Total Recoil

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So, as everyone immediately ascertained yesterday, Chester’s idiotic rings are radioactive. Now I would think that sending Atomik Komix readers deadly poison through the mail would be considered something of a public service but apparently these jerks aren’t nearly as cynical as I am, so there’s going to be a recall, followed by lots of lawsuits and federal government involvement, which sounds pretty funny on paper but won’t be in Batiuk’s hands. But, of course, you already knew that.

Coming soon: the gang can’t figure out why their official “Rip Tide-Scuba Cop” miniature compressed air scuba tanks are so popular until it’s determined that they’re actually full of nitrous oxide, which explains Rip’s popularity on the summer jam band circuit.

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22 responses to “Total Recoil

  1. countoftowergrove

    “We’re going to put our a recall?” Until last Wednesday’s strip Durward and Mopey Pete were oblivious to the Atomic Rings of 1947.

  2. As William Thompson pointed out, the rings have decayed to harmlessness now. But Batiuk has to have his moronic arcs. This, ladies and gentlemen, shows the depths to which someone will sink to get to a 50th anniversary.

    • countoftowergrove

      Only 1273 days to go!

    • spacemanspiff85

      I just don’t know why he doesn’t go the reprint route and have each strip be a panel of Funky and Les reminiscing, and then two reproduced panels from the past of the strip. I mean, yeah, that would actually be more effort that he’s putting in now, which is probably the answer to my question.
      Or heck, just use the same panel of Dinkle in front of the computer, copy it three times a day, and then copy and paste jokes from a joke website.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        It would be a lot more interesting. The comics pages have been a wasteland of boredom for over a month now. Crankshaft, FW, and Mary Worth, all have been total garbage.

        • Gerard Plourde

          You’re right. It’s becoming so bad that it’s almost not worth the effort to comment. If we go away, who will be left to read his stuff?

          • ian'sdrunkenbeard

            FW and other comics get a ton of hits that make them seem popular, but the vast majority of those hits are people casting snark on the funnies. I guess that does make them popular, but for all the wrong reasons. If snarkers stayed away, their hits would dwindle.

  3. Charles

    Didn’t this dildo come up with this reward idea the same day this conversation is taking place? How could he have sent out a couple dozen of these dumb rings when he just got the idea to reward loyal readers with them a few hours ago?

    • timbuys

      Ditto. I refused to go back over the last few strips to see when he first introduced the idea and then revealed the ring to verify so thank you for confirming.

      My sense is that the way Batiuk ‘writes’ creates a profusion of unconnected ideas as he churns out bilge to make it to the Big Five Oh(io). So, what happens is that the illustrator is left to pick through all of this crap and figure out what he can draw as quickly as possible on deadline and for very little money.I suggest that this theory explains why the various plot threads are so fundamentally abrupt in their development as well as the artwork’s, um, brevity of care in drafting.

  4. billytheskink

    Chester’s going a little heavy on the chewing tobacco, if panel 1 is any indication.

    And now he is a domestic terrorist.

    What a world, what a world…

  5. Jimmy

    So, Darin dis a.cursory web search, and now he’s the expert on atomic rings? What does Batiuk want Chester to be; a diabolical genius or bumbling idiot? He can’t have both. If Chester got to a station in life where he has an estate and dewp pockets, he surely would have a lawyer on retainer.

  6. What are they worried about? Even if the radiation hadn’t long ago decayed—well, I asked scientist J. Frank Parnell about it and he told me: “Radiation. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it’s bad for you. Pernicious nonsense! Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year! They oughta have ’em, too.”

  7. The Nelson Puppet

    Les Luthor strikes again!

  8. Anything to punish him for making you work, right, Derpwood?

  9. If this was a just universe it would sink the company and the last panel is all three of them swallowing rings in a death pact.

    • comicbookharriet

      If this is being told in the Act II Funky Winkerbean style, that is exactly what would happen. However, in late Act III style the news about them accidentally shipping ‘radioactive’ lead via mail will of course mean that they get a huge free publicity boost and Atomic Comix sales go through the roof.

  10. hitorque

    I’m still waiting to hear how some lameassed trinkets are going to raise their corporate profile…

    • timbuys

      I was going to agree with you: How could literally dozens of these things move the needle?

      Then, I thought about it from a marketing perspective. You can only afford/find dozens of the things so you send them out to so called influencers. Next, you send the same group a panicked note about the potentialradioactivity. Then, a short while after your stupid rings story goes viral and people are reacting with indignant outrage, you announce that the rings were harmless after all.

      Presto, the masses know about your obscure comic company now. Depending on your framework Awareness or Attention or, my favorite, Mindshare has been created on the cheap (dollarwise anyway). Meanwhile, the corporate hacks behind this cruel gambit remain shrouded from rebuke by the omnipresent corporate veil. Everybody wins.

  11. bobanero

    Okay, so certainly Chester still has the names and addresses of the couple dozen ring recipients. He can just contact them all directly and get them back, maybe offer a signed comic book or something in it’s place. I guess there’s a decent chance one of these people will be the litigious type and pursue legal action, but they can probably settle out of court and keep the incident out of the news, at least.

  12. So, there’s a guy who comes up with an idea and just launches straight into it, without planning or research, heedless of any kind of result. What? Chester? Yeah…I guess he does that, too.

  13. Professor Fate

    So the gimcrack rings could poison people. Of course this will raise the profile of the company (“4th Tier Comic Book Company is trying to kill their readers” is one suggested headline ) but not in the way I presume they would want.
    It reminds me a bit of the old Monty Python Coffee company sketch.
    “Frog: Well, people know the name, sir.
    Boss: They certainly do know the name, they burnt the factory down.”