Huis-clos

Link to today’s strip.

So…for Les, life is watching blonde women interact with their lockers while he endlessly walks down a brick corridor.  Or some damn thing–who honestly knows what the point of this strip is supposed to be.   I’m starting to think that Tom Batiuk is simply trolling us (as others here have pointed out).   I’ve read this episode over carefully and I cannot make head nor tail out of it.  Is the point supposed to be “High school lasts forever”?  Is it that Les hates his job because it makes his life Hell?  Is it that hairstyles on blondes are getting shorter?  (Panel four must be from a previous year, since Les is dressed differently.)  Or is the point that, every time the school year starts, there are blonde women with lockers–only, get this, the women are different each time!  Really, that sounds the most plausible but it’s weak, even for this strip.

So, I don’t get this one.  I honestly thought we’d get the “bullying” arc started up again, but I guess Mr. Batiuk thought we needed some Les Wisdom(c) dropped on us.   Too bad he forgot the Les Wisdom Decoder Ring(c) to go with it.  It just looks like a hellscape to me, with a pair of word balloons pasted on.  (Look at that dialogue.  Tell me than any random sentences couldn’t substitute there and make the same amount of sense.)

Sorry for rambling, but I don’t see this one as an “episode.”  Instead I see things like the adult Les’ face in the “Westview Class” masthead image among all the teenagers and I think, Is that supposed to mean something?  Les has always been old?  Then I note that in the penultimate panel, Les’ hair is all disheveled, and it’s neatly combed in the last panel.  Again, is there a point to that?

I do like the Modigliani face in panel five, and I like that someone went nuts with the Scotch tape in panel three.  And all those bricks.  Endless bricks.

Bricks.

Ah, I get it now.  We’re supposed to want to slam endless bricks against Les’ head.  Okay!

Thus ends my time in the Les Chair.  Tomorrow, the fabulous DavidO takes over the hosting duties…and good luck to him!

See you then, and thank you for your indulgence!

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18 responses to “Huis-clos

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Ugh, my two most hated characters, Les and Linda (shudder). What is Les talking about? “Passing through”…he’s never left!

    But the most noteworthy thing here is that tape job on that hand-lettered “Scapegoat Spirit” banner in panel three. I mean look at that, just incredible. I will never understand BanTom’s weird tape fetish, who DOES that? I imagine all WHS students walk around like Deputy Andy from “Twin Peaks”.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    A better last line:
    “You mean like Lisa did?”

  3. ScottFree

    Coffee… passing through… sounds like somebody needs a pee break…

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    All in all you’re just another brick in the wall,

  5. Apauled

    Maybe TB has finally discovered Sartre or Bunuel (he’s spent his whole life in Ohio, after all) & doesn’t understand them very well but gets an eerie sensation from their work. Or else he was up all night watching a Twilight Zone marathon & drew this strip while feeling kind of weird.

  6. The years come and go, but pretty teenage girls still show zero interest in Les. He still hasn’t figured out why this is.

  7. Have to give props to Comics Curmudgeon commenter “Chyron HR”… who managed to turn yesterday’s atrocity into something much more entertaining.

  8. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    For more evidence of Batiuk being stuck on tape (get it????), look at today’s Crankshaft.

  9. It’s really sad when Batiuk draws two different versions of the same exact Westview High class of Whenever banner. Seriously, look at the title panel and the peniultimate panel.

    But F consistency and cohesiveness, because BRICKS!!!!1!!!1!1!!!!!!

  10. Epicus Doomus

    Man, that’s some jawline, you know? Herman Munster-like.

    I’ve always been fascinated by FW’s hand-lettered signs and banners as well as the way Westviewians use tape. Every single sign and banner in town looks like it was hung by a team of four year olds. At this point I think he’s just screwing with us, as it gets more and more gratuitous every time.

  11. bad wolf

    I think the relevent quote here (i’d do a mashup if it weren’t so late) is: “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older and they stay the same age.”

    Welp, looks like I was wrong about the Bullying Sunday Special here. Sad trombone.

  12. @the diva: That does seem to be the idea here. Les seems to think that he’s entitled to the fawning praise of all of those pretty blonde girls and feels confused and angered because he doesn’t get it. Seems to me that back before I was born, Tommy was looking at all the pretty girls and wondering where his was.

  13. Perhaps we’ll pick things up with someone higher on the senior food chain pummeling Chullo for being a mere band geek.

  14. Wow, TB simply can’t draw profiles. Linda looks like Funky in a wig and blackface. There…I said it and I’m not sorry, but TB’s profiles are.

  15. Rusty

    My guess is that there is always a blonde queen bee in the high school, the years change but that’s a given. Meh. Those see-through mouth openings he always blesses Linda with really creep me out. She looks like a grouper.

  16. Merry Pookster

    So forever Les has been ogling blondes in school.
    What a creep!

  17. bayoustu

    What’s with Les’ hair in panel 6?! Did Owen and Cody give him a “swirly” for officially embarrassing them in front of Principal Nate?!

  18. DOlz

    @bayoustu, now that’s a bullying arc we could all get behind.