Under Pressure

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Well, if you’ll recall my baseball talk from yesterday, I think we’ve got another single.  It’s funny, goofy in a non-realistic way (wouldn’t a blood-pressure band around the neck kind of kill Funky?), and I do get a kick out of the last panel–Funky’s strangled panic combined with Nurse Greenhair looking at us like, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”  Maybe it’s a double.  I really do enjoy that last panel.

So…it’s a good strip, it continues in this week’s surprising “humorous” vein, and it is to be applauded for that reason.  It’s just not the topper to the run.   (“Topper”?  OMG, I’m starting to use Funky Winkerbean terms without even noticing!)

And I have to complain about two things–Nurse Greenhair, for one.  At first I thought, “When did Trainer Greenhair find time to get a haircut?  She was just pouring oil on Funky’s treadmill not two minutes ago!”   I know that Tom Batiuk couldn’t use blue hair, because Superman, but maybe red?  Purple?  Burnt Sienna?  Raw Umber?

Secondly, Mr. Batiuk, when sending out a casting call, you need to emphasize that the actors need to resemble the character.  Hiring Jimmy Durante for panel one was not a good idea.

Still, this is another funny one, as far as I’m concerned.  Bravo!

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13 responses to “Under Pressure

  1. DOlz

    What have you done with TB and return him at … never mind.

  2. We need more of various people tormenting Funky in this strip. The only way it could be better is if they were tormenting Les.

  3. Rusty

    Maybe Batiuk fell off the wagon.

  4. Guest Page Turner Author

    Is it possible to get a good blood pressure reading from a cuff a round the neck? I’m just asking, I don’t know! Never have tried this method!

  5. Epicus Doomus

    I’d like to think he just got bored with cranking out week after week after week of the same endless, pointless and woefully unfunny drivel and decided to do some good old satirical comedy to blow off a little steam. Back before FW became the self-indulgent, ponderous, sorry and pandering pile of garbage it is today, it was actually a pretty decent strip overall. Not as consistent or as well-done as the “premier” strips of all time but pretty good nonetheless. This was a LONG time ago, mind you, back before the first Lisa arc came along and ruined the strip. It’s never been more than a pale shadow of itself ever since and that’s being kind.

    It’s nice to see him trying some comedy again although that funny bone has to be awfully atrophied at this point. Also glad you got a week that wasn’t a torture session, BC!

  6. Gyre

    Either Batiuk’s looking back at the roots of the series, or it’s all just a dream Funky’s having and it’ll be revealed cruelly this Friday.

    Which do we think is more likely?

  7. It’s either a dream sequence or Funky has accidentally wound up in Crankshaft. Everyone else could be undergoing the gritty, down-beat life while he and Ed ‘enjoy’ getting humorously abused.

  8. John

    Nurse: “This can’t be right…Funky Winkerbean is a reality-based comic strip that depicts contemporary issues affecting young adults in a thought-provoking and sensitive manner.”

    Funky: “Your point being?”

    Nurse: “So why are we doing slapstick gags Larry, Curly, and Moe would have objected to as not being cerebral enough? For that matter, why aren’t I having a nursing assistant do this?”

    Funky: “We’re taking a break on the prestige stuff at the moment. And nursing ASSISTANT?!? Aren’t you nurse dames just, like, maids to the REAL doctors or something?”

    (The final panel is censored, as it involves a blood pressure device being crammed into a portion of Funky’s anatomy.)

  9. Native Buckeye

    She should have wrapped it around his privates.

  10. billytheskink

    This is funny, but the implications are not. Funky’s blood pressure, as taken from his arms, is either so appallingly high that nurse Greene-Heir doesn’t believe it possible or so low it is not registering with the gauge. Either situation is a bit frightening, really.
    It would appear that Funky has exercised himself to near death for the purposes of a pretty good visual gag.

  11. It seems like Ayers has taken over for TB this week. These gags are exactly what I would expect to see in a typical Crankshaft.

  12. Professor Fate

    So either Funky is dead or she’s going to choke him.
    Reminds me of something from Black Adder III:
    BA: Carry on later Bladrick
    Baldrick: very good the cleaning or the being strangled
    BA: Either suits me.

  13. Maybe now that Batiuk plans to wrap Crankshaft up in the next few years, he’s getting ready for Phase Four. There won’t be a time frog but there will be less drama (and thus hopefully less Les) and more emphasis on Funky getting injured for our amusement.