Just Trespassing Through

After verifying with the city that the old house on the hill is structurally sound, Funky makes his way inside in today’s strip. One can only imagine what he is thinking. “When was my last tetanus shot?” is my guess.

A comic strip title character wandering alone through an abandoned house… am I reading Funky Winkerbean or that one week of Garfield in 1989 that Jim Davis assuredly wrote after watching a Twilight Zone marathon and telling himself “I could do that!” This set a dangerous precedent for comic strip artists, one that TB himself would employ after catching Love Story on cable back in the mid-90s.


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14 responses to “Just Trespassing Through

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Has Funky never seen a house before? He’s acting like it.

  2. WHY IS HE DOING THIS? Is it where he used to live? Or where Les or Crazy used to live? What is the point of this exercize? And why can’t Batiuk give us any of Funky’s thoughts as he’s doing this? And why won’t he answer when people start criticizing this strip? Does he agree with them that this strip is a piece of sh!t?

    Aww, I feel better already. That’s what a well-vented spleen will do for you.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Wow, this is just surreal now. He’s trying to set some sort of “mood” here but, as usual, it’s just silly instead. As billy pointed out the other day, if you don’t regularly read his blog (and who the f*ck does?) you’d have absolutely no idea what this is supposed to be. And even if you do, it’s honestly pretty tough to figure out where this is going, although “nowhere” is as always a safe bet.

  4. billytheskink

    I don’t see any crooked lampshades, so this place is a fair sight nicer than Cliff Anger’s New York apartment…

    Funky ought to break the rest of that mirror. For him, seven years of bad luck would be an improvement.

  5. Jimmy

    I actually can relate to the final panel. I get spooked every time I pass a mirror, thinking, “Man, I feel sorry for that poor sap, letting himself go like that.” Then I realize it’s me, and I get sad.

  6. erdmann

    Ah, now I see where this is heading. Get ready for another sideways comic book cover tribute on Sunday:

  7. Epicus Doomus

    If the big payoff was Funky recoiling in fright upon seeing his reflection in the mirror I’d have to say “job well done, BanTom ol’ chap”. Unfortunately though, I think he was trying to set a certain anxious and/or jittery tone here, which IMO makes it even funnier. And obviously it’s not finished yet, which means we’re due for a completely inexplicable resolution no one could have possibly seen coming or a two year break, after which the arc will resume with Funky walking back up the hill again for four and a half days.

    IMO he should consider going to an all-silent format, as let’s face it: the strip is just funnier that way. It’s not like he’s putting a ton of effort into filling those word balloons anyway, it’s just the next logical step. Drop the pathetic inept little serial stories and the abysmal sub-moronic wordplay and just have the characters wordlessly wander around in various surreal situations for no reason. Who knows, maybe someone somewhere will fall for it, think it’s “artistic” or something and nominate for an award or two before they realize he was just yanking their chains. It happened with the cancer book, it could happen again. And in the meantime we could just make up our own FW jokes instead of having to muddle through Tomban’s dimwitted jabbering. Everyone wins.

  8. spacemanspiff85

    @Epicus Doomus:
    Nowhere would be an improvement.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Between all the snow, and this slow story, it has made for a long week. I feel like I’m living in Westview.

    Is that a lump I see on my breast?

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    I have to go to one of Batty’s live appearances as it seems that he speaks in the same awkward style that he uses in his strips.

    Check out his blog where he talks more about the “secret sauce”. So he went to Chippewa Lake and took pictures, wow how original. And that old house, he discovered it on one of his runs.

    This is the secret to why FW sucks, he just draws whatever mundane thing he sees, he adds no drama, no new twist, nothing of interest. Then stretch it out over weeks, so you can go back to drooling over old comic book covers.

  11. Gerard Plourde

    His blog post bout this does explain a lot about his thought process. Somehow he thinks that wandering around the abandoned house will somehow tell Funky its story and how the story ends. Not the stories of the people who lived there (although some sense of that could be gotten from the items left behind) but the story of the building. This fits perfectly with the detail that he gives to his backgrounds (we’ve all made mention of his bricks), but I do think that he somehow connects much more fully with the things he draws rather than the people.

  12. Jimmy

    Many thanks for those of you who read his blogs. I just can’t.

    When does Tom give a tip of the felt tip pen to Carl Anderson for his Henry ripoff?

  13. Great. You would know he’d care more about a building than the people who lived there.

  14. This! This is the reason I love this blog is because I learn something new every day here. @billytheskink: Thank you so much for the look at Garfield. It was one of the best reads I’ve had today.