It’s Funny Because Two People Are Talking At Once, I Guess

Link to today’s strip

Wow, this is shocking.  I mean, what’s shocking is that Wally actually remembers Rana’s name.  This is one of the many, many reasons why Batiuk is a terrible writer.  If he’s trying to create relatable characters, having a father and daughter who apparently still live in the same town not have any clue at all what’s going on in each other’s lives to this point is not the way to do it.  I kind of think this is the result of Batiuk explaining this plot to the artist, who, halfway through, reminded him “Wait, doesn’t Wally have a Muslim daughter?”.  Batiuk probably laughed it off, of course Wally doesn’t, I’m the writer, shut up and draw.  Then the artist pulled up a strip showing Rana, and Batiuk decided to just cram her in at the last minute like this, who cares if it makes both characters look like uncaring morons and realistically should render this whole arc pointless.  It’s a whole lot weirder for Wally to react to one Muslim woman wearing a hijab when his own daughter is a Muslim woman wearing a hijab.

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23 responses to “It’s Funny Because Two People Are Talking At Once, I Guess

  1. I honestly hope this is not the relationship that Batiuk has with his own family. Because this is just sad.

    A normal family would keep in touch, so that when Rana decided to become more muslim, Wally would know about this, and be either encouraging or wary, depending on the story need…and yeah, Batiuk, that’s a thing you need to be aware of when you are “telling stories.”

    Rana, for her part, would have to know about Wally’s PTSD and try to work around that, especially if just seeing a hajib would trigger her step-father.

    But no, it’s all a contrived mess, shoved together in a pathetic attempt to hook the attention of some awards ceremony somewhere.

    “Look at me, look at me!! I said Stan Lee did what superheroes did!!! And I should get an award for being sensitive! And I came up with ‘Roses in December’! Have you ever heard something so poetic and profound, yet so relatable? Where are my nominations!!”

    • spacemanspiff85

      There are so many things like that in this strip, where I REALLY hope they’re not drawn from Batiuk’s life, because that would just be sad. But then he presents it like it’s nothing unusual at all. Like how Cayla fondly reminisces over microwaved hot dogs and peas.

  2. DOlz

    We should get TB a box set of “Little Mosque on the Prairie” for Christmas.

  3. billytheskink

    Hard to blame Wally for this “Father-Of-The-Year” moment. He surely assumed Rana went to live with Chuck Cunningham just like the rest of us did.

    Adeela tiny hand, pressed up to her gasping mouth, is the unexpected star of today’s strip, followed closely by the wishbone that appeared on Wally’s cheek. I’d have put the wishbone ahead if there was a way to break it and wish this storyline would end.

    • spacemanspiff85

      I’m honestly shocked Batiuk remembered who Rana was, and that she existed. When I saw her in his blog months ago, I was leaning towards her being a totally new character.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Doesn’t he have another senior citizen to add to the roster? I remember him announcing a new character on his blog (too lazy to look it up). Mitzi Flabber or something stupid like that. I’m sure she will be proud and outspoken and have a bee in her bonnet about something.

        This is like corporate mismanagement . They have no ideas so the constantly re .org to show that they are doing something.

        Batty has no ideas and so he constantly introduces new characters.

  4. The Nelson Puppet

    When you are a lazy writer, you have to contrive a WHOLE lot of plot to make things work. This is Exhibit A of Batiuk being lazy. The half-assed tribute to Stan Lee, including rehashed dialogue from this very cavalierly written strip, is Exhibit B. For a man who wrote the foreword to one of his books, you’d think Batiuk would have crafted more than a cliche.

  5. bayoustu

    Suddenly, Owen and Cody show up- “Dad???!”

  6. Paul Jones

    The sad thing is that I can actually believe that neither of these zombies had the sense to ask Dead Skunk Head or Becky One-Arm what each other were doing with their lives. Doing that would require them not to be passive dopes bawling about how helpless they are.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Agreed. But that’s because none of these characters is three dimensional. They’re props that are used solely to push whatever issue he’s decided flog this time. His mindset reflects the pre-Stan Lee comic book writers of the ‘50’s. Like them, his characters have no existence beyond the plot of the episode. They possess no depth, no personality that would shape their reactions to the circumstances he throws them into.

      • Paul Jones

        Which makes his praise of Stan Lee ring hollow. It actively angers him that comic strip characters have to have inner lives and hang-ups because that takes away from being a little boy running around with a towel around his neck yelling that he’s Stupor Duck…….

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Well the whole point of this nonsense is not to tell a story, rather the goal is to burnish Batty’s credentials and possibly impress an awards committee that this is a deep work of art.

    I feel bad for Adela , she looks miserable in today’s strip. I hope she enjoys her flavorless, skim,low fat, Halal latte.

  8. Epicus Doomus

    Note to BatNard: just forget about your cavalcade of long-forgotten seldom-seen abortive characters like Rana, Wally Jr. and Rachel’s mysterious kid. No one remembers them, no one cares about where they’ve been and no one ever will. This is ridiculous beyond belief. Wally attends the local community college, he isn’t on some gigantic sprawling state university campus. The idea that neither he or his daughter knew the other was attending classes there is absurd, unless some sort of off-screen estrangement took place and even if it did, so what? This guy couldn’t tell a real story if you spotted him “once upon a time” and “happily ever after”.

    • Gerard Plourde

      It does appear that TomBa has transferred Wally to Kent State (undergrad population about 23,000 and another 7,000 grad students). That said, it defies any kind of logic that Wally and Rana wouldn’t know that they’re attending the same school and wouldn’t have at least had lunch or a snack together once. Nobody’s schedule in college is that hectic. (Unless you’re in the evening division.)

    • Charles

      Plus, I love the idea of what Adeela would HAVE to be thinking in this situation. Here’s this asshole army guy in her class who refused to work with her because she was Muslim, saying that “the differences between us are too great” for them to work together on some dumbass project. And here he is with a Muslim, hijab-wearing daughter, who’s close enough to him to call him “Dad” and approach him at the college dining hall.

      She’d either think he’s a complete shithead, or recognize that she’s in an absurd comic strip where nothing makes any sense whatsoever.

  9. Don

    What IS Rana doing there? Isn’t she the same age as Summer, who should have graduated from college two years ago?

    • DOlz

      She’s been doing a one woman show of “Waiting for Wally” She’s surprised because him showing up isn’t in the script.

  10. bad wolf

    *please let Rana be super-radicalized, please let Rana be super-radicalized*

  11. hitorque

    1. In accordance with Sharia Law, Wally West is shocked that not only is his adopted daughter is out in public unaccompanied, she’s trying to independently educate herself..

    2. So Wally West gets triggered by a frumpy woman in a hijab but being around his daughter is A-OK?