Oh, of course today’s strip is going to drag the Bedside Manor band back into this. I had my fingers crossed that something else would happen, but really, who didn’t see this coming? Hopefully we’ll get the lucid Mort Winkerbean this time.

I hope the Bedside Manor ensemble’s ill-fated record deal involved a lot of Sousa marches, or at least a slow-paced take on The Ballad Of The Green Berets, because they’ve got less than a week to rehearse. Looks like Dinkle’s about to write a check that his baton can’t cash.

The background characters almost make up for it all, though. Almost.
Let’s see… we’ve got Wooly Willy, Hawaiian giraffe-man, the no-neck dad from “Dustin”, and a blonde smart enough to hide her face so she can always deny having been an extra in Funky Winkerbean. I would much rather be dropping in on their conversations.



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19 responses to “Ugh-mblebrag

  1. Epicus Doomus

    These two idiots have the most annoying dynamic going on. First she has to suck up to him, just to remind Dinkle about how great he is. Then he can’t just answer her, he has to do so in the form of another snide remark, complete with that abrasive cackle of his. Becky had better hope and pray that BanTom doesn’t decide to kill Dinkle off, as she’d be utterly lost without him.

  2. HeyItsDave

    Only half-way through this arc, and I’m bored shitless already. Billy’s right, the real interest here is in the throwaway background characters.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Becky hasn’t even heard the band? That’s pretty amazing.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    Isn’t it odd that Becky wouldn’t have some idea of the Bedside Manor band’s abilities? Even if her knowledge is only from word of mouth? Westview isn’t a giant metropolis like Cleveland and according to Batty Dinkle’s a legend. She shouldn’t be as clueless as he’s portraying her. (But I guess that just Batty showing his belief that women can’t be competent at anything).

  5. Gerard Plourde

    @ spacemanspiff 85 – I see we had the same thought.

  6. billytheskink

    Yeah, Dinkle really should have taken Lefty up on that bet.



    I’d suggest that Becky hold down Dinkle inside the grill and sprinkle him with lighter fluid……….but, she only has one fucking arm!!

    God I hate this comic strip!!

  8. If Dinkle and his band do the ten hour He-Man “Hey Yea Yea Yea Yeah” concert, you would not believe how much I would forgive this strip.

    The problem is that the video repeats two minutes of content for ten hours…and I’m pretty sure Tom Batiuk doesn’t have two minutes of content.

    So…uh…Wait a minute…I’ve got it!! The Starbuck Jones movie needs a scene when aliens attack a community band performance!

    –Oh come on! It’ll bring in that vital Starbuck Jones nostalgia crowd who are in their nineties and thus don’t care! But…they do care about decoder rings…I’ve got it again! The alien attack is announced via ads in printed newspapers in code, because shut-up that’s why.

    And yeah, I know, I know, I’m enough of a veteran at this point to know that the story will be so boring it cannot be described other than through narcolepsy.

  9. spacemanspiff85

    @Gerard Plourde:
    It’s really kind of bizarre. I seriously don’t think Becky’s been in a strip that Dinkle wasn’t in since Lisa died, so it’s odd that she’s never seen or even listened to the band he conducts.

  10. Is Harty really joking? I mean, he has all these delusions about beING the World’s Greatest Band Director; he probably assumed his rinky-dink seniors’ band would get signed by Atlantic.

  11. On this side, a pompous ass is allowed to persist in his self-aggrandizing delusions by a projection of white male privilege. On the other side, Crankshaft uses an iPad as a coaster because of course he does.

  12. Rusty

    @spacemanspiff: Surely you haven’t forgotten the horror of John and Becky in bed, with taking a hard pass on any sexy times? Although Dinkle could have been in the bedroom somewhere, just out of the frame.

    Dinkle reminds me of a friend from college who was always “on”, every conversation was just his attempts at making witty remarks no matter what the situation. Aggravating in real life, the town of Westview has had to listen to this assclown for years now.

  13. TomBat seems to be slipping. Used to be you could count on The Smirk to signify that one character was taking proper shameful joy in the misery of another. But Harry just seems to be smirking because his group’s gonna get to play in public, and Becky’s group gets to escape Westview briefly and perform before an audience that might actually be interested. That’s way too much good fortune for the this strip! So I was suspicious. Using advanced digital technology, I scraped back the letters Tom put in his word balloons and discovered the True Story lurking beneath:

    Now that’s the Funkyverse we’ve come to know and love.

  14. ComicBookHarriet

    While the art may fall short, TomBat has managed to perfectly emulate the spirit of his beloved superhero comics. He attempts again and again to pass the story baton on to successors, sometimes by disabling or killing characters, only to suddenly snatch it back and hand it to the old cast when he panics that the new characters can’t carry the story, worried that his readership will lose interest if he doesn’t pander to nostalgic love for the past. Relegating the ‘new characters’ to secondaries orbiting the original.
    Becky is the Kyle Rayner to Dinkle’s Hal Jordan, the Wally West to his Barry Allen, the Bucky Barnes to his Captain America…

  15. Epicus Doomus

    Big new story arc coming next year…I cannot for the life of me imagine how he’s working Sun Studio in Memphis into FW but he is.

    ComicBookHarriet: Good post! I will never understand why he ruined his Dinkle character the way he did. Obviously he was neck-deep in melodramatic pathos at the time, but he never thought it through. Now he’s stuck with the worthless Becky character who can’t do anything without Dinkle’s aid. IMO he should have left that running gag alone, but alas, it’s too late now.

  16. HeyItsDave

    @Epicus Doomus – Oh shit, we’re gonna get a flashback arc about Dinkle being a session producer at Sun Studio. And in the meantime, his nursing-home band, Dinkle’s Wrinkles, will be playing Sousa marches on the 4th of July with Mort Winkerbean blatting out flat-noted farts on the trombone.

  17. @HeyItsDave: you’re probably right. Do you think we can head this off by stealing TomBat’s supply of old-timey photo corners? I’m sure that with his aversion to tech, he uses the real thing rather than just cutting and pasting images…

  18. Rusty Shackleford


    Batty says he’s doing research, but he isn’t, he just sees what he wants to see and never learns anything.

    What we will see is Sun Studio shoehorned into the strip in the most awkward and boring way possible.

  19. 1966tvbatman

    The only reason he is doing the Sun Studios arc is so he can draw those bricks. TomBat has a hard on for that building.