Boxers Briefed

Link to today’s strip.

I suppose I should be thankful that Halloween allows Batiuk to indulge his more whimsical side (a side otherwise kept carefully suppressed).  And bravo to Tom Batiuk for trying something light.  Especially considering that some of those New York Times readers might still be around.

The concept of a monster costume made out of pizza boxes is somewhat unique, I’ll give him that, though he has to admit in turn that it’s kind of stupid.  In a kind of amazing twist that only happens in this strip, it’s very creative and yet short-circuits itself by its own blandness.

And why are those two lamebrains gaping in fear at this spectacle?  Do they think it’s real–even for a moment?  Do they feel threatened?  Are they worried about how it will impact business?  (Speaking of which, I have the feeling when it turns out to be Cory, Funky will just berate him for wasting resources.)

Whether it’s fake or a real monster, the worst thing this creature could do to you is fall on you.  It doesn’t even have a mouth!  See, a pizza box opens at a hinge, just a like a giant mouth, but this feature couldn’t be worked in.  Its hands could wield pizza cutters, or a cutter and a spatula…Jason Vorhees did a lot more with less.

The lack of these things kind of dampens my initial interest in this story.  I have this awful feeling it will wind down in the most boring way imaginable.

Finally, the vertical style should have been skipped.  The artwork is too damned crowded together.  Spread out over a typical horizontal strip, it might have made a more impressive tableau, but I guess Batiuk spent all that time lettering the boxes and was damned if anyone could escape that detail.

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21 responses to “Boxers Briefed

  1. CRM114

    Looks like Funky’s back on the sauce and dragged Holly with him this time.

  2. William Thompson

    How does anyone walk in that thing? See? Breathe? How do you burst through a door in it when you’ve got to open the door, hold it open and maneuver sideways through the door? Wouldn’t those pizza boxes slide off your arm if you lowered it to reach the door handle? How do you bend over in that thing? Why would you fear a stack of Montoni’s pizza boxes, unless they contained actual Montoni’s pizzas?

  3. William Thompson

    “Frivolity,” Lord of Language? That word does not mean what you think it means, unless you’re trying to say “unworthy of attention.” Which is true, and who would expect that from Batiuk?

  4. billytheskink

    Apparition? Montoni’s pizza totally killed this guy!

  5. William Thompson

    What would be worse? If the monster is Walleye in a stack of boxes, and he collapses when somebody shouts “RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUN FOR IT!” or if it’s Corey in the boxes, and he trips over Walleye because he fainted when the Pizza Monster snarled “ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!” at him.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Yeah, once again he took a premise in a really odd direction no one else could have even imagined. As, uh, terrifying as it would be to see Pizza Monster (great name BTW) coming toward you it IS just cardboard thus could be thwarted by simple fire or even by getting it soggy. I mean it’d definitely be weird and you could catch a box corner in the eye or something but really, being attacked by a cardboard monster would be more annoying than anything else.

    I’m well aware that most people in the mid-central Ohio valley are just plain simple homespun folks who don’t have a lot of time to waste on coining creative monikers for their local super-villains and such, but “Pizza Monster”? Was he just all tuckered out after “writing” the CTE arc or something? Because “Pizza Monster” isn’t just lazy, it’s a whole other level of not bothering to try.

    Coming soon: Pete and Mindy announce their first Atomik Komix collaboration, “Superhero Man and Sidekick”. Issue #1 features Superhero Man and Sidekick doing battle with their arch-nemesis Arch Villain and his assistant, Evil Robot.

  7. spacemanspiff85

    Two ways I’d like this to go:
    1. Wally flips out, stabs/shoots the pizza monster, who is revealed to be Les.
    2. Crazy Harry flips out, thinking it’s a human’s weight worth of pizza, runs over and takes a big bite out of the monster, who is revealed to be Les. Then Crazy Harry turns into a zombie.

  8. Paul Jones

    I look at this and all I see is Batiuk about to make a dog’s breakfast (no pun intended) of a Scooby-Doo hoax.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    I hate sideways strips.

  10. Banana Jr. 6000

    While I appreciate the attempt at whimsy, is this really the most creative thing Batiuk could come up with? A Halloween costume made of pizza boxes? And In the same medium that gave us The Great Pumpkin. Sad. Is there anything in this man’s life that isn’t cancer, comic books, pizza, or marching bands?

  11. Count of Tower Grove

    Pizza the Hut this ain’t.

  12. Chester the Dog

    So many Montoni’s in one frame. A first…

  13. Gerard Plourde

    Could it be Pete testing a new concept villain to combat the Inedible Pulp? It’s too tall to be Zanzibar, the murder chimp.

  14. Jimmy

    I’ll take this any day over another attempt at a Super Serious Award Bait ® strip.

  15. timbuys

    A while back, I tried to leave at least one positive comment about the strip but simply had to give up.

    Anyway the shaded white, green and red awning in the background is a nice detail in today’s strip. Whelp, that’s all I got!

  16. Merry Pookster

    Holly and Cindy are the same age?