Well, with today’s strip, Wally has officially beaten Summer across the Kent State graduation stage. And so has Buddy. And Kay Kyser too. Sheesh…

Wait, Kent State? I thought Wally was taking classes at a community college. Granted, I have an uncle who calls Kent a community college. He went to Miami (the Ohio one) though, so his opinion is a little biased.

Also, be sure to check the throw-away panels today for a rare glimpse at Becky’s left arm back when it was still attached.

Thanks for reading my two weeks covering TB’s flotsam. SOSF hall-of-famer and hall-of-namer beckoningchasm will take the helm tomorrow.


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18 responses to “Diplame-a

  1. The Nelson Puppet

    • Charles

      You know, non-traditional students just aren’t like this. They don’t go back to college to just screw around and blow it off. Wally’s working as a god damn dishwasher in a pizza place, and yet here he is, not taking his courses seriously despite the fact that he’s paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars for those classes. Non-traditional students generally pay their own education bills. They have to disrupt their lives to fit schooling into them, and they generally have a very specific plan and intention in going back to school. Wally showed none of these things. It was just something for him to do, I guess.

      I mean, Christ, I’m not suggesting I would have liked it if Wally was having trouble in school because he couldn’t handle the noise and the crowds, but at least it would have made some damn sense.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        This is true. I used to teach math and electronics at a local tech school. The students there worked day jobs, paid their way, and were highly motivated…unlike many of the students I used to teach at university when I was a teaching assistant.

  2. billytheskink

    Did Buddy get a dogterate degree too, or does the diploma hander-outer really have this weak of a pun game?

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Wally’s moment of personal triumph becomes a backdrop for a dog joke and not even a good dog joke but this one. That’s so very Wally. Wally isn’t a sad-sack, he’s the sack containing the sad and that sack is leaking. I like how one of Wally’s cherished photo memories appears to be some sort of land mine with smoking rubble all around, which summarizes the character pretty nicely when you think about it.

    Yeah, this is the first I’ve heard of Wally attending Kent State too, probably because it, you know, never happened until today. Somewhere Summer, still slogging her way through her third senior year, looks on with envy.

    • Charles

      Not exactly a new development, either. His wedding was upstaged by a thunderstorm, Montoni’s and his dog as well. His return from capture overseas was mostly overshadowed by the effect it was having on Gross John. And, really, his entire character arc in Act III has been mostly overshadowed by Buddy.

      • Epicus Doomus

        It’s pretty much a running gag at this point. One of the better ones too, I might add. Poor ol’ Wally Winkerbean, always a day late and a dollar shy. He’s a veteran with PTSD and a service dog, you know.

  4. Paul Jones

    It’s a good thing that Corey is moving to Seattle. It sure beats being the second idiot to go from bad boy to sad sack. Hey….maybe the actual Sad Sack will show up, throttle Wally and yell “You’re stealing my bit!!!”

  5. Max Power

    Is the flaming wreckage in the throw away panels the car crash that permanently boosted the Ohio safety pin industry? Or is it from the land mine incident? Or one of Wally’s MIA stints? And think about having flaming wreckage at all in a nostalgic photo montage.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    I guess INS caught up with Adeela and shipped her back…just as she was about to grab that architecture degree. Now she will be stuck frying falafel for the rest of her life. Well I bet she makes a good shawarma.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Well, she can design two story outhouses in Fudgepackistan, or wherever the hell she’s from.

      Still betting she winds up working at Moroni’s, or – ALLAH FORBID – Komix Coroner. Batty will keep her around. We have so much to learn from her.


  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Oh. So this WAS K*nt State after all. I was pretty sure WallEye was going to community college. Guess BatWit forgot. Or hoped we’d forget. I know he RARELY, IF EVER retcons anything.

    Is K*nt State basically the only college in the world? Other than Bullsquat, all his characters who went to college went to K*nt State. Bullsquat went to Enormous State University, which to BatBoy is one of those gigantic, impersonal diploma mills catering to blockheads, sportos, and Bully Jocks.

    You would have thought we’d see WallEye run into Young Lad Summer or Karneeshia, who went to (surprise!) K*nt State on a ladies women’s girls basketball scholarship. They still go there, right? I mean, we never attended THEIR graduation. And we never saw a traumatic “College was a bust – we’re dropping out!” episode. So they still go there, right…?? Where ARE they? Oh well. BatWit doesn’t care, so why should we?

    By the way, don’t touch service dogs. Is Batso an idiot about EVERYTHING??

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yes, KSU is the only college in the world as that is where Batty went, and it is the only place that treats him like the celebrity, err artist, he thinks he is.

      His artwork can be seen in many places on campus and he uses KSUs black squirrel publishing house to publish his works.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    My question is who is the blond woman in the last throwaway picture? Rachael’s a redhead and this looks suspiciously like dead St. Lisa the cancer chew toy.

    • bobanero

      It seems like Rachel has blond hair on Sundays and red hair on weekdays.

      Anyway, the complete abandonment of Summer and Kesha since they went off to KSU is something that has really stuck in my craw. How he could focus on octogenarian sexcapades, comic book nonsense, and rehashing bad Dinkle jokes in favor of actually advancing some of his characters is abominable. And even the characters that he is “advancing”, like Cory and Rocky, are meaningless tokens. So they’re moving to Seattle after their wedding for some inexplicable reason (maybe to take advantage of the new $15/hr minimum wage?). The only saving grace is that we haven’t seen Less in a few months.

      • Gerard Plourde

        His complete abandonment of that entire cohort is one of the inexplicable mysteries of this strip. He created an entire new generation of Westview students and then just dropped the whole project. I guess his obsession with comics and then the Starbuck Jones fantasy got the better of him.

  9. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Dean Moriarty or whatever-his-name-is should know not to touch a service dog.