Wry or Twee? That is the Question.

Link to Today’s Comic.

Today’s strip was also not available for preview, but if it isn’t an painfully unfunny normie vs nerd joke I’ll be very surprised.

Beckoning Chasm had an interesting thought yesterday, that I wanted to examine further and get your opinion on:

“Two years ago, I would have bet money that Les would lose the award to something obviously lightweight and brainless (and popular). It would give Les a chance to bemoan how works of depth and subtlety are never rewarded for their excellence.

Now that the strip has gone full-on wish-fulfillment, I honestly would not be surprised to see him win.”

This strip used to be an endless parade of failure, but in the last few years it has more unwarranted rewards than Judge Parker, with a few medical issues tossed in now and then to remain ‘topical’. So what does the StuckFunky Commentatorverse think? Does Dead St. Lisa get the prize?


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27 responses to “Wry or Twee? That is the Question.

  1. Epicus Doomus

    He will either win and pretend to be humbled and surprised or, as BC speculated above, he’ll be stunned when some piece of “fluff” or something trendy wins. My money’s on a Trilogy victory but bear in mind I’m almost always wrong about this stuff. I just can’t see him taking a dig, even a subtle one, at these Eisner awards and IMO he doesn’t have the chops to spin a Trilogy defeat into anything positive. Les and Boy Lisa will win and take a victory lap with “Mom”, much to everyone’s disgust.

    Speaking of Dullard, it turns out that he IS there which makes me wonder why a) they didn’t bring an allotted guest too and b)where Summer is. Did he just forget she exists or what?

  2. From the Twitter:


  3. William Thompson

    This story may not win an award, but it certainly takes the cake.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    My prediction: the announcer says that they would’ve liked to give Lisa’s Trilogy the Eisner, but it deserves so much more, as it such a beautiful, transcendent work. And then he tells Les to get ready to visit Stockholm this winter, since he’s been nominated for a Nobel Prize.

  5. William Thompson

    I hope that Les’s fake humility forces him to let Dullard make the acceptance speech. “Mr. Moore was my high school English teacher, and his educational skills motivated me to learn drawing as a form of communication. And if there’s one thing I learned from him, it’s that insults are the road to success!”

  6. billytheskink

    Meanwhile, Skyler is eating fishsticks at grandma Free Care Annie’s house no doubt. I’d rather see that…

  7. The Nelson Puppet

    Of course the Trifle-ology will win the Eisner, which will lead someone to nominate it for the Pulitzer, which will in turn lead someone to nominate Les Moore for the Nobel Prize in literature. How far up his own ass this will lead Batyuck is anyone’s guess!

  8. It’s been fifty-five years at least since he was in high school and he’s still howling in pain and rage because he wasn’t BMOC. They say only love lasts forever…..

    As for the award, I’m guessing we’re in for Batiuk lashing out at someone more competent again.

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Assuming the Trifle-ology is nominated for “Best Adaptation from Another Medium,” it would be FANTASTIC if Les lashed out for losing to “Herman Melville’s Moby Dick”, “Beowulf,” or “H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories”!

    • Professor Fate

      It’s all rather pathetic and sad really. Why on earth would being at the cool kids table matter to anyone as old as these folks are? it argues for a vast inner emptiness inside the Author that nothing will ever fill. Depressing really. .

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    No, the cool kids are sitting at the head table.

  10. DOlz

    I bet he’s nominated for best depiction of a brick wall in a non-instructional illustration.

  11. hitorque

    OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE… And no, that line isn’t any better if it was uttered by Pete Rattabastardo, either

  12. Here’s the thing. When Les’ book was going to be made into a movie, the studio was a fictitious one rather than Paramount or Universal. That way, Les could talk about how they were sabotaging his book without insulting a real movie studio.

    But the Eisner awards are a real thing. I would think it would be really bad form to have Les win a real-life award in this way–I would suspect Batiuk would get a C&D slapped against him very quickly. But if Les loses, and he goes on an extended rant about how the committee wouldn’t recognize real art if it bit them, Batiuk probably ensures that he will never be nominated.

