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August 29, 2007

Thinking WAY Too Much About Luann This Week

Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, Civil War, comic strips, comics, dream sequence, Fort Sumter, homework, humor, Luann — Cidu Bill @ 12:00 am

At this point I’m thinking this has to be dream sequence, because it doesn’t make sense any other way.


Monday and Tuesday strips, originally posted as “Is He TRYING To Trick Them?”


  1. Regardless of the teacher’s intention, the joke is that the A+ students copies it down wrong.

    Comment by Tim — August 27, 2007 @ 3:02 am

  2. Luann misinterpreted “5” for an “S” so she’ll be a chapter short.

    This is just really mean of the teacher. It makes no sense, and defies all logic to mark it as “5,6-9” instead of “5-9.” Even “5,7-9” would have made more sense. $100 says most of the test covers this mysterious chapter 5, though.

    Comment by Rasheed — August 27, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  3. Don’t laugh. I’m in nursing school at the moment and I swear most of my assignments are about this clear and about this tricky. *sigh*

    Comment by Molly — August 27, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  4. Looks to me like he wants them to read chapter 5.6-9, not chapters “5, 6-9”. In other words, just subsections 6-9 of chapter 5. A lot of textbooks are organized like that. And so, not only is Luann miscopying (not sharp), she’s also setting herself up for nearly triple the work for little or no benefit in the short run.

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — August 27, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  5. What teacher would just point to the written assignment like that? Is he attempting some sort of tough-love “pay attention to what’s written” lesson?

    I think every teacher I ever had would have said the assignment out loud. But then, that wouldn’t set up tomorrow’s high-larity.

    Comment by Chaz Larson — August 27, 2007 @ 10:09 am

  6. Having been a high school teacher, even if he had said what the assignment was ten times, had the entire class repeat it out loud, written it on the board, AND given them a hand out with the assignment written on it, I can promise that AT LEAST half the class would have done the wrong assignment or totally forgotten about it. The rest of them would have complained about how hard, long, and/or boring it was.

    Comment by Chris — August 27, 2007 @ 11:23 am

  7. I had no trouble with this comic because it reminded me of teachers I had in college who would write assignments like that (bad grammar and all). One math teacher did that deliberately and when we’d catch it, he’d smile and say, “Good, you’re paying attention.” It’s hard even for the straight A’s to feel proud at moments like that. 🙂

    Comment by Keera — August 28, 2007 @ 1:28 am

  8. Writing it “5, 6-9” makes NO SENSE, period. Worse, FIVE CHAPTERS in any class is absolutely ridiculous to assign as an overnight assignment.

    Comment by Powers — August 28, 2007 @ 6:58 am

  9. And he said it as “5, 6-9” again today. Would have been better to have it as say “5, 8-10.” Most contrived comic strip situation ever.

    Comment by John DiFool — August 28, 2007 @ 9:01 am

  10. I’m with John DiFool. This is terrible. I even went to the comic’s website and sent him a message asking why he did that. There were many ways he could have done this to make it funny. This way is just contrived and lazy.

    Comment by Jim — August 28, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

  11. Oh, yeah…and who says “I’m a mighty battleship of readiness”? Yes, I know, he needed that to set up the gag in panel three, but once again, it’s contrived.

    Comment by Jim — August 28, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

  12. Wouldn’t she still expect to get close to 80% if she had studied four of the five chapters assigned?
    As to why she takes 40 minutes to write two words, she probably got distracted pondering the idiocy of a teacher who writes “5, 6-9” when he could have written “5-9”

    Comment by Derek — August 29, 2007 @ 5:45 am

  13. Okay, the newest addition, the ‘dream sequence’ one, requires some work, because he set it up wrong.

    Because you see the addition of a single word in panel 3 you assume time is passing normally. However, if you watch the wall clock, panel 3 is …. 39 minutes later? What….?

    Then you look at her poleaxed face. The cartoonist was trying to indicate that she wrote two words and then SAT THERE STARING AT THEM, POLE-AXED, for FORTY MINUTES.

    His time-elapse art just doesn’t reflect that…

    Comment by Steve — August 29, 2007 @ 9:07 am

  14. This whole sequence has been pretty odd. However, it has been established that Mr. Fogarty is mostly insane, and hates his students. I’ve also been confused for a long time about what Mr. Fogarty teaches. I’ve seen him teaching grammar, photosynthesis, and now Civil War History. No wonder he’s a burnout who once threatened to put his class in a crate and ship them to Iceland.

    Comment by David — August 29, 2007 @ 10:53 am

  15. What kind of instructor teaches solely via reading and tests, anyway? On what does he lecture if not the importance of Fort Sumter?

