Sunday morning, and I’m falling

Link to today’s strip.

Sundays strip, as always, was not available for preview.   Will it have anything to do with the previous week?  The ratio this year seems to be about fifty-fifty, depending on how lame the previous week’s story has been.  Today, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Jessica and Dullard chortling over Skyler’s injuries, both extant and yet to come.

Of course, they had last Sunday’s strip, so we might get Les and Funky running, while Funky complains about oxygen.  Haven’t had one of those in a while.

Guaranteed to show up: smirks and weary resignation.

This past week really illustrated Dullard and Jessica’s relationship, in that they really don’t seem to have any other than a very perfunctory one.  They live hundreds of miles apart with no plans to get together, they only react with their child when it’s absolutely necessary, and they seem completely wrapped up in their respective careers with no time for each other.  The fact that they communicate over Skype is the very definition of “phoning it in,” something with which Tom Batiuk is very familiar.   Unless it’s comic books or odd forays into nostalgia, Batiuk just doesn’t seem to care to throw anything onto this framework.  Not a terribly good way to present a strip supposedly about contemporary problems of young people.

And that’s it from me for this go-round.  Well!  Those two weeks sure flew by like two years.  Please give a warm SoFW welcome to Fearless Leader himself, our very own TFHackett Epicus Doomus, who returns to the agony booth starting tomorrow!

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14 responses to “Sunday morning, and I’m falling

  1. louder

    There’s something strangely comforting in looking for the Funky strip and finding a yellow triangle, with an ! mark inside. It gives me hope, that maybe, just maybe, this time the comic won’t stink to high-heaven. But we all know that Cancerville is where hope goes to die… with a smirk on its face.

  2. CRM114

    I didn’t realize Jess was a lesbian! Can’t wait to go back and see the husband and kid ….blah, blah, blah. Then return to her true love who’s also engaged to a guy. Trendsetting and kinda kinky. DumbBoy has Pete though so it’s all good.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I know. Cindy in her skimpy neglige after a night of passion….wow…

      Quite the leg show today.

      But they are both old…Jess wouldn’t be up on today’s lingo, with the vocal fry and all that.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    1. Batiuk should not be putting “Jessica and Cindy” time right next to “Jess and Darin time” if he doesn’t want his readers to think Jess and Darin’s marriage is a shame and their true loves are Cindy and Pete, respectively.
    2. If you’re going to do a joke about the differences between generations, don’t draw your two characters to look literally the same age. (“One generation says things differently than another” doesn’t qualify as a joke, and that’s literally all Batiuk has here, but that’s beside the point).

    • Epicus Doomus

      Jessica isn’t a twenty-one year old social media influencer with a face tattoo, she’s younger than Cindy but not by THAT much. They’re from the same town, they attended the same high school, they have a bunch of mutual friends, they apparently talk all the time at Jessica’s nebulous work station, the idea that they have some huge generational gulf between them is ridiculous.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Ugh, BatTom “girl talk”,,,(shudder). First of all, there’s no vast generational divide between Cindy and Jessica. Jessica is at least forty and hasn’t been a “young kid just starting out” since Act II. “Jess and Darin time”…geez, he really has a knack for capturing the way no one talks.

    Then there’s Jessica’s plan. After staying behind in California in order to wait around for someone to offer her the chance to make documentaries, she decides to take a break from waiting around to make documentaries immediately after Cindy offers her the chance to make a documentary. Instead she will wait (a recurring theme re: Jessica), go to Ohio, tend to her son and resume her family life, THEN leave AGAIN to go make a documentary. It’s a sequence of events that could only occur in the Funkyverse.

    And it’ll no doubt do wonders for little baby Skyler’s morale when Mommy ditches him again and Dad sends him back to Grammy’s house, with her constant naps and dangerously high beds, while Daddy runs off to frolic around with creepy Uncle Pete again. It’s like they’re deliberately trying to destroy the kid or something. He’s gonna grow up to really hate comic books and movie stars of the first half of the 20th century, I’ll tell you that.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yeah, like how much work is involved that has to be done onsite? Maybe a few days filming directly with Cliff, then the rest is going over archival footage. Heck there is no evidence Cindy even has a storyboard going.

      And what deadline do they have? Nobody is pining to hear about Butter…just Batty.

  5. billytheskink

    Butter Brickel’s fans have waited a century for his story to be told, so what’s another week or two?

  6. ComicTrek

    Jess and Darin time? How about FAMILY time? I bet she didn’t mention a thing about her son at all!

  7. Paul Jones

    How wonderful. A reminder that Cindy is a narcissist, that Messica and Derpwood act like teenagers who view their son as an accessory and that we’re all supposed to care about the ultimate My Eyes Glaze Over documentary subject. I can’t myself imagine that people are dying of anticipation to see the very stupid story of a very stupid man who died a long time ago without making any impact. If I wanted that, I’d watch Dinkle write about that maniac composer he’s fixated on.

  8. Guaranteed to show up: smirks and weary resignation.

    You called it, dude.

  9. Gerard Plourde

    So are we going to be subjected to a week of “Darin and Jess time” or will we mercifully be spared that ordeal because this is a Sunday strip and because of TomBa’s tendency to “tell and not show”? And, given that the LA crowd was in Westview USA last month to research the documentary using Crazy Harry’s extensive film archive, why is this trip necessary?

    He sure seems to be taking his time getting to the Butter Brinkel arc.

    • erdmann

      That’s just it: It isn’t necessary, at least not for “Darin and Jess time.” The reason she’s heading back to Ohio is because her long-forgotten offspring fell and wanged his head and now she feels justifiably guilty for being a horrible mother. What we should be seeing here is Jess, in a frantic rush to the airport, telling Cindy over the phone she has to return home immediately because her baby has been hurt.
      Did Batiuk not want to recap the last week for fear it would put off readers who only see the strip on Sundays? This is the same guy who recent recapped Cindy’s intention to make a documentary about Leopold “Butters” Brinkle three times in as many days. Surely he would jump at the chance to recap the last few strips. Recapping is sort of his forte.

  10. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Must…resist… the urge… to make…sophomoric sexual…comment…today