Summer Blue Times

Today’s strip

Les: Was [Lisa’s journal] hard to read?

Summer: No… It’s funny, insightful…

This strip… It’s sad, pathetic…

I’m puzzled, snarky…

That is I’m skeptical, confused…

Summer: The only sad part was getting to the end and realizing that Mom wasn’t going to be writing in it anymore.

Really‽ That was the only sad part‽

Snarkers! Let’s help Summer remember the other sad parts!


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24 responses to “Summer Blue Times


    Yeah, take it Les, you could use the material for that Lifetime movie your supposed to make. That is still a thing right? Or has it been lost in the Sargasso Sea of continuity errors and dropped plotlines.

    So, the part where Frankie rapes the ever living crap out of her mother was a humorous scene, I guess. Who knew…

    NTW, when did Les grow a pair? Last time he was offered to read this book, he treated it like it was the goddamn Necronomicon!! I guess know that he knows it’s funny joke book he’s more receptive.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Killer title today, oddnoc!

    “Funny and insightful”…oh yeah, Summer? Which part, the one where Lisa gets drunk at a party and finds herself unable to resist Frankie’s sinister advances, the part where he threatens to beat her or the part where she discovers her unwanted pregnancy? If she really thinks that old diary is “funny and insightful” then perhaps it’s time to consider putting down the basketball for a while so she can try to read a real book or two, for some much-needed perspective.

    “The sad part was getting to the end and realizing Mom wasn’t going to be writing in it anymore”…seriously, Tom? That line of dialog is so sappy “The Family Circus” would reject it for being way too corny and maudlin. What kind of 19-20 year old person would ever say something that trite and drippy out loud? It doesn’t even make any sense, unless he’s trying to imply that Summer is still not above invoking her mom’s death to generate heartfelt sentimental “awwws” from family and friends, presumably for attention, I guess. Otherwise, well, duh. She suddenly realized her mother who’s been dead for seventeen years was unlikely to be updating her old high school diary from the 1980’s anytime soon? Great deduction there, Sherlock. I see that KSU education is paying for itself already.

    I’m surprised that Lisa’s magical journal isn’t always shrouded in a golden light, like the briefcase in “Pulp Fiction”. And look at Les, hesitantly gawking at it in horror, terrified of learning about things that happened to his long-dead wife before he even knew her. Batom is just so shameless when it comes to his mawkish Lisa nonsense, as used to it as I am it still always manages to amaze me nonetheless. He’ll stoop to any cheesy gimmick he can to keep his favorite character “alive” (so to speak), even though he chose to kill her off for attention and easy pathos. He wants to drop his shoe and have it, as they say in Ohio.

  3. Is there any way we can avoid Les getting the damn thing published and having it turn out to be the next Tuesdays With Morrie?

    ….No, I didn’t think so. Oh well, at least we’ll have the pleasure of watching Les get outsold by someone who’s been dead for over ten years.

  4. Jeffcoat Wayne

    “No, it’s funny, insightful… especially the parts about you. I never would have guessed you were such a nerd in high school. See what I did there? Now I’m being funny and insightful, too. Maybe I’ll write the unauthorized sequel, since you’re in perpetual writer’s block mode.”

    By the way, does the punchline imply that Lisa wrote this journal all the way up to her death? Geez, no wonder we haven’t seen Summer in so long. She probably had to drop all her classes just so she could find the time to read all that shit.

  5. Jeffcoat Wayne

    Diva: Great, we can call it “Doomsday With Lisa.”

  6. Merry Pookster

    Well at least Lisa died….yet they’re still talking about her in front of Cayla & Kieasha….that husband/dad just ran off and denied their very existence. just like Tom does with most of his characters.

    BTW Summer… Lisa’s run better not be October 26th… Kent State will kick off its men’s and women’s basketball seasons by hosting a Hoops ‘n’ Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The first 200 fans through the door will receive a free Lisa Moore mini basketball.

  7. Epicus Doomus

    Coming soon: “Lisa’s Story – The Revised Edition”…now with 40% more tragedy!!

    Merry Pookster: Excellent point and one I’ve never considered. How DO Cayla and Keisha feel about Les and Summer’s constant Lisa remembrances? How does Keisha feel about having a college roommate whose idea of a wild Friday night is curling up in her dorm room with her dead mother’s old high school diary? How does Cayla feel about having her living room overrun with boxes of “Lisa’s Legacy” garbage? How do they feel about devoting their weekend to helping Les with his pet cause? Does Keisha ever wax nostalgic about her long-lost father and if so, does Summer even bother to listen? Such is the fate of the sidekick, I suppose.

  8. When Tammy Wynette’s song “D.I.V.O.R.C.E” became a huge hit, she abandoned plans to record the follow-up, “W.E.L.L., H.O.W. A.B.O.U.T. B.R.E.A.S.T. C.A.N.C.E.R. T.H.E.N.” Which is too bad, because I whenever Les and Lisa are in the same strip, I feel like singing the third leg of the trilogy, “V.O.M.I.T.”

