Essay can you see?

Today’s strip finds yet another person who has waited in line to not purchase Les’ book. Slightly more reasonable than waiting in line to actually purchase Les’ book, I suppose.

Les won something when he was in high school? I’m sure the circumstances surrounding that were more convoluted than the making of the Starbuck Jones movie. Les being Les, of course, doesn’t remember someone whose writing was better than his… which I think is a safe assumption given that Les was Westview High’s substitute valedictorian with a C average and that Ms. Nebbish here lived in Centerville before Crankshaft drove its collective IQ down 40 points (he was a Westview bus driver in Act I).

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13 responses to “Essay can you see?

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Boy, this book tour is really bringing them out of the woodwork. For some odd reason Les decides to lie instead of smugly dismissing this woman, which I have to admit is somewhat out of character for the ol’ bearded dick with ears. If none of the people who attend your book signings are interested in your books, perhaps it’s time to either start writing better books or consider quitting for good.

    Les winning a patriotic essay contest? Well, it doesn’t ring a bell, but then again the Bicentennial era was pretty wacky so who knows? I just can’t believe he’s been on tour for weeks and he’s still running into Centerville-ians. Is this just a tour of Ohio, is this all happening at one signing or what? The total lack of all context here is amazing even by FW standards.

    • If none of the people who attend your book signings are interested in your books, perhaps it’s time to either start writing better books or consider quitting for good.

      Or maybe, I dunno, go back to…teaching?

  2. I can buy his not remembering this woman. Even the Les of the early years seemed to be somewhat oblivious to his surroundings so while she knows who he is, he never had the least idea who she was….nor the least inclination to find out. This is because he’s also oblvious as regards to social norms such as introducing himself or wondering who this person standing next to him is.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Why does Batty do book signings if he doesn’t like talking to the crazy cat lady?

  4. Saturnino

    “while she knows who he is, he never had the least idea who she was”

    I guess better than the last time when the girl of his dreams turned out to have ended up corpulent…………

    • gleeb

      Are you kidding? That was pure wish-fulfillment. “The girl I was too fearful to address is now unattractively obese. Score!”

  5. billytheskink

    I think we all know what America means to Les… USA! LISA!

  6. Gerard Plourde

    I’m still wondering how he can be doing a book tour during the school year.

  7. Eh, I’ve had the exact same reaction when folks from the past have come up to me. It’s not clever or insightful (it never is), but at least it’s a reaction I understand.

  8. From the masthead, it looks like Larry David is going to pay a visit.

  9. Don

    Wasn’t “What America Means to Me” the essay Jan wrote on “The Brady Bunch” where she was told she won a contest, only to realize that they had added up her score wrong, and she ended up telling whoever was in charge at the assembly where she was going to be given her award?