Build the wall of text!

Well… today’s strip wades onto the first step of the deep deep pool that is American immigration and guest worker policy. This is what I imagine it would be like if Eeyore was a political talking head on one of the news networks.

I have no idea what Wally is talking about, and I hazard that he doesn’t either.

Adeela is apparently studying architecture, can we assume Wally is doing that as well? That should help him manage Montoni’s really well, better even than Rachel and her decades of experience would… Or will it help Adeela do that? Oh good grief! Are we headed toward Montoni’s sponsoring Adeela’s H-1B visa? *sigh*


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23 responses to “Build the wall of text!

  1. spacemanspiff85

    “You know, like how the costs of the punches I threw over in Afghanistan were your family and your mental health? Remember?”

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Also, wouldn’t “a foreign worker has a harder time getting a job” pretty much be exactly the intended consequence of restricting H-1B visas? I mean, I know Batiuk is pathologically compelled to write “wry”, “witty” little dialogue for his characters, but this doesn’t even come close to making sense.
    Also, what the hell does any of this have to do with the last panel yesterday? Did someone post a bulletin about H-1B visas in the hallway? Did someone Adeela applied for a job with post a rejection letter there?

  3. spacemanspiff85

    One last thing- “I want to contribute to the economy here” sounds 100% like just something Batiuk wrote down from hearing on the news, and not like what a real person would ever say. I don’t think I’ve heard an actual person say something like “I can’t wait to graduate college and contribute to the economy here!”. Basically the only time I’ve heard that expression is in op-ed and news discussions of immigration.

    • Charles

      Seriously. He couldn’t be any more transparent about this if he tried. He didn’t even make an attempt at plausible dialogue.

      “I want to get a job here.”
      “I want to live here.”

      Why is this so difficult for him?

      • Rusty Shackleford

        You didn’t obfuscate the meaning of the ideas you want to convey to your readers using big fancy words (like obfuscate) . He is trying to tell important stories through his art, and this requires many more words.

  4. The Dreamer

    can you get an H-!B Visa for a job delivering Pizza?

  5. billytheskink

    Technically, Adeela could contribute to the economy right now by purchasing electronics and an automobile…

    She should consider moving over to Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. Those Hootin Holler folks don’t let the revenuers push them around. Plus, architecture has a role in the construction of stills, right?

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Adeela DOES bear a resemblance to Maw…matter of fact, Maw wouldn’t look out of place at all in the Middle East!

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Uh yeah Wally, the uncertainty and unintended consequences surrounding the current US work visa laws are JUST LIKE taking a swing at someone in the Army. I assume what he’s trying to say here is that no one is really to blame for her predicament, it’s just The Universe punching her in the face like it’s done to him so many times, which I suppose is sort of understandable when you look at it in that context.

    I just hope The Economy can somehow recover from the possible loss of Adeela’s architecture degree from Westview Community College. Who among us hasn’t felt bad about not being able to contribute to FICA whilst between jobs? He went way overboard there, as her plight was already understandable before he went ahead and sainted her with that ludicrous comment.

  7. The Nelson Puppet

    Adeela working at Montoni’s? THAT should be interesting! No more pepperoni pizza! Or ham, bacon…

  8. Paul Jones

    To think that this was written a year before the current ginned-up catastrophe. I’d say it made him look prescient but it was an accident.

    • billytheskink

      TB has a track record of creepy, supposedly unintended, prescience.

      – The summer 1996 post office bombing arc occurred concurrently with Atlanta’s Olympic Park bombing.

      – While waiting in a TSA line, Crankshaft pondered the possibility of a bomb to be smuggled onto an airplane in one’s underwear in a June 2008 strip just months before the actual underwear bomber’s failed attempt.

      – Back in March 2011, when Pete was still writing Superman for DC (he’s fallen HARD), he created a villain whose power was creating earthquakes right as Japan was hit with a terrible earthquake and tsunami.

      – Late October 2012 had the long running gag of there being hurricane force weather at the annual Battle Of The Bands as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the east coast.

      – One of Crankshaft’s comical grill explosions occurred in April 2013, just a day after the awful fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Just wait until a year from now when he does the awkward “Stan Lee tried to get a job at Batom Comics” tribute arc.

  9. Chyron HR

    Where’s the joke, Buckley?

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    Bill called this yesterday. Unfortunately.

    I can’t believe I bothered to turn my head to read this drivel.

  11. bobanero

    So, where can an aspiring architect find work in Westview? Does Montoni’s need a pizza architect? Maybe she can use her mad drafting skillz to illustrate comic books?

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Architecture was a hot major….back in the 80s. My high school even offered architectural drafting to help graduates prepare for college.

      As for me, I rode the electronics wave…but back then I was a ham radio geek and so this was a natural progression.

      Surprised Batty didn’t have Adeela choose nursing, or something medical related.

  12. I wonder if Batiuk is genuinely puzzled at the lack of award nominations. I mean, this sort of garbage seems expressly tailored to catch some committee’s eye, and it just isn’t happening.

  13. Don

    At least it didn’t end with, “You know, if you were married to an American citizen – say, my cousin is getting married soon…”

  14. spacemanspiff85

    I would not at all be shocked if tomorrow, Wally proposes to Adeela right there. Then when she mentions how he’s already married, he just smirks and says “Actually Adeela, Islam is okay with having multiple wives”. And Batiuk starts calling up Islamic advocacy groups asking when the awards ceremony will be.

  15. Over at his blog, Batiuk proves that he does have a sense of humor by parodying his own egotism. Flash comics were running reprints because they couldn’t compete with Funky Winkerbean. It’s pretty funny.

    I mean, I’m sure hoping that’s a parody.