Friendly Stranger in a Black Batiuikmobile

Link to today’s strip.

I guess one positive to take from today’s thing is that Les is so tiny he’s barely visible.  Presumable Frankie zooms off to follow, so he can tell Les he’s the location manager for the “Lisa’s Story” movie or some other entirely stupid development.

And, one supposes Cayla’s “It knows where we live” is probably just more world-weariness.  I honestly don’t understand how these people can get out of bed in the morning, since everything is awful and futile and all plans are doomed to failure, and there is no chance of even a fleeting glimpse of happiness.  Westview is one charismatic leader away from Jonestown–and that’s only because Les has no charisma; he would willingly serve the Kool-Aid with a smile.  “You’ll all be with Lisa soon!”

I don’t understand why Batiuk writes this crap.  I know he feels that “high art” is that which shows its depth by being all about depression and darkness and the complete lack of hope…and some works of art embody those things and do achieve greatness.  But Batiuk doesn’t have the talent for it, and it’s long past time he should realize this.

But then, some fools nominated him for a prestigious award, because awards are often given to the bleak, and his focus changed forever.

Today, his Titanic is set and locked on course for the iceberg, and it’s far too late to alter course.  Shame, really, he could have taken his place with Mel Lazarus, Ernest Thaves, Morrie Turner and Art Sansom.   People who could reliably fill a comic-strip space.  Nothing to be ashamed of, it’s a worthy occupation and gave some readers a grin or two.

Instead, he turned away and made readers wish that space was left blank.  Or had an advertisement for cyanide.


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28 responses to “Friendly Stranger in a Black Batiuikmobile

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Nice car there, Beardo. I wasn’t aware that “robin’s egg blue” was an available option in Estonia back in the early 00s. “Estonia Car Manufacturing Company presents The Ploda. AM/FM radio, passive AC with window crank, three speed manual transmission (reverse optional), zero to sixty in a solid minute and a half. Experience owning a car, today!”

    So what’s all this then? That Sleazebag Jerk Frankie is going to break in to stately Moore Manor? Seriously? I can’t wait to find out how stupid this is going to get. It’s also nice to have a genuine protagonist in FW again. Usually it’s just wry banter, the Hand Of Fate, “the system”, “these kids today” or some other sort of nebulous concept as opposed to an actual scumbag propelling (lol) the story forward (chortle).

    Coming tomorrow: after breaking into Moore Manor, Frankie steals Les’ piece of the One True Park Bench from its sacred vestibule, then films himself using it to pick his teeth while moaning Lisa’s name over and over. Tens of seventy year old women from the Midwest write angry letters to the editor, complaining about the inappropriate sexualized content in the funny pages these days.

    • billytheskink

      I cannot wait for tomorrow’s thrilling conclusion of the world’s first Toyota Tercel-Plymouth Colt car chase!

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Frankie is coming to collect his kill fee. Yes!

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Art Sansom jr. was a bass player in a local band. Nice guy. He didn’t talk about secret sauce, nor was he concerned about winning a Pulitzer. Unlike Batty.

    • Hey, I did not say these people did not supply something. There are needs, and sometimes, those needs get filled. Good for him.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Right. I didn’t mean for my comment to come off that way. Just pointing out that Batty’s colleagues don’t take themselves so seriously.

        I haven’t seen Art (Chip) Sansom in many years. I hope he is doing well.

  4. William Thompson

    It would be funny if Frankie is here to blackmail Les, claiming that Les had an affair while he was working on “Lust for Lisa.” But in the Funkyverse, “It would be funny” is the same as saying “It won’t happen.”

    • Hitorque

      Uh… Les has already been having an affair with a ghost for who knows how long and Kayla is clearly okay with that

      • William Thompson

        Who said anything about Cayla? What if he has a video of Les with Masonry, or Marianne Winters, and can use it to get the movie’s production stopped? (I realize that makes no sense, but, well, Funkyverse.)

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Or Cindy, since we now know that she wished he asked her out back in high school.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      If Les were accused of cheating on his wife, he’d say “No! I would never cheat on Lisa!”

  5. Banana Jr. 6000

    So Les is so fixated on Lisa, he can’t even clear his mind of minor players in Lisa’s life. My God, this man is tedious.

    • Epicus Doomus

      More proof that BatHam isn’t just a bad writer but is in fact one of the worst writers of all time. Les just happens to wake up concerned that a guy from his long-dead wife’s distant past might suddenly reappear, then there he is, lurking around outside his house at that exact moment. No one else would even think to consider this as being even remotely plausible, but BatYak doesn’t care. It’s obviously the very first thing that popped into his head, as there’s no way he actually put any thought into it.

      • Gerard Plourde

        This is just another example of TomBa’s compulsion to “tell, don’t show”. I guess he thinks it’s foreshadowing, but that technique, done properly, is subtle. TomBa is the antithesis of subtle.

    • billytheskink

      Les probably still holds a grudge against Barry Balderman because of this:

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Agh but Les is the ultimate white knight.


      • William Thompson

        If you remember the old Ajax White Knight from the mid-Sixties commercial for that detergent, well, that explains how Cayla turned white.

  6. Paul Jones

    What never seems to occur to Les is that Frankie knows where he lives and always has. This is so he blank out on the question “Why isn’t he pestering him non-stop like back in high school?”

    • batgirl

      Frankie went to Big Walnut Tech and was apparently a Big Man on Campus there. Rationally, Les (non-sporto dweeb in another school/town) would have been entirely under his radar then.
      And should be still, now. Les is the sucker who married that plain chick he knocked up in high school, and didn’t she die or something? But yeah, I did say ‘rationally’, didn’t I? So Frankie, like everyone else, is fixated on Lisa and on her earthly representative, Les.

  7. gleeb

    “Mell” Lazarus, with two Ls. Bothered me when I was a kid, so I’ve never forgotten.

  8. Count of Tower Grove

    “Easier said than done, Cayla.” Less knows the name of the woman who lives with him.

  9. I guess that Frankie’s presence is Batboy’s attempt to introduce some drama into what so far has been a remarkably dull story arc. I guess Frankie has a scheme to profit from the wild success of the upcoming Lisa’s Story blockbuster that involves him traveling to Ohio and sitting in a car, unnoticed, in front of Les’ house until he leaves for work. Is he going to break into Les’ office and replace his screenplay with another screenplay that depicts Frankie as a hero? Take the screenplay from his hard drive and hold it for ransom? Follow the car and attempt to run it off the road at deadman’s curve?

    • batgirl

      I vote for option 3.

    • Hannibal's Lectern

      “Is he going to break into Les’ office and replace his screenplay with another screenplay that depicts Frankie as a hero?”

      Worse: he’s going to replace Les’s screenplay with another one that’s actually entertaining.

  10. TB is the king of the unfinished arcs. But in these dark times, I’ll get dark too. Frankie will follow Les and attempt to assassinate Les (reason isn’t relevant), but Frankie will miss and take out Cayla. This will give Les 10 more years of reflecting how life has made him suffer and it will kill the Lisa movie because…TB really wants Les to wallow in his grief alone and not grow as a human being.

  11. Don

    When (presumably) Cayla says “it,” does she mean Trouble, or Frankie…or both?