Cayla’s Awakening

Today’s strip wasn’t available for preview. I’m just going to take a guess and predict it’s a recreation of the ending of The Awakening by Kate Chopin, with Cayla walking into the ocean to her death to be rid of Les.
Next week, Les begins the book tour for Lisa’s Story: Appendix C (Wife #2 Dies).

Okay, I was off a little.  As terrible as this art is, the way Cindy is drawn she looks like she’s still an underclassman in college, at the oldest.  Which makes her supposedly being past her prime way, way creepier than intended, since she looks 19 complaining about how her best days are behind her.  And once again, her entire worth is from how men react to her body.  I’m normally not a fan of protests and boycotts, but there have to be some activist groups out there who’d be up in arms (sorry, Becky) about crap like this if they were aware of it.

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29 responses to “Cayla’s Awakening

  1. Epicus Doomus

    I’ve never actually HOPED for a comic book cover before…until today, that is. The “fading looks” angle might (might) play better if Cindy wasn’t always drawn as an eighteen year old sexpot. I mean look at her today, she looks like an Instagram influencer or something.

  2. CRM114

    What a big bottle of whine. ‘Oh, I’m so not like my perfect past-self. I loved how their eyes would undress me. SobSob.” Does BatJerk have a clue as to how any of this comes across?

    • spacemanspiff85

      The genesis of this “plot”:
      Batiuk: I wonder what that hot blonde girl I used to stare at is going through now? I know! Wondering why men don’t check her out anymore! *runs the imaginary bases*

  3. William Thompson

    “Takes in the details.” Technically, talking and smirking are details.

  4. William Thompson

    Most men look at Cindy and realize the Devil really is in the details.

  5. billytheskink

    Has a 3+ decade career as a TV newscaster, an Emmy award, a movie star husband, and lives in a waterfront home with private beach access in Southern California… but men she doesn’t even know and probably wouldn’t deign to date even if she was single don’t ogle her like they used to.

    Boo-hoo, Cindy. Boo-friggin-hoo.

    • comicbookharriet

      And what she says seems to indicate that she passes the ‘first glance’ test. Which is all a woman over 50 could hope or aspire to. Most other women of that age are soft wrinkly doughballs like Holly. And most doughballs are 100% happier in life and more secure than NarciCindy here.

  6. comicbookharriet

    Why does Mary Worth do everything better than Funky Winkerbean? Mary Worth hasn’t been doing it perfectly, but if you want to see a pretty older woman losing her looks while being supported and loved by an understanding younger man, you can get that there.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Or you can see an older woman with no self esteem running back to drunken Wilbur as she thinks he the last train out of the station and so she had better climb aboard.

  7. Paul Jones

    Now that he’s done spouting off on how the girls who had a legitimate reason to turn him down MUST be miserable, Batiuk can haul out that maniac Dinkle in smug self-righteousness.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    And so another recycled storyline comes to its end. Next up – Dinkle running band practice while Becky stands off to one side in silence.

  9. Jimmy

    Funky Winkerbean is several.decades past its sell-by date.

  10. Count of Tower Grove

    “I feel someone watching me?” Cinduh must be talking down to Caucayla because the rest of us know Cinduh means Lewis and Clarking.

  11. Smirks 'R Us

    BatHack should count himself lucky that we are the only ones that read this tripe religiously. Today’s strip crosses the line from the usual awful to awfully offensive. Does he really think women think like this?

  12. Professor Fate

    Christ on a crutch so so so much wrong here. Does he really think that women judge themselves based on complete strangers reaction to their looks. Never mind that Cindy looks there is a very ugly painting of her hidden away some where. Really combine this with the authors other female trope the motherly type bringing milk and cookies and you get the sense that the author is really messed up when it comes to women.

    • timbuys

      Yeah, considering that the one female character who isn’t almost entirely defined by her relationship to a more developed male character, is most notable for having died, I would say the issues are many and profound.

      • Batgirl

        At this point, even Lisa’s death (and Lisa herself) is only remembered in terms of How Much It Hurt Les and How Deep He And His Grief Are. Her career as a lawyer and her actual life have faded, and she’s nothing but a Victorian angel figure smiling down on Les.

  13. Batgirl

    What the hell next? Will Cindy reminisce fondly about being catcalled on the street, and the boys in high school snapping her bra straps? About that nice Mr. Weinstein during her Hollywood heyday?
    Holy Mother of God, this is awful.

  14. Perfect Tommy

    I recently came across an online piece that had Batty answering some FAQ’s. One question asked why his characters looked so much older than they should. He replied that aging them in real time wasn’t his “forte”, and he chose to make them older so he could give them a number of years to “ grow into their age”.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      That makes absolutely no sense.

      Just say “I can’t draw, so I brought in my big bear of a boyfriend, Ayrhead, who also can’t draw.”

  15. Hannibal’s Lectern

    “Past my sell-by date” = “even human traffickers aren’t interested in me.”

  16. Looks like Batiuk himself has paid us a call!

  17. Perfect Tommy

    Uh oh. A drive-by downvoter. Cloaked in the anonymity only the internet can provide. Well played good person. Well played.

  18. hitorque

    ONLY IN THE GODDAMN FUNKYVERSE IS A WEALTHY WOMAN MARRIED TO THE HOTTEST STAR IN HOLLYWOOD STILL SEARCHING FOR VALIDATION FROM THE LECHEROUS LEERS OF STRANGERS…