What the Starbuck?!

If today’s strip is any indication, comic books make your nose grow.

Also, this angry fellow who may be Stinky Peterson or perhaps Flash’s long-lost grandson apparently hasn’t read TB’s blog series Batom Comics – The Untold History, which affirms Flash Freeman as the creator of Starbuck Jones in name and concept. Not that I blame him, of course, I didn’t even read it…

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11 responses to “What the Starbuck?!

  1. spacemanspiff85

    The way Flash’s nose is apparently retreating into his face creeps me out. And the first panel gives us more of Batiuk’s trademark unnatural dialogue that would never actually be spoken in real life.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Why is everyone insulting this Flash guy? Why does Batiuk have such a dim view of his fellow comic book nerds? How many daily (ha) FW readers even remember who Phil Holt is? You’d figure a die-hard comic book dork like Batom would really enjoy doing a Free Comic Book Day arc but nope, it’s exactly as dismal as the usual FW arc. What a nut.

  3. billytheskink

    Are we sure Flash Freeman isn’t really Darin’s bio-dad?

  4. Sigh. It’s the Stan Lee – Jack Kirby thing. Of course Batiuk has to shove that in for no reason at all.

    By the way, is this how Free Comic Book Day works? Just idiots sitting at tables? I kind of thought there’d be comic books that were free, and people would show up, get free comic books, and leave.

    • I don’t know anything about the Comic Book Store scene, but I have to assume that “Free Comic Book Day” is an event similar to “Record Store Day”, where the idea is to prop up a failing business model by using appearances by notable figures in the comic book industry, in conjunction with special limited edition comic book releases to attract fans who might normally not be bothered to patronize a traditional brick-and-mortar establishment. Normally, if there was an artist like Flash Freeman present at a local event, who is probably in his 90s, he would be shown a bit more respect than what we’re seeing this week. I guess the theme of this whole horrendous arc is “comic fans are dicks”.

      One more thing, didn’t they make a big deal out of inviting Mason Jarre to appear at this event? Why haven’t we seen any sign of him this week, while every day we’ve seen at least a piece of the “Lisa’s Story” table, which doesn’t belong at this event at all.

  5. comicbookharriet

    This is the exact opposite of a incident I witnessed at a convention once. There were literally two Transformers comic book writers at the time and a socially awkward fangirl had cornered one to gush about her OTP in one of the books while I waited in line for him to sign something for me. I gently told her that this was the OTHER writer, and she brushed it off like they were somehow acceptable stand-ins for each other and continued spewing at him.

  6. Paul Jones

    Most of why Batiuk hates Stan Lee is being told that he’s not good at most of the things he thinks he’s good at and that he’s only good at something he’s ashamed of. My guess is that Stan The Man told him that he was meant to write gag-a-day comics and not so hotso at handling the big issues.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    I suppose we’re going to be experiencing this arc all the way until the actual Free Comis Book Day. And, speaking of Starbuck Jones, isn’t Mason Jarr(e) supposed to be at this event as well?

  8. timbuys

    What’s interesting (and the word interesting is doing a lot of work there) to me is it appears that the author is only able to conceive of the entire comic book media industry (books and movies!) as a world consisting of about a dozen bland people shuffling through a bleak suburb of Cleveland.

    To his credit, he is writing what he knows.

  9. Professor Fate

    The Author’s grudge against Stan Lee reminds me of what seems an apt story: One day a young man who had been playing the violin for a while went to play for a famous Violin Maestro. The Maestro listened for a while and said ‘I’m sorry you don’t have it” – bitterly disappointed the man quit the violin and then went into business and became very successful.
    Years later the man ran into the Maestro and thanked him for being honest with him and telling him he didn’t have it so that he didn’t waste years pursuing and empty dream.
    Maestro frowned and then said “I say that to everyone who plays for me …the ones that have it don’t listen to me.”

    The author it would seem chose neither path yes?