Dedicated Shenanigans

Link to today’s strip.

So, it’s another Nice-Naughty contrast thing.  It’s also boring beyond description but let that pass.

Nice’s idea does sound like the sort of thing that a high school-level journalism class would go ahead and produce.  It’s positive, it boosts the school, it encourages participation, and shows the value of hard work.  Yeah, she’ll probably blow all that by choosing Chullo as her subject but until that moment it’s golden.

Naughty, on the other hand…she’s been at the school for a week, maybe, and they’re already letting her into the administration offices to check the finances?  Wow, she is a) either a really fast worker in the charm department, or b) more likely is just making it all up because it’s sensationalistic and will be the talk of the school.  Likelihood of getting the green light?  Yeah, sure, a project that attacks the staff.  She’ll be lucky if she’s not deported back to Crankshaftberg.   Say…maybe she should do a sensationalist piece on how some cartoonists are still getting paid the big bucks while barely phoning it in!

I assume that both of these projects are for the journalism class, and would likely be viewed only by members of that class.  What little we’ve seen of “The Bleat” doesn’t really seem to cater to this sort of format–it’s school announcements, sports scores, cafeteria and probably lost and found.  I know I’ve said that several times, but I really think it bears repeating.   It’s not a news channel.   So Naughty might get a good grade on technical aspects, but if she thinks she’s gonna bust this school wide open, she…will fit right in here at Westview High.

Another note on the artwork.  Naughty and Nice are both dashed off haphazardly, while Les is delicately detailed.  It is nice to see the word-balloons not stuffed with empty space, though.

Say, isn’t that Cindy’s old news desk in the back?



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16 responses to “Dedicated Shenanigans

  1. Another example of The Author’s inconsistency and total lack of interest in his work. Less than a month ago we were subjected to a week of Les and the seniors interviewing students to get selected for what appeared to be a limited number of slots to work on “The Bleat”. Now here we are with two transfer students who have been at Westview less than a week somehow being on staff and submitting story ideas.

  2. Jimmy

    That’s the problem with schools right there. The let some hack English teacher run the journalism program.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Westview has enough money for the school to have an emergency fund? That doesn’t seem believable at all.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Wow, so their whole opposite twin thing applies to everything, even journalism. It just gets funnier every time he flogs…I mean repeats it, you know? I hope he does another one of these tomorrow, because I really want to be sure they’re polar opposites in case I forget again by then. You know how we dumb FW readers be.

    Yeah seriously, what the f*ck is up with this “The Bleat” and why the f*ck is Les f*cking Moore running it? What the hell does he know about “journalism”? That shitty John Darling book? “Lisa’s Story”? Come on. WHS an afford a 24 hour news channel but can’t hire a proper AV teacher? Maybe Evil Twin is on to something with this misappropriation of funds thing of hers.

  5. HeyItsDave

    I was on the school newspaper for two years and one of the A/V geeks who ran the school TV studio for four years when I was in high school, and I don’t remember ever having enough access to anything at a level that would let me “uncover shenanigans” in the Superintendent’s office. I can’t imagine that a kid who’s been transferred in for less than a week would be able to trip over a story like that…but then again, I didn’t live in a shittily-scripted world where plot devices and deus ex machinas popped out of nowhere, either.

    How would Naughty get that kind of info anyway? I’ve never heard of a Superintendent having their office at the high school – it’s usually in a separate Board of Ed building along with the school system’s other administrative departments. Oh wait, I forgot. It’s that “plot device” thing again. Or as T-Bats would spit, “IT’S CALLED WRITING.”

  6. billytheskink

    I’m with Amelia on this one. If I was a Westview taxpayer, I would be very interested to know why the the superintendent has been tapping the school emergency fund for leisure travel instead of the video journalism budget.

    I love the way she worded her idea too. She’s “uncovered some shenanigans in how the superintendent” has been siphoning off taxpayer money to pay for a trip to Detroit for the MAC championship game.

    “Oh, everyone knows he’s been using the school emergency fund unethically. That’s common knowledge, even in Centerville. You won’t believe HOW he’s doing it though. It involves shenanigans… so many shenanigans. Shenanigans for days!”

