Here is today’s strip.
And here is the Reader’s Digest version of today’s strip:
Filed under Son of Stuck Funky
Tagged as alumni band, Dinkle, Harry Dinkle, hatchet face, megaphone, Old dying people, old Harry Dinkle, raging egoism, silhouette, silhouettes, very old gags, Westview H.S., Westview High School, Westview HS Band
So why exactly did anyone decide to be a part of this band, again?
Apparently every Westviewian looks back upon their most unpleasant high school memories with great fondness and nostalgic yearnings for a simpler, more horrible time in their rapidly waning lives.
Because even as awful as it was, it was the high point of their lives
That is a depressing thought.
It’s both interesting and sad how he felt he needed to adhere to continuity here and create an entire lengthy premise just to find a way to have Dinkle bellow a few tired old Dinkle-isms into his band megaphone again instead of just using flashbacks and/or making him a substitute band director or something, as if anyone would have noticed or cared if Becky suddenly disappeared from band practice. Like I rambled on about yesterday, killing the old Dinkle character was one of his greatest missteps, a mistake responsible for nonsensical drivel like the last few weeks of the strip. When FW finally disappears from the funny pages it’ll be “remembered” as the “groundbreaking” strip that addressed blah blah and blah but we all know that’s just sheer poppycock. It was all just desperate attention-seeking and nothing more, a bunch of dumb contrivances that painted him into a corner once the novelty wore off and he became bored with it all.
It’s the same problem with Lisa, you can tell he wishes he hadn’t killed her off and hasn’t known what to do since she died. If he just started off next week with everything reset to Act 2, pre-cancer, nobody but us would even notice, and he’d be able to do the crap he wants to. I’m pretty sure that’s what he was trying to do with the “time pool” storyline but chickened out for some reason. Maybe he was afraid of losing the respect of his legions of fans with such a retcon. Ha.
At this point, why worry about continuity at all? He could and should go back and forth in time…just preface each strip with a text block stating a year, e.g., “1972”, “2001”.
Or how about something as simple as having the Alumni Band Reunion people sitting around reminiscing about Dinkle’s “greatest hits”? Think about the mechanizations he went through just to get Dinkle up on that ladder today, all for such a crappy, crappy payoff. Why go through all that effort to maintain continuity for such a lousy gag?
It is both sad and unsurprising that what amounts to a clip show would be a drastic improvement on this story arc. But yeah, it would.
Don’t forget the photo corner thingies!
He always wants it both ways. But at least Lisa (annoying as she was/is) was always a drama generator. Dinkle, on the other hand, was always just sheer comic relief, a one-note joke character who didn’t need a contrived back story or idiotic “crisis”, as he was strictly a conduit for marching band jokes and nothing more. But Act II BanTom just couldn’t leave well enough alone (he was way, way more ambitious in those days).
BWAWHAWHAWHAW! It’s doubly funny because of elder abuse AND masochism!
Unconditional surrender sounds like an appropriate tone for a Westview fight song.
It’s too dramatic for Westview. “Not showing up to the battle because, eh, why bother” would be more appropriate.
Why can’t Dinkle obsessives show the same kind of initiative that Plantman did with John Darling?
“Thomas M. Batiuk, super genius!” thought Bantom a year ago, when he finished this strip.
“Put a pile of dead mice in panel 2,” he instructed Chuck. “Thomas M. Batiuk, suuuuuuuper genius!”
Later, he pictured himself rounding the bases of a tiny baseball diamond, while the Lord of Language smiled down on him from on high.
Watching this sort of irritating sadism makes me wish that a pitchfork-wielding lynch mob would show up and finally settle the annoying lunatic’s hash once and for all.
Hey, that newspaper was from the Simpsons. Once again, someone else did the joke better, and The Simpson’s did lots of funny senior citizen stories. My favorite is when they show Grampa Simpson boring people with long stories that go nowhere.
“… when they show Grampa Simpson boring people with long stories that go nowhere.”
FW did it first, well not about senior citizens just the strip in general.
True, FW did it first. But Batty still can’t make it funny…even after all of these years.
BTS, thay graphic was brilliant!
“So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time.”
I have to assume this is how folks will talk about lugging around smart phones and wearing fitness tracking wrist accessories not too long from now.
I think the answer is quite simple: Dinkle (like Les) is one of those characters that Batiuk simply loves, and he cannot comprehend how everyone else finds him obnoxious and hateful. So, as far as he’s concerned, whenever Dinkle appears it’s a treat for the readers, because Batiuk knows everyone loves him too.
Of course Todd loves Dinkle. He brings in walking around money from the branded band shoes.
Dinkle was one of a Batty’s better characters, till Batty aged him and made him annoying. So I am not surprised he was able to market him. At least it’s not like Charles Schulz selling out to Met Life and having Snoopy sell insurance!
Hmm, maybe have Lisa sell life insurance?
Or have Less shill for medical malpractice lawyers.
Keep screaming, old man! Everybody in the band has turned their hearing aids off long ago.
The routine was kind of amusing when he had the hat. Now not so much.
Man- look at that sneer of unbridled rage, disgust, and loathing in panel 3!! Good job, whoever the artist is this week!
He looks more like Crankshaft in panel 3.