You Never Know, But They’re Sure to Be Boring and Badly Drawn

Link to today’s strip

I’m excited to be getting a chance to contribute my bit here.  I was honestly dreading that my first strip would be a Les strip, or Dinkle writing a book, and I’d have to come up with something halfway interesting about that.

I do like how this strip somehow managed to shoehorn in bricks.  Precious, precious bricks.  And “breaking down the barriers between people” translates to two people each saying one sentence and then staring robotically at each other.  I mean, look at Adeela in the third panel.  She looks like Wally just gave her a diagnosis of Total Body Cancer and she has seconds to live, and her memorial service is going to be at Montoni’s.

I think Wally’s in trouble though.  He had enough difficulty with one Muslim in a hijab.  When he turns around and sees they have him surrounded, even Buddy might not be enough to keep him on the Montoni’s Manager track.

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23 responses to “You Never Know, But They’re Sure to Be Boring and Badly Drawn

  1. The Nelson Puppet

    I guess in panel 3, the artist was going for a “veiled expression”. Nudge, nudge – that was a “joke”.

    • spacemanspiff85

      The way Batiuk loves his puns and “wordplay” I’m honestly shocked he hasn’t used that in this arc. Although there is still time.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Yup, yesterday’s strip was totally meaningless, it was as if it never happened. Apparently this is Wally’s daughter Rana, who hasn’t appeared in God-only-knows how long. I’m guessing at least eight or nine years or thereabouts. This oughta be interesting to say the least (relatively speaking).

    • The Nelson Puppet

      “Of all the Cultural Cafes in all the community colleges in all of Northeastern Ohio, she had to walk into mine.”

    • Charles

      Apparently this is Wally’s daughter Rana, who hasn’t appeared in God-only-knows how long. I’m guessing at least eight or nine years or thereabouts.

      Because I’m a dope, I actually looked it up. Rana’s last speaking panel took place just after the Gay Prom, where Les sassed her and her classmates about their senior dinner tickets. That was May 30th, 2012.

      Of course, the role Rana played in that strip could have been played by any of the child characters. Her last actual significant sequence as an individual character took place in February 2010, where she invited Wally to a basketball game (of course) where she was cheering, and Wally lost his shit with the crowd noise. So it’s been over eight and a half years.

      The last Rana thread that was about Rana rather than Wally was the “Pie a Cheerleader” fundraiser from September 2009, so that’s been over nine years.

      Naturally, this sequence is going to be about Wally rather than Rana, so that streak still holds.

  3. The Nelson Puppet

    “The characters in the comic strip Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft were based on real people in town.”

    REALLY?

  4. countoftowergrove

    Unseen thought baloon: “That’s the man who chopped off my mother’s arm!”

  5. countoftowergrove

    Walleye’s shirt was rejected by Pete.

  6. billytheskink

    This rings pretty hollow on both Wally and Adeela’s parts given that 7 strips (and 24is hours) ago they were mutually prejudiced against each other’s clothing. Especially Adeela, since she apparently knew about this “Cultural Cafe” and its concept before they met.

    So does the tornado siren go off inside the Cultural Cafe every 20 minutes to ensure that barriers are broken down?

    • Charles

      No kidding. Neither one of them had a breakthrough with their prejudices. They just recognized that they had something in common. There’s no reason for Wally to feel any differently about any other Muslim he meets, unless Batiuk is insane and thinks that all 1.8 billion Muslims in the world have had traumatic experiences with American soldiers and warzones.

      Nobody becomes a bigot overnight. They’re not going to lose their bigotry any faster than they come to it.

  7. Also, we’re stuck dealing with the fact that it looks as if Rana has spent the last six years with her head up her ass. Wally sticks out like a dog’s prick on campus and his release was national-ish news so her sudden discovery of him makes her look as if she has a brain like a cow’s udder.

  8. The Nelson Puppet

    BTW, great debut, spacemanspiff!

  9. Rusty

    This could be the start of an exciting story arc about how religious extremists convert young, high school cheerleaders into dogmatic prudes once they hit campus but probably not. It’s more likely Rana’s journey to find her bio parents, and surprise, one is right there on campus!

  10. sgtsaunders

    Look, Folks! It’s Wally’s Afghani baby mama!

  11. Gerard Plourde

    Since he’s been retconning everything else, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s going to reveal that Adeela is Rana’s mother who somehow survived the massive car bombing. (Which then raises the questions – Why Wally didn’t recognize Adeela? How did she get to Ahia? What happened to the rest of the family?)

  12. bobanero

    Honestly, if I did not read this blog, I’d have no freakin’ idea what’s going on yesterday and today. All I see is some unidentified hijab adorned woman who has suddenly taken an interest in Wally. I always feel personally insulted as a reader when TB totally ignores a character for years and expects me to automatically make a connection when they suddenly show up again. I’m bracing myself for another week+ of contrived faux drama.

  13. Gerard Plourde

    Will TomBa’s blog have a post about Stan Lee?