A-Pickin’ And A-Smirkin’

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Cindy’s jocular brand of cynicism is almost as annoying as Les’ face is. Almost, but not quite. I guess the gag here is supposed to be how little Les’ students respect him, which seems believable enough, I suppose. Speaking of annoying, Mason’s bizarre hair strand is a real rage trigger, especially the way he crammed it in there in panel one, where it actually trespasses into the word balloon, annoyingly enough. And what’s up with Cayla’s heavily-sedated smirk? You can tell she’s originally from out of town.


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15 responses to “A-Pickin’ And A-Smirkin’

  1. Les’ students respect him as much as Batiuk respects his readers.

  2. comicbookharriet

    Mason has caught Bangs Disease from Cindy. She’s been in remission since high school. Who knew she was still contagious?

  3. Paul Jones

    It’s rather telling that he’s a former teacher who likes teenagers as well as he likes comics fans. He’s an example of the Ineptitude-Contempt Complex.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    He seems unaware of the fact that in choosing what sort of media outlet, finding out whether going broadband/cable or internet-based website provides a stable income that pays the bills is a perfectly valid question.

    He also seems to have forgotten that Cindy isn’t a network reporter anymore and may actually be unknown to his current students

    • billytheskink

      May be unknown? C’mon now, Cindy won an Emmy for her documentary about a blacklisted 1940s-50s film serial star who never acted again… Of course Les’ students have no idea who she is.

      • Count of Tower Grove

        Indeed he testified before SENATOR McCarthy at the HOUSE UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE!

  5. Buckeye Feculence

    Don’t know what’s in that glass that Cayla’s lifting, but she looks plastered. Maybe that’s how she copes with being married to Les.

    • Gerard Plourde

      It must be a Long Island Iced Tea. (And probably not her first of the evening, given that she’s stuck listening to Les.)

  6. Who the hell sticks their pinky out while drinking diet root beer at Montoni’s? Ugh.

  7. Seeing as in these modern times, young people are looking at years of crippling debt from student loans, it is absolutely a valid concern to know what kind of income to expect if you choose a particular career path. It’s not a matter of greed so much as self preservation. Leave it to TB to turn this into a typical millennial-slamming “kids these days only think about material things” joke.
    For someone who is supposedly a dedicated teacher, I can’t remember the last time that Less actually showed any real respect or concern for any of his students.

    • Professor Fate

      Les has never shown a single moment of respect or concern for any of his students. They exist solely to show how smarter and better and more sensitive HE is. It’s similar to his Lisa obsession, it’s not about Lisa’s life or suffering, its about HIS feelings about Lisa. One is told that one of the things love does is lift you beyond yourself, in Les Moore’s case whatever he felt for Lisa merely made him withdraw into himself
      And you know what would be a good story line for a teacher – discovering a student who with his help could end up being something special. Heck you could even show Les being torn by jealously because he has to admit the kid is better than he is. Maybe force Les to push beyond his self impressed persona as the lord of language, and become a real teacher and real human being. (I was an English major yes)
      Nah. too complicated. The author would rather wallow in comic book nostalgia and cheap shots at women.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Or in Batty’s case, Lisa suffered so he could try and win a Pulitzer. When that failed, he had Les marry a black woman. But that didn’t win him any awards either, so he had to do a gay prom arc. Nope, no awards there either. Ok, so let’s have a hajib wearing character who is an immigrant. Ah, still no awards…..

        What else can Batty exploit? I suggest having Les transition so he can get breast cancer…then Batty can reuse a lot of old material and still have a chance at winning an award.

        • Gerard Plourde

          Be careful what you wish for-there are cases of men who did get breast cancer. If TomBa happens to see your post when he checks in on SOSF he may smell Pulitzer again.