    Comment by Powers — August 29, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  16. We’re all bashing the teacher, and the “5,6-9” connundrum is significant, but we’re forgetting that Luann is a piss-poor student. You think she really pays attention to lectures, or retains any knowlege? I can totally see her or a great many people turning in a blank test (some of my Multivariate Calculus tests were just as bad). If this week is a dream sequence, Greg’s been using it as a crutch too much (remember the Gunther IS Aaron week from 7 years ago?)

    Comment by Rasheed — August 29, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

  17. What bothers me is not the “5, 6-9” thing… it does bother me a little, but it’s quite possible if chapter 5 was on one subject, and 6-9 were related chapters on a different subject. Teachers do stuff like that… reminds me way back in elementary school, when we were talking about writing words in the past tense. They would tell us, “If the word ends with ‘e’, drop the ‘e’ and add ‘ed’.” Why not just add ‘d’?

    But I digress. What really bothers me is that the joke is obvious in the first strip, and the second strip doesn’t expand upon it *at all*. The battleship thing isn’t much of a joke. This is partly a limitation of having a three/four-panel format and a week-long story, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work…

    Comment by furrykef — August 30, 2007 @ 5:26 am

  18. Whoa, this guy won the Reuben award?

    Comment by Powers — August 30, 2007 @ 7:08 am

  19. Wow, these comics rang far too true on both accounts. I have been in both situations, almost exactly the same as the character there.

    For the top one, it’s very easy to get swept up in thought process trying to formulate your words just right, but never really getting any content out onto the paper. Before you know it, time is up, you have part of a sentence, and everyone else wrote two or three pages!

    As for the second one, I’ve had a teacher write almost the same thing on the board, but I think it was Chapter 5; 6, 7, and 8. I read chapters 6, 7, and 8 like a good student not realizing that the three later numbers referred to the questions at the end of the chapter that we should have answered and that it was not plural. The worst part of all is that I was the only student who made the mistake somehow!

    Comment by bAT L. — August 31, 2007 @ 3:43 am

    “and you smell like one too!”

    Comment by Rasheed — August 31, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  21. Follow up to my comment #10: I haven’t heard back from Greg Evans. I sent another message through the website this evening. I’m sure he gets a lot of email, so I guess I won’t hear back.
    I hate to grind this to death…but I still think that all he had to do was make it “Chapter 5, 7-9”. That would have worked! He’d still have the Panel 3 gag…and it would have been FUNNY…

    Comment by Jim — September 1, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

  22. Anyone else feel that the storylines work better when Luann isn’t involved?

    Comment by Ora Sheffler — September 2, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

  23. I want Evans to do what he does already of course and not to interfere with his great art. But can he do it with more real slang? I didn’t buy that Luann would do Calculus either- I think she would be Math phobic. But other than minor details and Puddles getting too cute he is the man and whatever he does he is the creator. I like the reaction shots and other things that add to the humor and make the strip cooler. Like Brad shocked but going with the flow when Toni makes-out with him. Like he is trying to act like he expects it and is use to it while super loving it. While I think I wished Evans would have not gone unrealistic situations and over the top- like Toni as firefighter I guess Brad is going to be the opposite of his Dad. And if he isn’t going to have unusual outcomes in more realistic situations like say Brad and TJ going to Community College with lots of girls- then hey he should take the unrealistic stuff all the way and have their reactions representative of the difficulties of coming of age/middle age. Is Toni trying to have sex with Brad?- she is like the most sexual character in the history of mainstream comics. If Brad ever faints at a fire I guess Toni will be the one to save him, carry him to her place and nurse him back to health in her bed. I am not suggesting any stories for Evans- he is the creator not me. I just visualized some hillarious aggressive “Cougar” going after Brad at a set-up by the other firefighters for Brad to be the stud at the win a date charity auction for Brad’s station. And they are in the back cracking up at the scene. And like she stalks him and Brad doesn’t know what to do. I also see such things as how the fire fighters play gags to welcome the new guys and Brad being suckered in a variety of ways. And then Luann the college years and Gunter getting sacked while working as the “cute” football mascot and Luann falling for him as he is in a daze at a hospital. The one Character I really did want Evans to continue was the chick who was after Gunther at Monsters. But it’s his strip not mine and I keep reading it so he is doing it right. Gunter at the movie theater is mainstream comic strips at its best. I read that Shultz put stuff about his sex with a 25 year old that he told his wife he wasn’t seeing and she dumped him for being “deluded” so I guess if Peanuts can be that way and wow I guess I am way too innocent then Luann will have Toni and Brad. Brad better watch out though- Toni is trouble with a capital T!

    Comment by Donny Wallace — June 25, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

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