A Cymbal Of The Decline Of The American Comic Strip

Link to today’s strip

Fortunately “Hattie” didn’t turn into the pianist, as we all know how painful THAT can be. Once again BanTom finds “humor” in the college sports analogies, this time resorting to absolutely fail-safe comedic gold…head injuries and wordplay. You can’t go wrong there, no sir-ee. Onward drag the marching band gags, at this point I can’t even remember what FW was like before the band gags began. Was it always like this? Did anything else…at all…happen before this brutal onslaught of marching band jokes? Talk about “concussion protocol”, I feel like I’ve been beaten with a sweat sock full of padlocks over here.

Hattie?? Who the hell has named their kid Hattie since the 1920s? Come on, BatNom, get with the times and choose a more era-appropriate name, like Susaynn or Jocelynn or Brittanee or Kyrrsten or Ambyre or Rayne. Even “Hattye” would be more believable.



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16 responses to “A Cymbal Of The Decline Of The American Comic Strip

  1. Methinks today’s punchline is one of ’em what Batiuk scribbled on his bedside notebook late one night and has been waiting to unload…

    This might cheer you up: a collection of “Funky Winkerbean’s Jedi Jokes” from the mid-80’s. Yes, there are some real groaner puns here but they are recognizable as jokes. Also a couple bonus strips featuring Crazy Harry’s wife when she was still a boy.

  2. Also, from the always enervating official FW blog:

    • “Classic” Harry Dinkle bestows an award upon himself at an earlier band banquet…must be band banquet season…
    • …and the John Darling strip with Lenny and Squiggy is still up, but the paragraph detailing the threatened lawsuit has been removed. Do you think he got a cease and desist from Chuck McGill, Esq.?

  3. spacemanspiff85

    When I saw the name “Hattie” my immediate thought was “What was an old lady doing marching with the band?”.
    And “the halftime show”? They only played at one football game all season? What a joke.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    TFH: That blog of his is something else again all right. If I was in Lenny & The Squigtones (sigh, yep, that really was a thing) I’d sue Batiuk too, as he just plain lifted one of their bits wholesale to use in his comic strip. That’s no homage or satire, that’s just wanton theft.

    The last time I visited the blog he had one of those “Lisa’s Story” teasers up, with the tree and the empty park bench. As if scores of fans are anxiously awaiting more slow death by cancer.

    Coming this summer….
    “I don’t know what it is. Les, come here and feel my breast.”
    “Oh thank God, I was pretty worried there.”
    “What do you MEAN by “wrong chart”?????”
    “The leaves are so autumn-like at this time of year.”
    “Spanky….I’m…(cough)…dying! Will you pick up another 12-pack of VHS tapes on your way home? Never…(cough) mind why!”
    “Remember when Lisa got cancer and died that time?”

    “LIsa’s Story…Back From The Dead”…the tenth anniversary celebration. Exactly how you remember it, but a little different!

  5. billytheskink

    Crazy Harry’s daughter could have been named Hattie, though I doubt that would have made her any more memorable. Maddie, that was her name. Close to Hattie. I hope the cornfield is treating her well…

    This might cheer you up: a collection of “Funky Winkerbean’s Jedi Jokes” from the mid-80’s. Yes, there are some real groaner puns here but they are recognizable as jokes.

    It should be noted that most of those “Jedi Jokes” were not TB’s doing, but came from reader submissions.

  6. … I do know a couple who named their first child Hattie, after the father’s grandmother. But that was only a few years ago, so the child is a decade too young to be in high school or, as a result of the time warps, a decade too old to be in high school.

  7. What irritates me is that Batiuk wants to both spray a gloss of seriousness over an issue while also making it into an absurd joke.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow, I those Jedi puns brought back some memories…memories of when this strip was good.

    Now it is very alternative, alternative to good.

  9. @TFH I wonder if TB saw my post here calling out the Lenny-Sqiggy and Tin Tin hypocrisy from the other day?

  10. @TFH: Note that even when he was sorta funny (or at least provoked a bad-pun groan), BatHack was already perfecting his minimum-labor strategy for creating the strip–the “Star Wars Joke” strips only required him to draw one new panel per day.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Our thoughts, but not our prayers, also go out to ME, flutist Becky McBoyhair. My dumb boyfriend turned into a gutter and I got my arm lopped off. I want you all to feel sorry for me because I can’t play the flaut anymore, but hey, check out this rolled up and pinned up sleeve! Snazzy, huh? And I’d appreciate it if whoever removed my severed arm from the crash scene would return it. I want to use it as a back scratcher. Okay, back to our list of injured and dead kids…”

  12. billytheskink

    For those who can’t get enough Jedi Jokes, you can watch this guy on YouTube read them aloud…
    This video, by the way, has more views than TB’s interview with CBS News about 2012’s promaggedon.


    It literally took me a full minute to get the punchline of this strip. Partly because I expected it was some obscure band jargon that I didn’t get. Secondly because I thought it was some fucking obscure historical reference to a real person named Hattie McCall. Turns out it was just a crappy pun based humor involving concussions.

    I just wasted a minute of my life.

  14. Comic Book Harriet

    Ha ha, it’s funny because someone has been debilitated for months because they were trampled by the heaviest and most unwieldy section of the band (I know, I played tom tom in high school). Bass drum players literally cannot see what they are walking over.

  15. bobanero

    He’s making some (lame) attempt to get back to the whimsical stuff that made the old strip interesting, there’s no Dinkle and no Less and no Starbuck Fucking Jones, so I’m okay this week.

  16. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Nothing funnier than someone’s child getting seriously injured for the sake of extremely lame wordplay.