Tongue Tied and Twistered

October 30, 2018 at 9:06 am
…If the Funkyverse was in Kansas, then this would be a mere Tornado Siren Test and nobody would raise an eyebrow…

timbuysOctober 30, 2018 at 4:24 pm
I grew up in Illinois. We had (still do? I dunno) those. Growing up, I can recall at least two times when they went off for the real deal. The second time was when I was on my college’s quad with some friends…

Finally somebody stops to check on the still-hunkered down study buddies, who in the wake of the perceived threat have progressed from quarreling to finishing each other’s sentences. Buddy continues to minister to his master by licking his hand. Buddy, by the way, has been in Wally’s life for nearly eight years; so long in fact that his once golden fur has turned gray.


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22 responses to “Tongue Tied and Twistered

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Wally has been going to this school for six years and lived in Westview most of his life, how was he not aware of this? How has he never heard it before in the entire time he’s been back?

    • Epicus Doomus

      Seems kinda hard to believe, doesn’t it? As I assumed, they’ll now bond over their shared PTSD, as that’s Wally’s defining characteristic now even if it flies in the face of recent continuity.

  2. Jimmy

    Buddy is a terrible service dog.

  3. William Thompson

    Eight years? How old is Buddy? Seven years is normally considered “senior” for most animals.

    • comicbookharriet

      I don’t think that eight years have passed in ‘strip’ time. Though I wouldn’t put it past Tom to age up Buddy so he can do a maudlin Buddy’s Getting Old storyline. Seven is considered ‘senior’ but Grandpa Google says the average lifespan for Labs is 12-14 with a maximum of considerably more as the oldest on record died at 27.

      If Buddy follows the Batiuk aging curve he will become elderly quickly and then never die.

      • Gerard Plourde

        “I don’t think that eight years have passed in ‘strip’ time.”

        This is another instance of TomBa’s slapdash approach to his work, Time in this strip is a variable commodity and character-centric. Some examples:

        The most recent Westview class that graduated appeared to have gone from freshmen to seniors in four years, with their graduation being used for the Starbuck Jones alien attack. He started to launch another set of students for Les to torture but has inexplicably dropped the school entirely. (Has Les retired? Did the school district fire him? Who knows?)

        Like Wally, the now almost completely absent Summer has apparently still not graduated Kent State, even though she graduated from Westview at least six years ago.

        The timeframe for the Starbuck Jones movie arc was completely arbitrary, with Pete and Darin still complaining about script changes almost right up to the premiere. (I may be being nit-picky here. Maybe in TomBa’s mind the production had a last-minute crisis like swapping out Kevin Spacey and reshooting with Christopher Plummer, but the readers will never know about it.)

        And let’s not forget the apparently ageless Cindy Summers-Winkerbean-Jarr(e).

        You can get away with so much when you don’t have an editor and you can dismiss your readers’ questions with “It’s called writing” snark.

        • The Nelson Puppet

          It’s remarkable, Gerard. You (and many on this site) know more about Funky Winkerbean than Batiuk does!

        • Epicus Doomus

          Yes, Summer graduated in 2012, so this marks her seventh year at Kent State. Owen and Cody were WHS students for most of Act III (which began in 2007), they finally graduated during the SJ “alien attack” in 2016. Meanwhile Cory, who was in Summer’s class, has already completed his army service AND gotten engaged.

        • hitorque

          Hell, the last time Les even had a school storyline, it was him going all Howard Beale over the school’s copier limits (which every other teacher at Westview seemed to work just fine under)

      • countoftowergrove

        Service dogs are usually retired after about eight years, most worker breeds by ten.

  4. billytheskink

    Run you two! Run before Mr. Perot starts showing you charts and graphs!

  5. Oh, goody. Once again, Batiuk ‘solves’ things by making almost everyone involved a moron. The only one who has an excuse for not knowing what tornado sirens are is the woman in the hijab.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Hmmm, so here in Ohio, they test them at noon, on the first Saturday of the month (tomorrow by the way).

    So it’s not likely have never heard them before.

    Funny that Buddy proves to be worthless, as expected. I mean he’s a dog, what kind of help can he possibly provide? Nothing against dogs, but they are not going to help your mental issues much. Funny in that it looks like Wally tripped over Adela while trying to push her out of the way. Be funny if the two of them got Buddy nervous and he pied on them.

  7. It’s nice to see Earl Scheib working again.

  8. timbuys

    Thank you for clipping off that extraneous ‘w’ from my original comment. It’s things like that which keep me up at night…

  9. comicbookharriet

    Wally in panel 1 looks like if King Tut’s mummy had a child with Munch’s ‘The Scream.’ I’ve seen 70 year old meth addicts that didn’t look so haggard and strung out.

  10. hitorque

    1. As others have said, Wally West should long be used to this periodic annoyance…

    2. The tornado siren sounds nothing like Wally West or Hijab Lady ever would have heard in their daily lives anyway.

    3. Even if they have really bad nerves, I’ve never seen anyone so shook that they fled the safety of a brick building to “take cover” on a sidewalk outside in broad fuckin’ daylight… At least if they hid under their table that would be halfway plausible…

    4. Am I the only one wondering how a “regular” classmate would have reacted to Wally West spazzing out and totally losing his shit??

    5. I guess we should be glad that Shook Wally West *doesn’t* concealed-carry his Army-issue M9, then because tragedy would ensue…

  11. Professor Fate

    One has to guess that the rather startling face of the man telling out two panicked students that that was a test of the Tornado siren is taken from someone the Author knows – he does like doing that. Why his friends agree I don’t know the results are consistently hideous.
    And as others have noted – they never heard that before? Do they test it once a decade?
    And I would suggest that the author might like to read The Body Keeps the Score — by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. one of pioneers in describing and seeking ways to treat PTSD. He won’t of course but it really would help with his understanding of just exactly what PTSD is and isn’t.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Has Batty announced who that random guy was in the strip today? Has to be somebody he knows or admires.