Headbangin’ For A Cure

Link to today’s strip.

Aaaaand once again, T-Bats pads out two panels worth of inaction to fill three days, finally getting around to telling us that Rachel and Wally are attending the concert to help him with his PTSD. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a storyteller with a worse sense of pacing.

While I’d say that I’m looking forward to seeing the concert (who would turn down a chance to see Mort ripping up Inna Godda Davida on the slidefart trombone?) there’s little chance of that. The intern who drew Mort’s dementia-induced Independence Day Sunday comic has weekdays off, and we all know how Tom hates drawing his characters doing anything but standing around talking.

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23 responses to “Headbangin’ For A Cure

  1. MJ

    Final exam? What about Buddy? Is he spending his time with Summer at a nice farm upstate now?

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Oh man, you have GOT to be kidding me. Rachel is going to “test” Wally by dragging him to a heavy metal concert to see if the loud music, lights and pyro triggers one of his PTSD episodes? Why not just take him to play paintball with a bunch of children instead? Seriously now, is it just my natural BanTom cynicism or is this possibly one of the most tone-deaf (no pun intended) things he’s done in recent memory? And anyway, I thought he already went down this road when they took Buddy to the state fair a few years back? What a debacle.

  3. billytheskink

    The worst part of this whole situation is that Rachel and Wally could have saved the price of the concert tickets and just shown up at Starbuck Jones-ified Westview High graduation ceremony a couple months back.

    Wait… sorry, that’s not the worst part. In fact, it’s probably the best part. The worst part is everything else about this situation.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    @ Epicus Doomus – You’re right that this has to be the most tone-deaf arc Batty has conceived. It sets the bar pretty high for future excursions into the realm of “What the …?”

  5. Gyre

    I am like 99% certain that PTSD does not work that way.

    Neither, by the way, do community colleges. They don’t really have lots of pyrotechnics or heavy metal crowds screaming their heads off nearly as loud as the band is.

  6. spacemanspiff85

    And afterwards, they’re going to catch a showing of Saving Private Ryan at the theater in Centerville.
    What kind of school is Wally going to that he needs to prepare like that? He works in a restaurant, he’s been around people, he’s been to the fair. I don’t think there’s going to be random screaming and explosions in the classroom with 50-100 other silent students.

  7. Epicus Doomus

    I guess actually having Wally enrolling in community college would be way too much character development for BanTom, so he had to go back to the tried-and-true PTSD well one more time, just for old time’s sake. It’s a ridiculous and laughably dumb premise that manages to completely ignore continuity while insulting everyone’s intelligence…yet again. If Wally is still battling his PTSD issues to the point where they’re keeping him from enrolling in some college courses after several years of talking about it, should someone as totally unqualified as Rachel really be “testing” him this way? And why does BanTom assume this is funny or cute in any way? Would it be funny if Holly took Funky to Oktoberfest to “test” his alcoholism?

  8. It’s like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of failure: “You got misogyny in my layman’s tone-deaf misapprehension as to what PTSD is and how it’s treated.” “You got my idiotic belief that something can be ‘cured’ with a silly stunt with a Wimmenamirite joke.”

  9. HeyItsDave

    If Wally is still battling his PTSD issues to the point where they’re keeping him from enrolling in some college courses after several years of talking about it, should someone as totally unqualified as Rachel really be “testing” him this way? And why does BanTom assume this is funny or cute in any way? Would it be funny if Holly took Funky to Oktoberfest to “test” his alcoholism?

    Go big or go home, Rachel.

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    It would be much more enjoyable if Les got his final exam: cancer.

  11. Jimmy

    Y’all have never been to the community college where I teach. Laser shows every morning and fireworks on the hour in the student center. It’s great!

  12. Jim in Wisc.

    Epicus Doomus wrote: Would it be funny if Holly took Funky to Oktoberfest to “test” his alcoholism?

    Please, don’t give Batty any ideas.

  13. From the official FW blog:

    On Friday July 29th, the Toledo Mud Hens retired Ed Crankshaft’s team jersey and the first two thousand fans at the game received a Crankshaft bobblehead.

    Which would mean there are about a thousand left over…

  14. Eldon of Galt

    I can read a Funky Winkerbean strip and always see at least a couple things wrong with it. Then I read the comments and become aware of another five or six that I hadn’t considered. That’s what makes it so worthwhile to visit the site. Good work, everybody.

  15. HeyItsDave

    LOL “CRUM’GEON.”
    I once saw a hand lettered sign at a diner that said “TRY ARE POTATOE FRY’S.” I wonder if this guy had a hand with that.

  16. Bobby Joe

    As usual the premise here is ridiculous. There is no correlation with a heavy metal concert and attending a community college. Our local school does not have pyrotechnic or laser displays and classroom sizes don’t equate to crowds at a concert. Where do these stupid ideas come from.

  17. I’m pretty sure Crum’geon was the guy who overthrew Kahlis in the Klingon Empire.

  18. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Guys,are we setting our eyes in the photo on the first true non-sarcastic fan of Tom Batiuk’s works???

    I feel like we we stumbled upon the Patterson Bigfoot photo of comic fandom, here!!

    I would invite him to post here, but considering his spelling skils….working a computer may be a bit beyond his skill set.

  19. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Another thing on our Cranky fan.

    It says a lot that the photo they choose is the one with the spelling mistake.

    It means two significant things:

    1. This was the only person they could find to photograph.

    2. Much like nobody edits his strips..nobody does quality control on his fucking website.

  20. sgtsaunders

    I’m certainly no psychiatrist, but this seems horrific. If Wally boots his final, Rachel’s self-help project will likely end horribly for both Wally and whomever he encounters at this Monsters of Metal jam.

  21. HeyItsDave

    The FW blog also includes a plug for Strike Four, a compilation of Crankshaft baseball cartoons. Check this out:

    It’s an “award-winning book,” and Tom can prove it by showing you that gold medal on the front. And then you take a closer look at that gold medal…

    “Independent Publisher Book Awards.”
    HAHAHAHAHAHA! HE GOT AN AWARD FROM A VANITY PRESS ASSOCIATION!!! Holy shit, that’s like Bill Cosby getting a “Great Self-Financed Movie Award” for Leonard Part 6!!

  22. Rusty Shackleford

    @.dave

    Yeah, who buys his books anyways? Award winning…bwhahahaha

  23. Ryokomayuka

    Worst idea ever.