The Silent Generation

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That is a massive piece of paper for Dinkle to overlooking. He should have seen it in panel one, where the back on his coat is exposed to us. The only explanation I can come up with for Dinkle allowing this sixteen-inch, unmissable sign to be posted on his back is that he was flattered to be mistaken for a Boomer. Because, unless Funkyverse’s murky comic-book-time has gotten really murky, there is no way that Dinkle was born after 1945. Never forget that Dinkle was Funky, Holly, and Cindy’s band teacher so he has to be, at minimum seven or eight years older than them, IF they were in one of the first years he taught.

If you’re curious, in most areas dialing that number along with a local area code will send you to the directory assistance.

So, I’ve been playing a fun little indie video game with my galpals for the last few months. It’s called Phasmophobia. It’s a ghost hunting game, where you search various haunted locations: farmhouses, asylums, prisons, apartments, with tech to identify and gather evidence on ghosts.

A month ago, we were searching the old abandoned high school.

Looking for a very special ghost.

Needless to say, when I saw what the randomly generated ghost name was, I laughed hysterically for five minutes and then spent half an hour trying to explain why it was funny.



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18 responses to “The Silent Generation

  1. William Thompson

    How is it that Lefty shows up just as Dingleberry finishes a full day of subbing for her? Why bother to come to school when her work day is over and someone has done her work for her?

  2. William Thompson

    “Boomer” can also mean “turd.” If found, return it to Dinkle in a flaming bag on his doorstep!

  3. billytheskink

    This MIGHT be funny if that was Lefty’s phone number and we, for some baffling reason, knew this. Or if Dinkle looked anything like Norman Esiason.

    Thank goodness for CBH’s stories this week.

  4. J.J. O'Malley

    Well, that was certainly a week’s worth of humor packed into one day, or is it the other way around, or none of the above?

    Given what we’ve seen of the current crop of Westview High students, it would come as no surprise to me that they assume anyone over the age of 45 or so is automatically a Boomer, particularly since this strip’s art seems to depict teens as being in their 30s and has trouble differentiating between a genuine Boomer (Funky) and someone 30 years his senior (Tony or Funky’s dad).

    Why would Becky show up for an end-of-day cameo? I’m going with the assumption that today’s strip is actually the next morning, and Dinkleberg took the chance to spend one more night sleeping in his beloved band room.

    • William Thompson

      “Lord Dinkle, why did you sleep here all night?”
      “I did no such thing! I did stay a bit late to show the students how to play their newfangled waterpipe, but I’m sure I went home!”
      “Lord Dinkle, that’s no waterpipe, it’s a bong!”

  5. Banana Jr. 6000

    Another case of unnecessary details ruining a joke. There’s no way Dinkle wouldn’t have noticed that massive piece of paper while putting the jacket on. And all the paper teally needs to say is “kick me”, so it could have been much smaller and less noticeable.

  6. That darned Lisa is everywhere! Even in the video games that our youths are playing!

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Name geekery: According to analysis I did on data from, the probability of “Lisa Moore” randomly occurring in CBH’s ghost game is about 94,618 to 1. This assumes that names occur with the same frequency they do in real life. If you consider the surname “Crawford” as being equally good, the odds improve to 75,663 to 1. That’s for ONE random name to be Lisa Moore or Lisa Crawford. If lots of random ghost names get generated, the odds of one them matching get even lower. Out of 100 randomly generated names, the odds of one them being Lisa Moore or Lisa Crawford is 757 to 1. Bonus points for it happening at a high school, though.

      • ComicBookHarriet

        LOL! That is a beautiful amount of name research there.

        Actually the chance for Lisa Moore was much higher in the game. The game draws from a pool of about 100 different names. However, it was hilarious to get it generated on High School.

        Other fun names you can get in the game include, William Smith, David Thomas, Michael Jackson, Betty White, Joseph Smith, or Elizabeth Taylor.

  7. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    It looks to me like Rebecker slapped that sign on the D-man’s back.

  8. The Nelson Puppet

    Here’s Paul McCartney searching his abandoned high school:

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    That’s a really good point. Dinkle should do this scene with someone who’d already be at the school, like Les or Cayla. This would also set up some much-needed exposition, e.g. “how was your first week as a substitute?” Les loves smirking at schadenfreude; he’d actually be a good choice here. And think back: has there ever been a “Les and Dinkle” strip?

    FW characters only appear in certain combinations. Becky is only seen with Dinkle or band students – rarely even her own husband. If Pete and Darren go somewhere, it’s always the generic coffee shop and never Montoni’s. If a Montoni’s customer is talking with Funky, it’s always Crazy Harry. The comic book group never interacts with the teachers group which never interacts with the Montoni’s group. This is necessary for some jokes, but not many.

    The characters are trapped in their own little silos too. If something bad happens, it happens to Funky. Les would never need cataract surgery. Someone said this week that Dinkle substituting in English or math would be a lot more fun to watch. Which it would. The fun of having a large cast is watching them interact in unusual ways. But no one in Westview ever leaves their comfort zone.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      That was supposed to be in response to William Thompson’s “How is it that Lefty shows up just as Dingleberry finishes a full day of subbing for her?”

  10. newagepalimpsest

    “Thank you for taking my class while I went for my cataract surgery! Now I will spend a week watching “Batman Beyond” and putting in my eyedrops.”

  11. Epicus Doomus

    I wasn’t aware that hundred and ten year olds were considered “boomers”. This one kind of makes you wonder what Dinkle’s thousand years of service to WHS was for, you know? No respect, no regard either.

  12. Hitorque

    Phasmophobia is an exercise in Godlessness and that name proves it