The Brink of Stardom

June 25, 2019 at 1:03 pm
Are we watching them make the documentary now? That is, is he depicting Cindy doing the voiceovers narration of the scenes from What’s-his-nuts career?

Well, that might explain why today’s strip seems like it should have appeared on Monday. Maybe instead of Cindy blathering away as she and Jessica sit in front of their editing station, we’re actually “seeing” some of Cindy’s documentary. Which would make this the first time we’ve been allowed to see actual footage from any of the Funkiverse’s myriad movie projects. However, nothing can explain how a silent film star “rose to stardom in the early 40’s“.


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21 responses to “The Brink of Stardom

  1. Epicus Doomus

    After successfully cliche-ing his way through the 1920s and 1930s, Brickel rose to global superstardom in the 1940s, where his silent vaudeville movie hits included “You’re In The Army Air Corps Now” and “The Mummy Meets The Bride Of Dracula”. Brickel was a fixture on the Hollywood scene, often seen cruising in his custom Studebaker and handing out war nickels to young needy hobos.

    See, I can’t tell whether we’re watching the actual documentary or just the two of them talking either. For now I’ll assume it’s the documentary, but I wouldn’t bet on it, not even one thin dime. I’m always wrong about this stuff anyway.

  2. Gerard Plourde

    Compared to the huge chronological gaffe on display in today’s strip, the fact that Rolls Royce never made a car model called the Silver Phantom is a minor mistake. (I’d also love to know if TomBa actually thinks cars were produced for the private market during World War II.) Also, there are multiple American luxury makes from that era that would be more likely candidates- Dusenberg, Packard, Pierce Arrow (one was actually owned by Fatty Arbuckle as noted by someone in a previous thread), Stutz and Cord come to mind as possible defunct luxury marques.

    • Rusty Shacklford

      And yet Batty probably brags about all the research he did for this…

      Over on Crankshaft, he takes pot shots at the local bank teller. Not sure what they did to Batty, but my local bank has friendly tellers and I seem to be able to do my banking without issues.

      • Maxine of Arc

        Post office, bank tellers, what the hell did front line service workers ever do to this guy?

  3. I find this interesting in that it reflects actual Hollywood history. How, after a brief infatuation with “sound” in the late 1920’s, Hollywood came to its senses and decided that silent films were to be its sole product for the next decade or so.

    Anyone who remembers differently must have beady eyes, and enjoy picking nits.

  4. Jimmy

    Seriously, why create a prestige arc if you can’t even be bothered with the correct era?

    On second thought, this inspires me to write my book on the NHL in the 1990s, when goalie masks were finally introduced.

    • billytheskink

      What? No way… Goalie masks were introduced in the 1870s by a pre-teen Anne Shirley… at least according to Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series, which also placed such futuristic things as bottled soda, spring-loaded mousetraps, and polio outbreaks in the same timeframe. At least the show had Wayne Robson’s voice work, which is more than can be said for FW.

      TB hasn’t bothered to keep track of his own strip’s continuity in decades, he’s sure not going to do so for the real world’s. He’s like some sort of anti-Don Rosa.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    It never fails to amaze me how Batiuk can even get the stuff he’s obsessed about wrong. It would be like if he started making the strip about trains, except they didn’t go on tracks but instead had skis. Or if he made it about the Civil War and had the Confederates wearing Redcoats and the Union wearing WWI doughboy uniforms.

    • Epicus Doomus

      It’s like he takes every basic 1940s-era trope and mashes them all together into an indistinguishable blob, then lops pieces of that blob off as needed. By Friday Butters will be celebrating V-E Day with the Dorsey Band over at the soda shop with Captain America and watching five cent newsreels with Cliff Anger from the balcony at the Valentine as Humphrey Bogart looks on.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        The one trope he hasn’t picked up on is the old tradition of telling a happy story. He always has to have some depressing back story. It’s true things were glossed over in the past, but people want happy and inspiring stories most of the time, not the gloom and doom in constantly peddles in the name of art.

  6. Paul Jones

    Watching the doddering old simpleton get in young people’s faces for not knowing their history is something of a sick joke given that he doesn’t know it either.

  7. Rusty

    The weird thing about Batiuk is that it’s hard to tell if he changed the last name to Brinkel because Brickel was too stupid or he just forgot the name.

  8. bayoustu

    Gee, it’s a shame Brickle Binkle didn’t rise to stardom in the 1990’s- when Hollywood began filming in color.

  9. Professor Fate

    A Rolls Royce Silver Phantom? Aside from they never made them one has to say Butter must have been very important in the early 40’s Rolls Royce were busy making engines that were going into things like Spitfires. The War you know.
    And really has Tom completely forgotten World War 2 happened ‘in the early forties?” and that there were things like gas rationing (A cards and the like) along with food rationing – even if you were rich which would have limited his use of the Rolls. And as there was a war on as noted his leading a heedless hedonistic lifestyle was going to rub a lot of folks the wrong way – (assuming he was too old or too unhealthy to serve in the military) people who had sons, brothers, boyfriends and Husbands in service and good number of them did not come back. It was not a time for self indulgence or at least public self indulgence – hell Clarke Gable flew combat missions as did Jimmy Stewart.
    I suppose a good storyteller could use this flaw to explain his fall from grace (conviction for murder not withstanding) but that is not what we’re going to see here.
    Oh yes
    1) how was he able to enjoy the life of a rich movie star if he neck was hurting him all the time and he was in constant pain.
    2) if memory serves (and I’m not going to look it up) Cliff Anger was hanging around folks like Dashiel Hamett who was an actual communist at the time. How does he end up being bosom buddies with Butter who per the author was acting like self indulgent Nuevo Riche jackass?

    • Professor Fate

      argg Phantom not Shadow. I plead late in the day and in a hurry.

    • Gerard Plourde

      “hell Clarke Gable flew combat missions as did Jimmy Stewart.”

      Not to mention Eddie Albert (who later starred in “Green Acres” on tv) who won a Bronze Star for his actions landing and rescuing Marines during the invasion of Tawawa.