The Blue Bird of Hideousness

Link to today’s strip.

Tom Batiuk’s slipping–there are barely any signs that Becky only has one arm.  Someone who has never read the strip before would not get that information from today’s offering.

Harry Dinkle is one of those characters that I loathe–in my ranking he’s just below Les.  Yet I don’t hate him in today’s episode.  I think that’s because he’s substituted his typical sneering condescension with genuine bafflement; instead of finding someway to insult Twitter and its users, he simply admits he has no use for them and lets it go at that.  (Of course, it wouldn’t be Funky Winkerbean without smirking condescension, so Batiuk gives the line to Becky.)

So, a Funky Winkerbean first–the only appearance thus far of Dinkle where my revulsion didn’t kick in instinctively.

That blue Dinkle-Twitter abomination on the other hand…wow, somebody had a really bad acid trip.  I think I saw that thing chasing the Beatles around Pepperland.

Thus ends my time in the chair.  I thank you for your wit and indulgence, and ask that you give it up for the fabulous DavidO!



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17 responses to “The Blue Bird of Hideousness

  1. Gerard Plourde

    Talk about low-hanging fruit. I doubt there’s anyone who isn’t baffled by Twitter’s existence at this point.

  2. That’s okay. Batiuk has two comic strips but he doesn’t have anything to say in either of them.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    My guess would be that a hypothetical Dinkle Twitter account would most likely involve a lot of rage-inducing music-based wordplay, but that’s just speculation. I am assuming that Guy McAuthor’s disdain for the internet is largely fueled by the FW snarkers who savage his pitiful efforts every day, plus his contempt for any kind of change, which is weird coming from a guy who completely rebooted his own comic strip a few times already. But I don’t want to take another trip down BanTom’s endlessly contrary rabbit hole, it’s Sunday for crying out loud.

  4. HeyItsDave

    Aw yisss, another “Get off my lawn” comic by Good Ol’ Tom. Yet I can totally understand T-Bats’ perplexity – this is a guy who stretches a single-panel plot point into a six-day arc, what the hell does he know about saying something in only 140 characters?

    And dat bird, yo. Why did he give the Twitter logo Dinkle’s O-face?

  5. SpacemanSpiff85

    Dinkle claiming to not have anything to say? That’s hard to believe.

  6. JerrytheMacGuy

    I am rather surprised that Harry Dinkle does not have a Twitter account. It would suit him quite well.

    After all, he is a Supercilious Twit.

  7. OH SHIT




  8. SpacemanSpiff85

    Apparently Twitter takes their logo pretty damn seriously, so a part of me is kind of hopeful this is what ends Funky Winkerbean.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    @the diva. Nailed it!

    The joke wasn’t too bad today, and you had to look closely to see that annoying pinned up sleeve. So it is as good as its gonna get for FW.

  10. If the internet were a forum for how great it is that he’s plodding along witlessly telling the unedifying tale of boring, unlikable people who live bland, pointless and depressing lives that go nowhere and cannot maintain any other interest than that of the mind-scarringly confusing train wreck, he’d love it. He thinks he’s a genius but he’s just some clod talking about meat swirling toward the cosmic dump.

  11. Rusty

    I don’t have an active Twitter account but read tweets occasionally, but if One Arm admits there is nothing worthy to see, why is she checking it at all? It’s not e-mail.

    And why the Batiuk love affair with Dinkle? Of all the Act I teacher/administrator characters, he’s the only one still kicking, so to speak. And someone who was never portrayed interacting with people, just directing the marching band.

  12. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Oh, here we go again. Time for Batnuts to get on his smug soapbox about things he doesn’t like, and doesn’t understand anyway. Yes, Tom, those Twitter Tots and internuts, amirite? Not your most adoring fans, apparently. Not that you’re bitter or anything.

    And admiration for Ol’ One Arm for embracing (insert joke here!) “the” social media? What, like it was just invented? Like nearly every person and business on the planet HASN’T? Really, this is doddering and out of touch, even by Batso’s standards.

    I know this has been discussed to the n-th degree, but on what planet do you retire from a job, but still come back to hang around, presumably for no pay? Is the implied message that Lefty can’t POSSIBLY perform Band Director duties by herself? Condescending much?

  13. Jimmy

    I’m just waiting to see what could cause Crazy Harry such revulsion. It has to be some esoteric comics-related arc.


    Well, I would say Twitter is a fantastic way to get news quickly, but then again this is the guy who’s strip is 20 years behind the times.

  15. HeyItsDave

    @Double Sided Scooby Snack: FW is turning into a meta-strip – drawn and written by Tom Bats who is in turn a character in Pluggers.

  16. Hannibal's Lectern

    I got a twitter account about the same time that some guy became famous for twitting “shit my dad says.” Seemed that, at least back then, delivering pithy little one-liners was the whole point of twitter. Which strikes me as exactly the place TomBat would want to hang out, because most of his strips end with a pithy and derisive little one-liner, don’t they?

    Of course, in the last few years, twitter’s become an actual medium for meaningful communication (see “Arab Spring”), and not so much just a place to show how clever you are (followed by the emoticon for “smirk,” whatever that may be). Which might explain why TomBat now despises it so…

  17. Rusty Shackleford

    If he wants to rip on Twitter, he could have shown Cindy struggling to set up an account after her bosses at Buddy blog ask her to become more involved on social media.

    He could then run a weeks worth of strips documenting her foibles. I.e. She posts inappropriate photos, tweets out things while drunk,etc.