Cover Up Fallout.

Link to Today’s Comic.

After being silently cowed yesterday, Mindy today has completely disappeared. We can only hope that she stomped out of the building in a righteous huff, deleted Pete’s number from her phone, and re-uploaded Tinder and Linked In.

Kudos to everyone yesterday that pointed out that Pete has totally written kid sidekicks before, with no mention of his apparently crippling phobia of pubescent partners in crime fighting. Maybe since that time he has unconsciously internalized The Seduction of the Innocent, and now sees all comic team-ups through goggles of pederasty.

Holtron sighting in the background today. Like they realized they couldn’t fit the Cosmic Treadmill in every panel. The extra background detail almost makes up for Darin’s terrible three-fingered hand in panel one.

I can hear in my head the tone of voice that Darin is using in panel 3. It’s sad, disappointed, and only barely curious.

20-1 odds on there being a sideways Comic Cover tomorrow. With a repeat of this joke in a panel at the bottom.

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16 responses to “Cover Up Fallout.

  1. thelootocracy

    If you’d asked me a week ago, “Could Pete be less likeable?” I would have said no, but I would have been wrong.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    I like how it doesn’t even cross Darin’s mind that Pete’s giving him a thumbs up. Also, how small must Charger Chimp be that Pete can completely block him with this thumb that close to the drawing?

  3. I am amazed by how many days in a row I’ve never felt more like punching Funky Winkerbean, and bear in mind, I read the comic back during Les’s Mid-90s Lisa Near-Missapalooza European Tour.

    • spacemanspiff85

      As much as people, myself included, like to gripe about the Lisa crap and the rest of the mid-90s to mid-00s melodrama, it looks like a masterpiece compared to now, if only because there were actually plots. Which honestly could be Batiuk’s intent.
      “I’ll just write a bunch of random, go-nowhere comics crap that will be so bad it’ll cause everyone else would look upon Lisa’s Story as the golden years, just like me!”

  4. billytheskink

    What a coincidence! I’m holding up a single digit at this comic strip, just like Pete is doing with this Atomic Ape cover. Granted, I’m holding up a different digit (I’ll let you all guess which one), but still, crazy synchronicity right?

  5. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “What the fuck are you doing now, Peet?”

    ” I’m just imagining how much better the cover would be if it were just a picture of my thumb!”

  6. The worst of it is that we’re supposed to sympathize not with the woman who got yelled at for an amazingly stupid reason but with the pathetic, petty, pea-brained pinhead from Podunk reminding us that “Tom Batiuk” is a really odd way of spelling the phrase “sulking infant.”

  7. Ray

    This was in today’s Akron Beacon Journal on the Op/Ed page with the header of ‘Crankshaft’ grinds gears

    “Seriously? The Sept. 16 ″Crankshaft″ strip had a mom in curlers and a bathrobe intercepting the bus to give her child his lunch.

    If Tom Batiuk and Dan Davis are going to continue to depict mothers in a negative way as too harried to be presentable in the morning, could they at least not reference a stereotype from the mid-1900s?”

    Kim Jenkins, Akron

    This is what happens when an innocent falls victim to Batty’s insights.

    And kudos to you CBH…there should be more useage of ‘pederast’ and it’s variants.

  8. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Hey, Minty…”

    “Yes, Mopey Pete?”

    “Kinda turns out me and Duuuhhhren never actually had the authority to hire you, and I hate that Charger Chimp crap. Sooooooo anyways, you’re fired. Please get the fuck out.”

    “Oh, okay. Where’s Mr. Hagglestein? I just want to thank him and say goodbye.”

    “No, no, that’s not necessary. Just leave now. Shoo. Shoo.”

    “Okay. So you coming over later?”

    “Uhhh… You’re not going to break up with me…??”

    “Aw, heck no! Batty has no idea how hetero relationships work, and no straight friends he can ask, so we’re cool. See ya later, handsome!”

  9. Charles

    So Mindy’s reaction to Pete’s pissbaby whining was apparently not important enough to show. I wonder if Darin’s status as a man will make his reaction worth indicating.

    Can’t help but think about how amusing it would have been to instead clown on how evidently open and malleable Chester is to everything these dopes suggest.

    “Ok, Sedentious Slime is a sentient slime mold superhero!”
    “Great! So what sort of adventures does he have?”
    “He sits along an inner wall of a Walmart and watches people go in and out of the restroom and the banking kiosk they have there.”
    “GENIUS! But I think it needs more. Does he have a sidekick?”
    “Spinda the (sentient) Spiderweb. She sits up in the corner nearby and watches people going in the john.”
    “BEAUTIFUL! PRINT IT! I SMELL AN EISNER!”
    “The real honor is being nominated.”

    • comicbookharriet

      With the right kind of author I would totally read a comic about a sentient slime mold in Wal-Mart, making observations on life and witnessing the stories played out there.

  10. Epicus Doomus

    This is an especially witless arc. Pete isn’t upset because his girlfriend stole his comic book thunder but because he doesn’t like sidekicks. Another story line that couldn’t possibly have come from anyone else.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Even Helen Keller, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder can see that Mr Mopey “I Paid My Dues” Pete has his nuts in a knot because some DUMB GORL off the street is coming up with “better” ideas than he can. (Or at least ideas Hagglestein likes.) No treadmill. No Lord of the Late. No daydreaming about high school. Just BOOM, here’s an idea!

      Instead of just jumping into a possible interesting conflict between Dork and Mindy, Batty makes a sharp left turn and goes off on sidekicks.

      It’s called writing. Write your own published, syndicated yadda yadda yadda…