Sick Degrees Of Separation

Adeela finally gets to use the photo album corners in today’s strip. I think so, anyways. Is that her as a child or is that her with the child?  Or is that her at all?

Wally was in Afghanistan long enough ago that a young child then would be old enough to go to college now, especially when TB treats his 10 year time jump as that, a time jump, and not just an age jump to make his Act I and II characters older (well… Cindy in mind only, not body). HA! OK, scratch that last part then, the “time jump” has never been more than excuse to age his characters.

Still, the story of a Afghan war veteran and an Afghan refugee struggling to feel comfortable enough around each other to complete a college project could well prove interesting. Now, if only we could find someone to write that story… If only.


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19 responses to “Sick Degrees Of Separation

  1. spacemanspiff85

    So, has she never been around a vet, at all? And has he never been around a Muslim/Middle Easterner at all, since he got home?

  2. The Nelson Puppet

    Batiuk constantly tries for “pathos”, yet his end product is “bathos”.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    “Well smother me with onions and call me liver…is that Crouching Girl? How the hell are ya? How’s your mom doing?”

    “She was imprisoned and killed by militants. How have you been, Private Wally?”

    “I’ve spent the last six or seven years working at a pizzeria in Westview. I’m married to a pizza waitress. I live directly above the pizzeria in a pizza apartment. She has I kid I think but we never see it. After six years I’m close to graduating and I’ve already been offered a position as a pizzeria assistant manager at the pizzeria I work at now.”

    (Single tear rolls down Adeela’s face)

    Look at the expression on Buddy’s face, as it pretty much says it all about this stinker of an arc. Wouldn’t it be nice if it turned out they had something in common and weren’t completely defined by their religious and/or military garb? I guess he thought the strip has been a little “light” for the last few years so he slopped together this hackneyed tripe just to let everyone know he’s still pretending to be paying attention.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Be careful talking about them having something in common, because I would be shocked if they don’t bond over Starbuck Jones.

  4. billytheskink

    I don’t think Wally has shown this much personality since he wore that backwards ballcap in early Act II…

  5. The Nelson Puppet

    Notice the dog…he’s leaning TOWARD Adeela and giving Wally the side-eye!

  6. Subtlety, thy name ain’t Batiuk. This is the equivalent of a sound truck announcing what the concept (she’s as afraid of him as he is of her) is going to be at eardrum-devastating volume levels.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    Since The Author’s blog post last March heralded the return of Rana on November 11, it seems likely that it’s somehow connected to this storyline. That raises even more questions not the least of which is: Where has she been the last decade? She supposedly was a classmate of Summer, Jinx, Cory and Maddie at Westview (all of whom have all but disappeared from the strip).

    • Rusty

      It would be interesting if Rana left Becky’s home, became a devout practitioner of her Muslim faith, and changed her name to Aldeela. I don’t know when Wally and Becky adopted her, when he disappeared again, or when Becky lost her mind and married Comic Book John, but it might make sense Rana doesn’t recall Wally at all.

      Nah. If this chick wanted to present as modest and frumpy, though, she came to the right strip.

      • Gerard Plourde

        It would but the blog post gives the following information – “was a cheerleader, more Americanized” and has her wearing, in addition to a headscarf, a (what else) KSU sweatshirt.

  8. DOlz

    In a Obi Wan Kenobi voice: the Deus Ex Machina is strong in this one.

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    BatWit high fives himself in the mirror, and says to himself – “This is a Very Important arc! Now that I have a Muslim lady in one of those things they wear, I’m the most ‘woke’ Writer in all of Ohio! Let’s see… Put her in Wally’s class – check! Have her sit next to him – check! Oh, and make them work together on a project – yes, check! Hmmm… what kind of project would it be? Gee I dunno. I never said what Wally’s studying, so I have no idea what class he’s in, so I have no idea what kind of project. Hmmff, I’ll just totally skip over THAT part. But… but… it’s still not forced and contrived enough! Oh wait! Yeah, they met BEFORE! Oh, high five, Tom, you delicate genius. YESSSSS! They met in whatever that middle eastern country was where we had army guys and they had Muslims! Forced? CHECK! Contrived? CHECK! Super duper ULTRA contrived?? Checkity check CHECK! WHOOO! High five, Tommy baybee!! This is gonna need a boatload of flashbacks, so I better get more of those scrapbook photo corner thingies. Now pull up a chair by the phone and let’s wait for the award committees to call!”

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Ah yes, this strip has it all. Sumptuous artwork, lovingly detailed backgrounds—just look at all those bricks—a dog bringing people together.

      Please give Batty an award already, maybe it will push him into retirement.

  10. Gerard Plourde

    I just had a thought- Would TomBa be manipulative enough to have Rana discover that Adeela is actually her mother who survived the car bombing? The child in Panel 2 looks suspiciously like a young Rana (although I shouldn’t read too much into that, given the inconsistent artwork).

  11. Charles

    You know, there are literally hundreds of millions of Muslims in the Middle East and South Asia who didn’t get into life-or-death confrontations with Americans. Apparently Batiuk doesn’t know. The guy knows only the broadest, dumbest stereotypes.