The Unbearable Heaviness of Brinkel

So we began and ended the week with a fat joke. Yep, this is how Emmy winning content gets made, folks….

Along with the flagrant retconning, jaw-dropping anachronisms, and slapdash draughtsmanship, the very sequencing of this week’s strips annoyed me so effin’ much that I’ve gone and rearranged them in logical order on their own page: sonofstuckfunky.com/the-butter-brinkel-story-corrected-for-continuity.

As Monday is the first of a new month (jeeze, it’s already July?) , your genial hosts here at SoSF don’t have the so-called luxury of being able to peep next week’s strips in advance. And Sunday’s strips are never available ahead of time, so don’t bother checking in around here until midnight Eastern (hopefully you’ve got better things to do on a Saturday night…I haven’t…) And heads up: stepping to the plate on Monday is none other than billytheskink! Billy has perhaps the broadest knowledge of Act I and Act II, and the ability to resurrect vintage strips, and shows a better grasp of continuity in the Funkivers than Thomas Martin Batiuk himself, and is handy with haiku. I salute him, along with @epicusdoomus, who manages the bullpen, and every guest author, past and present, over nine years of this blog, and most of all, you, the reader.

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12 responses to “The Unbearable Heaviness of Brinkel

  1. billytheskink

    With these two, blonde is spelled B-L-A-N-D.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Going back to yesterday, how exactly does Batiuk think Evil Hollywood would “exploit” his strips? Les Moore action figures? Crazy Harry bedsheets? It’s laughable that he thinks anyone would find anything he’s created worth exploiting financially. Also, I have a strong feeling that merchandise made from his strips would be one of his biggest dreams.
    “I’ll always remember the look on my nephew’s face when he opened his Christmas present from me. He could tell before he opened it it was an action figure. The look on his face when he saw it wasn’t Superman or Batman but Harry Dinkle, a true hero and fantastic character, makes all the toil and sacrifice worth it.”

    • Jimmy

      Best uncle ever.

    • ian'sdrunkenbeard

      Garfield farts in his general direction. TB wishes he had a tiny hunk of Jim Davis’ billion. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garfield , “Garfield has spawned merchandise earning $750 million to $1 billion annually.”

      Going back to yesterday, billytheskink posted a 1986 strip. http://billytheskink.com/SOSF/FW12-9-86.jpg I enjoy it’s crude immediacy; it looks as though it was drawn by a chimp with his feet. I don’t know much about art; but…

    • Charles

      He probably means that they would ask him to change something significant about his “beautiful work of art” and that was a bridge too far for him. They clearly didn’t understand the dramatic genius of a woman looking at breast cancer pamphlets. Or of a woman being told she has recurrent breast cancer because her records were mixed up and so she just lies down and dies. Obviously Hollywood has no idea how stories and drama work and that’s why we’ve never seen these things in a movie before.

      To be serious for a moment, Les’s “heroism” as Batiuk defines it isn’t really Hollywood’s idea of heroism even if you give Batiuk and his portrayal tremendous benefit of the doubt. But adjusting Les’s character so he was more protagonisty or making him not a protagonist would no doubt be considered “exploitation” and/or “staining” by Batiuk. According to him, they just don’t understand his “genius”, although he’d be devastated to find out that in actuality they understand it a lot better than he does.

      • Charles

        I mean, remember this bullshit?

        He gives his beautiful work of art to Hollywood to make into a movie, and all they do is take away its beautiful-work-of-artedness and replace it with something he considers beneath him.

      • spacemanspiff85

        I have a strong, strong feeling a movie about a woman who gets cancer and yet the focus is her husband and how he’s the one who’s really suffering would not go over well.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    So after establishing Butters as a dark, troubled, eccentric weirdo who gave his all to his craft he just had to work a fat joke in there in order to use that “heavy” gag. This really is all over the place.

  4. Paul Jones

    It’ll probably end with another fat joke. In between now and then, we’ll have to trudge through him wailing about how he was helpless and couldn’t avoid the easily avoidable stupid thing that wrecked his career. He is a ‘good’ person at heart and thus passively lays down to die while bemoaning the cruelty of his fate and selfishness of people who want him to put in the effort of having to live.

  5. ComicTrek

    Okay, I’ll admit that Cindy’s facial expression is *kind of* funny… clearly she doesn’t find Jessica’s joke “cute” at all.

  6. The rearranged sequence makes much more sense. Starting out with a neck injury that gave him pain the rest of the life, following with BB whoopin’ and hollerin’ on a carousel…why, it makes it seem like this strip is written by a confused old man.