Remember when Crazy Harry played air guitar all the time?

In today’s strip, Funky & Harry load the band box into Snowball, whose hatchback has already lost its spring. Why else would DSH John be holding it up in panel 2? Oh, wait, by panel three, it’s holding its own weight. I guess John was trying to give the appearance of helping without actually exerting himself.

That explains a lot about his place of business.

Anyway, today’s comic is about two middle-aged guys reminiscing about high school antics as they prepare to have an antique mechanism repaired. That fits right in with the strip’s mission statement, right? Anyone remember that?



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21 responses to “Remember when Crazy Harry played air guitar all the time?

  1. You know, it would be great if I got paid by some syndicate to do these things.

    Of course, I spent only an evening on this…rather than the full year some people I could mention take.

  2. Nathan Obral

    Hey, I also remember when Funky and the crew attended a concert or two at the Richfield Coliseum. Which was demolished and allowed to return to its natural state as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

    If this week’s worth of strips prove anything, it’s that Thomas Wolfe was right. You can’t go home again.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    The recurring theme this year seems to be “forget all about the last thirty years”. Harry has to mention his air guitar days to Funky, just like the last three decades of their friendship (and they see one another almost every day, mind you) never happened. Even a mailman gag (“I used to deliver things”) would have been slightly more reasonable.

    And of course Funky has a band box guy. Keith, to be exact, the band box repair specialist who just happens to reside in the heart of the band box belt. Harry would be a fool to pass that opportunity up.

  4. Nathan Obral

    Dead Skunk Head doesn’t say a single word this week, and yet, his presence is infuriating. He owes Funky and Holly $50,001, that alone should make him an indentured servant for the next few decades. Listlessly holding onto a hatchback for one panel ain’t gonna cut it.

  5. SpacemanSpiff85

    Like almost every other storyline in this strip, I really wouldn’t mind this if there was actually a joke here. Or not even a joke necessarily, just something more than three straight days of “the band box is broken” while everyone stands around looking miserable. Batiuk’s writing exists in this gray area between humor and story-driven drama, right around “doesn’t give a crap anymore”.

  6. Guest Page Turner Author

    But the fish was triangularly shaped just two or 3 days ago!

  7. Epicus Doomus

    Cindy is all boy-crazed and confused like she’s fresh out of high school and not a former TV personality. Les is fretting about the coming reunion because he wasn’t popular in high school, even though he’s seen all of those same people many times since they graduated. Harry reminds Funky about the time he acted as his “roadie” back in high school as if he’s been waiting all this time for an opportunity to repay the favor. It’s incredibly bizarre, these aren’t just minor nitpicky continuity issues. He’s just ignoring gigantic swaths of his characters’ histories like they never even happened.

    it’s also kind of hard to believe that he’d spend an entire week on three useless dimwits loading a band box into a car, but then again not really.

  8. I’m not sure if referring to Act I is sad because it’s a reminder of how far the strip has fallen, or if it’s sad because these guys peaked in high school–and it wasn’t a very high peak.

  9. billytheskink

    I see the only car parked outside of Montoni’s is the owner’s. TB really has a handle on depicting an average day in Westview, doesn’t he?

  10. John

    (Panel One)

    John: “Gentlemen! I will just hold open this door that you have already successfully gone through! I am helping!”

    (Panel Two)

    John: “Gentlemen! I will just support this up with my hand, even though it is jutting out by its own power. I am helping!”

    (Panel Three)

    John: “Gentlemen! I have ceased to exist. I am helpi-….wait.”

  11. John

    Here’s a good question: How can Montoni’s be the most successful business left in town when its staff literally have nothing better to do than leave the store during working hours to fix a novelty?

  12. SpacemanSpiff85

    I figured Comic Book John has just been hanging around hoping he’ll get invited to tag along. He hasn’t said anything all week. And I think it’s funny that Funky’s parked right in front of the door. Screw making things easy for customers.

  13. What most irritates me is not that Batiuk has forgotten the last three decades or that we’ve wasted a week on a silly contrivance that never caught on. What bothers me is that Funky is stupid enough to not have had the idea “attract business by installing a television and piping in ESPN.”

  14. Ray

    @Nathan…its odd to drive by where the Coliseum used to be. Unless you knew it was there, you would never guess what it used to be. Theres just a small bit of asphalt off the side of 303 where the entrance was. Saw many a great shows there.
    And God help me, for some reason I feel compelled to drive by Luigi’s and see if life is imitating art.

  15. So he at least has created a new “character” Keith to repair the band box. I was half expecting them to take it to Bull Bushka.

  16. Professor Fate

    And we’re off on the least interesting adventure ever! One does wonder if they have to stop for lunch were will they eat? And what? I’m guessing they’ve only had pizza for years now.

  17. Jim in Wisc.

    Funkaholic, one of the commenters at CK has pointed out that today is the 9th anniversary of the beginning of the end for St. Dead Lisa of the Holy Tumor.

  18. @Jim In Wisc.: Damn and you’re right. You’d think that Batiuk would have Les mark that fact instead of having these drones meet another non-entity so he can fix something whose absence would upset absolutely no one.

  19. captaincab

    A WEEK OF THIS. SERIOUSLY. I mean, OK, you’re gonna do a “quirky” side story about the band box, fine. As cheesy as it is, the strip needs a bit more lightness, so go for it. But by now they should actually be at the repair shop cracking jokes there. Sooooo lazy.

  20. John

    bobanero: It’s very interesting, isn’t it, the situations Tom finds worthy of creating new characters.

    Name any of Summer and Keisha’s new friends and associates at college:

    Name any student currently going to Westview not named Owen, Cody, or Alex: (TheGayCouple don’t count.)

    Name the friends Darin and Jess were going to live with before Les offered them a spot at the Taj MOORE Hal:

    Name any of Cayla’s relatives, not counting Keisha:

    Name Pete Whats-His-Face co-workers at Mega Comics:

    Bandbox Repairman? Totally the only person worthy of an identity.

  21. billytheskink

    The 9th 19th anniversary strip in question, where we learn that Lisa and les have learned that her cancer has returned… with bonus Crankshaft that is kinda related to the topic!