Nothing much to like about today’s strip aside from the fact that, after getting smirked at by Les “Two Rackets” Moore for three days running, it’s finally Funky’s turn to rock the ol’ Amazon logo grin.

Gerard Plourde
May 30, 2018 at 6:19 am
This week’s theme- “Pluggers” at the tennis court.

At least Pluggers usually employs a gentle, joshing point of view regarding aging. Les responds to Funky’s remark with a look of pure contempt. Maybe because he’s being called “an old man” by someone who’s a doppelgänger for his own octogenarian father. I guess some old men were left behind.


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14 responses to “Backhanded

  1. DOlz

    Funky why the hell are you smirking? He’s talking about you.

  2. bayoustu

    Well, Les, you appear to be toothless AND suffering from curvature of the spine in panel three- so, you’re well on your way!

  3. Les’ rage face is 1) just ugly enough to define the character, and 2) definitely getting saved in my PhotoShop folder. To paraphrase Piter DeVries, “I can think of many pleasures with this image. It is perhaps better that you die in the belly of a worm.”
    You can’t go wrong quoting Brad Dourif.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    The interesting thing about this one is how it aptly demonstrates how BatNom’s lofty “artistic ambitions (and his even loftier self-opinions regarding those ambitions) are a big pile of doot. FW is supposedly a serialized strip unfolding in “real time”. Yet Les, who always exercises, is still “trying” to get in shape and Funky, who also always exercises, is still a fat dying tub of goo. In other words, it’s still a gag-a-day strip no matter what he says or thinks. The same old gags, over and over.

    And that’s not entirely a bad thing, mind you, as he’s actually better at this than he is at “storytelling”, by a lot in fact. And that’s one of my key gripes regarding the strip in general, as I believe it’s far more difficult to write a reasonable joke every day than it is to throw together some slapdash piece of tripe about a comic book company or ripping off “Love Story” for cheap pathos. But that’s just my (ahem) opinion.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Batiuk would’ve been so much better off if he hadn’t been so fixated on “rising above” humor and gags. I’m pretty sure he told someone once he wanted to make comics (probably someone who looks an awful lot like Mary Sue Sweetwater) and that someone laughed and said comics were silly. And since that day, he’s been obsessed with wreaking revenge on those who once mocked him.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    So did we miss the “Les retires from teaching” arc? He spent the entire year doing a book tour and now he’s acting like someone who’s adjusting to life after a career.

  6. billytheskink

    Pretty sure it is only really, really old men who play tennis with Droopy. Anyways, if these two wanted to look really old they would be playing pickle ball…

  7. The really annoying thing is that they’re only in their middle fifties. That’s not old by today’s standards.

  8. Charles

    I suppose it’s a relief that Les didn’t decide to do the much-better exercise for old people getting in shape: swimming.

    I’m also sad that Les talks in this strip, since I was hoping that his conspicuous silence in the previous three strips meant that he had had his tongue torn out because he pissed someone off.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Give Batty an award already. His strips are always so fresh, so relevant, so motivating.

    Two old men griping, what’s not to like? Or try Crankshaft, which is one old man griping. Good stuff.

  10. sgtsaunders

    Les actually has three rackets, if you count his Dead Lisa franchise.

  11. How the hell old is everyone in this strip? Les and Funky look like they are in their 80s.

  12. Le Chat Bleu

    Chain link is the brick of these tennis court scenes.