People are strange, when you’re on Facebook

We’re in for another day of Les whining about his class reunion, so here’s today’s strip, or, “In which Facebook flummoxes the English teacher, tending towards his untimely demise,” because Les never met a responsibility that he didn’t flinch from.

Cayla magnanimously offers to “friend” Les. What this says about their relationship, I don’t even want to explore. I mean, what wife puts her husband in the friend zone? Let’s just say it’s been a long time since we saw that exterior view of the Moore residence in the rain, and leave it at that.

They’re not having sex, is what I’m saying.

The good news is that this storyline is being abruptly dropped, as is BanTom’s wont. At press time, I don’t know what Sunday will bring, but Monday will be a flash-cut to 25-year-old high-school juniors Owen & Cody. They will discuss the provenance of lunch.

Then there will be a Les/Funky road trip.

So, you know, abandon all hope, ye who enter here.



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

22 responses to “People are strange, when you’re on Facebook

  1. DOlz

    Re: Panel three

    Les, please don’t get our hopes up.

  2. HAnzMFG

    “Well, back to another day of whining!”
    – Tom Servo as Arch Hall, Jr. in Eegah!

  3. You’don’t think someone who tendso so much towards passive-aggressive self-pity would take naturally to social media….

  4. SpacemanSpiff85

    Today would’ve actually been a great day for a lame flashback. Something about how when he was in school, cute girls didn’t want to be his friend. Nowadays, they wouldn’t friend him on Facebook. Not great humor, but it would’ve actually made some sense.

  5. Guest Page Turner Author

    Updating a Facebook page involves typing a few sentences and pressing “Enter.” Woe be Les, with all of his trials and tribulations!

  6. Epicus Doomus

    How did this go from “Darin suggests Pete for SJ script doctor job” to “Les simpers about Facebook” in just six days? And how did FW go from “Les is a whiny annoying friendless loser” to “Les is an even whinier and more annoying friendless loser” in just thirty years?

    Oh, that’s right…the hackery. Right when it appeared that one of BanTom’s little stories might actually be brushing up against almost possibly maybe going somewhere, bam, he drops the Leshammer and just like that it’s three days of an insufferable loathsome putz cowering in terror over having to face his old high school demons…even though he works in that very same high school right now, alongside his main former tormentor-turned-dear old pal, no less. Once again you need to ignore huge swaths of the strip’s history and just pretend it all never happened. Which, in a way, it didn’t.

  7. Jimmy

    The panel 3 joke was so topical and funny…six years ago.

    This passage genuinely made me laugh out loud (SMH is I think how it goes in the kids’ text speek):
    “Let’s just say it’s been a long time since we saw that exterior view of the Moore residence in the rain, and leave it at that.

    They’re not having sex, is what I’m saying.”

  8. Nathan Obral

    Then there will be a Les/Funky road trip…

    … through which level of hell?

  9. Jon I Am

    Gee…I feel so sorry for Les. Heaven knows that making a Facebook page is such a tremendous burden for one to undertake. I sure hope he doesn’t strain himself.

  10. “Turns out Ohio has a Superman license plate. I imagine they also sell Funky Winkerbean plates, mostly for hearses.”
    That is just amazing. Retweeting this a billion times would not be enough.

  11. Nathan Obral

    Let’s just say it’s been a long time since we saw that exterior view of the Moore residence in the rain, and leave it at that.

    They’re not having sex, is what I’m saying.

    October 17, 2014. Never forget.

  12. Great. More of his being Whinier, Stupider, Less Aware Male Elly Patterson. At some point, I expect him to whine that every time he tries to get with the program, the evil people who hate him keep changing the channel. It’s not bad enough watching him fold when confronted with the mildest bit of responsibility without watching him whine about it.

  13. Merry Pookster

    I dunno who that brown gal is…..but I miss Cayla.

  14. @Epicus Doomus: That does seem to be the problem. Batiuk has no real idea what he’s doing so he relies on the familiar device of Les drowning in his own flop sweat because some mundane and easy task has left him paralyzed with fear, confusion and martyrdom. It seems not to matter that he’s made Les a little bit less sympathetic each time he lathers, rinses and repeats because he loves the image.

  15. Rusty Shackleford

    Isn’t today national comic book day? Surprised Batom didn’t do a comic book story this week.

  16. bad wolf

    Rusty–yikes, you’re right! Free Comic Book Day, at least. Most comic stores have free offerings from the major publishers to ‘warm up’ the crowd today.

  17. John

    Meanwhile, off at the Komix Korner:

    “No, for the last time, I have -no- idea who ‘Rocket Raccoon’ -or- ‘The Avengers’ are! Why are so many WOMEN and CHILDREN here?!? Where are my sweet, tender, precious teenage boys?!? Doesn’t anyone want to obsess on eight decade old Starbuck Jones comics? Or make fun of a Spider-Man story gimmick that occurred over two decades ago? Play some video games? WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHY ARE YOU IN MY STORE?!?”

    “Dude. It’s the 13th Annual Free Comic Book Day.”

    “I don’t know what you’re talking about. And who asked you, anyway?”

    “….fine. From now on we’ll just wait for the trades and buy our comics exclusively as high quality collected editions in book stores or get the same-day-digital edition like 99% of all comics readers do these days.”

    “What?!? You don’t want to support little hole-in-the-wall book stores in favor of big chains that actually have what you want? And EVIL TECHNOLOGY!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!11111!!!ONE!”

    *the crowd leaves, as one*

    (crickets chirping)

    “….well. That’s that, then.”

    (sound of a car driving, far distant.)



    “Say, did I tell you about how I found a bunch of comical books about Tarzan in that hole-in-the-wall used bookstore? And I had a flashback to how my father and I used to go there all the time back in 1942? Even though I wasn’t born until much later?”


    “Of course, it fell apart the instant I read it, because the store kept all its wares in a moldy box in a hot, muggy, stained room. So I ended up using my daughter’s college funds to order the deluxe hardcover online. From you.”

    “….do you have a POINT?!?”

    “Just making conversation.”

  18. Rusty Shackleford


    This is exactly the strip I expected to see today! Nice work.

  19. Charles

    Has Les ever done a favor for another person where he didn’t react with an over-the-top reaction to how difficult it was for him?

    I suppose we can list what he did for Lisa when she was a pregnant teenager, but that was obviously done with the primary intent of showing what a great guy Les was. When the favor’s not about him, he’ll whine until someone else does it for him or it doesn’t matter anymore.

  20. Nathan Obral

    After a morning bike ride, I stopped by Ground Zero Comics in Strongsville for Free Comic Book Day. It was busy and inviting. No dead skunk heads in sight.

    I’ll say this about Batom®’s depiction of the store as “Komics Korner” … he nailed the drop ceiling. And that’s about it.

  21. I’m starting to think that a good word to describe Les is “infantile.”

  22. @beckoningchasm: That must be why Cayla treats him like he’s five.