#batim: crack up comics
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The Demon and The Pie Maker.
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Ruby was kinda cool ok
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Ruby Goldberg was awesome and deserved better...FIGHT ME
She was a more interesting character than Alice despite never speaking, and was perhaps the only character to get one over on Bendy several times through wit. And apparently she had the gift of foresight, because she knew exactly when and where Bendy would end up for her traps to work.
She was also, from what we see, the only character to really show Bendy a blatantly postive emotion in this era, even if it was only once. Boris may be his partner in crime, but we didn't exactly see any "tender" moments between them like this, they just tagged along together. And her one act of kindness stands out more, because although she and Bendy were constantly playing cat and mouse, she's still able to show mercy and sympathy for her foe....before she vanished forever. What a nice note to end on.
Also she wasn't above f****** up a dude. ON. SITE.
(She even got the stand. DANG. All of that with an egg and her fists!)
What's worse was not only was she forgotten, but she was robbed of her title being the "first female character". Sure she wasn't a standout character like Alice was made to be— but she could've been. If she was focused on more, I'd like to think she'd grow to be someone like Grampy from Betty Boop with loads of kooky gadgets in addition to her irresistible baking.
Like this and this and this
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cameraman's got a daddy now
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Crack-Up Comics Weird Timeline Nonsense With Alice Angel???
This is almost entirely the discovery of @threadedsafetypin and @inkyvendingmachine -- I don’t own Crack-Up Comics so my main contribution was that I was chatting with both of them at the time. Someone else may have pointed this out already, but I HAVENT RUN ACROSS IT YET and I like organising thoughts so, in case it hasn’t been posted anywhere and means??? something??? HERE IT IS
ThreadedSafetyPin was organising the Crack-Up Comics into a timeline and noticed that they’re not in order, which seemed like a bit of an odd choice, but when she went back to put them in order she discovered there are two comics that are scheduled for the same day: How Not To, and On Cloud 9, both scheduled for Jan 10th, 1933.
We both immediately looked at the timeline to see if something’s going on there, because IF ITS A NEWSPAPER STRIP IM P SURE YOU DONT JUST PRINT TWO IN ONE DAY, THATS NOT HOW THAT WORKS, and Thread realised that there’s a pretty significant chronological oddity here:
On Cloud 9 is a strip featuring Alice Angel.......... a character who didn’t appear in the cartoon until Sent From Above in September of 1933, eight months later. It’s conceivable that she could’ve existed in the comics before then, but the newspaper article announcing Susie as the VA for Alice also mentions “As the first female character for Joey Drew Studios, Alice Angel certainly has a lot to live up to. We asked Joey what kind of gal Alice Angel will be” -- which, I guess could be just, ignorance of the strip, but it sure doesn’t sound like a character that’s already been appearing in the comics for a few months.
Around this point Boo (InkyVendingMachine) came online and I started excitedly telling him about this weird thing Thread had found and he cracked (ha) his own copy open to discover another weird note: the art for How Not To (the other Jan 10th strip) seems either sloppy or rushed, because pencil lines have been left in.
I’ve forgotten to erase a pencil line or two in my time as a cartoonist, but like, this feels potentially pretty deliberate to me on a meta level -- Boris’ whole arm was removed in the final inks, but is still easily visible in the pencils.
He also discovered that the dates more or less go in order up until October 8th, and then RESTART with On Cloud 9 (the doubled strip) and move in order with only Alice Angel comics.
None of us are sure what to do with this! In a series where Time Loops are part of the plot, it seems SIGNIFICANT, but I’m not sure what it signifies. For the double Jan 10th strip, I had the thought that it could signify delays on the cartoons -- a lot of times newspaper strips are scheduled way in advance, so if Alice’s debut was intended to happen sooner but then got delayed in production, then they may have had to rush out a non-Alice strip at the last minute to replace this one. But that doesn’t explain the weird way they’re arranged, as if 1933 just starts over again but with Alice this time, or the fact that this isn’t the only pre-September strip with Alice Angel in it.
Thought I’d throw it out there, though, in case any of you can make something of it!!
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I had this little silly idea to draw what I think my versions of the studio crew would look like as weretoons from my WereBendy AU
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._.XD (quería hacerlo)
dato curioso: el nombre real de showdown bandit es 'Joel Magayer'
the doctor: congratulations Ms. Magayer, both of your children have been born successfully.
Ms. Magayer: OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG! I'M A MOM!
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No se como se llama pero sale en los comics oficiales de bendy x3
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No context required for this one either, just camera puddle.
Because why not?
