Yabba Dabba Duh

Instead of allowing the “Bullzheimer’s” prestige arc to gain momentum, Batiuk has us check in on another of Westview’s lost souls. Not only does Wally find the campus environment daunting: the mere act of online registration makes him feel hopelessly ancient. Perhaps he’d have an easier time had he not waited until the semester had already begun. I don’t know if Fred Flintstone’s what you call a “real” Neanderathal, but Rachel does kind of resemble Wilma, now that Batiuk’s remembered to make her a redhead.

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22 responses to “Yabba Dabba Duh

  1. This would seem funny…if this was, say, 1994 or so, when all people had was a modem to dial-up a character-based screen on a BBS. In 2016, this sort of thing has become absurdly easy; even Chullo could do it.

    Swing and a miss.

  2. HeyItsDave

    Wow. I missed a whole week of watching Bull go all nutty with concussion-fueled rage only to have Bats flush it down the toilet for another throwaway Sunday strip. Let’s hope that today’s strip leads to something interes… oh, hell. Caveman jokes. Really??

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Ugh, so gimmicky and stupid. I like how Ol’ Man Wally has to put on his special computer spectacles in order to make out that newfangled hi-tech screen thingy gizmo, which I guess is supposed to be the gag here. Yep, it’s hard to believe that a guy in his mid-thirties to early forties (I’m guessing here) is being expected to navigate some sort of online college registration thingamabob, why can’t he go stand in a long line and register the old fashioned way with a nice simple pencil and paper? Although THAT would most likely end up being a huge problem for the guy too, unfortunately.

    So, do you think he wrote the “gag” first then thought of Fred Flintstone after or did he write the gag around the Fred Flintstone appearance? I’m guessing the latter, it has that forced clumsiness to it. One an idea starts clanging around in that head of his the stupid possibilities are just endless.

  4. Charles

    I was going to say that the Army probably frowns on people who are terrified of technology but then I realized that of the seventeen years or so that Wally was in the service, he spent like fifteen of them as a hostage.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    While it is conceivable that a college’s registration web site could be balky or not well designed, I doubt that in the age of Amazon, iTunes, Facebook, and Google a person Wally’s age would have issues completing tasks online wth a laptop.

  6. spacemanspiff85

    I really bet that if you asked Batiuk how old Wally was, he wouldn’t know.

  7. billytheskink

    I was going to say that the Army probably frowns on people who are terrified of technology but then I realized that of the seventeen years or so that Wally was in the service, he spent like fifteen of them as a hostage.

    This is true, but he spent the other two years on a laptop computer trading e-mails with Lefty and running (non-Microsoft) minesweeping simulations.

  8. Epicus Doomus

    Because BatZero needs decades at a time to develop his characters even slightly, he gets confused and forgets whether Wally and Rachel (Darin and Jessica too) are “young couples just starting out” or “middle aged losers baffled by commonplace technology”. Wally has spent the last three or four years merely preparing to enroll in community college and today he’s flummoxed by a simple online form. I know he was suffering from PTSD but the advanced imbecility is news to me. If Wally is so old and out of touch that he feels like a caveman trying to navigate the internet, the fact that moving into the Montoni’s apartment represented a step up for him seems even more pitiful and sad in retrospect.

  9. ComicTrek

    Looks like Wally’s beginning to age up with the rest of them. And you know something else? I am slowly beginning to become unable to stand those smirks they give after people say things! Seriously, what’s the point?! Especially if it ISN’T FUNNY.

  10. Frank Bolton

    “And you know something else? I am slowly beginning to become unable to stand those smirks they give after people say things!”

    I think ComicTrek deserves a little prize for being able to hold out for so long.

  11. spacemanspiff85

    @epicusdoomus
    I think it’s more that Batiuk writes literally every character from his own perspective: as a befuddled, cranky, old fart.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    @spaceman

    True. It is obvious Batty hasn’t explored a modern college campus!

  13. The dreamer

    If Wally is Funky’s cousin, how come he looks 20 years younger than Funky? He also looks just likeFunky’s step son Cory, who by the way has all but disappeared from the strip

  14. Yeah. Here we see an issue effecting young adults like Batiuk: dealing with the scary and difficult machine. Meanwhile, Ed Crankshaft is going to remind us that he’s as destructive climbing a ladder as he is lighting a barbecue.

  15. Saturnino

    “I am slowly beginning to become unable to stand those smirks they give after people say things!”

    Not to mention that they are pretty much impossible to do with a person’s normal facial muscles.

    Just try pulling that smirk in the direction of your ear…………….

  16. @Charles: “…of the seventeen years or so that Wally was in the service, he spent like fifteen of them as a hostage.”

    Even the Taliban, AQ, ISIS, etc., are computer literate! Maybe Wally’s problem is that he can only operate a computer when it’s set to Arabic?

  17. hitorque

    Wow… A dude who has lived his entire life in the internet age is complaining about using 20-year-old technology? My tiny liberal arts college was wayyyyyy behind notable local tech-savvy schools (I’m looking in your direction, Georgia Tech), and even I registered online for classes back in 1999!

  18. hitorque

    How did someone this inept land such a hardbody redhead on his arm, anyway?

  19. hitorque

    EDIT: I guess Walter is a bit older than I thought, since Batiuk can’t really differentiate where some characters really are in that mushy 25-50 age range…

    But my point still stands… If he’s too fucking stupid to do basic online tasks, then he’s too fucking stupid to take JuCo courses (many of which have a mandatory online component anyway)

  20. Rusty Shackleford

    I can’t believe he us allowed to advertise a charity run in the margins. Scott Adams started that trend, but he just posted his email so he could get feedback from the readers.

    Batty will have none of that, he just wants to talk about stuff that interests him.

  21. hitorque

    @ComicTrek: Smirk aside, I do like her rack…

    Isn’t this the woman who took a half-day off work to take her worthless hubby to the Death Metal tour of the year in Cleveland, only for this clown to not only take his service dog, but to leave early as well? So he shorted his wife whatever cash she had to dish out for the primo tickets, and prevented *her* from enjoying the show? To say nothing of the permanent psychological trauma he inflicted on his poor innocent therapy dog?

    And now for the umpteenth time he’s deluding himself about taking basket weaving at the local JuCo on his G.I. Bill except he now needs Mrs. Firebush to guide his hand through the registration process because he’s that helpless? And she’s still married to him because why?

    While we’re on the topic, I guess I need a “Wally vs Cory” guide, because until now I thought they were the same person…

  22. Wally is Funky’s cousin, except when he’s his nephew, so his age must be in some quantum superposition, as well.