I Predict Band Turkeys

Link to Today’s Strip

So, of course Adeela and Rana are friends.  All Muslims know each other, after all.  Since Rana is apparently getting her Master’s in Education, what is Adeela studying, that they’d have the same classes, and that she’d also share a class with Wally?  Unless they just met in a Muslim student group.  Which, if this school has one, you’d think Wally wouldn’t have gone six years or more without being near a Muslim.

And what is it with people in this strip never referring to anyone by name?  Crankshaft is always “that cranky bus driver”, and Adeela only refers to Wally as “a goofy guy”, and not “Wally”, “the vet”, or anything else that would make sense.  I mean, you know a guy named “Wally Winkerbean”, and can’t ever remember or mention a name as silly as that?


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13 responses to “I Predict Band Turkeys

  1. billytheskink

    I guess there was a time jump between last Saturday’s strip and last Sunday’s, as Wally has gone from pretty much just meeting Adeela and then hearing a tornado siren to someone Adeela has apparently mentioned multiple times to Rana… and also Adeela knows Rana because the Batiukverse is the smallest of worlds, especially for Muslims. I’ll bet Adeela knows Kahan and Barry Balderman as well.

    So are we supposed to believe that Adeela doesn’t know what “goofy” means or does TB himself not know what “goofy” means? I’d believe the latter.

    • spacemanspiff85

      I’m more concerned by TB thinking “one character refers to another character as goofy” is worth an entire Sunday strip.

  2. The Nelson Puppet

    I’d have gone with “creepy”, but then I wouldn’t want anyone mistaking Wally with John Howard.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    So Adeela and Rana were already friends? And when Adeela was talking to Rana about the weird older guy in her class who went everywhere with a service dog named Buddy and always wore an old army jacket with “Winkerbean” printed on the front Rana wasn’t able to identify him? That seems sort of implausible.

    This arc is the biggest pile of garbage since that trash scow ran aground in Staten Island back in ’78. Or maybe ’87, I don’t know. In any event, The Great Writer’s magical felt-tip is stuck in some sort of time, continuity and common sense-warping stupidity loop and it’s churning out nonsensical wry banter at a fantastically slow rate. It produces an effect known as an “information underload” in the reader, where the brain slows to a rate where the reader loses all interest in the subject matter at hand. It’s all just wry banter-based anarchy now, with the characters mindlessly milling about for no good reason, doing nothing and taking gentle sarcastic jibes at one another because there’s nothing else to do.

    Everybody is friends now and Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all know where this is heading. Starts with an M, ends with S, rhymes with “bon phonies”, where we’ll all discover that Muslim women LOVE silver age comic books and think service dogs are the bee knees.

    • spacemanspiff85

      There’s been a lot of talk the past several years about speech being violent and hurtful. I think it’s hard to find a better example of hurtful, insulting speech than Batiuk’s work. The fact that someone could write and publish this and think it’s worth an audience’s time to read is extremely insulting to everyone involved.

      • The Nelson Puppet

        The syndicated comic strip business has a lot to answer for. There doesn’t seem to be any quality control. The legacy comic strips just keep running on and on and on even if the content is not relevant. How does crap like FW, Mary Worth, Rex Morgan, Gil Thorpe, and Family Circus make money? There is no merchandising possible with these strips. If you take the comments section into account over at CK, the attention paid to these strips is almost universally negative and mocking. I guess these strips will continue on until the newspaper industry finally dies off.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          Check out the Batty blog, he was recently at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. It was a full house and it looks like they selected Lisa’s story for their graphic novels class…more proof that college is a waste of money for most people.

          Anyone know who that bored girl sitting next to him is? Is that his agent?

      • Epicus Doomus

        IMO it’s especially insulting how he’s obviously lost interest in doing these long “serious” arcs featuring old Act II stalwart characters yet he insists on going through the motions anyway and subjecting his few remaining readers to five and six week long arcs where absolutely nothing happens. It’s not funny, it isn’t dramatic and there’s no imaginable scenario where it could possibly amuse anyone but the author. How it continues to be published as if it remains a viable entertainment option is just as mysterious to me now as it’s ever been.

  4. Paul Jones

    Once again, continuity is flung upon the floor and danced on in the sericee of a terrible joke. Since no one talks to one another, it makes no sense to assume that Rana had any idea who Adeela is or that they talk about a man they just encountered but here we are, waiting for halal band mattresses.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    If he wants us to believe that he actually plans these strips over a year in advance, he’s going to have to show that real effort goes into it. He may have decided to resurrect Rana back in the Spring of 2017, but it looks like most of his day reading old Flash comics, looking online for forgotten strips like The Ripples and occasionally writing his blog. Crankshaft is exhibiting better continuity.

    • LTPFTR

      “Crankshaft is exhibiting better continuity” is my new standard for faint praise, besting (or worsting) “the finest video game movie adaptation.”

  6. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Hello, Muslims Are The Greatest, Inc? Hi, this is Tommy BatYarch, famous writer and artist. I just did a comic strip about a shell shocked ex-GI who had to sit next to a She-Jab Gurl in a community college class. How about an award?”

    “No. Not interested.”


    “Hello? Hi, Tommy BatYarch again. I had the ex-GI and the She-Jab Gurl be forced to work on a project together. I know that sounds more like 10th grade than Community College, but it was the best I could come up with. I could use an award for that.”

    “No, Not interested.”


    “Hi again. This is Tommy BatYarch calling again. Remember me? Well, now the ex-GI and She-Jab Gurl have discovered they BOTH have PTSD because of wars and stuff. They became best friends after all! How about that award now?”

    “Wellll… To be honest, that’s not enough. No thank you.”


    “Hi, Tommy BatYarch here. Famous author and artist. Okay, check this out: The ex-GI and She-Jab Gurl are hanging out and ANOTHER Muslim girl joins them. Turns out she is the ex-GI’s ADOPTED DAUGHTER! So now he’s hanging out and chatting away with TWO She-Jab Gurls! I guess I can get that award now. Want my address?”

    “Well, no. Quite frankly, Mr. BatYarch, the whole thing just isn’t forced and contrived enough. If you really want to glorify Muslims, you will just have to try harder.” *click!*


    “Hi, this is Tommy BatYarch, well-known writer and artist. How about this: The ex-GI’s daughter declares that she must flee the oppression of the American Infidel and return to her native Afghanistan, and become a teacher. If THAT doesn’t deserve some kind of award and recognition, I don’t know WHAT will!”

    “Oh! That’s much better! Where will she teach?”

    “A girls’ school.”

    “Such foolishness! Never call here again.” *CLICK!*

  7. timbuys

    Just so we’re clear, TB is trying to write something meaningful about issues such as this:


    The man has no business treating on this subject if this is how he does it.