Sunday, July 21

Link to today’s strip.

Okay, so apparently the documentary is done now.  If last week really was the conclusion to the Butter storyline that’ll be pretty amazing.

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a coffee shop that served ice cream.  And does anyone else feel like Batiuk has been pushing that Darin and Jessica are in love with each other a little too hard lately?  I kind of feel like maybe he took the comments about Darin and Pete’s relationship and is trying to prove everyone wrong.  “So what if Darin and Pete ran off to the Flash Museum together to buy dollies, look how horny Jess and Darin are for each other!  And Pete has a girlfriend now!”


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19 responses to “Sunday, July 21

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Ice cream breakfast? Another precious moment courtesy of Batty. Roses in December, doggy doo in July.

  2. Gerard Plourde

    So of course the documentary is finished. And given the absolute mess that the Butter Brinkel arc has been, readers who only get the stand-alone Sunday strip can be thankful of what they’ve been spared.

    Does TomBa actually think he told a coherent story?

    And I don’t even want to deal with the Darin and Jessica long-distance “malt shop” date.

    • And, of course, Batiuk doesn’t explain to the readers who only read the Sunday strip what happened the previous six days. Maybe because he’s to embarrassed to do a recap.

      And, of course, Batiuk still cant say the actually brandnames, so he embarrasses himself further by making up fake name that sound almost like the real ones, so he’s still giving them a plug.

      • Count of Tower Grove

        Unlike the rest of us, those who only see a printed copy on Sunday are better off for their ignorance.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Yep, they have everything they need: widely-available archive footage, and one rambling interview with a friend of theirs.

  3. billytheskink

    Are Cindy and Jessica editing the documentary themselves? No professional editor? Well, you can’t say TB doesn’t write what he knows…

  4. Paul Jones

    It hurts being right about Batiuk, doesn’t it? I feared that we’d build up to an incoherent story that we mostly didn’t see and a resolution that’s fifty feet in the air and that’s what we got.

  5. Professor Fate

    Glad it looks like that is it for the Butter Brinkle arc – thank goodness.
    on the other hand we have to deal with the ‘wacky life of Boy Lisa”

  6. bayoustu

    Am I imagining things or DID THE FREAKING CHIMP TALK!?!??!!? It’s a madhouse!! A madhouse!!!!

    • Gerard Plourde

      Yes, in TomBa’s reality not only did Cliff Anger tell Cindy and Jessica that the chimp pointed a prop ray gun at him (from a serial filmed during the 1950’s) in the 1940’s, he also claimed the chimp spoke to him in coherent English. And everyone was perfectly ok with that.

      Cindy’s next documentary will disclose that Zanzibar escaped back to Gorilla City and assisted Gorilla Grodd in a failed scheme to get rid of The Flash.

  7. Banana Jr. 6000

    This strip is a great example of why people dislike these characters so much.

    We’re supposed to think it’s cute that two married adults are smirking about their stupid virtual ice cream date, showing off their relationship like a couple of 14-year-olds, and wasting other people’s time.

    Darrin’s occupying space in a coffee shop where there’s a line. He hasn’t even bought anything. Pete’s with him, which suggests he went with Darrin expecting some company, and is being ignored. Which Pete thinks is just fine, because secondary FW characters have no feelings of their own, and exist only to react glowingly to the author avatars.

    Meanwhile, Jess and – Cindy, I guess, I can barely tell these smirking mutants apart – appear to be in an editing studio. Editing studios cost money to rent, and are in high demand. You don’t waste time in them. And Cindy’s expression suggests Jess should be getting some work done, not shoveling ice cream into her maw. To celebrate the completion of a documentary that clearly isn’t finished yet.

    And it’s not like they’re squeezing in a quick meeting during a few minutes of down time in their busy days. They PLANNED this. They brought ice cream to a place where there isn’t any, where they knew other people would be present. And their explanation for their behavior is “yeah, whatever, I’ve got this to do.” Such rude people. And hey, where’s their kid?

    We end with a reminder of how incompetent the strip is at writing jokes, and things the characters are supposed to know. Jess turning her head slightly to the right does not take her out of frame. Especially when we can see her head in the same position on Darrin’s screen, and she’s in frame. Christ.

  8. Epicus Doomus

    “Long story”? How so? They planned a stupid “ice cream Facetime” date, now they’re doing it. That took a cool two seconds to explain. This cutesy “young lovebirds” thing he does with these two is beyond repellent. They aren’t “young” and they’re not “just starting out” either. I liked Boy Lisa a lot better back when he was lucky to get a panel or two in the middle of another character’s arc…and I despised him then, too. And Jessica continues to be one of the least-believable characters in a strip that’s crammed full of them.

    Once again BatYak’s storytelling fraudulence is on display. He has no problem developing the premise (old time movie star involved in sordid murder mystery) but, as always, once it begins he half-asses the hell out of it and can’t wait to quickly wrap it up with a line of dialog or two. “Butter was accused of murder…but it was the monkey. The end”. The laziness is just off the charts here…again.

    • Maxine of Arc

      Even better, “It was the ape, because a million year old man said so. He also said the ape could talk so obviously that is 100% unimpeachable teue evidence and not in any way a clear case of raving dementia.”

  9. The thing is, for their documentary’s big “sting” (the monkey did it) they have nothing other than an old man’s rambling. No proof at all. If they release this thing at all, they’re putting themselves in a legal minefield.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Realistically, it would be very difficult to make a documentary with a long-dead animal as a key part of the story. It would have zero footage, or maybe even images; what do you put on the screen while you’re talking about Zanzibar?

  10. erdmann

    “You know who else liked ice cream? Zanzibar. Oh, sure, he loved his Cubans and his bourbon, but like he told me once, he said, ‘Cliffy, I sure do enjoy polishing off a quarter of chocolate chip cookie dough right after I kill somebody.’ I recon that’s why that’s why there were so many unsolved murders at Baskin Robbins shops after he and Butter hit the road.”

    “Uhhh, Darren? I’ll have to call you back. Cindy and I have to return Cliff to the home… again.”

  11. timbuys

    At some fancier coffee shops, I have seen ice cream offered in the affogato beverage.