Cock and Bull

Link to today’s strip.

I guess all the bird-themed dialogue is telling us that Chullo and Glasses are bird-brains.  Got it.  Although Glasses’ riposte makes no sense whatsoever. Is this his version of “Whatever”?  Because he looks more anxious than dismissive.

Also, since Glasses is wearing a Marvel-themed t-shirt, and Tom Batiuk has gone out of his way to tell us he’s a DC guy, I think that means he’s supposed to be evil.  Or maybe it’s more payback to Stan Lee for writing the forward for the new Funky Winkerbean collection.  Those boots won’t lick themselves!

The only interesting thing here is that kid’s hair in panel two.  Is she wearing a hat, or a plastic bag, or has she dyed part of her hair blue, or what?  Does she have a chullo?  Wedgeman could probably tell us, but since he was a senior last year, he has gone into the abyss…or at least, he should have.  What do you want to bet that he shows up anyway, because continuity is for losers.

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30 responses to “Cock and Bull

  1. Oh, those two were talking? I was more engrossed in the bricks holding up the WHS facade.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    There’s no pecking order that Owen would ever be at the top of. Even if he was the only person in Westview, Ghost Lisa and the Band Box would outrank him.

  3. The Defender

    Wow, you people are so cynical. And the time you spend on this comic strip! Some have been making snide, not very funny remarks about ‘Funky Winkerbean’ for years! Incredible.
    Anyway, today’s comic is a good one, recognizing the excitement and fear felt by all new seniors on the first day of school.

  4. Nothing is going to change, even after graduation. Glasses will become an assistant band director and Chullo will get a job at Montoni’s.

    Ugh..

  5. Epicus Doomus

    Cody knows they’re reaching the end of the rainbow here, as graduating means you’re as good as gone in FW. Batiuk simply doesn’t do college, so once you leave those hallowed halls of WHS you’re forgotten. Summer, Keisha, Maddie, Jarod…where are they now, eh? And why is Owen wearing a scarf? Summer (the season) isn’t even over yet.

    The Defender: You’re obviously new here.

  6. Batty Winkerbean

    In the original draft, Cowdeny used the word SUCKER, but Batiuk stretched it to A-DOODLE-DO because he likes to really stuff his word balloons.

  7. @Epicus – Owen and Cody’s only hope is to join the Army out of High School, and perhaps be deployed to Iran.

  8. billytheskink

    First the chullo… and now a scarf? Is Owen anemic, feeling cold all the time, or is he just Westview’s resident Whovian?

  9. Rusty

    I have 3 kids in high school right now. Batiuk is severely overstating the wearing of dopey hats by high school students.

  10. The good news is, since they are now seniors, Owen, Cody and Alex all qualify for the Golden Buckeye Card!

    Oh wait.

  11. Meanwhile, a bunch of freshmen overhear Owen and fall over themselves laughing.

  12. Epicus Doomus

    bobanero: IMO Owen could have a bright future in the comic book trade, but Cody…I don’t know. He’s probably just going to fade away one day, never to return.

  13. Since Glasses has the morose yahoo thing going for him, I’m guessing that his role in the bullying arc will be “cowardly bystander wishing that he hadn’t been forced into a position where he might have to make a decision.”

  14. bigd1992

    I’m wondering if Mopey could be Les’s son, but that would mean a 3rd woman slept with Les, and that’s a statistical impossibility.

  15. Merry Pookster

    A Freshman Dweeb….a Senior Dweeb….all the same.
    These two are Dweebs

  16. Cody can always star as Les in community theatre productions of “Lisa’s Story” hosted at the Westview Gazebo. He already has the glasses and the “woe is me” ‘tude, so he’s already on the fast track to success…

  17. $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$

    OK This cannot be ignored. What is “The Defender”?

    1. One of the most blatantly obvious trolls in the history of the internet? (and that’s saying something!!)
    2. Tom Batiuk undercover? (I told you, our comments on the non-time travel arc would upset him!!)
    3. Unpaid summer Intern for the Comic Syndicate? (Dude, get paid!!!)
    4. A Font of Limitless Sarcasm? (I’ve been looking for such a being all my life!!)
    5. Epicus Doomus pulling our leg? (C’mon confess I say!!!)
    6. One of the three legitimate Funky Winkerbean fans in the known universe? (There were four but the doctors in the asylum have pronounced him cured)

    Inquiring Minds want to know!

    (Well, I really don’t want to know or care, it’s just more interesting than this idiotic strip about Chullo Boy and Glasses!!)

