Snore Ensemble

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Just a few short years ago, Pa Bean was suffering from dementia so severe he could do little more than mutter incoherently. But now, just completely out of nowhere, he’s a lovable wisecracking old coot who can suddenly read music, play the trombone AND smoke cigarettes (and possibly the funniest character in the strip as well). Once again Batiuk uses “tragedy” to wring out a few dollops of cheap easy pathos, then reverts to his wordplay and pun-filled natural state while ignoring the character history he himself established. He basks in the attention he gets for the subject matter then he abandons it after it’s served its purpose (talking points for boring interviews). What a hack.

We also see another one of his diabolical little “writing” tricks on display as well. Instead of telling one of his inane little stories from start to finish like a normal person, he inexplicably hopscotches around from story to story in a random way (as you’ll also see next week when you’re saying to yourself “oh yeah, THAT thing again”). IMO he does it deliberately for the purpose of confusing and alienating potential readers so they’ll avoid the strip thus making it easier to churn out this idiotic drivel while exerting as little effort as is humanly possible. It’s all part of the scam. It has to be.

And this f*cking Dinkle asshole. Remember when he used him to wring a little more of that aforementioned pathos out of him by causing him to go deaf? Now, of course, he’s an “adorable” old coot, beloved by all despite being a real jerk most of the time. And he apparently hears just fine now. Now THAT’S Batiukian. It’s a certain indefinable quality that separates FW from things that makes sense and entertain.

So lesson one is: if you’re suffering from Alzheimer’s or profound hearing loss, head on over to Westview where miracles await (not applicable with cancer, that’s a crap shoot). Lesson two is: if you’re looking to find out just how little momentum a “story” can have, welcome to paradise. Likewise if you’re looking for poorly-realized (and very stupid) characters, godawful “writing” and/or truly terrible jokes, puns and gags that center around idiotic bits of dumb wordplay. It’s also terrific if you’re the sort of person who enjoys the beginning of stories but not so much the middles and the endings.

Yikes, that was a lot of complaining over a relatively inoffensive piece of FW claptrap, eh? Oh well. Stay tuned, as the Original SoSF Guest Snarker DavidO makes his triumphant return.



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18 responses to “Snore Ensemble

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    My main problem with this is is that yet again Batiuk completely wastes a Sunday strip. The only real content is in the very last panel. Dinkle introducing the band doesn’t add anything at all to the strip. Batiuk could’ve drawn a sign with the name of the band in the very first panel. And I really hope he doesn’t think his audience is eagerly awaiting every word that Dinkle utters. Of course writing is easy when you consistently half-ass it. And even that’s a generous description.

  2. Does Batiuk really need two strips focused on cranky senior citizen “humor”?

  3. For a second, I thought that was his son, Funky. Give how Batiuk loves to age-up his characters in his Sunday strips.

  4. I think the lesson that Tom Batiuk wants us all to take from this is quite simple: smoking is good for you.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Batom just loves nursing homes. On the other hand, this is his target audience. Who else gets the newspaper.

    I think everyone in the newspaper industry gave up a long time ago, they are just riding that horse until it either dies or throws them off. But really surprised Funky lasted this long. My aunt had a dog named Funky back in the mid 1970s, even then the name was weird and dated.

  6. What tickles me is that Mort has finally seen Dinkle to be the crazy, arrogant and deluded knob his son complained about a million years ago. Being given the respect he actually deserves (this is where the colloquialism “the warm steam off of Mort’s pee” comes into play) is rocking Harry’s world.

  7. sgtsaunders

    It’s funny, see, because old people are susceptible to falling which can result in a broken hip, and so – wait a minute, that’s not funny at all. Jeepers. Bats, you want funny – have the sprinklers come on like one the rains that constantly followed the high school band.

  8. Rusty

    I guess Batiuk has to write what he knows.

  9. Ray

    What’s the over/under on the “Bedside Manor Music Ensemble” being the musical act booked for the reunion?

  10. I looked up batiukian in my Funk & Wagnalls. Here’s what I found:

    batiukian, adj., oft. cap. See inexplicable

  11. JerrytheMacGuy

    Only in the Funkyverse is a senior citizen telling other seniors “Break a hip, everybody!” funny.

    In our world, it can be a death sentence.

    Batiuk must think he is competing with “Lio” for space on the comic pages..

  12. Saturnino

    “Only in the Funkyverse is a senior citizen telling other seniors “Break a hip, everybody!” funny.”

    If Red Ronin were here, he’d tell you not to get PTSD over it………………..

  13. Epicus Doomus

    Maybe we could get a petition going to trade Dinkle to “Crankshaft” for a character to be named later and/or cash considerations.

  14. Nathan Obral

    @Epicus Doomus

    Maybe we could get a petition going to trade Dinkle to “Crankshaft” for a character to be named later and/or cash considerations.

    Jerkass-on-jerkass humor. What’s not to like?

  15. @Nathan Orbal: Thank you for reminding us that for once, Crankshaft was the lesser of two evils. It was like when they had Carmichael on Law and Order.

  16. Epicus Doomus

    Nathan Obral: Ah yes, “Killing Ed Softly With Baton”…I remember.

  17. Another story arc that had zero resolution. Hey, what are the odds that we’ll see more of the Dinkle-Crankshaft thing next week?

  18. Nathan Obral

    For lack of a post today’s strip, it’s a “good news and bad news” dynamic at play.

    Bad news: St. Darin the Boy Lisa and wife of Jessica Darling Who is the Daughter of My Father John Darling Who Was Murdered is back! And he finished illustrating that stupid vanity comic book for St. Les the Righteous Smirker that’s being printed in Hong Kong. (Didn’t China ban the usage of puns last year? Oops…)

    Good news: within a day or two, the actual storyline will unfold and Darin will be pushed to the side and totally forgotten.