  7. Eat Fresh

    I’m not as interested in the superintendent tapping the school emergency funds as I am in Mason Jarr tapping that teenager. Amiright?

  8. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “And I also have some shocking photos of the Principal having raw, naked, hot animal sex with his secretary in the boiler room!”

    “Oh, I’m not sure we WWWWWHHHHAAAAAAAAAATTT?????????”

  9. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Double Sided Scooby Snack:
    I doubt Les is emotionally invested in Cayla enough to have that strong of a reaction to finding that out. If anything he’d mope about it and try and write a book about his ordeal.

  10. It would save time if Batiuk just stenciled the words ‘good’ and ‘bad’ on their shirts.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Paul, I’m waiting to see if Good Twin ALWAYS has some pink in her outfit, and Bad Twin ALWAYS has some black. So far, so good!

    Or a halo over one and devil horns on the other. Batyabble doesn’t do “subtle.”


    A superintendent using funds illegally would actually be an interesting plotline. It’s a pity it’s being wasted as a throw away line as part of a good twin vs evil twin” trope.

    This is the strange problem with Batiuk. The good stories that could be told, aren’t being told. Remember Khan going back to Afghanistan? Interesting story right? Never told. Corey Winkerbean’s experience in war? Never told. Summer & keisa’s college years? Not being told.

    Imagine if Empire Strikes Back was just about the Rebels moving from one base to another sharing puns about moving Snow Speeders. Nothing about Leia, Luke, Vader or Han Solo.

    What if Dark Knight Returns was just about Commissioner Gordon’s doling office work .and sharing police related puns with his co-workers.

    For a guy that like fashion himself as a cutting edge writer (chortle), he seems to do a fantastic job of avoiding the stories that need to be told.

  13. HeyItsDave

    @$$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$ – I agree. This could be a truly bitchin’ storyline. Imagine Naughty continuing her investigation even as Les pressures her to back off. She uncovers evidence that Principal Nate is siphoning off money from the high school budget into a special slush fund the Superintendent is playing with.

    Now, here’s where it gets interesting:

    Scenario A : It turns out the mole feeding Naughty the info is Caucayla, who gave the info to Naughty instead of to Les because she was afraid that he might be peripherally involved and didn’t want to be the one responsible for jailing her husband (it turns out, though, that only Nate was involved and Les knew nothing about it.)

    Scenario B (the one I like far better:) As more and more evidence is found, it becomes clear that Les is asshole-deep in the embezzlement; he and Nate have actually been pilfering so much money that some programs are being cut (though Nate assures everyone that the school board and budgets are to blame.) Yes, the Superintendent has been using some of the funds inappropriately, but a significant amount has also gone into Nate & Les’ pockets. As Les is led away in cuffs, the source of the information steps from the shadows with Naughty at her side. It’s SUSAN! back from her slutshamed exile. She waves to Les and says “I hope that thousand a week was worth it!” with a smirk. Last panel has Batty’s trademarked Photo Corner Flashback format, showing Les seeing Susan off as she’s run out of town on rail and smirking, “Hope that kiss was worth it.”

  14. @Dave – That would be interesting, entertaining and have moments of suspense and surprise. Things that would make the strip work, but in terms of work, those things need not submit their applications to Funky Winkerbean.

  15. Frank Bolton

    HID’s suggestion is something that would would be in Act 2 or maybe Act 1 of Funky Winkerbean. Which makes me realize: as much as Act 2 FW was justifiably maligned, at least Batiuk was trying to say something that he thought it was profound. Granted, it was contrived and stupid and maudlin, but I’ll always give anyone credit for trying new things in the name of entertaining or edifying their audience — even if they fall flat on their faces.

    Batiuk isn’t even trying anymore. I never thought I’d say this, but I MISS Act 2 Funky Winkerbean. The strip at least had passion back then.

  16. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    LOL how one person always gets his nuts in a knot when I suggest Nate and Cayla are “doing it.” Lighten up, friend!