I Stand in Line

Today’s strip:

August 21, 2018:

As we saw in the previous Skyler arc, Chuck Ayers (as with Batiuk when he was drawing this strip) appears to be simply incapable of drawing cute, appealing children (Burchett wasn’t good at it either). But there is no cartoonist better at depicting decrepit senior citizens than the man who inked Crankshaft for 30 years! Just look at the array of codgers (including the cartoonist himself, with cap, classes, and grey beard) in today’s strip, and in the very similar one-paneler from less than a year ago. Looks like Darin’s chosen to visit another of Cleveland’s 20 or so P.O.’s, but at least he’s remembered to wear his light blue “Going to the post office” shirt.


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11 responses to “I Stand in Line

  1. Epicus Doomus

    What do Ned Flanders and Tom Batiuk have in common besides sweaters? They both hate the post office. The post office nearly crushed Lisa, they fired Crazy Harry and now, for the second year in a row, they’re mildly inconveniencing the always-tedious Boy Lisa. One gets the unshakable feeling that The Author isn’t getting around much these days aside from book signings, comic-cons and mailing things.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    You know, given all the weird technology things Batiuk gets hung up on, like drones, tablets, and freaking iTunes music suggestions, it would probably blow Batiuk’s mind to know that you can go online and print off a label and request a package pickup, and never actually have to go to the post office. Which would make way more sense since Darin just apparently didn’t show up for work so he could mail the stupid thing.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Right or he can take it to work. In my building, there are places to leave packages for UPS, FedEx, and the USPS.

      I’m more surprised at the jab at the elderly. Old people have been Batty’s bread and butter, and now he rips on them. How ungrateful.

  3. Since the strip today is way boring–like that’s a rare thing–I thought I’d point out a housekeeping bit, as the link the Comics Curmudgeon doesn’t seem to work. Looks like Josh let “comicscurmudgeon.com” lapse, and hard to blame him. Going to “joshreads.com” works just fine, though.

  4. billytheskink

    Y’know what’s older than all of the people in line front combined? Post Office jokes.

    I think the first Post Office joke was made within hours of Ben Franklin’s appointment as postmaster general. They have not improved with age.

  5. Jimmy

    Hey Batiuk, I’m not a geriatric, but I can send a letter or something similar for about a half buck. I find that remarkable.

  6. Paul Jones

    He also loves “jokes” savaging the airline industry for confusing him with a nondescript white guy in his early seventies. As for the inability to draw children well, one has to care about a subject to be proficient.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    “I feel like I just wandered into an AARP convention.” Given that Darin and Jessica are in their 40s, I guess mid-life crisis triggered that comment.

  8. bobanero

    So basically the only reason that Durwood has put together his “I Care” package is to set up this repeat of a joke from a year ago? Seriously, I couldn’t think of anything that he would need to physically mail – what things can you get in Ohio that you can’t get in LA? All I can think is that maybe it’s a collection of Skylar’s stick figure drawings that Jessica can post on her refrigerator to make her feel like she’s a Mom.

  9. Gerard Plourde

    I suppose he could try to send a Montoni’s pizza, but the postal service has rules against mailing hazardous materials.