Hacks Headroom

I think there is some conversation or something happening in today’s strip, possibly involving former Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich. Sorry, I’ve been marveling at how these relatively small screens continue to capture most of Darin’s legume-like head rather than paying attention to whatever he and Kucinich are on about.

In other news, it’s Throwback Thursday!

What was happening in the Batiukverse 10 years ago today?
Wally, looking far too much like Act III Darin, tells Lefty he has decided to go back to Afghanistan after a single counseling session at the VA Hospital.

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23 responses to “Hacks Headroom

  1. DOlz

    Two golf “puns”? Have these two ever been seen or anyone for that matter been seen playing golf in this strip? At least in “B.C.” and “Hi and Lois” the characters have been shown … oops I forgot TB’s mantra tell don’t show.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    If your comic is going to consist of nothing but two losers talking to each other, you could at least try and put a joke in there. Or something remotely interesting, at the very least.

  3. HAnzMFG

    Ahhh I remember our Funky Throwback Thursday. He decides to go back to Afghanistan, meet Khan, step on a landmine, and somehow escape with his life thanks to Batiuk’s failure to understand how bounding anti-personnel mines work.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    “Well Pete, I teed it up for you and lobbed one in, now smack it out of the park and kick the game winning birdie but don’t shank your swing and miss it!”

    “Thanks Darin, my pal. I’m flying out to Hollywood to be the Starbuck Jones script doctor!”

    Ponderous man, just f*cking ponderous. And the smirking, my God the smirking. If I was in Boy Lisa’s shoes, I’d be hoping for a little more than a “hey, thanks!” for setting up my buddy with a posh screenwriting gig with a huge Hollywood production. Some cool swag, a screener DVD before it’s released, something of value. Before it all falls apart, that is.

  5. Nathan Obral

    Wow, first Michael Dukakis (with the BuddyBlog “arc”) and now Dennis Kucinich have paid cameos in Funky Winkerbean. Is Gary Hart next on the Special Guest roster?

  6. Nathan Obral

    @Epicus Doomus:

    Ponderous man, just f*cking ponderous. And the smirking, my God the smirking.

    “See, when you come out of those uptempo g**dam numbers, man…”

  7. I think Pete is like John in that he doesn’t own a second shirt. Every appearance of his seems to show him bedecked in that green plaid thing.

    I guess Owen should be in the same club–the “Don’t Wash, Don’t Smell” club.

  8. Whoa…. what’s happening to Darrin’s face in panel 2!? He looks like that candlestick from Beauty and the Beast.

  9. “Golf metaphors are how Kids These Days talk, right? Oh who cares; I’m almost late for my tee time.”

  10. Whoa…. what’s happening to Darrin’s face in panel 2!? He looks like that candlestick from Beauty and the Beast.

  11. Epicus Doomus

    Boy Lisa: poorly-drawn and always in the background. Of all the dumb Act I and II characters he’s trotted out during Act III, Derwin is possibly the most useless of them all. He does have the world’s shortest work commute, though, as well as a remarkably patient wife. So I guess that’s something.

  12. What’s worse is that Batiuk has once again misused “shank” to mean “fail” instead of “to get stabbed.”

    Hmmm. Misunderstood slang, forgetting character names, forgetting the history of the strip, endless repetition of the same boring themes no one else could possibly care about, poor pacing…..

    Dios Mio!!! Batiuk has turned into Lynn Johnston!!!

  13. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow, the dialogue is so fresh, so relevant and edgy. We are witnessing a genius at work here people! No wonder all of the young people like this strip…it speaks like they do.

    The above was not my dialogue, but rather, what you would expect to hear at a King Features Syndicate meeting.

  14. This week’s arc – totally shanked it. What are the chances that we see anything besides this pointless Skype conversation this week? Maybe on Sunday we’ll have a tribute cover with Durwood as Starbuck Jones and Mopey Pete as his chimpanzee sidekick?

  15. billytheskink

    I think Pete is like John in that he doesn’t own a second shirt. Every appearance of his seems to show him bedecked in that green plaid thing.

    While looking for Throwback Thursday material, I stumbled across an early appearance of the Traveling Green Shirt (that most often travels with Pete). Back in 1990, Cindy was hit in the face with a soccer ball and received a concussion while playing goalie for the Westview High soccer team. The concussion caused her to wear her hair down, sing “If I Had A Hammer”, actually treat people nicely, AND don what may be the same plaid flannel shirt we see today. She was “cured” of this terrible affliction when her friends took her to the mall.

    Pete singing “If I Had A Hammer” or going to the mall might be a marked improvement to today’s strip.

  16. Jim in Wisc.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Apt. 3G is now better drawn and written than this piece of crap. (For those of you who don’t read A3G, let’s just say that is one hell of an “accomplishment” on Batiuk’s part.)

  17. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    This idiotic golf pun wordplay makes me nostalgic for Charles Schulz’s golfing strips with Snoopy. Strips that were 100 times funnier and actually showed some real knowledge of golf (Schulz was an avid golfer and hockey player). In fact one of my treasured peanuts books is the Snoopy Slam paperback that had Snoopy attempting to win the Masters, US Open, etc. Great strips!

    With this idiotic strip you could actually ad-lib the joke with any other sports terminology.

  18. Because there is no better metaphor for life than making an error in golf. Yup.

  19. I do seem to remember the use of the word “shank” being used in a similar context in a previous FW strip that was essentially the exact same joke in a different setting, but I can’t be bothered to look for it.

  20. I’ve come to the conclusion that Apt. 3G is now better drawn and written than this piece of crap. (For those of you who don’t read A3G, let’s just say that is one hell of an “accomplishment” on Batiuk’s part.)

    I have to disagree with you on that one. A3G is the gold standard for a comic strip that has gone on far longer than it should, and is continuing in a rapidly declining downward spiral. As crappy as FW is, it doesn’t come close to approaching the nonsense that we’re seeing every day in A3G. Both strips are in my mind, evidence that nobody at Comics Kingdom is really paying any attention to the content that they’re publishing.

  21. 7dials

    Speaking of Apartment 3G, I would pay good money to see the cast of Funky Winkerbean, including le chat bleu, Masky McDeath and the Holy St Lisa’s Force Ghost, toiling at the rock face of the counterfeit garment industry as indentured zipper mules. Forever.

    That said, I might spare Les’s Kilimanjaro climbing partners, the cast and crew of Lust for Lisa (okay… all except Mason Jarr the Movie Star) and Buddy the Dog. They’ve all suffered enough.

  22. Rick Brooks

    I’ve often heard shank used to describe a field goal attempt in football that goes off to one side or the other. For all I know, it might be synonymous in golf, but my father and brother, both avid golfers, used hook or slice to describe bad golf shots. Regardless, it doesn’t seem like something Der-hur or Pete Rafelson would say.

  23. Nathan Obral

    Another source for actual good golf humor: the (Channel Four) Max Headroom Show.