You Can’t Spell “Dinkle” without “DIE”

Link to today’s strip.

Greetings, folks, BChasm back for another stint.  Thanks to HeyItsDave for a splendid performance.  And here we go–

Oh good, we’re about to be lectured about how awful hazing is,  without being shown (or told about) any of it, so the week will be two people discussing something without defining it.  And before you ask, I have not peeked ahead; it’s just the way these things are always dealt with.  Hazing, bullying, class rings, Hollywood, Crazy Harry’s Happy Dance…you name it, and Tom Batiuk will tell you how bad it is without a single word “why.”

I cannot imagine why Batiuk keeps bringing back Dinkle.  I know that he personally loves the character and thinks he’s a font of wisdom and humor, but he is neither.  And Batiuk can’t be using him as a sop to the folks who read Act I; the character has been turned into something repellent, second only to the odious Les.  I suppose, like Les, it’s tempting to think of him as a defiant middle finger thrust at his critics, but man what a waste of energy.

The good part of today’s strip is panel three–it looks like age has finally caught up with Harry Dinkle and he’s about to dissolve away before our very eyes.

I’m kidding of course; even if that were to happen, we’d only hear about it through other people discussing it, and we’d never see a single frame for ourselves.  By Grabthar’s Hammer, what a moment to cherish.





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15 responses to “You Can’t Spell “Dinkle” without “DIE”

  1. billytheskink

    “On the nose” doesn’t even begin to describe this. TB’s idea of subtlety is lighting firecrackers in a library.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Oh God no. I rambled at length yesterday about how stupid, useless and worthless Act III Dinkle is and how his continued presence only emphasizes how meaningless Becky is too. Just like with Lisa, BanTom wants to have his pathos-laden prestige arcs and continue to use his tortured characters just like he did before he killed and/or deafened them, which makes one wonder what the whole point of those stories (and the comic strip itself) really is. Then again, if a comic strip writer does a story arc and no one’s there to read it, does it annoy anyone? So much to ponder and all of it so, so stupid.

    Oh, and the punch line blows too. “Midnight practices”…just STFU, you cackling idiot.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    So did he not ask Becky about the camp, yesterday, when they were at his house, discussing band camp?

  4. Gerard Plourde

    Another question that comes to mind is: How long has Becky been the band teacher? She got the job in act II, so it’s been at least a decade (a dangerous assumption, I’ll admit, given Batty’s extremely fluid use of time). She’s only trying to figure out how to deal with the problem of hazing now? No wonder they had to have Dinkle come out of retirement.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    Here’s a good storyline for Batiuk: a cute blonde student, tired of being leered at by Les all day, gets creeped out by Dinkle silently staring at her band practice and files a complaint, resulting in him being banned from campus. Dinkle then has to get a life.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Gerard Plourde: Becky seems to dislike her job and she doesn’t appear to be very good at it either. The person she replaced is a local crackpot who despite being retired is literally always hanging around while she’s attempting to do her job, like a living daily reminder that her career cannot possibly equal or surpass her predecessor’s. She is married to the local Comic Book Guy. She enjoyed playing the trombone until she lost an arm. FW is full of sad-sack characters but Becky is the one of the saddest.

    And on top of all that, the most recent Becky-centric arc that didn’t center around Dinkle or her career ennui involved her finally gathering the courage to stand up to her meddlesome old bag of a mother, another known local crackpot. Then the arc ended abruptly and was never resolved or mentioned again. Many of us have been waiting patiently for years to at long last see Becky have her day in the sun but for some typically warped, perverse and inexplicable reason TomBan just won’t allow it. It really was strange too, I remember it was one of those arcs where you’re disappointed on Monday. Not because you wanted to see it play out, but because you knew he’d be coming back to it. But he never did and it was still disappointing anyway.

    As far as her band director timeline is concerned, I have to guess it’s well over ten years at least, which in BanTom years could be anywhere from one to twenty-five.

  7. Becky reminds me of one of Mark Twain’s criticisms of another terrible author in that she seems to have no real purpose other than to give the Megalomaniac Who Won’t Go Away someone to pretend to advise.

  8. So I try to go on vacation and take a two week break from the comics, and what did I actually miss?

    1. Some bullshit about drone pizza delivery

    2. Some heartless, cruel asshole allowing his wife to buy him primo tickets to a heavy metal festival (and she also had to take off work) only for him to bitch out and leave before the first performance is over with a smirky non-pun

    2A. Said heartless, cruel asshole takes a poor, loving, innocent dognose to a loud-assed concert because the asshole’s feelings are more important than any companion animal’s well being… Hey fuckface why don’t you just chain your dognose next to the runways at Wright-Patterson AFB so he can hear jets taking off all day and all night instead?

    3. Dinkle still has no life or identity whatsoever outside of the Westview marching band, and not only are the kids being forced to practice at midnight, Dinkle and One-Arm turn a blind eye to whatever kind of reefer-fueled sex games horny teenagers play at camp these days…

  9. As an aside, is it true that the Iraq war dude is so dependent on his service dog he can’t “perform” with his fiancee without the dog being an observer or active participant?

  10. Yes, the purple hazing is a problem, especially during the midnight practices.

  11. HeyItsDave

    Sorry, Becky, but the biggest problem you have isn’t hazing. It’s the long-retired ex-director who insists on shadowing your every move at work. Get a restraining order, f’chrissake.

  12. HeyItsDave

    Dinkle always lurking around the WHS music department…


  13. Professor Fate

    Ahhh – how much hazing could happen at a Band Camp? If he wanted to handle this sort of issue wouldn’t the Football team be a more natural venue to do so? I do recall a hazing problem or two in the past there.

  14. Remember, FW “depicts contemporary issues affecting young adults in a thought-provoking and sensitive manner.” In particular, one young adult named Becky, who’s dealing with a very contemporary issue.

  15. @Hannibal’s Lecturn: (Say in best ’60 Batman Narrator voice) Could it be, Tom Batiuk is returning to writing contemporary issues affecting young adults in a thought-provoking and sensitive manner. And once again, Batiuk is violating one of the basic rules of storytelling; “Show, don’t tell.”