The Les You Know-Part 1

Link to today’s strip.

Naturally, when “officials” are worried that the county fair isn’t going to get enough publicity, they’re going to call the most important man in town–and he’s going to work tirelessly to make sure other people do the work.

So, Les being Les, he’s volunteering his students without asking them first.   And he’s also volunteering their parents to drive them to school that day, unless Westview has a number of bus runs.  (None of these students look old enough to do solo car school.)

I am puzzled as to exactly what the students are supposed to be covering–people putting up stands, spreading hay, making sure power receptacles are turned on and that the porta-potties are visible?  Most of the fun activity at a county fair would happen after school hours, and on weekends…unless the fair is being held when school is out, which is clearly not the case here.  Let’s not even mention that the school channel is not a broadcast channel, so the only coverage the fair will get from Les’ class will never leave the high school.  I’d think a bunch of posters would do just as well, but then, I’m not an award-nominated cartoonist.

By the way, Batiuk teased a “Funky-Crankshaft” crossover story, taking place at the fair.  Prepare to dread!

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11 responses to “The Les You Know-Part 1

  1. Epicus Doomus

    This appears to be another “these kids today” arc, this time centering around the simple homespun pleasures of the ol’ county fair…which ordinarily takes place in summer…when school is out…but whatever. So The Bleat will be reporting on an event and broadcasting it to, uh, no one? OK then.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      “Kids today” would already be signed up for six extracurricular activities, and would tell Les to check their Outlook calendar for February.

    • Count of Tower Grove

      Yep, fair season usually from early August to Labor Day. Where I live the public schools open next week. No need for city kids to go to county fairs.

  2. billytheskink

    A county fair that has to resort to begging high school journalism programs for coverage? That’s VERY Westview.

    I’d say The Bleat should farm out (pun intended) county fair coverage to a student group that participates in the fair like FFA or 4H, but there is no way Westview HS has the budget for such extracurriculars.

  3. William Thompson

    A country fair . . . oh gods . . . is Hairy Dangle going to supply the band?

  4. Charles

    Les asks a question in the interrogative because he’s a shithead. “Want credit for this stupid extracurricular, kid? Better say yes!” He’s also a shithead for volunteering the kids before asking them. By the way, where is the stupidly-named Maris Rogers? Has she been split in two and reconstituted as those idiot twins from Crankshaft?

    Anyway, so this week is going to be all about those dumb kids and their hula hoops and their dungarees and their pagers and their big pants and their smart phones and their total lack of respect of stupid things Batiuk thinks are important and their pogs and their colored chalk and their…

  5. Paul Jones

    At least we can credit Batiuk for one thing. Les is consistent in that he started out finding the most basic social norms a baffling mystery he could never solve and boasting about what a smart person he is for aggressively not getting it and by God, he’ll die a clueless and pompous nincompoop. .

  6. Banana Jr. 6000

    And this strip wonders why we hate Les so much. Look at that smug, victorious look on his face as he informs other people’s children them he volunteered them for this stupid task without even asking them first. As if they are powerless to go against the will of the mighty Les Moore, High School Journalism Teacher.

  7. Maxine of Arc

    And yet I’m relieved it’s not Boy Lisa and the Utter Incomprehension of the Comic Industry. Was this his plan all along? To make us grateful to see Les? Diabolical.

  8. Don

    Er, it clearly IS the case here that the fair is being held when school is out; “come into school a little early” means “before the school year starts,” not “before the school day starts.”

    And when was the last time a county (as opposed to a state) fair had “fair food” (that was something other than overpriced food you can find pretty much everywhere else) – and why do I have a feeling this fair will be different?

    • Doc

      Did these kids ever get a summer vacation this year? Gil Thorp and the gang had summer vacation in Milford. I guess they don’t write Gil Thorp years in advance, so they don’t miss seasons out of cluelessness.