Les whines, imagine such a thing

So today we go back to Les and naturally this means it’s the setup for a week of him complaining about something.

I’ll just ignore Les blowing through his month’s allotment of photocopies, both because I trust all of you to hash it out more than adequately, but also because Batiuk’s going to give us plenty of opportunity to do so over the course of the week, to comment on something else. It’s the way Les is drawn in panel 2, looking down at the top of his recently severely-balding head. (Seriously, look at how significant Les’s hair loss has been in the last two years) I’m going to assume that Burchett leaves the diagramming of the strip’s art to Batiuk, because this is by far not the only time Batiuk’s used this angle. The odd thing is it’s with one exception always a balding man, with the primary focus on his male-pattern baldness. He’s never once drawn a woman from this angle. But now he’s shown Les, Funky and Bull in this fashion multiple times each – an odd, inexplicable angle with their head bowed showing the full ravages of a receding hairline.

It’s remarkably unflattering and jarring. Makes me wonder why Batiuk keeps coming back to it.

 

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19 responses to “Les whines, imagine such a thing

  1. billytheskink

    Les just can’t admit that he overprinted the last run of the Lisa trilogy, can he?

  2. I have to admit, I enjoyed this. It’s always enjoyable to see Les stymied by things, and it’s even more fun to see people not caring at all. Because usually, everyone sympathizes with the World’s Worst Character, and that takes all the fun out of everything.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Actually, I kind of side with Les here, since this is the first time he’s been at school in like a year and a half after that stupid book tour. Heck, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s not actually teaching but is just stopping by to copy photos of himself to sign autographs on.

    • I can’t sympathize with Les anymore. He’s manipulative, a blackmailer, self-righteous, smug, annoying, and whiny (of course, most of the other characters in this strip are whiny). He is a miserable excuse for a human being, and a probably a miserable excuse for a teacher. And do teachers really have limits as to the number of copies they can print. I’ve never heard that before. Somebody in the teaching profession please help me out me.

      • comicbookharriet

        If they’re just printing off copies of their junk, (cancer novel, nether regions, or otherwise,) for their own personal reasons, I’m going to guess there is a limit.

        And I really doubt Les is printing off ‘teaching materials’, he’s long ago replaced his syllabus with whatever vaguely education videos he finds buried the the back of the AV closet.

        This week, an old laserdisc of “Nightline 1989: East Germany Opens Its Borders”

      • Charles

        And do teachers really have limits as to the number of copies they can print.

        It wouldn’t surprise me terribly. When I was in grad school the department put in a restriction on the amount of pages students could print out after a ton of the first-years were going overboard with it. The limit was 6000 pages per semester. Yes, SIX THOUSAND. Try to imagine how bad it must have been both that they had to institute the restriction, and that the page count they settled on was that high.

        So it’s not the least surprising that a school with constant budget issues would institute a page restriction on its copiers, and that Les would violate it less than halfway through the month.

  4. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “I’ve told you before, Less. Stop making copies of that stupid comic strip about the high school teacher with the dead wife, and you’d be able to do all of your work-related copying. I don’t know how you can stand that crappy strip, anyhow.”

  5. Epicus Doomus

    After taking a few months off to flog his cancer books, Les is back at work and more annoying than ever. After discovering that Nate has the temerity to insinuate that the copy machine rules apply to him, Dick Facey explodes into tantrum mode, tossing a trademark fit that’s drawn in such a way it’s almost more disturbing than usual. My God he’s such an enormous dick with ears.

  6. And it’s all in service to a stupid gag about how he, the Lord Of Language, has to conduct lessons on line like a nobody.

  7. Jimmy

    I prefer to think Les ran too many flyers for his new band The Lestones feat. Old Man Winkerbean on the horn. Appearing Tuesdays-Thursdays 3:30-5 at Montoni’s.

  8. Mr. B.Lumpkin

    I have to admit that the artwork overall in today’s strip is really, really crummy-looking compared to most.

  9. “Clicks” refers to a computer mouse and the number of free articles in a newspaper one is allowed per month. Nobody says that with regard to a photocopier, Tom. Is this another random term you overheard at the coffee shop?

  10. LTPFTR

    Oh crap, we’re in for a week of school-funding complaining, aren’t we? And did anyone see an ad for Caboki hair loss solutions right under the blog post?

  11. batgirl

    What the art style most reminds me of is when I was a kid and would trace comic book art using carbon paper (yes, I am very old) – the way the lines often didn’t connect properly with other lines, so everything was just a little off and stiff rather than fluid.

  12. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Riveting copy machine humor! Let’s guess where BatWit is going with this little gem of a storyline:

    1) Paper allocation is reduced because the selfish cheapskates who live in this town won’t approve yet another “school levy” tax hike.

    2) Princ’pal Nate is getting even with Goatee Boy for skipping out on most of last semester by jacking with his copier account.

    3) Batty had a run-in with some technology he didn’t understand, so he’s going to climb up on his “technology is eeeevil” soapbox yet again.

    4) Baldy McYellowshirt was just busted for photocopying his Cancer Book, resulting in loss of copier privileges.

    5) Bernie Silverstein hacked into the copier, and is doing this to mess with his least favorite teacher.

    Lots of possibilities here! Unfortunately, since BatWit “writes” this dreck, it will be something forced, contrived, unlikely, and stupid.

    • Hannibal's Lectern

      6) Less can’t remember how many copies he made this month because he’s in the early stages of CTE, no doubt caused by all the bullying he took from sportos when the strip was still actually about young people.

      CTE is the new Cancer!

      • Double Sided Scooby Snack

        Being slammed into lockers, or banging head on porcelain (during a swirlie) would do it for sure. But didn’t BatRetcon later show us that Less and Bull were actually best buds? I doubt Bullsquat would have let the team lay a finger on him, especially when Bull was a foot taller in high school.

  13. bigd1992

    When I worked at a large law firm, we had to enter a code into the copiers before they would work. The codes were either a client number (so we could bill them), a personal code (attorneys would be billed), or an expense code for departments such as HR, payroll, etc. it’s not that big of a stretch to see this apply to a school setting.