Take T…H…A…

Today we observe that rarest of instances in the Funkiverse: our hero, subjected to the withering disdain of a functionary of the state, gains the upper hand by delivering a well-timed, snarky zinger of his own. Funky knows it, too; dig his expression in panel 3: the arched eyebrow and the entirely appropriate sardonic smirk.

I’m going to let this one pass. Feel free, the rest of you, to have at it.


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15 responses to “Take T…H…A…

  1. spacemanspiff85

    He has his ID right there. Why is he asking how to spell his name?

  2. count of tower grove

    Heavens to Murgatroyd! Funky is his legal name? In stalwart Ahia? Even the California Republic forbade Frank Zappa to name his son Dweezil.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Yep, Funky finally “wins” one. This, sadly enough, is probably Funky’s Act III high note. It’s without a doubt gonna be all downhill from here.

  4. billytheskink

    Now that he’s put doughy DMV Les in his place, I want to see Funky pull this on real Les.

    A FW strip that leaves we wanting more? It’s been… a while.

  5. count of tower grove

    @billytheskink, at least we have the comfort of the portrayal on this page’s masthead!

  6. Jimmy

    See, Les, THAT is a smirk.

  7. Epicus Doomus

    billytheskink: The last time I remember Funky experiencing genuine happiness was when he and Crazy Harry were goofing on Les about what a pitiful loser he was with the ladies back in high school. That one ended with Funky visiting Les on his porch swing, begging him for his forgiveness. And a more pathetic spectacle I cannot recall. So be careful what you wish for re: that f*cking Les.

  8. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    Isn’t Flunky the kind of person you love to deal with? The kind of person who likes to say stupid shit that prolongs an appointment with a doctor, a lawyer, the BMV? Doesn’t everybody like hanging out longer there? Don’t professionals who have 10 more clients on the schedule before lunch love some asshole who wastes their time with inanities? It’s a good idea to piss those people off, right?

    When I was shooting weddings an asshole would turn his back to the camera and say, “Be sure to get my good side!”

    “Very funny, Mr. Asshole. I haven’t heard that one 1,000 times before. Now turn the fuck around for the photo because the wedding party, the priest, the families, and the guests would like to get the fuck out of here!”

    Yeah, I’ve dealt with turds like Flunky. STFU!

  9. And of course, the quote in the masthead is going to be coming into play very soon. Not only do we have the bog-standard ineptly-taped up sign and the perfunctory dig at cogs in bureaucratic machines. Batiuk is going to shit all over the title character for the stupid name he wasn’t actually forced to give him.

  10. Let’s do this again, this time with some wry gay humor..

    DMV guy: What’s your name?
    Funky: Winkerbean.
    DMV guy: Oh really? I thought it must be FedEx, ‘cos it looks like you have a big package there with my name on it!
    Funky: (smirks)

  11. I have some creative ability, and the idea of deliberately doing the dullest, most-content free work for five plus years sounds horrible. Especially since I’d be doing this solely to avoid any kind of criticism, in hopes that my critics would just go away. It’s hard to imagine a sadder fate, but some people have chosen the form of their destructor I guess.

  12. This is about the time that the DMV clerk would suddenly realize that it’s time for his lunch break, and send Funky back to the end of the line, ticket number 296, now serving 14.

  13. Hitorque

    The Funkmeister loves to live dangerously, doesn’t he? Because there is *NO* instant karma like “pissed-off bureaucrat” instant karma…

    Without even realizing it, Batiuk has given himself a bit of a lifeline here — I could stand to see more of this ballsy, fuck-your-feelings Funk Doctor as long as he doesn’t go full Krankenschaaften…


    —It’s hard to imagine a sadder fate, but some people have chosen the form of their destructor I guess.—

    I’d rather get roasted in a sloar then have to read another strip like this!

  15. The one good thing I can say about this is that it reminds me of when the same joke was done well. There was an episode of the British radio comedy show “The Goon Show,” where a couple of WWII officers were discussing a new secret weapon of the Germans:

    “It’s called ‘Geschatze.'”
    “How do you spell it?”
    (scribbling) “I-T, pronounced ‘Geschatze.’ Got it!”