Doom Smells Pretty Fishy.

Link to today’s strip

Oooh, we have a real treat this week. Not only was Monday a nonentity where one character essentially tells another, “I will soon tell you the point.” But we get a double dose of the ‘suspense’ today. Do you think by the end of the week we will know the crux of the ‘conflict’? I give it 50-50 odds.

Funky is shoveling the snow off the sidewalk, and talking to his wife on the phone. So much wrong with this.

While I guess a March snowstorm isn’t insane for the Midwest,(here in Iowa we had snow on Thursday,) the strip on Sunday had the students standing on growing green grass in light jackets and sweaters.

Funky is just outside his house. Unless his wife is away from town, isn’t she just inside? Why is she asking him if he’s sitting down? Why is she having this serious conversation with him on the phone, instead of waiting the 15 minutes for him to finish shoveling? Has she locked him out of the house? Do they only converse with cell phones now? Does she refuse to set eyes on him since he turned into a horrible eldritch amalgamation of the Stay-puff Marshmallow Man and Statler the Muppet?

‘Not necessarily bad news’ always means, ‘it’s not bad for me, but you won’t like it.’ Funky is right to sniff doom. On the other hand, a good whiff of Funky right now probably smells like moldy dog and onions. He sniffs doom with every inhale.

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20 responses to “Doom Smells Pretty Fishy.

  1. spacemanspiff85

    That’s just the Westview air you’re smelling, Funky. It always reeks of doom.

    • Hannibal's Lectern

      Aren’t you glad they’re not in Wisconsin, where you can smell our Dairy Air?

      I’ll let myself out now…

  2. billytheskink

    Look at all of those rich red bricks in the background of panel 2… that’s not Funky’s house. That’s either Westview High School, a public housing project, or maybe Funky’s AA meeting place.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    I know that we probably have another three days of this nonsensical build-up ahead of us, but I just want to yell “GET TO THE POINT ALREADY!”. (Meaning TomBa has won this round of “Frustrate Your Readers” and can run the imaginary bases in triumph.)

    • spacemanspiff85

      Ha, it’s cute how you think Batiuk actually has points.

      • Gerard Plourde

        I know. Reading SOSF and our comments would cut into valuable “hot chocolate, comics, and cookies” time.

        Seriously though, I wonder if his concept of pacing comes from watching too many soap operas, where 27-month pregnancies are the norm.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    He’s already rehashing the BUILD UP to the premise, which means he has nothing. I certainly hope he explains why Funky is mysteriously shoveling snow outside some sort of institutional-type building that looks nothing like his home or business, but I’m not counting on it.

    • spacemanspiff85

      I mean, it was really inevitable that Batiuk would eventually realize if he’s wasting one strip entirely on setup for a plot, there’s nothing keeping him from wasting a second, too.

      • Charles

        Hell, I seem to remember one particular week where he didn’t get to the point until *Friday*.

        Now that it looks as if it’s not going to be “I have cancer” (didn’t both Holly and Funky have cancer or cancer scares?), I suspect it’s going to be “Cory’s decided when he’s going to get married and you have to pay for it”.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Yep, and by Saturday they will be sitting at Montoni’s coffee bar (you ever see a coffee bar in a pizza shop?) talking about what we didn’t get to see.

  5. Miskatonic Sophomore

    “Sniff doom”…I sniff a new entry in the Batiuktionary!

  6. Max Power

    I’m guessing it’s going to be the Mother in Law moving in on a “seasonal” basis. Namely all four seasons.

  7. bobanero

    Maybe Cory and Rocky have decided to have a destination wedding – in Afghanistan.

  8. Jimmy

    Batiuk does suspense about as well as I play the drums.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    From Pulitzer.org on “Administration of the prizes”:

    For a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, published as a still drawing, animation or both.

    Do any of Batty’s strips meet any of the above criteria?

  10. From the sidebar, it looks like Batiuk got what he wanted on Sunday. All kinds of people tweeting our his bland, inoffensive Sunday strip. Must do his heart good to know there are people as shallow as he out there among the “twitter tots.”

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I always make sure I visit his page after visiting the New York Times…just in case he gets reports from his webmaster. He can think all these sophisticated New Yorkers are reading his stuff.

      Non sequitar is still getting way more attention after what happened last month. I doubt Batty’s childish statement will get that much play.

  11. Don

    Wait, don’t tell me, let me guess:
    “Our parents are getting married!”