Friday, July 1

Sorry folks, we’ve got one of those occasional instances where today’s strip is not available for preview twice in a row.

So to fill some space in lieu of my typical 20/20(0) insight on today’s new strip, we’ll once again hop in to the WABAC Machine. This time we’re traveling back 30 years (or is it 40 in strip time? maybe 44?) to July 1, 1986. Wonder what was going on back then?

Dinkle? Really? What a terrible coincidence…

Or is it? The story arc for the week of the 4th in 1986 involves Dinkle learning that the Westview High School marching band has been chosen to perform in New York City for a 4th of July celebration. This necessitates coming up with a replacement band for the Westview town square performance on the 4th. Dinkle, naturally, choses the only other “band” in Westview at the time, Crazy Harry’s air guitar group. On top of that, John Darling AND Crankshaft also show up.

Looks like TB is going back to the well in 2016.



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15 responses to “Friday, July 1

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Looks like BanTom got so wrapped up in Morton’s daffy antics that he just plumb forgot to include a punch line. I realize that Author Guy likes his humor wry with deadpan sarcasm on the side, but that’s not a punch line, it’s merely a factual statement. Just having an elderly person saying it doesn’t make it funny, as it isn’t actually a joke at all.

    Now if she said, “so how old ARE you?” it’d be a bad joke, but still a joke. Or maybe “it’s an older crowd” while showing the old folks patiently sitting in the front row. Why he chose such a downbeat last panel is beyond me…oh yeah, forgot again…the hackery. Look at Morty’s sullen face, like he’s suddenly been reminded about what an old, feeble sick man he’s become. Such a bizarre touch, the kind of thing you’ll find in FW and nowhere else.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    I legitimately thought she’d said “moron” instead of “Morton” at first glance. I actually smiled. Of course I’d read it wrong.
    And did Batiuk ever leave the well?

  3. I just read the strip. All I can say is “WHAT THE F— DID I JUST READ!” The strip doesn’t even begin to make sense.

  4. HeyItsDave

    Two days into the “Funky’s Dad Wants To Be A Rock Star” arc and it’s already boring as shit. Is he supposed to be suffering from dementia for our amusement? If so, this needs to be MORE AMUSING.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    So this arc remains plot-free and has now added the feature of being punchline-free.

    I do find it interesting that billytheskink’s research shows that a variation of this plot was already used thirty years ago.

  6. billytheskink

    So the Bedside Manor band is just NOW seeing what they are going to play for the 4th? Some clever entrepreneur is going to make a fortune selling earplugs in a few days.

  7. So the Bedside Manor band is just NOW seeing what they are going to play for the 4th? Some clever entrepreneur is going to make a fortune selling earplugs in a few days.

    It’s worse than that. They’re in the gazebo now, which means that it IS the fourth of July, and they’re about to perform. Apparently this band of geezers is so good they don’t need to rehearse, and will just play from the sheet music.

  8. Oh, goody. A reminder that Morton is so out of it, he forgot that he’d help lynch a band that didn’t spend the Fourth playing a selection of John Philip Sousa.

  9. Rusty

    All I can say is thankfully I stopped reading FW for a number of my post-college years. And the Boston Pops have their own concert every Fourth on the Esplanade, it’s kind of a big deal.

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    Hmm, so I graduated high school in June of 1986, so by July 1986 when this strip came out, I already forgot about high school and moved on. Batty on the other hand…

  11. Hmm… so BatHack’s going down the “cranky old men are funny” route, and promptly gets his wheels stuck in the ruts. HeyItsDave already beat me to the “dementia is funny” trope, so what’s left? Oh, right, “old people have digestive problems”:

    Don’t worry, T-Bats will get there soon enough, seeing how the band came from a place whose name is abbreviated “BM.”

    Also, a spelling note: the “t” in MORtON’s name is silent.


    I was kind of hoping that Pa Winkerbean was more angry at having to play American Patriotic songs. Pa Winkerbean having a secret past as a member of the Red Brigades would be a wonderful plotline to follow.

  13. ComicBookHarriet

    If all the old people are playing the the band, then who is actually going to be there to watch the concert?

    10 bucks says this will be a punchline of the strip before Monday.

  14. Isn’t Dinkle a Sousa fetishist who trots out the standards at every occasion? Morton’s probably upet because this is the same program they had for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Yom Hashoah.

  15. Rusty Shackleford

    In westview it is yom haCancer!