Sunday, November 29

We haven’t had to say it in these parts for a while, but Sunday’s strip was not available for preview. With the band turkey arc having come mercifully to its conclusion, I’m betting that Sunday will be a one-off with the Winkerbeans, like the first Sunday in last December in which the Funkman behaved like a jackass while Holly attempted to shop for clothes.


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39 responses to “Sunday, November 29

  1. Banana Jr. 6000

    Whatever it is, it’ll probably suck.

  2. William Thompson

    I wish Battyman would stop giving tips of his felt pen to real artists and start taking lessons from them.

  3. J.J. O'Malley

    Oh, for the love of….a western comics cover pastiche? Western comics? In 2020? With no connection to anything that’s been going on (except for the humorless callback to Mopey’s Hollywood Adventure)? And an asinine “Tim Buck” pun? And, I guess, a signal that Atomik Comix hi-jinks are lying in wait to launch us into December? This has to be the most unfunny frontier farce since the Rawhide Kid (look him up) donned his first pair of arsesless chaps.

    • ian'sdrunkenbeard

      You made me LOL. “Arseless Chaps” – that would be a great name for a British punk band.
      Thanks for sending me to look up Rawhide Kid. “HE SHARES HIS SADDLE WITH DANGER”

    • Epicus Doomus

      I remember “Rawhide Kid”, you’d often find them in the middle of a pile of old “Sgt. Rock” or “Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos” books. There was also a DC (I think) title called “Blitzkrieg”, which was (seriously) told from the German WWII point of view. “Ach du leiber! Vas ist lost?”….BLAM!!!!!

  4. William Thompson

    Mopey Pete spent time on Sunset Boulevard and says it was nothing? Does he mean the impact on his nonexistent skills or does he mean the fire left nothing of Sunset Boulevard?

    • William Thompson

      Oh. Mopey Pete said “I waste nothing.” It looks like my eyesight is more creative than Batiuk’s writing. Although I’ll concede that this strip gave us an overabundance of nothing.

  5. William Thompson

    I just noticed–there’s no “First Issue” announcement on the lame-ass cover. Is this the first time an Atomik Komix character has survived the marketplace long enough to warrant a second issue?

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      He probably just forgot. I don’t think Atomik Komix has ever published a second issue in its existence. Everything is either a #1 or a crossover.

      Atomik Komix reminds me of the “junk wax” era of trading card collecting. Everything was special inserts, refractors, subsets, and other gimmicks, all printed at ten times the volume of previous years. Needless to say, none of it has any collector’s value, and no artistic merit either.

  6. none

    “I waste nothing!”

    Well, we want nothing, but that hasn’t stopped you, unfortunately.

  7. Epicus Doomus

    Yikes. This is just pitiful, even by Sunday comic cover standards. “Plus Tim Buck…Too”…that’s just awful, even by BatHam pun standards. And the reality bubble is totally moronic, even by Sunday comic cover reality bubble standards. And the premise here is sub-atomic-level thin, even by BatYam’s infinitely low standards. And when was he on the Sunset Strip? The last time he was in California he had to literally flee from a massive wall of flame. You’d think something like that might inspire a person somehow.

    • louder

      The only person in the world that is allowed trauma is the Great & Might & Emotionally Intelligent Less. Only he can turn trauma into money, no one else can scam people with his (no women allowed!) trauma-porn art. These “hollow men,” nothing ever changes or touches them. I don’t think Mopey’s ever mentioned his fiancé… hollow men indeed.

  8. billytheskink

    If street names truly have such an influence on creativity then maybe Pete (and TB, for that matter) should spend some time on Whittier Blvd…

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    This is what happens when editors don’t do their jobs. The “talent” thinks it can submit just any halfassed shit they want and it’ll be accepted. Today’s strip should have sent back to Medina with the word “NO” written across it. No more sideways comic book covers, period. You’ve created Starbuck Jones, Rip Tide, Wayback Wendy, the Inedible Pulp, the Stardusters, and other entire concepts and haven’t written a single story for any of them, despite entire arcs being devoted to some of them. This time you didn’t even bother with that. This isn’t Marvel Comics Tryout Camp, Tom Batiuk. And if it were, you’re expected to submit your own work, not hire Rick Burchett and Rob Ro to do it for you for the 900th time. Do your goddamn job, and meet the very minimal standards we hold you to, or you’re fired.

