These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Apparently everything about Les's book tour. In the words of one reader: "I spent nearly 20 years in the book publishing biz, and I donít even want to START on how much shit Batuik is getting wrong." Les's book is published in a matter of weeks by a small university press. His agent is also his publicist - which, even if it weren't a gross conflict of interest, is highly unlikely as they are completely different professions - and he has a long, passive-aggressive discussion with Cayla and Susan about the proposed cover design (which he apparently has complete control over), even though the book has already been printed and is in stores.
It would seem that Batiuk is under the mistaken impression that (not especially likely in the real world) closing down the post office branch where Crazy Harry works means that mail service in and out of Westview will disappear forever; the reality that the man would simply have to travel back and forth to Cleveland every morning to pick up his mail satchel is something that would seem to escape the artist.
The latest attempt to remind the fanbase that the idealistic kids of the Seventies are being crushed by uncaring moderns involved Cindy's being terminated by the network for being too old for digital television and getting demoted to anchoring at the Cleveland affiliate despite the fact that not only would Cindy handily win a lawsuit, the affiliate is a separate entity and would resent being ordered by the parent network to take its castoffs.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Becky. She has it bad, really bad, suffering not from just a major physical ailment, but emotional issues too, but she fights on and keeps from wallowing in despair, despite living in a Crapsack World. And that's why a lot of people like her.
Fridge Horror: The first strip of 2011 sees Les passionately kissing the ghost of his now thirteen-years deceased spouse in full view of his girlfriend and former suicidal student turned romantically obsessed adult. note Fortunately for Les, they only saw him from behind, and from that angle he appeared to just be staring out of a window. As if to confirm to both characters that yes, Les would much rather hallucinate about his One True Love than spend any time caring about them. Several readers pointed out that this moment is not just another sign of Les' unwillingness to let go: it's an indication of full blown mental illness.
Snark Bait: The "Lisa Dies" plotline, as well as drawing the attention of The Comics Curmudgeon, also inspired a now-inactive Funky-centric snarking blog, Stuck Funky, which itself spawned Son of Stuck Funky, which continues the previous blog's work. Tom Batiuk got both blogs suspended from Wordpress via a cease and desist, but the sequel blog immediately grabbed another domain and started up again.
Tear Jerker: Pretty much everything regarding Lisa's death, but especially when she makes a video for Summer.
What an Idiot: Lisa was accidentally retconned into being one in a recent arc involving Darin's father Frank. Her journal reveals that after Frank had hit her in the past and pressured her into having sex with him she intended to break up with him. And she told him she wanted to break up while they were alone, at night and in an alleyway away from any people. Not in the daytime, at somewhere public with lots of people around.