"Oh, is this yours?"

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April 15, 2010 at 9:01 am
I really hope this week doesn’t end with Apple Annie giving Les that lost manuscript and him being happy about it.

Merry Pookster
April 16, 2010 at 9:00 am
[A]ny bets on Apple Annie giving Les his lost manuscript in the next couple of days.

O.B. Dan
April 17, 2010 at 1:14 am
Annie hands it over to Les, who is so amazed and delighted he forgets to punch the bitch’s lights out for holding back on it so long.

April 18, 2010: the day that Funky Winkerbean completely lost any sembelance of linear, logical storytelling, and in the process sent a big “kiss my ink-stained ass” valentine to us, the readers.

Oh no she didn’t: By the way, here’s the manuscript you lost. I have been holding onto it lo, these many years. Sorry, but the last four chapters are missing; I used ‘em for asswipe. Bam, closure. The rest of the panel is taken up with little vignettes supposed to fill us readers in on the whole entire chain of events from the last ten years. Except, I thought that’s what the last three days’ strips were doing. Now the reader is expected to sort thru these postage-stamp size scenes and put them in order.

So Crankshaft did spend some time living on the streets? He sure looks it, as Summer Less pointed out. Where are his huge glasses? What clue is he getting from seeing Annie’s bio in a Playbill that must be 25 to 40 years old? Did Fallen Star get published (we see a hardcover copy), attributed to Les, making Annie a successful agent without her client ever knowing about it? Is this not the laziest, most inept, slapdash attempt at storytelling the comics have ever seen? Batiuk (and you too, Armstrong) present to the readers this steaming, senseless mess of a story, and the readers are expected to grin thankfully, just as Les does when he finally gets his stolen masterpiece handed back to him.

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  1. O.B. Dan

    So…I was short five panels on my guess…does this mean I have to put up with Nuffa Hedd’s crap one more time?

    Yep, this storyarc eats Haynes hors dourves big time…but I will tip my hat to Batiuk for working out a story link over that much time, both real time and Funkyverse jump time.

    The sound that you hear is the orchestra taking their places and getting ready for The Grand Finale.

  2. O.B. Dan

    And I believe Sunday’s strip marks the first time Cindy and Dead Wife appear in the strip since Son of S.F. kicked off’ (even if it is just a collage of flashbacks); the first time they’ve been in the same strip since Lisa kicked the bucket; and the first time Les might have been able to confront somebody who shit on him and actually be able to kick some ass.

  3. Art imitates Life.
    TB is the one with Schizophrenia…it is so obivious in his story-telling.
    He jumps around, simply drops characters , creates a seperate reality & then changes it on a caprice. His flashes of creativity over the years are due to his Savant Syndrome with an Austic disorder.
    There are so many questions, but we’ll only be given an answer one….

    Yes Dan…. there will be that TGF that you pronounce with an almost holy quest passion. Except it’ll be in TB’s mind only.
    The rest of us will be left sucking wind.

  4. Dash Riprock

    Le Grande Fizzle is more like it. TB has completely lost his shit with this latest so-called story. His shit is not only not in one sock, it is flung far and wide throughout the universe, scattered into more particles than there are grains of sand on all the beaches in all the world. His shit is lost. Kaput.

    That said, I’d love to see Annie reach across her desk and just punch Les senseless for just being such an idiot.

  5. Sgt Saunders

    FW has been in freefall since that godawful “gazpacho pizza” bullshit with Funky and Tony at some half-assed pizza contest, where was it? in Toledo? shiiiiit….

  6. Fungus Amongus

    Annies mind had been jiffy pop chaos all morning. Still images in a fast-frame slide show, with the soundtrack by Devo. Who was this thought fragment seated across her desk? The images in her mind’s eye wouldn’t even slow down this morning of all mornings. The Robitussen was of no help today!, she silently mused. But the face of this obsequious moron looked altogether too familiar, the vacant eyes and childish entheusiasm…the ability to believe literally anything. She placed a hand in her desk drawer and lovingly fondled her dog-eared mascot, Les’ Fallen Star manuscript.. now where’s that trap door button?

  7. David O

    Why is there a Fallen Star hardcover book, and who is that smiling on the cover!? Is it John Darling? None of this makes any sense to me and I’ve been bashing my head into a wall by reading Funky for years.

  8. Did ya see the monkey in the tree?

  9. David O

    This new version of StuckFunky just rocks, btw. 🙂 Way to go, TFHackett!

  10. Why is there a Fallen Star hardcover book, and who is that smiling on the cover!? Is it John Darling?

    That’s the part of this stupid puzzle that makes the least sense. Yeah, John Darling is the “fallen star” of the title. I forget why I know that and I can’t be arsed to go back through the Funky chronicles for documentation. Thanks for the compliment, David, glad you like the new abode.

  11. O.B. Dan

    Weird little out-of-synchs (like the hardcover book) aside, I stand by what I said, with equal emphasis on Batiuk’s ability to bring what were once thought to be forgotten incidents into a current story, and bringing it on home, and his amazing inability to do this without totally sucking.

  12. billytheskink

    I’m pretty sure that Fallen Star book cover is the first appearance of anything related to John Darling (other than Jessica) since Les solved his murder and wrote that manuscript more than a decade ago. Perhaps that is 2 decades with the time jump?

    Heck, I don’t think Jessica Darling/Fairgood (presumably) has even appeared in act III, and was last seen inexplicably throwing herself at Darrin before his 5 minute-talk with Lisa.