Happy April Fools’ Day!

Hey gang, TFH popping in…today’s strip wasn’t available for preview, but it’s probably about Mr. Sponge’s clone and it probably sucks. I just wanted to give the readers a heads up that April 9th marks the fifth anniversary of Son of Stuck Funky. Stay tuned for some kind of fun contest announcement to win a very mediocre prize! Thanks for reading and stay Funky!


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36 responses to “Happy April Fools’ Day!

  1. As Tank McNamara might say, “Fapril Ools! Now it’s time for the norts spews!”

    Congrats to TFH and all the cob-loggers!

  2. DOlz

    Win a very mediocre prize? This blog is about FW offering a mediocre prize might give TB even more delusions of competence.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Now I’m pretty certain Batiuk has no clue how the internet works. First, “grandpa google”? What on earth is that even supposed to mean? And did this just pop up as soon as Pete “grandpa googled” “Mopey Pete”, or something? He hasn’t received a single e-mail, Tweet, or Facebook message about this yet?
    Even though it’s probably expecting too much to think Batiuk would be this current and topical, but if he’s ripping off Gamergate via Mopey Pete and comic fans, that would be pretty stunning and amazing.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    DOlz: ANY FW-related prize is by definition mediocre. Think about it, what FW-related prize wouldn’t be? “Congrats, you’ve won a yellow shirt/green pitcher/collection of FW strips”…see my point?

    Well, would you look at that, he DID cut back to Pete! I assumed that was way too much plot momentum for one week but this comic book stuff apparently has TheAuthor all jazzed up and full of beans. The “grandpa Google” reference sure is a head-scratcher though, as is that webpage he’s apparently stumbled upon. Anyone care to venture a guess as to what “grandpa Google” might mean? He really lost me with that one.

    Great job TFH, that’s pretty much exactly what I envisioned when I first heard “Buddyblog”.

  5. JerrytheMacGuy

    It is more likely that Mopey Pete would consult “Grandpa Bing” except Mr, Crosby has been dead for nearly forty years.

  6. Unlike today’s strip, the blog looks pretty cool! 😀

  7. @JerrytheMacGuy: In this strip? These people could totally contact Mr. Crosby. I mean, look at Lisa. Nowadays she’s written as basically watching Les “get Funky” with Cayla all the time.

  8. Epicus Doomus

    I Googled Grandpa Google to see what came up and nada. This is quite possibly the very first time that term has ever been used. Is it supposed to be a dig at Google? It’s just so freaking weird.

  9. DOlz

    All too easy.

  10. And so he’s supposed to be a pariah for unleashing a Dork Age on a character. This is rich coming from someone who pretty much made a career of inane plot twists.

  11. FWIW: Here’s a reference to Grandpa Google from at least 6 years ago. The prose is mediocre at best, but it doesn’t read like TB’s turgid text.

  12. Of course, the worst of it is not the whole “Let’s creep on the twitter tots” nonsense Batiuk is doing. The worst of it is that once again, the horrible, horrible outside world has ruined the life of someone who’ll be forced to retreat to the safety of his hometown. Since he’s a man, Pete will find redemption of sorts.

  13. Merry Pookster

    “They shoot horses don’t they?”

  14. Grandpa Google? Does that make Bing the weird cousin nobody wants to be stuck sitting next to at the reunion?

  15. sgtsaunders

    As shitty as everyone is being about this comic book sponge, you’d think Pete had revealed that Mr. Sponge’s secret identity is Les.

  16. billytheskink

    Grandpa Google? Does that make Bing the weird cousin nobody wants to be stuck sitting next to at the reunion?

    Bing is the Ned Ryerson of the internet, of course, so you’re pretty much right. But if Google is a grandfather, what does that make HotBot, Lycos, and Excite? The 3rd floor of Hospice.com?

    I want to see more strips with Pete’s hairy pencil cup *cough*aprilfools*cough*

  17. Wim in Jisc.

    I think “Grandpa Google” is just another one of L’Auteur Glorieux’s failed attempts to guess what the hipsters are saying these days.

  18. Professor Fate

    for the life of me I can’t read the expression on Mopey Pete’s face as anything other than utter disgust at having to see what the proles are saying. And we’re supposed to sympathize with him ? Why?

