Silver-Tongued Drivel

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I’ve often joked that if BatYak’s glacially-paced little “stories” moved any slower they’d start unfolding backwards, but I never thought it’d actually happen. But here we are, witnesses to his most brazen labor-saving contrivance yet…starting already in-progress arcs from the beginning again. He just did it with the Bull arc and now he’s doing it again by pretending that Melinda is just arriving at Funky’s house now, even though we all know this not to be the case. This isn’t just another nit-picky continuity error, he’s omitting entire story lines and just starting them over again like they never happened, which sort of defeats the entire “serialized” format itself.

I did enjoy the askew lampshade, traditionally used to symbolize disorganization/squalor/disarray and/or askewicity. It’s a delightful little touch, one that really drives home the point of how Melinda is unpacking and moving in after just arriving from Florida. It’s unusual to see such attention to detail in a story that just totally ignored literally every other detail. Melinda’s brutally downbeat response to Funky’s musty old attempted gag is classic Batiuk too, as having her crack a smile might be construed as a development in their vaudevillian mother-in-law/son-in-law relationship and God forbid he lets any character growth slip through quality control, as it could invalidate his CK contract and force him into the book signing circuit full-time. And no one wants that.

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5 responses to “Silver-Tongued Drivel

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Boy, first Rocky, now Holly’s mom. Funky just cannot resist hitting on women in his house who aren’t his wife.

  2. Nice callback with the lampshade, and killer post title!

  3. billytheskink

    With all the continuity errors, this strip has pretty much returned to its different-gag-a-day roots. Just a different definition of “gag” this time around.

  4. Paul Jones

    I wonder what sort of reset we’ll be seeing next. Since it’s Jessica in the masthead, she’s probably moving back from the West Coast again.