The New Post Office Arc!

Link to today’s strip.

Chuck Ayers is back doing the art, at least for this week, and his stuff is much better rendered than Buchett’s has been lately.  It’s still not what I would call good, but it at least looks like effort was put into it.

It’s amazing that Tom Batiuk has so much going on that he has to farm the artwork out to three different people, yet he can’t concoct an engaging storyline to save his life.  Take this one–so Dullard is off to the post office.  I remember one time someone went to the post office, and it blew up!  “USA!  USA!”  The last time Dullard went, though, he took weeks to open a letter.   I doubt we’ll get any explosions this time around.

These characters have the astonishing super-power of being totally boring at all times.  I’d rather see Funky at the gym.


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20 responses to “The New Post Office Arc!

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Couldn’t he just get her subscriptions to the comics, so they’d be mailed right to her? That is a thing they do.
    Also, it’s great Pete and Darin are cool with Darin drawing personal stuff on work time. My guess as to what the drawing is-a portrait of Lisa, of course. Probably with a word balloon telling Jessica how she could be a better wife.

  2. Gerard Plourde

    Why in the world is Jessica still in LA? Does TomBa think that documentary filmmaking only occurs there?

    And why is Skyler in Ohio? Or is he? We’ll probably never know.

    • I’m still hoping that…Skyler is so stupid, while visiting Grandma and playing, he thought the field on the flatscreen tv was real, ran into it, and is dead.

  3. The “Old” Post Office Arc may be enjoyed here.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Wow, what crap. No wonder he doesn’t win any awards. Yet, I’m left wondering, was it Tony Montoni that placed the bomb, or maybe his mobster friends? With all the stereotypes he trotted out in that arc, I wonder why he didn’t include a Italian American stereotypes.

    • Hannibal's Lectern

      The one I like the best is where some kind of horrible lamprey-like slug with long sharp teeth seems poised to devour the Blessed St. Lisa, and self-absorbed Less doesn’t even notice:

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Holy shit BC, nothing in Funky history made me laugh harder than “USA!”usa did. I certainly hope Pete’s not sending Boy Lisa to the post office alone, as this could easily take MONTHS to play out. Lots of silent panels featuring stamps being affixed to envelopes, letters sliding into mail slots and tons of pensive facial expressions…gak.

    I don’t understand why Jessica is still in L.A. either. I mean how long does it take to sub-let an apartment? They can’t pay someone to handle that for them? Ann was exhausted by day one, she’s probably in a coma by now. As are regular FW readers…but nothing new there.

  5. Jimmy

    This comic is an affront to Sergio Aragones.

  6. billytheskink

    I was about to remark about how most multistory office buildings have mail pickup and delivery, but I just remembered that Chester bought this whole building for the sole purpose of employing these two schmucks. They are the only people there. If it has a mailroom, it isn’t staffed or on a carrier route.

    So, I mean it isn’t interesting in any way, but TB earns points for this uncommon bout with consistency.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Another remarkable example of BatDoh’s incredible knack for getting every single little detail wrong and not just wrong, mind you, but wrong in a way that defies continuity, logic and plain old basic common sense all at once.

    • comicbookharriet

      Working alone in a huge, mostly abandoned building sounds like a recipe for a great ‘horror’ arc. It’s so annoying that Tommy regularly has the ingredients for some fun stories that he leaves to rot.

  7. spacemanspiff85

    I’m thinking the odds that Batiuk forgot Harry doesn’t work at the post office anymore are pretty high.

  8. I’m guessing that he also doesn’t remember that he took Westview’s post office away so he could make a stupid point about the decline of dead tree mail.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Missing panel from Crankshaft today: Lilian replies “Listen Annie, are you selling your story or mine?”

    Of course the blame is totally on Lilian. She was an idiot to travel to NYC for a book convention when 5 minutes of reasearch using the PCs at the public library would have told her all she needs to know about book publishing.

    A friend’s spouse published a book recently. Like Batty she was published by her Alma Mater’s publishing house. If you have a decent story, then selling it is not a big problem. What took time was working with an editor to polish up her writing and focus the story.

  10. Buckeye Feculence

    Yeah, no one actually ever goes to a post office anymore. Hilarious

  11. Chyron HR

    Aren’t “passive-aggressive behavior” and “fear of success” just the same issues they’ve always had?

  12. Professor Fate

    I’ll bet he’s got an app that summons a postman. It’s now it’s hip it’s trendy yes? .
    And just fyi in New York City various Pizza joints have banded together and now have an app you can download it’s called ‘Slice’ and no I haven’t used it.

  13. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “As a matter of fact, I’m leaving right now. I’ll probably be back some time tomorrow. ‘Lunch break’ – you crack me up, Peat.”