Funky attends an AA meeting, where he vents about the state of the world.
Buck Bedlow visits the Bushkas with a present for Bull: a mock reprint of a sports page reporting a Scapegoats victory in Bull’s final homecoming game over Big Walnut Tech, and the two former jocks head over to the Westview High football field to dig up a clump of turf from the end zone. Before he leaves, Buck reveals to Linda that he has been “diagnosed” with CTE as well.
Les throws a huge hissy fit over restrictions on using the school copier. The Westview Bleat “reporters” barge into the office trying to turn this into an exposé.
High school jokes about cafeteria food and bullying. A Sunday apperance by The Lord of (the) Late.
January 29-February 4
Buck and Bull commiserate over their brain traumas. Bull schleps his VHS tapes of his high school football games to Crazy Harry to convert them to DVD.
Dinkle writes his “Life and Times of Claude Barlow”, Vol. 7.
February 12-March 17
Wealthy comics collector Chester “The Chiseler” Hagglemore shows up at the Komix Korner, asking John for Pete’s contact information. Darin and Jess are planning a trip from California back to Westview to visit the Fairgoods, and invite Pete to come along. Ann and Fred enjoy a rare visit with their grandchild. John tells Pete the story of how Chester amassed his fortune: working at a drugstore as a kid, he hoarded unsold Golden Age comics which he sold for an incredibly huge sum. Darin and Pete arrive at Chester’s mansion, where he shows them his collection of Batom Comics, and pitches the idea of reviving “the spirit of Batom” by launching “Atomic Comics.”