Find six differences between the panels in today’s strip.
Filed under Son of Stuck Funky
Tagged as boredom personified, Funky, Funky Winkerbean, silent strip, That Old House
Every so often a FW strip comes along that just makes me burst out laughing at first glance, like the one where the post office explodes and it looks like Les is yelling “USA!”. This arc has just reached legendary status, we’ll remember this one forever. These three panels summarize the FW experience better than I ever could.
Funky looks 12 years old.
The excrement–I mean the excitement–continues. At this point the only thing that can redeem this garbage would be is if Funky walk into the house, and it collapses, killing Funky.
Or maybe this is the house where the Master and Torgo live in “Manos, the Hands of Fate.”
On the one hand, I don’t want to criticize too much, because Batiuk’s sort of trying something different here. But then, it is just based on him running across an abandoned house and thinking “I could make a comic out of that”.
Is this going to be like the one about Wally-or-Cooty’s younger self hiding in the closet of his old home, guarding the comic books hidden under the floorboards? Maybe Funky will see himself abusing a kid, after which he walks away.
I have to give him props for at least subtly changing some of the details (the squiggly lines on the wallpaper, specks on the ceiling material) between the panels. Most cartoonists would copy and paste the first panel two more times with no alteration. That said, this arc is ponderous, man…effin’ ponderous.
I think if I were squatting in an abandoned house and the image of Funky Winkerbean appeared in the window, I would be certain that it was a sign of oncoming death. If I had a video recorder, I’d make sure it got uploaded to YouTube, so that someone could compile a “Most Terrifying Abandoned House Encounters” video. “The uploader of this video was later found dead in the woods, his face twisted into an expression of utter, complete boredom.”
I like the direction he’s taking with the strip. The readers can write their own adventures. No puns.
“Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it has stood for eighty years and might stand eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
(Somebody had to bring it up)
If TB is this fascinated by one abandoned house, we’d better hope he doesn’t venture into east Cleveland (or the rougher parts of any large city) anytime soon.
Week after week of Funky silently trespassing into vacant houses would still be an improvement over last week, though.
My guess is that we’ll have a blog entry that has a seventy-year old young adult boast about not using any fancy photocopiers when talking about this boring exercise in criminal trespass.
Wow, talk about doing the bare minimum. Dragging this out till 2024 I see.
Is that Funky in the window? Looks like some child’s pencil drawing. Did I miss the tip of Funky felt tip to the 8 year old who drew Funky?
Between this and Crankshaft, it’s been a total crap week for both strips.
Still unanswered is the question why a middle-aged man would want to do this. Is this Funky’s way of dealing with mid-life crisis? I suppose simple curiosity could make a person go up and look in the window but taking the extra step of going inside seems to be an unnecessary risk without an adequate reason.
@Gerard Plourde: You’re still looking for character motivations in a Tom Batiuk strip? I’m still looking for the reason why Cory joined the Army.
I honestly have no idea where this is going. Which means this is vastly superior to last week, where Les, once again, got help felatiating the memory of his dead wife until he spurted forth in inevitable writerly climax.
Well, Funky’s body should make a lot of furniture for Leatherface’s clan. Come to think of it, being furniture is probably the most useful thing Funky has ever done.
Next on House Hunters: Will Funky pick the decrepit, abandoned house on the hill; the one-bedroom shack above the pizzeria; or a room at Bedside Manor?
This looks like an homage to one of Andrew Wyeth’s windows, but without all the, uh, you know, talent. I really do dig it (do you kids still use that expression?) as a tribute, but in a comic strip that should show things happening or at least moving the story forward, not so much. Take it from me, I should know. I’m an art school dropout!
Is Funky making a pizza delivery to squatting meth addicts? Is he trying to prove that Ed & Lorraine Warren are frauds? Does he have a vial of ricin hidden in one of the outlets? What the hell is going on here??!!! Geez why is it when we actually need long-winded exposition from Batiuk, he never fucking gives it!!!