Prove It All Night

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Well, at least that highly disturbing Morty and Holly’s mom arc appears to be over, thank God. This week we’re switching gears and visiting good old Westview High to see what the good old Scapegoats band is up to during this, the most holiest of all seasons. And, to no one’s surprise at all, everything is still exactly the same. Beleaguered and perpetually harried band director Becky still has one arm and still relies heavily on her predecessor, who “retired” eleven or fifteen or seventeen or twenty years ago (no one is really sure) for basic teaching advice.

At this point I am contractually obligated to point out yet again that if BatDolt hadn’t ruined the Dinkle character by using him to generate totally unnecessary Dinkle pathos where none was needed or wanted, he’d still be able to do Dinkle-style band gags without finding a way to work that miserable one-armed woman into the strip. It’s kind of weird how he kept her around to have a disabled person presence in the strip yet she’s by far one of the most hapless and helpless characters in it, which IMO kind of belies the whole point. But hey, it’s only Monday, maybe (sigh) this time will be different.


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16 responses to “Prove It All Night

  1. spacemanspiff85

    You know, if Becky just bought her shirts with only one sleeve (I’m sure they exist) she’d probably save money, since she’d be paying for less material. Plus she wouldn’t have to fold and pin them up every single day. I really think the only disabled person Batiuk ever saw was a Vietnam veteran in a not very good movie, because that’s the only setting I can think of where pinned up sleeves are shown off like this.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Better cartoonists, when they want have a handicapped character, usually go for the wheelchair. Think Cutter John from Bloom County.

      That sloppily pinned up sleeve is a metaphor for the sloppy thinking by the author. Ms One Arm ( always forget her name) is pathetic and boring, while Cutter John is warm and funny. Then again, both characters were created for different reasons. One author was chasing awards and so needed to force fit a handicapped person into the strip. The other author was trying to entertain his readers and the wheelchair followed naturally.

      • Charles

        Well, if Becky’s accident led to her being in a wheelchair, she wouldn’t have lost the ability to play the flute and attend Juilliard. This was Batiuk’s world, where accidents ruin your ENTIRE life.

    • The Nelson Puppet

      I associate pinned up sleeves with The Civil War or WWI. There have been so many technical advances in the prosthetic industry that a pinned up sleeve seems anachronistic.

  2. billytheskink

    I would not recommend asking a teenage boy what he was doing all night.

  3. The Nelson Puppet

    “Tell Wally I don’t blame him.”

  4. Paul Jones

    Batiuk isn’t ever going to admit it publicly but deep down, he thinks that the chaos in the band room is because someone of the wrong gender thinks she can lead. To lead, one must shout, bully and have testes.

  5. timbuys

    The best thing about marching band is not giving a shit about marching band.

  6. sgtsaunders

    Said he was “sparkling his dinkle”, Cuz. How ’bout them apples.

  7. bobanero

    So, the takeaway from all these Becky/Dinkle strips is that TB does not feel that Becky is capable of being funny delivering these horrible punch lines by herself, so it is necessary to keep bringing back what should be a dead character to deliver them, even though it makes zero sense for him to keep hanging around the band room many years after his retirement. This is one of the more infuriating qualities of this strip – there are so many opportunities to move the strip forward by passing the baton to new characters (though Becky is hardly new. As has been pointed out, she has been the band director for several years now), but he keeps insisting on trying to relive the glory days and shoehorning these tired characters into his arcs.

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

    • comicbookharriet

      I would say it’s because he doesn’t think it’s in Becky’s character to be a musical hardass, but I remember strips to the contrary where she clearly was channeling Dinkle.

      I think the more likely reason is that Dinkle was one of his avenues to brief fame so he’s realized he can never let him go and never let him die.

  8. I like that Dinkle’s expression is sour and hateful throughout. I suddenly realized that the last couple of weeks didn’t contain any characters I despise, so despite the icky premise at least there was that.

  9. bayoustu

    “Ask him what he was doing all night.” Cut to: missing panel 4 (featuring the beloved photo album corners) wherein we see Bernie and Mrs. Dinkle enjoying post-coital band candy.

  10. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    “Post-coital band candy” – that’s excellent!