From the FW Blog, Nov. 6, 2012:
At the moment, I’m hard at work on what is turning out to be a bit of a coda to Lisa’s Story. Events in the present will spark a sort of flashback/prequel which will crossover into real life with a visit to my old apartment in Elyria…as well as a crossover with Crankshaft thrown in for good measure. Oh, and lest I forget, a long lost character as well…Stay tuned.
Tom Batiuk Talks 'Funky Winkerbean', comicbookresources.com, March 19, 2013:
I ended up writing a story where Frankie — he's been mentioned a couple times and has actually appeared in the strip very briefly, the guy who got Lisa pregnant — returns. In the return of that story we deepen the teen pregnancy story and say that it was a little more than just youthful indiscretion on Lisa's part. There was some coercion involved and it's like a coda to "Lisa's Story."
Guess we'll have to wait for TB to "roll out" the story to see how he retcons this.
I wasn't able to dig up a whole lot on the web about Frankie (he's not even mentioned on the Unofficial FW Fan Page, though Lisa's teen pregnancy is). I found the above strip from Act II, but can't provide any context on what their relationship was by the time she was pregnant with Summer.
Louder April 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm
Right, because Hollywood studios always have someone who has zero experience in writing movie scripts writing the first draft. That always happens.
Talk about putting the cart before the horse, huh? Though he can't even get started on his screenplay, Les imagines himself and Cayla at the Academy Awards®. Even in his fantasies, Les must be self-effacing. Hey, douchebag: there's no "second place" at the Oscars®: you either win it or you don't. And if Lisa's Story were to be nominated, it'd be in the category of "Adapted Screenplay". And oh, yeah: they don't hand out Oscars® to made-for-basic-cable-television "movies". Anyway, it's Les' daydream: naturally, this high school teacher and part-time pizza counterman from the Midwest beats out the likes of Tony Kushner, Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson* to take home the statuette, as Lisa's ghost, smiling approvingly, hovers over his left shoulder.
(*Just a few of the nominees from last year)
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After cancer, alcoholism, and post-traumatic stress disorder, the most prevalent disease in the Funkiverse is, of course, writer's block. Today, Cayla brings the Delicate Genius a snack of milk and cookies. But if he doesn't quit farting around and get cracking on that script? I'm pretty sure she's gonna break Les' ankles with a sledgehammer and keep him hostage in his study 'til he's done!
Well is this ain't the clumsiest, creepiest, most awkward come-on in the history of man and woman! Les' usually dainty hands grow into cartoony, clublike mitts, and his eyebrows can almost be seen to wag as he clutches cringing Cayla to his bony breast, as the exposition-laden dialog balloon looming over their heads threatens to crush them both.
For all of us who've wondered what Cayla saw in Les…why she suffered his devotion to his dead first wife…why she married his ofay ass…well, it's starting to make sense now. It's finally starting to pay off for her (and her daughter), and she sends Les back to the tower to spin some more straw into gold.
Cayla, honey: your first reaction to your husband's good news probably should be something like "That's great, baby! Congratulations!" instead of immediately trying to gauge how much money's coming your way. "Television? Movies?!?" Well, turns out both answers are correct in a sense…but taken together, they equal less than the whole.
John April 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm
By the way, in said year and a half, we have yet to have an actual name for the mysterious "Hollywood Buyer"…neither a person nor a company name.
Mysterious indeed, even to Les: "something called CME…Cable Movie Entertainment". Sounds like the Funkiverse equivalent of the Lifetime Network or Hallmark Channel. Guess that means no big-name stars, no 3-D…so much for Les' labor of love being made into "a real movie".
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