So you thought that put a neat bow on the whole bullying issue? Today the bullying has escalated a hundredfold. Wedgeman and his boys unrestrainedly pelt Alex with tater tots, while the rest of the student body either ignores it or joins in the laughter. You'd think that having faced down the bullies seemingly on his own yesterday, Owen would be emboldened to confront them again; instead, he wisely looks around for a teacher, but is dissuaded by Alex. Her forbearance in the face of such abuse borders on masochism. Rather than making her feel inferior, the bullying actually gives Alex a feeling of superiority over her tormentors. Take that, bullies!
Category Archives: Cody and Owen
April 3, 2012 at 1:01 am
Cody: "…do you ever get the feeling that we never look forward to anything good? We merely mildly anticipate the absence of bad things?"
Note the date on John's comment above: it's from a whole year ago, when Cody and Owen last enjoyed a wedgie-free week due to the fact that the Seniors were out of town. Flash back a little further: to the beginning of the 2009 school year…
You're already doing the math: Cody and Owen would by now be part of the Senior Class. Of course, it's certainly likely that, being morons, they've had to repeat at least one grade. Still: surely they're not still mere freshmen? Do the Westview Seniors pick on all the underclassmen, or just these two?
I'm kind of concerned about these two loners who, every school day (except for the week of the D.C. trip), endure intimidation and abuse from the Seniors, are belittled by their teachers, and after school head to the Komix Korner to play (probably violent) video games. Could Batiuk be getting ready to add school shootings to his Serious Topics résumé?
You'd think that producing Westview High's closed-circuit morning newscast would be a job that a couple of geeks like Cody and Owen could not only do but might actually do pretty well. Naturally, everything goes terribly awry, as typified by the fact that the picture on the TV is upside down. Just more fuel for Les and Linda's disdain of their idiot students.
Never mind that, though. Get a load of who's sitting in the front row: it's Alex, most recently seen dispensing totally worthless relationship advice to lovestruck Owen. Surely there is some retconning going on here: we met Alex at mopey Pete's book signing in December 2007 (see below), and she appeared to be at least high school age five years ago (I was going point to the fact that she sported tattoos even back then, but apparently Ohio law allows minors to get tattoos with parental consent). She's certainly old enough for Pete to attempt hitting on, though we know that that's not the best indicator. Note that her model sheet on the Meet the Cast page is one of the few that does not give an age. How convenient.
Dec. 10, 2007 strip:
A couple questions: we know that Bull coaches the girls' basketball team, and is Westview's athletic director. But what class is he teaching here? Have we ever seen him in front of a classroom? Maybe he's been pressed into service to cover for one of the teachers who've been let go? And why is he holding a putter?
Apparently Owen is sensitive about his looks, or lack of same, but he gets no "comfort" from his only friend, whose own school photo surely must be at least as hideous as Owen's.
Band class is in session, and no doubt Becky feels energized and inspired after following the Dinkles around the music educators' conference. That energy is short-lived, however, as she must deal with OwenandCody's attempt to waste everyone's valuable class time.
Today's strip takes us through space, from London to Lowell, Massachusetts, and through time, to the mid-nineteenth century, to finally arrive at a weak "pun-chline" which a year or two ago would have been served up by Cory "Call Me Fishmeal" instead of Cody.
As an aside: a long-running comic to which FW is often (unfavorably) compared explains how "small lapses in continuity and art…only add to the charm" of "artisanal comics" such as Funky Winkerbean…check out today's Doonesbury!
[Edit: Link to today's FW and to Doonesbury were incorrect; I've fixed 'em now]
While we often take Batiuk to task for his "tell, don't show" storytelling style, let's give him a pass just this time for not actually depicting Crazy Harry in the throes of his "happy dance". But he gets no points for rehashing yesterday's panel 2 reaction shot in order to milk this gag for another day. As a bonus, we get another rendering of John's lumpy mug and some tortured, redundant sentence structure from Owen. And anono-hoodie is going to be haunted for the rest of his life? Not to worry: as far as this strip's concerned, your life is over and you'll never be seen again.