Pink Cataract

Today’s strip is a good example of why you should try and make sure your art and writing convey the same tone and mood. The writing makes it seem like Funky is supposed be cracking wise and attempting and failing to be funny. But his expression in second panel totally contradicts that. He just looks weary and exhausted, to the point where I would assume the original dialogue was “Why? I’m not going to live to see it.”.
And the nurse’s expressions throughout this strip are more “I’ll pray for you, since you’re trapped in a nightmare hell marriage” and less “Oy, your husband has a lame sense of humor”.


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20 responses to “Pink Cataract

  1. What the hell? How does that third panel come from the first two? Why was she asking about his birthday, since presumably they have all this information before they start surgery.

    Did Batiuk like the ether they used during his cataract surgery, and is maybe taking a few hits off of it?

    • ComicBookHarriet

      I think that sometimes nurses/doctors ect have to ask the birthdate question for malpractice reasons before they start any treatment. One too many dyslexic nurses wandering into the wrong room and sawing off the wrong limb. It can also be a way to test the mental state of the patient.

    • unca scrooge

      They do ask you for your birth date, not your birth day. It’s part of the precheck before they begin surgery.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Consider this: this is either what BatHam is doing and/or thinking at his own appointments. Either way, we all lose.

  2. billytheskink

    I guess better late than never with the prayer, but these two have needed it for as long as they’ve known Les and Dinkle.

  3. J.J. O'Malley

    You have got to be kidding me. Just two weeks ago we went though this nonsense at the eye doctor’s office, where Funky and the staff took turns playing “Mad’s Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” then groaning at the responses they received. Now Battyuk is going back to that long-dry well, and all Holly can do is give a half-hearted smirk at watching the sad spectacle play out before her non-cataracted eyes. If the rest of the week plays out like this I may go to my local ophthalmologist and request a similar procedure, just so I don’t have to finish reading it.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Funky’s eye surgery is amazingly unimportant to the story, isn’t it? “Funky is afraid of having his eye slit open” should be a decent premise, but it’s become a minor subplot to “Funky tries out his new comedy act, but so do all the employees at the eye doctor’s office.”

  4. bayoustu

    In panel 2, the part of Holly will be played by a poorly drawn version of George Washington.

  5. William Thompson

    Nurse, can you expand that prayer into a human sacrifice? As long as Funky’s lying there, doped-up and helpless, why waste the opportunity?

  6. Gerard Plourde

    So, just as we’ve had since December, we’re going have gag-a-day strips disguised as story arcs.

  7. Lord Flatulence

    The actual question asked would be “What is your date of birth.”

  8. Jimmy

    Batiuk: “You don’t want Moore Les, beady-eyed nitpickers? I’ll make you pay. I’ll make you all pay!”

    In a sea of awfulness, this nurse would still not be as bad as Les.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      This is the most logical explanation for why this strip is a complete mess. Batty sure seems to hate a lot of things—just listen his rant about the old Batman TV show.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Batiuk would never put in the effort to necessary to spite his detractors. Everything he does is copy-pasted. His comic strips are repetitive as hell. His blog is just copy-pastes from one of his books, a past strip, or a comic book cover. His media interviews are all the same. He’s too lazy to be petty.

  9. ComicBookHarriet

    We’ll pray for you too, weird droopy faced picasso woman.

  10. Westview Radiology

    Bat-Sham leaves no doubt that he hates his title character. Flunky used to be somewhat likable and identifiable. Flunky is now a full-fledged prick. LumpyHolly just nods and smiles.

  11. Mr. A

    This strip would make a lot more sense if the doctor had already given Funky the good drugs. Woozy, befuddled expression + inability to comprehend the point of simple questions = stoned out of his gourd.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Or, if the strip made it clear that the doctor *didn’t* give Funky the drugs, and this is just him being a dickhead as usual.

      Or, if the drugs were the punchline. Holly: “Is this because of the drugs?” Nurse: “I haven’t given him the drugs yet” while holding the syringe.

      Alternatively: Nurse: “this may be because of the anesthetic.” Holly: “no, he’s always like this.”

      Or, if the strip told us why the nurse reacted so harshly. “I’ll pray for you?” It was a mildly annoying joke, one she probably hears a million times in her job. It’s only day two of this character: she shouldn’t be annoyed yet. And, again, Funky could be sedated, which can make you say all kinds of strange things.