Leaf It Alone

Cancer sucks. We got your thesis statement loud and clear, Tombat, but with all of the Autumns you and Lisa must have shared pre-cancer, why are you reminiscing about this one in today’s strip?!

Thanks for that, by the way, now I have to try and wrench sarcastic snarking humor about a strip that is basically about slowly losing a loved one to cancer. Wee.

Today’s strip


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

30 responses to “Leaf It Alone

  1. It’s not just about slowly losing a loved one to cancer. It’s also about how he tries to reassure himself of his utter impotence in the face of cancer. The point of the fake meet-up was Les trying to convince himself that he was always powerless and couldn’t do anything even given a million chances. It makes him feel better making everyone join him in mourning forever if he thinks that he was utterly useless and helpless because if he had agency to fix things, he couldn’t be helpless and that would be terrible.

  2. ComicTrek

    It wasn’t in the least touching or amusing the first time; it’s even less so now. I see that autumn, Lisa, high school, and comics–with the occasional PTSD for good measure–is all that exists in Funky’s (Les’s?) cold, cruel world.

  3. Cancer and fake comic books. That’s all that exists in Tom Batiuk’s shallow, boring mind.

    Today’s strip is ironclad proof that Batiuk didn’t even deserve to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize with regards to his execution of Dead St. Lisa the Cancer Chew Toy Who Was Cremated, let alone win the damn thing.

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    Les wanted the tree cut down and now he doesn’t. Wow, great writing there Batty.

    And yet, Batty thinks that through his strip, he is sharing an important message that is relevant to young people.

    Meanwhile, check out Bloom County. Funny and some great artwork. And best of all, it is only available on Facebook! So in Battys world, it’s not real cause it’s not on a real newspaper.

  5. Smirks 'R Us

    Good luck getting that tree contractor back, Less. They just love to be stiffed on jobs. But, you know, leaves.

    And Bloom County’s return is the best thing to happen to comics in a long time.

  6. Among “Crankshaft’s” many running gags (insofar as things that don’t go anywhere and aren’t funny can be called that) is one of Crankshaft trying to knock the last stubborn leaf off a tree. If this ends in a crossover, it would be the perfect time to nuke Westview from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

  7. bigd1992

    Casey Kasem has something he’d like to say http://youtu.be/fDYK2H0ldbo

  8. Well, Cayla, you do know that the tree-cutters are going to want to be paid anyway. And they’re not going to sit around waiting for more leaves to fall. Once again, you’re willingly in Lisa’s shadow. Normally this would be pitiable but you’ve moved way past anyone’s ability to care about you.

    What a terrible comic strip.

  9. billytheskink

    This is one strip that might have been even more maudlin and depressing in Act I. Back then the leaves were sentient and often conversed with one another, making today’s comic about a barely-averted medium-scale genocide instead of Les willfully endangering his home’s structural integrity because of sentimentality.

  10. DOlz

    I just tried the link to the comic and got this message.

    ” There was an error loading this comic.
    We have been notified of the issue. Please contact us with any questions.”

    Perhaps even King Features is getting embarrassed about being associated with FW.

  11. DOlz

    I just checked in on today’s “Bloom County”. Oh my word the second and third panels should be used in a master class on cartooning. The second panel’s use of shading and perspective is breathtaking. In the third panel you can almost see the thoughts running thru Cozy’s head as she ponders the info she just got.

    I can’t tell you how good it feels to say something positive about comics. Well back to the snarking in my next post.


    That tree is probably filled with termites and is more diseased than Lisa was. Cutting it down probably prevents it from falling and killing some poor bystander walking by it. But no, Les..your pain is more important than everyone else. Nobody in the history of the world has ever lost anyone…so everyone in the Universe must hold off their lives for you.

    You know this isn’t grief anymore…this is friggin self absorption!!

  13. Professor Fate

    I’m wondering why Les didn’t run up saying “Woodsman spare that tree! ‘
    Gad what a mess of an arc – someone really needs to point out to the Author that writing is better described as re-writing. And this could have used a lot of it.
    Another FW arc that aims for heartwarming, misses and hits annoying and maudlin dead center.

