Say The Secret Word

Link to today’s strip.

For once, the wordplay isn’t terrible, though I imagine it’s awkward as hell to say out loud.   But it doesn’t seem like a real problem here–if you can’t think of a rhyme for a word, choose a different word that says the same thing for which you can think of a rhyme.  Unless…unless Les has given them a list of words that they have to use in their work?   I can think of several he would choose–Lisa, cancer, smirk, no one can understand me, roses, December, endings, earned, and of course the word “pun” itself.  Lists the students are fantasizing about–dickhead, douchebag, punchable, smug….

What makes this an exceptional episode is panel two.  Aside from Nice, everyone looks stymied and miserable, even on the verge of panic as they craft poems destined to be punned over by Les.  Les himself–now there is a man just beginning to climb the hill of self-loathing, and that look on his face is awesome.  The dawn of self-awareness never looked so deserved.



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18 responses to “Say The Secret Word

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So the Good Twin is supposed to be an idiot now? Any why aren’t they blonde anymore? I personally like panel one Les better, he’s wearing that weary look, like he’d rather be anywhere else. Next time you’re offered a screenwriting job, don’t whine so much and actually do it, you moron. What a dick.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    Panel one Les looks like he was deep asleep on that desk until Nice aked him a question, and he’s still trying to figure where he is and what the heck is going on.

  3. HeyItsDave

    I got a poem for ya, Bats.

    There once was a teacher named Les
    Whose emotional life was a mess,
    His wife had the answer,
    But she croaked ‘cos of cancer,
    And he still can’t quite hide his distress.

  4. billytheskink

    TB has got to start proof-reading his notes before he sends them to the syndicate colorist. If they read that “Emily and Amelia dye this week”, they’re going take it at face value.

  5. Yet another strip based on the premise that dainty little females just can’t keep up in a classroom setting. Someone’s got more issues than Time magazine.

  6. Saturnino

    I’m waiting to see how Heinrich Himmler is going to be inserted into this strip……………………………….

  7. bad wolf

    @epicus and billytheskink, I covered the hair-color stuff at the end of yesterday’s comments. I’d repost but there were so many links it got caught in spam filter. The laziness may surprise you!

  8. Chyron HR

    Someone’s got more issues than Time magazine.

    Hell, he’s got more issues than my car.


    That’s okay Nice Twin. You’re lame word play will guarantee that you pass “Tom Batiuk: Genius of Literature 101”

  10. ComicBookHarriet

    Kudos to HeyItsDave. I wish I could go back in time and try that joke on my High School English teacher. He might have given me detention, but more likely he would have choked me in my desk. He did that a lot.

  11. HeyItsDave

    @bad wolf – Nice job. I’d noticed the blonde/brunette thing in Crankshaft. I attribute the whole thing to T-Bats being his usual lazy self not giving a damn about continuity. Retconning the twins to mousy-brown hair was unexpected, though.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Well that was good, but…

    Ah, it is clear that hetitsdave should be the one writing this strip!

  13. On the one hand, as this strip goes this offering appears pretty inoffensive. On the other hand, it’s bland and the supposed humor is really forced. He’s really mailing it in at this point.

  14. billytheskink

    @bad wolf
    Well done. For what it is worth, Emily and Amelia have been blonde since their introduction in FW in my print newspaper. We may have to wait for them to appear in a Sunday strip to settle on the “canon” of their hair color, as TB himself is responsible for coloring those.

    Uh… not that I care about FW canon. No…

  15. Someone’s got more issues than Time magazine.

    He has more issues than Johnny Maziel!

  16. bad wolf

    Nice header, TFH (?)!

    That the twins have been colored inconsistently in practically every appearance across two strips is an achievement of its own, i suppose. I guess i favor the different colors motif, although then you would have to rely on facial characteristics to know they’re twins, and.. well there we go. I wonder if TB finally noticed how many light-blondes had had running around and needed to set them off? Either way that dishwater brown is not a flattering color.

    I have to admit i get a little weirded out when they go back and correct things; it gives the impression that they care/are competent, and yet…

  17. As my dad always said first impressions are critical. A stranger coming upon FW last week then perplexed by this week’s color change would conclude that the creator was a lazy, inattentive, wannabe writer and artist. I don’t have any direct knowledge that TB does not color his own strips; his is the only name on it, unlike his holy Flash comic that bears the names of multiple collaborators. So ultimately he is responsible for this blonde/brown idiocy, much as he gets to take all the credit for any awards he receives. Oh, btw, love the blonde/brown gif at the top!