…You mean it was all just a dream? Pete is jolted back to (within a quarter-inch from) reality, and looks positively inspired. Wait until the editors at DC get Pete’s latest story treatment: Superman versus Deadline Doom and Writer’s Block! Soon Pete’ll be wearing a red apron and bussing tables downstairs with Wally.
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Somebody stop me from reading this s#*+ again. Please.
No one has cancer, smirking kept to a minimum, no world-weary sighs., a bit of whimsical fun… What am I saying!? This has been a pretty damn good week of Funky Winkerbean! When could we last say that?
I don’t know what shocks me more — that Pete writes for DC Comics, or that Tom Batiuk writes for Funky Winkerbean.
That’s much more than merely waking up…if you woke up from any kind of dream and found yourself in Funkytown, would you look so happy?
Mopeyman has been inspired…
Note the unnaturally emphasized words in the Pro-Crastinator’s dialogue: “quake,” “shifted,” and “fault.” I’m guessing that Pete’s big inspiration will be an earthquake-themed villain. Like there aren’t already a handful of those kicking around the DC Universe…
“a bit of whimsical fun”
Nah…I’d say it’s more that the mediocre stuff sparkles if placed next to the wretched stuff we normally get. *grin*
Crazy Cat…. TB sucks so much that this week looks palatable?
Pretty poor baseline of comparison.
A few people have commented semi-favorably about this week’s arc. I’ll concede that this arc is a welcome diversion from sports injuries, PTSD, and Les’ terminal asshole-ism. I’m just irked that the setup for the whole thing was that Pete’s supposed to be a successful writer for the most famous comic book in the world, and he practically has a nervous breakdown every time he’s given an assignment.
A dream? Dang.
I was kinda hoping these two insipid villains had actually destroyed Montoni’s.
Of course, that would have eliminated Westview’s only remaining source of food and even TB isn’t that cruel. Right?
Pete: “Hey, boss, I have this idea for a villian! He can create earthquakes! His name will be, um, Rictor!”
Boss: “Pete? That’s already been done!
Ah, TB’s timing is gold again. Earthquake humor on the day of the 5th largest quake ever recorded!
It is eerily prophetic. But TB shouldn’t be given that kind of blessing.
Maybe though, this is the Almighty’s way of saying to TB, “you’re so obsessed with tragedy that even your comedy connects to tragedy. so just STOP IT!”
If TB had anything to do with the recent earthquake, both the quake and the resulting tsunami would have occurred in Westview. Preferably during a band event.
What a creepy coincidence that this strip ran today, eh? I have to agree, though, this week’s zany hi-jinx are a welcome change from all the injuries, PTSD and depressing Les storylines.
I do feel a little sorry for Tom. I -know- there are readers who don’t realize comic strips are written many months in advance. There are sure to be some complaints given to papers and to the syndicate.
@ John and Pookster,
Yes you are both soooooo right. Next to a pile of crap, almost anything looks pretty damn good, but at least it didn’t make me dry heave.
Well it could be worse.
Like this weeks Crankshaft … moving slower then a melting Glacier
Or a possible week long der dinklemiester hanging around the high school girls band entrance
There was a Dinkle crossover in today’s Crankshaft…
“I’m just irked that the setup for the whole thing was that Pete’s supposed to be a successful writer for the most famous comic book in the world, and he practically has a nervous breakdown every time he’s given an assignment.”
I know. There are professional writers for prose books, movies, television, etc who -leap- at the chance to write their favorite comics. And most pro and amateur comic writers seem to love their work, if not necessarily the companies (if they’re doing corporate-owned work). In fact, they usually have the opposite problem from Pete: So -many- ideas, but the company will only allow a few.
Not that I’m in the industry but don’t most entertainment writers sit together and bounce ideas off of each other all day long? During any given session, 50 ideas pop up and 40+ are rejected. You weed out the bad stuff with your co-writers who aren’t afraid to tell you that your idea is dogshit.
cont— the only thing Pete has ideas to bounce off of is a 90lb wad of leftover pizza dough he’s shaped like Wonder Woman.
Yeah. The Superman group editor alone would be in contact with him regularly, and -not- just to “shift the deadline”.
You weed out the bad stuff with your co-writers who aren’t afraid to tell you that your idea is dogshit.
Heretic! How dare you insinuate that Pete could ever have a “bad” idea! Don’t you understand that his tragic suffering is proof that all his ideas are brilliant?
It’s called WRITING, dammit!
“shift the deadline?” More like “rift the fault-line.”