Clothes Make the Maniac

Gerard Plourde
February 27, 2019 at 6:26 am
So we’re to believe that this is the first time in their marriage that Cayla has gone clothes shopping with Les?

Maybe it’s not that implausible if, as this 2011 strip attests, that a sport coat will last Les “for ages”:


…which is about how long this shopping arc seemed to go on. Now the two are walking out to the car and at this point Les is straight up trolling Cayla. In panel 3, the tail of the speech bubble is painstakingly drawn to make it clear that the SHRIEEEEEEK is coming from the passenger side of the car, thus dashing my hopes that it’s the cries of Les as a furious Cayla stabs him in the groin.

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15 responses to “Clothes Make the Maniac

  1. spacemanspiff85

    “And that’s why Les and Cayla decided to never do anything together, like all happy, loving couples. The end.”

  2. Epicus Doomus

    See, at first I thought it was the car peeling out as Les raced away from the hated mall. Then I realized that Cayla was literally squealing with glee over the idea of (sigh) going shopping again. If BatHack’s wife doesn’t smack him in the head with a rolled-up Sunday funnies page over this one, there truly is no god.

    Coming soon: Cayla goes to the beauty parlor to sit under an old-timey hair dryer, smoke some Luckys and chat with the gals about which TV dinners their men like best.

    • LTPFTR

      Squealing with glee or shrieking at the idea of having to endure another round of shopping with Les where he does everything “wrong”? I swear I don’t know who to hate more in this scenario, because Cayla is behaving like an idiot and Les is, well, Les.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      BatHack’s “wife?” Who is that currently – Burchie or Ayrhead?

  3. “Hi, I’m going to ask you about your book, but I’ll do it in a way that’ll let you work in some wordplay. Because no one would say, ‘That’s a nice jacket,’ they would say ‘That’s a nice cover.'”

    “Then I’ll ask if you could ‘sign’ my copy, and you can use either sign language or astrology to make more wordplay. Oh, but first, can I have my check? Thanks!”

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Omg and the cover is for Lisa’s story, part 3, the deadening.

      Which reminds me, I gotta check Batty’s rating on Amazon. Hint: his books aren’t selling, but he does have old friends from KSU that give butt kiss reviews and ratings,

  4. billytheskink

    Oh, yes, they call her the Shriek
    (Look at that, look at that)
    Her husband’s signin’ books next week
    (Look at that, look at that)
    He needs a sportscoat that’s brown
    So she’ll drag him around
    To the menswear boutique

    No apologies to Ray Stevens, because he didn’t put “Bagpipes That’s My Bag” on any of his “Best Of” collections.

  5. So, what does it say about Les Moore that, after a shopping trip that Cayla obviously didn’t enjoy at all, that he suggests this should happen more often?

    Let’s just mention here that he would never subject Lisa to something she found stressful or unpleasant.

  6. Paul Jones

    The subtext of this pile of ordure is that silly wimmen folk would be a lot happier if they were to simply buy the first thing they latched onto and didn’t care about saving money. It’s like it’s the Stupidos’ version of “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”

  7. Gerard Plourde

    No thanks to TomBa, this arc did make me think about the difference in experience that men and women have in clothes shopping. Faced with the variety of styles, materials, color and pattern of the cloth used, cut of the item (length, style of neckline,etc.), coupled with the need to think of how the choice will be perceived by others, it’s no wonder that women endure a marathon ordeal that men can’t even conceive of. But of course doing a week of “Wimmen! Am I right?” jokes is much quicker and easier and allows for more perusal of 40 year-old Flash comics.

    • Paul Jones

      Point taken. Batiuk can’t (or won’t) face how difficult a time a woman has shopping for clothes because that means understanding women in the first instance. All he wants to see is a selfish hindrance that wants him to do something that isn’t sit on his fat ass bitching because they changed the bullshit reason Barry Allen gets to run at Ludicrous Speed.

  8. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    aise your hand if you like the new neurotic, compulsive, nagging, petty, angry, controlling Crayola more than the silent, smiling, cocoa-bringing, weirdly-oversupportive one? Hmmm…. Okay… Anyone…? Anyone at all…? How about you in the back…? No…? Anyone…?

    It’s like Batty, pouting in his mom’s attic studio, became concerned that he didn’t have ENOUGH detestable characters, and needed to add one more.

  9. The Dreamer

    The other car smashes into the passenger side of Les’s car and kills Cayla. So we get a year of ‘Cayla’s Story’ and more misery in Les’s life before another time jump to when he’s ready to start dating again

  10. ComicTrek

    I know it’s late, but “the cries of Les as a furious Cayla stabs him in the groin” had me laughing SO much! These comments are great. 🙂