Take Another Little Piece of My Pulitzer, Baby

Link to today’s strip.

At first I thought Les was admonishing Naughty in his office, in a private conference so as to steer her away from Chullo’s former crime (I seem to remember “It says Wikipedia right at the top.”  “So that’s what gave it away.”).

But then I note Nice sitting there, and I realize he’s actually berating her in front of the entire class.   Apparently being a dick is nothing compared to being Les Moore.  That’s quite a level of ass-hattery to deploy against a student who’s barely been in his class for a week.  I guess when Les has to smug his superiority (“I am familiar with all the Pulitzer-award winners…as well as several deserving nominees…”) woe betide those who happen to be in his view-finder.

Which is what makes the third panel so…delicious.  Naughty is full-on denying Les his ability to give a half-lidded-eye smirk!  She is being a dick right back, almost effortlessly!  And look how Les, denied his pun-portunity, takes it!  Look how he is practically boiling with rage, barely able to contain his fury at being de-punned.  If this strip was set 100 years in the future, his next line would be “Jetson!  YooooOOOOOOOOOOOuu’rre FIRED!!”  You might think the impact of panel three is lessened by not seeing his full squeeming visage, but I would offer instead that it allows us to imagine it.  And what I imagine is glorious.

I think I have a new favorite character in the Funkyverse.




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12 responses to “Take Another Little Piece of My Pulitzer, Baby

  1. Gerard Plourde

    From the content of yesterday’s strip this appeared to be an in-class assignment. Today it appears that Naughty had time and access to be able to plagiarize a poem that Les could readily recognize. (Reality check- the Pulitzer for poetry is given for a volume of work, not individual poems.)

  2. Epicus Doomus

    So these twins have me all confused. At first I thought it was simply a “naughty vs. nice” thing, then they both began behaving like complete idiots, which doesn’t fit in with the “opposites” theme at all. The whole thing reads like he was really into the idea at first but then lost interest halfway through and ended up padding it out with some generic school gags he had lying around. I lost interest as soon as it started, so I knew how he felt before he did.

    Yes, that Les rage smirk in panel three is as repellent as anything I’ve ever seen. Not just in the strip, mind you, I’m talking ever. And the new header pic is fantastic, by the way.

  3. “Les’s Squeeming Visage” is the name of my next punk band.

  4. Great. Another strip in which Batiuk avenges himself on the students he was really bad at teaching.

  5. Saturnino

    Will she now trump up false charges of sexual harassment against Less?

  6. Hannibal's Lectern

    @Saturnino: she’ll copy her complaint from an episode of “Law and Order: Smirking Victims Unit.”

  7. More cluelessness over how teens actually act and talk. (Not to mention another moldy recycled gag.) My kid is only a freshman, and even he would know to search for an obscure poem to lift. If he ever does, I’ll kill him, but… You get my point.

  8. Meanwhile… Go read TB’s blog entry for March 7: I’m certain he is trolling us. He reproduces a 70s letter from a syndication guy who talks about short easy concise gags and, in particular, why characters always must address each other by name in each strip. It’s like he’s saying, wiser folks than you snarkers have weighed in so go f##k yourself.

  9. gleeb

    @Fred Blurt
    Life is far too short and bitter to read Tom Batiuk’s blog. It’s bad enough that I read Crankshaft.

  10. Rembrandt36

    You can almost see Les screaming in his head “you stupid, stupid poopy head!”

  11. Rusty Shackleford


    And it is clear that batty has learned nothing since the 70s. He only stays on the comics page because the barriers to entry are so high and so there is no competition. He cares nothing for his readers, only for his ego.

  12. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    When the Troublemint Twins breezed into town a couple weeks ago, it looked like like a typical Batty-style throwaway gag. Who knew it would lumber on for two weeks (so far!), leaving a swath of destruction and mayhem in its wake?

    Since their arrival, they’ve blown the lid off a school superintendent scandal, had sex with members of the football team and the faculty (or whoever the big, balding guy was), taken over the teachers lounge, reduced Chullo Head to the rank of SECOND stupidest kid in school, and told the great Lester Moore “I’m cheating. Deal with it. I’m a hot chick.”

    (And for the benefit of the guy who hates when I say this, also saw Nate and Cayla knockin’ the bottom out of it in the boiler room.)

    I’m thinking spinoff. Funky and Cranky, you’re about to get a little sister!