One-Armed Bandit

Link to today’s strip.

Ugh.  Batiuk’s characters are never worse than when they’re being smug and self-satisfied.  Here Becky crows about the utterly stupid mattress sale, only to get to a pun that would be rejected by a chewing gum wrapper.  And look at that writing:  “our band” in panel two could have been replaced by “the” for a much smoother read.  It’s like he really does think his readers will forget the band’s involvement between panel one and two.

As for Becky, I can’t think of a single positive aspect of her except one:  she’s rarely around much.

Once again Chuck Ayers helms the pencils, leaving me to wonder if Batiuk’s in the hospital or something and the syndicate is having to rustle up some leftovers he had salted away.  Or maybe Rick Burchett, having gotten his “Inedible Pulp” cover, decided he was better than this and decamped to brighter pastures.



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10 responses to “One-Armed Bandit

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Weird, the band mattress sale was just last year, so unless he recycled the word balloons this can’t be a strip from the “in case of emergency” file, or so one would think. Man, Becky is just awful. Panel three is especially painful, I mean jeepers.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Maybe it’s one that was completed and intended to run last year but got bumped because of the various Starbuck Jones subplot strips, like Frankie’s food truck, Marianne Winters goes to the “Hollywood” sign, the movie shoots on location in Cleveland, and blows up the Westview graduates. I do wonder if something’s going on, though. His blog has only posted two “John Darling” strips without any commentary in the last eleven days.

      • Epicus Doomus

        It’s kind of cryptic all right. The entire year so far has felt kind of “off” even by FW standards. One incredibly long arc and a bunch of stuff from the outtakes pile, it’s been odd.

  2. billytheskink

    I’d like to put this week’s arc to bed already… and smother it with a pillow.

  3. Horrific wordplay, horrific smugness and horrific being self-congratulory about an horribly conceived and executed fund raiser….or, as I call it, Tuesday.

    Also, I wonder about the state of his health too. He might be dealing with a real crisis at home….

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I do hope everything is ok back at home. But, he really should consider retiring.

      • Gerard Plourde

        I hope so too. As far off the rails as the has gone in the past couple of years, I really enjoyed his earlier stuff.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Me too. But it’s clear he gave up after Lisa’s story didn’t bring the rewards he wanted.

          Meh, who cares. Tom, you had a good run. Life is short. If you want to focus on writing a comic book, then do it already. Let your strip die a dignified death.

      • countoftowergrove

        1405 days before that happens!