Dream Academy

Being late/running late is a very common theme in dreams…Being late in a dream as an image of finding it difficult living up to your own demands or the demands of others…When we dream that we are late or that we are about to be late, it is often because we are fighting a battle to achieve more than we can actually handle.


It’s a pretty common dream, all right, so give Batiuk points for being relatable for once. I know I’ve had dreams of this type. The naked-in-public kind of dreams, too. Batiuk and Ayers do a pretty good job at giving this scenario a dreamlike feeling. The hallway appears infinite, and eerily empty. And while this is almost a universal dream premise, I bet Tom Batiuk hasn’t had this dream in ages. At this stage of his career, the only demands he probably has to meet are to submit one comic strip per day. It doesn’t have to be especially well drawn, or funny, or make sense, or follow a narrative. Just a piece of content, to fill space on a newspaper comics page or on a website.

Well, my two week long nightmare of having to deconstruct FW every day is ended, and on deck is guest emcee Epicus Doomus! Take it away!


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13 responses to “Dream Academy

  1. William Thompson

    Suppose Creepy Les had this dream? You just know that when he burst into his class the teacher would say “Where’s your homework? Why are you late?” and he would say “I was rehearsing an oral presentation of my homework! Dog! D-O-G!” The class would burst into applause and the teacher would hand him a Pulitzer.

  2. CRM114

    Batiuk’s whole life appears to be this as a comic strip waking dream- high school follows forever, there is no escape.

  3. billytheskink

    Funky has dreams about being back in high school. Les… Les thinks he’s still there when he’s awake.

    That traveling green shirt, man, it gets around.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    In BatGag’s fevered nightmares he’s rushing to the post office in early January to wrap up yet another year of FW, but it’s a holiday, which means he’ll have to devote another fifteen minutes to it the next day. Much like the entirety of FW itself, it’s kind of tough to figure out why this one even exists. I assume he came up a few Sunday strips shy and just made something up on the fly.

  5. Doghouse Reilly

    “Okay…everything’s fine…I spent the half-century since I left high school eking out a working-class Ohio lifestyle by selling mediocre pizzas, I’m on my second marriage, my son is a worthless ingrate, I’m living with alcoholism, my arteries are more clogged than the L.A. freeway system at rush hour, and my only friend is the former high school nerd who won’t stop writing books about how his first wife died from cancer.”

  6. Paul Jones

    Remember that strip where we were reminded that when he thinks of himself, he sees the kid he used to be? He never actually did leave high school at all. No one in the strip does. It just follows them around into the Great White Void.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    Being late appears to have been this week’s out of left field theme.

    And late middle-aged awake Funky even entertains the thought that he might still be in high school? Why would that even be a thing?

  8. Banana Jr. 6000

    I think Batiuk is on point with this one. I’m 47 years old, was never an uber-diligent student, and I still have nightmares like this.

    See also https://xkcd.com/557/

  9. matt2amy

    In Westview the school bell is the same as the tornado siren?