  19. captaincab

    Congrats on the fifth anniversary SoSF! btw who was the host/author of the original Stuck Funky, are they still posting with us? Man, I’ll never forget the first time I stumbled upon that gem in 2008 and saw the old banner with its extremely morose and hopeless looking Westview kid sullenly carrying his binder. Is that banner still available somewhere?

  20. captaincab

    Also, maybe it’s not lame enough, but if I could nominate a prize for the site it would be one of the new Funky Winkerbean collection books. 🙂

  21. batgirl

    Love the new look! I’ll be kind of sorry to see it go. “Who’s a good boy then? Good dog, Buddy!”

  22. nedryerson

    Did somebody call me? My twitter handle is Pete’sHairyPencilCup.

  23. Nathan Obral

    If Mopey Pete wound up on a “wanted for comic crimes” poster for what he did to TAMS, then Batom® has to be prosecuted like he is Slobodan Milosevic.

  24. Nathan Obral

    I nominate as a prize a laminated lithograph of the 2011 C&D issued by Batom®’s lawyer brigade against SoSF. It’s probably the only thing of tangible value that could be given away…

  25. Jimmy

    I echo the praise for today’s design.

    Am I incorrect, or didn’t Mopey Pete actually pitch this concept at Mega Comics HQ?

  26. bad wolf

    Happy Anniversary TFH and the rest of the snark-o-sphere. Thanks for keeping the fun going another year!


    Would be it be too much to ask for Owen to go all Mark David Chapman on Mopey Pete?

  28. bayoustu

    I’m beginning to suspect this strip has had a deleterious effect on my sanity when I find myself filled with such utter loathing and rage over a simple line drawing! But those heavy-lidded eyes! That teeny, tiny triangle mouth! Those bags under the eyes! I’ve never wanted to punch an imaginary character so badly before! (Well, except for Les, of course- but still!!)

  29. captaincab

    I heard about that cease and desist letter but never actually read it and didn’t realize how nasty the tone was, wow. I wonder if he ever tried to pull this junk on Josh Fruhlinger at Comics Curmudgeon? And shame on me for not realizing TFH is the original Stuck Funky! 🙂

    TFH sez: No, Cap’n, I am “Son of” Stuck Funky. There was a blog called Stuck Funky, which posted almost daily but around 2009 became sporadic. Meanwhile the regulars (myself included) continued to post comments on each day’s strip. When the number of comments on the final post approached 700, I rather audaciously launched SoSF, appending “Son of” in deference to the original. Batom’s key issue was with my reproducing the strip every single day. Josh’s running various strips apparently falls under “fair use”.

  30. captaincab

    Also, that Buddy Blog banner is buh-rilliant.

  31. Via the “Internet Wayback Machine”, a snapshot (with many broken images) of the original Stuck Funky from 2008:


  32. Pete could call it “Grandpa Google” in the same way that people today refer to old internet things like CompuServe or AOL. Remember, this strip takes place ten years in the future, except that Bull talked about their 2014 season a month or so ago, so never mind.

  33. SpacemanSpiff85

    Am I the only one who finds it amusing that Batiuk used a NYC law firm for the C&D? Considering how every time he mentions a “big city” in his strip, it’s in the same terms as Sodom and Gomorrah?

  34. Epicus Doomus

    That C&D letter was just such a weasely, cowardly move. Batiuk is so thin-skinned, he just shrivels when faced with any criticism. While I understand his desire to protect his material, there wasn’t any issue as far as profiting illegally from his work or anything like that, he just plain didn’t like to be parodied, that’s all. All it ended up doing was making him look like a big baby IMO, just like with these idiotic internet rants of his.

    Excellent header…I love it when the big hack just hands us comedy gold like that.

  35. Nathan Obral

    This is not an April Fools’ gag… I elaborated on my personal Facebook page early last week. I was recently humbled with a unique opportunity by my local library system… which is in Lorain County, aka Ground Zero of the Funkyverse. The offer surprised me, and it was connected to a local art show that I participated in.

    When Batom® finds out what it is… and the context of it… I betcha it will increase his bitterness by 500%. He’s so thin-skinned, I know he will attack me in-strip via some opaque (and humor-free) fashion sometime in 2016.

  36. captaincab

    Thanks for the clarification, THF!