Luann by Greg Evans and Karen Evans for November 13, 2019

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 4 years ago

    remind me: why did Prof. Zebo choose Luann to be his aide?

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    howtheduck  over 4 years ago

    Slowly we begin to realize that this is no longer a course in art, but a course in ethics. We also begin to realize why Zebo needed a new assistant.

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    notbornyesterday  over 4 years ago

    I guess beauty…and contempt…are in the eye of the beholder

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    Saurabh_India  over 4 years ago

    Is there only “A+” and “F” in Zebo’s binary world?

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    Baarorso  over 4 years ago

    Luann, I’d resign as Zebo’s aide before his convoluted thinking lands you in a straitjacket!

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    kenhense  over 4 years ago

    So I thought Zebo was toying with Luann. More to the point – G & K are toying with US.

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    Brdshtt Premium Member over 4 years ago

    And the Wild Wizzard ride is on. Will it stay an A+, or will it whip back and forth for another week or two?


    Only The Shadow knows…

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    Queen of America  over 4 years ago

    Whatever the grade is, I’m bored with this arc and wish they you move on.

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    Counterpoint  over 4 years ago

    So… Intent trumps artistic accomplishment in Prof. Zebo’s grading methodology???

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    Joe1962 Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Luann as a T.A. was a bad idea.

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    Robin Harwood  over 4 years ago

    So Zebo is making Luann think! He’ll get thrown out for that.

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    DuncanCairncross  over 4 years ago

    To me there are two seperate lessons The “what is art”And the lesson about technique – which Tara failed

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    SJhapamama  over 4 years ago

    Ga Zebo is demonstrating to Luann that she needs to be careful about making snap judgments, especially when she doesn’t understand the criteria upon which the assignments are being evaluated. Ah, Grasshopper…you have much to learn before you leave… ;-)

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    Major Matt Mason Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Zebo will beat some artistic sensibility into Luann if it takes all semester!

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    JD'Huntsville'AL  over 4 years ago

    Oh just compromise and give her a C.

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    Jimmy90403  over 4 years ago

    He’s a smart man. It’s a teaching opportunity for his T.A.

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    notbornyesterday  over 4 years ago

    As if Tara’s head isn’t inflated enough and as if her sick buddy didn’t need any encouragement…..; part of being any kind of artist is dealing with critics….something sorely lacking here.

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    UmmeMoosa  over 4 years ago

    Once you overlook mocking and disrespect, you realize Tara is brilliant. She’s a revolutionary.

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    Queen Wolfen  over 4 years ago

    He seems awfully wishy-washy for a teacher.

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    sueb1863  over 4 years ago

    Now Zebo’s acting a tad deranged.

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    stonegarden  over 4 years ago

    Love it! A play on the intricacies of critiquing art. The actors/actresses being Luann, Zebo, and Tara, with Nils as a minor supporting actor. It also has the feel of a comedy routine like Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?”

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    mjb515  over 4 years ago

    Zebo has less ego than expected.

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    Pohka  over 4 years ago

    Zebo’s doing a good job instructing Luann on complexity. Why he’s doing it we don’t fully know but what we do know is he’s the only person currently instructing her (that we’re directly aware of). Hopefully G&K show us more about what Zebo is instructing Luann about by Friday.

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    ForrestOverin  over 4 years ago

    ‘Zebo’ is Lithuanian for ‘obnoxious’. Nah, I made that up, but I wish it were true.

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    luann1212  over 4 years ago

    This is brilliant on the part of Zebo, a teacher has to have a grading standard, whether the subject is art, physics, business, history, whatever. I don’t mean just categorical rules, like you get a given number right, or you write a given number of words, you get a given grade, but a basis for deciding whether the assignment fits the standard, and did the student met it or not? Luann has to pick. Is the friendship thing, or Luann’s standard’s?

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    Aladar30 Premium Member over 4 years ago

    This has become a mental torture for Luann. But also a fundamental lesson on how to give grades. It’s confusing & logical at the same time. Wonderful♡ I like Prof Zebo more and more.

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    murphraven  over 4 years ago

    This is why a lot of people think that art is BS

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    rrsltx  over 4 years ago

    Will Zebo give Tara an A+ when she poops on his desk and calls it a sculpture?

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    maxiesmom2 Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Great googly moogly, this has been a bizarre arc!

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    comic reader 22  over 4 years ago

    I don’t really like Luann anymore. She has become petty judgmental, small minded and self absorbed. Just start a new comic called Tara.

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    Mordock999 Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Luann is wasting her time arguing with professor “Z-Bats” here.

    She might as well be trying to “reason” with Tara’s “artwork.”

    She should play along with Professor “chrome dome.” Let Tara have that “A”. In fact, Lu should go to Tara and tell her she got an “A.” And in the straightest, saddest face possible, tell Tara that Zebo liked it so much, he just gave Tara, “HER,” T.A. job. End the conversation with a “Thanks a lot FRIEND!” Then leave without another word.

    Then Lu should abdicate the Art Class T.A. Job. When asked “Why,” she should just say, because it’s “Art.”

