A Song of Farce and Ire

The panels in today’s strip read at least as well in reverse order. To paraphrase Nate, who can say what the past four years held for the Class of 2017? The only glimpse we get of WHS ’17 is a few pairs of feet in panel 4 (nicely-rendered, by the way, and feet are hard to draw) . Recall that Cody and Owen handed over the reins of WHS’ in-house media operation directly to some freshmen. I’m supposing Tank and Conner to be underclassmen. As befits these anono-grads’ status, their commencement is held not in a stadium, with drones, but rather in the auditorium, listening to Nate name-check the author of A Game of Thrones.





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10 responses to “A Song of Farce and Ire

  1. billytheskink

    So why are Wally and Rachel there? Maybe Wally Jr. or Rachel’s kid phased back into existence and are graduating?

    Research time! Rachel’s kid’s name is/was Robbie and Wally Jr’s birth date was around Christmas Day in 2006. Robbie wasn’t more than 5 or 6 in his last appearance (January 15, 2011) and can’t be more than 11 or 12 now. Factoring in the 10 year time age jump, that would make Wally Jr. 20 years old now.

    I suppose I shouldn’t have needed any research at all to tell me that Rachel and Wally are at Westview High graduation for no discernible reason whatsoever.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    billy: Color me baffled as well. Why is he including characters here with no context? Very strange indeed. Really lame gag today too, I can’t believe he chose to wear his fanboy influences in his sleeve instead of name-checking the eternally-unfinished “Starbuck Jones”, especially given last year’s ceremony.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Not pictured: Les Moore booing loudly after Nate mentions finding a cure for cancer.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    Another question concerns Nate. Since TomBat has actually identified the year as 2017 (which incidentally wreaks havoc on the Crankshaft timeline with its smart phones and drones) and knowing that Nate is a Vietnam veteran who saw combat in the underground tunnels and is therefore in his 60s, wouldn’t he be looking toward retirement?

  5. If it weren’t for his obsessive need to ‘win’ high school, he’d have left the place behind years ago and been happier for it.

  6. I think Wally and Rachel are there because the high school is the only social gathering spot other than Montoni’s. “Say, where should be go on our date night?” “Hey, it looks like the high school is holding a graduation ceremony!” “Yeah, let’s go to that!”

  7. Merry Pookster

    Ole’ Nam Nate must be 65+ at a very minimum to have been a Tunnel Rat after enlisting at 18…..but at this Stage making comments about TB’s failings is about as much a waste of ink as the comic itself.
    Pitiful dribble.


    spacemanspiff85–I assumed that the black splotch on the right of Panel 5 was Les’ head exploding.

  9. Don

    Speaking of graduating…shouldn’t Summer be graduating from Kent State by now? Athletic scholarships don’t last more than five years.

  10. Charles

    I see that even though we have a new artist, they’re still drawing the Winkerbean nose as this hideous monstrosity. What an odd thing for Batiuk to insist on.