The Whimperer’s New Clothes

To what do we owe the honor of seeing Cayla in back-to-back appearances? And Les is allowing her to be seen with him in public! Either today’s panel one is typical Monday exposition, or the two have randomly wandered into a men’s clothing store, reminding Cayla  that Les is in need of some new duds.

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18 responses to “The Whimperer’s New Clothes

  1. Gerard Plourde

    Didn’t we establish in yesterday’s strip that he’s overworked in his day job? When does he have time to do book signings?

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Yes, the demand for signed copies of “Lisa’s Trilogy” requires Les to always be on tour, working the book signing circuit for years at a stretch. Sort of like how the Grateful Dead used to do, only with cancer books and in Ohio exclusively. So Les always wears a yellow shirt, an aqua shirt or a KSU sweatshirt and Cayla doesn’t say boo, but she wants him to buy new clothes for “book signings”, none of which she ever attends? Sure, why not?

    • Count of Tower Grove

      Of course she doesn’t. Caucayla gets her kicks calling airport service phones where Less is making connections telling him that she’s Lisa.

  3. So, he’s going on another book tour?

    For what? His terrible, moronic, imbecilic “Trilogy” was already published; he went on a book tour and lost an Eisner award. It’s done Why would anyone book this hideous human-shaped stain for a book tour? That makes absolutely no sense–

    Oh. Apparently Volume 8 of Batiuk’s…oveure…has dropped.

    Well, naturally, Batiuk’s spokestrash Les has to promote this…somehow. He wasn’t involved in this, but, hey, you know the cliche of the Hooker With A Heart of Gold.

    Remove the “Heart of Gold” and there’s Batiuk. “Sell those books, boys, sell those books!” (Said in the voice of Brady Wentworth.)

    .

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Hahaha! She hates his wardrobe! Women, am I right? If only she’d quit yapping and bring him some hot chocolate.

  5. Count of Tower Grove

    I have to go with Caucayla on this: khaki in February and where is Less’ tiki torch?

  6. Merry Pookster

    So much for being there for his brain-rattled best bud.

  7. The Nelson Puppet

    Cayla looked so weary in the last two “comic strips”.

    • comicbookharriet

      Les is secretly a radioactive energy vampire. How long were Les and Lisa married before her ‘diagnosis’? Even if Cayla is a hardy ‘sporto’ type…I expect the lumps to appear soon.

  8. billytheskink

    Les is gonna kill at those book signings wearing his new brown suit with his tie tucked into his slacks. And as Cayla was only inspired to demand Les update his wardrobe by seeing a mannequin… why were these two wandering around the Mervyn’s mens department anyways?

  9. And even now, it continues! So Cayla is out to get her husband some new clothes – not for everyday purposes, but for HIS BOOK SIGNINGS. Does Lisa ALWAYS have to be directly/indirectly involved whenever Cayla is around?

  10. Charles

    The punchline would be much more easily understood if Cayla simply said “You dress like shit, Les.”

    No doubt she was reminded of this when she saw the shit brown suit on the mannequin there.

  11. Paul Jones

    What made this worse is that Batiuk didn’t even seem to notice how clunky and off the dialogue was. It would have been better to say “Why? Nobody at my book signings seems to notice what I wear”/”You’re missing the point: I do!!” but instead, The Lord Of Language makes it sound as if he flogs his awful book in the buff.

    • comicbookharriet

      I know what you mean’t by ‘flog’ but all I can see is some seriously kinky BDSM stuff going on in Les’s attic involving whips and paperbacks.

    • ian'sdrunkenbeard

      “No one at the book signings has ever seen my clothes before. I’m buck nekkid at those signings!”

      Whenever I write one of my stupid parody strips I always spot parts of the dialogue that are poorly worded, and always after I hit the send button. Then I realize that clunky, stilted, and bass ackwards grammar is in keeping with the”style” of the strip.

  12. Miskatonic Sophomore

    This one’s got it all, people. Les Moore’s book tours! Their implication of his fame and genius! Cayla’s permanent second-banana status! The bags of misery under her eyes! Mannequins in brown suits on pedestals (or levitating?)! Stilted Westviewnian English!

    Yeah, it’s a bonanza, I tells ya.

  13. Buckeye Feculence

    “You’re missing the point…I’ve seen your clothes before.”
    Translated: I’m sick of looking at you