Who did a number on you?

Today’s strip wasn’t available for preview, so I got to thinking about what I really like about Les Moore. I mean, given yesterday’s strip, would I have gone to his high school party? Actually, probably I would have. We’d have tuned the radio to whatever Ohio station had Dr. Demento on, then I would have left by 9. I didn’t drink in high school, because I was a foolish young boy.

Oh yeah, my topic sentence. Nothing. That’s what I like about Les Moore. I am flummoxed as to why TB chose Les as his author avatar. By all accounts, TB is kind and charming in person. What does he see in Les Moore? What is the origin of his self-loathing? His mother who “really did a number on” him?

Your mother really did a number on you, says Le Chat Bleu to Les

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18 responses to “Who did a number on you?

  1. Epicus Doomus

    I never minded the Les character until Lisa came along and coated the entire strip in a sheen of annoying pious self-righteousness. From that moment on it was all downhill. Just go back and re-read any Lisa-centric strip and you’ll see exactly how violently irritating she was. Then she died and he became…this.

    I do not recall Les’ parents ever being shown or mentioned except maybe in passing a long, long time ago during some Act I gag or something. I’ve always assumed that Les raised himself after his parents either fled or hung themselves in shame. But there’s never been an arc covering Les Moore’s true origin story, at least as far as I know. If someone knows differently please by all means share as I have to hear about that one.

  2. Rusty

    Les in Act I was generally only shown alone at home, ordering pizza from Montoni’s on Friday nights while one could assume everyone else was out partying. Yet he was always shown hanging out with purportedly popular people like Funky in the school. He was a loser but not an absolute loner. That flashback yesterday didn’t make any sense, he was part of a group.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Even Lisa wasn’t too bad, from what I read, until she became a lawyer. There was a pretty abrupt shift when she started representing some guy on death row she didn’t think was guilty, and then the strip became really serious and she was a tragic hero. It was all downhill from there.
    There was also the matter of, as the last project in law school, of her having to draw a picture of what kind of lawyer she wanted to be, or something ridiculous like that.

  4. Guest Page Turner Author

    Never thought about this before – Where are Les Moore’s parents? Or his sisters and maybe brothers?

    We all know where his daughter is, but we never hear from her!

    Ugh, I gotta leave now and mail off all the hundreds of reunion invitations, because it’s still 1978 and nobody has gotten around to inventing the Internet yet. Where’s Al Gore when you really need him?

  5. SpacemanSpiff85

    So…there’s actually a freaking committee for this thing? Meaning that there’s several people who’ve been working on it with Cindy and know what needs to be done? But for some reason they couldn’t take over, and only Les could save the day? Seriously?
    The only way any of this is going to come close to making sense will be if it turns out Les fell off the rope in gym class and Acts II and III are his coma fantasy. It would honestly explain a ton.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Wow, Barry Balderman, huh? As Rusty stated above, Les was a loser but he wasn’t some sort of social outcast or anything. He hung out with Funky and Crazy Harry, he was in the band, he wasn’t some sort of scorned loner. It’s sort of weird how he retcons that. I guess it just gives LesTom yet another thing to grind against and carry a chip about. And is Les’ intensely annoying sneer/smirk in panel two implying that everyone in the class hates him or is he actually acknowledging that he’s aware of how annoying he is? Either way, I thought the point of this was that Cindy couldn’t do it. Yet there she is.

    SpacemanSpiff85: As you might have gathered I never much cared for that Lisa. The two of them together were like mixing ammonia and bleach, just noxious fumes everywhere. I remember that lawyer bit too, although I was a sporadic FW reader during a lot of Act II. It was all just too much.

    GPTA: Like I said, I can’t recall ever seeing or even hearing about Les’ parents. No brothers or sisters either. I think Cindy has a long-forgotten sister, though. I sort of recall her being the “popular girl in training” back in the day.

  7. “Mostly there was a lot of groaning and muttered swear words. I’m pretty sure the death threats were said in jest, though.”

  8. Jon I Am

    “As Rusty stated above, Les was a loser but he wasn’t some sort of social outcast or anything. He hung out with Funky and Crazy Harry, he was in the band, he wasn’t some sort of scorned loner. It’s sort of weird how he retcons that.”

    You know, I was picked on sometimes in school, and I carried around that baggage for many years….until I finally got over it in my early to mid 20s.

    Is Batiuk, a forty- or fiftysomething, still dwelling on his failures from high school? If so, he’s a bigger loser than even St. Les of Smirkville

  9. billytheskink

    TB going all out, dropping a Barry Balderman reference on us. You know, I think he’s actually appeared in the strip more recently than Summer has…

    I do like how Barry is on the reunion committee, even though TB wrote him in Act I as a friendless geek who freaked out at the mere thought that he might not become valedictorian and ultimately didn’t graduate with the rest of the class.

  10. I have the annoying feeling that Les’s memory is getting steadily more selective here. He impresses me as the type to focus so much on the bad stuff in his life and in his past that he’s slowly crowding out all the good times he must have had so he can focus obsessively on slights, embarrassments and snubs. This must be why we never see his parents who probably loved him uncritically; since they don’t fit the script of his being a misunderstood outcast who can never win, they can’t be remembered.

  11. 7dials

    Now why am I not surprised that Les’s fantasy avatar here lays the blame for all his neuroses firmly and squarely at the feet of a woman? Oh yeah – because this entire strip treats every single female character with the exception of the most holy Saint Lisa, Our Lady of the Teratomas, extremely poorly. Even Summer hasn’t gotten a word in edgeways for months, never mind the hatchet job TomBat’s currently doing on Cindy for daring to be pretty and popular thirty years ago.

  12. Nathan Obral

    St. Les the Righteous Smirker isn’t just punchable in the second panel. He’s pummeling-endlessly-with-a-cinder-block-able.

  13. DOlz

    I have a question for TB. Cindy has apparently been in charge of the reunions since HS even when she was in New York City, which last I checked wasn’t in Ohio. So why is it suddenly beyond her capabilities to run it from a different remote location?

  14. If I ever decide to do another “swarm of Les bees” image, that face is going right in there.

  15. Jimmy

    @Paul Jones: Yeah, he wants to write him as a loser; a loser with a book tour, a movie option, etc. Woe is him.

    I actually hope Les is offered the Starbuck Jones rewrite but has to bail on it because of the pending, looming, coming reunion.

  16. sgtsaunders

    Ladies and gentlemen, damas y cabelleros, presenting the Super Smirk, aka the Fat Lip Smirk, just stone cold beggng to be punched into next week.

  17. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    I’m posting this on my smart phone….because I smashed my desktop’s monitor after seeing Les’ face in the last panel.

  18. Nathan Obral

    @Jon I Am:

    You know, I was picked on sometimes in school, and I carried around that baggage for many years….until I finally got over it in my early to mid 20s.

    Is Batiuk, a forty- or fiftysomething, still dwelling on his failures from high school? If so, he’s a bigger loser than even St. Les of Smirkville

    Batom® is 68 YEARS OLD. He graduated from Midview High School in Grafton, Ohio 50 YEARS AGO this month.

    I wish I was making that up.