  10. The Dreamer

    Why does TomBat still do these sideways Sunday strips? He has overdone those and now all it does is make those panels difficult to read Particularly if you are reading them on your phone and have autorotate turned off

    No more sideways strips!

    • Epicus Doomus

      Pete’s thought process here is just incomprehensible. He was saved from a gigantic conflagration by a hugely popular movie star and his future father-in-law was rescued from a cave full of magic robots. Then, months later, he’s “brainstorming”…”California…Sunset Strip…hmmmm, I know! A western! The Sunset Kid! And Tim Buck…too! Eureka!”. I have to assume that Atomik Komix building is just drenched in lead paint or something.

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        Really. Are we supposed to be impressed with Pete’s creativity here? Being rescued from an all-consuming wildfire, and his father-in-law’s life being saved in a Biblical miracle, inspired him to created the most off-topic, cliched, out-of-date comic book cover imaginable. This is the best comic book writer in the Funkyverse? No wonder Atomik Komics all suck.

        Any by proxy, are we supposed to be impressed with Tom Batiuk’s creativity here? He dreams of working in comic books, but everything he does shows why the industry was right not to hire him.

      • Hitorque


        Chester the Molester *literally* made Pete+Darrin the HIGHEST PAID WRITER/ARTIST COMBO IN THE INDUSTRY (!)

  11. KMD

    Tim Buck was a longtime Canadian Communist leader. Better dead than red! Or in the case of Atomik Komix, better dead than unread.

  12. Gerard Plourde

    So the point of last week was to give us the following information: the perennial Thanksgiving turkey fundraiser was actually torture for Dinkle (could have fooled me) and coming up with a character’s name from a street sign while on vacation constitutes major research for Pete.

  13. Ray

    Well then…my time on Sunset Boulevard in 1985 only resulted in some epic hangovers, and one really wild threesome.
    Wonder if there is a market for that as a graphic novel?

    • newagepalimpsest

      Apparently Atomik Comix will let you pitch ANYTHING, so why not?

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        Pitch? There’s no pitching at Atomik Komix! You get an idea, you sit down and start drawing the cover! There’s none of that tedious planning or story writing or teamwork at Atomik Komix. Everyone just does whatever they want at all times! It’s more like a day care center than a business, really.

  14. newagepalimpsest

    I don’t really like most of the cape comics, but I do understand that Marvel and D.C. will never stop making them as long as they remain in style (or as the basis for summer popcorn-munchers.) Aside from a remake of “True Grit” a few years ago, the slightly more recent “The Hateful Eight,” and… I guess that DiCaprio movie in which he finally got an Oscar for eating bear meat, when did the Western come back? More to the point, when did it come back for the kid/pre-teen market?

    Also, I thought Pete and Mindy were the writers while Ruby and Darren were the artists? Do comics writers do storyboards, or does Pete still think he’s in Hollywood? Does anybody like turning their newspapers/tablets/phones around and around while trying to read what’s left of the funny pages? Why does Pete look like he’s powering through a three-day hangover? WHERE IS WAYBACK WENDY?!

  15. Hitorque

    Obvious Clint Eastwood ripoff? “Tim Buck Too”? Jesus Fuckin’ Christ — Is this what passes as original creativity??

    At least bring it into the modern era and ripoff Arthur Morgan from Red Dead Redemption 2 because at least the current millennial audience will recognize him…

    • newagepalimpsest

      I forgot about Red Dead Redemption when I was doing my rant, but that’s still not for kids… Great work, Pete!

      • Hitorque

        Atomik isn’t for kids, either. Their core audience is clearly nostalgic boomers, senior citizens and wannabe hipsters… Because I promise you the average college student has never even heard the term “spaghetti western”

  16. Another example of the absolute poverty of Batiuk’s imagination. Does he think any reader will look at this and think, “I sure wish that was a real comic book!”?

    Does he think DC and Marvel are reading his strip, and thinking “What awesome ideas! We have GOT to hire this guy!”?

  17. Pete’s “I waste nothing” is one of the major problems with this strip. Some ideas SHOULD be discarded, but that’s not what Tom Batiuk thinks. If an idea occurs to him, it goes into the strip. No stopping for thought, no worries about quality control or continuity…anything really.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Also, “I waste nothing” would be more of a virtue if Pete ever did more than one thing with it. Any random thought that flits into his head becomes yet another comic book cover for a never-to-be-developed franchise. He’s more of an avatar for Tom Batiuk than either of them knows.