  18. bad wolf

    Well, no call backs to the marker-ing that they got when they were freshmen, so no points there. Looks like we could be zooming right into the big Sunday anti-bullying statement that TB was trumpeting about last year, so at least it might be over quickly (one pull! right off!). The only real curiousity i have is if indeed TB will stick to his guns with the real-time conceit and get rid of the last high schoolers or not, and we won’t know that for another year.

    @Westview Oncologist: Nah, that can be ignored pretty easily.

  19. My guess is that The Defender is a troll of some sort, either an alter-ego of a regular SoSF commenter or a newcomer who is employing sarcasm as a snarking technique, or as a way to get a reaction. He (or she) is not being disrespectful or nasty, so I don’t understand why there is any controversy.

  20. Professor Fate

    @bobaneor well maybe not yet but today the Defender came close with: “Some have been making snide, not very funny remarks about ‘Funky Winkerbean’ for years! Incredible.”
    To wit I reply – so? it is our time, we can use it as we might. I hardly see why it should be a concern of yours. Nor do I see that anyone asked you what they should be doing with their lives.
    I will freely admit that I am not especially funny – however some folks here are day after day brilliantly funny and one of the reasons I visit here.
    And as for today’s strip with its non-sequitur punch line; I well remember my first day as a High School Senior – and my emotions were a mix not of excitement and fear but resentment and loathing . I hated High School and the only thing that made the senior year different was that I was getting the hell out of there when the year ended.

  21. Epicus Doomus

    OK, be assured that I am NOT “The Defender”. All comments are welcome here as long as they do not run afoul of the general site guidelines: stay on topic, no personal attacks and do not be gratuitously offensive just for the sake of it. Dissent and differing opinions are fine.

  22. The one thing that would have made the punch line funny today would be if he said “cock-a-doodle-frickin-doo” to stress his faux excitement.

  23. As you pointed out, the statement “Some have been making snide, not very funny remarks about ‘Funky Winkerbean’ for years! Incredible.” is not necessarily derogatory, but is really a fact. It’s also a fact that TB has been producing a comic strip that was not very funny for all these years too.

  24. bad wolf

    If anyone wants a sneak peek at Sunday’s likely strip:
    http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2014/08/14/funky-winkerbean-comic-creator-contributes-anti-bullying-campaign/

    Good ol’ TB, get people interested in your strip on August 14, 2014 for one appearing maybe August 29 2015. Who on earth besides us would even remember to look for such a thing?

  25. @badwolf, thanks for the scoop. I would concur that TB is indeed holding the pencilled strip for this Sunday. I struggled mightily in Photoshop but failed to make it legible, but can pick out bits of the dialogue. In panel four, Cody’s saying “But just because we’re seniors now doesn’t mean that we should become bullies ourselves.”

    It’s also interesting the way Smilin’ Tommy is holding the artwork. I’m pretty sure that with his right hand he’s giving us the finger…

  26. Smirks 'R Us

    Hell yes he’s giving us the finger. That is no accident. Classy move, BatHack.

    What in the world is Chullo pointing at in panel 1? “We’re at the top of the pecking order…you know…at this school we attend….in this building…that we are entering right now”

  27. Epicus Doomus

    From that puff piece: “The storyline focused on a gay couple wanting to go to prom together only to be harassed by students and staff. In the strip, the school’s principal intervenes and says bullying the couple won’t be tolerated.”

    Umm, nope, not what happened at all. The SSC appeared VERY briefly, no students harassed them at all and the only character who had an issue with it was an elderly woman, whose relationship with her husband and daughter became the “focus”. And Nate didn’t “intervene”, he merely read from the school handbook and pointed out that it doesn’t strictly forbid same sex couples from attending the prom. Again we see the perception of FW doesn’t match the reality. Apparently a lot of people THINK FW “addresses” these so-called issues but regular readers know it actually deftly sidesteps them, every single time.

  28. I’d assume that any reporter assigned to cover a comic book story would simply contact the cartoonist’s publicist and get a canned bio, which he would then reprint. Honestly, while I believe our news media has deteriorated quite a bit, I wouldn’t really expect a journalist to go around verifying every point in a boiler-plate bio of a cartoonist. Not many Pulitzers to be found there!

  29. The Dreamer

    Maybe this is the year, since he’s a senior now, that Owen finally comes out as gay. I mean everyone knows he was the anonymous kid in the box who says ‘thank you’ when Batik did that series of strips about a gay couple going to the prom. Its time to come out Owen!

  30. The Medina Gazette is co-owned with the Elyria Chronicle Telegram, Funky Winkerbean’s flagship paper. They will never factually report on a has-been washed up cartoonist who can’t write and draw his way out of a paper bag because… he’s Tom Batiuk!