Under Your Spell

February 14, 2017 at 10:45 pm
He has his ID right there. Why is he asking how to spell his name?

Dang, Spiff, wish I’d thought of that! Unlike the probate lawyer we met last week, “BMV guy” is not having any of “funny guy” Funky’s witty repartee. In fact, things start to get chippy. It’s pretty poor customer service to resort to personal insults, but at least have it make sense. Would an unconventional spelling make Funky’s name any less “unfortunate”?

In another case of Batiuk Perhaps Inadvertently Gets Something Right: I don’t know about Ohio’s BMV, but in the New Jersey DMV offices that I’ve visited, the walls are painted that exact shade of sickly, early 90’s “Dusty Rose” mauve.


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17 responses to “Under Your Spell

  1. Max Power

    Day 2 of Funky spelling his name at the BMV. What could be more compelling? In panel 1 Funky looks a little bit too smug for someone whose license expired a year ago.

  2. count of tower grove

    Wow, is everyone in Ahia a lardass?

  3. Epicus Doomus

    It’s almost as if WANTS us to find the name “Funky Winkerbean” to be funny. Alas, we do not.

  4. billytheskink

    This is almost as funny your uncle telling you about how his coworker’s wife’s schoolteacher cousin totally-for real-seriously taught twins named Orangejello and Lemonjello back in the late 80s.

    That is to say, it isn’t funny.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    I’d say thinking “Funky Winkerbean” is a good name for one of your characters is much more unfortunate than having your parents name you that.
    But I think “Les Moore” is infinitely worse, as far as names go.

  6. ian'sdrunkenbeard


    “Oh yeah? Well F you, too!”

  7. Batiuk has always seemed to think that his poor choice of names is what kept his strip from succeeding as well as he’d hoped. The problem is that it’s actually his penchant for pointless arcs that go nowhere and do nothing and for boring people no one can cheer on that alienate people.

  8. Saturnino

    “But I think “Les Moore” is infinitely worse, as far as names go.”

    I guess you’re right, Moore or Less

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Never seen so many white people at the DMV, on either side of the counter.

  10. Hitorque

    “That’s got to be the most stupidly outrageous name I’ve ever heard, and my name is Weedlord Bonerhitler! Go take a fucking seat while I help a more serious patron, Mr. Studio Rundfunk… Your name, sir?”

    “Uwe Blab”


    “Uh, yeah… I just moved here from Canada and my name is Dick Assman. You may remember me from my appearance on David Letterm-”

    “You know what? I give up! I’m taking the rest of the week off! Tell Batiuk not to ever contact my agent again, EVER!”

  11. HI, Tom Batiuk. You know what it means when you do these deathly-dull strips solely so your critics won’t have any ammunition for snarking?

    It means your critics have won.

  12. @TFH – The probate lawyer probably encouraged the witty repartee because he charges by the hour. Funky paid dearly for those horrible jokes.

    Tomorrow, the eye test!

  13. bigd1992

    Maybe it’s my low expectations, or more like the absence of Les, but I have this arc as awful as usual.

  14. bigd1992

    I don’t think it’s as awful, darn fingers


    Panel one makes me wonder if there Rule 34 Funky Winkerbean is a thing.

  16. Charles

    You know, lampshading it doesn’t make it funnier, or even excuse the fact that it’s a stupid name.

    I understand why someone named “Funky Winkerbean” would be weird and off-putting in our world, but this isn’t our world. In Funky’s world, even in his little social group, there’s Les Moore, Harry Dinkle and his wife Harriet, Jack Stropp, Holly Budd and two Rocky Rhodes. And the world’s most famous actor is fucking named Mason Jarr. And that doesn’t even include the less obviously silly names like Bull Bushka, Tony Montoni, Crazy Klinghorn or Jim Hitbyabrick, the science teacher. Plus, if you include alliterative names, it seems as if Gross John Howard (that is his name, right?) is the only character whose name wasn’t created with the intent of making it silly or eccentric.

    I’m reminded of Ebert’s First Law of Funny Names: No names are funny unless used by W.C. Fields or Groucho Marx. Funny names, in general, are a sign of desperation at the screenplay level.

    Ignoring all that, you know, DMV workers are the only workers I’ve seen joked about who really truly are as unabashedly surly as the jokes say, which means when this guy concedes to Funky’s clowning, Batiuk is fucking even that up. I could totally see, in reality, the DMV employee pulling out a stack of paperwork, demanding that Funky fill all out of it out. And if we want to exaggerate a little, then demand that he include an original non-copy birth certificate and his social security card. You don’t screw with people who can screw you back much worse.

  17. @Charles – I’d add The Firesign Theatre to the list of legit funny-name users. But otherwise, yeah.