Stay On Target

Link to today’s strip.

Look, Mr. Batiuk, you were talking about hazing, not bullying.  They are two entirely different things.  Hazing is something that a person submits to because they want to belong to a group.  Bullying is something imposed on a person, because the bully feels hostile toward that person.

You can’t switch gears in the middle of, oh Hell, why did I type that?  Of course he can, and he does, all the time.  Nothing ever gets resolved; it just gets dropped.  This strip is the epitome of uncaring laziness.

Apparently, Tom Batiuk thinks that mentioning something is the same thing as discussing it, and that’s all that needs to be done for a problem to be solved.  The problem, as I’ve repeatedly said, is that mentioning means nothing.  You can mention anything.  All you’re doing is throwing out a name.

Watch this:  world hunger.

There.  I have just solved the problem of world hunger.  You’re welcome.

If nothing else, this week has been a good long peek into the creative process for this strip.   Fitting that it ends with “bullying,” which as we learned yesterday, we’ve replaced with “bullsh!tting.”  See?  They’ve got some of the same letters, which makes this hilarious!



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16 responses to “Stay On Target

  1. spacemanspiff85

    I’m sure Batiuk intends Becky to sound deep and insightful here, but to me it really sounds like her next line would be about how the world would be better off without all the Jews running the band competitions behind the scenes or something.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    And unlike Becky’s arm, I doubt the incredibly annoying Dinkle will ever go away either. I thought the band wearing the OLD UNIFORMS and being marched into the lake was some sort of goofy “hazing ritual”, now it’s suddenly “bullying”? Why was Becky filming this bullying instead of DISARMING the situation? Get it?

    Seriously though, that was some barn-burner of a band camp arc, eh? Maybe next year Dinkle and the one-armed woman can talk about the humidity or the condition of the grass or why it’s so difficult to find plain white hi-top basketball shoes these days. Even the two real-life band directors who still tape these strips to the filing cabinet in the band office are tossing this year’s model into the trash.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    I could totally see Becky just standing there, taping the hazing. Because what are you going to do, right? Hazing is still an ongoing problem.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    spacemanspiff85: “Sigh, this hazing I’m recording is looking more and more like bullying. Sigh, why must we live in a world where bullies exist? Sigh, these touch screens suck if you only have one hand.”

    “Sigh. Why can’t we live in a bullying and hazing-free society and have hazing and bullying free band camps? Sigh.”

    “Hey, wait. Didn’t you used to regularly torture your marching bands and laugh at their pain?”

    “Uh….no. I don’t remember that at all. Now allow me to reminisce…”

  5. @Epicus – I thought of that too, but in fairness to Batiuk, perhaps she simply saw the video on YouTube or some social media site, and didn’t actually witness it herself.

  6. ComicTrek

    So, was THIS the real anti-bullying arc?

    Well anyway, here’s a fun(?) little tidbit. You guys notice how today’s second panel is a perfect representation of the average “melancholy middle panel” in TB-written strips? One character’s shown looking down with a mopey, forlorn, thoughtful expression as the other character gives them a sympathetic listening lookーor listening smirk.

  7. Epicus Doomus

    BC: True, but her total inaction is still puzzling. She bemoans a world where bullies exist yet the bullying that prompted her thoughts occurred under her watch as an authority figure. Her response was to talk about it with (sigh) Dinkle who despite being something of a bully himself back in the day (and one of the greatest high school music instructors ever) has nothing whatsoever to offer. So Becky is essentially (surprise) complaining about something she has the power to address instead of doing anything about it, as Becky is want to do. No wonder the bullying and hazing situation at WHS band camp is out of control, there’s no leadership at all there. Becky had best get her arm wrapped around this mess or IMO there’s no way that levy passes this year if word gets around that WHS band camp is a pit of debauchery and vice.

  8. This is why I keep hammering away at another problem that will never go away: Batiuk’s deep-seated misogyny. He’s sure that a woman would simply passively observe a problem and leave it for a man to solve because he thinks Women’s Lib is a plot by communists to keep mothers from handing the boys of the world milk and cookies while they read shitty DC comics.

  9. HeyItsDave

    The Funkyverse’s Things That Will Never Go Away:
    – Bullying / Hazing (they’re the same thing, amirite?)
    – Starbuck Jones
    – Becky’s Pin
    – Dinkle
    – Trombones
    – Smirks
    – Les
    – Lisa
    – Misery
    – Comic Books
    – “Pizza”

    The Funkyverse’s Things That Go Away All The Time:
    – Storylines
    – Jokes
    – Characters
    – Continuity

  10. Gerard Plourde

    This strip could sum up the “Funky Winkerbean” philosophy- “Life is awful. You may win small victories, but life will crush you in the end. So why bother? Let’s go read comic books and have Mom or some other woman serve us cookies and milk.”

  11. Bobby Joe

    Why is Becky drawn to look like a 12 year old boy? Great artistry.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    To repeat a comment over on CK, this would be a lot more interesting if we found out Dinkle died and it was his ghost haunting Becky.

  13. Rusty Shackleford


    Most of the girls in this strip are drawn that way, save for Cindy who is still drawn with legs like a teenager.

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  15. iansdrunkenbeard

    Hidely ho, posterinos! Long time lurker, first time poster. Is our favorite author/artiste prescient or what? It’s like this comic is ripped from todays headlines! The horrible scourge of band camp hazing is alive and well in Steetsboro, another small town here in NE Ohio! Beware the tromboners! The following article is from Westview’s favorite rag, the Akron Reekin’ Urinal.

    STREETSBORO: Administrators in Streetsboro City Schools have indefinitely suspended the marching band program pending an investigation into allegations of hazing at band camp last weekend.

    High school Band Director Gretchen Weaver and Assistant Band Director Shane Ellsworth have been placed on paid leave following parental complaints of “bullying and intimidation-type behavior” over the three-day excursion to Camp Muskingum from July 29 to Aug. 1.
    “We actually have enough information to indicate that some of these behaviors did occur,” Superintendent R. Michael Daulbaugh said.

    Two days after the band camp ended, Daulbaugh said concerned high school parents sent in letters and phoned district personnel, alleging “that some of the students were hazed, intimidated or bullied as part of maybe rituals to become part of the band.”