Dread Mill

Link to today’s strip

Yes readers, Funky is still fat, sweaty and grossly incompetent. I wonder if he wrote all of these “Funky at the gym” strips all at once on some dreary November morn right after returning from the gym. There’s just too much continuity there with Fitness Girl, it’s just not like him.


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10 responses to “Dread Mill

  1. HeyItsDave

    …and with a snap of the finger, Tony’s pizza puns are forgotten and Funky’s back at the gym with his personal trainer, what’s-her-name. Way to dig up an old turd, T-Bats. Wonder what we’re in for tomorrow? Another Lisa tape? More Batom flashbacks? High school hijinks? TROMBONES??

  2. And another trope that needs to be put out of its misery. As a matter of fact, I think most of the strip’s ongoing storylines need to put out of their miseries. Funky seems to want to be put out of his misery.

    However, in a shocking development, there’s actually a positive vibe in CRANKSHAFT today. Phone the kids and wake the neighbors!

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow, Funky is back to looking like Ed Crankshaft. Just another classic, phoned in by Batty.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    At least it’s just confined to a Sunday strip this time. Whenever I do a stint as guest host I DREAD getting another “Funky at the gym” arc, as they’re always so f*cking boring that there really isn’t a whole lot to riff on by Tuesday.

  5. The inspiration for today’s strip…

  6. Gerard Plourde

    Could these plot lines get stretched any thinner?

  7. A treadmill is a perfect symbol for Funky Winkerbean. It goes nowhere but wears you out along the way.

    Serious question: since the beginning of act two, has anything good happened to funky? Or did Batiuk manifest his hatred of the character around that time?

  8. Epicus Doomus

    BC: The way I remember it is that at first Funky was more or less playing the straight man (comedically speaking), the “regular guy”, Everyman and so on. Then in Act II all sorts of horrible misfortunes befell him (and everyone else but especially him). It sort of read like revenge against him for not being utterly miserable in high school, unlike Les who “blossomed” after graduating from WHS.

    As far as anything “good” happening to him, he IS the chairman of the local chamber of commerce, for what that’s worth. Sure, it’s like three businesses but hey, it’s better than cancer.

  9. HeyItsDave

    @beckoningchasm: Bats seems to be taking it easy on Funky lately. He’s certainly not the most miserable of the characters in the strip – like Epicus noted, he’s chairman of the chamber of commerce. His restaurant is doing okay, he seems to have a happy marriage with Holly, his dad has made a remarkable recovery from Alzheimer’s, and he’s got friends. On the down side, one of those friends is Les, but y’know… can’t win them all.

  10. Charles

    Trainer lady should know that crunches have fallen out of favor among personal trainers, because they don’t really confer any benefit to your physical fitness and they can damage your back. That’s especially bad for a fat 65 year-old like Funky.

    You know, my cousin and his wife signed up for personal training and both of them have a great time working out together because they’re actually, you know, doing something together. And they’ve managed to lose roughly fifty pounds each. Why on earth doesn’t Funky have his whale of a wife going with him? Did she have a New Year’s resolution that she was going to do her best to keep her bowling ball physique?