OK, now it's Nate's turn to be incredulous. Odie and Cohen's idea of making the robot "look really cool" is to haphazardly bolt a football helmet on top of it. They actually succeed in making the robot look less cool. And in what sense of the word is this a "spinoff", Cody? It's more of a kludge.
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OK, well, my query from yesterday's post has been answered: the boys are not in the Technology Club. Rather, they are in the "Special Effects Art Class". This sounded even more implausible than a high school comic book club, so I set to Googlin'…and found the "[o]nly school district in the nation to offer [a] high school Visual Effects Art Program"…the Berea (Ohio) City School District, about twenty miles from TB's home in Medina.
Why, oh why should Nate be incredulous to learn that two über-geeks like Cody and Owen are in the Technology Club? Does he reckon that they (or at least Owen) are just too stupid? What extracurricular activities would Nate expect them to sign up for (unless Westview High has a comic book club)?
October 12, 2012 at 1:39 am
I do want to ask, though…what's with the dropping leaves? They seem pretty pervasive lately.
For what it's worth, every strip in October has depicted falling or fallen leaves (except for when Les was inside watching a Lisa Tape). At this rate, there won't be much of a "beautiful golden canopy" left for our bride and groom. Today the whole town of Westview is brought to a standstill; neither pizzas nor mail shall be delivered. Out on Les' front lawn, the guests regard one another anxiously, while One of Cayla's Relatives (do we know who? Does it matter? No.) makes a last-minute adjustment to her gown.
So the cash-strapped Westview football can shell out between four and seven grand for a football helmet tunnel to give the team "some real class" (because "real class" is what wins football games). And from the looks of panel 4, they inflated it with…highly flammable hydrogen? It took me a long while to discern that those aren't leaping flames but rather letters spelling out "BLAM!" Of course, by the final panel, things aren't as bad as they looked (unfortunately). Evidence found at the scene will later reveal the blast to be the result of sabotage by last Sunday's player-turned-ballboy Jason Williams!
Guest blogger DavidO here, reporting for duty for my last entry before passing the reins back to someone with much more talent than I, TFHackett!
Confusing, impossible to decipher time-jumps aside, Summer and Company (Aka, the nameless, faceless rest of her class) has finally graduated from high school!
Call me an ol' softy but I can't find too many faults with Sunday's strip, aside from the smirk on Summer's P1 baby picture. It's actually rather well done and paced at a level that lends itself well to a one-shot Sunday strip.
Enjoy it, Snarkers. Dailies like this are far and few inbetween.
May 25, 2012 at 3:55 am
…The big “surprise” will be, as always, staggeringly lame and instantly forgettable…
Shocker, huh? Elevating the two gay teens to prom royalty would have required drawing them again and maybe even giving them names or another line or two of dialogue. So much safer to have the kids bestow the honor on Mr. Nate and Mrs. No First Name Green.
April 11, 2012 at 12:04 am
…this guy [Batiuk] can’t draw “walking,” can he?
He's not the best at depicting people expressing excitement, either (remember "bespectacled blue shirt khaki guy" at the basketball playdowns?). Summer and Keisha show proper decorum (probably relieved that they weren't elected as the royal couple). But some of the Westview teens exert themselves so hard to demonstrate their approval as to risk injury. Maddie (wearing that #*@%in' hat) shimmies awkwardly and offers a cracked grin. Cory may be a delinquent but he's no homophobe; he thrusts up a thumb and smiles with his bottom teeth. Rana actually seems to be having a hearty laugh at the Greens' expense for some reason, while Big Mac is just all like durr-hurr-hurr. But I think it's Touchdown Guy in the blue tux who best expresses the joy that all of us are feeling…this arc is finally concluded.
You were wondering what could be even more gutless than inventing a disposable, nameless same-sex prom couple as a vehicle for "addressing" gay rights? How about icing the cake by having another anonymous student (seen by us only as a fluttering, disembodied hand) confidentially coming out to Nate to thank him for making today better? TB's shoulder must still need an ice pack a year later after he dislocated it with this epic self-back-pat.
May 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm
[W]hat is the deal with Batiuk showing high schoolers with significantly receding hairlines?
That's no high schooler! It's today's special celebrity guest star, Tom Hanks!