The Joy of Sets

Link to today’s strip.

And just like that, we’re off on another storyline.   Will it be more interesting than Planning-The-Coming-Reunion?  Probably not–are you kidding?  This is Funky Winkerbean–but we’re going to get it anyway.

You know, when someone simply pops in storylines only to abruptly drop them before they conclude, it makes it difficult for the readers to care.  When anything can happen, and any story can get dropped for no apparent reason, then why invest any interest in them?  Presumably, Tom Batiuk would like us to care about these characters and be interested in what happens to them.  If Les and Cindy were attacked by a giant spider just now, I’m sure he would prefer that we be concerned about them rather than yawning it off.  This isn’t the way to do it.  Unless Mr. Batiuk is actually hoping to shed readers, I can see no reason for his current strategy.

So, anyway, Cindy offers her old newsroom set to the school.  I assume she means the desks, and perhaps the backdrops; I doubt anything valuable like lights or a mixing board will be part of the package.  Why desks and a backdrop would be things the school would covet, I don’t know, especially as the station is shedding them for something better.   Last time we saw any “video journalism” at the school, it was just a face shot of Owen saying something stupid.  Does he need a new desk for that?

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16 responses to “The Joy of Sets

  1. Epicus Doomus

    There’s that self-deprecating humor we’ve all grown to love over the years and…oh, wait. That’s right, everyone hates Act III “gee I’m SO old and washed-up” Cindy Summers, I forgot. So never mind.

    Wow, Channel One’s old garbage…she’s not just old, she’s quite the altruist as well! Perhaps her generous gesture will eventually lead another proud WHS graduate into the gaping hellish maw of “showbiz” so they’ll have lots of self-deprecating stories of their own to tell over pizza someday. God these people are all just so loathsome, each and every one of them.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    If a giant spider showed up and attacked Cindy and Les I would ABSOLUTELY care. I’d be rooting for the spider. Devouring Les Moore? He would in all seriousness be one of the greatest heroes in comic history. This is your opportunity, Batiuk!

  3. Rembrandt36

    Cindy: Heeey Leshh… do I look drunk in the last panel? Do I, Specs? You know, even with a bottle of Jack Daniels in me, I’m sober enough to know you are too gross to sleep with. Hic – Ish callled writin’. I guess some losers where left behind…

  4. John

    Cindy: “As a former employee who quit her job under mysterious, shady, ill-explained circumstances, I can assure you that I have FULL AUTHORITY to allocate the station’s property to the high school I used to attend decades ago.”

    Les: “Mmmkay.”

    Cindy: “Welp, off I go. I’m far too busy to work on planning the Looming Coming Reunion, Les!”

    Les: “So, see you tomorrow for another nine hours of yearbook browsing?”

    Cindy: “You bet your ass!”

    ****************************************************

    Cayla: “Wait, I know that it’s been established the school has students who…um…(sigh) “vlog” each morning, but now we have an ENTIRE CLASS devoted to video journalism?”

    Les: “It’s not my fault if you fail to pay attention, Cayla. Hmmph! I guess there WERE some children left behind!”

    Cayla: “Who teaches the class? The school only employs four, maybe five teachers.”

    Les: “That’s okay. We only have four, maybe five students!”

  5. Because a a news studio set would fit perfectly in whatever tiny unused room that the school uses for its news broadcasts.

  6. Mason Jarr

    And here we go……! Watching the oil in the peanut butter jar collect on the top. Watching the potatoes in the pantry grow eyes. Counting the seeds on the outside of a strawberry, then counting the seeds on the inside of a blackberry. These are all so much more interesting occupations than reading this nonsense.

  7. It’s this whole year in advance thing that’s the problem. He’s gotten so lazy that he’s got no idea of what it’s going to look like on the printed page.

  8. Nathan Obral

    I have half a mind to drive down to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram offices and demand that their copy editors (one of whom I actually know) actually READ this garbage.

  9. captaincab

    What is happening to Les’ forehead in the last panel? Looks like his head is morphing into the star baby from 2001.

    Nathan Obral

    “I have half a mind to drive down to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram offices and demand that their copy editors (one of whom I actually know) actually READ this garbage.”

    You should! If you have an actual contact why not at least mention it to them? Didn’t a lot of papers eventually drop FBoFW because they finally started waking up to the fact it was getting really stale (what folks here have said anyways unless I’m mistaken)? Too many papers are carrying FW when they could be adding quality features like Mutts or Pearls.

  10. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Why the hell;is Les Moore being told this information???!! Les is not the effing principal! Les isn’t the person you need’s to be informed of this! You have a principal in your cast, Batiuk!! Why the hell is it that in every scene a character is relating something to Funky or Les!!

  11. billytheskink

    Video journalism program? At a school that can never get a levy passed, has cut pretty much all extra-curriculars except for band, and has had to cut staff quite recently? At a school that can’t even afford to stock the Sam’s Club store brand version of Wavy Lays in the cafeteria? Please.

    Methinks Cindy is simply looking for free hauling and storage on behalf of Channel 1, knowing full well that Westview High School has dozens of completely empty classrooms due to its shrinking staff and plummeting enrollment.

  12. So, Chekhov’s news set has been introduced to the story. Does this mean that three years from now we’ll be treated to a week of Owen and Cody engaging in faux anchorman banter behind said desk?

  13. captaincab

    Also, giant spiders attacking Westview?? Would it be like Bill Rebane’s Giant Spider Invasion or Bert I. Gordon’s Earth vs the Spider?

  14. @captaincab: Yes, they did…despite all the people whining about how they couldn’t live without their daily dose of Elly unhinging her jaw and yelling about the EVIL and WRONG things happening around her.

  15. bayoustu

    Boy, look at the attention to detail on Holly-Cindy in panel 1: her face is 3 dots and the letter “J”. That’s some craftsmanship draftsmanship right there!

  16. Nathan Obral

    @$$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$:

    Why the hell;is Les Moore being told this information???!! Les is not the effing principal! Les isn’t the person you need’s to be informed of this! You have a principal in your cast, Batiuk!! Why the hell is it that in every scene a character is relating something to Funky or Les!!

    Nate Green is so ineffective and incompetent as a principal that Cindy simply decided to cut the middleman.