Unlike FW And Humor, For Example

Link to today’s strip

What? I have no idea why this is supposed to be funny. Totally irrelevant punch line, no wordplay, just a strange inexplicable statement that, based on the reactions of the characters, is apparently supposed to be a joke of some sort. “Candy and culture go hand in hand”…I suppose his daffy marching band antics might pass for “culture” in Westview but even that’s a real stretch. And it still doesn’t make this a real joke either.

That third panel is definitely one of the more bizarre FW panels of the year so far from an artistic perspective. Harriet and Prince Chocula manage to muster polite smiles as a clearly deranged and out-of-touch Dinkle makes an ass of himself within seconds with his bizarre babbling. He looks completely insane there, it’s the drooping eyelids that really send it over the top IMO.

Culture. Candy. Hands…nope. I still don’t see how this is a joke. Apparently the mere concept of band candy sends BanTom into hysterics, but that’s a discussion best saved for another day.


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19 responses to “Unlike FW And Humor, For Example

  1. Epicus Doomus

    It’s funny, sometimes it’s just too easy, other times he gives you absolutely nothing to work with. Lately the artwork has been rife with parody opportunities. I mean look at Dinkle’s face, that is just epic.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Wow, even in Belgium, Batiuk’s characters talk as if women didn’t even exist.

  3. billytheskink

    Belgium is, of course, renown for its featureless red brick buildings.

    I mean look at Dinkle’s face, that is just epic.

    Yeah, it looks like he could eat a banana sideways. Harriet does to, for that matter.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    billytheskink: It was quite clearly drawn with a much funnier punch line in mind than the one he decided to use. Cutting a toenail a little too short is funnier than the punch line he decided to use. “I’ve always felt that culture and candy go hand in hand”…is he going for a “felt” and “hand” gag here? I still don’t get it.

  5. count of tower grove

    Bricks! Au zee beautiful bricks, eh?

  6. Bob Bennett

    It’s funny because Harry’s credit card was rejected when the air mask dropped down, and his brain is suffering from oxygen deprivation.

  7. Chyron HR

    Please observe: the marriage of chocolate and Copland.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Van Houten candy? A tip of the funky felt tip to Matt Groening?

  9. He’s clearly too interested in cackling about how bus drivers make a point of perpetrating dick moves to write a coherent story about Dinkle’s trip.

  10. This MAY have made an interesting strip in Early Act I (before St. Lisa got pregnant), but after 30 years of teen pregnancy, suicide, terrorism, alcoholism, cancer, PTSD, and other stuff it seems trite. This may be Batiuk’s biggest problem: he’s stinking tone-deaf about his comic strips.

  11. LTPFTR

    Rusty Shackleford, Batty strikes me as the type who would choose the Manson Family rather than The Simpsons as a cultural touchstone.

  12. If you read the last panel as Dinkle speaking with a sarcastic sneer… it’s still not funny or interesting.

  13. Hitorque

    1. So they went direct from Bruxelles-National straight to the VH corporate headquarters without even bothering to change clothes or sleep off the jet lag?

    2. Dinkle is getting a lifetime award… He’s getting a fucking candy bar named after him so generation of kids will know “Dinkle” long after he has turned to dust, and he can’t be bothered to put on a motherfucking necktie? It’s almost like he and the wife want to proclaim to all of Europe that they’re uncultured backwoods rubes and proud of it….

    3. “Sissified Euro” stereotype alert… Long face, bulbous nose, and naturally the requisite pencil-thin moustache (which stopped being a thing in Europe decades ago)… There’s no way this dude doesn’t sound exactly like the “Yes Guy” from the Simpsons…

    4. So Dinkle has no family, friends or relatives to share in this moment? Isn’t some random band teacher from East Bumblefuck, Ahiya getting a candy bar permanently named after him fairly big news both in the U.S. and Belgium??

  14. Rusty Shackleford


    Yeah, why isn’t Cindy coming along to document the story. Heck, she could buy her own plane ticket and cover the event. I guess she doesn’t want to leave the beach.

  15. Possible scenario: when the band started selling turkeys instead of candy (I assume this was a thing that happened), the choclatier fell on hard times. In a desperate attempt to revive sales, they invented an award/bar for Dinkle (who legitimately sold a lot of candy decades ago) hoping the publicity would revive the company.

    And just he and his wife show up. No reporters, no photographers…nothing. Just an aging creep and his tag-along appendage.

    Three weeks later, the factory is shuttered and padlocked.

  16. Hitorque

    Just your daily reminder that even with Batiuk’s one-year lead time, I haven’t seen the first acknowledgement of the Cavs being Cleveland’s first championship team since the history of forever…

  17. Hitorque

    @Rusty Shackleford: You’d think so, but we both know there’s no way in HELL Batiuk could have a storyline with Cindy in Brussels as just a side character, especially given her pathological obsession with Mason and constant paranoia that somewhere he might be talking to or kissing some other woman… And I’m in no mood to see that shit for the hundredth time again…

  18. Rusty Shackleford


    I noticed Batty had a Cavs sign in front of Crankshaft’s house the other day.

    He sure hasn’t wasted any time promoting his next Lisa book though!