Cavalcade Of The Forgotten

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Holy shit on a shingle, it’s Tony! It’s been YEARS since he’s made an appearance. Ditto the infamous green pitcher. Tony is off to Florida for the winter, as indicated by his staggeringly gaudy retiree shirt, commonly used to establish retirement among adorable old coots. Which begs the question: why does he keep coming back to Ohio if he’s retired? I don’t know but, as I pointed out yesterday, at least it doesn’t involve Les or comic books, so the fact that this conversation makes almost no sense at all is largely irrelevant. Dare I say that as a longtime FW reader I’m actually almost enjoying this daily parade of long neglected characters, as I think everyone’s had their fill of Atomik Komix for the next few decades.

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20 responses to “Cavalcade Of The Forgotten

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So, does Tony still have his stake in Montoni’s and if so why? I know they bought back Les’ share, but are Funky and Tony still technically partners? Does that include the entire building or is it just the restaurant? Has any of this been firmly established one way or the other?

    I also like how this parade of seldom-seen characters provokes all sorts of new questions. Where is Tony when he’s not in Florida? What is Wally studying and what does he plan to do with his degree? Why is Summer still in college after six years? What the hell ever happened to Rachel’s kid, who must be like twelve now?

    • Charles

      Actually, this would be Summer’s seventh year in college. If Batiuk knew the first thing about how athletic scholarships work, he’d know that her eligibility, and her scholarship with it, would have been finished years ago.

      As for the puzzling question of Tony, I had a boss who sold her business and retired to Florida, and she comes back every Summer. That said, she does it to visit her family, and doesn’t to my knowledge come back to the office to hang around with her successor. Plus, I live in an area that’s quite lovely in the Summer, whereas Tony goes back to the Diseased Anus of America for some damn reason. Westview’s a really weird place. Everyone who lives there quite obviously hates it, but when they move somewhere else they all have this odd compulsion to move back eventually. Maybe Station Wagon Susan will be the exception that proves the rule.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Despite what Batty portrays in his strips, NE Ohio is a great place to live if retired. Cost of living is cheap, traffic is low and since you are retired, the winter doesn’t really affect you much.

        It is nice to see Tony, instead of that comics crap.

      • Epicus Doomus

        That’s correct, she moved into her KSU dorm back in October of 2012 so this would indeed be her seventh year of college. 2012 was a big year for Summer. She won the basketball championship, she protested on behalf of the same-sex prom couple, her and her detestable father climbed Kilimanjaro with a cat and she started college. She played a supporting role in the 2013 Frankie bio-dad arc but since then she’s become a bit player, only popping up in the background once a year. It’s not merely an illusion or perception, the strip really has slowed (!) down over the last five years, read through the old chronological recaps and you can see how much “busier” FW used to be (relatively speaking of course).

        And Wally started community college in the summer of ’13 thus it’s inexplicably HIS sixth year in college…community college no less. So his “graduation” is, like Summer’s, long overdue.

        • Buckeye Feculence

          This strip proves the Theory of Relativity–there have been so many time jumps that time, indeed, is not constant. The duration of events is completely relative to how conveniently it fits a storyline

          • ian'sdrunkenbeard

            I believe all this fiddling around has torn a huge hole in the fabric of the space/time continuum. That’s why nothing ever makes sense. Tony could walk out the door and meet a differently-drawn version of himself coming in.
            At least that’s what Starbunk Jones told me.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Didn’t Tony actually move to Florida? I seriously remember a storyline where he was back “visiting” from Florida. And is it that important he be at Wally’s graduation? Does he not have family, friends, or a life of his own?

    • countoftowergrove

      Yes, I remember this too. Tony was in a snit over the quality of the pie and jumped into Fungy’s shit.

  3. countoftowergrove

    Looks like Tony stole Quagmire’s shirt. Giggety.

  4. billytheskink

    Tony is walking out of Montoni’s with his presumably packed suitcase… does he live in the supply closet or something?

    • Epicus Doomus

      This is exactly what I mean. He suddenly pops up after a few years and announces he’s leaving. He was there all this time? Where?

      • billytheskink

        He probably lives in the supply closet because he is still paying off his time share in Florida.

  5. Paul Jones

    It’s Day Two of “Theatre Of Things That Would Make More Sense If Batiuk Hadn’t Disappeared Up His Own Asshole.”

  6. Gerard Plourde

    I wonder if some of these Ayers strips are pieces rhat were completed and intended to run years ago but were delayed by the trip down the Starbuck Jones rabbit hole.

  7. Jesus wept, Tony. You know you can send a “Congratulations!” card in the mail, right? Apparently not attending someone’s graduation is a terrible faux pas in Batiuk’s mind.

  8. Frank

    I remember how devastated I was when my Uncle’s former business partner didn’t make it to my graduation.

  9. timbuys

    While acknowledging that it is, today, rather warm up NE Ahia, nearly mid-October is a bit late in the season for a snowbird to fly south.

  10. bobanero

    Tony, since you’re going back to Florida, maybe you want to take Holly’s mother back with you. We’ve still got her tied up down in the basement.

    • timbuys

      I would like to give the part of my brain that forgets shit all the time a big thumbs up. Even though it was what, a few weeks ago maybe, when that arc occurred, I could not for the life of me tell you how it resolved. Vague recollections of car-trip (they suck) and old people (they suck) based humor is all that’s left.

      Now, where are my goddamned car keys…