No, It Isn’t

Link to today’s strip.

It is not, in fact, interesting in the slightest.  Which I guess is par for the course with this strip.

“You know, in the old days, we used to talk about what we’d accomplished with our students.  The routines we designed, the cough awards we won, the general feeling of accomplishment.  Nowadays, though, I thought I’d skip all that and just talk about myself, non-stop.  Did you know that I used to be deaf, but now I just need a hearing aid?  Let me tell you all about that.”

No wonder Mr. Movie Director Man’s Dad looks so downcast in that last panel.  Oh, God, what’s a polite way to get out of having to listen to this boring old fart?  Maybe I should forget the ‘polite’ bit and just belt him in the mouth.  Yeah, just smash his teeth in and hope his jaw breaks.  Imagine Dinkle being unable to use his mouth!  That would be so awesome!  Oh crap, he saw me smile at that image and thinks he’s on a roll…maybe I can vomit up those hot dogs I had for breakfast, make my excuses…


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25 responses to “No, It Isn’t

  1. Epicus Doomus

    It’s interesting how when most “band directors” retire from their jobs they, you know, stop coming to work and stop attending work-related functions, like band director conventions. This one is doubly insulting to the reader’s intelligence, as at one time Dinkle couldn’t hear at all. But, like with everything else that ever happened in FW except for Lisa’s death, that fact has been intentionally forgotten for some reason. Sigh.

  2. Max Power

    As bad as it would have been, I had hoped that this week would have been devoted to Comic Book John and Comic Book Crazy Harry sitting around discussing what the Ohio Music Educator Conference might be like.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Yeah but how many ways can you say “It’s like comic dash con, but without dweebs in costumes, people with horrible hygiene, and perverts looking for teenage boys?”

  3. spacemanspiff85

    You know, if you have nothing band related to talk about, why are you going to a band conference?
    The way Dinkle apparently somehow just stopped being deaf one day, and Mort just stopped having Alzheimer’s one day, I totally expect Lisa to be alive and completely fine some day soon. And given how crappy a writer Batiuk is I’m pretty sure he’d still alternate between Lisa and Cayla being Les’s wife randomly.

    • Gerard Plourde

      And if he did end up alternating Lisa and Cayla, on being called out on the apparent bigamy, he’d fall back on “It’s called writing.”

    • Epicus Doomus

      I suggested that a while back. Just bring Lisa back like nothing ever happened and forget all about Cayla. Who’d notice the difference anyway? For a while there Lisa appeared in the strip WAY more than Cayla did, in fact there were strips where Les ran away from Cayla to go meet Lisa in the park. Thank God those dark days are behind us, eh?

      • spacemanspiff85

        Any “credit” Batiuk thought he’d get from having Les marry a black woman (and I think it’s obvious he thought he would, he cited it as evidence of his not being racist in his blog after Les called her an ape) I think he’s lost by her being essentially non-existent since. All she does is sit around and bring Les food and drinks, or listen to him and smile as he talks about his writing or Lisa.

        • Double Sided Scooby Snack

          For fun, compare Cayla today to when she was first introduced.She was actually black at first. I’ll bet Batty’s core non-ironic readers (70+ year old Ohioans) pitched a fit about Les marrying a black woman, prompting BatWit to make her a 25 year old white woman with a bit of a tan.

          No awards for Batty either way — Since the majority of TV commercials now portray mixed-race couples, he can no longer “invent” the concept.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Also “when people get older, they talk about old people things” is pretty much the farthest thing from interesting I can think of.

  5. billytheskink

    Baldercrap! Dinkle only ever talked about fundraising turkey sales, Claude Barlow, and child abuse in Acts I and II.

  6. Count of Tower Grove

    Dammit! I thought for sure the guy in the splash panel would be a Muslim elder plotting Adilly’s honor murder for taking employment at a haram shop.

  7. comicbookharriet

    “By the way, this is Becky, my hearing aide. I got her to listen to others for me since I have trouble hearing anything but the sound of my own voice. She repeats to me anything I might need to know, but in the sycophantic tones my ears are still attuned for. I got her real cheap because, as you can see, she’s a little, ‘off-model.'”

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    My grandparents called this “old people talk” and they refused to engage in it. They told us, nobody wants to hear about your medical problems. It’s a miracle we are even alive today, so we try to talk about happy things.

    Believe it or not, they lived in NE Ohio! According to Batty everybody who lives here is miserable all the time.

    Is there nothing else he can write about? He should actually talk to his music teacher friends and try and get some funny stories instead of always doing throwbacks to the good ol days.

  9. Chyron HR

    BECKY: Harry, _I_ came to the music education conference because _I_ want to talk about _my_ band.
    HARRY: Eh? Sorry, Bunny, can’t HEAR you! (Har har har.)

  10. bobanero

    So, when did this event become the Ohio Retired Music Educators Conference? Other than Becky (who seems to be there just to serve as Dinkle’s “arm candy”) have we seen anyone else who is actively working as a music educator?

    • Count of Tower Grove

      Sorry, Becky.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      No. After Dinkleberry “retired,” they cancelled band programs all over Ahia, except the one at Worstview. Makes perfect sense — Just like when Summer hurt her knee and the rest of the team refused to play in the playoffs. Then when Summer graduated, the girls ladies women’s basketball program was completely discontinued.

      Now, this convention is just for retired band directors so they can discuss funeral plans, burial plots, etc.

  11. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Why do “retired” band directors even bother schlepping their mopey old carcasses to conventions like this? Doesn’t “retired” mean you don’t NEED to do this crap anymore? Oh, well. No rest for The World’s Greatest Band Director Ever. He’ll have a booth to sell and autograph his many books – he’s a Famous Author, you know – and deliver countless lectures filled with lame music puns. His public DEMANDS him. Every band director in Ahia worships at his holy feet.

    Oh, also he’s there to keep an eye on Young Lad, the Dumb Ol’ Gorl Band Director, to make sure she doesn’t wander off or say embarrassing and dopey ol’ gorl things.

  12. Paul Jones

    And yet if Batiuk catches wind of people who say that he made a huge mistake not keeping the original cast in high school, he gets defensive because he’d rather not admit that he did. If Dinkle were merely the bombastic cartoon character he used to be, he’d be a lot easier on the eyes.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Well he could have made it work with a new cast…if, and only if, he would give the notion that everything was better I. The good ol days. There are still good, interesting stories to be told. But Batty won’t do that…nothing but old people talk from him.