A Brief History Of Stupidity

Link To Today’s Strip

You know he’s going to say this arc was “about” climate change, even though it was actually “about” six days too long. See, while I have no idea how it really works, I assume they do the artwork based on a TomBan premise, then he fills in the word balloons with his shitty dialog. I mention this because in my opinion there was something “off” about this arc, like the premise it was drawn for was something different than he ultimately opted to go with. The subject of the arc (Holly’s mother) is unseen, Funky is inexplicably shoveling snow at some sort of municipal building, apparently having forgotten that his mother-in-law already does live with him and today Holly throws an entirely inappropriate sinister smirk at Funky for no reason.

It doesn’t add up and it reads like it was supposed to be something else before, for whatever reason, BatNard dropped the original premise and threw together this piece of garbage instead. Or maybe I’m wrong and this was exactly what he intended to do all along, which is an even scarier thought.


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15 responses to “A Brief History Of Stupidity

  1. spacemanspiff85

    I bet this story was originally about Holly telling Funky she was pregnant. Today’s artwork and Funky’s reaction would fit that perfectly. And “old coots raising a baby” totally seems like Batiuk’s kind of thing these days. I can see Funky rambling on about how his life is almost over, and his baby’s is just beginning, and he can’t wait to walk her down the aisle at Montoni’s.

    • spacemanspiff85

      To make it extra gross, here’s the explanation behind the art in the third panel:
      Funky: But . . . I thought I couldn’t have kids anymore.
      Holly: Oh, you still can’t. I never said you were the father.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Or maybe it was some sort of perverse Morty/Holly’s mom arc, which sort of fits Funky’s reaction better and makes more sense timeline-wise given how she’s been living there for seven months. If he thought better of doing such an arc, all I can say is thanks.

  2. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    I wish Charles Bukowski had written FW.

  3. Paul Jones

    He’s staring down the barrel of three years of being Abstinence Cop. What does Holly expect from him?

  4. Charles

    Notice how Holly’s dialogue in panel 1 states that the decision has already been made, even though at no point in the week’s strips was that decision made. The most important and dramatic moment in this sequence took place off-strip. You have to work to be this bad at writing.

    • spacemanspiff85

      The Lord of the Rings, as told by Tom Batiuk:
      Panel 1-“Hey Frodo, you have to destroy this ring.”
      Panel 2-“Well, I guess we have no choice, we have to destroy this ring.”
      The next day’s strip:
      “Boy, destroying that ring sure was rough, but it’s nice to be back home.”

  5. Gerard Plourde

    I agree that the artwork and story don’t match up. The cavernous plot holes in this disjointed arc are classic examples of TomBa’s “seat of the pants” storytelling. First storyline last Fall – Funky and Holly have to drive to Florida to bring her Mom to Westview for a never depicted band reunion because she doesn’t fly. No mention of hurricane Irma despite the fact that their drive down and back would have been roughly contemporaneous with its occurrence or aftermath. Arc dropped. Mom next makes a cameo appearance at the Thanksgiving table during the equally weird “Wally and the Muslims” arc. Mom next has a supporting role in the “Mort and his Magic Pill” Christmas story in which she expresses misgivings about going back to Florida because her friends are dying off. Again no mention of any hurricane. Now we have Funky shoveling significant snow (immediately after the high school kids have attended the school sanctioned gun protest in shirtsleeves on on the grass) and being told that Mom is moving in with them permanently because of the hitherto unmentioned hurricane.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      And don’t forget, Holly’s mom suddenly became a right winger just so Batty could mention Trump. I thought right wingers didn’t believe in climate change?

      And there is Crankshaft. Just as crappy. We learn today that T shirts change the world. Typical Batty, focus on nonsense like walk outs and t shirts. Mouth the right cliches and solutions to the world’s problems will magically appear.

      • spacemanspiff85

        I would swear today’s Crankshaft was an ad for a really lame t-shirt Batiuk was selling, if he did that kind of thing at all. By which I mean “take advantage of modern technology”.

  6. Rusty

    I think the solution might be as simple as Chuck Ayers thought he was done with this strip, the new guy quit, and he was pulled back in to throw a bunch together. Some of the work in the last several months has been incredibly sloppy.

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    This arc got off to a rousing start by having Holleeeeee call Flunky on the Cellular Internet Telephone when he was JUST OUTSIDE shoveling the driveway/sidewalk/whateverthefuck. It couldn’t POSSIBLY wait for him to finish and come inside.

    And why the Hell would a fat, out of shape 60 year old shovel 8 inches of snow off a 200 foot driveway by hand?? No snowblower??? It fucking snows every day from Thanksgiving to Easter over there! Maybe Batshit was leaving out the evil, gas guzzling, environment destroying snowblower to show how Concerned he is about Global Trump Warming Trump Trump and Climate Trump Change Trump Trump Trumpitty Trump.

    Anyhoo….. If you think Batty is finished with his political whining, you’re wrong about that. Next week, he’ll bitch and moan about how Adillydilly is DENIED the right to vote in the USA only because she’s a non-citizen! Spoiler alert: BECAUSE TRUMP!!

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I bet you are right. He is desperate now to get the same buzz that Non sequitar generates last month. Funny how a careless swear word got more buzz than Batty’s carefully crafted prestige arc.

  8. Jimmy

    I continue to say even Borscht Belt comics would be embarrassed by Batiuk’s tropes.