From The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) website:
Funky Winkerbean made its debut on the comics pages in 1972, and today appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. [Tom] Batiuk chronicles the lives of students and faculty at Westview High, including Harry L. Dinkle character, the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Band Leader.” Batiuk, a former middle school teacher, is such a fan of music education that he created the comic strip Halle Dinkle just for [NAfME] members. Halle is Harry’s daughter, and the strips chronicle the trials and triumphs of a general music teacher.
This seems less a spinoff than just something nice TB wanted to do for the music teachers. There are only a handful of Halle strips to be found online, so I’ve taken the liberty of collecting them here.
The strip has all the hallmarks of a Tom Batiuk joint. Note the smirk on the little girl to the left of panel 2:
Perhaps TB was a little pressed for time when he delivered the next strip: the women’s faces are just brutal. Although Batiuk did have time to direct a zinger at a favorite target of his: those greedy bankers.
Here, he must really have been pressed for time: he just rewrites the first strip!
Summer and Keisha guest-star here. Surprisingly, Ed Crankshaft is not driving the bus.
In this 2010 strip, Halle’s mushroom-head hairstyle in all its glory.
Halle crossed over to Funky Winkerbean to celebrate Harry and Harriet’s 50th wedding anniversary. TB took his time with this September 2013 strip, softening Halle’s looks and adding color. Those hideous twins have a future either in music or as serial killers: