It was already Thursday

But his Lordship’s artificial limb had still not been found.

Therefor, having directed the servants to fill the baths,

He seized the tongs,

And set out at once for the edge of the lake

Where the Throbblefooted Spectre still loitered in a distraught manner.

He presented it with a length of string

And passed on to the statue of Corrupted Endeavor

To await the arrival of autumn.

(As you might have gathered, today’s strip was not available for preview.  So please enjoy chapter one of Edward Gorey’s “The Object Lesson,” written from memory.)


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18 responses to “It was already Thursday

  1. billytheskink

    Oh look, it’s three papers that don’t carry Funky Winkerbean anymore. Anyways, nothing punches up a documentary quite like newspaper microfiche.

    • Jimmy

      It probably will feature spinning newspapers before revealing the headlines, so it will have that going for it.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    So the Brittle Brickworth arc is going to address a “topical issue” by getting to the bottom of a one hundred year old Hollywood scandal? Yup, that’s our BatYarn all right. Calling the Westview Gazette “the court of public opinion” seems like a real stretch to me, unless hand-lettered signs were also involved in the smear campaign against Bricket, which seems unlikely as I’m pretty sure scotch tape didn’t exist in the 1920s.

    One of (one of) BatNard’s greatest failings is the way he telegraphs exactly where a story is going before it even begins. Obviously Cindy will jog Cliff’s memory and he’ll remember that Bucky Brillopad couldn’t have killed Valerie Pond, as he and Bugger were on a tramp steamer buying decoder rings at the time. Crazy Harry will then produce the actual receipt from his vast Bummer Bristol archives, at which point Mason will appear and say something wry as everyone smirks stupidly.

    Coming next year: Cindy kicks off part three of her Cliff Anger documentary trilogy by interviewing Cliff about his role in the underground pizza trade during the Civil War, a topic that still resonates among Westviewians to this day. Cliff reveals that his Native American great grandfather, Seething With Anger, was the first man to introduce sliced cured meats to pizza, back when merely suggesting adding a meat-based topping to a pizza could result in scores of casualties, with brothers often fighting against brothers. He also uses the “chemo-sabe” gag again and gets Lisa in there too.

    • Gerard Plourde

      The way he’s setting the story up also ignores two then-existing major Hollywood entities that affected the Arbuckle story – the Hays Office which censored movie content and the studio system which exerted near-total control over the actors’ lives and livelihoods. These actively combined to both prevent Arbuckle from working and, more insidiously, also threatened retribution against fellow actors who sought to speak out in support of Arbuckle. With the Hearst papers playing up the scandal, the suppression of the counter narrative through censorship would indeed be a story that could resonate. Sadly, it’s one we won’t get from The Author.

      • Maxine of Arc

        The “Hays code” proper wasn’t implemented until 1930, but state censorship of pictures was pretty common by 1921, so there was already financial pressure and media attention on the industry, Hays’s office at the MPPDA was coming together at the same time the trials were going on, and it was a good time to throw someone under the bus in a big public spectacle. (It is a fascinating story to try to unpick in retrospect. In addition to the Hearst papers going nuts with it, some of the trial witnesses were pretty shady, and also the final jury statement exonerating Arbuckle reads like it was written by the studio press. My take, worth the price of admission: Arbuckle probably assaulted Rappe, but probably didn’t rupture her bladder, which is what ultimately killed her.)

        • Gerard Plourde

          Thanks for filling in those details. It really is a fascinating story. I’m on the fence on the question of Arbuckle’s guilt or innocence.

          • Maxine of Arc

            I heard an episode of the “You Must Remember This” podcast about it and kind of went down a rabbit hole. Early Hollywood is fascinating and horrifying in roughly equal measure.

    • Count of Tower Grove

      You forgot to mention hand lettered signs stuck to walls with Scotch tape!c

    • Jimmy

      My family used to tell tales of this visionary man and the ensuing battles. My great, great grandfather fought on the fried bologna side. Needless to say, our side was not judged kindly through the prism of history.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    But wow, the Westview Gazette is hanging on the wall at the original Brown Derby. Neat.

    It’s about time he dealt with this contemporary issue affecting young adults. Who knew they were fans of ol Butter B.

    • Cabbage Jack

      I’m guessing he’s reading ‘Luann’ to understand the contemporary issues affecting young adults.

      That strip is under the mistaken impression that the youth of today are just nuts over silent film.

  4. ComicTrek

    Wow, looks like T.B. finally got tired of the whole John Darling (who was murdered!) thing. However, he seems to have found a replacement…

  5. Count of Tower Grove

    Butter Brickle, who went to jail. For murder.

  6. spacemanspiff85

    Monday’s strip, after Cindy finally lets Cliff talk.
    Cliff: “Oh, he definitely killed her. Brutally, too. I helped him get rid of the body. Wasn’t the first time we did that kind of thing either.”

  7. Professor Fate

    As I was reading this sudden exposition dump my nit picking brain went: well yes he may have been tried in the court of public opinion but he was also convicted of murder in a court of law. Of the two I would say now, that I the bigger issue especially after all these years. Prove the man innocent and the rest will follow. I can only assume the Author will ignore this elephant in the room in order to lambaste the digital media and the press. And to just generally sulk about the world.
    I find it amazing not I a good way that he can tout this story line on his blog months before we see a panel and yet when we do it’s such a poorly thought out mess (already). One can only conclude that there is a massive disconnect between the strip in the Author’s mind and the strip that we see.
    This is why one does need an editor from time to time to say things like ‘well yes I understand that because you just said that to me, but that’s not anywhere in the strip the reader sees.”

    • Gerard Plourde

      Exactly. In the real world the court of public opinion doesn’t send people to prison.

  8. Jimmy

    TB seems like a guy who fancies himself an “ideas man”. This type of person has all this inspiration and thinks everything is going to be great but never has any follow through.

    Do not work with this kind of person.

  9. Paul Jones

    As I said on Comics Kingdom, I expect to see a series of unforced errors on Brinkel’s part that make him railroad himself for Murder Two. There is, after all, precedent. Cindy is talking to it.