Cuyahoga Nights

Well, now that all that is thankfully over, today’s strip shifts gears (booooooooo!) to Funky, who is testing out his recently-renewed driver’s license while listening to Lesley Gore.

And that’s it.  That’s all there is to it…
TB actually spoiled this week’s story (such as it is) on his blog a few weeks back. In fact, if you haven’t read that blog post, this strip has no context at all. It might even have negative amounts of context.

This does actually remind me of something I enjoy, though- The scene in Hoosiers when Coach Dale drives up to visit Shooter Flatch’s shabby house on a wooded hill. If tomorrow’s strip shows Dennis Hopper firing a shotgun over Funky’s head, that would redeem a few things.


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16 responses to “Cuyahoga Nights

  1. Epicus Doomus

    What a storyteller! BanTom is so far ahead of the curve he DOESN’T EVEN NEED WORDS anymore! The stellar artwork tells the entire tale today. Funky is driving, he sees a house, he stops the car, gets out then looks at the house. Will he climb the hill and go inside? How many days will THAT take? The suspense is absolutely maddening. I just can’t WAIT for the payoff, because if there’s one thing I know about FW it’s that the silent strips always but always lead to something gripping.

  2. billytheskink

    Funky returning to the scene to see if Les’ body has been discovered yet…

    Is that too good to be true?

  3. Epicus Doomus

    billytheskink: Well, it’s certainly be interesting and regular FW readers would love it so it’s probably pretty unlikely. But it’s a fun scenario nonetheless. My favorite “Les dies” premise is: the entire town finally has enough of his smugness and they attack him with pieces of rebar, camping hatchets and large sticks, with Funky and Crazy Harry leading the way. They tear him to shreds and leave what’s left of him in the park for the turkey vultures to clean up and when the authorities investigate Les’ disappearance no one says a word.

    Or alternately, he dies of writer’s block while sequestered away in his garage studio and no one discovers his corpse for three and a half years. Finally Cayla realizes that the lemonade is really piling up outside the studio door and she summons help. They find him, everyone shrugs and they close the door and leave.

  4. Epicus: I think the town would wire the house with explosives, toss every Lisa tape in there, set it off and have a party.

  5. Gee, a FUNKY WINKERBEAN story without a point. How original. (That was sarcasm, by the way).

  6. spacemanspiff85

    Funky really looks like two different people in this one strip. His face is a whole lot more rounded in the first panel than the third. That first panel Funky is a special kind of terrible. That nose is awful. I think Batiuk forgot to draw one until the last minute. That mouth looks really tacked on too. Like a bargain bin Picasso or something.
    Calling this strip half-assed is giving it way more credit than it deserves.

  7. Anyone who’d listen to that song without being ironic deserves whatever crap is headed Funky’s way.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Well it is only Monday so we have at least a few more days of go nowhere, wordless strips.

  9. ComicTrek

    Ooh, wouldn’t it be really cool if this led to some kind of “spooky haunted house ghost/monster detective mystery” type of thing that became the excitement of the Westview world for a while? Ahh, if only!

  10. Gerard Plourde

    So this week’s arc features Funky trespassing in an abandoned building. What could possibly go wrong?


    Is it too much to hope for that Funky has just stopped off at the Overlook Hotel? I hear there is a bear costume that fits you, Funky.

  12. So, what’s the over/under on how many days before Funky enters the house? I say four.

  13. Max Power

    Is the term “spoiler alert” ever used here? The blog says “Funky decides to pay a visit to a house that he’s passed by many times on his runs”. Am I missing something or was yesterday the only time he passed it in the strip? If so, yesterday’s tremendously lame joke is the set up for several days of silent “intrigue”.

  14. Hitorque

    Lesley Gore? I’d have thought Herr Doktor Funkenstein would be blasting some Dayton Family or Ghetto Mafia…

  15. @Rusty Shackleford: On the bright side. We won’t have to put up with TB’s sparkling dialogue.

  16. Rusty Shackleford


    Yes, I should be glad there is no dialog! I know Batty’s gonna milk this. He’s gotta put the time in to get his award!