Stepping Away From The Box Might Be A Good Start

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Well, it isn’t the worst idea Pete’s ever had, that’s for damn sure. While FW has long been hailed for being the very first comic strip to incorporate radiation into its stories, it’s refreshing to see it being used for laughs for a change. At long last Batom has harnessed the mighty power of the atom to generate comedy instead of using it to generate those annual puff-piece interviews in the Akron Daily Bugle Sunday supplement. Although “comedy” might be overstating things a bit.

I do like how Chester is apparently leaning on the potentially deadly box, absorbing its mysterious powers in a desperate attempt to do whatever a marketing team and legal department would do. If the casualties are limited to these four nitwits, no harm done.


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24 responses to “Stepping Away From The Box Might Be A Good Start

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Just sell a couple to Les so he can sprinkle them all through Cayla’s environment. It’s about time for him to write a new series of books about losing a wife.

  2. The problem with a stupid story is that it is, at heart, stupid. I mean, Batiuk can pretend all he wants, and desperately hope this is meaningful enough for a nomination, but a story saying “Bruce Wayne is the Flash!” is still just wish-fulfillment being wrung through the stupidity meter.

    • Epicus Doomus

      IMO the fascinating thing about this arc is how it’s based on a comic book ring again. He clearly has fond memories of some old comic book ring he once owned, memories he fully indulged during the first comic book ring arc, which as I recall was QUITE comprehensive as far as comic book rings were concerned.

      But it just wasn’t enough. He still felt he needed to scratch that comic book ring itch so he dreamed up a new comic book ring premise. Yet this unbearably uneventful outing was the best he could do. In other words, working another comic book ring into a story arc was the entire goal here, regardless of whether he had an actual story in mind or not.

      The point being that this Batom guy has some really, really specific totems, let’s say. I guarantee that this will not be the last comic book ring arc nor will it be the stupidest, as the worst it could do is tie all the other ones.

      • spacemanspiff85

        Knowing Batiuk, I have a feeling his mom wouldn’t buy him a comic book ring when he was a kid, and he’s resented it ever since.

        • timbuys

          I don’t want to diagnose from my armchair, but I am nearly 100% certain his mom threw it away because she didn’t understand

  3. countoftowergrove

    And so Mindy returns to take up space.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    “Just send them out to our haters.” Do I detect an underlying message being communicated to a certain audience almost as surreptitiously as through a Starbuck Jones Decoder Ring?

  5. Lord Flatulence

    I miss Les.

  6. billytheskink

    Too soon? I’m not sure joking about committing domestic terrorism ages all that well.

    It is, however, the most creative thing Pete has done in YEARS, so there is that.

    • Epicus Doomus

      IMO they don’t have anywhere near enough polonium 210 on hand for that job. To kill their haters you’d need a pail or two at least.

  7. I’m still waiting for that pompous blog article that huffs and puffs about ‘fake’ science words like ‘half-life.’

  8. spacemanspiff85

    From Batiuk’s blog, referring to Saint Lisa’s introduction in the strip:
    “Almost unnoticed, another new character appeared quietly and without any fanfare. She didn’t even have a name at this point. In fact, she had started out as simply a sketch in a sketchbook. Big hair was becoming a big thing at my old high school where I still went to sketch every week, and I think I put her in the strip as a one-off simply because I liked drawing her hair.”
    I know times have changed and all, but does it seem weird to anyone else for a guy to regularly visit his high school at least a decade (I’m assuming) after he graduated and sketching the students? I mean, maybe it wouldn’t seem as weird if he didn’t apparently still visit that school regularly, How would that happen? I mean, I think even way back in the eighties schools would’ve noticed an older guy hanging around regularly. I don’t know if he was still friends with a teacher who let him hang around his classroom, or just sat in a car in the parking lot, or what.

    • billytheskink

      Lisa’s hair, lest we forget, looked like THIS throughout Act I (this is her first appearance):

    • Epicus Doomus

      Batom and his retconning. Lisa never had “big hair”, that was always Cindy’s shtick. Lisa had nerdy poodle hair. Lisa was created as a dorky girlfriend/prom date for Les…”the wallflower” so to speak. Then she got pregnant, sprouted her halo and became the Lisa we all remember, the embodiment of feminine virtue and etc.

      • timbuys

        I am glad that I have never invested any energy in discerning between what’s his face and who’s her name because it’s quite apparent neither has Batiuk.

      • Charles

        Lisa was created as a dorky girlfriend/prom date for Les…

        Yep, there’s a reason why she was named Lisa and not, say, Janet.

    • No this is totally fine because only the most perfectly harmless and not-at-all creepy guys hang around their high school years after graduating, Like Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused: “I keep gettin’ older, they keep stayin’ the same age. Heh heh heh.”

  9. hitorque

    Extra credit for Mindy once again turning a blind eye to Pete Rattabastardo’s dickishness, which is usually a red flag for any woman….

    I’m still waiting for Darrin to “accidentally” let slip that Pete showed him (and god knows who else) the nudes Mindy texted him.