Palme d’Bore

Link To Today’s Strip

It took me a minute to decipher Mason’s idiotic babbling. He means palm trees. Get it? It’s so embarrassing when BatNap tries too hard to be clever. It doesn’t really happen that often and it’s easy to see why.

Didn’t they travel to NYC together? Why is Mason leaving without Les? The entirety of Les’ involvement with the cancer movie consisted of giving Mason a general idea of where he scattered Lisa’s ashes then showing him a bench in a city they visited once? That sort of seems, uh, not right. The contents of that cancer book of his become more and more enigmatic all the time, sometimes it’s the story of a dying woman’s courage in the face of death and sometimes it’s the Encyclopedia Lisatannica, complete with extensive footnotes.

Note Les’ incredibly obnoxious pose in panel one. Mason is actually thanking Dick Facey for the privilege of allowing him to stonewall him with his overly sensitive and quite frankly pissy attitude, like Les just granted this major Hollywood celebrity a priceless audience with a true artist. Well, I least that’s what I get out of that image, but Les is capable of enraging me even when he’s very poorly rendered from a distance. History has shown again and again that BatYap is nothing if not lazy, so let’s hope this marks the end of the cancer movie trip down bad memories lane, if for no other reason than a lack of effort.


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

22 responses to “Palme d’Bore

  1. William Thompson

    Yeah, Masonry, back to the land of palm trees. Rats infest them and love the shade they give.

  2. William Thompson

    So these two weren’t “scouting locations,” but merely reminiscing, which they could have done by looking at Les’s old photo albums. Well, at least we were spared the sight of photo corners.

  3. billytheskink

    Where I’m from “the land where the trees don’t provide any shade” would be the Permian Basin. Good luck getting work out there Mason, what with oil prices so low.

  4. Doghouse Reilly

    “The Land where the trees don’t provide any shade”? I was unaware that Masonne lived in the Petrified Forest.
    So, I assume that Les stayed behind so that he can go back to Central Park and yell at anyone who dares try to sit, recline, sleep, or tie their shoes on Dead St. Lisa’s bench (“Honestly, why can’t these idiotic Manhattanites recognize what a blessed presence once graced their benighted borough?”).
    Also, he’s got to head over to the Hotel Algonquin, where in his demented mind the ghosts of Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Edna Ferber, Alexander Woollcott, and others are waiting to welcome him into their storied ranks.
    Dear Lord, but I’d be willing to cut Battyuk some slack if he cut this New York Nightmare short with a “Les’s travails at the airport” sequence Sunday.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    Here we are with another example of TomBa having no idea what’s going on in his own story. The drop in appearance by Summer misidentified the purpose of the trip which was apparently actually to have literary agent Ann Apple go over the contract to shop the script (why she would be doing that and not an attorney specializing in entertainment law is beyond me).

    The trip to Central Park was filler. (Also the Mall and the Bethesda Fountain are not actually near the Thomas Moore Memorial which is near the southeast corner of the park. Of course the significance of of Moore for Les and Lisa has never been explained either.)

    And now, in true TomBa fashion, the whole thing comes to an abrupt end. Will we ever see a coherent story line in this strip? Past examples don’t leave room to expect so. That said, I’m beginning to suspect that the Lisa’s Story Movie arc is likely to keep resurfacing up to the strip’s 50th anniversary.

    • I for one am looking forward to the storyline five months from now, when Mason finally has the shopping agreement ready for Les to send to his agent.

    • Epicus Doomus

      The first cancer book movie option arc took forever to play out, he dropped it for years before he re-visited it. IMO he’ll spend the next few years using it to take more cheap digs at “Hollywood” with a frustrated Les constantly complaining about the whole process and being a smug obnoxious dick about it, eventually leading up to the Year Fifty premier, which will be sappier than a maple forest in springtime. And I’m sure that stinky old movie house in Centerville will be involved too.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      I think Batiuk knows exactly what’s going on in his own story: NOTHING. Nothing in this trip advances the plot, or even tells us anything we don’t already know. The purpose is to praise Les. That’s it. If there’s a worse Mary Sue character in the history of entertainment, I’d love to see it.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      This whole week was filler. Even Crankshaft, where Batty just repackaged Les’ book signings annoyances into old lady gets interviewed and is annoyed.

      Oh well, at least Mary Worth was good.

  6. In fairness (something I rarely say about this strip), Mason is going back to LA, and presumably Les is going back to Ohio, so they probably have different flight times.

    Why Mason isn’t using his private jet for both is another question…unless Mason has pretty much had enough of Les. Then it makes sense.

    • Epicus Doomus

      I didn’t consider that, distracted as I was by Les’ annoying pose. Les probably could have just told Mason where he scattered Lisa’s ashes and shown him a picture of the bench and saved all sorts of time and resources, but then we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to look back at the time Lisa found a quarter, so in retrospect it was all worth it. Sigh.

      • I am positive that the whole point of this jaunt was so that readers would sigh and say, “Oh, he really did love her! How he suffers!”

        Pity those particular readers are all mythical.

  7. Paul Jones

    And yet another week is wasted navigating Les’s twisted psyche. Perhaps next week, he’ll torture Funky some more forever.

  8. William Thompson

    Who is that blank-faced dweeb in the banner? Please tell me he isn’t going to give Louse a reason to stay in New York. “Hey, mister, I recognize you! I was only a toddler in Central Park, but I remember seeing you watch some chick pick up a quarter one day. I always found your look of self-pity inspiring, I guess.”

  9. Count of Tower Grove

    Masone gets home to find a homeless encampment on his beach.

  10. sgtsaunders

    Naw, Mason, we got all the shade you need right here.

  11. LTPFTR

    “Why is Mason leaving without Les?” Because Mason’s the smart one.

  12. Professor Fate

    I like to think that Mason is stiffing Les with the hotel bill. It’s the romantic in me.

  13. Charles

    It’s weird how screwed up Batiuk’s idea of “Celebrities! They’re just like us in some ways and NOT like us in others!” is. Here he has Mason taking a Yellow Cab from the hotel to LaGuardia, but he also has him speaking in a manner that no human being would.

    Celebrities don’t punctuate conversations they have by reminding everyone they live in Los Angeles. As for how Mason does it in this strip, well, who on earth even thinks like that? Is LA so powerfully associated with “the place where trees don’t provide any shade” in his mind that that’s how he’d refer to it? Every person talking to him would be constantly asking themselves what the hell he was talking about.

    “Oh, you’re going back to California? Well why didn’t you just fucking SAY that?”

  14. Hannibal’s Lectern

    The “Lisatania”? I’d put a torpedo in that.

  15. Hitorque

    “The land where the trees don’t provide any shade…” Oh, you mean Scottsdale? Tucson? Las Cruces?

    All those empty unfunny words just to say “La-La Land”….