Not Your Stepping Stone

It looks like we get one of this strip’s patented jogging gags in today’s strip. Looks, however, can be decieving.

No, I would not classify today’s gag as a jogging gag. It is haplessness gag, a staple of Act I reconfigured to fit the age of the strip’s main characters. Back in Act I it was Les and Dinkle’s pupils who were most often the butt of such jokes. Now in Act III, Funky has assumed Les’ former role, his pitiful sole can’t keep from stumbling over the same little rock over-and-over as he tries and fails to get some much-needed exercise. Les has kind of assumed Dinkle’s role, lording his perfection over the morons surrounding him. Act I, however, was sometimes self-aware about how irritating Dinkle’s behavior was. Can we say the same about Act III?

It also looks like Les, who gave Durwood “the bum’s rush” yesterday so he could get to work on his new/old Lisa project, is procrastinating again. This look is not deceiving.


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14 responses to “Not Your Stepping Stone

  1. Okay, who keeps ordering the “Funky and Les exercising” trope? STOP IT! I BEG OF YOU! STOP IT!

    And once again, considering how often we see Funky jogging in this strip, he should be slimmer. Instead he looks like Mr. Wilson from DENNIS THE MENACE without the ‘stache.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Ha ha ha, Dick Facey once again reminds Funky that HIS glory days are well behind him. Just hilarious.

  3. The fourth book in the Les Lisa trilogy should be called “I am Toxic – The Les Moore Story” in which it is revealed that Les is so carcinogenic that just being around him for an hour is enough to give everyone Deadly Cancer.

    Trust me, this could actually be entertaining, as Les chronicles the deaths of everyone around him, furiously refusing to believe he could be responsible.

    Finally, surrounded by radioactive skeletons, and with government helicopters whirling overhead, he climbs the nearest mountain, and–and a miracle occurs here–he realizes that he himself is responsible for everything.

    He hurls himself from the mountain. And, really, this could take a week or three, and I think we’d all be riveted. Mostly because we’d know that this was what we’d all been waiting for.

  4. billytheskink

    This looks like a pretty remote area and I’ll bet that house is abandoned. There are no witnesses around, Funky. No one would ever know…

  5. 1966tvbatman

    Character actor Ed Asner as Funky Winkerbean. “USA!” I mean “LISA!”

  6. spacemanspiff85

    Funky overcame alcoholism. After a bitter divorce, he’s gotten remarried and has a happy, stable family. He’s a hard worker, owns his own business, and employs a good number of people. His restaurant is the center of his town and his friends’ social lives. And he’s been diligently trying to get in shape and be healthy for years now.
    And yet he’s constantly portrayed as the pathetic loser shlub, whereas Les, whose students, and is so paralyzed from writer’s block while trying to milk his first wife’s death AGAIN, is portrayed as a beloved genius who’s more or less perfect.
    You suck, so very much, Batiuk.

  7. @spacemanspiff85: It gets worse. Not only can he not tell what a sympathetic character looks like any longer, he doesn’t know how Daylight Savings Time works.

  8. Gerard Plourde

    I’m not a runner. Funky’s fall in today’s post has finally prompted me to ask why they always run side by side. The runners I see in my neighborhood run alone. Also, it seems to me that maintaining a stride-for-stride pace would be unnecessary and difficult. And if the route includes running on a dirt path like today’s strip, tandem running would be a bad choice precisely because of the chance of obstructions.

    Finally, what kind of jerk who runs this course regularly with his long-time friend wouldn’t give a friendly reminder that a known obsuction is ahead and to watch out for it?

  9. count of tower grove

    @Gerard Plourde, Welcome to the Fungyverse!

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    Any guesses as to what is inside the abandoned house? Over at Comics Kingdom, someone speculated that this is the house where Lisa was impregnated back in high school.

  11. count of tower grove

    Today’s strip is the perfect prelude to panel three of this page’s masthead!

  12. Epicus Doomus

    Re: that old house. Betcha it’s full of all sorts of interesting and fascinating mysteries. Then again, maybe it isn’t.

  13. In the masthead, it looks like Funky is looming over Montonis. “Attack of the 50 Foot Funky” would make an interesting story for the strip.

  14. Hitorque

    So Funky didn’t just pull the baseball sized rock out of the trail and bludgeon Les the previous 20 times he tripped on it and had to see that smirk?