Saturday, May 20

Today’s strip was not available for preview. I assume we are still at Westview High School, getting poorly acquainted with the strip’s newest generation of students (the 6th by my count, though that is not canon). We know that Bernie and Maris like to skip class, that Logan has more Facebook friends than Bernie, that New Monroe/Thatsnot Hewmore rightfully finds Les unfunny and Bernie mildly creepy, and that Emily and Amelia are twins but also, like, their own people. What will we learn today?

On that note, I thought we would take a quick look at TB’s first attempt to create a new generation of students back in the fall of 1992, mere months after the first time jump. The first two students introduced were Wally Winkerbean and Mercedes “Sadie” Summers, both relatives of prominent Act I students.

Here is Sadie pulling the same stuck-up popular girl routine that older sister Cindy did, while everyman Wally breaks the fourth wall with a sideways glance just like cousin uncle Funky:


Wally first appeared at band camp, where he was bullied mercilessly by a mullet-sporting senior trombone player, interviewed by a TV news crew about being bullied, and then tied to his bunk with Saran Wrap.

Sadie’s first appearance was also the very first strip in which Les taught English Language Arts. She dealt with living in the shadow of her legendarily popular sister by wearing her hair in the exact same strange way. Back in 1992, the Westview economy was not buoyed by pizza and comic books, it was built entirely on hair spray



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12 responses to “Saturday, May 20

  1. Epicus Doomus

    The “popular pretty girls” get away with doing no work and spend their time socializing with other like-minded types, as they’re all ditzy airheads who have no idea that high school will be the pinnacle of their sad shallow lives. In thirty years they’ll either be fat, totally consumed by anxiety about their fading beauty or dead (but only if they’re late bloomers because it’s more tragic that way). I would imagine that soon we’ll see a series of arcs featuring hapless zit-faced Bernie ogling Maris from afar and being snidely dismissed as a loser once he finally gathers the courage to talk to her. Then he’ll get stuck on the rope during gym class, experience an “angsty” phase in college and become a “writer”, at least if current trends continue, that is.

  2. billytheskink

    What is going on here? Why is Nate reviewing Maris’ extracurriculars like a college admissions official? Does he tell the volcano worshipper’s club that their activities don’t count as an extracurricular activity either?

  3. spacemanspiff85

    I remember hearing a while back about how the nerd revenge fantasy of all the popular kids having horrible lives after graduation usually is just that, fantasy. Those popular kids usually know how to socialize get along with other people, and make friends and connections. Those are extremely valuable skills in the real world. Whereas if you’re the weird kid who obsesses over Flash comics, insultingly corrects other students’ grammar, and leers at the blonde girls all the time, you might find out that people still think you’re a creep fifty years down the road.

  4. Again, we’re not dealing with the World That Is. We’re dealing with the sick revenge fantasy of some bitter asshole who’s mystified that the popular kids are still riding high when he wants them to be brought down as low as he is.

  5. Smirks 'R Us

    But what does this have to do with comic books, band candy or Less? Come on BatHack, let’s get back to those meaty topics.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Batty is the only one I know who still thinks about High School. He graduated many years before I did, yet I can barely even remember most of the people I went to school with–not because of old grudges or dislike, but because my life moved on and I am now around a different group of people.

  7. In the latest FW blog entry, Batiuk previews the work of his collaborator-to-be Rick Burchett, sharing a pencilled preview and the final strip.

  8. Rusty

    It takes a village to produce this dreck. seriously, who is paying 3-4 people for a Sunday strip?

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Thanks for coming in, Roger Maris. As much as I enjoy criticizing and belittling Popular Girls like you, I apparently have to interview everybody in the school and look at their resos.I have no idea why. On your way out, can you please send in… let’s see… Mantle McKee?”

    “Thank you, sir. i appreciate…”


  10. Rusty Shackleford


    Batty talks about all the research he does, yet I never see the fruits of his labor. You are correct, how many people does it take to churn this crap.

    I admit to liking the artwork in the Sunday preview strip, but the writing is terrible.

    Mary Worth: after a full week wasted on Katie screaming for help, today she is finally rescued as Mary has a look that suggests she crapped her pants.

  11. @TFH – his promised future peek at how the “writing” is accomplished is sure to be…interesting.

  12. spacemanspiff85

    Here’s a sneak peek:
    “Monday, 8:00 A.M.: I sit down and write down the first thing that comes to my mind.
    Monday, 8:05 A.M.-Friday 5:00 P.M.: I read Flash comics.”