  14. Epicus Doomus

    Sigh. So is the tree dead or what? It’s early September here, ninety degrees and the trees aren’t even close to dropping their leaves. So why is Lisa’s Tree all brown already?

    Man oh man, this BanTom guy is just shameless. I mean Les has simpered over Lisa plenty of times over the last eight years but this is just hysterical. Can you even imagine what the tree guys are thinking as this bearded lunatic starts squealing at them about “the last leaf”? Not to mention his current living wife, who must be totally mortified.

    And the funniest part is that Batom thinks this is cute, just like he thinks someone other than him actually likes or still cares about Lisa’s stupid Story. No one was bowled over by LS more than BanTom himself and he’ll never let you forget how much that story meant to him. Even if it means portraying his lead character as a complete mental case.

  15. Rembrandt36

    Les knew the poor tree had Dutch Elm Disease. He could go back in time via locker to a time where he could call in a tree doctor to dave it, but he knows in the end he cannot do anything, and stands alone helplessly.

  16. Jim in Wisc.

    @Nathan Obral: And even if he’s able to drag this strip out to 50 years, the National Cartoonists Society should refuse to give him the Gold T-Square, simply based on the garbage he’s churning out.

  17. bad wolf

    What’s that? The “Last Leaf” you say? Funny, someone might have almost gotten the idea that your book title was about something besides Lisa.

  18. A HREF

    @ Nathan Orbal: That may be the greatest image to ever grace this webpage and I mean that not at all as a slur on others’ contributions.

  19. Rusty Shackleford

    @Dolz. Yeah, Berkeley’s artwork has been fantastic. I liked his rendering of that old Victorian house a few days ago. Best of all, you can tell he is having fun with the strip, unlike others who are just recycling crap.

  20. Saturnino

    Hard to tell what kind of tree it is, but if it’s like my oaks, there ain’t gonna be a last leaf.

    But there will be carpenter ants………………….

  21. Someone on Comicskingdom has this to say:

    “Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly.” — Seneca

  22. Epicus Doomus

    You know, I remember back when we used to speculate on whether Cayla would ever issue a “Lisa or me” ultimatum. Then she sorta kinda did. Then Lisa kind of faded away, not for good but significantly nonetheless.

    That’s why this is so stupid and annoying, as we all know it’ll lead nowhere and mean nothing. Eighteen years after the fact Les is still squealing about his Lisa tree. Doesn’t he have a single Lisa memory that isn’t about how she died?

  23. The Dreamer

    Going back to Wednesday’s strip, when/how did Coach Stropp die? Did he die during one of the time shifts between Acts, essentially dying offstage? I mean he only died so Bull could get his job of course…

  24. Rusty Shackleford

    I really wonder if Batty still lives in Ohio. In FW, the leaves are all falling and over in Crankshaft land,nits been raining nonstop. Yet, I look out my window and it’s been sunny and in the 80’s for weeks now.

  25. Epicus Doomus

    The Dreamer: There was a Sunday strip featuring Coach Stropp’s wake a few years back, I believe the cause of death was (drum roll please…..) cancer.

  26. @Epicus Doomus and @The Dreamer:

    Yes, Coach Jack Stropp died of prostate cancer. I wish I was making that last sentence up.

  27. @Rusty: Batiuk still lives in Medina (as obviously noted by his puff piece softball interviews with the Medina Gazette, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Channel 5 Eyeball News) but because he draws this crap a year in advance, he automatically sets the Westview Leaf Falling Machine to start precisely on September 1, no matter what.

  28. Talk about refusing to get the details right, check this sentence from Stropp’s obit “he led the fighting scapegoats to a combined record of zero”

    Notice a lack of capitalization in that phrase?

    I assume that the “zero” was followed by “wins” because no one is allowed to succeed in Funky Winkerbean unless that person is Les Moore.

  29. Rusty Shackleford

    @nathan. Well I’m glad I’m in A different county. Oh and I like the Sunday strip you posted, classic Batty. He just loves his newspapers. But yet he thinks he is relevant to the younger generations. Sigh.