Massholes

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I don’t know what Mason is doing to that slice there in panel two but it’s hard to believe it made it past the CK censors. Blech. This one is a visual nightmare, but at least he got Cindy’s hair color right this time.

So it’s “You’ll Hate Your Career Day” at WHS already, eh? Time sure does fly. Last year’s guest speaker, the former night manager at Montoni’s, dissuaded plenty of kids from choosing a career in pizza arts and Cindy is way more wry than he was, so IMO her talk will go over like gangbusters with Les’ class. They are, after all, at that age where pondering your future failure and unhappiness is very important, the decisions they make today are tomorrow’s regrets. Dream small, little Scapegoats, as it’ll soften the landing.

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  1. I hate to point this out, but Ayer’s artwork has really been terrible lately. I don’t know how much he works off of Batiuk’s rough drafts, but Batiuk’s art was better.

    • Epicus Doomus

      And I can’t believe I agree re: BatWad’s artwork. Mason looks downright deranged in panel one and that wrench-jaw on Les in panel three is terrifying.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    The looks on Cayla and Mason’s faces in the first panel are great. Based on her expression, I’m guessing Les hasn’t said a word to or acknowledged Cayla in the entire meal and has just been blatantly hitting on Cindy for the past half hour. Meanwhile, Mason’s expression is making it super clear he’s about to make sweet, sweet love to that pizza, no matter what society thinks about it.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    It shouldn’t surprise me that this escaped TomBa’s attention, but Mass Communications is a course normally taught by the social studies department, not language arts.

  4. billytheskink

    They take Mass Com with Les, Cindy, they don’t need any more discouragement.

  5. The Nelson Puppet

    Cayla and White Cayla in the same room! Glad that cleared things up. Ayres must only be able to draw middle-aged women 1 way and “Cayla” is the template.

  6. comicbookharriet

    Yes. Mass Com. The speaker system used by priest’s everywhere to communicate transubstantiation.

  7. Paul Jones

    Cynicism: the cheapest elegant posture known to Man and the device of people who never learn anything because they say No to the world.

  8. Charles

    Seeing Major Screen Superstar Mason ultimately stuffing pizza in his face whenever he shows up in the strip reminds me of a particular remark an actor made about getting and maintaining his physique:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-45447818

    Batiuk has no idea how actors live, in other words. He has Mason eating pizza and hanging out on the beach and he thinks that’s just how it is.

    • Miskatonic Sophomore

      I’m not surprised. In the last week alone, he has also demonstrated that he has no idea how Free Comic Book Day works, or how bankruptcy works.

  9. Paul Jones

    And of course, we’re never going to get the appropriate reaction to her whining rant about how Life is disappointment, misery and failure and how not even Death is a release because you wander around Eternity haunting all of the places where bad stuff happened. We’re going to get some of that sweet slack-jawed confusion instead of someone saying “Jesus, Lady!!! This is the sort of thing you post on YouTube before you kill yourself.”

  10. sgtsaunders

    I like the way Les has turned ashen gray in P2.

  11. Miskatonic Sophomore

    Cindy ought to be a little more sympathetic to Les’s poor MassCom students, and not only because they’re Les’s MassCom students! She should understand why they might WANT to work in the glamorous world of media. It’s not like there are a lot of job prospects in the Westview area. Being an OG Westviewnian, and one of the few who escaped, Cindy should know all about the incredibly poor economic prospects for these kids. The town has a pizzeria, a comic store, and…and…and the mall where Les buys his sport coats, though maybe that wasn’t in Westview proper. And I guess there’ll be a school bus driver opening if Crankshaft ever dies.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Les’ students have YouTube channels that have more viewers than Cindy has. Why would they want to listen to her.

    The video of Les dancing by himself went viral….yeah, even Cayla has a channel.