Batteredday, September 1

Today’s strip was not available for preview. I would apologize, but I’m not sure I’m sorry I did not have to see it in advance.

Is it simply more of Dinkle’s megalomania? Yeah, probably. Dinkle, of course, has always been a megalomaniac, but his megalomania has gone from cartoonish and over-the-top to appalling and monstrous. Some of that is due to the fact that this strip’s tone has become so self-serious that attempts at humor seem either discordant or simply illustratitive of terrible behavior.

As much as that, though, Dinkle has changed too. In Acts I and II, his constant appearance in full dress uniform with his eyes always hidden under the bill of his cap gave him a cartoonish appearance to match his portrayal as obsessive perfectionist for whom marching bands are the pinnacle of human existence. Since his “retirement”, however, he has taken on the appearance of post-2010 Chevy Chase, and has come to behave much like Chase is said to off-camera.

To visualize, he went from this:

To this:


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

21 responses to “Batteredday, September 1

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Holy crap, a second oxygen tank “joke” in one week. Stay classy, Batiuk.

  2. Gerard Plourde

    “Mother/daughter flaming baton” routine? What mythical high school would ever have had anything resembling that? And he apparently can’t resist the allure of exploding oxygen tanks. And since Holly was a student when Dinkle was the band director, why would she refer to him as “the director”? Alternatively, she knows Becky, so referrring to her as “the director” makes no sense either.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Yes, because as funny as oxygen tanks are, there’s NOTHING funny about massive explosions…I guess. On paper it seems way funnier than anything that’s happened in this arc so far but what do I know, right? Apparently it’s all about the context…(sigh).

    • billytheskink

      Admittedly, I’m not proud to say this… but I rather enjoy the thought of mass explosions if Dinkle is in close proximity to them.

  4. Jimmy

    Batiuk has some odd fantasies.

  5. billytheskink

    Funky works out and has a personal trainer…
    He can barely keep up with Les on jogs and once nearly passed out at the Lisa 5K a few years back.

    Holly is rarely depicted doing physical activity of any kind…
    She can spryly trapse around with a flaming baton.

    I mean, I’m not surprised by this, I’m just transcribing it for the record.

  6. Hold it! Hold it! Aren’t there any recent band alumni?

    Plot hole’s so big, you could fly a starship through it.

    • timbuys

      “Aren’t there any recent band alumni?”

      All dead of cancer and intoxicated and or texting while driving.

  7. Didn’t Becky used to regularly set herself or the field on fire doing that? I think she did….and if she did, you’d think she’d wanna avoid it.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    A wise cartoonist once said:

    This isn’t as hard to understand as people try to make it. By the end of ten years, I’d said pretty much everything I had come there to say. It’s always better to leave the party early. If I had rolled along with the strip’s popularity and repeated myself for another five, ten, or twenty years, the people now “grieving” for Calvin and Hobbes would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I’d be agreeing with them. I think some of the reason Calvin and Hobbes still finds an audience today is because I chose not to run the wheels off it. I’ve never regretted stopping when I did.

  9. DOlz

    This is something that bugs me whenever it shows up, oxygen by itself is NOT flammable or explosive. Oxygen supports combustion. If you put a lit match in a pure oxygen environment all that will happen is the match will burn very fast and when the fuel runs out nothing more happens.

  10. Rusty

    The funniest thing about this strip is Funky pretending to read a book.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    If they want something “flaming” on the field, why not just have Hagglemore, Les, Mopey Pete, and Duuuhhhren lead the parade?

  12. Don

    Well, it’s September 1; where’s the concert? (That was the date on the sign on the 8/12 strip)

    • Gerard Plourde

      Although it would be a day late, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it’s the subject of tomorrow’s Sunday strip.

  13. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “If you want the BEAT????”


    World’s greatest band director would say “tempo.”

    What will Batty reveal next? That he doesn’t really understand pizza or comix??