A Big Pick-Me-Up.

Link to Today’s Comic.

Once again stayed up late waiting for Sunday’s strip to drop. Les and Cayla are in LA, getting picked up by the world’s worst Uber. Mason has always been portrayed as a dingbat. I would not feel safe with him behind the wheel of a Hummer/Hearse Hybrid during LA rush hour.

It seems that ‘Comic-Con’ this year was completely summed up in one panel of nerdery last Sunday. The awards show might as well have been a poorly attended wedding reception for all the excitement and industry flavor we got.

I’m pretty flabbergasted by it, really. We did get plenty of tone deaf ‘nerdy’ humor last year, and the year of the great Holly Winkerbean Starbuck Hunt. But the idea that Batiuk would have nothing more to say during a Comic Con, that he’s both out of new ideas and not interested in recycling his old ones, it’s not like him. It’s almost worrying. Lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed is a classic hallmark of depression. Can someone check on him?

Well it has certainly been an interesting couple weeks at the helm. I interpret this awards quickie as TommyBats realizing that while the IRL ‘Lisa’s Story’ was nominated for a Pulitzer, the ‘in-universe’ book has never been similarly rewarded. The Eisner nomination, but not win, is a way of giving his opus similar accolades both within his world and without.

Beckoning Chasm is up tomorrow, to see us through the sights of LA. If Cayla is impressed with Union Station, wait till she sees the Scientology Building.


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19 responses to “A Big Pick-Me-Up.

  1. billytheskink

    “First world problems…” muttered Robin Leach as he read this strip.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Oh God no. Here’s a wild Batiukian swerve I never saw coming. Dick Facey and his wide-eyed rube of a wife are apparently visiting Cindy and Mason for some reason. Did I miss the series of strips where they all became very close? I almost sort of enjoy how the stories and the relationships between the characters randomly skip around with no rhyme or reason involved, as it distracts me from the awful stories themselves.

    • bobanero

      Well, Less did save Mason’s career by throwing the kill switch on the Lisa’s Story movie.

    • Charles

      Hey now, don’t mock too much! I’m sure it was a great effort to come up with three different facial expressions for Cayla, and none of them were the default blank smile she’s been shown with for the last several months!

  3. Oddly enough, Mason seems smarter than Les today. Unlike Les, he anticipated a problem before something stupid happened.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    So many inexplicable nuggets in this strip.

    I’m amazed at the amount and type of luggage they’re carrying. Can you even buy non-rolling luggage anymore? And is Les planning on staying for six months? Why does he need two large suitcases for apparently just his stuff since Cayla has a backpack, an overnight case,and her own suitcase?

    What happened to Crazy Harry? Is he hidden in a suitcase in a scheme to avoid a third fare?

    Also, isn’t Jessica still living in LA and working with Cindy? Wouldn’t they logically have gotten a ride from San Diego with her and Darin? Or, if they’re planning on being in Southern California for a while, wouldn’t they rent a car?

  5. But the idea that Batiuk would have nothing more to say during a Comic Con, that he’s both out of new ideas and not interested in recycling his old ones, it’s not like him.

    I think it has finally dawned on him that Lisa’s Story is over and done with, and he’s not going to get any awards for it. His shining moment has passed.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Maybe Cayla will wise up, join Scientology and request immediate deployment in the SeaOrg.

    Now that we are in LA, there is a chance we will get to see Cindy’s 20 yr old body in a bikini.

    • Rusty

      What are the odds Cindy wears her Westview baseball cap? Talk about a strange behavior in a 50-something marginal celebrity.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Les is in town to collect the final installment of his kill fee.

  8. spacemanspiff85

    The guiding principle behind this strip, for a while now, has obviously just been “put in the least amount of effort possible”. It’s beyond me why he doesn’t just repeat older strips like other cartoonists do. He could even have his characters reminisce about the old days and just add narration boxes to old strips.
    Or he could just copy one panel of Dinkle typing and repeat it three (or even two) times a day until he hits fifty years.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Just run three panels, each showing a brick wall and a hastily taped on sign that says “on hiatus”

    • Gerard Plourde

      Thanks. You’ve basically answered the questions I posed above. Least amount of effort (and thought) just about covers it.

  9. countoftowergrove

    I bet Masone Jarre fills that expensive Hummer at the Chevron station at Alameda & N. Main in LA. Yesterday regular was going for $4.89 as compared to $3.19 elsewhere.

    • countoftowergrove

      Sorry. I called Masone’s vehicle a Hummer. We’re in the Fungyverse, where Masone owns a Hummo.

  10. The Dreamer

    now now remember that Cindy spent years in a horrible marriage to Les’s best friend Funky and it was Cindy who took sick Lisa out and got her a makeover and a black wig, which did wonders for Les & Lisa’s sex life. Of course they are close. Although the reason for this strip is no doubt to set up a week of sixty-ish Cindy in bikini shots

  11. Charles

    Kind of curious if Mason and Cindy are going to move to Westview as Mason said, and when that was going to happen. I wonder because I’m curious how well Mason’s conspicuous consumption would go in the Westview community.

  12. The Dreamer

    Mason is going to pick up the rights to “Lisa’s Story” in ‘turnaround’ and sell it to Netflix so he can finally realize his dream of playing Les