Let’s all sing along!

Link to today’s strip.

So, the last two strips were entirely superfluous–weirdly superfluous, as if Batiuk did have some purpose–“Say, no one’s mentioned Lisa lately, how can I fix that?  I know, I’ll just push Monday’s strip to Wednesday, that gives me two whole strips to shoehorn her in.   Now, where’s my thinking crap?”

Now, credit where it’s due, I guess–Batiuk just straight out has Cindy outline her entire purpose, when he could have stretched this out for days.  (“Oh, you knew someone named Lisa, too?”)  Oh, don’t get me wrong, he’ll still stretch the whole premise out for days, but at least we get the preliminary bit right out, center stage.   So we’re at least somewhat on track.

Of course, I would not put it past him to run the following script in tomorrow’s episode–

Panel One:  Cliff:  So let me get this straight–

Panel Two:  Cliff:  You want to make a documentary about Butter Brinkel, the biggest screen comedian of his day,

Panel Three:  Cliff:  And how he went to prison for the murder of actress Valerie Pond, despite protesting his innocence?

Panel Four:  Cindy:  Well, let me put it another way–

And the next day, Cindy restates it all again.  Repetition, it’s what all the cool kids are doing, and it’s a surefire way to make it to that fiftieth!  Less than three years to go!


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17 responses to “Let’s all sing along!

  1. Epicus Doomus

    It seems pretty obvious that this should have been the Monday strip. Why is he “Butter Brinkle” now? And why is she explaining who he is to his self-proclaimed “kemosabe”? Did Brinkle meet Cliff in jail? And does this really rate as a “tragedy”? So many meaningless questions, so little chance of any answers.

  2. Max Power

    The Brown Derby is quickly becoming the most annoying head gear featured in this strip since the chullo.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    It’s a real tragedy, when someone goes to jail and says they didn’t do the crime. I mean who cares if Butter actually did brutally murder what’s her name, the sad part is how he protested his innocence.

    • Epicus Doomus

      BatYak doesn’t even have to draw this crap anymore, all he needs to do is fill in the dialog. Yet in spite of that THIS is the best dialog he could come up with, wildly expository nonsense that ignores the whole premise of the conversation, that being how Bricket and Cliff were friends. He has no ability at all to even remote approximate a real organic conversation that explains the premise in a normal coherent manner.

  4. billytheskink

    And the #1 way to make Wikipedia less interesting:
    Copy the articles into Funky Winkerbean strips

  5. Paul Jones

    The only thing more awkward that the dialog is the implication that both parties to the conversation are blind to the obvious. He knows that she makes crappy documentaries and can thus figure out why she asked about Not Fatty Arbuckle. She knows he’d know that. She’s forced to act as if she’s spoonfeeding the clueless.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Oh, what? Yeah, I was just thinking about Lisa.

  7. Let me guess, Plantman’s grandfather actually did it.

  8. comicbookharriet

    To be fair repetition is how my parents got to their fiftieth. But it sure didn’t make for exciting reading.

  9. So, I’m guessing that Cliff is going to help Cindy find the real killer and bring them to justice, since of course Butter was really innocent, just like OJ.

  10. Professor Fate

    Just on a side note – wouldn’t this story be among the most famous murders in Hollywood history if the facts were as Cindy stated them? And that being the case, wouldn’t this story had been covered to a fare thee well in books. movies, TV, YouTube and podcasts including at least three to seven attempts to prove someone else committed the crime? What possible angle could she bring to the table? An exclusive interview the man who was BB’s cellmate?
    “What do you remember best?”
    “He snored a lot”
    Long pause
    “anything thing else”
    ‘He always stole food off my plate”

    • In fairness to Tom Batiuk, when’s the last time someone made a substantial Fatty Arbuckle documentary? It’s fair enough for a documentary-maker to focus on something that’s gone a while without a fresh treatment. Especially something everybody thinks they know about without ever having looked at, like, a primary source. Or if it’s something that, in their judgement, has never gotten a good documentary.

      This is not to say I’m not expecting a fiasco and maybe a hilarious article about what the strip gets wrong from silent movies expert Fritzi Kramer.

  11. Gerard Plourde

    Talk about making a story bland. The case of Fatty Arbuckle is truly tragic – he was actually acquitted of the crime following three trials (the first two ended in hung juries) and received a written apology from the acquitting jury that went on record fully exonerating him but was blacklisted for a decade by the Hays Office (the Hollywood censor) because of the scandal. The cost of his defense effectively bankrupted him. For years he was sustained financially by being given short subject directing jobs (but had to use a pseudonym). He suffered a fatal heart attack on the brink of being rehabilitated. Legend has it that he suffered the heart attack the day he signed a contract for a feature film with Warner Brothers.

    By contrast, Brinkel appears to have been convicted and sent to prison protesting his innocence. Ho hum.

  12. Count of Tower Grove

    A new tag line is born: “Butter Brickle, who went to jail, for murder.”