    Besides. The late Salvador Dali made millions of pesos in his life time. I’m fairly certain he NEVER had to put up with THIS crap. ;)

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    Mr.D  over 4 years ago

    Clearly the grade should be C for incomplete. Tara made a brilliant sculpture not a drawing. To complete the assignment she needs to submit a drawing of her sculpture and that would surely capture the essence of the still life, evoke emotion, and be an A+ drawing. I love this ark G.K.

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    Ignatz Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Notice that Zebo doesn’t care that Tara was mocking him. As long as she did it well.

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    Vangoghdog01  over 4 years ago

    Nice catch! Hope there wasn’t a flag on play.

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    TheElderGodfather  over 4 years ago

    Anyone read my comment yesterday – yeah, he’s totally avant-guarde, and of course now he’s giving his (so far as we know) grading criteria.

    Oh the humanities…

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    bdmiles1  over 4 years ago

    I think the professor is teaching Luann a valuable lesson here. And, I do recall Luann earning a similar surprise A in his class last year. She wasn’t mocking anything, but simply forgot…in her typical cloud of disorganization. I think she whipped up a picture of Puddles in 2 minutes and got an A.

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    wtepps  over 4 years ago

    I’m liking Zeebo more and more. He’s teaching Luann a couple valuable lessons. Don’t be so quick to judge, and art is in the eye of the beholder. Art should always be the one thing that is about feelings. Who is Luann or anyone to tell somebody what is good or bad.

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    JingoDog  over 4 years ago

    This is hilarious!

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    Wizard of Ahz-no relation  over 4 years ago

    when I was a TA in college the professors would have me grade and mark papers and tests in pencil and then they would go over them in ink but once they knew me, they could trust my comments usually the grade given was off by a + or – so i might say ‘b’ and the prof might say B- or B+ but that was in history classes on Russia or Roman that had less wiggle room than l has here on facts.

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    chris_o42  over 4 years ago

    You can’t beat Zebo Luann, give it up. He is messing with you.

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    TerBer  over 4 years ago

    UP YOURS! (When do I get my degree?)

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    Ukko wilko  over 4 years ago

    Zebo just rose in my opinion.

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    Tyge Premium Member over 4 years ago

    This is why “modern art” sucks! It’s defined by the Zéboes of the world. I.e., affected and arbitrary. Some will take offense at this, but [insert appropriate tautology].

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    Tyge Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Who’s on First?

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    ChuckJungmann  over 4 years ago

    Long time reader of Louann, I just made an account to comment on today’s strip. I had previously thought of Prof. Zebo as mainly a pompous foil, but I love the direction this is taking. Zebo could have dismissed or ignored Louann’s objection, but he is using it to challenge her to open her mind. I believe that he is less concerned about Tara’s grade than he is with having a discussion with Louann about what constitutes art and how to judge art. In his peculiar way, I think he is offering to be her mentor. I’m looking forward to watching this relationship develop.

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    Mongo  over 4 years ago

    The lesson here is art is inspiration, not just copying a certain aspect because the teacher wants it.Tara, rebelled and mocked the idea of a still life EVERYBODY else was painting.That lesson hasn’t sunk in yet with Luann.

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    KEA  over 4 years ago

    I thought it was hard enough grading math, where there is an actual answer.

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    Ellis97  over 4 years ago

    Like I said, in the world of art, there are no rules.

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    Pipe Tobacco Premium Member over 4 years ago


    I am finding this arc to be wonderful. It is really being used as a way to the thought processes that need to occur to help a person transition from a yes/no, on/off sort of absolute mindset about life to looking more deeply into meaning…. and for better or worse…. a method of looking at life that has a myriad array of greys.

    I think Professor Zebo chose Luann for the TA position not because he wanted someone to do his “busy work”, but instead he chose her because he sees a lot of potential in her. She is still young/naive… and needs to be guided to see bigger picture concepts and to also understand these concepts more deeply. Professor Zebo has given her the opportunity to be mentored by him. This could be the way Greg is steering Luann into a transition to adulthood and goals and aspirations.

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    paulscon  over 4 years ago

    If you look at the shape of the “art work” I think she aced the task of capturing the banality of perceived reality of the squash.

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    tims145  over 4 years ago

    I think Zebo is trying to use this as a “teachable moment” to try to get Luann to think a little more deeply that she usually does.

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    tcayer  over 4 years ago

    This demonstrates how subjective art i…

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    Tyge Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Anyone see a syllabus of Art 101? Did Tara follow the Lesson Plan. Oh? There was no lesson plan? Then this chaos all makes (non)sense.

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    lflynn6730  over 4 years ago

    Give Tara the F, for she doesn’t deserve an A+ where other students put in the time and work for there grade.

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    Robert Nowall Premium Member over 4 years ago

    You’re getting involved in a con game, Luann. Walk away, and find something other than “art teacher” to do.

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    eladee AKA Wally  over 4 years ago

    I’m trying to give him the benefit of a doubt but Zebo really IS an idiot!

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    GaryCooper  over 4 years ago

    Hmm, if we evaluated art based on intention, an entirely different set of artists would be considered great.

