Change (In The House Of Sighs)

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In his futile attempt to capture how nutty and zany “women” are, BatJerk has once again written himself into yet another contradiction…a stupid nonsensical contradiction. Just YESTERDAY Mindy was all sorts of nervous and insecure about her work, yet today she goes completely batshit stark raving mad over a mere suggestion. So she’s unsure of herself and worried about the quality of her work AND deeply protective of that work, all at the same time! Why, if I didn’t know any better I’d quite possibly assume that Mindy is at best a poorly-thought out character and at worst just plain stupid. But THAT certainly couldn’t be…could it???



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28 responses to “Change (In The House Of Sighs)

  1. William Thompson

    For Mopey’s sake I really hope that’s her O-face, I really do. I want to imagine the look on his face when she rips off his head and eats it. It could be the best laugh he ever gave us.

  2. And this, friends and countrymen, explains how Tom Batiuk got a contract in which there was no editorial supervision at all.

    Ha! Supervision, like a superpower!

  3. William Thompson

    “First of all, Mindy, you can’t end this story with ‘Help, Retro, I don’t want to be Joan of Arc any more!’ It will make Mr. Wizard and his copyright lawyers very angry!”

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Forget Mr. Wizard. Viacom’s lawyers will be furious when they see Mindy’s turning into The Great Cornholio.

    • Buckeye Feculence

      Well, here I go again…
      Trizzle trazzle truzzle trist
      Ordered to cease and desist

  4. billytheskink

    Only a “couple of things” is pretty good considering _____.

    A) Mindy’s parents were surprised she was even able to qualify for admittance to Kent State.

    B) Mindy was hired by Atomik Komix as a colorist and not a writer.

    C) Mindy’s prior job was helping her brother run his rat trap second run movie theater.

    D) All of the above.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Exactly why her insanely over-the-top overreaction makes no sense in anything other than a “women…amirite?” context. Yesterday she had no confidence at all, now today she’s exploding with rage over a few mere suggestions from a, uh, comic book legend, I guess.

      • comicbookharriet

        You’re right in your post today, Epicus. She’s just stupid. She’s a meat puppet for Batiuk to use however he sees fit.

        Actually, meat puppet is too good for her. She’s a Tofu puppet. A flavorless piece of filler that has no personal flavor.

    • Charles

      A) Mindy’s parents were surprised she was even able to qualify for admittance to Kent State.

      Keep in mind she was a legacy admission too. She’s probably functionally illiterate.

      I think Batiuk really missed the comic potential of a comic book company where everyone’s grossly incompetent. Mindy comes in and simply doesn’t understand why Rip Tide:Scuba Cop’s wetsuit can’t be hot pink, and is loath to take direction. They have the illiterate Mindy write a story and she’s doesn’t understand that in a murder mystery, you need to have more than the one immediate suspect who actually committed the crime. In fact, she doesn’t really “get” what a “story” is in the first place (like Batiuk!); why can’t she just write whatever? They hire the 99 year-old Ruby as an artist without having seen any of her current work, instead only being familiar with her work from 65 years ago. So she does pencil work that’s so bad it’s almost abstract art. Darin keeps hiring these guys because he’s an idiot and he’s unwilling to acknowledge his mistakes, so he defends the indefensible. Chester has already-established inability to discern the quality of anything and so he LOVES everything. Mopey’s the straight man who is constantly aghast at all the worthless shit they put out. Since they don’t have an editorial staff, the comics they produce look like an end-of-the-school-year Kindergarten project, with literally everything about them wrong. (With no managing editor, they have blank pages and some pages are laid out completely wrong and in the wrong order, which no one notices. With no content editors, they have misspellings on the cover and more. Etc.)

      It’d certainly be more amusing than this.

  5. William Thompson

    Mindy, why talk to the artist when you need a writer’s help? Where’s your fiancé cowering? Let that big hunk of manly man set you straight!

  6. Gerard Plourde

    What’s Continuity? It’s whatever idea TomBa has at the moment he’s assembling the day’s strip.

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Brought to us by the same hack who brings us Curtis. “Overreacting characters. Our specialty.”

    And now, a very special Kwaaaanzaaaa episode, featuring all The Ladies: Min, Jess, Beck, Cay, Sum, Hol, Rache, Lin, and Lise (deceased). The dumb ol’ gorls journey through the Baataa’mbuu Jungle on a quest to find their missing syllables.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      In the deepest, darkest corner of the Baataa’mbuu Jungle, they meet Kaa’kaaduuduu, the Monkey King. Kaa’kaaduuduu, the wise one, tells them they need not seek their lost syllables, for the lost syllables will find THEM.

      “But Kaa’kaaduuduu, oh wise one of the Baataa’mbuu Jungle, how will we know our lost syllables when we see them?”


  8. Doghouse Reilly

    Hey, everyone, have some fun and compare and contrast the “2020” Mindy in this strip with the “a decade ago” one in today’s “Crankshaft.” Talk about a “Personality Crisis”!
    Also, do you think the face panel-three Mindy makes is the same one Battyuk made about seven or eight months ago when the syndicate editor asked him, “Are you sure you want to make the killer a talking chimp”?

  9. Paul Jones

    What bothers me is less Batiuk’s trademark inability to see women as anything other than hindrances or victims. What bothers me is that we’re focusing on KomixKomixKomix to the exclusion of all else again.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Well, except for Lisa. Sure she started out as a victim of teen pregnancy, but then she did everything else perfectly.

  10. Saturnino

    Some know when it’s time to quit, and some don’t.

    Some like Pajama Diaries, final strip tomorrow, get comments lamenting the end.

    It must be eating at Bathack that he cannot even get as many snarky comments as Mary Worth, or even………..LUANN.

    He matters so little.

  11. Banana Jr. 6000

    Another continuity problem: why is Ruby Lith smirking harder than Les Moore? Wasm’t Ruby introduced in a two-week conversation where she talked about gender discrimination, and encouraged Mindy to pursue her dreams? Why is she now the face of sarcastic criticism, in an office where Pete, Darin, and Chester exist? Ruby should be the supportive one!

  12. William Thompson

    “You just need to change a couple of things, Mindy. The first two pages and the last two pages, that’s all.”

    “But I only wrote four pages!”


    • Count of Tower Grove

      Looks like Todd’s tacking you on bot sites today!

      • William Thompson

        He gets jealous so easily. Maybe he think’s I’m the reincarnation of Turtle Thompson, and he can’t stand it that I’m still faster and funnier than him. (Of course that’s true of most people, but he doesn’t have sense to figure out there is more than one Thompson in the world.)

  13. Count of Tower Grove

    Ah, misdirected anger! An inexperienced writer taking umbrage of a critique while her writer fiance cowers when he realizes the stuffed tiger engagement gift was inadequate. YUK YUK!

  14. Count of Tower Grove

    Minders drank Rubella’s “coffee.”

  15. Merry Pookster

    Ha Ha… the joke here is that Mindy is going through menapause…. just like Iris in Mary Worthless

  16. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “I had a job sweeping up at an abandoned theater. Then I chose a profoundly ugly, childish guy with bad hair and one smelly shirt as a boyfriend, and parlayed that into a job as komix colorist. Then I met some crazy old cat lady in a weird hat who told me I should be a writer. HOW DARE ANYONE CRITICIZE MY WRITING!!!!!”