Did he haggle more than the average building-buyer?

Pete, Pete, Pete… When you agree to take a job for a madman, you don’t question him. One can only hope that is the lesson learned in tomorrow’s strip. In today’s strip, however, nothing so interesting is happening. Nothing interesting at all is happening.

What is happening:
– Chester is excited that he bought a building, which might not be as impressive an accomplishment as it sounds if this structure is located in certain parts of Cleveland.
– Pete and Durwood are both too dense to realize that the Batom Comics fanboy who has just hired them is totally going to make them work in this dilapidated, asbestos-ridden structure.
– This story arc is no closer to its greatly-desired conclusion.


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19 responses to “Did he haggle more than the average building-buyer?

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So Chester, the owner of a fledgling comic book company with exactly two employees, purchased an entire old dilapidated office building to house the company? In the Batiukiverse sure, why the hell not? A small storefront like the vacant Citizen Khan’s would have sufficed quite nicely but nope, instead Chester will plow his fortune into renovating a gigantic office tower because Phil Holt used to work there. In FW it’s as good a reason as any.

  2. countoftowergrove

    No closer to a conclusion, but on my prognosticated trajectory from yesterday.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Holy crap, what is wrong with Pete’s head in the first panel?

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Maybe Batty and Hair Dye Boy need to sign up together for an Intro to Art course at the local community college. They could sit next to each other, pass notes, and giggle as they make snarky comments about the other students.

  4. erdmann

    Considering how obvious Chester’s answer was going to be, I was tempted to ask “Just how dumb is Pete?” But then, considering how obvious that answer was going to be, I decided to let it drop.

  5. billytheskink

    Pete’s head is shaped like a potato, Durwood’s like a toe.

    • comicbookharriet

      Is this going to be a thing now? Like finding shapes in clouds? Because I am all for it!

  6. If Pete and Derpwood are supposed to be audience surrogates, it’s kind of no wonder the strip is circling the bowl what with them being too dumb to live and all.

  7. Rusty

    Yesterday I thought these two idiots were rolling their eyes at Chester using the old building. Today I realize they can’t even follow along with Batiuk’s plotting.
    Should have come full circle and bought the Komix Korner to House the new company.

  8. Smirks 'R Us

    The plodding continues…
    Pete: You bought this building?!?

    Chester: Yes!

    Pete: This building right here?

    Chester: Correct!

    The pacing of this arc makes Mary Worth seem like a whirlwind.

  9. DOlz

    As you approach the event horizon of a black hole time appears to move normally for you. To the outside observer the closer you get to the horizon the more you appear to move in slow motion. What I’m saying is that this story and TB are a black hole.

    On a side note the Russians used to call black holes, “dark stars”, because a black hole meant your back end where the waste comes out. So I guess either definition works here.

  10. Gerard Plourde

    I guess Pete was hoping he and Darin would be working out of Chester’s basement.

    Also, I may be late in seeing this, but I can’t help wondering whether the choice of “Atomic Comics” is because it echoes “Batom” (subtract “B” add “ic”).

  11. 1. Just your daily reminder that for all the “MAKE COMICS GREAT AGAIN” bullshit that was so seductive it made Pete+Darrin want to uproot their lives and leave the best paying, lowest stress, highest profile jobs with the greatest benefits (work two days a week, unlimited vacation) they’ll ever have, Neither of them could be fucking bothered to ask where their office location was going to be, or all that other insignificant stuff like hiring more staff, brainstorming entirely new superhero characters without infringing on a copyright, salary, or even when “work” officially starts…Darrin I’ll give a pass to because Big Boy jobs are still something that’s foreign to him… But an industry vet like Pete, who HAS worked for successful outfits, his utter lack of even basic curiosity about the detail of his new “job” defies all reason…

    2. Just your daily reminder that the Starsuck Jonez world premiere happened at the “Valentine Olde-Timey Pitcher Show” in Centerville and Mr. Comics-Obsessed Loser with the cash to outbid anybody for anything somehow didn’t get a ticket…

    3. How does Mr. Comics-Obsessed Loser have so much time on his hands? Doesn’t he have other business properties or investment portfolios to manage?

    4. Why buy the fucking building and burn millions more on renovation instead of just renting some office space?? If Atomic Comics go belly-up, Chester is gonna be stuck with an expensive modernized building where nobody will want to live or work since it’s located in the skeletal husk of Cleveland’s long-dead Industrial District… Maybe they can use the building to start Fight Club or something??

  12. bobanero

    So I’ll bet that this building still contains the original printing press that was used to print the original Batom comic books. Maybe we’ll be treated to a resurgence of “artisanal comic books”, where everything is done by hand same as the old days, when comic producers were real men. The bearded hipster crowd will go crazy over it, and Atomic Comics will be wildly successful.

  13. Professor Fate

    I’d like to this as tomorrow’s strip
    “come on boys, that asbestos ain’t gonna remove itself.”

  14. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “C’mon, boys. Let’s go inside.”

    Doorknob comes off in his hand. Door falls out of its frame and hits the wooden floor with a thud, creating a cloud of dust. A bat swoops down on them. Rats run around their feet.

    Huddled together in an interior room is a group of terrified homeless people. Suddenly, a moment of recognition:

    “Jinx! Mooch! Susan! Owen!! Kid who looks like young Les!”

    “Summer! Karneesha?? Maddie the Hat Chick! Khahn! Goth Gurl! Why….?”

    “We’re the forgotten Batyuck characters. We’ve been here for years.”

    “Batty forgot us when he ran out of story ideas for us.”

    “We were never good at Lisa, pizza, and Starbuck Jones stuff. So Batty just dumped us off here and drove away.”

    “Forgotten. Left to rot.”

    “How would ALL of you like to work for (B)atomic Comix? Starting today!”

    “Honest injun?”


    “Gee, that’s not forced and contrived much.”