Drivel Of Dreams

Is today’s strip really about circa-2015 Billy Joel visiting one of those closed factories he sings about in “Allentown”? Oh don’t we all wish it was…

I would guess that the T-square nailed to the wall is supposed to tell us that this office has been unoccupied since the “Batty Batom Bullpen” (ugh, there are more endearing nicknames found in early 70s Harvey Comics) moved out in the spring of 1972. Real endorsement of the Cleveland economy there… I’m amazed this building is fit for occupancy. I mean, the Pontiac Silverdome was condemned after sitting idle for all of 3 years. Anyways, if you missed Monday and Tuesday’s strips, today’s is a near-verbatim restatement of their contents.

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21 responses to “Drivel Of Dreams

  1. It’s like they’re on a tour of a death camp. “Look! There’s a Golden T Square! Such can be your reward!” (sinister giggling)
    Still, if this means Dullard and Peeve will be horribly disemboweled and die screaming, I’m on board.
    But…that would be exciting, and thrilling, and would kill off horrible characters, so I know it ain’t happening.
    “Funky Winkerbean, a comic strip that showcases infantile fantasies…”

    • Epicus Doomus

      “And that desk used to belong to one Tom Batiuk!”

      (blank stares)

      “You know, Tom Batiuk! Funky Winkerbean!”

      (blank stares)

      “Crankshaft? The crabby school bus driver?”

      (blank stares)

      “Lisa’s Story? His comic strips have been running in newspapers for over forty years!”

      (blank stares)

    • comicbookharriet

      That was a T-Square on the wall? I was thinking it was a fire pickaxe of some kind, and was getting really excited that Pete was gazing at it longingly.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Uh yeah, the world-famous “Batty Batom Bullpen”…what the f*ck is he talking about? Who buys office buildings based on nostalgic yearnings? About comic books, no less. They gave up cushy gigs in Hollywood for this?

    “And there’s what’s left of the ol’ Flaccid Building, where Comics Kingdom used to be based. That extremely tiny room over there housed the comedic standards department. There used to be a suicide prevention hotline in the office downstairs, interestingly enough.”

  3. countoftowergrove

    Oh writing! Durward is supposed to say, “Oh, about Atomic Comics, I’m afraid I have some bad news. . .” That’s would be about as Cliff Anger as the Fungyverse gets!

  4. erdmann

    This building has been empty for 46 years? Really? Where’s the graffiti? The broken windows? The collapsed ceiling tiles? The mountains of pigeon poop?

    I must admit, though, I am curious about this “bad news” Dillweed is about to drop on Chester. Poor Chester. Introduced as a wretched villain of the lowest order (a comic fan who dared profit from his hobby, the cad!), here he has morphed into a joyful figure with the enthusiasm and hopefulness of a child. Of course, this is the Funkyverse, so Deadwood is likely about to announce something that will crush Chester’s soul and send him into a spiral of disillusionment, despair and self-loathing that will end only in death. His body will be found in a gutter, an empty bottle of rotgut and a tattered copy of Incredible Hulk 181 clutched to his emaciated bosom.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    I’m guessing the bad news is that “Atomic Comics” is copyrighted, but it’s revealed in the next couple of weeks that Pete somehow bought the rights to “Batom Comics” with his kill fee.

  6. billytheskink

    Um, so what exactly was “batty” about anything at Batom Comics? Even their dopiest-sounding titles (Moon Mile Meek, Mr. Sponge) seem to be entirely earnest and straight-up Silver Age seriousness that only looks goofy in modern hindsight.

  7. Yeah. The bad news is that Jessica has built a life in Los Angeles and doesn’t want to head back to Ahia in defeat so that Derpwood can join Pete in moaning about the cruelty of having the world handed to him on a tray.

  8. 1. So are Pete+Darrin on the payroll now? Because it looks like it will be at least six months to drag this place up to modern standards/safety codes and hire some more staff…

    2. Are those wood floors? Is this originally a 19th century building or something??

    3. Why the hell is Chester so obsessed with recreating the old Batom comics down to a ‘T’? Shouldn’t he be, you know, more interested in getting Pete+Darrin to brainstorm some original comic characters? Certainly a multimillionaire like Chester knows that product is king and the only thing that matters in this world are results, right?

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Yeah, hey, about Atomic Comics, I have some bad news. The name is trademarked to somebody else.”

    “Oh… Well… Hmmmm….”

    “It took me less than 20 seconds to find that out. Didn’t you check at all to see if the name was available?”

    “Well, no, not really. I just liked the name and…”

    “And while we’re at it, do you have a business plan? Projections? Marketing research?”

    “What’s all that got to do with making Komix?”

    “It has EVERYTHING to do with making Komix!! This is a business startup! You’re going to be on the hook for expenses, salaries, taxes, insurance, capital expenditures. You’ll need to market your products and distribute them! Have you thought through ANYTHING??”

    “We’re going to make Komix, and they’re gonna be the bestest Komix ever! All we have to do is sit here at the former headquarters of Batominc, and we’ll have Komix! Think of all the Komix that were written here! This building has a secret time portal! Bet you didn’t know THAT, smarty pants! We’re going back to the 1950’s when everybody read Komix! Bullpen! Batom! Batty!!!”

    “Hey Duuuhhhren, I call this seat by the window.”

    “SHUT UP, PETE!”

  10. Gerard Plourde

    I’m curious when Darin found out about this “bad news”. On Sunday, they were overlooking the L.A. skyline and on Monday they were crammed in the back seat of Chester’s car in Cleveland. For a guy who effortlessly time- and age-jumps his characters, The Author blithely omits any clue as to how much time has passed. Did Darin make this potentially devastating discovery after he quit his cushy movie job and relocated his family to Ohio, thereby ensuring his return to a job at Montoni’s?

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      He’s needed to update the pizza app for later operating system versions. It’s probably obsolete and non-functional now.

      Ha ha! Just kidding. Batnesia has forgotten all about pizza apps, breakfast pizza, and all the other nonsense from back then.

      • comicbookharriet

        Breakfast Pizza isn’t nonsense. Casey’s Breakfast Pizza is a Midwestern Cultural Institution. No one could forget the cheesy delicious glory!

        But yeah, the Pizza App has been dropped down the Memory Hole.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Yeah, the original version only worked on desktop Linux.

  11. Professor Fate

    Among other things – i’m not sure claiming the mantle of what was at best a second mostly third rank comic book company and moving into their old headquarters is the best idea – it’s a little calling a new baseball franchise The Saint Louis Browns.

  12. When I think of Tom Batiuk and his abilities, “Thinking things through” is not in the top forty.
    But this current carp is just the latest in his comic book obsession-wish fulfillment train derailment. “Comic books are the highest forms of art because I WANT THEM TO BE!”

  13. Don

    “…Atomic Comics is trademarked by another company.”

    “And I bought that company, too! Did you really think it would be just the two of you drawing the comics? Who do you think would do the printing, or the collating, or the shipping?”