Enrolled Up Sleeve

As the first students to move TO Westview in decades, Emily and Amelia are receiving the red carpet treatment from the WHS staff. See today’s strip, where Principal Nate personally escorts them to Lefty’s band room to get them involved in the school’s only extracurricular activity. Nate was so excited to be showing new students around that he didn’t even check to see if Dinkle was lurking, waiting to make Crankshaft look good by comparison, before bursting into the band room.

Strip #4 with Emily and Amelia, and we’re almost kinda sorta getting some insight on their personalities. Emily, the “cup-is-half-full” one, wears pink and plays the flute. Amelia wears black turtlenecks, “shreds” a “pretty mean” “guitar”, and says so while standing in a sassy half-akimbo pose (or whatever that’s called).
I haven’t seen character traits summed up this succinctly since the third season theme song of Sister Sister.



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19 responses to “Enrolled Up Sleeve

  1. Epicus Doomus

    OK, I have no idea why this is supposed to be “funny” so I guess I’ll have to start reading “Crankshaft” every day to figure it out. Ha, just kidding, I’d never read that piece of shit. The lack of respect he has for his FW readers is amazing, why would he think anyone would enjoy this pointless nonsense?

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    What is the joke here? “Haha, a girl plays guitar”? Or is that she thinks people play guitar in band class? I’m pretty sure some high school bands do have guitars now.

  3. HeyItsDave

    I can write dialog just as stupid as T-Bats.

  4. HeyItsDave

    Another thing that’s been driving me crazy: What is it with Batty and drawing everyone with tipped heads? Not a single strip goes by without someone looking like a confused golden retriever.

    And now that I’ve pointed it out, you’re never going to unsee it.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    HeyItsDave: The BanTom tilty-head. Sometimes it projects sincerity, sometimes confusion and when Les is involved, smug self-satisfaction. It’s been annoying me since forever.

    The one thing I can never unsee is how he draws asses and back pockets so they look like faces. Cars too.

  6. Rusty

    If she was really sassy she would ask “What’s up with the sleeve?”

  7. bad wolf

    TB is probably thinking more
    “While Emily adores a minuet,
    The Ballet Russe, and crepe suzette
    Amelia likes to rock and roll
    A hot dog makes her lose control
    What a wild duet!”

    Geez, now I am starting to turn into the douche on the Luann comments.

  8. I think we’re being trolled by The Author again. He’s building these two up as if they could be major characters only to drop them into the abyss of the lost like Wally, Rachael, Summer, Rana and Jinx.

  9. billytheskink

    In Centerville there once were some twins
    Who could recall Crankshaft’s big sins
    Now moved to Westview
    They’re finding things they can do
    But all we’ll see is Lefty’s sleeve pins

    Principal Nate is too happy to be here
    Unsettling us all with his creep leer
    Pushing these girls toward band
    And hoping he won’t get canned
    As enrollment still plummets from last year

  10. Epicus Doomus

    Note how weather-beaten Becky looks in panel two. I wonder if it’s her band directing duties, Dinkle or her husband that has her looking so defeated. Wait, I take it back, I’m not wondering anymore.

    And then some smart-alecky new blonde girls cruelly mock her by gloating about their two-handed musical abilities. Good old sad-sack Becky, always such a downer.

  11. The sad thing is that Batiuk DOES think he’s being clever doing this very obvious, very dumb thing. Also, I wonder if Stan The Man told him “Enough with the tilted heads already.”

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    That pinned up sleeve must always be front and center. It shouts “aren’t I the progressive one? I care more about people with disabilities than you do!”

  13. Teens don’t talk like this. I know because I have one and also worked in a store that had tons of teen shoppers from 2012-15. Where does TB get his material?

  14. Hannibal's Lectern

    No, no, no… in this instance, “shred” is not musician-slang for “plays really well and energetically”; it means her on-stage act is actually shoving guitars through a wood-chipper. Take THAT, Pete Townsend!

  15. @Gerard, I think you called it. I expect that after this week we won’t see Emily or Amelia ever again.

  16. Maybe they tilt their heads that way because they’re trying to make their smirks vertical. More likely it’s nerve damage from exposure to the lead-lined ceiling at Montoni’s.

  17. Professor Fate

    “Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and Gilley and the Spiders from Mars.”
    that song is playing in my head after reading this – which is better than the dull pain it usually causes.
    Still it did remind me that in Westville everybody’s taste in popular culture is hopelessly mainstream – DC Comics – Led Zeppelin – even Elvis (FW musing on the failure of Rock and Roll during time dream were he bought the first issue of the now inescapable Starbuck Jones) no Bowie, no Clash no underground comics nothing. Mayonnaise sandwiches on wonder bread the lot of them.

  18. @Professor Fate: It’s sort of no wonder Marge Simpson was assigned a love of these bland people.


    Is this a school or some death cult? Principal Nate seems raring to getting these girls in on the complete Westview High School band experience….which is mainly selling turkeys tor raise money.