Who’ll Stop The Rain

Link to today’s strip.

Gah, six panels to extol some piece of software–not long after Harry decided that software was worthless for anything human beings do.  Tom Batiuk must be really impressed with some app he’s recently downloaded, because otherwise this episode would end with a smirking Dinkle saying something like, “Well, you could just look outside,” or “My system of yelling at them is better,” or some terrible pun.  That’s the best thing about today’s strip–Loathsome Dinkle doesn’t get a single line of dialogue.

I recall (from comments here) that the Battle of the Bands was always rained out.  So we’ve gone from showing a running gag every year to just talking about a running gag?  Huh.


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13 responses to “Who’ll Stop The Rain

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    Not sure why this had to be a Sunday strip. The six panels leading up the “punchline” definitely didn’t add anything to it. I bet Batiuk just couldn’t resist the opportunity to draw that sleeve from multiple angles.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    I have an idea for an app too. It will automatically scan the surrounding area for any feeble gags, sad wordplay, recycled old nonsense and inane observations, then use that data to create a daily comic strip of your very own. I call it the Batiukinator. Patent pending.

  3. More evidence that The Author has decided to turn the strip into a series of opportunities to troll his critics. How “reality-based” is “an advanced meteorological program to make it stop raining”? A society with the scientific sophistication to control the climate should find medically regenerating Becky’s arm a relative piece of cake.

    Maybe he’s just gotten confused and thinks he’s writing “The Jetsons” (or “Starbucks Jones”, perhaps?), in which case I’d like to suggest that a great storyline would be for Evil Twin to discover that the funds diverted by the Superintendent went to Dinkle to develop the weather control program.

  4. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Who’s the one armed teenage boy?

  5. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “There’s even a GPS so you can find your way out of the school and back to your house, Harry. Why don’t you go there and STAY there?? Didn’t you retire like 5 years ago? Girls CAN be band directors, Harry. Believe me, I can handle this. Go away!”

  6. Rusty

    It’s really a shame I can’t hold the phone and tap on the app with my one fucking hand, but there you go.

  7. It’s also a shame that Batiuk decided that she should be punished for what he sees as hubris and what others see as having the sense to come in out of the rain.

  8. SpacemanSpiff85

    I look forward to the next Sunday strip of Jim freaking out about global warming, now that we know that Becky is sitting right down the hall with an app that can change the weather. I find it totally believable that people in this strip would alter the climate for marching band, but not to save lives, because eh, why bother, we’re all on the carousel of death as it is.

  9. Hannibal's Lectern

    @Rusty: I kind of assume BatHack’s shilling for Microsoft’s Windoze Phone, which (judging by the ads that constantly show people operating the thing one handed) was designed specifically for single amputees… or, more likely, for high school boys to have one hand free while watching porn. Works either way…

    @Spiff: I notice the last two panels don’t feature The Sleeve. Did BatHack lose focus? Or just lose interest and hand those two panels off to an unpaid intern?

  10. Today’s strip abounds with multiple angles, perspectives and shadings. Somebody’s been busy with his art books.

  11. Rusty

    @Hannibal: since he works a year ahead of time, I doubt it. It’s just another way to get the rain/band joke in for the thousandth time.

  12. Mister Miggle

    “Recently” being “two years ago in strip butter terms”. Which means TomBat got hooked on Candy Crush.