Wow, that Dr. Harry L. Dinkle character sure is multi-talented! Here’s the third seminar he’s chaired during this convention, and each one has been on a different subject. In the first he taught some infants how to conduct, in the second he taught people how to be colossal dicks, and here he’s…wait a minute. “Band Candy Fundamentals”?! Seriously? Could there possibly be an entire clinic devoted to band candy?
Or–and stay with me here–or is this an actual joke? About how there are all these clinics and symposia and seminars, and a lot of them are just trivial and could easily be replaced by simple common sense?
I’m going to go with “that is the joke.” Because the actual words in Dinkle’s mouth in that last panel make no sense to me–though the folks in the front row seem to find it hilarious…in a kind of sinister way, I must note. “Conflict Chocolate.” I’m guessing it’s a pun based on something, though that particular something eludes me. A movie or TV show, maybe, or some specialized band conductor’s magazine. Or some long forgotten Superman comic book–or better yet, a story from The Flash.
I sure hope this is it for a while from Harry L. Dinkle, PhD. I’ll give the week this much credit: out of all the strips comprising Harry’s visit to the OMEA, only one had someone praising Dinkle. That’s got to be a first. Thank you, Tom Batiuk, for that Herculean level of restraint. I hope it didn’t hurt too much.