July 26, 2015

Sunday’s strip was unavailable at the time of writing, and, when I normally would have written this, I was stuffing my face at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. So, um, urp! Snark away!

Update: it was about comic books and name-checking Stan Lee.

Update 2: The link is correct now.


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

25 responses to “July 26, 2015

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Meh, this one isn’t too offensive or anything, typical Batom comic book worship silliness that at least remains true to the characters, sort of. Incredible though how Harry gleaned nothing from this experience, as it would seem that having such advanced comic book knowledge might have actually led to something bigger than being a former mailman and current Komix Korner lackey. But hey, expecting it to all make sense now would be pretty stupid too, right?

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Meanwhile over in Crankshaft land Batty spent a week talking about a block of concrete.

    Well at least I got to see the return of Cutter John this week!

  3. I have been transported to the band box arc from May! The band is in rehab.

  4. JerrytheMacGuy

    I got the Band Box Rehab strip too. We must have fallen into the dreaded Batiuk Time Pool.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Here in NJ they deliver the “Star-Ledger” Sunday funnies on Saturday afternoons, so we get to see it a tad early.

  6. SpacemanSpiff85

    It’s always a pretty safe bet to guess FW is going to be about comic books. Like, I wouldn’t be surprised if Teen Lisa’s shocked expression is because she saw the photoshopped “Death of Superman” cover, with her face over Superman’s and Les’s over Lois, which is the centerpiece for the memorial table.
    And she’d probably just be angry because she had a comic book spoiled for her, not because of the whole agonizing melodramatic death thing.

  7. SpacemanSpiff85

    Holy crap, Baituk is bitching about comics being dark and gritty, AGAIN? Apart from being super hypocritical, it’s not really true at all anymore. There are plenty of fun, uplifting comic books now. I kind of get the impression that Batiuk hasn’t left his house since the mid-nineties, except to sign books and do speaking engagements. Probably the combination of Superman dying and the Internet not being a fad was just too much.

  8. DOlz

    So is OCH agreeing with YCH or is he saying he only agrees with one of the statements? It can’t be that Stan Lee is the best comic book writer ever. Mr. Lee was a good writer, but his best work was done in collaboration with others which he seems to have trouble remembering.

  9. Rusty

    And the reunion arc is going to last all summer. Les, Bull, Holly and Lisa still to go.

  10. Meanwhile, McEldowney’s ill-informed contempt extends to pretty much everyone not smart or grateful enough to enjoy his combo platter of stylistic suck. Batiuk is a niche bitching ignoramus.

  11. @Rusty: We should have seen her reaction to her death first and foremost but Batiuk had better things to do: reminding us that popular people actually hate themselves because they cut themselves off from friends and fun and that comics are supposed to be about escapism, ass-pulls and gimmicks, not real-life concerns.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Talking about comic books? Wow, what a waste of a perfectly good time pool.

  13. Professor Fate

    comic books. Sigh.

  14. Nathan Obral

    And of course Batiuk had to name drop Stan Lee, who wrote the forward to the first “Complete Funky Winkerbean” collection. I guess it’s a mutual make-good after Marvel rejected Tom’s services after he got out of high school fifty years ago.

    So we are supposed to believe that the high school cast apparently left with their doppelgangers when the reunion concluded? (Just imagine the knee-slapping site of Old Les taking Teen Lisa to her gravesite.) And no one remembered any of this but Old Crazy when the BM Band started up?

    Utterly ridiculous, even by Funky Winkerbean standards. I mean, I can understand it if this is all revealed to be a nasty drug trip on Old Crazy’s part, but Batiuk isn’t capable of a generic M. Night Shyamalan plot twist.

  15. I have no idea what year the displaced Crazy is supposed to have come from, but considering how many then-innovative (if now dated) writers started working in comics in the ’70s, it’s still kind of odd for him to consider Stan Lee the best ever. Of course, none of those other writers’ names (Steve Gerber, Steve Englehart, Don McGregor, etc.) would be familiar to people who don’t read comics, but when has that ever stopped Batiuk?

    (Actually, I suppose we’re lucky he didn’t choose Tony Isabella as his favorite writer…)

  16. bad wolf

    Okay, so now the rules of this are so open that Crazy can take himself to Komics Korner and sit around reading for a while. Any bets on whether Lisa goes to her grave (@Nathan) or to see Summer?

    This would be a good month for Chris Sim’s Funkywatch. Sometimes putting it all together to show how little there was helps.

  17. Merry Pookster

    Years ago….I snarked that the only expected ending for FW was going to be a St. Elsewhere rip-off. I stand by my convictions.

  18. DOlz

    @bad wolf, “Any bets on whether Lisa goes to her grave (@Nathan) or to see Summer?”

    OMG! This finally explains how Lisa was able to create so many oddly specific VHS tapes to guide folks after her death. Well played TB … what you hadn’t thought of using this to explain that? Why am I not surprised.

  19. Mister Miggle


    We…don’t talk about Stripperella in this family.

  20. Epicus Doomus

    Coming this week: Harry is unable to relocate the time pool, thus the Act I characters are forever stuck in Act III along with their obese aging counterparts. The Harry, Cindys, Funkys, Hollys and Bulls become best friends. The Les’, meanwhile, break up with Cayla and Lisa and fall deeply in love with one another, leading to a groundbreaking same-sex marriage arc which ends up being mostly about Fred Fairgood for some reason.

  21. Never has so much potential been thrown away with such gusto.

  22. I probably would have introduced a time-traveling early-to-mid-80s comics geek to the MCU, the better Batman movies, and critically acclaimed graphic novels like Watchmen, Pesepolis, and Fun Home, but hey, I guess it’s never too early to instill bitter, resentful nostalgia into a young heart.

  23. @beckoningchasm: If you think that’s bad, wait until the stupid reason they end up giving for not improving their lives. Simply put, they must all sacrifice their happiness so that Durwood can smirk.

  24. JerrytheMacGuy

    Carl Barks (Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories) may have been the best comic book writer and illustrator. His “Ducks” never had to rely on super powers to tell good stories or share memorable adventures with his readers. Fellow Barks fans George Lucas and Steven Spielberg learned a lot from the longtime Disney artist. You can see Bark’s influence in “Star Wars” and especially “Indiana Jones”