Big Brother Is Watching You Eat

Link to today’s strip.

Comic Book Harriet asked a relevant question yesterday–is this vendo in the school, or the Komix Korner?  We were, after all, dealing with two characters shown in the Korner in the previous day’s strip.

Well, today’s professionally taped sign gives us the answer.  Although Bernie’s still wearing the same shirt as yesterday–does that mean he only has one shirt?  Shades of Les Moore!  (Spoilers:  he seems to have two, this one and another just like it in red.  I guess he alternates them seasonally.)

Other than that, it’s just another sad episode of how badly Tom Batiuk’s sense of humor has atrophied.   School food, that’s always timely–but, I should shake it up somehow.  He’s obviously trying, he’s even abandoned the safe, tried-and-true cafeteria in an attempt to recast the joke–but it’s the same old cafeteria fare, just drenched in a different bland sauce.

Neither one is edible.


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14 responses to “Big Brother Is Watching You Eat

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Komix Korner couldn’t have vendos, as Montoni’s sales would plummet with another dining option so close by. Witness the way everyone ignored Khan (and Kahn, too) until he was forced to flee Westview. The Chamber Of Commerce wields great power in Westview and we all know who controls THAT racket.

    I guess he’s trying for some Act I “zaniness” here, as suicidally out-of-date vendo snacks would have fit perfectly alongside the machine gun nests, talking leaves and immolated band majorettes. But here in Act III it’s just nonsensical and confusing. The premise itself is so bad it’s almost elicits concern, as only some kind of nut would find the idea of ancient vendo snacks to be amusing enough for one strip, much less two. And that man who’s badgering Bernie about the vendos only clouds the picture more.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    I guess worrying about security cameras is less deranged than the “happiness gods” or whatever crap Harry was ranting about in Montoni’s , but only marginally so. And honestly, more psychiatry would only be a good thing for the people in this strip. Like, you know, that guy who hallucinates a cat whenever he tries to do his shop.
    Really, the “humor” in this strip always seems like it’s from another culture. It reminds me of when I first starting watching British comedy. I didn’t think it was funny. I couldn’t really tell why it was supposed to be funny, but you sort of got the impression that it was supposed to be, somehow.

  3. billytheskink

    I fail to see the problem here, a psych evaluation would be a great thing for a number of characters in this strip. Does Westview High actually have someone qualified to give psych evaluations? Linda doesn’t count.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    “Bernie, I’m going to show you a series of pictures. Tell me what you see.”

    “Bricks…bricks…bricks…some sort of eastern European car…bricks…bricks…Mr. Winkerbean’s nose…bricks.”

    “Hmmm, very interesting. Have you ever pondered suicide, Bernie?”


    “Very good, your wryness seems to be well within normal levels. I’m going to prescribe you two slices every morning and I’d want to up the dosage to three in the evening. You can fill that at Montoni’s, just show them your student ID.”

  5. count of tower grove

    I get it! The That’s not humor guy is hazing the naif Bernie, who appears not to be buying it, mmm’kay?

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Shut up and let me eat my vendo egg salad sandwich in peace.

  7. Saturnino

    “Shut up and let me eat my vendo egg salad sandwich in peace.”

    Didn’t the ORIGINAL SNL have a skit with Garret Morris that involved the mention of an egg salad sandwich?

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    I recall a Futurama episode where Fry buys an egg salad sandwich from a vending machine in a filthy bathroom.

  9. Hitorque

    If their current vending provider is this fucking bad you’d think they would cancel his contract and get one of the hundreds of others that are out there, but then I remember this is the Funkyverse and every business within a 50-mile radius has a 100% monopoly since there is no market competition allowed whatsoever…

  10. Gerard Plourde

    So, let me try to understand the thinking here. The vending machine is installed on school property by the school but actual use is grounds for psychiatric evaluation. That’s not the least bit paranoid, is it?

    While we’re on the subject of WHS, did anyone else find Les’ hall monitor machine gun nest in Act I unsettling?

  11. I recall a Futurama episode where Fry buys an egg salad sandwich from a vending machine in a filthy bathroom.

    That episode is pretty much the gold standard for vending machine jokes. I think about it every time I see a truck stop.

  12. Comic Book Harriet

    As ComicsMudgeon pointed out today. In 2012 there was an entire plotline about removing the vending machines from the school. Either Batty couldn’t be bothered to remember that, or the school reinstated the vending machines and associated security cameras as form of snack based mental health screening.

  13. Of course, you realize that if challenged, he’d trot out the smug, punchable smirk and gabble about writing.

  14. Rusty Shackleford


    Futurama, unlike FW, had lots of great humor. I miss that show…although we have Bojack Horseman to watch today.