Watch Out, The World’s Behind You

Link to today’s strip.

As always, Sunday’s strips are a mystery unavailable beforehand.  But like a cold, damp Montoni’s pizza where you can taste nothing but grease, they’re a mystery whose solution is never fun.

I assume we’re going to get more of Wally’s graduation party, with perhaps a bit of sermonizing on the plight of the immigrant.  The problem, as always, is that Batiuk refuses to do the minimal research necessary to get the facts right, so all his arguments end up being just flat out wrong.

You’d think his desperate attempts to appear Significant would make him refine his methods so he doesn’t come off as Willfully Ignorant.  But I guess chasing awards doesn’t leave much time for anything other than Flash comics.


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22 responses to “Watch Out, The World’s Behind You

  1. spacemanspiff85

    My prediction: “You’re an immigrant just like Superman was! And just like him you have an awesome job and wear a colorful, outlandish costume!” *Wally points to Adeela’s hijab*

  2. Charles

    You’d think his desperate attempts to appear Significant would make him refine his methods so he doesn’t come off as Willfully Ignorant.

    I wonder if he even avails himself to criticism about this, so there’s certainly a chance that he never hears that his premises aren’t based on reality. He “knows” how things work so he doesn’t have to investigate, and anyone who objects is just a whiner looking for something to complain about. He’s blind to the major gaps in his knowledge base.

    • spacemanspiff85

      He bragged on his blog at one point about how his preferred writing method is to not do any research at all before he writes a story. I remember him mocking another comic writer who actually did do research first, like that wasn’t true writing or some crap like that.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Fresh out of the Funky Funkmeister’s studio comes a Sunday strip so fresh, so relevant, so wuzzz up, its bound to win an award.

    Nope it’s a comic book cover featuring hell raisin hajib …she’s fierce, she makes pizza, her h1b landed her a sweet gig in Westview…but, oh no, the cancer hit. And so it goes….

  4. Epicus Doomus

    I don’t even understand what today’s strip is supposed to be. He put the emphasis on “I’d”, which I guess is supposed to imply that the giant egomaniac Harry was always too self-absorbed to have had a “role model”, which isn’t really a joke unless you understand the character. Not the character NOW, mind you, but who the character used to be many years ago. All in all, it’s really, really half-assed.

    And once again BatWrite demonstrates an alarming lack of understanding re: how “work” works. Muslim architects don’t “start out” by waiting tables in pizzerias and retired music teachers don’t continue to show up for “work” every day just because they feel like it. If Becky still can’t handle teaching band after all these years perhaps WHS could find another one-armed woman who can. I’m sure Becky isn’t the only one, it’s f*cking Westview.

    • spacemanspiff85

      I think you’re putting too much thought into it. Batiuk just thinks switching words around or one person basically repeating something back to someone else is the height of comedy; it’s pretty much all that ever happens in Crankshaft.

      • Epicus Doomus

        IMO it would have been better if he didn’t emphasize anything. It’d be all cryptic, wistful and weird. Instead, though, it’s just obnoxious. And aren’t Sousa and Claude Barlow his “role models”?

  5. spacemanspiff85

    This is even more of a waste of space than usual for Batiuk. Here’s a sneak preview of the next few weeks.
    “Harry, I just want to say thank you for all you’ve done!” “I wish I had someone to thank for all I’ve done!”
    “Harry, have I ever told you how much I appreciate you?” “I wish I had someone to tell how much I appreciated them!”
    “Harry, I’m pregnant.” “I wish I had someone to tell I was pregnant!”

  6. ian'sdrunkenbeard

  7. billytheskink

    DSH is an unlikable shmuck, but I kinda feel for him when I think about his marriage. He’s not even Lefty’s silver medal, he’s her bronze… at best.

    • Epicus Doomus

      When you look back on it, it was kind of pointless to bring them together at all, but back then FW was still fueled by that kind of melodrama (and repeatedly kicking Wally in the teeth). I know they have appeared together in the strip (DSH & Lefty) but it’s so infrequent who would ever notice if they didn’t? That annoying comic book guy, the inept one-armed band director…that’s more than sufficient.

      • spacemanspiff85

        I think it was the beginning of Batiuk’s comic fixation in this strip. The whole storyline was presented as “Look at this comics geek getting the hot chick after all! He must be pretty awesome! He even gets to keep her when her assumed dead soldier husband returns, so that means creepy comics obsessives are cooler than soldiers, officially!”.

        • Double Sided Scooby Snack

          What’s disturbing is to BatWit, Skunk Head is THE coolest guy in the strip. But to the rest of us, he’s a pervy man-child kid-diddler.

    • gleeb

      Let’s not forget John and Becky’s first date,when he stiffed a waitress (Becky made it good) and made Becky pay to gas up his losermobile. John Howard married Becky for her steady paycheck and health insurance.

  8. Paul Jones

    As we watch this boyish looking woman feed the horrible, horrible praise junkie, let’s take a trip to the other side. We have use of the sepia wash, we have corners and we have Ed Crankshaft sitting in what Batiuk thinks hospital waiting rooms look like.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yeah both strips are total garbage today. But I really wasn’t expecting a Dinkle today. Oh mein Gott he is such an annoying putz. Of course he didn’t need a role model. Helpless Lefty isn’t much better. Pathetic.

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Hey, thanks for your help this week, last week, and the week before that, Hairy. In fact, thanks for being here each and every day of my BAND career.”

    “Don’t mention it. I have to be here. I can’t bear to see some dumb ol’ gorl try to be a real band director. As long as you’re in the BAND industry, I can never retire. Even if ANOTHER school feels sorry enough for you to hire you – or fears a lawsuit – I’ll be there. Every day. Looking over your one good shoulder. When I die, they’ll have me stuffed and put a tiny motor inside of me. I’ll still be there. Forever.”

  10. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    By the way, speaking as an actual pro musician, let me just say NOBODY refers to their “band” career. Nobody says that! My “music” career, perhaps. But then again, the Batiuktionary is full of weird shit nobody except the pointy little bald headed twerp from Ohio says.

  11. Jimmy

    I’m beginning to think Westview is experiencing nuclear winter.

  12. Charles

    Considering the tongue-bath that Becky gives Dinkle in every sequence they’re featured, which comprises every sequence Becky is featured, I find it unbelievable that Becky has never told Dinkle this before.