Get Down Tonight

Take a gander at today’s strip. Truly fowl, it swan of the worst yet. Remarkably, it manages to come across more dated than the similarly-themed 43 year-old strip seen below:


Dinkle can’t write despite making an honest(ly awful) effort, Les couldn’t-can’t-won’t write unless it is about someone who died a decade prior, the late Livinia wouldn’t write… I’m starting to see a pattern here.


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17 responses to “Get Down Tonight

  1. spacemanspiff85

    It’s got to piss off the artist that he has to draw separate panels for each strip this week, instead of just repeating the same panel of Dinkle typing. If Batiuk isn’t going to bother, why should the artist have to?

  2. “Shaggy Dog Stories” have been around forever, but at least at the end, in a worst case scenario, you could say “Well, that was cleverly constructed to meet the goal, but I must confess I didn’t laugh once.”
    This, on the other hand, is Tom Batiuk tossing his garbage onto your lawn and demanding you appreciate it.
    Nice to know the depth of contempt he has for his few remaining readers.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Once again our resident Funkstorian billytheskink outdoes himself. What is it now, forty-six years? Almost half a century of increasingly terrible gags, dreary puns and assorted nonsense, all of it going nowhere. And it doesn’t even go nowhere fast, it f*cking trudges. This could very well be the single most annoying arc of the decade so far and Les isn’t even in it.

  4. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Streaming. Downloading. WHOA! Slow down! All this technobabble is going right over my head!

    Batty has a very distorted view of what his readers find interesting or funny.

    Seems to be a Vacation In Place for BatLazy. No plot. No Action. None of the 731 open storylines moved ahead. Just watching Dinkleberry write his book one smirky sentence at a time.

    And since all of these characters are writers, or desperately WISH they were, we’ll next spend a week watching Holeeeee write HER book about completing her son’s Starsux Jones collection. Tales of driving coast to coast, knocking on doors, not using the dozens of communication methods available in this century… This book has it all. And puns on every page!

  5. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    The girl in the faded comic strip above — Is that Dead Livinia? I remember reading her name on the Dead Classmate Memorial Table, featuring Dead Lisa and several other dead classmates who have the sad misfortune of not being Lisa. Do we know what sort of cancer she died from?

    • billytheskink

      That is Livinia (or maybe the bassist in a Georgia Satellites cover band). I don’t recall her cause of death ever being revealed. TB stopped writing anything for her in the 80s and probably thought it was easier to keep it that way. Otherwise, we might have missed out on yet another Lisa tape.

    • Les, enraged at Livinia for quitting the school paper, blew her away with his desk mounted Gatling gun.

  6. Jimmy

    I wish someone would hack this arc…to pieces.

  7. redsnifit

    At least The Wizard of Id would show us the goose flying before making this awful punchline.

    Only Funky Winkerbean has such dedication to never showing anything, just having characters talk about it.

  8. All Lavinia seemed to be was a receptacle for jokes about how ‘funny’ it was that Batiuk doesn’t ‘get’ women. It’s like how the only reason Dinkle exists is because Batiuk seems to have fixated on the ‘majesty’ of a hard-charging asshole of a band director with delusions of grandeur.

  9. Gerard Plourde

    The degree to which this attempt is strained defie±0s categorization.

  10. Rusty

    Further evidence above that the original FW was also just one cringe-worthy attempt at humor after another, rather than “wacky high school hijinks.”

  11. bobanero

    Today’s strip is fupped duck, for sure.

    • comicbookharriet

      Especially since it implies insane amounts of animal cruelty… Completely plucking entire geese of their ink stained feathers.