Decamping Trip

Link to today’s strip

Dear Lord what ARE these imbeciles babbling about? The “power is out at Atomik Komix AGAIN”? So this happens regularly? Looks like buying an entire dilapidated office building for a company that employs four people might not have been the shrewdest idea, especially considering it’s some sort of poorly-wired death trap. “Art” is imitating “life” again in the Funkyverse, as the AK cretins are now basing THEIR ideas on things that happen to pass their field of vision that day, just like Batom does!

That’s all for me, stay tuned for the riotous comedic stylings of none other than SoSF’s very own billytheskink!!

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21 responses to “Decamping Trip

  1. The Nelson Puppet

    Who knew that Komix nerds could be so annoying? I feel sorry for the coffee store guy who finished 4th at the Les Moore Look-A-Like Contest at the Lisa’s Legacy Fun Run!

  2. billytheskink

    I actually kinda like “dad jokes”, but I am not sure they work all that well in comic books these days. I can think of at least one comic strip where they definitely don’t work.

  3. The Nelson Puppet

    …or, is he the community college/Kent State professor moonlighting as a barista? Your choice!

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Did Batiuk forget these people actually have an office, and don’t actually work at Atomik Komix?
    Also, from his blog, referring to watching the Funky Winkerbean musical being performed:
    “Every time we did, we always waited for one special line where the cheerleaders lamented having to cheer for a losing football team by saying that it really tended to dampen their élan. Whether due to poor writing, which I discount, or the performers’ inability to really sell the line, which I favor, it never ever ever and I mean ever got a laugh”.
    So Batiuk has always blamed other people for not finding his writing funny. Not that that’s a surprise in the least.

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Self-awareness and self-effacement have never been Tom Batiuk’s strong suit.

    • I might be overly charitable, but I hear Batiuk’s tongue in cheek in how he casts the blame for the line not getting a laugh.

      My experience is everyone who writes comedy develops a fascination with their spectacular failures. Jokes that are properly set up and structured and all, and that the audience refuses to even acknowledge is a joke. They’re fascinating things and you can see, like, Conan O’Brien getting this childish delight when the joke fails so completely it isn’t even booed; it just doesn’t parse.

      Anyway I have a faint memory of a comic strip with the cheerleaders complaining about dampening their elan. I can imagine the line seeming (maybe even being) funny enough in print, where you can read (and reread) any line at just the right pace to make the joke work best for you, but being a terrible joke on stage. (Is it even possible to sing a word like “elan” so the audience knows what you said?) There are lessons to learn about how to communicate jokes across different mediums. But sometimes, it’s just more fun to stare at and delight in something going wrong, even for the author responsible.

    • bobanero

      I’ll admit that I had to look up the word “élan”, and even knowing the meaning, I find the joke incomprehensible. There’s got to be a better way to wring a laugh from the plight of a cheerleader who has nothing to cheer for. But you would expect that anybody who would pay money to see a Funky Winkerbean musical would be willing to laugh at anything.

    • Maxine of Arc

      That would be because it’s not funny.

  5. Paul Jones

    Another reminder that he doesn’t understand why people cheer on lovable losers. For starters, he couldn’t create a lovable character if his life depended on it…..

  6. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    I hope I did not offend any Monongahelans!

  7. Charles

    Looking at Pete’s face in panel 3 where he’s barking at the waiter (has anyone seen a waiter in a coffee shop?) over his shoulder to bring him ALL the coffee makes me wonder how many surreptitious bodily fluids Pete has ingested over the course of his career.

    Also, why did this have to take place in a coffee shop? Why did they have to trundle all their crap like a trio of entitled dipshits to this place in order to employ that punchline?

    I also thought Mindy was Cindy for some reason. I’m also appalled that this Crankshaft refugee is undoubtedly going to become one of the seven most featured characters in this strip from now on.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    So just to recap: Pete and Darin left a lucrative and, by the looks of it, an undemanding gig in LA to move back to Ohio to a start-up comics publishing company run by a supposedly wealthy eccentric lacking in business sense, evidenced by his purchase of a building in need of rehabbing to house the start-up which either has bad wiring or, alternatively, for which he lacks liquid capital to pay the utility bill, necessitating the staff to regularly relocate to the local coffee shop.

    No wonder Jessica took the job at BuddyBlog. She has to in order to make sure Skyler doesn’t starve. I guess she’s sending checks to the Fairgoods.

  9. timbuys

    Today’s strip didn’t wallow in pathetic despair and resentment against the aging and the elderly nor did it play mental illnesses for laughs so, in context, this is probably the best edition of this dreck we’ll read all year.

  10. Don

    What’s a “Cintiq”? Is that anything like a Compaq – which hasn’t been a brand since HP bought it out in 2002?

    • I belief it’s a combination PC/tablet that Wacom makes.

      • Charles

        Fairly expensive too. And it’s weird, because at both his jobs, Darin’s been shown to use only his old school drafting table. I don’t remember ever seeing him use an electronic device or have one nearby for his job.

        Even with all that, it’s an odd thing for Batiuk to name drop.

        • timbuys

          Remember that time Darrin (I hate that I know his name) was depicted as being shot for trying to board a freighter in an attempt to get his special pens? That was a good if, typically, disappointing Funky Winkerbean.

  11. Professor Fate

    Ha ha it’s funny because coffee. Wait, no it isn’t.

  12. Epicus Doomus

    TFH: the blinking Pete in the header really freaked me out. Well done.


    TFH sez: Thanks Epicus! All others be advised, you have to wait about 20 seconds to catch the brief animation!

  13. The Dreamer

    since they can obviously work online, they can clearly work at home where they won’t be disturbed? why do they need to go to Starbucks when there’s a power outage?

  14. Divad

    The name Power Failure has not been exactly used for a comics event, but loss of powers is nothing new, such as this miniseries which seriously dampened the heroes elan:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/JLA:_Act_of_God