Tuesday, March 1

I am very sorry to say that today’s strip was also not available for preview.

It is probably reasonable to assume that we will still be at Westview High School and that the typical inertia of the Batiukverse will be maintained. Maybe we’ll get a week-long commitment to yesterday’s Crankshaft crossover or maybe we’ll get more jokes about students being scapegoats from a guy who frequently singles out the younger generation for all of its alleged terribleness (i.e. making students scapegoats…)

I’m bristling with anticipation to find out. By the time you all read this, I expect we will be collectively bristling with justified antipathy.



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18 responses to “Tuesday, March 1

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    Yep, Crankshaft sure is a dumb name for a character. I wonder who’d think it was a funny name? Probably the same person who’d think up “Les Moore” or “Funky Winkerbean” or “Rocky Rhodes” or “Mason Jarr” or the other “Rocky Rhodes”.

  2. billytheskink

    It’s like he’s trying to be subtle by not actually naming Crankshaft, but really, this is about as subtle as TB walking every paper route in the country while banging pots and pans together and screaming “I’M DOING A CRANKSHAFT CROSSOVER IN ‘FUNKY’ THIS WEEK!” at the top of his lungs.

  3. So if we’re to believe Nate, in the past (note the attempt to account for the unspecified differential due to the time jump) Crankshaft was such a menace that families would regularly move out of the Centerville school district in order to avoid being on his bus route. This is a reality based issue facing contemporary young adults? It’s about as real (and unfunny if that’s what he’s aiming for) as the recent nonsense surrounding Lena’s “antimatter” brownies.

  4. You know, if you take the second paragraph here and sing it in a 60’s Bob Dylan whine, it’s one of his best songs. Really–give it a shot!

    …no seriously, it’s kind of fun, and….why are you looking at me like that?!

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Ugh, all “Crankshaft” crossovers suck but this kind of thing really irks me. I HATE it when he does this bit, where someone “can’t recall” that “crazy bus driver’s” name. Give it up TomBat, no one cares about Crankshaft and no one ever will. Put a little effort into making your “flagship” strip more interesting, or maybe just interesting in any small way at all.

  6. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    He does this every single time.
    If you’re the target audience and read both strips, you immediately know where these characters are from, and somebody talking about “that crazy bus driver, what’s his name” isn’t really going to be funny.
    If you haven’t read Crankshaft, you’re not going to have any idea that it’s a crossover, and it still isn’t really going to be funny.

  7. Ah yes, the infamous bus driver, Herr Krankenschaft, who was such an awful and abusive despot to the children on his route, parents decided to MOVE OUT OF TOWN just so they could get away from him. Does Centerville’s school not have some complaint system? Or does Crankshaft have some kind of bus driver tenure? Or maybe a private army to enforce his employment with the district?

  8. HeyItsDave

    Let’s not forget the real reasons the Doublemint Twins and New Ann Fairgood are moving to Westview. People in the Funkyverse have their priorities, you know.

  9. Another issue with the time shift: Nate is a Vietnam Veteran. In order to have served in that conflict (combat ended in 1973) he’d have to be at least 60 years old. He should have been fully vested at the top tier of his pension at somewhere between 20 and 30 years with the school district. Assuming he started teaching at 28 (his military service would account for the late start), he would most likely have retired at 58.

  10. Epicus Doomus

    Billy totally nailed it above, you can practically hear Batiuk patting himself on the back as a reward for out-clevering himself yet again, with that smug smirk on his face as he amuses the only audience he cares about anymore, himself. Crankshaft is a WHS legend yet no one ever remembers his name…real f*cking cute. It’s one of the cheapest and laziest premises too…”remember when the crazy guy did the thing that time?”…so hacky. CS has IMO always been a pathetic attempt to establish an “iconic comic strip character” even though no one likes it, no one reads it and hardly anyone even knows what it is. I used to read FW all the time back in the 70s and 80s and I don’t remember any Ed Crankshaft and neither does anyone else. I mean when something is lesser-known than FW, it’s pretty f*cking obscure, man.

    SpacemanSpiff85: Yes he does, every single time. The reaction this one generates is guaranteed to be either “duh” or “what?”. No one wins. And not only that, he actually engineers the strip to be totally incomprehensible to anyone other than a handful of FW-hating zealots who know how his twisted little mind operates. Now you have to be familiar with minor characters from his OTHER comic strip to make heads or tails of whatever he’s doing here. It’s unnecessarily complicated and totally meaningless all at the same time.

  11. ComicTrek

    When will TB cut it out? Crankshaft was *not* that horrible of a character! Or are we just supposed to forget that?

  12. Yeah, because having a surly old man who takes pride in being an obstruction for a bus driver is a disaster. The only thing Batiuk ever got right is showing us how impossible it is to fire someone like Cranky despite the fact that in a more sanely constructed society, he’d have been executed for failure long ago.

  13. Chyron HR

    “So you’re moving to our district from Centerville?” Nate asked, breaking the ice at the start of the acceptance interview high school principals do with prospective students.

  14. Rusty Shackleford

    Wait. I thought that in act 1, Cranky was Funky’s bus driver?


    So Crankjshafts antics are so severe they are causing a mass exodus to Westview of all places. Well I guess this proves there is a worse principal out there than Nate.

  16. The geniuses at Batom’s QA department have forgotten that Crankcase—or is it Cruikshank?—is a drooling, dying resident of the Bedside Manor. How can Batiuk be so bad at this after 4 decades on the job? Is it possible to impeach a cartoonist?

  17. I’m not sure what the point is of mentioning the Crankshaft connection in today’s strip, other than to add a day+ of filler. If you’re a Crankshaft reader, you’ve already figured out who these girls are, and if you’re not a Crankshaft reader, it doesn’t mean anything to you that they came from Centerville, unless you go dig through the Crankshaft archives to look for the last appearance of the two girls, which was probably a couple of months ago. The least he could do is feature them in the Crankshaft strip this week to give some point of reference, instead of the “young couple consider partnering on purchase of an old movie theater” arc, which in Crankshaft fashion is going to end in utter failure and abject misery.

  18. It’s pretty obvious that Tom Batiuk has two modes for these strips–big, prestigious arc that will either be nominated for awards or feature Les, and filler designed to pad things out til the 50th. Anything that’s not meant for prestige has absolutely nothing in it–no jokes, no character moments, nothing.