Pity Party for Two.

Link to Today’s Comic.

It seems that Darin and Jess weren’t in yesterday’s strip because Darin stomped out in a huff after not getting his coveted award. After all, and Eisner has been the lifelong dream of this business major who only fell into storyboarding after a friend suggested it offhand.

Tommy Bats seems hesitant to put this bitterness in the mouth of Les, sainted as he is by association. He’s lately split his author avatar in two. The younger Darin can be the raw id of jealousy, anger, and pride. Les is the older and ‘wiser’ superego so his response to defeat is depression, self-pity, and fatalism.

The Han Solo joke is so throwaway, the ghost of a reminder this was supposed to be Batiuk’s Comic-Con tie in strip for the year.


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17 responses to “Pity Party for Two.

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Hey, Darin, why don’t you hop on that boat over there and try and steal something from it? That worked out so well last time.

    • timbuys

      The true tragedy of life is that I can only give this one thumbs up. Oh wait, I can use different browsers and devices to give it like a million thumbs up (theoretically)? Cool. All is well with the world and SpacemanSpiff’s comment is the best.

  2. billytheskink

    “…and Han Solo didn’t shoot first!”

    Yeah, and Pete’s last name has always been Roberts, Bull was stopped one yard short of the goal line in his final game against Big Walnut Tech, “The Eliminator” has always been a girl named Donna, Les was never really bullied by Bull, Cory’s last name was always Winkerbean…

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Wait, wait, wait, there’s a fictional space opera series other than Starbuck Jones?!
    Honestly though, in a world where Han Solo (and Star Wars) exist, who the crap would give a damn about Starbuck Jones?

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Boy Lisa, from humble failure to entitled arrogant jerkoff in a few short (very long) years. He’s the head artist at a comic book company and his very first attempt at professional doodling was nominated for the highest award in the business AND his adoring wife lets him do pretty much whatever he likes and it’s still not enough to wipe that whiny obnoxious sneer from his annoying face. I demand a paternity test, as I’m seeing more than a little Moore in there.

    • spacemanspiff85

      I have a feeling if you asked Batiuk “So, what’s up with Les and Lisa’s kid?” he’d answer “You mean Darin?”.

  5. William Thompson

    So Darin is the Monster From The Id, badly ripped-off from “Forbidden Planet,” while Creepy Les is about to remove his glasses and rip open his shirt, revealing a huge E for “Super-Ego?” And what’s-her-name is the typical vapid blonde heroine of the Flash-Gordon style serials? Yeah, that sounds about right for this strip.

  6. The Nelson Puppet

    Hey, what’s Mark Hamill doing on the masthead? Another Star Wars joke?

  7. Here is where Batiuk’s habit of building up to an event and skipping ahead to the reaction without actually showing the event really fails him. We have no idea what Durwood is being a whiny little bitch about because we don’t know what “inferior” work won the blasted thing.

    • The most likely category that the Lisa book would have been nominated in would be “Best Reality-Based Work.” The actual winner at this year’s Eisner Awards was “Spinning” by Tillie Walden.


      I have not read the book myself, but from the synopsis, it sounds like it covers a lot of the topics that Batiuk tries to tackle in his “prestige” arcs–coming of age, coming out, bullying, sexual assault–but it’s written and drawn by a woman who actually went through all of these things.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    I guess the overarching theme of TomBa’s career is to make every one of his beloved major characters unappealing jerks (Funky, who he apparently disdains, largely avoids this treatment).

    • spacemanspiff85

      I remember a while back a commenter on Comics Kingdom told me, when I was commenting on how much of a jackass Les is, that he’s supposed to be seen as a jackass, that Batiuk is making fun of him or something. I haven’t seen a single piece of evidence to back that up, though.

      • Gerard Plourde

        I agree with you. I think that it’s more likely that he thinks that Les and company are reacting normally.

  9. Hell if I were Boy Lisa, I’d be upset that I’m now drawing–and will be drawing for the foreseeable future–a comic named SCUBA COP.

  10. Jimmy

    It occurs to me Batiuk wrote this when people were touting flat Earth theory a little while ago (maybe they still are; I’m not sure if it’s all a put-on).

    Anywhoo, I imagjne Batiuk learning back in his chair, saying to himself, “Take that, Flat Earthers” (i.e. snarkers), and doing a victory lap in his head.