Polish Joke

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It’s hilarious because she’s a woman and you know how “they” are, always all insecure and mixed-up and such. Sigh. This is what happens when you hire writers who’ve NEVER WRITTEN A SINGLE THING IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFE. Then again, SOME “writers” have forty-seven years worth of experience and still somehow manage to cock everything all up, so there you go.

“Wayback Wendy”…man, that really stinks even by FW comic book sub-universe standards. That makes “Rip Tide” seem like sheer genius in comparison. What does Wendy do, go back in time and re-visit high school? And if so, why not just call it “Wendy Winkerbean”? Who’d even know the difference?

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  1. Tom Batiuk in a nutshell–the only reason that Pete is there at all, is to point out how the women are doing it all wrong.

  2. Hannibal’s Lectern

    Rubicon looks at Minty’s pages and just says “yes.”

  3. Doc

    How can a company survive when idiots like these goons are the sole creative team? Chester must love tossing his money down the toilet.

    Here’s something that’s been bugging me, maybe one or more of you astute snarkers can explain:

    Steam rising off of hot coffee. It seems like it used to be drawn in a rather standardized fashion, semi-wavy lines rising from hot liquid. Now the lines are drawn quite haphazardly, going off in all kinds of directions, not like anything in real life. Any idea when this started? Of course they do it in Crankshaft, but other comics do it as well. Oh my year is off to an annoying start. Someone please help explain this. I promise I won’t bring up the other things that bug me: the name Butter Brinkle, and that cross-hatched/pubic hair shading that’s done on walls and, occasionally, sofas and other cushy furniture. Thanks. Looks like I picked the wrong day to give up Ativan.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Question of the year so far, Doc! FW steam lines have (to the best of my knowledge) always been sort of haphazard, like stray hairs on a camera lens. What makes today’s steam line so unusual is that it’s just one steam line, which I assume means the beverage in question is hot, but not that hot.

      The other squiggly lines you mentioned are texture squiggles, which always indicate fabric of some kind. Otherwise, for example, the reader might not know that a sofa is made of fabric as opposed to some sort of leather or leather substitute.

    • William Thompson

      I saw that line and I thought Mopey Pete’s shirt was finally unravelling. If it is maybe he’ll enrage Mindy by telling her to mend it for him.

      • Hannibal's Lectern

        I just figured Rubyspliff was continuing her old compulsion and had stuck the world’s longest and kinkiest pubic hair into Pete’s mug.

      • Hannibal's Lectern

        (entered this once and it didn’t take; hope it doesn’t now turn up twice)

        That’s not steam; it’s RubySpliff reviving her old custom and slipping the world’s longest, kinkiest pubic hair into Pete’s cocoa cup.

  4. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Min, meet Jess. Jess, meet Beck. Beck, Min. Min, Jess.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    This really is pretty offensive when you’re familiar with this strip. The males in this strip can come up with literally the stupidest ideas (The Amazing Mr. Sponge, The Incredible Pulp, Rip Tide, Absorbing Jr.) and they’re confident they’ll be hits, and of course they are. Mindy can’t even have one moment of self-confidence, because Women Be Insecure, Am I Right?

    • William Thompson

      No, unlike the males in this strip Mindy realizes she’s an idiot. The men are so stupid they all think their every action is worthy of an award.

  6. Jimmy

    Who is in charge here? I’ve been dozing off on this strip over the past six months or so, but isn’t that Ruby Lith or something, a former artist who is now inexplicably part of the creative team? Is she the editor and creative director now?

    If so, why are the other numbskulls still employed?

  7. William Thompson

    “Wayback Wendy asked her dog Retro if she and her bestest friend, Mindy Marysue, could go back in time to the MOST IMPORTANT DAY EVER! Arf! Arf! Retro barked, and they tumbled back in time and space! They landed on the playground of Benedict Arnold Grammer Skule! It was a beautiful sunny day and right in the middle of it was the perfect boy, Pete Perfect! You could tell he was going to be an artist because he had the biggest crayons you ever saw! He was using one of them on his new Starbuck Jones comic book!

    “This is the middle of last week!” Mindy Marysue squealed in excited joy. “I can tell because there I am over there, wearing the same blue pinafore I wore last Wednesday!”

    “And there I am,” Wendy Wayback giggled happily, “Walking right up to him! Do you know what he’s doing? He’s fixing that ugly marmoset Jupiter Moon so she looks just like me, with my blonde pigtails, blue eyes and vapid smile!”

    “No!” Mindy Marysue gasped in shock. “She has blonde pigtails and blue eyes and a vapid smile, just like me!”

    “Well let’s ask him who it is!” Wayback Wendy declaimed angrily.

    Arf! Arf! Arf-arf-barf! barked Retro, which was magic time-traveling doggie talk for “Don’t! You’ll change the past and anything could happen!”

    Well what does a stupid old dog know? The two girls walked up to Peter Perfect and said in musical chorus “Hi Peter! Who are you drawing?”

    “That fox Mindy Marysue,” Peter Perfect whimpered. “Some day I’m going to hold hands with her, just like Starbuck Jones does with Robinson Robot!”

    “But she looks just like me!” Wendy Wayback shrieked in rage.

    “Well, yeah,” Peter Perfect whimpered. “But I like her bestest.”

    “We’ll fix that! Retro, let’s change the past so Mindy Marysue suffers!”

    Arf! Arf-yewwww! Retro howled, and vanished with Wendy Wayback!.

    Mindy Marysue found herself back in the next week! She smiled because she was going to grow up and marry Peter Perfect! And she knew how to catch him! She didn’t know where the idea had come from, but she would do comic books, and make a stupid one about a stupid girl who needed a stupid dog to travel time!

  8. Banana Jr. 6000

    So everyone was feverishly working to meet a deadline over New Year’s, and on January 2 the script is delivered? No wonder you clowns are always behind schedule. Get a project manager already.

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    Also, why are the steam lines visible in front of the coffee cup? Why does the logo rotate 90 degrees? Why does Mindy’s necklace suddenly appear?

    If any of us did our jobs this sloppy and half-assed, we’d be fired.

  10. William Thompson

    How does anyone have trouble selling a comic-book idea to Chucklehead Chester?

  11. Paul Jones

    If he’s not careful, his criticism could end up becoming valid, on point and insightful.

  12. Gerard Plourde

    “Pitch technique”? If memory serves, Ruby is the illustrator of “Wayback Wendy” not an editor.. Atomik Comix doesn’t have an editor (or, as noted above, any kind of support staff).

    It’s actually kind of revealing that the question is “Do I have enough?” That seems to imply that story ideas aren’t presenting themselves. Is TomBa’s art mirroring life?

  13. Professor Fate

    I would like to think that this was the Author’s shame eruption but then one remembers the Author has no shame.

  14. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “And MIN, when you finish doing that, come and polish my knob.”

    I’m a total broken record going on and on about how a socially inept and deliberately ugly character like Mopey Dopey ended up with one of Batty’s very few female characters who does not look like a dood. Makes no sense. Makes even less sense when you see how Badhair McOneshirt periodically belittles her, or gets super-competitive with her. If you recall, this sort of thing has happened before. Remember when Hagglestein loved MIN’s ideas but hated Petie’s?

    Shout out to Creepy Commie Cap Cat Lady. Yet another uninteresting character who exists only to carry around their signature clothing. I have it on good authority that Owen washes his wool hat more often than Roobo washes her hat and scarf. Ew.

  15. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Just then, Duuuhhhren pipes up: “Listen to him, MIN. He’s a great pitcher. And I’m his catcher!”