24 responses to “Now is the Crouton of Our Discontent.

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Man, there sure have been a shitload of silent strips lately. Just a few weeks ago there were four in a row and that Adeela arc (yeah, I forgot about it already too) had a bunch of them too. I guess he gets credit for the idea, as there’s no “writing” involved here, but the whole comic strip scene is a shadowy netherworld where they play by their own rules, so who really knows?

    Remember when he took away Crazy’s mailman job and stripped the character of his main defining characteristic? Another cruel vindictive story arc that served no purpose at all other than to punish Harry for being the cool kid in high school. Now he’s reduced to shilling salad dressing for some woebegone pizzeria. Quite a fall for the one-time air guitar legend.

  2. William Thompson

    Shakespeare or no Shakespeare ,we need a third panel where Crazy Harry gets clobbered with that bottle for making an asp of himself.

  3. Banana Jr. 6000

    I wish Sam Peckinpah’s Salad Days would happen to these insufferable characters.

  4. billytheskink

    The main ingredient in Montoni’s salad dressing appears to be < v 10 ~, which I think has been banned in the European Union since the mid-90s.

    • Epicus Doomus

      “Funky, you didn’t store the salad dressing next to those cases of old Starbuck Jones fan club rings, did you?”

      “Yeah, so what?”

      (Cut to a bald Harry and Donna sitting on a park bench as leaves fall all around them)

  5. J.J. O'Malley

    I forget…is salad dressing the gift for a couple’s 30th wedding anniversary or the 35th? I know it’s breadsticks for the 10th, grated cheese on the 15th, and marinara sauce on the 20th, but after that my memory’s a little fuzzy, like…oh, yeah! It’s anchovies on the 30th!

    There’s gotta be something coming to accompany this condiment commemoration…doesn’t there?

  6. Gerard Plourde

    Wow, CBH! That was great research. Fascinating how the expression morphed in the Victorian Era. There’s always something to learn at SOSF, even when the strip itself has inconsistencies and gaping plot holes.

    I do wonder if TomBa is giving us a plot twist. It looks like Harry might be wearing a suit jacket. I wonder what lesson he wants us to get this week.

  7. Olive McSweeney, LLC

    Believe me, if it were my anniversary, I’d rather have Barney Rubble & the cops crooning me with a hot Stoneway piano instead of getting a cheap bottle of heartburn.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    We’ll Batty is going to ruin Crankshaft now. I sense a very special arc beginning. Crankshaft resists the urge to bully that nerd as he leaves the bus…it is the start of Crankshaft’s mental decline. The Alzheimer’s is setting in.

    (Checking NYT for puff piece interview with Batty)

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    Yeah, Harry. Nothing says “wild, carefree days of youth” like a dull, underemployed 50-year-old wrapping an $8 anniversary gift in a rejected Carrot Top joke. That should be a bottle of cyanide, though I’m not sure which of you should drink it.

    • William Thompson

      Obviously Donna, and only Donna, should drink it. If Crazy Harry drinks it, he’ll die slowly while Donna stands by helplessly and talks to Les Moore, who will then exploit Harry’s death and funeral. Plus there will be two or three weeks while we discover that Harry never tried for a post-office pension and now can’t qualify for it If they both drink it, Les will show up and bloviate at the funeral, saying he wishes he’d died with Dead Lisa. But if only Donna dies, well, she’s a woman in the Funkyverse. She’ll be lucky if Harry remembers to tell Les she died, just like the Ruminator did in “Starbuck Jones Saves the Space Superheroes.” (Which will lead to a Sideways Sunday strip with Harry as Jones and Dead Donna cradled in his arms.)

      I just gave all this more thought than Batiuk would have, didn’t I?

  10. newagepalimpsest

    Are they trying to pace a gag-a-day comic strip like a graphic novel? You can get away with completely silent pages in a graphic novel…

    Oh well, Happy Anniversary to Antony and Cleo- Oh uh I mean Crazy Harry and Salad Dressing. I’ll look at the pictures on Green Pitcher’s Facebook later, if that’s okay.

    • Gary Stephen

      Batiuk uses silent panels whenever he wants to telegraph that something is super-dramatic, and that awards committees should take notice. But 90% of the time, it’s in a filler panel that doesn’t need to exist at all. Strips like today’s shouldn’t be emphasized; they should be edited out. On top of that, this one needlessly reveals the punchline early. (Not that we all didn’t see it coming. But if the writer is going to act like this is a legit punchline, he should make the effort to deliver it properly.)

      Batiuk’s use of silent panels is a great example of a writer overusing a trope, and not knowing how to use it correctly.

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  12. robertodobbs

    The Minor Threat song “Salad Days” from 1985: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LQ45Chpj-4

  13. Lord Flatulence

    “Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs.”