Natepicking

We’re exactly two weeks away from the “Holiday Concert” teased in Today’s strip. Wait, it’s not just teased, like February’s “Winter Concert” was, it’s actually relevant to the strip that it is in! Crazy!  This is, perhaps, the Westview High School Scapegoat Sign’s first relevant appearance since Act II.

Typically level-headed (for the Batiukverse anyways) and hands-off principal Nate Green decides his first principal-y action since reading the student handbook before the 2012 prom will be to meddle in the concert Lefty’s band has surely been rehearsing for at least a month.

Hmmm… A holiday performance? A public school official? Changes demanded? I wonder what topic TB could have possibly chosen to cram into his gag cannon this week? I wonder… but I cannot blame you if you don’t.

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  1. If this ends up being some “War on Christmas” crap featuring Roberta Strawwoman, I just might go “The Night Santa Went Crazy” on this strip.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Check out the way he framed Becky in panel one so her missing arm is the very first thing you notice. Classic. Nate is one of those third-string characters who’s not around often enough to really dislike, although that certainly could change, possibly as soon as tomorrow. A “war on Xmas” arc? A timely TB jab at political correctness? Ha, not bloody likely, as BanTom shies away from “controversy” as adeptly as anyone on the planet. It’ll be lame, lamer and lamest, bet on it.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    @The Diva – The “War on Christmas” was the first thing I thought of as well. I’m wondering if TB is going to use a Religious Freedom Restoration Act angle (Lefty’s program deemed to be too secular/inclusive, for example). It would give TB a soap box so that the could do a similar slap-dash job on the importance of inclusion at this time of year the way he did on the gay couple and the prom.

  4. SpacemanSpiff85

    You think that Nate wants to change how all the snowmen in the show only have one stick arm?

  5. Of course, since hands-off principal Nate Green and hand-off band director Becky are in this, count on Harry Dinkle to steal the show. Like Boy Lisa the Fair Good Grief, Becky is often overrun in her own storylines because of her utterly boring and uninteresting character.

    And Roberta’s threatened appearance is also perfect. Becky is too much of a coward that she can’t stand up to her strawmother. Because writing.

  6. @Epicus Doomus

    A “war on Xmas” arc? A timely TB jab at political correctness? Ha, not bloody likely, as BanTom shies away from “controversy” as adeptly as anyone on the planet. It’ll be lame, lamer and lamest, bet on it.

    Except when it comes to man-made global warming, in which Batiuk clearly uses Jim Vonnegutchnik as his mouthpiece.

  7. Rusty

    What’s that cancer play that Les’ old side piece wanted to perform and lecture the readers about? Perhaps that was being interpreted with a musical score.

  8. billytheskink

    This is uncanny. Just yesterday, I was wondering what it would be like if Tom Batiuk drew a Dilbert strip. Today, BAM, wish granted.

  9. Epicus Doomus

    Principal Nate was nothing short of unbelievable during the Same-Sex-Couple Prom mega-arc, a true champion of handbook guideline-followers everywhere. He had the courage to take the most banal stand possible and for that he should be politely applauded. He created a safe haven for all non-specific sexual orientations at WHS, that space being behind the prom scenery, as the handbook mandated. Back there, anything goes.

    You know, that pinned-up sleeve still drives me just as crazy as it always has. It’s the way he draws it, always with that double-fold thing. It never changes, either. It’s the weirdest thing to be so consistently consistent about, you know? But anyway, even with both arms intact Becky would still be annoying, what with that pitiful sad-sack act of hers.

  10. Great. We’re in for something intensely stupid. It doesn’t matter if he’s fighting for or against inclusiveness, Batiuk is simply too dumb to make anything other than a bland, drawn-out mess of the subject.

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    Is that the back Mopey Pete Roberts, er Reynolds, in panel three?

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    back of his head I mean

  13. What’s the problem with the “Wit Christmas Cancer Spectacular”?

  14. The only thing certain about this upcoming arc is that it will be really, really boring and drawn out, and each “punchline” will get the reply “Wait, does he really think this is funny?”

  15. ComicBookHarriet

    Punchline. He will only allow religious holiday music at the holiday concert if it is sung in a non-english language. If it’s in Latin, Hebrew, German, French, Yiddish, or Swahili then it gets a pass, since neither the kids nor the audience will understand what is being said.

  16. Professor Fate

    Ah wonderful – a arc that is both boring and futile.

  17. Jimmy

    Tangentially related to this is Nate Green’s apparently inability to age. The youngest he could be is 58, given the Vietnam War ended in 1975.

  18. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    The War on Christmas? No, Batiuk. Just no. This is not going to come out well. Giving how inept you are at social issues, I don’t think you want to isolate or piss of your 3 remaining un-ironic fans.

  19. Epicus Doomus

    Becky is one of those awful Act II characters he should have just buried and forgotten. The last Becky arc I can remember that didn’t center around how miserable she is at her job was probably the one when Rachel sought her out regarding Wally. Yeah, that was a real laff-riot too, BTW.