Today’s “contemporary issue affecting young adults”? The high rate of turnover among comic book artists. I wonder if the artist is “leaving the book” because he’s sick of having to work with the deadline-averse Pete Robertini? In any event, it seems that Batiuk just realized that Crazy Harry, though he may look like it now, was not born in the 1940’s, and has updated young Harold’s appearance (compare with this strip from 2010).



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16 responses to “Ex-Sponged

  1. Epicus Doomus

    So this frees up the “Mister Sponge” artist gig for Boy Lisa, which he’ll take right after Hollywood somehow ruins the SJ film. And no one will remember this, as it’ll happen months if not years from now. Hell, I’ve forgotten it already.

    So Crazy Harry is sitting around reading comic books, just like he did when he was a kid and everything was perfect, except now he’s complaining about it instead of grinning like an idiot. Seriously, f*ck these people and their comic books.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    When you draw your fifty year olds looking like they’re eighty with one foot in the grave, maybe you shouldn’t criticize other artists.

  3. Jimmy

    Epicus hit the nail on the head with Darin probably being thrust into this role.

  4. It’s official, Batiuk has run out of “things were so much BETTER when I was a kid!” things to bitch about.

  5. Any creative person’s nightmare: “I dreamt I was writing Funky Winkerbean, then I smiled to myself and started to draw it!

  6. SpacemanSpiff85

    How long do you all think it will be before there’s a Sunday strip complaining about how the ads in comic books used to be so much better back when they were for sea monkeys and x-ray specs rather than video games and DVDs?

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Well, how about that! An arc about comic books. Who saw that coming? And by the way, they’re not comic books. They’re “books.” You ignorant civilians don’t know that.

    Great to see lots of bricks. Meat faced perv, Dead Skunk Boy, is looking creepier than ever. We also get both falling leaves AND snowflakes! As a bonus, we get a lovingly rendered chullo hat.

    Other than that, have a great Filler Sunday! Nothing to see here. Keep moving, folks.

  8. You know what else was so great about the past? They had standards back then. Said standards allowed them to reject sight unseen sloppy art from some jerk from Ahia who stood there whining like an idiot the instant someone told him how to draw to their standards.

  9. bayoustu

    Boy, Crazy Harry sure seems inordinately ticked off in the last panel! I was gonna say: “He can’t take a joke!”, but then I realized there actually is no joke…

  10. Harry is misremembering. I’m close to his age, at least based on his teenage age when FW launched in ’72, and writers and artists typically moved on to other, uh, “books.” (Memo to TB: nobody called comic books just “books” back them.) Meanwhile, tho, I have to at least give him a Fred Blurt salute for a nice little touch: unless there’s some sliver of FW ephemera I’m overlooking, the Mr. Sponge cover young Harry is clutching appears to be an homage to the Batman classic from the ’60s, “Robin Dies ar Dawn”: https://www.google.com/search?q=robin+dies+at+dawn&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=MdJ3tv4d2FFhKM%3A

  11. @Fred Blurt, you’re right about the cover, but he’s used it before in one of his Sunday “homages”—the ones they print sideways and don’t bother to rotate for the web.

  12. @oddnoc: This is because he doesn’t consider it legitimate if we read his strip on a computer screen. Just as ‘books’ must be in the format he grew up with, we have to buy a paper like he still does. There are a lot of people out there who don’t trust the Web and he seems to be their boy.


    Yes, because having the same artist and writer work on something for decades has worked sooooo well for Funky Winkerbean.

  14. Crazy Harry: The comic geek other comic geeks avoid.

  15. Apauled

    “…he doesn’t consider it legitimate if we read his strip on a computer screen. Just as ‘books’ must be in the format he grew up with, we have to buy a paper like he still does.”

    But how many newspapers carry Funky Winkerbean in their print editions? The one I buy doesn’t & I’m not aware of any that do. TB should be grateful that anyone reads this thing at all, in any form.

  16. I’d like to think that he has no idea how few papers actually carry his strip but maybe he does and maybe that’s why he’s angry. Unlike McEldowney, he didn’t sign up to do a webcomic.