Thought Provoking AND Sensitive

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FUNKY WINKERBEAN IS A REALITY-BASED COMIC STRIP THAT DEPICTS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AFFECTING YOUNG ADULTS IN A THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND SENSITIVE MANNER.

I guess TheAuthor needed a break after all that Plantman “action”. Thus a Sunday strip featuring Funky waking up in the middle of the night to urinate. That’s just swell.

FUNKY WINKERBEAN IS A REALITY-BASED COMIC STRIP THAT DEPICTS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AFFECTING YOUNG ADULTS IN A THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND SENSITIVE MANNER.

These Sunday strips are all so drab and gloomy-looking, which fits the subject matter I suppose. He really outdid himself with capturing Funky’s all-around sad-sackishness though. He’s the world’s youngest elderly man, a fifty year old trapped inside a ninety year old body.

FUNKY WINKERBEAN IS A REALITY-BASED COMIC STRIP THAT DEPICTS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AFFECTING YOUNG ADULTS IN A THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND SENSITIVE MANNER.

Sure it is, sure it is.

 

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16 responses to “Thought Provoking AND Sensitive

  1. You can see the conflict here–clearly, Funky is a man who has never read F. Scott Fitzgerald, much less be able to quote from his works at a moment’s notice; his dialogue here is something that Les would say. Yet, Tom Batiuk cannot have Les subject to human frailty. What to do, what to do? Why not just say “The hell with it”?

  2. Howard and Nester

    To give Funky Winkerbean some credit — and Lord knows it needs every bit it can get — the artwork for this Sunday strip is legitimately good. Batiuk is really hit-or-miss about character design, but he’s always been good at doing backgrounds. I mean, it’s no Bill Watterson or anything but it’s a nice touch to an otherwise dull comic that has no business (as usual) being a Sunday strip.

  3. Whiny Finkerbean strikes again! His stepson is in a combat zone, and he’s whining about having to get up at 3 a.m. to go the stinking bathroom!

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Like with inclement weather and characters he’s killed off, Batom just thinks these “sucks gettin’ old” gags are always inherently funny. I have also frequently theorized that a lot of FW arcs read as if they were written during a 3AM trip to the bathroom. And sure enough, this reads like a “sucks gettin’ old” gag written during a 3AM bathroom run. Art truly imitates life sometimes.

  5. Looks like Batiuk has resorted to mining Pluggers for material.

  6. Guest Page Turner Author

    Unable to fall back asleep, Funky peruses through other Fitzgerald quotes to check for their accuracy:

    F. Scott: “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

    Funky: Well, that’s the most accurate description of me and everyone else in town that I have ever heard!

    F. Scott: “The faces of most American women over 30 are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.”

    Funky: “Such an accurate description of every woman in Westview!”

    F.Scott: “Life is so damned hard, so damned hard…It just hurts people and hurts people, until finally it hurts them so that they can’t be hurt ever more.”

    Funky: “Just like my buddy Les when he was writing his screen play, Fitzgerald hit that one outta the park!”

    F. Scott: “I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful fool.”

    Funky: “Sure sounds like Jessica!”

    Funky concludes that Fitzgerald did get most things right, he was just a little off on the peeing at three am business. Then he does further research and discovers that Fitzgerald died at the age of 44, which is at least a year or two before the onset of decrepit old age. As he drifts back to sleep, Funky convinces himself that F Scott would have gotten it right had he lived just a little longer.

    Later, when he awakens at 5:30, Funky mutters, “Ben Franklin got it wrong. Early to bed and early to rise is because I have to go to the bathroom again.”

  7. Rusty

    There is nothing more fascinating to Tom Batiuk than his own prostate. He hopes that you, dear reader, will once again share this fascination.

  8. Charles

    So of all the things Batiuk could write about regarding this world he’s created and all the characters therein he writes about an old man getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Apparently the wild wry quip he makes while engaging in this activity is so great that there is literally nothing else in this world that’s worth recounting.

  9. Man. All this so he can avoid Jess laughing in Plantman’s face about how she’s Barbie on Sunday.

  10. Saturnino

    “So of all the things Batiuk could write about regarding this world he’s created and all the characters therein he writes about an old man getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.”

    The perfect ending and logical for an arc on Jessica’s search for the truth about her dad, John Darling, who was murdered.

    Perhaps Funky was merely awakened by the sound of Jessica kicking and screaming upstairs and mistook it for his prostate?

  11. bayoustu

    Did this strip undergo another time jump- say, 40 years into the future? Because that sure looks like Pa Winkerbean, not Fat Flunky! Though it’s hard to tell in that dim light…

  12. Saturnino

    “Did this strip undergo another time jump- say, 40 years into the future? Because that sure looks like Pa Winkerbean, not Fat Flunky! Though it’s hard to tell in that dim light…”

    Hey, it’s Sunday. It’s either this or a comic book cover of Starbuck Jones dealing with his prostate in the same way……..

    Although the comic book cover probably would have had more entertainment value.

  13. Wow, funky looks like he’s at least in his 70’s today.

  14. JerrytheMacGuy

    Great! I read this this strip and now I’ve gotta go pee.

  15. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Tom Batiuk wrote a 7 panel Sunday strip about an old man’s urinary problems while quoting one of the greatest writers in American literature.

    Hence, exhibit A in the decline of the American comic strip.

  16. No wonder he’s aged before his time. He spends most of it constipated……