November 20, 2017

Link to today’s strip.

Greetings, all, BChasm back again for a spin on the Devil’s Tricycle.  First of all, shout out to Comic Book Harriet, whose hosting last week was outstanding.  Great insight and great humor–two things Tom Batiuk wishes he still had.

Today’s strip was not available for preview, but if I’ve learned anything, it’s that Tom Batiuk’s ability to generate boring and uninvolving content easily beats my ability to predict what will appear.  What will we get?  More Lisa auction?  Les on his book tour?  Bull reliving his high school football career?  Funky’s failing health?  Why, it’s like some kind of monstrous game show, where the only prizes are terrible!   IT’S A TORTURE DEVICE FOR THE MODERN AGE!

(Felt tip to Red Letter Media, from which much of the above was stolen.)


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21 responses to “November 20, 2017

  1. comicbookharriet

    Now if only we could get Mike and Jay to review Starbuck Jones! That would be a Best of the Worst for the ages.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Ugh, he’s doing a week with the band mattresses. Even though I now know that this is a real thing, it doesn’t make it any funnier and it certainly doesn’t generate a lot of enthusiasm re: the upcoming week, although that’s nothing new.

  3. countoftowergrove

    For Christ’s sake, Becky, give those kids a hand! Uh sorry, Becky.

  4. DOlz

    I’ve tried parsing this strip six ways to Sunday, tried to fill in missing words and I can’t find a joke to save me.

    Also who in their right mind is going to buy a mattress two kids have been dragging all over town.

  5. billytheskink

    Selling twin size mattresses to adults, that’s a winning idea!

  6. Spacemanspiff85

    So why are they selling this the week of Thanksgiving?
    I have a strong feeling that Batiuk fully intended to do yet another band turkey “arc” and either he or someone else got through to him how lame and played out that was, so he just switched out turkeys for mattresses and went with it anyway. Seriously, this same exact joke would work with turkey instead of mattresses.

    • bobanero

      You mean this same exact joke would NOT work with either turkey or mattresses, and I would expect he’s probably done the same exact joke with turkey before.

  7. Epicus Doomus

    I don’t understand this mattress thing at all. Why on earth would anyone buy something like a mattress from a high school marching band? Who just decides to randomly buy a mattress? They actually have to carry around a mattress from door to door? High school kids in your bedroom setting up mattresses…sounds like a recipe for disaster and lawsuits if you ask me.

  8. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “Hello, ma’am. We’re selling soiled matresses as a fundraiser for our school!”

    “Soiled matresses?”

    “Yes ma’am. When the Doh-Z-time Company donated new bedding to the homeless men’s shelter, we were lucky enough to get the old matresses to sell to benefit Westview High. How many can I put you down for?”

    “Epicus! Get the cattle prod!”

  9. What bothers me is not just that we have Grammarly Lad snottily correcting the person he’s trying to sell to. It’s not the fact that in the real world, he’d be saying the same thing as he shoves a clip-board full of order forms in the lady’s face. It’s that pointing out the absurdity of this is like feeding Batiuk’s enablers red meat as they howl about how I hate love and God and happiness and Momma because I see something stupid and say why it’s stupid and ask them to not let their intelligence be insulted by charlatans.

  10. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Becky arrives at school early in the morning to find Dinkleberry already sitting in her office chair. Just like every other day.

    “Becky, it’s time for the annual band fund raiser.”

    “It’s a funds raiser. And how about waiting for me to get my coat off before you start running your mouth and telling me what to do?”

    “That could take all day. I have only so many heartbeats left.”

    “We’re selling mattresses. I have a tractor trailer delivering a gross of them today. We’re going to warehouse them in the gym.”

    “Hmmff. Never should have hired a DUMB GORL to be a high school band director. I’ll NEVER get to retire!”

  11. bobanero

    I guess we’re supposed to chuckle at the absurdity of carrying mattresses door-to-door, but this joke extends well beyond absurdity into all-out WTF-ity.

  12. billytheskink

    Bernie’s got some type of Chucky/horror film Muppet thing going on in panel 2. It’s definitely effective.