The single dumbest FW/Crankshaft crossover arc ever continues today, as the Power Couple Of The Century continues to drone on and on about some old catalogs in front of a decrepit and slowly dying Crankshaft, as an increasingly aware and mentally sharp Morty eavesdrops and schemes in the background. It’s difficult to believe BatWad needs TWO daily comic strips to spin this yarn but then again it’s difficult to believe he has two daily comic strips at all.
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19 responses to “Tedium Rare”
If this is the most interesting thing she has to tell Pete about a guy who fought in World War Two, played professional baseball, and was probably the most hated man in Ohio, that’s pretty sad.
Does Mindy have a job, She works at brother’s decrepit theater or something, right? Does she have interests outside of her miserable grandfather? Does she particularly like anything about Pete other than the fact that he is willing to tag along when she visits her grandfather?
I guess this doesn’t fail the Bechdel test, necessarily, but it surely fails a bunch of other tests.
1. Despite one person being able to easily operate the Valentine himself, Mindy is clearly on the payroll because the Funkyverse Nepotism Mafia runs the world… They are literally the only key you need to unlock any conspiracy you can imagine…
2. In accordance with Funkyverse Sharia Law, all women must be beholden to whatever childish collection fetish afflicts the men in their lives… By law they are required to smile, smirk, act interested/impressed, and pretend these obsessive collection fetishes make every man sweet/endearing/virile and powerful…
2A. Any female who ever questions the value of a collection, dares to call it ‘worthless junk’, or questions the maturity/mental health of the collector, shall lose all Funkyverse rank and privileges immediately, be written out of the storyline, and killed off-panel after-the-fact in a stupidly faux-tragic manner…
Guest artist for Mort Winkerbean: Mad’s Maddest Artist, Don Martin!
I thought the same thing!!
I can’t decide is Mort is supposed to be an extortionist or a pervert
I think it’s really obvious now that the only reason Mindy is in this strip is so Batiuk can shove in stupid Crankshaft crap. I don’t think she’s done anything except talk about Crankshaft and “flirt”/be insecure with Pete.
Let’s not overlook the variation of the “evil mom” theme (or, more accurately, the “evil woman” theme) at play here. This time it’s daughter Pam who is villan whose failure to comprehend the redemptive and life-sustaining properties of vintage printed matter caused Crankshaft to become the decrepit shell we see today.
Yes the evil mom who a) removed a bloody fire hazard from the basement. and b) never gave Crankshaft milk and cookies while he gazed longingly at his catalogues.
We’re deep deep into the madness now.
This kind of stuff is especially weird in Crankshaft. It’s an annual story where Pam gives him a hard time about buying gardening stuff, and Ed acts all ashamed, despite the facts that she’s his daughter, not his mother, and he works and has his own income, and is a grown man who can make his own decisions.
Pam’s villain edit would make more sense if Batiuk weren’t busy making collecting things look like the tedious waste of time the monster mother characters think it is.
Why does nobody in the Funkyverse collect something completely normal and universally acceptable like sports cards and memorabilia?
Or mainstays that fell out of style 20 years ago, which would make it cutting edge in the Funkyverse today, like rare coins or stamps?
Or bring back flavor-of-the-month fads that died 20 years ago, i.e., Beanie Babies?
Or something politically polarizing but closely tied to real life, like guns (especially in Ahia of all places)?
Or one of the newer, trendier niches like obscure console video games from the 1980s?
Or something hipsterish, like European/Asian comics?
Or something that screams “I absolutely refuse to grow up and I’m proud to admit it!” like action figures or Barbie Dolls or Hot Wheels cars??
I collect old Macintosh advertising brochures… and I think the people in this strip are ridiculous.
Not drawing anymore has really freed up time for Batiuk to work on his story telling. Why is Mindy so cheerful why telling this tale?
The same reason she’s dating Pete… abject misery really gets her off.
What are the odds of a Sunday Bean’s End 1952 cover strip?
About the same as the odds of the sun rising that day…
Fun subtle little thing on the last panel of Crankshaft today. Crankshaft’s wide -eyed shock and horror added to the little-old lady’s sideways glance and knowing smirk perfectly encapsulates the life alerting epiphany of suddenly seeing your prim, proper, and elderly acquaintance as a sexual being.