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Happy 414 Catboy Fever Day!
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Sammy and Henry sharing a somber but quiet moment together.
Joey’s form becomes a little unstable due to stress.
Swollen Jack becomes the Hat Collector after absorbing too much ink.
Buddy and Stripe from the PSAU.
The Projectionist regaining lucidity unexpectedly.
Swollen Jack having a little moment.
Jack Fain and Theo Fain, loving husbands.
The Assistant and the Saboteur.
Wandering Sin Bendy!Sammy and Cameraman!Norman from the Redeemed Joey AU.
A young Henry and his parents.
Binky Demon’s human form.
Joey and Henry resting after a brutal fight in the Redeemed Joey AU.
Doctor Hackenbush examining a peculiar case of cartoon logic affecting Grant (feat Shawn’s three Bendy doll minions, Scissors, Stitches and Pins).
PSAU Sammy having a goat moment with Wandering Sin Bendy.
It’s Bertie time!
A possible outcome of the Redeemed Joey AU.
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Where does Bendy in Nightmare Run fit into the Bendy Universe?
Let me ask you this: does anyone else find it odd that we don’t see any of the content from Bendy in Nightmare Run within the Crack-Up Comics? Like the game has four great bosses, three standard enemies, and a bunch of costumes, and not ONCE do they make another appearance (save for one Easter egg of Chester in BATIM’s Chapter 5). We got parallels to our Chapters 3 and 4 enemies with Cameraman/Projectionist, Miss Twisted/Twisted Alice, and Brute/Brute Boris, but like, absolutely nothing from the game that arguably has more toons in it than the source material it’s based on. I know not a lot of people think about Nightmare Run anymore (hell, it’s only on my radar because I still log in everyday for the soup), but I feel like there should’ve at least been a nod to it there.
And that got me thinking: Souper Boris deals with radioactive bacon soup, right? And it’s teased at the end that Alice gets some too, right? Humor me here: is it possible that Canoodle is also a result of that radioactive soup? I mean this is a cartoon world, I don’t think it’d be much of a stretch to say that “radioactive” could serve as an explanation for a soup can becoming sentient, nor growing to a massive height. I can already picture the story, he was the can that wasn’t bought, got stuck in the back and never saw the light of day, so he had time to be brought to life, as opposed to other produce that was opened too quickly for that to happen. Maybe he passed his expiration date, got thrown away, ended up at the dump and made it his home. Who’s to say?
Though then again, is Canoodle’s stage a junkyard, or a graveyard? And how does that change things?
I was looking around for Canoodle’s beef with Bendy (it’s that Bendy trespassed on his property and didn’t leave), and I stumbled upon this from the promotional material for the game. I thought Canoodle’s stage was a junkyard this whole time, you’re telling me it’s a graveyard? Well hang on a moment. The game was released in August of 2018, and both of these tweets are from September of 2018. All the other posts with the bosses for the initial marketing make sense within the context of their stage, but Canoodle’s is inconsistent. Everywhere else, he’s listed as living in a junkyard. So why then, is it called a graveyard here?
So I loaded up the game real quick and played through the first act. Still looks like a junkyard to me. But then THIS happened.
My phone is a bit slow (as is my reaction time) so I couldn’t get a clear screenshot, but the other side of this barrel has a radioactive waste symbol on it. You see where I’m going with this? I predict Canoodle has some kind of link with the content we saw in the Souper Boris comic, it makes too much sense for it to be the same radioactive soup. The promotional material referring to this space as a graveyard could be insight into how Canoodle feels about it. I mean if you were a piece of trash that got thrown away, wouldn’t you feel like the scrapyard was your final resting place? Much like the studio is hell itself for its inhabitants, Canoodle’s “home” is here.
But that leads to the question that I’ve had about Nightmare Run for a while: where in the timeline does it fall? And that’s a really difficult question to answer, because there’s two timelines we need to talk about: the real world of JDS, and the fictional world of the cartoons and comics. And in truth, I don’t have a good answer for it. I think the logical place for it to be is somewhere after the Souper Boris comic, meaning if it’s part of a story told in some kind of Bendy media, it’s gotta be after or alongside the period of 1936-1940.
