La-bore Day

While we’re waiting for today’s strip to drop, I’d like to add my kudos to the many kudos directed at comicbookharriet for taking Batiuk to the woodshed on a daily basis for the last three (!) weeks, and in the process, educating all of us about some real-life women heroes of the comics.

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25 responses to “La-bore Day

  1. Gerard Plourde

    I’ll add my support to that statement. If TomBa had done one quarter of the research she did and used what was found, he would have produced a meaningful strip with real value. CBH is a valuable addition to the regular contributors, making even better what was already a top-notch blog.

  2. Yes. Seriously, Comic Book Harriet’s swing through the Batiukian swamp needs to be added to the Greatest Hits of the blog. I know any guest hosting I do will fall far short of the standard she has set.

    • comicbookharriet

      Garwsh…Seriously, if I haven’t thanked all of you guys for the kind words enough, it’s because I am terrible at taking compliments, especially enthusiastic ones from people whose opinions I respect. Glad you liked it!

      • gleeb

        Well, you’re gonna take these compliments, see? You’re gonna take ’em and like ’em if you know what’s good for ya!

        Wow, it turns out I’m actually bad at giving compliments. Seriously, it has been a welcome lesson, thanks.

      • Epicus Doomus

        Yes indeed, kudos are in order for CBH! The last FW thing I researched was the last time Khan appeared before he fled town (Les’ wedding).

  3. billytheskink

    I too must echo the compliments for CBH. It says a lot about this comic strip that a guest blogger armed with Google, zero industry connections, and a paycheck of $0 can thoroughly research the strip’s subject and prove its portrayal as embarrassingly fabricated pap.

    Alas, it looks like Ruby’s maudlin journey will continue this week. Why couldn’t comics have left TB instead?

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Just shows you what a racket the newspaper industry is. Once you get your tenure on the comics page you can do whatever you want.

      PS: Today’s strip proves what I said earlier in the week: she’s mediocre. That’s why she has no work. Plus, as we’ve learned this week she has a bad attitude. Grow old and complain. Nice role model for young women. And take a bath and get rid of that stupid hat…there’s no bigger fool than a stubborn old fool.

      PPS: Thanks CBH. You motivated me to check out these female artists.

      • Gerard Plourde

        You’re right. In trying to be clever (her line about comics leaving her is a play on Ronald Reagan’s comment about moving from the Democratic to the Republican Party) he left himself open to the interpretation that her work wasn’t good enough.

  4. Who Wants Eggs!!??!!

    Get up on your feet when you’re being introduced to somebody! My 14 year old son knows that better than this 40 year-old man boy.

    Despite all the posing of the past three weeks, we get to see here, yet again, how the author really feels about women.

    Look back on when these two dolts have met other Comic Book Heroes. They’ve literally gotten on their knees and bowed down to them. But they meet a woman veteran of this business, somebody they claim to be huge fans of, and Pete remains just casually sitting with his arm draped over the chair.

    Seems like my 9th grade son could teach Tom Battic (rhymes with “Attiuk”) a lesson on how to treat elder women.

    • Look back on when these two dolts have met other Comic Book Heroes.

      • It still amazes me that when he referenced Joe Shuster as a hero to the Dull Duo, he couldn’t even spell his name right.

      • comicbookharriet

        Interesting that Batiuk labeled the Miss American cover as being from Capitol Comics. Couldn’t taint his precious namesake Batom with the specter of sexism. Flash Freeman is still a man Pete and Durrhen can worship.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      >>Look back on when these two dolts have met other Comic Book Heroes. They’ve literally gotten on their knees and bowed down to them. But they meet a woman veteran of this business, somebody they claim to be huge fans of, and Pete remains just casually sitting with his arm draped over the chair.

      That is a FANTASTIC point. I officially award you one Internet.

      The author wants us to believe women should be treated with respect. But everything about this story arc, and the strip in general, says the opposite.

      I often criticize the strip for telling instead of showing. What’s worse is when it tells us something and shows us something different.

  5. erdmann

    Tune in again tomorrow when we’ll hear Mopey Pete say:
    But I don’t understand, Ruby. You were big.

    Ruby: I am big. It’s the comics that got small. No, seriously. Comics are literally smaller than they used to be. And I don’t just mean reduced page counts, oh no. The physical dimensions of the modern comic book are noticeably less than those of its Golden Age counterpart. Now, who’d like a nice cup of coffee?

    • Tune in again tomorrow when we’ll hear Mopey Pete say: But I don’t understand, Ruby. You were big.
      Ruby: I am big. It’s the comics that got small.

      I was wracking my brain over Ruby’s line: I knew she was paraphrasing someone. Turns out though, she’s not channeling Norma Desmond, but rather, Ronald Reagan, of all people, who said “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.”

      • erdmann

        Oh, good call, I had completely forgotten that Reagan quote.
        I guess I connected Ruby with Norma Desmond because, deep down, I really hope this story arc ends with at lease one of the Atomik Comics crew floating face down in Ruby’s pool.

  6. Paul Jones

    Leaving aside the fact that Batiuk has never known how to treat women or think of them in a constructive and not repellently self-serving and entitled manner, it appears that we are in for more of the same atrocity as last week: Ruby being reduced to a single, ill-conceived issue.

    • William Thompson

      “Ruby being reduced to a single, ill-conceived issue.”? I hope that doesn’t mean we’re going to meet her only child!

  7. Chyron HR

    Pete, you spend every day at work fantasizing about how awful it was to work at a comic company in the “good old days”. Why do YOU think she left?

  8. Rusty

    “You know what FW needs?” thinks Batiuk, “Another elderly character!” Not only will the strip be spending way too much time with this ship of fools, we now will get to enjoy the snappy repartee with Ruby being one of the gang.

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    Resolution of celebrity murder case involving a talking alcoholic chimp: 2 days.

    Engagement of two major characters: 2 days.

    Bitter old woman yammering about the comic book industry in 1955: 16 days with no end in sight.

  10. Epicus Doomus

    I cannot believe he’s dragging this out for (at least) another week. Apparently being mistreated by the goddamned comic book business is Ruby’s ENTIRE IDENTITY. For the last fifty years she’s wandered the earth, stopping to visit comic book stores, comic book studios and comic-cons to complain about the comic book business. Sound fulfilling as f*ck.

  11. Rusty Shackleford

    Oh wow, that was Reagan who said that. I’m sure Batty didn’t intend to steal one of his lines.

  12. AmigoLupus

    So these two meet someone whose work they’re ostensibly fans of, and the first thing to come out of their stupid mouths is to ask why she left the comics industry. How rude can you even get? Why not ask her about what her work process was like, what she enjoyed about making comics, insight into characters she created. You know, show actual interest in her as a CREATOR.

    Also, “comics left me” just continues to make Ruby sound so bitter.

  13. AmigoLupus

    To add to how little thought TomBat put into his message that sexism is bad, today’s Crankshaft comic looks like it’s gonna shift focus on Lena again. You know, the lady who’s treated as a bad guy for the high crime of being kind and thoughtful towards Ed and his band of misogynistic toadies?