Running on Empty

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Good news, everybody! Funky doesn’t need to get all meth’d up before pounding the track with Les! He’s tweak free! But just look at the poor bastard. All those drugs really took a toll on him – it looks like Les is jogging with Mort.

engrishI still can’t figure out what goes through T-Bats’ head when he coins a nonsense phrase or tries to force a new meaning onto a bit of the language. Does he think he’s so influential that his imagined meanings will sweep the language and the popular imagination? Does he look at his inked words and think to himself, “Yep. That sounds just like real life”? Or does he just kind of mindlessly parrot out phonemes that he thinks sound cool? He’s like an Engrish T-Shitsu Generator. Man, that is so nordic. Truly, I stand in line.


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8 responses to “Running on Empty

  1. Why can’t Batiuk say “pain-free?” And why does use interior quotations instead of quotations marks? And why does Batiuk draw Funky the same age as his dad? And will Batiuk any these questions? All I know is the answer to the last one: no.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Poor, poor Funky, his many years of dedicated exercise just never seems to pay off. So, so hilarious. I bet you that Batiuk has a whole drawer full of these, filed under “S” for “sad-sack Funky”. It’s getting to be almost like Lucy and Charlie Brown with the football, I’m just dying to see one of these where Les trips and falls or gets hit by a truck or lawn mower shrapnel or something. Alas, though, it’ll never happen, at least not until the sad-sack Funky gags run out sometime in early 2077.

  3. I don’t think Tom Batiuk really puts any thought into these things anymore. The Pulitzer loss seems to have put him into permanent “oh, who cares” mode.

    Today’s strip…well, this is “phoning it in” without even picking up the phone, just rolling over and going back to sleep.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    I really don’t even know why Batiuk bothers drawing different art for these “Funky and Les jog” strips. We would literally be the only ones who would notice. And the writing is always nothing but Funky griping about his body falling apart and how he yearns for death, just in slightly different words. If you’re going to half-ass it, Batiuk, save yourself some work.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    One more strip?

    Why not. I’ve already lived a long full life.

    Lately I seem to be drawing ‘tweak free’.

    That’s good.

    Yeah but I’m still not taking any chances with my work.

    I’ve got an illustrator on retainer.

  6. Here we are with the same damned thing: Author Avatar Les being a punchable dickchoad smirking because the former BMOC is a fat, unhappy loser. This is good because he needs to be punished for having a social life that a clueless, skeevy, gutless numbskull who couldn’t find a social cue that didn’t sail over his crew-cut didn’t have.

  7. Gerard Plourde

    So is Les trying to kill Funky? Excessive exercise has been found to be detrimental to health. A German study compared the hearts of 108 chronic marathoners and sedentary people in a control group. The runners had more coronary plaque buildup, a risk factor for heart disease.


    Physical Therapist? So some poor young girl is being hired to be sexually harassed and groped by Funky? *Shudder*