Thursday, June 30

I am happy sorry to say that today’s strip was not available for preview.

Instead, please enjoy a trite Throwback Thursday Funky Winkerbean strip!
What was going on in the Batiukverse on June 29, 1996? Only one of the Funky Winkerbean-iest strips in the history of ever!

It’s everything that has made this strip what it is since the middle of Act II except for cancer and comic books, all masterfully worked into just 3 panels:
Lisa, Les, Les being insufferable, a woman being unfathomably interested in Les, writing, Lisa, Montoni’s, bricks, John Darling, Lisa, smirking, Les smirking, Les’ face being punchable, Les’ face being punchable while smirking, and even LISA.



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23 responses to “Thursday, June 30

  1. Epicus Doomus

    This one might have generated a mild chuckle IF it wasn’t for the fact that just a few years ago Mort was suffering from (sigh) advanced Alzheimer’s. Of course that was back during BanTom’s veeeeeeery extended post “Lisa Dies” hangover, when he was still wringing his characters for cheap pathos instead of, uh, unrestrained zaniness like this.

  2. Jimmy

    Cut today’s strip after the second panel and it’s actually pretty good.

  3. HeyItsDave

    Of course Mort’s life is filled with regrets. He’s a Winkerbean.

  4. billytheskink

    I’ll take “things marching band lifers and syndicated cartoonists know nothing about” for $400, Alex.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    So Dinkle just tells them they’re filling in? He doesn’t ask any of them first before committing them to it? Because I guess there’s no way any of them would have anything else to do on the Fourth of July. I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate Dinkle anymore. I really hope they just beat the crap out of him, preferably with their instruments.

  6. HeyItsDave

    My favorite part of the throwback comic is the first panel, where Lisa is trying to choke Les.

  7. That last panel must be autobiographical on Tom Batiuk’s part.

  8. spacemanspiff85

    These people all live in a nursing home. I’m pretty sure they all have regrets.

  9. Epicus Doomus

    It’s pretty funny how Mort’s transformation all began when he started smoking. Ever since then BanTom has been playing him off as the hilarious nursing home “bad boy” even though when he was first admitted he did
    nothing but stare straight ahead blankly. All thanks to cigarettes.

    And speaking of blithely ignoring your own continuity, consider this. On the way home from dropping his nearly vegetative dad at Bedside Manor, Funky was involved in a car accident where he slipped into a coma, traveled back in time to the 1970s and told his younger self to buy a copy of “Starbuck Jones” #1 as it’d be valuable someday. Then he woke up and became very boring again. But think about all the continuity he established there and how totally meaningless it is now just a few years later.

  10. On this side, Mort regretting having lived the blandest, most conventional life ever. On the other side, Batiuk hammering away about how bad on-line newspapers are because he’s exposed to the likes of us.

  11. Rusty Shackleford


    I know, I can’t believe Batty thinks newspapers are sent via email.

  12. Ho-hum… another day where it seems more interest and attention have been spent on the exterior shot than on the “story” taking place within. Let’s eavesdrop on the most interesting characters in today’s episode…

  13. Rusty

    Eh, my local paper sends an e-mail notifying me that a new digital “edition” is on-line every day. Of course it doesn’t just all appear at once, it’s a website that is constantly updated.

  14. HeyItsDave

    @Rusty – One of our local papers has a continually-updated website as well, but if you’re a subscriber they will deliver an electronic facsimile of the printed paper to your inbox daily. That’s actually kinda cool, but by the time a newspaper is printed, I’ve already read all those articles online.

    I subscribe to a smaller, more localized newspaper, mostly because my wife enjoys sitting down with the paper every evening after supper. My daughter calls it “reading yesterday’s news.”

  15. Gerard Plourde

    So today we have Mort, whose miraculous recovery from dementia was facilitated by taking up smoking (Should we alert the Surgeon General?), regretting that he couldn’t be in a ’60’s rock band. Since he’s Funky’s father, wouldn’t his adolescent soundtrack be either Elvis or slightly earlier, like the Postwar/Korea era?

    Jumping to Crankshaft, as others have noted, we can now add “how newspapers make their electronic editions available to subscribers” to the list of “things Batty apparently knows nothing about”.

  16. ComicBookHarriet

    Just going to leave this here…

    So, guessing TomBat is in the back pocket of Big Tobacco.

    Also, I learned a lot looking at that throwback panel. For instance, I didn’t know there was a phase of Funkyverse where TomBat was drawing everyone as one-eyed cyclops freaks.

  17. Eldon of Galt

    Also helping to make that 1996 strip among the Winkerbean-iest ever: the always-clumsy writing. He’s going to “unravel the murder by figuring out who the real murderer is”. Really? That’s how he’s going to do it? Amazing!

  18. HeyItsDave

    @Gerard Plourde There’s no real telling how old Funky is. T-Bats has messed with the timeline a couple of times, but just for the sake of argument, I’ll say he’s (a rather unhealthy) 54, making him born in 1962. Now, just for shits and giggles, let’s make Mort about 78 (born in 1938.) He would have grown up listening to Big Band and Swing and popular vocalists like Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and maybe in the early 1960’s Joni James, Nat King Cole and similar acts. By 1962, he’d be 24, and by the time of the “sex, drugs, and rock n roll, smash our guitars on stage and trash hotel rooms” era he’d be coming into his thirties.

    But this is Funky Winkerbean where time is flexible and ever-changing and no one really gives a shit about temporal continuity.


    I actually laughed at this one. Mostly because of Pa Winkerbean actually uttering the phrase “Drugs, Groupies”. Next to Buddy the Service dog, Jared Posey, Pa Winkerbean joins as the only true likeable characters in this strip.

  20. HeyItsDave

    They should pull the shade, f’chrissake.


    In Regards to Throwback Thursday Strip:

    Huh. So Les was homosexual back in Act II. Makes sense…oh, wait. That’s Dead mistake. So Les isn’t…homosex… No, I was right the first time. Les more is still homosexual….for himself.

  22. ComicBookHarriet

    I don’t know what Mort is whining about, old people with dementia have a lot in common with rock stars. I mean Mort already gets to guzzle handfuls of pills, trash his room in fuge state, and wake up every morning in a bed he doesn’t recognize being undressed by a much younger woman he doesn’t remember the name of.

  23. I can’t get over how terrible the drawing of Les’ face is in panel three of the vintage strip. It looks like a beach sandal someone used to smash flies.