It is not really fair for me to question the comparison of a military briefing to first day of an unidentified community college class as in today’s strip. While I have my suspicions about how appropriate the comparison is, I have only experienced the latter situation.

I will, however, point out that both Colonel Crew-Cut and Professor Forehead are awkwardly stating what both their audience in the room already know and what newspaper comic strip readers could reasonably infer without such clunky exposition. It is like TB leading off each strip with a drawing of him saying:

The following is a comic strip I wrote. It carries the weight of substantial ideas. Silver Age Flash is also important literature.

Uh, maybe I shouldn’t have thrown that idea out there…


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20 responses to “Syllabuster

  1. I guess the idea could be, “Here is Wally being thrust into a tough situation. How will he react?” but I’m betting it’s really “How can I get another Pulitzer nomination, but without putting any thought or effort into it?”

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Cory enlisted and served in the military and no one ever talks about or mentions it at all anymore. Alas, the same isn’t true for ol’ Wally, who apparently re-lives it every single day. I would think that after six years of community college he’s already seen numerous class syllabi, but I guess they all remind him of his old military briefings from back when he was militarying no matter how many syllabi he sees. I’ve never used “syllabi” in a sentence before and now, thanks to FW, I’ve just typed it three times. I really hate it when BatBlech tries to be all artsy-fartsy, just tell the goddamned story already and dispense with the confusing stupid flashbacks.

    • countoftowergrove

      Didn’t Hollee send Cory Komix? Precious Komix! No need for further exposition on Cory’s service.

  3. countoftowergrove

    These days students are emailed the syllabus.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    I’m foreseeing a strip this week with the first panel being a flashback of Wally screaming “IED!” and the second panel showing the professor sitting on a whoopee cushion in his chair.

  5. billytheskink

    Sgt. Bilko was in Wally’s unit? This should be more entertaining than it is, then.

  6. Oh, dear. It appears that I forgot another student: Forced Analogy.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    Is he trying to show that Wally suffers flashbacks? Do PTSD sufferers get flashbacks of routine moments or was there an attack during the briefing? I’m also confused which of Wally’s two POW stints we’re leading up to – the one that started with the helicopter crash when he was held by Khan or the one that occurred around the time of Lisa’s death. (Or has TomBa conveniently forgotten about one of these?)

  8. Max Power

    “I’m going to brief you on the details of our mission. First, we need someone to be captured by the enemy. Does anyone here have experience being captured and held for an extended period?”

  9. timbuys

    You know how in the hands of a skillful artist a few brief lines can capture a profile that distills a person’s defining demeanor? Well, that’s not what’s happening in any of today’s drawings.

  10. Nice contrast today showing what war has done to Our Wally. Panel 1 he’s all youthful; panel 2, present-day Wally looks more like Woody Allen. Note the slashed lines denoting his sunken cheeks; or are those his “battle scars”?