Link to today’s strip. (link corrected)
Greetings, folks, BChasm back in the slammer. Thanks to Epicus for a typically stellar hosting job; now you guys get to have the B team!
As Epicus noted yesterday, Dinkle is my least favorite Funky Winkerbean character. While Les is technically worse, with him, he will occasionally cough up some “writing” and one can see that his talent is as elusive as Funky’s wrecking bar whenever Les comes to visit. He can at least have the word “pathetic” spat at him; he provides all the evidence that makes the word apt.
Dinkle on the other hand is treated like a minor god in the Funkyverse. His every idiotic utterance is greeted as if it’s divine wisdom. And, unlike Les, he is never brought down to earth. Remember when the school computer was going to be a prop in Starbuck Jones, and Les started to bloviate, and Jim Kibblesnbits just shut him down with a “TMI”? That sort of thing should happen to Dinkle all the time, and yet it never does.
In today’s episode, for example, Becky ought to reply, “Wow, where did that boring little nugget come from? Does that rotten old hollow excuse for a brain just fire out this random garbage? I don’t even see a bus around here, so there’s not even a context you’re reacting to. How about shutting up some?”
But no, I’m sure a fourth panel would show her laughing uproariously. Because Dinkle.
I’m also sure the bus driver in the original “anecdote” would have answered something different, like “Strauss, huh? Well, how about that. Why don’t you sit in your seat and be quiet?”
Speaking of Strauss…I know some of the folks here played in the band in high school. Did any of your bands ever play Strauss, or any other waltzes for that matter? I can’t remember. My recollection is that the band tended to play marches and rah-rah-rah music at sporting events, but, like Tom Batiuk, my high school days are long behind me. Unlike him, I’m perfectly happy to keep them there.
PS: I think I’ll apply for a job writing Crankshaft. Here’s a sample of my work!