Aging gracefully
No one in Westview does it
As today’s strip shows

Smugly smirking Les
Has not spoken yet this week
Still so hate-able

The second panel
It is um… well, it… oh boy
Photoshop away

So many chain links
Has TB found his new muse
Alongside red brick

These days I grunt when
I sit down for a break… and
When I get back up

Well, what do you know
Bull is a better poet
Than Les the writer



Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

16 responses to “Haik-ugh!

  1. HeyItsDave

    Oh, yeah…another of Les’ contemporaries is showing signs of age. We get it, Tom, you’re the f’king nazz.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Really, why does Batiuk insist on having Les in so many of these strips where he just stands around silently? Honestly, Bull could be playing tennis with his wife, or the principal, or maybe a new character. I really think it’s either that Batiuk can only go so long without drawing Les, or that he somehow thinks his audience misses him. Well, that and the fact that he loves portraying his stand-in as superior to literally everyone else in the world.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Yeah yeah yeah, everyone is old, fat and tired except Les…we get it. Ever notice that Les is only the butt of the joke if a female character is involved? It’s OK if Cayla whomps him on the softball diamond or if Summer mocks his lack of athletic ability, but when other men are involved Les is always their superior. Remember when Funky and Harry made fun of him regarding his lack of luck with the ladies back in high school? Funky actually had to apologize. Interesting insight into the character as well as the guy who writes this drivel.

  4. billytheskink

    I’m not an expert on the sport, but I’m pretty sure that grunting is as beloved by fans of tennis as Funky Winkerbean is by fans of newspaper comics.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    So another arc that introduces an action and then proceeds to skip over the activity to its aftermath.

    Since The Author has exhausted this plot line (in his mind at least) I wonder where we’re off to tomorrow. And will the background be bricks or chain link?

  6. Exercise is one of those things where if it doesn’t make you feel good, odds are you’re doing it wrong. Which is the only way to do anything in this strip, really.

  7. spacemanspiff85

    @Gerard Plourde:
    A chain link fence in front of a brick wall, probably. With a brown leaf falling in front of it.

  8. Epicus Doomus

    IMO Bull is somewhat like Funky, BanTom has beaten on him so hard over the years you can’t help but almost feel sorry for him now. Yep, anyone who was tougher, cooler, more popular or happier in high school than Les was has paid dearly for it.

  9. spacemanspiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    It really is absurd. Every time Funky or Bull are in the strip, it’s all about how fat, old, bald, and in pain they are. And most of the time Les is right there, with most of his original hair and most of its original color, lean, happily married, successful, and smirking.

  10. Here, we have a smirking fist magnet author avatar delighting in the suffering of someone who was more popular than he was. On the other side, it’s somehow the end of the world because most people wish that they’d take the one cent coin out of circulation.

  11. @spacemanspiff85:

    If either of them ends up having a coronary, I have the sneaking suspicion that Smirky McDouchecanoe would have a damned orgasm.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    In panel 2, it looks as if Bull has crapped his pants.

  13. Professor Fate

    meantime shooting has ended the crowds have drifted away and Cliff Anger is back in his NY apt confronting the utter emptiness of his life. He wonders if the shower curtain rood would hold his weight.


    As much as I snarked on the Starbucks Jones plotline at least it was somewhat interesting. But this? This is just goddamn lazy!! Was there really no reason we couldn’t have another week or two of “Wish Fulfillment Theatre” starring Mason Jarr & Cliff Anger?

  15. I think the relationship between Tom Batiuk and Les is a lot like that in the Anthony Hopkins film “Magic.” In that movie, Hopkins’ ventriloquist couldn’t go five minutes without grabbing his dummy (Fats) and going into a routine. It’s like some kind of terrible addiction.

  16. Eldon of Galt

    So billytheskink hammers out five good haikus and picks up on the accidental one in the strip. Once again a sonof stuckfunky writer has put in just so much more effort and creativity than Batiuk did.