Crankshaft by Tom Batiuk and Dan Davis for April 17, 2024

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    Bill Thompson  2 months ago

    Right. Dangle’s books are so insanely popular that he’ll sell and autograph thousands of them during this local convention.

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    J.J. O'Malley  2 months ago

    Gee, thanks, Harry, for stating where you are. The sign you’re standing next to didn’t make it crystal clear enough for the average reader. Just saying “I see you brought your own books to sell” or even “…to sell at the festival” wouldn’t have been sufficient?

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    Lucky Black Cat  2 months ago

    U-MAUL IT. hehehe

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    Gent  2 months ago

    Eh he must be feelthy reech to be able to preents that many books.

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    sueb1863  2 months ago

    How is Lillian holding that box? It doesn’t have any handles and there’s nothing to grab on the corners.

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    French Persons Premium Member 2 months ago

    I think Batty just loves to say “Ohioana”.

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    eced52  2 months ago

    Love the name of that rental company.

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    Curtis Mathews Premium Member 2 months ago

    I miss Harry’s band cap and sunglasses.

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    Cabbage Jack  2 months ago

    This comic is a little vague…where are they again?

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    gammaguy  2 months ago

    “I see you brought your own books…!”

    Well, her car didn’t have enough room for all of his.

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    Mopman  2 months ago

    “I see you brought your own books.” “Well, yeah, that’s the freakin’ point of attending this thing, isn’t it?”

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    kv450  2 months ago

    Happily, the Ohioana Book Festival is a real thing (over 120 authors and illustrators at Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library, on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10:30am-5pm. free to the public.)Also happily, the festival will NOT include any books written by egomaniac band leaders ;)

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    ladykat  2 months ago

    I bet Lilian’s books will sell better.

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    fuzzbucket Premium Member 2 months ago

    Those are the remnants of the first printing that didn’t sell.

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    rockyridge1977  2 months ago

    Planning on a big ’sale"!!!!!!!

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    Daltongang Premium Member 2 months ago

    Considering these two “authors”, I hope there are a lot of insomniacs at this book show looking for help.

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    Dogouse Reilly  2 months ago

    I bet those are boxes of band turkeys he brought by mistake.

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    wherescrankshaft  2 months ago

    Where’s Crankshaft?

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    puddleglum1066  2 months ago

    Given the immense fuss Batty makes about this event every year, and the fact that I, living just the other side of Indiana, have never heard of it, I decided to look up just what the fuss is all about.

    The first five Google results (and eight of the first eighteen) are from the sponsors of the event. Google hit number 18 is a blog post by none other than Tom Batiuk himself.

    It’s also interesting that the Festival’s application page stresses a desire for original works and authors who have not previously appeared. Batiuk has been something of a regular, and it’s worth noting that his submission for 2024 (The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 13) is another collection of previously-published comic strips. The page also states It is Festival policy to not repeat a book that has already been featured in the Festival (boldface in the original), so it will be interesting to see if the inevitable blog-entry photo of his booth this year features Dead St. Lisa’s Story yet again…

    Or worse… will the “Lillian and Dinkle at the Book Fair” story arc feature the return of Les Moore, hawking the (fictional) Dead St. Lisa’s Story book? I shudder at the possibility.

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    puddleglum1066  2 months ago

    Following up on yesterday’s discussion of how the story [sic] was able to go from “Lillian suggests Harry submit his book to the festival” to “Harry’s accepted” in under 24 hours, I found this interesting tidbit on the festival’s website:

    “An Author Selection Committee, which will be comprised of librarians and book professionals with diverse backgrounds, will consider the submissions and choose who will be invited. The bulk of invitations will go out in January 2024.”

    Does not exactly sound like a night-before-the-festival process to me.

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    puddleglum1066  2 months ago

    Y’know what I found most interesting about this strip? That Lillian apparently drives a 1957 Ford Galaxie 500.

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    lemonbaskt  2 months ago

    id rather play golf with todd dinosaur

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    tcayer  2 months ago

    You… you mean there’s people out there who haven’t read his book?

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    lemonbaskt  2 months ago

    i wonder if batiuks only groupie D.Q will be at this book affair

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    raybarb44  2 months ago

    Optimist and realist….

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    French Persons Premium Member 2 months ago

    What the heck is “Ohioana” supposed to be, anyway? Something near the border of Ohio and Indiana?

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    WilliamVollmer  2 months ago

    Well, at least he’ll have vehicle large enough to haul all the unsold books to the recycling center.

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    be ware of eve hill  2 months ago

    Oh! It’s the old “If something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing” joke. The joke would be funnier if we hadn’t seen it so often. Recently, we’ve seen Ed order too many eclipse glasses, Ed inflate too many air mattresses, and Ed’s porch completely covered with Bean’s End packages.

    I know it’s not easy coming up with a new joke every day, but Batiuk has a long career with a massive archive to steal from. Why use the same joke over and over? Dan Davis doesn’t seem to have issues stealing art from the archive.

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    bakana  2 months ago

    Harry is an incredible Optimist.

    Does each book come with a Free Band Turkey?

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