Ring, A-Ding-A-Ling

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Special thanks to the SoSF team for steering us all the way into February! Time sure does fly when NOTHING WHATSOEVER is happening, huh?

Once again Guy McAuthor tackles yet another contemporary issue facing young whatevers today, as he at long last uses his delightfully poisonous felt-tip to take on the scourge of…class rings. Boy, I was wondering when he’d finally go after those evil Jostens folks. Nice to see BanMan taking off the gloves and aiming for such a deserving target.

Anyway, Owen (the inexplicable host of “The Bleat”…har har) is looking at this all wrong, as a class ring will be a nice investment that he can pawn to buy a new chullo or some valuable comic books down the line. And if he can’t afford one now, no worries, as he can always buy one next year or the year after that or the year after that. And what the f*ck is Dick Facey sneering about? Are the morning announcements cutting into his smug wordplay time again? And why is he dressed like a parking valet? What a dick.





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13 responses to “Ring, A-Ding-A-Ling

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    “H.S. Rings”? Really? You know an arc is going to be half-assed even by Batiuk’s standards when he can’t even bother to make a dumb attempt at worldplay, like “Diversity University Ironton”. Not even “Ring a Ding Rings”? “Lord of the Class Rings”?

  2. HeyItsDave

    Nice jacket, Les. Moonlighting as a maitre-d’?

    If T-Bats really wanted to preach some truth about class rings, he’d have Owen get suspended for using The Bleat to tell the student body about just how worthless school rings are with their crappy materials, low resale value, huge markups and how the school gets a healthy kickback that never seems to be accounted for when anyone asks about the money. But no, he just has Owen whine impotently about getting a ring as if it’s some kind of mandatory thing…like following a sortware-chosen playlist.

  3. Why is Owen doing the news? Has he shown any interest at all in journalism? Was the school so desperate for student news anchors that they had to go with the guy with six chin hairs desperately attempting to masquerade as a goatee and a chullo that hasn’t been washed since the Obama administration? Did Batiuk realize he completely failed to establish more than two students, and decided it was too late to start now?

  4. Epicus Doomus

    The funniest (or least funny, depending on how you look at it) thing here is how Owen seems to believe his class ring…which he apparently doesn’t even want…would be “permanent” somehow, like he’s obliged to grudgingly wear it forever. Just like with Harry’s playlist, these people seem to have no free will at all and it’s so disconnected from reality that it actually succeeds in making the strip dumber than it normally is. Which is pretty f*cking dumb.

    It’s also pretty interesting how Owen’s only memories after seven years of high school are of being relentlessly bullied all the time. Hilarious as well as oh-so-very timely.

  5. In the high schools I know in Southeastern Pennsylvania class rings are obtained in Junior year. Is it different in other areas? Or is this another example of Thr Aurhor failing to do simple fact-checking?

  6. billytheskink

    Owen does have a point. Why does he need a class ring when he has a permanent and already-paid-for reminder glued to his scalp?

  7. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Gerard Plourde:
    Now that you mention it, we did get ours (in South Carolina) second semester of junior year too. Ordering them less than three months before you graduate doesn’t make any sense, especially when you consider it’d take a while for them to be made.

  8. Jimmy

    I was going to rip on class rings, then I thought about it. I never was interested in a high school class ring, but I always thought my dad’s college class ring was pretty cool. Wish I had plunked down the chump change to get one when I finished my undergrad,

  9. That’s the thing, isn’t it? People think they’re obliged to do things authority figures tell them to do so they can whine about how cruel authority figures are when they actually aren’t. Just as Crazy isn’t beholden to follow a playlist that doesn’t acknowledge that it isn’t 1977 and a bit, Chullo Boy doesn’t realize that he doesn’t have to buy a class ring if he doesn’t want to. It’s like how the people from Crankshaft don’r realize that they’re not forced to keep silent when they want to rip Cranky a new one for being a destructive and imbecilic sourball.

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    I like how Les is watching the announcement with such seriousness, most teachers would be at their desk sipping coffee.

  11. It’s at least good to see Chekhov’s TV studio furniture show up in the strip, at least. TB gets a couple of points for continuity for a change. It’s kind of odd that they went through all that trouble to set up the TV studio just to have a guy who is the designated socially-inept-grunge-loser sit at the desk and read announcements that could just as easily be delivered by an assistant Principal over a scratchy PA speaker. You’d think that the current generation of kids would contain a Cindy Summers equivalent, or some other symbol of vanity that could fill this role better than Chullo-head. I guess TB can’t really be bothered to develop any characters outside of the Montoni’s sphere.

    And I am thankful to my parents for steering me away from getting a high school ring. They correctly figured that a college ring would be more meaningful. There is no doubt that if I had purchased a high school ring, it would be sitting in the back of a junk drawer somewhere if it hadn’t been melted down and sold for it’s precious metal content.

  12. ComicBookHarriet

    @ bobanero.

    These are probably Jostens style school class rings we’re talking about. Unless you’re paying the equivalent value of a new car, your average cell phone contains more precious metals.

  13. Howtheduck

    School class rings in my area are a nothing item. I have one kid in high school and one that graduated a few years back and none of their friends wear them and they had no desire for them. It is very different from my day when it was considered something that every kid had to have. Our area may not be typical of the rest of the world, but it is certainly not typical of the world of this comic strip.