  9. Epicus: how Cayla and Keisha feel is utterly irrelevant. In Westview, Les Moore’s solipsism is the only foundation of all reality. Even Summer can be whisked away in mere moments when Les ceases to think about her.

  10. Epicus Doomus

    Beckoning: Keisha is barely even a character now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cayla vanish for a few years at a time either. After all, who’d even notice? But nonetheless, it’s almost kind of sad how they have to sit there quietly as Summer showers her long-dead mother with more praise even as they feverishly work to help Les prepare for a charity event in Lisa’s name.

    Even sadder is the way you can almost see TB’s face light up as he gets to have his beloved Lisa-related characters react to talking and hearing about Lisa. Les and Lisa’s fine young daughter discussing Lisa while preparing to honor Lisa’s Legacy…he’d do it 365 days a year if he thought he could get away with it.

  11. Gyre

    Everyone, please note something. This is an excellent case of the writer telling us what to think of something rather than showing us. We are TOLD something is both funny and insightful. To date we have never been shown anything of the sort.

  12. O.B. Dan

    It’s been just a few days over six years since Our Lady of the Perpetual Visitation died. Aren’t we about due for another perpetual visit? Oughtta be interesting with the ever-whitening Cayla there…

  13. Chyron HR

    LES: Was it sad to read?
    SUMMER: No. Why would it be? She gave up and died when I was too young to even remember her, so she’s just some random lady to me.

  14. Orbiter

    Hats off to Epicus. An appropriate homily on St. Lisa’s Day. Which must be today as it seems her sacred text is being presented to her acolytes in their blessed catacomb. It’s a wonder they don’t have a relic on display, like a withered finger or a vertebrae or something.

    On another note, I’m getting really uneasy with how he is portraying these characters Cayla and Keisha. They should be strong women of color but they are looking more and more like the help. Ain’t right.

  15. MKay

    Now let’s all bow our heads for a moment of reverent silence for the more-amazing-every-year St Lisa, before we go back to busting our asses for her memorial orgy.

  16. Smirks 'R Us

    it takes a special breed of narcissist to continue an imaginary annual fundraiser in your comic strip when the real one stopped due to lack of interest. Let it go already, Bathack.

  17. Helskor

    I finally watched the first episode of the first season of Breaking Bad the other night and quickly got the feeling I’d seen it before. A depressed high school teacher with glasses and a goatee, a disabled son, and a CANCER diagnosis who deals with stupid, apathetic teenagers all day? I don’t think Batiuk has enough grounds for a cease and desist order, but he should at least include a shout out to Vince Gilligan for making the closest thing we’ll ever get to an Funky Winkerbean TV series (based on the fifteen minutes I managed to sit through, that is).

  18. The sad part is the idea that a character got killed and yet still gets more mention than the character the damn strip is named after. DIE, ZOMBIE LISA!

  19. billytheskink

    The great thing about panel 3 is that every reader will say the exact opposite when they finish the final volume of The Complete Funky Winkerbean.

  20. Professor Fate

    Cloying Maudlin Sentimentality combined with clunky dialogue. In other words tuesday in FW World.

  21. Epicus Doomus

    O.B. Dan: Remember, in their world it’s been sixteen years since Lisa’s tragic death deprived the Funkyverse of more (living) Lisa. But fortunately for them (and us, the readers) Lisa wisely stashed all sorts of Lisa-related media about the house to be discovered on a fairly regular basis, thus providing us and them with even more invaluable Lisa insight.

  22. Charles

    I love how in panel 2, Les looks as if Summer’s trying to hand him a large dog turd.

    And Les’s response in that panel merely reaffirms my belief that Batiuk just writes the first thing that pops in his head for the situation he’s presenting, no matter how obvious, perfunctory or inappropriate.

    “No, it wasn’t sad, dumbass. It made me ever more glad that the insufferable bitch who was my mother is dead.”

  23. Orbiter

    Why would Les ask if it was sad to read? What does he know? She wrote it as a teen. Maybe she wrote some in college. Was there nothing good in her life back then? If she wrote in her married years, why didn’t Les know about the existence of the journal? He’s a writer himself –surely he knows a thing or two about keeping a journal. But obviously it must be full of musings on the subject of Les Moore. Les should ask, what did she say about me? He should be afraid of this new knowledge possessed by his daughter.

    Anyway, doesn’t Darin get a crack at it? It’s his bio Moms recollection of being pregnant with him, no doubt. But he’s not the fruit of Les’s loins, so maybe not.

  24. John

    It is so WEIRD that Summer looks drained, weary, and on the verge of tears when she says Lisa’s journal was “funny, insightful”, then looks smug and self satisfied when she dwells on how much she’ll miss reading it.

    Try to match the art and the text up once in a while there, eh Tom?