Dinkle Dinkle, Little Hell

Link to today’s strip.

A smoldering dump, an overflowing toilet, and a cretinous idiot walk into a bar.  The bartender says, “What’ll it be, Mr. Dinkle?”

It’s hard to convey how much I loathe Dinkle, but today’s episode provides some evidence as to why I do.   Normally, this strip would end at the second panel, with Becky’s pun (admittedly far superior to anything offered by the students).  But no, Dinkle has to have a panel to explain how he, in essence, “allowed” Becky to have her joke, but she shouldn’t get any ideas about how she “got” him.

I find it surprising that Dinkle wasn’t the one to deliver the pun.  Maybe Tom Batiuk realized that Becky was, in the main, a pretty worthless character and he ought to have her do something, even if it’s not much of a something.  Bonus points to Rick Burchett for not showing the pinned-up sleeve at all–a first, I think–and for giving Dinkle a really bad profile in panel three.   I mean, look at that!  He looks like a someone drew a face on a pinto bean.  Maybe Burchett is learning to hate these characters as much as normal people do.

If Batiuk had Dinkle die horribly in a fire, I would lobby the Pulitzer Committee so hard…I mean, that would actually deserve the award.



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12 responses to “Dinkle Dinkle, Little Hell

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Sigh. Dinkle is so busy reading music that he’s totally unaware of how the annual holiday band fund raiser is going…sure Tom, sounds plausible. I mean I know he has a terrible bed pun to set up here but come on, at least try to make it believable.

    Note how the new guy doesn’t draw attention to Becky’s missing arm by drawing those detailed pinned-up sleeves Batiuk always used. Also note how little difference it makes. It just proves my long-standing point, that BatNom drew the elaborate pinned-up sleeve every time Becky appeared simply to remind everyone about that long-ago prestige arc where Becky lost her arm. I knew it.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Batty thought it was a prestigious arc, the rest of us not so much. Another victimology arc?

      At least back then, Batty took the time to wet his thumb, hold it in the air, to see which way the wind was blowing. Nowadays he just doesn’t care.

  2. billytheskink

    “How is your band mattress sale going, Becky?”

    “Better than your retirement…”

  3. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    I see Burchett also draws Ol’ One Arm to look like a 14 year old boy. I can imagine she originally looked somewhat like a girl in the first draft, then Batty showed up at Burchett’s door in tears.

    “WHAT DID YOU DO???”

    “What’s wrong now, Tom?”


    “Tom, she’s a young woman. All I’m doing is…”


    “Okay, okay, Tom. Go home. I’ll take care of it. Goodbye. (Take the Winkerbean job, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. Good Lord…)”

  4. It’s rather telling that he can never seem to realize how much people despise Dinkle now that he’s no longer a cartoon monster. Being a real monster makes him more relatable and less watchable.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Old Dinkle was a cartoon caricature based on a comedic premise. New Dinkle is just like the rest of them: wry, annoying and wildly uninteresting.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    I think the reason Dinkle hangs around the school so much is that his wife doesn’t want him home, and his kids don’t want him hanging around their place either.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Probably. I always assumed it was because in Batty’s pointy little bald head, there’s no WAY a Dumb Gorl can be a high school band director all by her widdle self. So Dinkleberry has to be there every fawkin day to show her how it’s SUPPOSED to be done.

      Which begs the question of why did BatWit make her the band director in the first place? I know you’re supposed to grow up then come back to work at EITHER Montoni’s OR the high school, so his choices were limited.

      You have to wonder why we never get even the slightest hint that Becky sometimes gets tired of him hanging around. Who the hell retires, then returns to work (presumably) for free? But then again, who goes deaf, then spontaneously gets their hearing back? I mean, WITHOUT going on the Ernest Angely show.

      • If memory serves, Becky did work at Montoni’s as well. I think that’s when she and CreepJohn became an item.

      • Rusty Shackleford


        Good points and I would agree. And why can’t Becky look like a girl too?

        As for Angley, have you seen his young replacement? The guy looks just like Ernest did back in 1950’s when he came to Akron. Batty could have done the same and had a young Dinkle look alike take the job.