Fielding a Compliment

ICYMI: So yesterday Logan was summoned to the office, only to return today to The Bleat’s studio with the rest of her peers (the “freshmen” we met in 2016 and hence should have graduated last June), and they’re all just back from a field trip? Th’ hell? Is this happening like five minutes later, or have days passed? Les is still wearing the yellow shirt, but that’s not a clue, since he wears a yellow shirt at least 85% of the time. Logan’s wearing a jacket that she didn’t have on yesterday, but then again, yesterday her top went from a crew neck to a turtleneck in the space of one panel. And today she wears the same color top but now it’s a v-neck. Logan: “Yeah, I almost would rather have been here!” Girl, you were here! Maybe that’s not Logan Church, but rather her heretofore unseen identical twin? Les, of course, is unaffected by any of this, as long as he can take as a “compliment” that being in his class is almost–almost–preferable to some shitty, five minute field trip to the principal’s office.

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  1. Epicus Doomus

    I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a “day in the life of WHS” type of thing or the start of something else. I certainly don’t recall anyone mentioning any field trips. If his class went on a field trip, where was he? Why did Logan get called to the office? What’s going on here? Is ANYTHING going on here? Sigh.

  2. William Thompson

    “How was the field trip?” “We were away so long we got letters from AARP!”

    Seriously, Batiuk, when was the last time students complained about a field trip? “Hey, it was so bad I wish I’d stayed in class” is not something you expect to hear from a student.

    • Mr. A

      “Logan Church, please report to the office for your field trip. Everyone else is here already.” Seriously, that’s the only way I can connect yesterday’s strip with today’s strip, and it barely makes sense. But even if that’s the case, why does yesterday’s strip exist at all? Why couldn’t we just start the arc here?

      Actually, since I’m 70% sure we won’t hear anything else about this field trip ever, maybe we should have started the arc with tomorrow’s strip instead. I’ll know more when I see it.

  3. William Thompson

    Hey, where’s the other Doublenut Twin? Did the field trip take everyone to a slaughterhouse, and she’s going to return to Westview as Band Burgers?

  4. billytheskink

    A field trip almost as bad as class with Les? Where could that have been?

    A. The Cuyahoga River Fire Monument
    B. Atomik Komix
    C. Montoni’s
    D. Hell
    E. Tom Batiuk’s Lisa shrine

  5. Gerard Plourde

    Wow, he’s moved from “tell, don’t show’ in presenting his storylines to “Don’t bother showing or telling”.

  6. ComicBookHarriet

    I just want to point out that vapid blond Cindy clone #1138 has either just appeared in panel two, or was completely obscured by Les Moore’s swollen noggin. Logan’s coat is horrible pubic scribbles. And Bernie’s glasses have no frames in panel 1.
    Seriously, how long do we think Ayers spent on this? Two minutes? Three?

    • Charles

      Panel 2 isn’t any better, although Ayers took the time to give Bernie this pouty lip to really drive home how miserable this unspecified field trip had been. Logan either has a hideously misshapen head or has piled a massive amount of hair into a bizarre tube-like shape on top of her head, releasing the ends in a sort of large chaotic spray. Where does her head end?

      And why does she always wear hoop earrings?

    • William Thompson

      I’m sure the Cindy clone is one of the Doublenut twins, and Ayers just couldn’t take the time to draw both of them. Although, yeah, he could have forgot this strip is already top-heavy with emptyheaded blondes of both sexes.

    • Smirks 'R Us

      I nominate “pubic scribbles” for inclusion in the Batiuktionary!

  7. The blonde in panel one looks like she’s suddenly entered a high gravity field, and it’s crushing her. Maybe that’s what Les means by “field” trip.

  8. J.J. O'Malley

    Just a couple of questions:
    So, whatever the “field trip” was, it didn’t involve Mr. Moore or, seemingly, his “communications” class. If so, why are the students trudging back to their “news studio”? Isn’t that just a morning production? Don’t they have other classes to go to? Doesn’t Les have other classes to teach? Is that a copy of the “Lisa’s Story” movie script he’s scribbling in?

    It’s funny; Back in the Act I days a school field trip would have been the basis of a week-long arc, with Funky, Les, and the gang discussing the trip, riding the bus, and then touring the cardboard box factory or wherever they went. Now, what potentially could have been a chance to get to know this group of students will get dismissed in a throwaway panel to make room for more wacky, pun-filled shenanigans with the goateed “Meathead of the Class.”

  9. Boots Gandalf

    How much money do these ass-clowns make for producing this shit?

    My kid’s stick figures have more depth and wit.

  10. Banana Jr. 6000

    “How was your field trip, kids, even though one of you was just here, and without you I have no reason to be standing around with this script?” “It was bad. We rather would have stayed with you.” “I have no response to that.” What, does Tom Batiuk think he’s Ingmar Bergman now? I don’t get it. I really, really don’t get it.

  11. sgtsaunders

    Return of the Stank Yellow Shirt. But that was yesterday.

  12. LTPFTR

    Maybe Batiuk decided a quarter-inch from reality was too much work and we’re not back to the original school-based gag-a-day format.

  13. Hitorque

    I thought field trips took the entire school day?

    At least they did back in my time…

    • William Thompson

      When you’re stuck in WHS, one minute away from Les Moore can feel like an entire day of bliss.

  14. Banana Jr. 6000

    Notice how much more detail went into Les than the other characters. He’s doing that sexy, over-the-shoulder look, while the students barely have faces. And he looks like he got his teeth capped between panels one and two.

    Given the lack of any discernible purpose to this scene, I’m guessing this vignette is supposed to showcase the series’ star character, Les, and his students’ deep love for him.. He’s the “cool” teacher that all the kids relate to. They only know how to say so through backhanded compliments, but that’s okay with him, he knows what they mean. Batiuk thinks he’s invented the modern day Mr. Chips.

  15. This is weird… Les is actually looking directly at his students and asking them questions. He’s also being suspiciously good-humoured about Logan’s “we’d rather be HERE” remark.

    Did Cayla ask for a Stepford Husband for her birthday?

  16. Lord Flatulence

    Logan changed races between 2016 and yesterday.