A Butter Pie?

“How dare you?” is usually asked rhetorically, but in Battywood, it gets answered with a pie in the face. Comedy gold.

The draughtsmanship in today’s strip is nothing special. “Butter” Brinkel looks like a pre-dementia Bull Bushka, while his leading lady has a very contemporary look for an “old movie serial” actress. The film reel sprocket hole borders are a nice change from the usual photo album corners.
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18 responses to “A Butter Pie?

  1. Max Power

    So I guess he wasn’t…a silent film star? We’re definitely on a very slow boat to figuring out the Butter Brinkle murder “scandal” or whatever is the end point of this mega ultra prestige arc.

    • billytheskink

      Silent film star? Come on, you can’t expect TB to remember what he wrote Cindy saying way back in… uh, April of this year? April! There haven’t even been 100 strips since then! Good grief.

      • Let the record show that Batiuk has established “Butter” Brinkel nee Brickle to be a “silent film star” who appeared in “silent films.”

        • Epicus Doomus

          “My ex, Funky, knows someone…”. Jessica a) knows who Funky is and b) likewise knows who Crazy Harry is. There’s no way she wouldn’t.

        • Professor Fate

          I suppose he might try and get away with Butter being a silent movie start that had trouble making the transition to talkies (thick accent, bad speaking voice something like that) but still that causes problems storywise as the trial of a washed up comedian would not be the huge scandal that the trial is made out to be (theaters pulling BB’s pictures ) But it does cause a lot of problems. it really almost as if his year in advance plotting is nothing but BS.
          And is that clip from a comedy? I mean both actors look furious and the expression on the actor’s face she would have cheerfully stabbed him.
          Still one can happy imagine the comedy greats of yesteryear giving their opinions on ol’ BB – “Fat, Stupid, talentless SOB, who never made good movie in his life. And he didn’t drink” – WC Fields.
          ‘ A shameless Thief of everybody. He tried to steal my dancing dinner roll bit but he kept eating the rolls” Charlie Chaplin.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Uh yeah Jess, that must be it. Sigh. I agree, the pie-thrower looks way too contemporary for an actress throwing pies during the “golden era” of cinema, but whatever. What a lame way to kick off the big Butter Bricknel mega-arc. Looks like ol’ Butter will be yet another incredibly boring denizen of BatYak’s incomprehensibly dull fantasy world.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Oh yeah, his beloved role where he screamed red-faced at a woman. How could anyone ever suspect him of doing something bad to a woman?

  4. billytheskink

    So how did Les stay so skinny back in Act I with all the knuckle sandwiches Bull slammed into his face?

  5. Gerard Plourde

    From what we’ve been shown, there’s no context to indicate that this is from a comedy. The dialogue and the expressions of the actors could equally be found in a drama. And while it’s classically been used in comedy, shoving food in a person’s face can also occur in drama, like the iconic scene in The Public Enemy when James Cagney smashes a grapefruit into Mae Clrke’s Face.

    We’re back in the half of thought out realm of TomBa’s world.

  6. ComicTrek

    …If there was ever an appropriate time to invent the COMPUTER-in-the-face, it’s now! 😡

  7. Paul Jones

    The only good thing about today’s “fat shaming meets being stupid” thing is that it proves that we don’t actually have to expect much from this arc. Since we know it’s going to be crap, we’re not AS disappointed as we would be if we expected Batiuk’s caring about a subject to translate to a competent rendition of said subject.

  8. comicbookharriet

    Looks like an average scene from All In The Family. Must have been hard trying to be a black-and-white movie star in a 70’s sitcom.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Batty just cannot draw female hairstyles in any period.

    Anyways, Butter Brinkel, was born Bernard Hyman Brinkowsky. His father was an orthodox rabbi, as was his grand father, as was his….(Batty could have a years worth of strips showing this).. Bernard was nicknamed Butter, after his mother found him eating brisket wrapped around a stick of butter on Shabbat. When his father found out, Butter was disowned and thrown out of the house. He left Poland aboard a tramp steamer headed for Westview. He detested that cancer filled town full of dopes and so he headed west to Hollywood. He lives on in a crappy comic strip thus proving his father was right about his son’s life amounting to nothing because he turned away from tradition.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Would the tramp steamer be the same one that Cliff Anger was on for his trip to the Soviet Union?

  10. Professor Fate

    oh yes – nice Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey reference.
    Admiral Halsey notified me
    He had to have a berth or he couldn’t get to sea
    I had another look and I had a cup of tea and butter pie
    (The butter wouldn’t melt so I put it in the pie)

  11. Batgirl

    Her hairstyle looks wrong, her clothing looks wrong, and I’m dubious about her earrings. And that looks much more like a bowl of pudding or oatmeal than a pie-plate.
    It also bothers me unreasonably that title cards would work just as well as speech balloons and make more sense for a ‘silent film star’. But, wait, that would require TB to be concise and brief.