    I imagine that even now, the Eisner people are not happy about how this is playing. On the other hand, they may be saying, “Oh, he’s an industry veteran, churning out crap for 40 years, let him have his fun.” But awards people typically don’t like to see their honors belittled. Either way, it looks to me like Batiuk has stepped in it with both feet. Batiuk should have created a fictitious award and gone with that…

    …except, I have a feeling this whole scenario was born when Batiuk submitted his work to the Eisner committee, and they said “No.”

    I’ll show them. I’ll show them all.

    Admittedly, there was no blow-back from last year, when he insulted Conan O’Brien, but Conan O’Brien and Tom Batiuk don’t move in the same circles. I’m sure of O’Brien was even aware of it, he just shrugged and said “So?” Here, though–

    • What also muddies it is that Les’s work is essentially a copy of Batiuk’s own omnibus Lisa edition. Hell, when he showed the damn thing in the strip it had Batiuk’s name on it rather than Les’s. So it’s not a matter of Les’s completely imaginary work being nominated for a real life prestigious award. It’s a matter of Batiuk essentially nominating a real product for an award, and presumably showing it win. This strip is definitely making a larger statement about the Eisner Awards than it would had it just had a wholly fictitious work winning. You can ascribe whatever quality you wish to that, but this scenario actually makes a statement about the quality of Eisner Awards and what sort of thing would win one.

      • Epicus Doomus

        It’s so passive-aggressively self-aggrandizing. “The Trilogy” (the fictional one) is just “LS” with Les’ illustrated autobiography tacked on both ends. The very idea that Les Moore’s autobiography would be noticed by and nominated for a prestigious comic book award is totally ludicrous. What’s even MORE maddening is that if he was really itching to do an Eisner Awards arc he has a fictional comic book company within the strip and obviously it’d make way, way more sense if one of those titles was nominated, seeing how they’re actual comic books and all.

        It doesn’t say a whole lot re: his opinion of comic book artists if he’s having Boy Lisa being nominated for a major comic book award for the first artwork he did in years, as it sort of implies that “anyone” can just crank out a masterpiece and become a big-time comic book artist just like that.

        • batgirl

          Isn’t that what TB believes? That anyone can walk off the street and score a cool job (Pete R never studied art or figure drawing, Phil Holt got hired before he had all his adult teeth, Les got published by a string of longshot coincidences) and that’s why he feels it is so bitterly unfair that he never got picked. After all, since skill and training and experience don’t matter, the only reason for Marvel etc. turning him down was spite or jealousy.

  13. Just out of curiosity, I checked the cloth-bound version of the trilogy on Amazon. There is one five-star review that has to be, has to be written by Batiuk himself.

    • Epicus Doomus

      “Pulse of the zeitgeist”…he must mean that band-box arc, or maybe the one where Les and Funky play tennis.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Wow, that review reeked of obsequesness. Has to be the work of Batty or one of his friends. I like how Batty mentions he was one of three finalists for a sub genre Pulitzer.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Just did a google search. The guy who wrote the review is a Kent State Alumnus. Well well…

    • billytheskink

      This love story is so very human, and so very American at the same time. That is the hallmark, apparently, of the highest Art: to be local, and to be universal.

      Whether satire or totally unintentional, this is top shelf humorous bloviation. These two sentences alone are funnier than Funky Winkerbean has been in YEARS, and I say that in total sincerity.

      • It’s not a review. It reads like a press release, written by someone who’s job is making Tom Batiuk happy. Which I imagine it did, for a few minutes anyway.

  14. Le Chat Bleu

    Cayla’s still wearing the same expression she wore in every strip last week. At this point she might as well be a mannequin that Les hauls around to make himself look cool.

  15. Smirks 'R Us

    “And the Eisner goes to…The Family Circus for its gritty compilation, Thelma Turns to Prostitution”

  16. bobanero

    But seriously, what the fuck is Crazy Harry doing there?