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    RSH  over 4 years ago

    Luann is right to want to know what the grade should be based on. I would think it could be a combination of things, e.g. sketching skill, artistic effects in the rendering of the still-life; interpretation and intent could be a third contributing item but not the totality of the grade. But what was the assignment? Was it to sketch the still life or to sketch whatever he/she interpreted the still life to be?

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    ChrisHunnewell  over 4 years ago

    Who cares why he chose her, this is fun to watch! Besides grades are superfluous!

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    ZeMastor  over 4 years ago

    So, Zebo is still jacking Luann around, playing mind games with her. He’s still not being clear about what he expects of the students. If what he really wanted was for them to create a piece that reflects their feelings/intent at the time, he should have said so, instead of laying out a gourd and a bottle and providing paper and easels.

    After all, a student who is distracted and depressed over a breakup with a girlfriend/boyfriend could very well turn in a sheet of paper that’s painted black. A+. Another student just isn’t feeling it. Doesn’t care, and is taking the class to satisfy a requirement… turns in a blank piece of paper. Another A+. Why even HAVE a class, an instructor or grading, if the point is for all of the students to “successfully convey their intent” and anything goes?

    It’s a good thing that I didn’t jump on the “Zebo is such a great teacher” bandwagon yesterday. I held off, because I suspected that the remainder of this week could just be a bunch of back-and-forth doubletalk and hooey. And it is.

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    ZeMastor  over 4 years ago

    Blast from the past… I was curious about how the Tara/Luann “friendship” developed, so I went back looking. Found this. So, Tara, what happened to being “100% serious about my classes?”

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    RSH  over 4 years ago

    And why is everything portrayed in extremes (A+ vs F)? Is it possible that Tara could get a C or C+.? When you factor everything in I think that would be reasonable.

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    Donald Heller  over 4 years ago

    He is educating her sublimely!

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    Nick Danger  over 4 years ago

    I sit corrected as I thought the Prof would give Luann the ‘F’ for lack of discernment or some other artistic issue.

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    MikeFarr  over 4 years ago

    I like this teacher!!

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    Eric S   over 4 years ago

    But mocking was not the assignment. And if asked to continue performing"a+" material.. she is very unlikely to be able to do so.

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    WaywardWind  over 4 years ago

    <<< At least he’s not trying to sleep with her…..I guess? >>>YET!

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    Stregone39  over 4 years ago

    Luann is a Sweet, Harmless, Well Intention creature moving thru Life, and as most teenagers>>young adult wannabe’s, she is also Benignly Obtuse to many things, but she always seems to have an innate sense of trying to be Kind AND doing the “right thing”. As for the Prof, clearly, he “marches to the beat of a different drum”, and some might say that he was Certifiable? Certainly, Unpredictable. This guy must be a “Joy” to live with? LOL

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member over 4 years ago


    BTW, all areas of expertise have their own vocabularies. They allow greater precision when communicating with people who are in the field but sound like babble to others.

    I have found myself wondering how much of what Zebo says is real but I just do not know the vocabulary vs. how much really IS babble.

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    cheesehead  over 4 years ago

    I’m really starting to like him.

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    KevinCarson1  over 4 years ago

    Don’t we already have one character — Berniece who says “Ahhhmmmm, I’m tellin” and goes running to authority?

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    Far trippin'  over 4 years ago

    Damn it Greg, I read these comics to have a laugh with my morning whiskey…not think!

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    Brdshtt Premium Member over 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Greg! And many thank you’s for the diversion you give us every day from the goings on in day to day life. Many more to you.

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    PhoenixHocking  over 4 years ago

    Poor Lu. She’s more confused than ever.

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    Scoutmaster77  over 4 years ago

    The lesson here is for Luann and is about more than art.

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    FrankSF Premium Member over 4 years ago

    I’m starting to love this teacher.

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    Code the Enforcer  over 4 years ago

    I knew an instructor or two like this from architecture school. More than a number of them gave out a lot of BS – But a small few had a method to their ‘madness’…

    That said, I’ve also witnessed some students who thought they could quickly create art ‘on the fly’. Most were pompous jerks not worthy – Still, one or two others (who were actually very nice) somehow had the knack, and (usually) COULD do it!!

    Still, I’m on the fence about Zebo, and Tara here, respectively… Hope for the best!

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    Airman  over 4 years ago

    Zebo, once known as “Bubbles”, was a synchronized swimmer earlier in his life but failed to qualify for the SEALs, so art became his life.

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    dan klotz  over 4 years ago

    this is just dumb

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    bakana  over 4 years ago

    Professor Pretentious is clearly trying to assert his “Superiority” to mere Mortals here.

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    JasonBall  over 4 years ago

    There’s something deep here and I can’t wait to find out what it is.

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    Sisyphos  over 4 years ago

    Zebo is a master sophist, and Luann is no Socrates! We won’t know the grade(s) for sure until the end of the arc….

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    Airman  over 4 years ago

    Zebo is fascinated with Pru and knows that she lives in Luann’s parents’ house. So, let’s use Luann to connect with the theatrical lady and enjoy a little gossip about Broadway.

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