Monday, October 19

Today’s strip was not available for preview when I was able to write today’s post.

I don’t know about you, but I’m on pins and needles…
Don’t tell my therapist that, please. She says it is not a healthy mechanism for coping with having to read this strip.



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

16 responses to “Monday, October 19

  1. What?

    No, seriously…..what?

  2. bad wolf

    Cory has apparently picked up the habit of leaving the bathroom door open in the service.

    Welp, another strange week to look forward to. TB has skipped some of his standbys this month, so i shouldn’t complain, and yet this is what he preempted them for.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    If this means we don’t get any back to school band or football jokes, I’m okay with it. Of course it’s probably just setting up a month long Thanksgiving band turkey “epic”.

  4. billytheskink

    Today’s headlines: Funky falls asleep on corduroy couch.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    “Snowplow mom”??? Oh, I get it, she must be referring to the way she somehow blundered her way into assembling a complete collection of “Starbuck Jones” comic books for her now-delightfully arrow-straight son Cory, even going as far as to threaten a man with scissors and take advantage of a dumb mistake made by a guy with a heart condition. Which is ridiculous, as it was the Army’s parenting that molded him into the disciplined and very bland young man he is today, not hers.

    Anyhow, he looks absolutely thrilled by her sterling example of top-drawer parenting skills. And thank Batom for finally confirming that Cory is pleased by Holly’s almost psychotic SJ collecting efforts. Boy, did that arc ever die on the vine or what? The entire point of the story, Cory receiving the collection, happened off-screen! I mean it’s so stupid that if you tried to explain it to a non-FW reader (read: anyone) they’d think you were just making it up, as no sane person would believe that a “writer” would omit the climactic moment of his own story. Yet around here it’s routine.

  6. Spacemanspiff85

    Apparently a snowplow mom is a thing, at least according to Google. Supposedly it refers to a mom who plows through obstacles for their kid. Which really does not seem to fit in this situation, since “lack of Starbuck Jones” is not an obstacle. And it’s still not really anywhere approaching funny.

  7. Epicus Doomus

    Spacemanspiff85: It’s different in Westview. For example, if you gave your kid some cash or gold bars to make up for years of sub-mediocre parenting, it’d be crass and insensitive. But comic books are a link to your youth, they bring you back to a simpler time when all that mattered was getting down to the corner drugstore right after church on Sunday to hit the spinner racks and snag the latest issue of your favorite title. So basically Holly didn’t just acquire some comic books for Cory, she re-acquired his youth. It’s a Westviewian do-over of sorts. Cory’s going to be JUST FINE from here on out, you wait and see.

  8. Wonderful. An obscure regionalism we’re expected to revere, a payoff hidden from sight and a troubled boy redeemed by the healing power of craptucular comics. It’s Batiuk’s idea of a happy ending.

  9. The Author would probably argue that showing Cory’s joyous reaction the moment he was presented with the completed collection is trite and hackneyed. In Westview the only emotion worth recording on a regular basis is stoic resignation to one’s lot, with allowance for occasional displays of unremitting grief over the loss of Dead St Lisa.

  10. Hannibal's Lectern

    This being the Funkyverse, the yellow ribbons seen in yesterday’s strip (along with those lovingly-rendered leaves) retain their original meaning from the Mac Davis song (“I’m comin’ home, I’ve done my time…”). From this we deduce that any stories about Cory actually being in combat are just a cover story; in reality, he spent nearly the entire time in the lockup after blowing away 37 innocent civilians when he was told the Kabul Komix Kafe didn’t carry Starbuck Jones. Now home, he holds the comic in sweet bliss, knowing it was all worth it…

  11. Rusty

    A 21-22 year old soldier, home for good (?), can’t wait to stay in his childhood bedroom reading comic books. Not out partying in bars and chasing young lovelies around. Batiuk has not only rounded off the edges on Cory’s face, he’s also taken away any semblance of a personality trait.

  12. I’m sure this is supposed to be a heart-warming episode about enjoying simple things, but it comes across as padding. Eight days of nothing, followed by comic books? Are we going to see Cory read comic books for a straight week?

    As I and others have pointed out, this strip is still ongoing to its creator can bask in a 50th anniversary. However, he’s not thinking this through. No one is going to say how awesome the strip was. They’re going to say “Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean sees its fiftieth anniversary arrive. Unfortunately, the last fifteen years of that run have been an entirely wasted run of nothingness. Thank God it’s going away.”


    In the span of three weeks we have “bipolar disorder” and “snowplow mom’s”. I wonder if this means that Batiuk is actually receiving psychiatric help? (Fingers crossed)

  14. Professor Fate

    Cory’s a grown man. I found the scene where he is reading a comic book while his mother looks on beaming to be just too creepy for words. Paging Dr. Freud, Paging Dr. Freud.

  15. Jim in Wisc.

    Rusty wrote: Batiuk has not only rounded off the edges on Cory’s face …

    Here’s what Cory used to look like, compared to misshapen, potato-like lump his head has morphed into.

    Then & Now