Ears of the Woof

My local public radio station has a service where they read the local newspaper aloud for the visually impaired. Since the comics come in the Sunday early edition and are not as easily read as straight text, the volunteers who perform this great service will write a transcript in advance so they can read and describe them succinctly and not waste their limited time.

Here is the transcript for today’s strip:

– Funky Winkerbean –
A black and brown dog barks.
It continues to bark.
An old man says to an old woman standing next to him “You know… as therapy dogs go…” while a nervous younger woman kneels next to the dog with a bone.

Perhaps this is part of TB’s new series of “write your own punchline” strips…



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

20 responses to “Ears of the Woof

  1. I think this episode was written by Mort Winkerbean.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    I mean sure, some moron bringing a poorly-trained and aggressive dog to a nursing home under the guise of it being a therapy dog could be comedy gold and all, there’s no denying that. But this is the Funkyverse, where everything just seems far wryer than anywhere else. Thus, there’s this.

  3. Well, Batiuk sure turned on the therapy animal thing in a hurry. Bitter that Buddy My Buddy didn’t win him accolades with the veterans’ affairs crowd?

  4. SpacemanSpiff85

    Somewhere within walking distance of Batiuk, a newspaper reader is shocked to see their dog that barked at Batiuk once about a year ago demonized in the comics. Or they would be, if anyone read this strip.

  5. MJ

    You know… As comic strips go…

  6. SpacemanSpiff85

    The worst thing about this is that it’s a big “screw you!” to the concept of Sunday strips. Batiuk does this just about every week with Crankshaft, where he’ll have six panels of Crankshaft standing around and then one panel of dialogue. It doesn’t add anything to it. Two panels of the dog and then the “joke” would’ve been more than enough.

  7. Another strip where The Author couldn’t be bothered developing his idea. What the heck is he trying to say here? From Mort’s unfinished thought it’s clear he has no idea where he’s going. Did he get carried away drawing an agitated dog and then realize he needed to submit his Sunday strip with only one panel left?

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Are the high school kids from Medina HS doing the artwork today? Maybe the dog is angry cause he read Batty’s strip while doing his business.

  9. @TheDiva: That’s what I thought too. A strip dedicated to the concept “You won’t give me an award and tell me how great I am for totally botching the concept of helper animals? I’ll a steaming dump all over the idea!!!” only goes to prove what a peevish dicktard Batiuk really is. He turns in mediocre crap that demonstrates his ignorance and refusal to cure same, expects to be fawned over for said ordure and reacts strongly in the negative to being told no, he can’t get a medal for being the same shitty sort of writer Chris “The TRUTH is that he can’t even write a grocery list” Carter is.

  10. Also, it’s a big TAKE THAT to today’s stupid, web-headed kids for not being able to tell a good dog from a bad one because Facespace and Buddyblog.

  11. Guest Page Turner Author

    I am completely speechless. What was he even thinking when writing / drawing this strip? Therapy dogs are usually larger, friendly dogs who are well behaved and obedient. Why was this dog even allowed inside of bedside manner? This author just continues to display his cluelessness.

  12. HeyItsDave

    Five panels of an aggressive, pissed-off dog and the last panel is Mort scowling at a yapping puppy. T-Bats is drawing one of Mort’s dementia episodes.

  13. sgtsaunders

    It could be a write-your-own-punchline strip if there was so much as a scintilla of a setup, which there is not. This looks like more of a lazy BatTom depiction of his hatred of pit bulls. The only punchline around Westview is the one lining up for Les.

  14. Apparently my daily newspaper got damaged in delivery today. Because it looks like my FW episode is missing half the strip.

  15. Rusty

    @SpacemanSpiff: Every time I see a Sunday strip like this, where the creator just tosses away the freedom of all the available panels, I grow a little more deaf to their complaints about newspapers squeezing their size down to tiny panels during the week. Luann does this a lot, just runs a one panel “gag” strip rather than taking advantage of the possibilities.


    So Funky smuggled a rabid attack dog into the nursing home in a sophisticated murder attempt on Pa Winkerbean.

    That’s the story I’m getting from this strip.

  17. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Next week, we learn that this snarling, rabid pooch has been cast as Star*uck Jones’s intergalactic companion, sidekick, and Therapy Dog, Bark Rogers. 19 year old Cindy gains something else to be jealous about.

  18. Epicus Doomus

    Speaking of Funky’s dad, if you go back and read the arc recaps from 2010 you’ll see how much more ambitious FW was back then. Oh sure, it was a boring plodding mess back then too, however way more actually “happened” than it does now. Once he pretty much exhausted the cancer book stuff he just lost interest.

  19. Saturnino

    ” Luann does this a lot, just runs a one panel “gag” strip rather than taking advantage of the possibilities.”

    But alt least Luann sometimes “depicts contemporary issues affecting young adults” in a somewhat realistic way compared to FW

  20. Saturnino

    “Apparently my daily newspaper got damaged in delivery today. Because it looks like my FW episode is missing half the strip.”

    Just admit it, the dog ate your newspaper……………………..