Here Come Old Flattop

November 7, 2018 at 8:36 pm
You mention Buddy’s mismatched legs, but failed to mention the ridiculous strap that’s chafing him just below his anus. When he’s not shitting on it he’d no doubt be dragging his ass along the ground because of its itchiness. There is no dog vest or harness in the world that fits like that.

I’m giving that comment from Charles a bump, because it’s funny, because we see that awkward strap again in today’s strip, and, well, because there’s really not a whole lot else to comment on. Either Wally gave up driving following that road rage incident back in ’09, or, with both working at Montoni’s, these two can only afford one car.


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14 responses to “Here Come Old Flattop

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So if neither Wally nor Adeela had warzone-related PTSD neither one of them would have freaked out over the tornado siren, which means they never would have bonded and never would have agreed to give the project (which they never even started, BTW) another go. So essentially the lesson with this arc is that in the right situation and setting a PTSD-triggered panic attack can be a helpful tool that brings people of diverse backgrounds together via sheer terror. Sure, it’s a rather odd and highly bizarre lesson but a lesson nonetheless.

    And while I’m still a big Buddy fan and all, wow, was that dog useless during this arc or what? A service dog like Buddy ought to radiate a certain dignified composure, not caper about like he’s comic relief. IMO Wally ruined Buddy with that Ferris wheel stunt and the heavy metal festivals and besides, he doesn’t appear to be doing much good anyhow, as Wally is still being judgmental and diving for cover regularly. Free Buddy.

  2. The Nelson Puppet

    “Welp, I’m cured! No more PTSD. Guess I won’t need B-U-D-D-Y anymore. Wanna swing by the animal shelter?”

  3. billytheskink

    Two middle-aged pizza shop employees kiss sloppily in a Ford Festiva. The comic strip is somehow even less romantic than the description.

  4. A non-conclusion to a non-starter of an arc. How appropriate. Now let’s spend a zillion years watching Pete bitch about every God-damned thing.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    While we appear to have finally reached the end of this story arc, if the notation on the Rana sketch he posted on the Funky blog in March is accurate, she’s going to appear in tomorrow’s strip.

    • Far be it from me to offer spoilers. I’m just glad I’m not the only one who reads (and even remembers things from) the Official Funky Winkerbean blog! Batty really has been blowing up the blog of late, touting personal appearances, teasing strip developments (months in advance), rambling on about The Flash, and posting old John Darling strips and random comic art by others.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        I gotta remember to read it. I was down in Akron while comic con was going on and I would have popped in if I knew Batty was speaking.

        • Gerard Plourde

          The latest shiny object to catch his attention is a strip from the ‘40s called The Ripples. He’s running a story arc from it weekly.

          • Rusty Shackleford

            Oh dear, please no.

          • spacemanspiff85

            I saw that. I can’t believe that’s not some kind of copyright issue, unless the strip is public domain. It just seems pretty funny that Batiuk’s reproducing a comic strip on his own blog, given how touchy he is about other people doing that with his.

  6. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Carpet McDrapey puts the key in the ignition. Turns it.

    *** KABOOOOOMMMM!!!! ***

    Final panel is all black.

    Sunday — One panel, sideways (of course) strip: WallEye and Carpet McDrapey’s car – what’s left of it – fully engulfed in flames. Three of Adillydilly’s male “friends” smirk darkly and high five each other.

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Non-Ironic Readers: “I guess we’ll be seeing a lot more of Adeela, since she’s become close friends with Wally, and can help him cope with the problems of being a PTSD-American in this society. Hoping we will see her down at Montoni’s as she teaches Westviewians, and all of us quite frankly, to be more sensitive to Muslims. What a perfect addition to the cast!”

    Batty: “Who?”

    Non-Ironic Readers: “Adeela. The sweet Muslim girl Wally met at college. They shared a special PTSD moment together, and realized they were more alike than different.”

    Batty: “Oh. Oh, her. Yeah, now I think I remember. No, she’s not coming back. She’s what we published, syndicated writers refer to as a throwaway.”

    Non-Ironic Readers: “Oh. That’s too bad. We really liked her and identified with her.”


  8. Charles

    because we see that awkward strap again in today’s strip,

    I honestly think he looked at pictures of service dog harnesses online, saw some that weren’t shown actually on the dog, and drew them backwards. I say this because it all the world looks like the strap that goes around the dog’s chest, wrapped around the dog’s ass, supporting or restraining NOTHING. So he did actual research, but did so little of it that he didn’t pick up on that huge error, which makes a lot of sense, really.

    Also, terrible pointless dialogue. What’s the damn point of the ellipses in the final panel? Are we supposed to find that desultory bit of dialogue…. DRAMATIC…?….