Deadline, Schmeadline

Like pulling teeth without any anesthetichow, exactly? For the one pulling teeth, or for the one whose teeth are being pulled? If they’re your teeth being pulled, well, that’s literal torture. It can’t be a picnic for the tooth puller either: extracting teeth takes a fair amount of strength, especially from a flailing, un-anesthetized subject. Anyway, yesterday Flash said that “Turtle” had “gone to the well once too often,” implying that he pushed things too far and was finally let go, yet the cajoling continues.

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  1. Epicus Doomus

    “Like pulling teeth” would have sufficed, but “like” the hack he is that word balloon needed filling, so he awkwarded it up by around 45% or so.

  2. billytheskink

    Flash confirms that rhe ridiculous Batom Comics fever dreams that Pete and Durwood used to have while “working” in “Hollywood”, the dreams where no one did their job and everyone complained about it, were 100% accurate.

    I’m… not surprised, actually.

    • Epicus Doomus

      He obviously LOVES the comic books of that era, yet his stories about the making of those comic books are always tales of woe that mostly center around corporate exploitation and unenthusiastic sloth. Miserly vindictive bosses and joyless, broken drones toiling under Big Comic Book’s cruel and unfeeling thumb in a dimly-lit dusty old office, THAT’S what he imagines creating those classic old comic book titles was like. There’s never even a whiff of enthusiasm or excitement involved in the creative process with any of them, it’s all just a thankless plodding task where aggravation and dealing with weirdos is the norm.

      So in other words it’s just BatHam complaining about how tough it is being him again, like he’s been doing (at least) a few times a year since 1921 or whenever this thing first began. Coming up with the premises, getting the artwork done, filling in the word balloons, going to the post office to mail them, getting checks direct deposited, sounds like sheer misery all right. Then Hollywood f*cks you over and the Syndicate enslaves you and on top of that those Pulitzer assholes snub your masterpiece (on sale now at bookstores everywhere)…it’s not just flimsy dialog, half-assed doodles and puff-piece interviews, people. There’s a dark side too.

      • hitorque

        I don’t get it, either… To see Batiuk re-tell it, you’d think working on Silver Age Comics was worse than being a lifer in a coal mine? Freeman has spent his entire life in this fucking industry and he doesn’t have any better stories to tell than this??

  3. William Thompson

    “Like pulling teeth?” What a lovely display of irony in this toothless old strip.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    Running on empty doesn’t begin to describe the level of nonwork that this arc represents.

  5. No one in this strip takes any joy in what they do. It’s all a relentless, depressing slog, even for what the artist considers dream jobs.

    • Epicus Doomus

      FW is a joyless depressing slog about how life is a joyless depressing slog written by a guy who consistently points out what a joyless depressing slog it’s been for him to do. It’s a popular comic strip that runs in the funny pages of over ten million newspapers worldwide!

      • comicbookharriet

        A regular Slough of Despond from Pilgrim’s Progress.
        “At this Pliable began to be offended, and angrily said to his fellow, Is this the happiness you have told me all this while of? If we have such ill speed at our first setting out, what may we expect between this and our journey’s end? May I get out again with my life, you shall possess the brave country alone for me.”

  6. Interestingly, the Batiuk blog sums up this strip quite well with his latest entry. There’s a promising title, “A Funky Christmas,” but the post itself contains absolutely no content.

    • Epicus Doomus

      I noticed that too. IMO it’s his funniest work in quite some time. It’s not even “Have A Funky Christmas”, but just “A Funky Christmas”, which lends a sort of Batomesque surrealism to it. “A Funky Christmas” could be read so many ways, some pleasant and some not so much. It’s practically a premise in and of itself.

      • I bet it was supposed to be a book shill.

        “Well, it’s that time of year again where you have to tell people you’re no longer interested in their company. Why not announce it with a volume of the complete Funky Winkerbean? It’s the perfect way to tell that special someone, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.'”

  7. Doghouse Reilly

    Strange, for those of us reading this week’s “storyline” it feels exactly like being under anestheti…zzzz!

  8. Paul Jones

    I’m thinking that there’s another thing Hollywood tried to add to Crankshaft that was a deal-killer. Not only was Ed supposed to have a hidden soft side, people were supposed to be grateful that they were alive.

  9. William Thompson

    Look at Mopey Pete’s gobsmacked face. He’s going to go home, look at his vintage T. Thompson comics, and burst into tears. “He was my hero!” he wails. “I can never enjoy his work again!”

  10. Scott J Lovrine

    Frank Giacoia was an inker on early stories of The Flash (TB’s fave comic.) FWIW, here are a few quotes found online about Mr. Giacoia:

    ” He did have trouble meeting deadlines …”

    “An eternal procrastinator, Giacoia often waited until deadlines were imminent and would need help to finish, often overnight or on weekends.”

    ” It’s pretty well know that Giacoia was not the best at making deadlines. ”

    “Giacoia got the pages done but—and this was a recurring problem in his career—he brought them in long past the deadline”

    ” Despite Frank Giacoia’s name being listed as inker in Kirby’s handwriting, Dan Green ended up inking this issue, perhaps because of Giacoia’s difficulty in meeting deadlines.”

  11. Gerard Plourde

    Looking at Giacoia’s Wikipedia entry, it appears that his work was of such high quality that his tardiness didn’t affect the demand for his services.

    Considering the inconsistency TomBa’s characters chronically exhibit, I would think that a little added time and care in the drafting process wouldn’t hurt.

    • Buckeye Feculence

      The way I see this arc going, it’s not that “Turtle Thompson” was a procrastinator. We will find that he was such a passionate artist that his comix masterpieces could not be rushed

      • Gerard Plourde

        Except that TomBa shot down the “passionate artist” hypothesis in Tuesday’s strip when Flash impugned Turtle’s work ethic.

    • Charles

      Considering the inconsistency TomBa’s characters chronically exhibit, I would think that a little added time and care in the drafting process wouldn’t hurt.

      No kidding, the other day when Josh over at CC posted both Funky and Crankshaft on the same day it’s stunning how much Ayers is half-assing it here. He’s not trying to mimic Batiuk’s style, unless Batiuk’s style is simply “terrible”.

      • billytheskink

        Indeed, it is remarkable how much more effort Ayers puts into Crankshaft‘s artwork than he does in FW.

        Compare this lovely 1961 Rambler Classic he has Lillian McKenzie using as a daily driver in a 2016 Crankshaftstrip…

        With this bean/Chevy Citation-sized/shaped State Police cruiser from the Bull suicide strips that he later tried to pass off as a late-model Dodge Charger.

        • Hannibal’s Lectern

          Ayers hasn’t been drawing “Crankshat” for some time. It’s Dan Davis who’s responsible for the lovingly rendered Rambler, and whatever is that scratchy fungus growing on the walls.

        • Gary Stephen

          He also tried to pass off an “I just farted in church” face with the horror of piecing together that a loved one is dead.

  12. Professor Fate

    What I like to imagine Turtle is really saying
    “Well gee Flash, maybe if your cruddy company paid people on time and gave a little more guidance than ‘draw something good’ then maybe I might be able to meet the absurdly short deadlines your cruddy company sets up . Now if you’ll excuse me I have to finish the Bettie Page Pinup calendar. See you in the funny papers Flash”

  13. hitorque

    I don’t get it… Who the hell needs TWO weeks to finish some comic book artwork? (Unless of course Turtle has like a backlog of a couple dozen unfinished comics)?

    And why wouldn’t they just fire his ass, then?