Repeating the Repetition

Link to today’s strip.

Look, it’s bad enough that Tom Batiuk said “back in the day” two days in a row, but now he’s repeating himself twice in the same strip!  It makes me want to tear the covers off!  Tear the covers off, I say!  That’s right, I want to tear the covers off!  What do we want?


That’s right, and why do we want them?


Tear them where?


I can’t hear you!


That’s right!  Tear the covers off!

And now we know what happened to Cody.  He invented a time machine and went back to a simpler, less stressful, more enjoyable time.  You might say he went “back in the day.”  Let’s hope that as he gets older, he remembers to drive fast enough to hit and kill a teenage Les Moore, who was crossing against the light.


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13 responses to “Repeating the Repetition

  1. Epicus Doomus

    “Back in the day, my old boss at Waldenbooks would have us tear the covers off unsold copies of “Lisa’s Story…The Other Shoe” so we could return them for credit. It was an all-day, all hands on deck job.”

    So Chester just stole the comics and yadda yadda yadda he lives in a mansion today. That’s swell. Meanwhile the premise still awaits, like that feeling after you eat the bad shellfish and before the symptoms begin.

  2. billytheskink

    Crankshaft corrupts even those who are simply in the same building as him.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    The reason John keeps repeating “Back in the day” appears to be because TomBat can’t keep the timeline straight. Danford is waiting on Crankshaft and one of his daughters who is referred to as “his little girl”, implying that she’s younger than Chester who is old enough to be working in the drug store, i.e. a teenager. According to the latest retcon, Mindy’s (aka Pete’s beard) parents, one of whom is Crankshaft’s older daughter (Pam?), were adults when they rescued Lisa. So how is it that when Chester is in the Komix Korner, he looks to be the same age as John and Crazy Harry? (Although he also seems to have forgotten that Principal Nate fought in Vietnam and, making the dubious assumption that Funky Winkerbean is happening in our present despite the most recent 10 year adage jump, should be between 63 and 70.)

    • Gerard Plourde

      “age jump”

    • spacemanspiff85

      I really don’t know why Batiuk keeps throwing in these little shout-outs to Crankshaft all the time now. It’s not like they’re going to make someone curious enough to actually read Crankshaft. At least he didn’t say “that crazy old bus driver we used to have” this time.

  4. Doesn’t “back in the day” mean “when someone was in his prime?” So I guess it’s an accurate way to talk about ne of Batiuk’s eternal children.

    As for stripping covers, that’s been a thing all along. The covers are returned to the publishers, and somebody counts the returns and reimburses the store owner. If Young Chester is ripping off his boss, the boss will learn about it.

    • Gerard Plourde

      There was always a “nod and wink” about the disposal of the coverless remainders. There were places here in Philly in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, usually a stall in a farmer’s market, that sold coverless remainders at deep discounts. I think that some small bookstores had “remainder bins” as well.

      • timbuys

        I know I have many books with sternly worded messages that if I was reading this book without it’s cover, I was, in effect, in possession of stolen property.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    Speaking of annoying tie-ins, has anyone read all the John Darling strips Batiuk’s been posting? I’ve yet to see one that’s even close to funny. The latest is a Sunday strip that takes way too many panels to end at “you can be on our show an hour after you’re scheduled on another show”, which doesn’t really seem funny to me at all. Really the strip just seemed like what would happen if the artist who did those “100 Celebrity Caricatures” books for kids teamed up with a writer who didn’t understand humor.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I generally like the John Darling strips. I read these back in the day.

      For Batty, this strip is to remind everyone about how he had to take on the evil syndicates that tried to control his art. I’d say the syndicates are being awfully generous, considering all the crap he has peddled over the years.

  6. The Nelson Puppet

    Sweet Jebus, it really is ALWAYS about cancer, komix, and pizza!

  7. It’s also about how “People who are doing better than us must be cheating” because weaklings, cast-offs, also-rans and fuck-ups need a salve to their bruised egos.

  8. Charles

    Batiuk usually doesn’t know anything about anything, because he never researches the topics that he decides to write about. But count me unsurprised that he is familiar with sellers’ ripping the covers off books to return them after they failed to sell. All authors, especially poor-selling ones, are familiar with that process.