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Well, apparently Bull’s “hurry up” defense storyline has wrapped up–although it’s quite telling that in Sunday’s episode, we see no indication of a score, and the visiting team seems to be playing much better ball than the Westview Tongue Depressors (or whatever they’re called).
So…let’s guess! On Monday we’re probably off on a new adventure–and who will be our stars? Holly? DSH John? Darrin? Dinkle? Think of the characters you hate most, and imagine them off and running! Who will offer the bon mot of despair, the smirk of superiority, the devastating pun of wisdom?
Well, no one of course. This all depends on your definition of “adventure,” and in Funky Winkerbean, an adventure consists of people sitting around talking, and accepting that they are powerless in this world. Which is how I’m sure Tom Batiuk would like his critics to behave. Hence the reason for the absolute refusal to allow anything to happen in this strip.
I was thinking about the Les-in-Hollywood story recently–God in Heaven, save me, I was thinking about the Les-in-Hollywood story–and it occurred to me that Les never articulated any criticism of the revised script. The closest he came was to squeak, “Lisa lives?!” when told of the revised ending. The rest of the time, he just wearily accepted what was going on and moaned that he wished he was dead.
We readers, on the other hand, were meant to be outraged, outraged at the changes made to the precious Lisa story. Les doesn’t have to articulate anything, because–supposedly–we’re doing it all for him. No work at all on Tom Batiuk’s part. Pity the readers don’t seem to be on his team, cos it’s a great way to avoid effort.
That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’, and a nice “Kill Fee”
UPDATE: So apparently, Holly is going to deliver the winner of that 3.2 million Action Comics issue to whoever bought it off eBay. That’s clearly an issue of Action Comics. “Written a year in advance” my ass.