March Badness

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Everyone hates it when BatHack tries to do Act I humor in Act III. Dinkle being a megalomaniac was hilarious way back in Act I, when the strip was a cynical, satirical look at a fictional suburban high school. But it isn’t anymore, thus Harry and his irritating pal just come across as selfish, vindictive jerks who browbeat the entire school district to suit their own needs. But you already knew that. Now let us never, ever speak of Dinkle or this Andy clown again.

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  1. William Thompson

    Get a tomb, you two!

  2. billytheskink

    I like how this week makes it seem like Andy Clark just casually popped into town for lunch even though it was established in 2013 that he lives an hours-long plane flight away from northern Ohio.

    • J.J. O'Malley

      Did Batiuk give two minor characters the same name? I thought the Andy Clark featured here was a school band director, but the strip shown above says that’s also the name of Dinkle’s book publisher. Are they supposed to be the same person? That seems like an odd job combo.

      Oh, and today’s (please!) coda to this arc is as funny as a crutch.

      • billytheskink

        TB did give two minor characters the same name in Andy Clark, but not quite in the way you are suggesting. In addition Dinkle’s pal here, who is a publisher/band director/retiree, the Black bus driver who wears a green ball cap over in Crankshaft (and has occasionally shown up in Act III FW) is also named Andy Clark.

        This Andy Clark, though, is based on TB’s real life friend Andy Clark, who currently works for CL Barnhouse music publishing and has had a long career in music as a band leader, composer, publisher, and high school band director. Looks like TB cycles through the real Andy Clark’s career as need be to suit whatever he wants to have Dinkle bounce off of Funkyverse Andy Clark.

        By the way, real life Andy Clark not only co-wrote the Funky Winkerbean’s Homecoming stage play with TB, he was the guy responsible for getting all of those Dinkle posters made and hung up in band rooms in the 80s, facts that make up the most prominent part of his bio on the CL Barnhouse website. Good grief… to have that as a career highlight!

        • Banana Jr. 6000

          I think having Dinkle as a career highlight is far less embarrassing for Andy Clark than it is for Tom Batiuk. Clark is a small niche publisher. It’s reasonable that something mainstream would become his most famous project. Tom Batiuk had a daily comic strip in every newspaper in America for 50 years! And all he can do with it is beat us over the head with Dinkle, trying to convince us the world that he’s an unappreciated icon. And give guest appearances to people he did business with 35+ years ago. Pathetic.

        • J.J. O'Malley

          So, the real-life Andy is in effect the Typhoid Mary of the scourge that is Dinkle. How sad. I completely forgot about the A.C. over in C’Shaft. Thanks for the info, billy.

  3. Upon my first reading of today’s strip, I thought that Harry had used Hotron to change Westview’s conference schedule to all home games for the Scapegoats. But that’s far too ridiculous even for FW, right?

    Right?

    • That would at least have made sense, vs. the band director just imposing his will on everyone else.

    • Captain Gladys Stoatpamphlet

      I don’t know what it means. It should mean that he turned the away games into virtual home games with his presence, but “who does that” implies that he did something untoward.

      • Hannibal's Lectern

        I figure he used RoundUp herbicide to write/draw obscenities on the other teams’ playing fields. Probably images involving band turkeys in unspeakable positions.

        Oh wait… that might be funny. Scratch that possibility.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      That’s what I thought it said. I can’t even think of any other way to interpret it.

    • billytheskink

      You know, that is essentially the plot of the Funky Winkerbean’s Homecoming stage play… the school accidentally schedules its homecoming football game incorrectly and Les (ugh, of course) has to save homecoming from getting cancelled by getting Holtron to alter the schedule and restore the the game to its proper date.

      • Epicus Doomus

        And Les is killed at the end by rioting WHS students… right?

        • William Thompson

          No, Jack Stropp discovers that the team has lost its one and only football. The stores are all closed so he needs to make a new one right away–but where can he find the pig skin? Of course . . .

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      It doesn’t say it was limited to conference games. No, Westview played every single football game at home for five years, even though Westview was notably terrible at football, just because it’s what Dinkle’s ego wanted. And absolutely no one objected to this, or had any power to overrule it.

  4. Y. Knott

    By the end of his career, no other town wanted Harry Dinkle to set foot in it.

    Yup, this totally checks out.

  5. Count of Tower Grove

    We’re not Raisin the Bar here, are we?

  6. Hitorque

    Can these two just screw already?