August 1, 2020

Today’s strip isn’t available for preview. My guess is it’ll be a panel of Pete shrieking, a panel of Mindy shrieking, and a panel of Darin shrieking.


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30 responses to “August 1, 2020

  1. Banana Jr. 6000

    Maybe it’s Cayla, wishing Les would invite her somewhere.

  2. Cabbage Jack

    Alright Mr. Research. There are less than 50 fire watchtowers in California. If you actually wanted the “accuracy “ you pretend you care about, the fire would be tracked and spotted by a drone. I’ve gotten to the point where I hate Batty in my heart. It can’t be healthy!

    • comicbookharriet

      That’s not a fire watchtower. That’s an elite paparazzi photo stand. Lets not forget that the fire started in the rough of a golf course in broad daylight. You know, where people really couldn’t miss it once it got started.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    A FW cliffhanger! How exciting! It’s all coming together now and (zzzzzzz).

  4. J.J. O'Malley

    Wow, sparks must be flying at Masonne’s Mansion between Les and Cindy! **BOOM CHICK-A WAH WAH!**

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Was thinking the same. Take that popular girl who shunned Batty, er I mean Les. I’ve been interviewed by the NYT, doesn’t that make you hot for me?

  5. billytheskink

    Dangit panel 1! Don’t tease me with a Ranger Gord guest appearance.

  6. William Thompson

    A fire right at the heavily-populated coast, and who spots it? A lone ranger in a distant forest! Nice research you got, Mr. Batiuk.

  7. The Nelson Puppet

    The ranger ran down from the tower excitedly shrieking, “USA! USA!”

  8. That’s a heck of a telescope that can see all the way into a Mark Trail plot!

  9. PaulJones

    Whatever this leads to, we know one thing for certain: it will be boring, stupid and so improbable, Batiuk will not even be wrong.

  10. Charles

    I think Batiuk had Mason buy this new house so no one will be at his beach house when it burns to the ground. This will allow Les and Mason to make snide comments about the fire without actually being in any danger or having gone through the trauma of evacuating the home. Cindy will also lose none of her Westview “treasures” because she moved all of them to the new house, which means that she loses nothing of value even as the beach house burns down. This disaster will lead to Mason and Cindy relocating to Westview as they feel California is no longer safe to live in. There will be lots of mostly incoherent babbling about climate change, which will be oddly distant from talking specifically about out of control fires destroying property. Mason and Cindy will not exhibit any outward signs of grief or trauma from losing their house in this fashion.

    That’s my prediction. Let’s see how Batiuk makes it even lamer!

    • spacemanspiff85

      The house was insured for the exact amount needed to finish production on Lisa’s Story.

  11. Gerard Plourde

    It appears that TomBa was inspired by the Woolsey Fire that started in Simi Valley and affected the Point Dume area of Malibu in November of 2018 and destroyed homes belonging to a number of celebrities. It seems like an odd thing to include and I wonder if it somehow coincided with TomBa’s “research trip”.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      It did coincide. Sigh. He must be fun to go on vacation with.

      • Jimmy

        So, you’re saying Batiuk started the fires to create content for his strip? Interesting theory, but it can’t be true? Or can it? (Cur ominous music)

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Ha, yeah. I suspect he was out there when they were having wildfires. I’ve been out there during wildfire season and it is scary. Saw some nasty blazes.

  12. Professor Fate

    “Meantime in Corsica a small boy is growing up”
    Dear lord this is a neck snapping jump.
    I mean what the hell is supposed to be happening now? A forest ranger spots a fire in golf course? What does this have to do with Pete and Pete’s wife shrieking like banshees about going to a Starbuck Jones premier? Are they going to get to LA and find it is on fire? It’s too much to hope they will burn to death but well that is were the mind goes.
    Okay – a few other things – one it’s mind blowing to think that someone at the golf course wouldn’t notice a fire on the gold course – aside from the other golfers (Golf courses are expensive to run so you need folks on the course to be making money) there is the staff including groundskeepers whose job it is to look after the course.
    And these courses are located near where people live (well to do folks yes but folks) they are not hidden deep in the bloody woods so again the first sign of the fire would most likely seen by the next foursome playing behind the unnamed golfers.
    Lastly one of the major raps against golf courses is that they use a LOT of water – so the odds of there being bone dry scrub brush in the rough is rather low even if the course is in the desert which gets back to what the hell is a fire watcher in the woods doing seeing this first.
    Well one doesn’t expect much sense from the Author but even by the prevailing standards he’s set for himself this this is awful.

  13. Just like the MASH finale incorporated the Malibu Fox Ranch fire into their storytelling, I wonder if TB is going to somehow try to include this fire in his “Lisa’s Quest for Life” film or better yet have the fire destroy the studio and existing footage so that production can not resume when Mason is finished touting his space film saga. That makes more sense to me than using the fire to destroy Mason’s home and delay film production. However, since TB doesn’t like his characters, it wouldn’t surprise me if both things happened.

  14. Petula Clark Five

    Well, I don’t know where all this is ultimately leading, but you can be sure there’ll be smirks, shrieks, corny sayings, and a Les tantrum.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Of course his favorite gimmick is to kill off one of his characters. (Searching New York Times for puff piece interview with Batty…nope, nothing)

      Was hoping Les and Cindy would get killed off.

  15. Perfect Tommy

    A trained murder chimp could come up with a more plausible reason for starting a wildfire.

  16. louder

    New film name: Day of the Lescust

  17. Barnaby Scones

    Any chance that jogging vacuum cleaner will come to the rescue?

    • Y. Knott

      Sadly, as that would actually be interesting, no.

      • William Thompson

        Never underestimate Batiuk’s power to make anything uninteresting.

        • Y. Knott

          New — from Atomik Komix! UNINTERESTING MAN! He has the fantastic ability to make *anything* uninteresting!

          Yes, watch in awe as villains simply lose interest in what they are doing when UNINTERESTING MAN appears — and just kinda drift away! Which, oddly enough, is the same thing that happens to UNINTERESTING MAN readers! That’s why we only need to make a cover for this character — he’s so uninteresting, no one will bother to read any further! It’s kind of our Atomik Comix trademark, actually!