Identify-ku

“Trombone Morty” was
Original post title
for Today’s strip post

Already did a
Trombone Shorty pun Monday
Hate redundancy

There are fewer words
Than you might think that rhyme well
With the word “shorty”

Morton Winkerbean
On trombone reminds Dinkle
Of Wally, I guess

Earl Campbell is not
Impressed with Mort’s name, nor with
Director Dinkle

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21 responses to “Identify-ku

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Yeah, those damned Winkerbeans are nothing but trouble. They way they’re always hosting his anniversary parties and helping him with thankless tasks…bah, what a bunch of bums. Seriously, what a lazy-ass gag, just totally sad-sack-sorry. Dinkle is just such an asshole, too. It just needed to be said.

    I continue to be amazed by Pa Bean’s remarkable comeback story, though. No longer can we say that EVERY FW story arc is a morose depressing slog. Just a few years ago Morty appeared to be completely gone, but now he’s playing the trombone, smoking cigarettes (two things that definitely do not work well together BTW) and remembering his name on command, which is pretty f*cking impressive if you ask me.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    He looks like Funky’s twin. Why are you surprised, Dinkle?

  3. bayoustu

    Time for the all purpose: “Christ, what an asshole”! summation. Of course, it’s ALWAYS time for that in The Funkyverse!

  4. Hey, if you didn’t want to deal with the same three families all the time, you should have retired and left Westview years ago like Montoni.

  5. Based on this strip, I’m going to assume that Funky was in the band back in the day. What instrument did be play?

  6. John

    Dinkle: “I don’t like you.”

    Pa Winkerbean: “Why? We just met.”

    Dinkle: “Because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” *superior smirk*

    Pa Winkerbean: “Say what now?”

    Dinkle: “Because the cub takes after the boar.”

    Pa Winkerbean: “….WHAT?”

    Dinkle: “Your groin droppings! I loathe and despise you because of your groin droppings!”

    Pa Winkerbean: *stage whisper* “Someone call security. I think this old fogey just revealed he’s about to cause a bio-hazard!”

    (as one, the elderly musicians flinch and rock away from Dinkle.)

    Dinkle: *fuming* “NO, I MEANT THAT I HATE YOUR SON, NOT THAT I’M GOING TO THROW POOP!”

    Security Guard: “Throw poop?!? Okay, Pops…we’ve had enough flingers this month. You’re coming with me.”

    Dinkle: “This is an outrage! Hands off of me! AAAAAUGH!”

    (Dinkle is dragged away, kicking and screaming)

    Pa Winkerbean: “So, what say we all go to the TV room and drowse to PBS?”

    “Sounds good to me.”

    “I’d like that.”

    “I hope Grover is on!”

  7. Say–did anyone else notice this? Tom Batiuk remembered a character’s name. I’d say that’s pretty darn good!

  8. Yes, the Winkerbeans are beasts because they’re like some horrible old bus driver he met once who didn’t take him seriously either. It’s not about being good or bad, it’s about feeding a tin god’s monstrous ego.

  9. I don’t know why Dinkle is complaining, he can’t hear the music anyway…

  10. captaincab

    Bill: “I don’t know why Dinkle is complaining, he can’t hear the music anyway…”

    Exactly, it seems like Batiuk doesn’t even remember that Dinkle is supposed to suffer from *significant hearing loss of some kind,* did he just drop that?

  11. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    Thankfully we the readers can’t hear the music, either.

  12. billytheskink

    Based on this strip, I’m going to assume that Funky was in the band back in the day. What instrument did be play?

    I think Mort playing the trombone is supposed to reference Wally, who we see is still a trombone player today.

    I don’t recall what instrument, if any, Funky played. He never seemed to show up in the Dinkle strips. I do know for certain that he is not in the band in the stage musical Funky Winkerbean’s Homecoming.

  13. Professor Fate

    My name is Morton Winkerbean – my son looks just like me. what is this thing in my hand and when is the smoke break.

  14. Rusty

    I don’t recall Funky ever being in a marching band strip. He used to be one of the football players grimacing at the coach’s jokes.

  15. Nathan Obral

    @captaincab:

    Bill: “I don’t know why Dinkle is complaining, he can’t hear the music anyway…”

    Exactly, it seems like Batiuk doesn’t even remember that Dinkle is supposed to suffer from *significant hearing loss of some kind,* did he just drop that?

    Kinda like how Mort was supposed to be suffering from terminal cancer… so Mort began smoking to hasten the process.

    Or how Wally is otherwise mentally incapacitated without the presence of Buddy.

    Or how Becky and Dead Skunk Head AND Crazy Harry and Donna are supposed to be parents.

    Or how DSH and Crazy owe Holly and Funky $50,001 for a crapload of vintage comic books that will never be sold.

    Or how Owen, Cody and Alex are high school juniors for four years running.

    It’s called “writing.”

  16. @billy – you’re probably right about that. In a strip that actually features Wally, I had completely forgotten about him. My memories of the strip Back When It Was Good were that the band strips had Dinkle and no other starring characters.

  17. I’m starting to have my doubts that it was good, back when it was good. Back then, I had the sophistication of an adolescent.

  18. John

    Whatever happened to Dinkle’s Tragic Hearing Loss, you ask?

    The same thing that happened to Buddy. When the storyline failed to bring the awards and accolades Tom craves, he dropped it and never looked back.

    ….it’s the same reason why he can never, ever let go of Lisa, really.

  19. @oddnoc – In my opinion, the strip in its heyday was okay. It was amusing at times, lame at others, it was never something on the comics page that I read first or savored for last.

    It was, however, a lot less insufferable and infuriating than it is now. That’s pretty much what I meant.

    Shorter version, back then the strip was less Les.

  20. bad wolf

    @oddnoc–i don’t know, i never read it ‘back in the day’, but when i tried the CK Royal archives the turn-of-the-century strips were okay. i didn’t spend much time going over them, but i thought i’d sign up for it later and look through them. I was at least curious/not offended to want to see more of Act 2, when it at least looks like reasonable strip.

  21. Epicus Doomus

    Re: pre-Lisa Act I. I did like it back then, however (like oddnoc) I was like 12 years old at the time. I mean I thought Tug McGraw’s “Scroogie” strip was pretty good at the time too and it turns out it really wasn’t, so there you go.

    The “Dinkle goes deaf” story arc is one of FW’s great mysteries. IMO he should have just left it alone, the Dinkle character was never crying out for any idiotic melodrama, he was a satirical one-note character. IMO it was pretty much just a sadistic move, TB just couldn’t inflict enough punishment on those characters back in those days.