ‘Shallow predators’ wasn’t a phrase that I would’ve come up with on my own but it nicely encapsulates just how fucking creepy Pete is being here.

      I’m not as up on my Funky as y’all are, but when Pete was mopey did he think to himself about what a ‘nice guy’ he was?

  6. Charles

    Most slang and modern idioms are beyond Batiuk, but color me not surprised that he knows what “Friend Zone” means.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      It’s the same tired trope of adults fantasizing and never getting over their high school days.

      Does anyone here know people like that? Yeah, me either.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Crankshaft: ms McKenzie thinks: if Bronwyn discovers the public library across the street, my business is toast.

    • comicbookharriet

      She’s holding this poor child’s book hostage and making her pay ransom for visitation. Truly the FARC of penniless bibliophiles.

  8. Maybe this trip is a big deal for Mopey Pete because he’s going to propose to Mindy, complete with a Starbuck Jones engagement ring. It goes with the Hagglemore invitation: as the head writer for the Phoenix line of revived comic books (Issue #1: “The Return of Snotman and the Kleenex Kid!”) he’ll have the wealth and fame he’ll need to start a family.

    • hitorque

      Just once I’d like for a Funkyverse woman to be resolute and stand her ground whenever a comics-themed wedding is floated….

  9. hitorque

    Funkyverse women must have the hottest, wettest, tightest snatches on the planet… Pete could have had multiple girlfriends living in NY-LA and he still pulls a Westview girl to wife… Mason Jarre could have literally had any woman in the universe and he was grateful to just settle on a 57-year-old Cindy…