Link to today’s strip.

(NOTE:  You’ll see what I mean when you read tomorrow’s episode.  No spoilers.)


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29 responses to “Spongecake

  1. Chyron HR

    Wasn’t that just great, ladies and gentlemen? Wait a minute, we’ve got something else I just know you’re going to LOVE! (fanfares) Yes, sir, coming right up–the High School Bullying Arc! (more fanfares)

    High school bullyyyyyyy
    High school bullyyyyy
    High school bullyyy
    High school bully…. ah, Mr. Chullohead, do sit down.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    So Bernie’s a Spongehead too, eh? Hey, at least it wasn’t Starbuck Jones. Because THAT would have been silly.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Wow, another arc featuring comic books. I was thinking the other day how I would love it if Batiuk just tried for a year not to have his storylines revolve around comic books. But heck, I think even a month at this point would be impressive for him.

  4. Wow, I like this Freshman, he can actually sincerely smile.

  5. Apparently Batiuk thinks the average person just goes around thinking, “Boy, I can’t wait to get any kind of seniority in my social circle, so I can pick on the people below me!” This says a lot about him.

  6. Gyre

    What is Cody doing? Apparently acting like a decent human being. Why don’t you tell us all about what you think YOU’RE doing, you pathetic little brat?

  7. Batty Winkerbean

    Weekends with Bullies, starring Owen, Bernie, & Cody!

  8. Epicus Doomus

    Cody’s hand gesture matches the dialog perfectly, too.

    This Bernie kid seems almost likable so far. He must be new in town or something.

  9. billytheskink

    This is probably the least funny thing I’ve seen Rick Moranis in, and yes, I’ve seen The Flintstones.

  10. Jimmy

    @CarrieKube: I’m guessing Bernie is new to Westview and his positive outlook will soon be rewarded with abject misery.

  11. The Defender

    Wow – guess I must’ve hit a nerve with my comment.
    Anyway, despite all the crabbiness on this website, you’ve got to admit that this is a pretty funny interaction between these two seniors and the (so far) wily freshman. It’s as if the seniors decided to play good cop/bad cop here. Good for a chuckle.

  12. bad wolf

    You know what bullies did six years ago? They ran around with markers marking up the freshmen. If Owen had brought a marker with him as he tries to play the game himself, as i said before, i would have respected the call back. (Thanks for posting this the other day, TFH)

    You know what bullies do today? It’s called cyberbullying, and TB could have done a riff on that. Again, something i would have respected.

  13. SpacemanSpiff85

    @bad wolf:
    He did do an arc on cyber bullying. Remember all those mean things those losers said about Mopey Pete? I don’t think we saw any of it, but it was obviously the cruelest bullying that’s ever been perpetrated.

  14. @defender:

    Giving errant nonsense its right name is not being ‘crabby’ nor is it an attempt to be big shots. It’s preaching truth so that the ignorant might see the light. In this instance, we have a chullo-wearing idiot who thinks that the point of being at the apex of some social circle is being a surly buffoon to those lower being baffled and angered by common decency only to be left friendless because he Thinks The Wrong Thing. At least in the past, Batiuk had the decency to remember that Les was still a lovable loser and thus not a viable threat. Now, he’s forgotten the lovable part and gone for smug and gutless.

  15. ComicTrek

    @Paul Jones: Right! 7+ years ago, I used to think that people were being too critical, but now that I know better it’s easier to identify what’s good and bad (mostly bad) about Mr. Batiuk’s strips and his writing style. Looking back, even early Act II FW was melodramatically terrible. We’re not being mean, we’re just miffed.

    @Nathan Obral: I like to try to make that strip funnier by imagining that there was a mix-up and Owen’s reading a collection of the very worst FW strips instead of the actual Mr. Sponge story itself. >:-)

  16. Rusty Shackleford

    Tommy the syndicate called, you haven’t sent in tomorrow’s strip.

    “Tell them to hold on, it will be ready in a minute”

    Let’s see, draw some bricks, some rain over here, something about sponge comics, and finish with a smirk.

    “All done!”

  17. Well, today’s strip is basically a repeat of yesterday’s strip, with a reference to TAMS thrown in for good measure. So I’m guessing that Chullohead and Glasses will bond with the freshman now and forget any intentions that had of bullying, and then we’ll be back to either the Lisa Prequel or the creative team of Pete Rudd and Durwood McCheese next week.

  18. @ComicTrek – brilliant idea!


    And just like that another “special friend” is inducted into DSH John’s lair at Komix Korner.

    Actually come to think of it, this dude looks a lot like DSH John!! I guess this kid is his lure.

  20. Professor Fate

    Defender – “you’ve got to admit that this is a pretty funny interaction between these two seniors and the (so far) wily freshman. It’s as if the seniors decided to play good cop/bad cop here. ”
    1) no we don’t humor is subjective as heck and having yet another thread linked up with comic books (how about music, I seem to remember the kids liked music back in the day) is going to cause groans of oh god not again and eye rolling from anybody in anyway familiar with the strip.
    2) Honestly it is as if Defender reads the strip, is subjected to blunt force head trauma and then writes about it because land a Goshen it bears only the most tangential relationship with the strip I just read – wily freshman? Huh? how is saying Hello nice to met you wily? The joke – such as it is – is that he doesn’t know he’s supposed to be scared. And Hatboy and glasses are not working together here – why on earth would you think that?
    and oh yes on hitting a nerve – don’t hurt yourself patting yourself on the back there bucko.

  21. Smirks 'R Us

    Am I the only one seeing a strong resemblance between Bernie and the legendary “Pat” character on Saturday Night Live?

    On a side note, whoever is pretending to be The Defender, great job. Best laughs I’ve had here in weeks!

  22. Batiuk takes to his “blogs” to crow about a favorable review for The Complete FW Vol. IV.


    I thought about offering The Defender a guest author tryout but he/she refuses to post comments using a valid email. Oh well.

  23. bad wolf

    Tues: “Wow, you people are so cynical. And the time you spend on this comic strip! Some have been making snide, not very funny remarks about ‘Funky Winkerbean’ for years! Incredible.”
    Wed: “…a blogger who believes a ten year campaign against a comic strip is the way to internet fame, we all sometimes play the fool.”
    Thurs: “Wow – guess I must’ve hit a nerve with my comment.”

    I am glad TFH has such an open door policy, and I really dislike sites where some regulars beat down any opposing opinions. That said, the comments excerpted above indicate not so much an alternate opinion, as a dismissive attitude towards the site and commenters in general.

    If people want to say they appreciated aspects of the strip, or the strip in general, more power to them. But if they just want to troll, they may want to just move on.

  24. 1966tvbatman

    Somewhere in Ohio: “They’re asking for a valid email! Abort! Abort!”

  25. Epicus Doomus

    OK, like I said yesterday, as long as commenters respect the general guidelines there’s no problem. No personal attacks, stay on topic (the strip), nothing gratuitously offensive. We also will not allow the comment section to devolve into a “he said/she said” battlefield. Otherwise all are welcome.

  26. SpacemanSpiff85

    What’s funny about that review is that the writer gets both the band director and the coach’s names wrong. And there’s no correction by Batiuk or anything.

    TFH sez: you know, I missed “Coach Jock Strapp” and “Harry Dinkleman” (“Jack Stropp” and “”Harry Dinkle”). Holy shit.

  27. jp

    This is the touted bullying arc? The “bullying” lasted all of 3 seconds (and who could be less threatening than Chullo-head? No wonder Bernie hasn’t noticed). Batuik serves up another lazy nothing-burger.