The thing is, we don’t really know what Nightmare Run IS within this universe, and that’s the bigger question to answer. Sure, here and now in our reality, it’s a mobile game, just as Bendy and the Ink Machine and Boris and the Dark Survival are games, but mobile games didn’t exist back then. There’s also that weird callback to Joey’s whole shtick about “there’s something I need to show you” when you first boot up the game. What is this trying to tell us? What IS Nightmare Run? For us it’s a game, but what is it to the studio employees? What is it to the cartoons? What is it to Joey? There are lots of things we could make of this, but my mind goes to a few places. We could say that it’s just a game that has no bearing on the story. We could say that Joey was ahead of his time, or that maybe Nathan did some development with the JDS property that permeated the modern era. We could say that this was a series of shorts or cartoons where Bendy and friends are having weird dreams.
Or we could turn to what The Illusion of Living tells us about Bendyland and Sillyvision. I haven’t given you all my thoughts on the book yet (I really should, because damn did it rock), but one thing I found fascinating was the look into Bendyland and Joey’s conversations with Bertrum Piedmont. We learn what Joey’s plans were for the park, that each section was meant to represent aspects of each of his core characters. I can absolutely see Nightmare Run fitting in as an attraction for Dark World, Bendy’s area of the park.
Think of it like Disney’s animatronic dark rides, like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, or one of the things I miss, Disney Quest. If you’re not familiar with Disney Quest, it was a five floor arcade that lived within Disney Springs (then called Downtown Disney). It’s since been replaced by an ESPN attraction, but when it was still there, it had all kinds of stuff. Early forms of VR (that were nauseating to play with those heavy helmets), lots of old arcade machines, and newer technology that blended virtual and physical gameplay together, like the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction that had you shooting cannonballs at a virtual screen (or Toy Story Midway Mania, if you want a more common comparison).
But this was the 40s, technology for this kind of thing wouldn’t exist, right? And that’s where I turn to Sillyvision, Joey’s special process of editing the inks on the animation cells. Combine that with the advanced technology of harnessing living ink’s properties that Gent had going on, and you have yourself some plausible ways to create an attraction where guests can help Bendy (or be in his shoes) to run from some not-so-friendly faces. It doesn’t sound too far fetched for this universe, and given this man was working on “living cartoons” for the purpose of folks being able to meet them in the park, I wouldn’t put it past him to try this too. It still leaves some questions as to what content Canoodle and friends came from within the universe (were they in a cartoon or comic, or were they made specifically for an attraction?), but one thing is for sure: there’s possibilities. Besides that, we still never got an explanation as to what that hand is in the game.
If you tap the hand on the top of the screen there, it opens and closes, but we still have no idea what it does or who it belongs to. It’s 2021, and we still haven’t cracked it! It could be Bendy’s or Boris’ hand (not Alice though, doesn’t have a circle in the palm), or it could be someone else’s. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m probably thinking too hard about this. X’’’D And I’m okay with that. I’d like to revisit Nightmare Run again, I have some thoughts about our enemy characters (Krawl, Stickle, and Gwen), but that’ll be for later. X’’’D I was gonna post cute headcanons about Sammy today and somehow ended up here, what is my life?
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He’d lost an eye a mere 30 minutes ago. It had been more surreal than it had been painful at first, mostly due to for once actually getting himself into a particularly violent altercation rather than his usual methods.
Joey Drew was no brute. Where Henry had been the scrappier of the two in their youthful years, Joey had often stuck back and observed before making his own move. Made his battles into a meticulous game of chess.
So losing an eye in a savage attack against the Ink Demon to defend his old and now very defenceless pal?
Exciting business really!
And also very tiring... A nap surely couldn’t hurt, even if such a horrid wound was no longer weeping but very fresh on the mind.
Sometimes the price for redemption may be the cost of an arm or a leg.
Joey was quite lucky to only lose an eye.
Seems he and his old pal will have some common ground after all!
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Watchers can talk? Sweet, what do they talk about? Who do they talk to?
Watchers cannot talk, only make clicking noises. The only exception is Watcher Cam who's a rogue Watcher.
You can tell who he is, because he was given a little bowtie by Lottie to distinguish him from the rest. That way neither she nor the Projectionist would mistake him for any of the Twisted Angel's nasty little critters.
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Reading the Bendy Comics, tHanKs tO Boris babey, i just reminded that i said 'Golly Gosh' a lot, a-
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Watcher cam kinda looks like a head crab form Half-Life and so now all i can imagine is them trying to jump on to peoples faces
He could try, but he’s a bit wobbly on his legs since he swears up and down that he can remember having normal hands and feet. Watching him run is like watching a newborn baby fawn trying to run.
The Watchers are good climbers and leapers tho. They use it to get as close as possible before spraying people with their ink.
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Cameraman and Watcher Cam doodles
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I give you: a lad in a box.
…Who doesn’t look too happy with being stuffed into a box.
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