Oh Yeah…THAT Guy

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All week he’s “Harry L. Dinkle”, now today he’s “that band director”. My God he’s made a mess of the dialog this week. I doubt there’s much of a risk of wild baton stunts with the Manorisms, seeing how they aren’t a marching band and all, but Batiuk never let logic get in the way of referencing a really old gag he left behind decades ago.

This has been mentioned all week but wow, the new guy has aged Holly by twenty five years at least, she looks like Morton’s mother today. Wouldn’t you think there’d be some sort of reference guide handy, one that lists all the characters ages and such? Why so matronly?

Well thankfully THAT’S over for now, time for me to step aside and turn the microphone over to…TF Hackett himself! Happy new year and see you in 2018!

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17 responses to “Oh Yeah…THAT Guy

  1. Jimmy

    That’s booze in their cups, right? That’s the only thing that explains their dialogue and behavior, especially Holly (who went from bottle blonde to gray quickly).

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Crap like this is why I like Dinkle even less than Les. With Les, he’s actually doing something when the strips are about him, even if it’s just sitting at a table smirking. The past year or two Batiuk can’t stop talking about Dinkle in this strip. And that’s all it is, having his characters talk about him. He doesn’t do anything.
    You know what’s a pretty good sign a fictional character isn’t actually funny? When the other fictional characters in that story can’t stop talking about how funny he is. If Batiuk wrote a sitcom, the first episode would have one joke that sort of made you smile a little, and then there’d be six seasons of the other characters reminiscing about it.

  3. billytheskink

    The flaming baton trick, yeah, that’s where you draw the line with Dinkle. Not when he forced his band of octogenarians to sell candy door-to-door, on foot, unsupervised…

  4. I can see the headlines now: “Insane idiot burns senior’s complex to the ground.”

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Here’s my theory. He originally wrote this one as Holly delivering a cautionary tale re: Dinkle involving her old flaming baton routine then, for whatever reason, he went back and changed it to that ridiculous marching backwards story at the last minute. It would explain the unusually sub-idiotic dialog and bizarre repetition as well as this seemingly completely out of nowhere punch line/blow-off strip. Today’s dialog would almost make sense if she’d spent the week on telling a story about Dinkle’s explosive antics but it seems weird and out of place here, like he just forgot or didn’t feel like updating it after he altered the word balloons.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Your theory makes sense. The existing Dinkle story from the ‘80’s referred to earlier in the week of Holly’s flaming baton act torching the Tounament of Roses floats would have fit in this space. I wonder whether the California wild fire had anything to do with the change.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    So the band director they are talking about today is the band director from the high school where Holly went?

  7. bobanero

    Funny how Dinkle was retconned into being the mastermind of the Memphis project, when the fact is if it was up to him, they’d still be selling candy door-to-door to raise money for a Ross cassette recorder to make their album with.

  8. Ray

    Looks like Holly has come down with the vapors there in the last panel.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Ah yes… I love when a cartoonist draws a character overreacting to the punchline. Lynnuck Johnston has the sticky-out tongue laugh. Billingsly has a character faint. It’s cartooning’s answer to the cheesy laugh track.

      Look, BatHack — If it’s funny or ironic or whatever, WE’LL laugh or groan or whatever. Don’t show us what our reaction is SUPPOSED to be.

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “That band director.” Oh, crapsticks, what was his name again…? Henry F. Tinkle? Harvey B. Winkle? Herbie G. Sprinkle…? What was it???

    If only Fat Holly knew the guy, she could go reason with him.

    And how about the new Mortie, huh? Kind of suave and sophisticated now. A far cry from the drooling, non-verbal, wheelchair-bound lump he used to be. Doctor Batyuck strikes again! Dinkle is no longer deaf, and Cayla is no longer black. If only he could cure Goatee Boy’s chronic assholedness.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yeah and wasn’t Dinkle going deaf too? Yet he still hangs around the high school, and conducts the geezer band.

      Oh well, I guess Mrs Dinkle is just glad he isn’t home.

      • Double Sided Scooby Snack

        He hangs around the high school because a “Dumb Gorl” could never be a high school band director all by her little self. Which makes you wonder why Becky (artfully played by the multi-purpose Young Lad) became band director in the first place. Batty destroyed her fluting career by lopping off her arm. I guess he figured she needed to stay in the music biz, as opposed to getting her real estate license. All that was left was high school band director, I guess.

        Once we figure that out, let’s try to figure out how the same girl could be attracted to BOTH Wally the Jarhead Army Guy and a doughy, creepy man-child like John. She’s about as far from having “a type” as you can get.