Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

So many questions around today’s strip. Are Pete and Darin actually creating these throwback strips, or is Pete rendering them in his tiny mind? Is this panel a re-enactment of the events we saw last week? Then, is the guy taking to Bull supposed to be Buck? What th’…? Help us out here, Batiuk/Ayres/Fairgood: give him Buck’s glasses and hair! Tho’ Linda still looks cuter here than she does in “real life”, even if her head resembles a Brillo pad-topped orange on a soda straw.

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24 responses to “Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

  1. Epicus Doomus

    After all these years I still can’t grasp that Batiukian logic. He loves doing marching band gags centered around the megalomaniacal band director, then he neuters said band director, then scrambles to find ways to relive those very same band gags he deliberately did away with. He does a few Bull/football-related arcs every year, then he neuters the character, now he’s scrambling to find ways to do Bull/football gags again. Perhaps he just enjoys challenging himself (chortle), I don’t know.

    But in any event here we are, watching Funky goofing on Bull via Boy Lisa and Pete’s old high school comic strip (sigh) they’re fooling around with while they’re supposed to be working on Chester Hagglemore’s new Atomik Komix titles while they’re waiting for Mindy to start work and Jessica to finally sublet that apartment. As opposed to, you know, doing a week’s worth of stupid football gags. It just seems like a lot of work to put into something so apathetic, doesn’t it?

    And speaking of Batiukian logic, I wonder what “casual” (lol) or new (!) FW readers make of this? As baffled as I am by FW at least I understand what’s happening here, meaning the whole convoluted backstory behind “SS” and Bull and etc. But I’d imagine it’d be pretty confusing to a less familiar reader who didn’t happen to read the strip during that brief period twenty-seven years ago when “SS” was first featured. It’s funny how a comic strip that routinely and blithely disregards continuity requires one to have an encyclopedic memory regarding the characters and their back stories. Batiukian.

  2. Pretty sure that third guy is supposed to be Funky. Because, who the hell cares.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    You know, if I found out some guy who used to hang out around my restaurant/was in one of my classes decades ago was sitting around daydreaming about me, I’d be extremely disturbed.

  4. countoftowergrove

    Linda smirks, the hallmark of the great Todd Bottock.

    • billytheskink

      Not only that, she has yet to say a word so far this week… another TB hallmark.

      • spacemanspiff85

        I was already wondering yesterday why Batiuk/Pete even bothered having her there. I guess he thought having two fat balding guys talk to each other would be too boring visually, so he needed to throw in a chick to stand around and look cute or something.

        • Hitorque

          Hell, I’m trying to figure out why Funkmaster Flex is the “straight man” of the strip.. Do Darrin and Pete even know him that well? Why wouldn’t they insert someone like Les, who they both know and admire?

  5. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    I don’t know about everybody else (except for Rusty), but for the past few strips Linda has caught my attention.

    I love this clean minimalist drawing style. It’s far better than the usual dreck that (sorry, Chuck) Ayers and the other guy (Burchett? he is a good artist, but he didn’t last long) churned out. All of these artists; Ayers, Burchett, and even TB, can (or could) be excellent.

    I find the characters are much easier to recognize in this style.

  6. Rusty

    It will be interesting if Sophomoric Sightings gives us a wall of lovingly-detailed bricks.

  7. Given that we’re watching a gloomy dope daydream about cowering behind the First Amendment when called on kicking a man when he’s down, I can think of a word that justly applies to this arc: “atrocity.”

  8. Lisa’s Story should have been done in this style.

  9. Batiuk’s latest blog entry promises that Chester’s comic book co is going to give away radioactive toys.

    I can’t imagine ever enjoying a comic book ever again.

    • For those who can’t be arsed to check out the blog (and I don’t blame ya), long story short: Batiuk talks about an “Atomic Bomb Ring” that was given away in boxes of Kix cereal in the late 40’s.

      Well, that was just too good to ignore, so I turned it into a story that runs this month in Funky as the gang at Atomik Komix finds that their new promotional give-away has some radioactive strings attached.

      Hopefully, the story ends with Atomik Komix being bankrupted by the ensuing lawsuits, and with “the gang at Atomik Komix” being sent to prison.

      • If I had to guess, I’d say that this will probably be the ruin of Chester. Pete and Dullard are Batiuk-beloved, so nothing bad will happen to them. Chester, on the other hand, appreciates comics the wrong way and such people need to be punished.

      • Professor Fate

        Ah…one problem with this storyline is that it’s not the 40’s it’s not even the 50’s its 2018, giving away toys with comics isn’t something that’s done these days. Not that the Author cares but if he wanted to he could set it in Mopey Pete’s fantasy about working at Batrom comics in the 50’s But he won’t.

  10. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    You’ll come for the cereal! You’ll stay because you died of radiation poisoning!