How to Blaspheme

Link to today’s strip.

Well, Holly’s going to Hell.  She actually said something was more important than comic books–which she referred to as “silly“!  Yes, straight to Hell with her.

Oh wait.  She’s already in Westview.  Never mind.

The box in panel one is quite well rendered–quite a contrast to Cory in the same panel, who looks like Popeye the Sailor, before his eye popped.  (Probably an accident when he opened a slabbed comic book.  Serves him right!)

And like yesterday, she seems mildly interested in her son’s life, but I seem to recall when she scored a comic book or two last year, she was ecstatic.  Only in Funky Winkerbean, folks.



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

20 responses to “How to Blaspheme

  1. SpacemanSpiff85

    The only way you could find any of this funny or amusing, really, is if you find the thought of women, and moms specifically, liking comics to be totally insane and impossible. Batiuk’s used the gag of “ha, a mom is trying to get her son comic books, instead of throwing them out like they normally do!” several times already. And here we’re supposed to be amazed that Holly actually read and is interested in comics. I wonder if Batiuk knows there are women actually making comics now. There’s next summer’s epic storyline for him. “A chick makes a comic book”!

  2. Rusty

    Not a bad line for once. Was this the bullying arc?

  3. Eh, I’m just glad someone in the strip finally admitted how pointless the whole Starbuck Jones Saga.

  4. “Silly comic books” is as blasphemous as admitting continual worship of Dead St. Lisa is unrealistic and f**king weird… right in front of Les.

  5. Epicus Doomus

    TheAuthorGuy always needs to remind you that as awesome as comic books are, they’re never better than when they’re bringing someone else happiness, which they always do, as long as you do it properly and don’t become one of those annoying asshole mylar bag people unless you’re John, in which case it’s OK. At least that’s what I’m getting out of it. Your tolerance for claptrap may vary from mine, though.

    He had the entire year-plus-long SJ arc AND Cory returning home from the Army to draw from and THIS is what he managed to weakly belch forth. Sub-1950’s TV sitcom tropes and sad little gags about moms reading comic books, just pathetic. The lack of effort he puts into this crap always amazes me.

  6. ComicTrek

    “Silly”. Silly, she says, the comics are. Including the frickin’ ashcan edition.
    (*beat*) Where’s Plantman when you need him?

  7. Great. Nitwit kneejerk misogyny and the idea that it’s okay to sell comic books if they’ve all been read. Someone needs to retire before he kills comic strips as a medium.

  8. Quoth Holly: “My little boy is all grown up.”

    Once again, we, the audience, are told about rather than shown a character’s development. Corey went to the Army as an irresponsible, thieving layabout; he came back a fine young man. But the transformation happened entirely off-stage.

    This happens so often that I think we should assign it a code, to save on typing. How about “Batiukian Trope 1” or “BT1” for short?

    Speaking of short, I’ve come across the manuscript of Batiuk’s unpublished novel. Here it is in its entirety.

    “Wow, your adventure abroad really transformed you, pal,” said the protagonist’s best friend.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    So this was a priceless collection right? That means that either Cory got ripped off and sold too low and ended up buying cheaper ring,more he got his money and splurged on an expensive ring.

    Either way he is screwed. Everyone knows that the success of a marriage is inversely proportional to the size of the engagement ring.

  10. Hannibal's Lectern

    I like the animated GIF at the top of the blog–notice how that black spot on Holly’s ear comes and goes? Anywhere else, I’d view it as a continuity error, but this being Westview, it’s probably the world’s fastest-developing malignant melanoma.


    Um, I would think the fact that Cory voluntarily decided to enlist, would be a better sign that he has matured. Or is Holly admitting that Cory never really was in the army. I mean seriously, Corey’s whole army experience is an afterthought in this strip! Cory could easily have gone to prison and the entire story arc would not change. Well…..except that he might have found some of a different gender to propose to.

  12. Jim in Wisc.

    @ $$$WESTVIEW ONCOLOGIST$$$$: “Mom? Dad? This is Rocko, and thanks to Obergefell v. Hodges, we’re getting married!” Seriously, if L’Auteur Glorieux really wanted to win that Pulitzer so damned bad, this is the way he should have gone.

  13. Spacemanspiff85

    I’m pretty sure the main reason given for Cory enlisting was so he could stick it to Funky, somehow.

  14. Epicus Doomus

    It’s true, we never actually saw even one second of Cory’s “growth”. One day he was doing chin-ups at an Army recruitment tent in the background of a Wally arc, then suddenly he was shipping out and now, a few years later, he’s home as a completely different person. No one comments on this or finds it remarkable in any way, either. It just “is”.

    And one day in the near future he’ll suddenly just be married. Perhaps he’ll do some kind of cheesy wedding arc but think about it, Cory doesn’t have any friends or a “sidekick”or anything, not even a dog. Most likely it’ll be a “nervous ninny” Holly arc about how the cake never arrived or something equally trite.

  15. Jimmy

    How long has that animated banner been up? I just noticed it, and I absolutely love it!

  16. Merry Pookster

    Quoth Holly: “My little boy is all grown up.”
    Oh yes…. he sold his comic books to buy an engagement ring.
    Next he is going to sell his Hot Wheel cars got the wedding bands.

  17. Elsewhere today in the 0.25″ from reality Funkiverse, a tie in Centerville’s mayoral election is decided not by a runoff election but rather a coin flip.

  18. The Dreamer

    Doesn’t it seem like Batiuk is now drawing Cory Winkerbean and Wally Winkerbean almost identically? If Wally and Cory were actually blood relatives, which they are not, it would at least make sense. It is no wonder that Wally is now never seen. It would be too confusing.

  19. Epicus Doomus

    “My little boy is all grown up”…I guess what she means is that in Westview the mere act of parting with comic books indicates maturity, even though he didn’t buy the comics and didn’t put together the collection. His mommy did that for him. All he really did was come home and pawn the first thing of value he could find and he wasn’t even honest about it, he (feebly) tried to hide it from Holly but failed dismally.

  20. The Dreamer

    In fact Cory and Wally Winkerbean both look a lot like the younger Act II Funky. I guess now Cory will marry Rocky and take over running Montoni’s Pizza, which has to be the reason Darin, who had been managing, was shipped off to California and written out of the series