Facing the Music.

Link to today’s strip

Went on a weird journey for today’s post. At first I was just going to point out bad art. Like Dinkle touching his face with a tiny little prop hand. Then it occurred to me that Dinkle has touched his face in shocked contemplation no less than three times this week, which is gross and not something you want to be doing during cold and flu season.

But I stopped when I noticed that Becky mentioned practicing music for the Christmas Concert…because Westview doesn’t have a Christmas Concert. They have a Holiday Concert, so as to not offend those who do not celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, and/or a night where the undead soul of a fourth century Turkish bishop breaks into people’s homes. I had vague recollections of an entire Holiday Concert arc dealing with Principal Nate becoming a somehow more exaggerated prototype of South Park’s PC Principal. So I dug into the archives, and sure enough there was an arc from December 7th through the 13th in 2015.

My trip took me farther back, because I decided to review some of the tired old Band Turkey gags, and I discovered that Dinkle himself assisted Becky in selling something other than turkeys back in 2014.

Then I looked up, and right there, November 2014, I found the arc where Bull had been offered a college coaching position, only to have it snatched away from him when the college’s first choice called back. And I was stunned to see that, five years ago, Batiuk thought to include a strip where Bull and Linda include their children in life decisions. Probably the last time Jinx has spoken in strip.

Reading that arc again, after everything, had me genuinely sad. And also kind of grossed out. Because Batiuk wrote Linda as incredibly horny back then.


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22 responses to “Facing the Music.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Gosh dang Batty turns out a lot of crap. And he was worried about the contract he signed? Geeze, he is lucky he gets paid for this crap.

    Why is Lefty smirking…why!?!

    • William Thompson

      Because she’s finally realized she’s better at this job than Dingleberry ever was, and he’ll never get it? Naw, that can’t be right, not in Westview where men rule. That smirk is just a third-panel reflex.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        Unless you are Lisa.

        Bull, as we now know, was the best guy in Westview. In his lame attempt to tell a story, Batty inadvertently made him look like a hero. So much for putting down the sportos eh Todd?

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      I stand by my pet theory that Westview is downstream from a toxic chemical plant, where the chemicals cause rictus smirks at inappropriate times. There’s really no other explanation.

  2. William Thompson

    “Yeah, Harry Crankle, practice! It turns out some of these kids have talent, and a halfway competent teacher like me can help bring it out when she does her job!”

  3. billytheskink

    Hey look! It’s five more older FW strips than TB looked it before writing this week’s story arc. And last week’s story arc. And the week before that’s story arc. And the week before the week before that’s story arc. And the week before the…

    • Epicus Doomus

      It’s hard to believe that our little SoSF headquarters trailer out here in the wilds of Secaucus has more FW resources available than BatYap’s vast FW studio in Medina does. I mean sure, we’re the most comprehensive FW resource on Earth but he actually writes the f*cking thing, you know?

  4. Epicus Doomus

    As CBH aptly demonstrates above, FW’s main problem is that the guy who writes it quite obviously doesn’t give a shit. You’d think that when he sits down to crank out another twelve months worth of strips he’d consult his giant archive in order to refresh his memory re: dangling plot threads and or continuity but it’s pretty clear that he doesn’t. His readers remember the strip better than he does, it pisses him off and he’s taking it out on them by ignoring huge swaths of FW history whenever he pleases. This guy carries grudges like they’re herpes, with him it’s forever.

    Maybe the nuances of the gag are escaping me at the moment but why would Dinkle, who made his charges march through actual hurricanes and flood waters, be taken aback by the idea of band practice? Was his disdain for practicing some sort of ancient running gag I just forgot about? I mean yeah, I understand that BatGag is going for that Act I-style irony/sarcasm here but IMO it’s not in character for Dinkle at all. It’s like a gag about John being dumbfounded by the idea of putting comic books in Mylar bags or Funky marveling over putting pepperoni on pizza, it just ignores the key aspect of Dinkle’s entire character, that being “band director”.

    • William Thompson

      Maybe Dinkle believed that his divine presence was enough to make the band play well? Maybe he watched “The Music Man” and thought the secret was “Think music” and a miracle will happen? Okay, I got nothin’. That’s like Batiuk only it takes more effort.

      • Epicus Doomus

        But he HAS led band practices, many many times, thus being surprised by the notion makes zero sense. And while I’m not sure how long Becky has been band director, but I am sure it’s been all of Act III so they’ve been “working” together for twelve years at a minimum, plenty of time for Dinkle to take note of Becky’s practice demands. It’s just so bizarre and annoying when the characters in this strip act as if they’ve just met for the first time and/or haven’t kept in touch since high school.

        • Banana Jr. 6000

          I think the joke is supposed to be “Dinkle spent so much time fundraising, he didn’t practice.” But as you say, he was just as maniacal about practicing.

          • billytheskink

            Yep. In fact, one of the best known pieces of FW merchandise ever made is a book whose cover feature’s Dinkle shouting “Football fields are for band PRACTICE!”

  5. Paul Jones

    He’s got the same damned mental illness Lynnuck has: wanting to revise history on a whim just because Archie Comics does it.The joke’s on them because Archie Comics isn’t doing it any more.

  6. Chyron HR

    Diversity University Ironton? More like Cleveland Technical Education, amirite?

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Smirks and shadows,
    Smirks and shadows!
    Young Lad Drecky looks like Rachel Madow!
    Let’s get smirky, brother.
    She has one arm and not the other!

  8. Cabbage Jack

    Hey now! If that’s a 4th Century Bishop, he’d be Greek, not Turkish!

    Pedantic Man…AWAY!

    • comicbookharriet

      Lol! True. But I was worried that saying he’s Greek gives the indication that he lived in the area of modern day Greece, instead of Asia Minor. I didn’t know which way to swing in assuming the historical knowledge of readers.

  9. Gerard Plourde

    As has been pointed out, Act 1 Dinkle was maniacal about practice. To have him musing about the concept shows the complete lack of any kind of effort in producing this strip.

  10. Hitorque

    You forgot the best part about Bull — After agreeing in principle to a multi-year deal worth six figures to coach “Diversity University International” (yeah, I know) the douchebag athletic director pulled out because their first choice candidate who initially rejected DUI crapped out trying to get some other big name job he was going for…

    Yeah, Bull as always was a slow, plodding, indecisive wuss at this once in a lifetime opportunity to coach against the big boys and make millions of dollars doing so… Granted, he shouldn’t have taken three weeks to say yes, but once that asshole AD broke their handshake deal, Bull should have sued the shit out of them.

    • William Thompson

      What, and leave Worstview, where he was such a beloved character that only his old rival visited him in his declining years and his funeral scene showed more tombstones than mourners?