The Sound of Simians

I feel like the only part of the movie-making process Batiuk has actually shown is reading scripts. Because that’s all there is to it, I guess. The genius writers make the scripts and talk about bent nails to the actors, who just sit around reading the script until they film. I would’ve much preferred him to be reading Das Kapital or writing a letter to Trotsky or something.
Oh, and I guess past Cliff is about to get shot with a ray gun by a monkey. Sure it’ll mess up the time stream, but I think it’s worth it.

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21 responses to “The Sound of Simians

  1. Cliff about to get shot with a ray gun? Sorry, that would mean something interesting would happen, and this strip doesn’t do “interesting” (among other things). No, it’s going to be something stupid and lame.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Like that memorable strip where it appeared that Boy Lisa had been shot to death while committing piracy. What a letdown THAT turned out to be.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Oh, I get it. It’s some sort of time disruption weapon that shaved a few decades off Cliff’s life. Thus everything makes sense now! Thank God, as the timeline here was even more brain-warping than regular Funkyverse time is.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    So, as many have theorized, will the “big reveal” be that Zanzibar knows how to shoot a gun? Quelle surprise!

    Butter taking the fall because he thought the chimp did it ranks among the dumbest plot resolutions ever, so of course it would appear in this strip.

  4. Max Power

    “Then, after Zanzibar tried to shoot me he started flailing around and left my lamp shade askew.”

  5. I just love how Young Cliff Anger is a dead ringer for Mason Jarre, right down to the spitcurl.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Batiuk’s art is super weird. He has literally one version of “Attractive Younger Female”-the hot blonde, as in Cindy and lately Jess. And apparently one version of “Handsome Younger Man”-Cliff and Mason. I think that’s been pretty consistent between the artists, too.

      • comicbookharriet

        Didn’t used to be that way. Those very early Act III character sheets he had a friend make up show that he, at one time, imagined making these interchangeable mannequins distinct from each other. It’s most noticeable in the noses, like Darrin’s old beak. Now that everyone has gotten rich off of comic book or dead-wife book money it’s rhinoplasties all around.

  6. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Keep your ‘lectric eye on me babe
    Put your ray gun to my head

  7. louder

    Interesting, as in “good God, I can’t believe I paid attention to this comic!”, but Jessica is now in front on the camera, so that means no one is at the camera… so, what’s she being paid for????

  8. billytheskink

    Now we know how that lampshade got crooked.

  9. Cabbage Jack

    So a woman died, but god forbid Butterball or Jarre Sr. let something bad happen to the chimp who killed her. Why, you can’t get good scotch at a zoo or wherever they send the pets of the rich and famous when they literally end the existence of a human being.

    Every character in this strip is despicable. And his story lines lead me think that Batty sees them as relatable Everymen. Ergo, IRLBatty must be despicable also. He doesn’t bother with Everywomen because, to Batty, goils are only good for fetching hot cocoa and smirking on command.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I wouldn’t go that far. Batty seems like a nice guy, it’s just that he craves validation and recognition, and he is a people pleaser.

      When viewed in this light, you can see why he does what he does. He talks about how the strip evolves, but the big change is that Batty stopped caring about the readers and chased things to win awards and earn cred. Oooh look, I am inclusive: gay proms, handicapped people, war veterans, ptsd, cancer, alcoholism, Muslims, blah blah blah….see I hold all the right views, so give me my damn Pulitzer already.

      So here we are, discussing smoking monkeys. It’s come to this.

      For more crappy comics, tune in to Mary Worth to see the antics of an America hating French exchange student as he pursues some college tail. He has this annoying habit of saying some words in French, even though Dawn told him she doesn’t speak the language. Good stuff.

  10. Paul Jones

    It’s not bad enough that the stupid premise of this arc is “Sure, the monkey shot a woman but let’s not do anything about it because reasons”; what’s worse is that Batiuk will resent the fact that people can foresee the stupid, by-the-numbers resolution. It’s akin to how StaLynn Johnston is still angry at people for foreseeing the Settlepocalypse years in advance.

  11. Banana Jr. 6000

    We all know the chimp dunnit, because the story simply hasn’t presented any other possibilities. We have no suspects, clues, motives, competing theories, or anything else that makes an actual mystery. We don’t even have a real explanation why anyone would frame up Butter Brinkel: “to sell newspapers” is a partial motive at best.

    • Maxine of Arc

      I think someone over at Comics Curmudgeon said something along the lines of “Great mystery, now all we need are some suspects.”

  12. Roberto Dobbs

    The lamp is very close to the Nelson Bubble Lamp, not designed and sold until 1952.

  13. robertodobbs

    Another anachronism, the lamp is a clear reference to the George Nelson Saucer Lamp, not designed until 1952.

  14. Buckeye Feculence

    Zanzibar shoots Cliff and he has been among the walking dead for decades. That would explain why Cliff is still around when he was supposedly Butter’s contemporary..

  15. Maxine of Arc

    Things about which we know nothing, related to this storyline: 1) Valerie Pond, the actual woman who, you know, died. 2) Any investigation into said death and what evidence it did or did not turn up, as there was presumably enough to not only bring Butter to trial but to convict him. 3) Cliff Anger’s clear and obvious dementia.