dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

From Bad to Batiukverse.

As I said earlier, the Evansverse is a simpler place than the Foobiverse and thus easier to explain. What one has to contend with there is a young girl who is embedded in the artificial environment called high school and whose problems stem from living her life according to its values. The next universe on my agenda is the one Tom Batiuk created; the Batiukverse is a grimmer, more downbeat place than Luann or Elly's world. The reason, of course, is that the creator is laboring under the misapprehension that his critics want him to do nothing but tell jokes when they question the Sturm Und Drang he subjects them to; the notion that people like drama but hate to see it botched the Batiuk way is not one that occurs to him. This, as I will demonstrate, means that the literary landscape of the Cleveland-area suburbs in which the strips "Funky Winkerbean" and "Crankshaft" take place is dominated by the wreckage of poorly-researched, ineptly-executed story lines wherein grey-faced, witless and haggard suburbanites moan, simper and smirk about how horrible it is that they are helpless in the face of arbitrary catastrophes they haven't the sense to avoid or mitigate.
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