Gee Quiz

September’s a good time for Batiuk to revisit the place where the Funkiverse began: the high school classroom. We’ve seen the original Westview students grow into middle age, and some of them become teachers to the students who succeeded them. Now that Cody and Owen have finally graduated (and seemingly vanished), TB must come up with “fresh” teen characters to serve as foils for the insufferable Mr. Moore. So far all he’s come up with is the blonde mannequin Logan Church, seen in the last panel giving side-eye to Bernie Silver, who seems to be an amalgam of Owen’s clueless slacker and Cody’s dark hair and glasses.

It’s been a privilege bringing you the snark for the last couple weeks, folks. Billytheskink steps in for the next fortnight. Stay Funky, y’all!



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22 responses to “Gee Quiz

  1. Jim in Wisc.

    Was this strip drawn by a guest artist? I ask because the sign in the second to last is put up with tape only on the corners.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    I like how Les asks if there are any questions after he hands out the quizzes, meaning that he’s eating into the time the students have to take it.
    I also like how the sign outside Les’s door is apparently hand-written, and it looks like the writer almost ran out of room for “arts” and didn’t want to go back and redo it.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Poor, poor Les. He stays brilliant but every year his students get just a little bit dumber. Too bad he only manages to crank out a book when his wife happens to die, otherwise perhaps he’d be enjoying life in Idaho with his cats and a shotgun or two. Hey, a snarker can dream, right?

  4. Wondering what to make of this most recent post to the official FW blog: a sketch he says that’s “definitely intended for a project that’s under development and that will be appearing down the line at some point.”

  5. Epicus Doomus

    TFH: Dear lord, what now? “The Last Leaf” perhaps? Or maybe he’s planning on expanding upon his “angsty young college Les” fantasies from a few years back? Maybe a (fingers crossed) lightning strike arc?

  6. Oh, come on… the Lord Of Language (R) isn’t going to let a kid get away with such blatantly imperfect grammar…

  7. Charles

    Gotta love how Cayla is reaching over to Les to hold onto his arm affectionately (most likely), while Dickface is walking along as if she’s not even there. That subtle consistency is both amazing and appalling.

  8. 1966tvbatman

    Am I the only one that thought applies was apples and that he was making a pun with core?

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Yes, I also thought there was a dumb apple-core pun for a minute.

    So is BatDouche going to have Bernie Silver take on the role of lazy idiot? That’s all wrong. Who are we kidding here — Bernie’s obviously Jewish, and he’s dweeby. You’d expect him to be an A student, and a fairly hard worker and high achiever. Skateboard Kidz and Jocks are the slackers, NOT Jewish kids.

    Not that BatPutz should be aware of what dweeby Jewish kids are like. In all likelihood, Tomboy has never in his life met a Jewish person. He only “knows” Jews are short and chubby and have names like “Bernie Silver.”

    Maybe the only Jews Batyuck knows OF are the lawyers he sent after Could it be that Bernie was “opting out” as sort of a legal maneuver? After all, Jews are born knowing how to throw around legal technicalities, just like White Christians are born knowing how to work on cars.

    Others have mentioned it, but seriously, what’s with all the handwritten signs taped to doors and walls? BatWit seems to enjoy drawing these half-assed signs almost as much he enjoys drawing bricks. Maybe if the “school levy” ever passes, they’ll be able to afford proper signs, or at least a higher quality of “invisible” scotch tape,

  10. Great. Super. He isn’t just being an insufferable dicktard. He’s also going “I am not an anti-Semite BUT…” too. This makes of him a yemakh-shmoynik.

  11. We’re expected to believe that in a high school—a high school—no kid has changed Les’s sign to read “Language FArts.” Quarter inch from reality, my arse!

  12. While on the subject of “quarter inch from reality”… I work in a high school. And one of the things I will guarantee is that after the teacher’s described in detail the assignment, lab, quiz, whatever, and says “any questions?” the very next thing said by a student will be “Can I go to the bathroom?” Guaranteed. Every time. The fact that TomBat doesn’t seem to know this tells me he hasn’t been in a classroom in a long, long time.

  13. Gerard Plourde

    Three thoughts:

    TFH – Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but I’m hoping that the silhouette is foreshadowing the final panel of the final strip when Les is escorted to the Elysian Fields by Masky McDeath in a Lisa wig.

    Double Sided Scooby Snack – It may be that Batty’s mental image of Jewish people and the Bernie Silver character is also molded by the fact that Cleveland residents Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman. So we can have a bunch of barely researched stories that superficially refer to but in no way reflect the Jewish experience.

    Regarding the “Langugage Arts” sign – In my experience of two separate high schools recently (one kid graduated a couple of years ago and one is currently attending), I have never seen a room with any kind of sign at the entrance identifying what class is meeting there. Students find their classes by room number. Or is the point that the failure of the school levy meant that there wasn’t enough money in the construction budget for those signs when they built the new high school?

  14. Rusty Shackleford

    Oh no, not another cancer book. Batty’s really trying to milk that cow.

  15. Looks as if, after dropping his dullest strip in a long, long time, Tom Batiuk decided to visit SoSF. Hope I get downvote, too!

  16. Jim in Wisc.

    YAY!! L’Auteur Glorieux down-voted my comment!

  17. Rusty Shackleford

    Me too!

  18. Rusty Shackleford

    He voted mine down too!

  19. HeyItsDave

    Shit, got here too late for T-Bats to give me a stubby little thumbs-down. Anyway, I think I know what the new book is going to be.

  20. Rusty Shackleford

    It could be: Les’ story, another leaf drops.

  21. Rusty Shackleford

    I did find something in Batty’s blog that I agree with: he said he likes the inclement weather as it makes him want to work at his drawing board.

    My mother used to say that she got tired of all the sunny days in summer because they made you feel like you had to be outside doing something while on a cold, rainy day it felt good to be inside reading a book, watching a movie, working on your hobbies,etc.

    So there. I agree with Batty on this. Fall really is especially beautiful in Northeast Ohio.

  22. Saturnino

    Gotta admit, Bathack draws better bricks than Greg Evans does……….