28 responses to “Homeward Bound

  1. Captain Gladys Stoatpamphlet

    Joe Mansion? Is that supposed to be Joe Manchin? And is Shack = Shaq? That seems likely, but then why is it Katie Holmes and not Katie Homes? Is TB afraid the readers aren’t literate enough to get the homophones?

    • J.J. O'Malley

      I almost hesitate to add more nerdiness to today’s utter inanity, but his name is “Jabba the Hutt” with two t’s. On a more positive not, kudos to you, CBH, for your tireless work in giving us the background into the week’s storyline that Batiuk never would. Truly, if there was a Cooperstown for deep dive comic strip research, your plaque would be hanging on the wall.

  2. sorialpromise

    Batiuk and racism
    Does he handle it with skill?
    You are the best judge.

    CBH, your shift
    Is over all too quickly
    We all shall miss you.

    Parting is such sweet sorrow.

    • Epicus Doomus

      We’ve already inked her to an extension, and we have her DNA on file in case she decides to make a break for it. And she signed a non-compete clause, so she can’t be lured over to some fly-by-night Crankshaft blog or anything. So she’ll be back.

  3. Sourbelly

    “Low hanging fruit if there ever was any.”

    To paraphrase Kevin O’Leary, “How long are you visiting Earth, Batdick?”

  4. Y. Knott

    Am I parsing this right?

    – A throwaway panel.

    – Four panels of fairly moronic banter by two guys about celebrities or fictional characters with names that remind one of housing options. (We can assume these guys have never heard of Marie Kondo, because that would require Tom Batiuk to have some kind of interest in — or knowledge about — anything that happened this century.)

    – One panel of “You’re just a dumb girl, you couldn’t possibly aspire to ape the complex wit we’ve been displaying. Go away, dumb girl.”


    • William Thompson

      And what about Nicholas Cage? It’s like Bathack decided to join in the sort of punning that bored commenters make when he isn’t doing anything interesting.

    • be ware of eve hill

      This might not be a case of “Go away, dumb girl.” They may be embarrassed about the silliness of their conversation. I would be.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Yeah, seriously, I mean what the f*ck is this shit? This is the kind of crappy throwaway Sunday strip you use on a long holiday weekend or something, not right after a prestige arc. There’s just no logic to the Sunday strips at all, no patterns, no trends. They’re always just totally random.

    • William Thompson

      I hope today’s strip isn’t just something Batiuk gave us because it was easier than doing a Sunday strip about this racism arc. Just let that arc be over.

  6. Banana Jr. 6000

    I see now that Jefferson Jacks story was better than I gave it credit for. Bushka should have seen this coming, since a lot of black players went to Cuba at the time because it was more welcoming to them. Still, a good and realistic twist.

  7. billytheskink

    I could complain about that incredibly condescending final panel… but I’m kind of impressed to see Crazy (or Funky) reference former Grambling and LA Rams quarterback James “Shack” Harris.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    Once again the commentary written by the contributors brings meaningful discourse to the blog. Thanks, CBH, for giving us all a helpful and hopeful counterpoint to TomBa’s ham-fisted and clueless contribution.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      The Jefferson Jacks arc itself is a strong rebuttal to this month’s terrible Funky Winkerbean story. It’s only 12 years old – after Lisa’s death, and well into Act III – but there’s a lot to like about it. It’s well-researched (yes, I said that), has emotional weight, and actually illustrates a way forward. It’s the answer to Cayla’s question of how things are ever going to improve. Which she somehow doesn’t know, despite her own father having been a professional baseball player, having met Ed Crankshaft, and having played women’s college sports – a world that isn’t devoid of bigotry itself.

      I want to show Tom Batiuk this and say “this is what you published just 12 years ago. And now you’re saying racism can’t change, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it?”

      • ComicBookHarriet

        That’s why I decided to go through most of it, albeit abridged. Because it’s just so much better. It’s not perfect, but at least it doesn’t throw it’s hands up going ‘whatcha gonna do?’

  9. be ware of eve hill

    It’s curious how Cayla’s character has regressed into defeatism. Racism exists, why bother trying to make change.

    It kind of reminds me of someone… the Dead St. Lisa. We all know how Lisa took the news when her cancer recurred. She didn’t fight the cancer, and she didn’t seek restitution for a clear-cut case of medical malpractice.

    What do these two ladies have in common? Marriage to Les Moore. Can we call it “The Les Moore effect?”

  10. be ware of eve hill

    CBH, it’s been another excellent two week stint. While I love reading your lengthy blogs, it will be nice to have time for my mind-cleansing lunch break walks again.

    Spaceman Spiff, may you not get stuck with an Atomik Komix arc. Perhaps the further adventures of the Eliminator helmet?

  11. Hitorque

    1. “Shack”? Are you fucking kidding me?!

    1a. No two people talk like this, ever…

    1b. Once again the most popular pizza joint in town has zero fucking customers…

    2. I have no idea whatsoever why Jacks would protect Bushka of all people in a fight against an angry mob that he had nothing to do with instead of letting Bushka just take his beatdown? Note that it’s the black man putting his ass on the line to finally earn the respect and admiration of a racist… I mean FFS Bushka didn’t even learn anything.

  12. Mela

    Well done again, CBH! Another history lesson along with well written, thoughtful commentary!