I recently acquired a copy of Could Be a Book Deal Here, a Funky Winkerbean collection from the mid-’90’s. I wanted to summarize the events around the Post Office bombing. This page is a work in progress…as I scan the strips, I will upload them and add commentary… The arc begins on a Sunday, and I’ve taken some Photoshop liberties and colorized the strip myself. Sunday, July 28, 1996:
Tony’s listening to “that guy” on the radio. Les, apparently, is not a fan. It’s not clear how the first amendment rights of “that guy” pose any threat to those of Les. “That guy” is holding forth about “filth” on the internet, before turning his vitriol on “the Sunday comics”. “Teen pregnancy, guns in schools, teen suicide…when did this garbage suddenly become fodder for the funnies?”
Beware anytime someone starts invoking “common sense” in a political argument…
BeckoningChasm January 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm In that post office image, I would’ve sworn the figure running down the street was yelling “USA!” I couldn’t imagine such a context.
Pre- network Cindy Summers, still sporting the unicorn ‘do from high school. (I missed a strip here, which I will scan and add as time permits: Les tells Funky that “Lisa has to undergo surgery, but she has a rare blood type and they’re not sure if they have enough on hand!” Funky gets on the phone to Cindy and asks a favor…)
“…[T]he world was cool and good and our fate rested in our own hands…” Hoo boy! At the prom, Les confides to Lisa his dream of being a Writer. Lisa, ever the nurturer, immediately tries to disabuse Les of the notion. Based on what (writing is hard? he has no talent?), we’ll never know.
Oh, Les, the weeping is just beginning. Back at Montoni’s, Tony and Crazy Harry discuss the bombing. Harry’s comment is intriguing, huh? What does he know about what they know? Compare Crazy’s skinny wrist with that of whoever’s planting that dynamite above…yeah, he did it, all right.
The arc circles back to where it began…that guy on the radio. Tony decides he’s heard enough. As he walks to the back of the store, the radio seems to be fuming behind his back. Lisa’s recovery and rehab would continue for a few more weeks, followed by her and Les’ storybook, I mean, comic book wedding.