Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Writer

My boyfriend Pete“? Hopefully, this signals that Mindy regained her senses after the county fair, and decided she wasn’t going to settle for an “engagement tiger.” While it’s been established that R. Lith is a “seasoned” professional, who paid her dues in the comics industry (and lived to kvetch about it at length), Mindy accidentally landed her colorist gig, and has been on the job just over a year. And the two have been acquainted for all of one afternoon over coffee. What exactly is it that makes Ruby think that Mindy would be a better writer than the famous Pete Reynoldberts?

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24 responses to “Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Writer

  1. Honestly, it’s kind of like wondering where the sewage pipe broke.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Yeah, so what is he trying to say here. exactly? That “anyone” can write comic books? How does Ruby even know if Mindy can write at all? And wasn’t she an artist? So what the hell does she even know about writing at all?

  3. AmigoLupus

    Mindy’s just been doodling random notes about her character, right? Because it sounds more like she’s an ideas person rather than a potential comic book writer. I thought Wayback Wendy would inspire Ruby to work with Mindy and write a story with her. But I suppose that’s too logical of a plot beat for TomBat.

  4. AmigoLupus

    Demoting Pete back to boyfriend status is still taking it too easy on his sorry behind. Any self-respecting person would kick him to the curb after being on the receiving end of that seriously incompetent proposal. …Which says a lot about Mindy, really.

  5. vince

    is it just me, or is Ruby just Bull’s “friend” Buck wearing a wig?

  6. billytheskink

    Right on Ruby! No way some guy with two decades of experience writing comic books should write this “WABAC Wednesday” stuff… the one-year colorist whose own parents doubted she would be able to get accepted to Kent State (!!!) is a much better choice!

    • comicbookharriet

      If she got accepted, I’m glad she put that 60k degree to good use taking tickets at The Valentine.

      The correct answer to Pam’s question would have been “Great! We’ll save a boatload of money. And she can get a job.”

      • billytheskink

        My favorite thing about that strip is that I pulled it from a blog about public relations written by a Kent State grad… lamenting how Crankshaft was not exactly portraying the school in a good light by following up Jff and Pm musing about how Mindy is barely making it through high school with Mindy excitedly rushing in with her Kent State acceptance letter. I am not sure if TB’s status as a Kent State alum not being mentioned in the blog post makes it more funny or not…

  7. spacemanspiff85

    It’s a bad sign when your idea is so bad that even a washed-up has-been knows better than to have her name associated with it.

  8. Paul Jones

    Me, I wouldn’t trust Pete to write a grocery list, let alone a bankable character. That isn’t the problem, though. The problem is that we’re getting a brute-force attempt at diversity that will lead to a pointless display of male fragility.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Those nicotine and coffee stained hands. That script needs to be reprinted.

  10. Gerard Plourde

    So what’s the point TomBa’s trying to make here? That in the early 21st Century a woman can independently write and illustrate comics on her own? Wow! What a pioneering moment! Next thing you know we’ll have Mindy inspiring women to create strips about a young mother and her dentist husband raising a family or a young single woman dealing with issues of shopping, her weight, and her long-term relationship with her boyfriend.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      In any discussion about females creating comics, the discussion will always lead back to Lynn Johnston.

      • You have have an all day discussion about whether or not Johnston deserves all the credit her brand has gotten, but there is little doubt that she opened a lot of syndicate doors for women like Jan Elliot (Stone Soup) or Terri Libenson (The Pajama Diaries) and even Susie MacNelly (Shoe – a strip she’s written for almost 20 years following the death of her husband, Jeff MacNelly). But Mindy and Ruby aren’t Lee & Kirby, but they will be the new stars of the comic world in TB’s world.

        • Maxine of Arc

          Oh cool, I didn’t know Shoe was being written by a woman. I mean, it’s still Shoe, but progress is progress.

          • timbuys

            As someone who has fond (if perhaps misplaced) memories of Shoe when it was written by Jeff MacNelly, I must say the Brookins/ Sue MacNelly version is a travesty. Shoe used to be funny and occasionally insightful. Jeff MacNelly was also an extremely talented political cartoonist.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Full disclosure: I was a FBoFW fan through the 90s. Yeah, I admit it.

          I have no problem with female cartoonists per se, as long as they put out good material. And Lynn had a lot of good strips, but then…agh well…it was a bad divorce, but don’t blame all men.

          I’ll just say Mary Worth under Karen Moy is a disappointment. The artwork is better, but the stories…bleh…

    • Don

      “Write and illustrate on her own?” Of course not – Mindy will do the writing, and Ruby will do the coloring “by hand.”

      Am I the only one who thinks this is headed for some “backlash when the comic fan boys find out two women are doing this” storyline? Expect the word “mockingbird” to be tossed in there somewhere.

  11. Banana Jr. 6000

    This is gross incompetence.

    If Mindy has changed her mind about her engagement to Pete, it would be helpful to show the reader that. Or make her response clear in the first place. He never really proposed, just said he was going to, and she never really accepted, just calling a stuffed animal an “engagement tiger” and reporting it to the senile Ed Crankshaft.

    I think the author honestly forgot about the engagement. I really do. Or it’s a continuity error, like he re-ordered the stories and this part was supposed to happen earlier. Either way, it is unacceptable for nationally-syndicated material.

    This is a new low for the Funkyverse. Lifelong commitments now carry so little weight that they’re side conversation to what’s really important: comic books.

    By the way, isn’t Ruby getting to be a nuisance to Atomik Komix? This is a small office and she’s very loudly telling Mindy she should be doing other people’s jobs.

  12. Buckeye Feculence

    “I think you should write it”
    Evidence that senility is creeping in

  13. Professor Fate

    “What exactly is it that makes Ruby think that Mindy would be a better writer than the famous Pete Reynoldberts?”
    Maybe she’s read his stuff? And perhaps she’s not too ga-ga to know that Pete when it comes to women can’t write his way out of a paper bag (much like his creator.)
    And did anybody else hear in their head some sort of Dramatic Music Sting for the last panel? I mean a woman writing a comic book! Unheard of.
    Of course Mindy doesn’t do herself any favors by instantly assuming that Pete needs to write this. Really if she really harbored a desire to write comics wouldn’t she have at least tried already?

    I am so sick of this arc. if only the Talking Murder Chimp would return.

    • Maxine of Arc

      NEVER FORGET the Talking Murder Chimp. Chimps can live a long time. He’s probably still out there… waiting.