The Annoy Of Painting

In today’s strip, Funky finds a still life. Something seems strangely familiar about it…


Maybe I’m confusing Funky with Donna. Oh well, I’ve got no better ideas for what that is supposed to be on the horizon and pretty much nothing else I can say about this strip.


Filed under Son of Stuck Funky

22 responses to “The Annoy Of Painting

  1. You can’t ever escape, Funky.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    It’s sad how bad Batiuk’s art skills are. I don’t the expression on Funky’s face is meant to convey boredom, but boy, does it ever.

  3. Rusty

    I think that’s a church steeple in the trees. Why would an abandoned house still have a painting on the wall?

  4. Epicus Doomus

    “Tony? It’s Funky. Three words…”Dakota Wheat Pizza!”.

  5. From the FW blog:

    There’s a story hidden behind these decaying walls. And like all of us, Funky wants to know what that story is and how it ends. Inside he finds a painting called “Dakota Wheatfields”. It was a painting I discovered in an art class in Junior High and I finally finally found a place for in it in the detritus of this former home.

  6. billytheskink

    Looking at the real painting, I should have gone with Missile Command.

    That’s a decent enough painting, though. I wonder why TB hates it so much that this is where he “finally found a place for it”?

  7. Epicus Doomus

    What does it all mean? Is there some reason he couldn’t have found this painting on, say, Tuesday instead of Friday? He’s trying to establish a sort of creepy wistful “days long gone” vibe here with all this plodding meandering, but why? Is the whole point really just going to be “I explored this old abandoned house this one time” and that’s all?

  8. Gerard Plourde

    As is often the case in Funky, the answer provides no information. Why is Funky’s discovery of a print of this painting noteworthy? It may mean something to The Author, but completely lacks context for the audience.

  9. Jimmy

    It means Funky is going to use larceny for great gain. We’re supposed to cheer this.

  10. Charles

    Four days in and we still don’t have a reason for why Funky would be doing this.

    Anyway, since Batiuk has a problem staying focused, I was wondering something about one of the earlier strips posted last week. Perhaps one of you good people would be able to supply the answer.

    For that strip where Les asks Lisa to the prom, did that happen before or after the teenage pregnancy storyline? If it happened before, that means that Lisa ultimately ditched Les to go screw Frankie in his cheesy van, with their prom experience somehow not being enough for Les to win Lisa over. If it’s after, then the scene where Les asks Lisa becomes even more awful. He helped her through the birth of her child, a significant gesture, and when he thought about women he could ask to the prom, he had three women lined up before her, even though some if not all of them were obviously extremely unlikely to accept his offer. Plus, the earlier version of his asking her showed him with a complete “I don’t give a shit” attitude about whether she’d accept or not. He clearly didn’t want to go with her. He just didn’t want to think that he hadn’t exhausted all his options.

  11. Saturnino

    “That’s a decent enough painting, though. I wonder why TB hates it so much that this is where he “finally found a place for it”?”

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Well at least Batty is keeping his word about including this painting…er, finding a place for it…in his strip.

    I bet he can smell that Putzlitzer! Er, Pulitzer.

  13. I figured out what it means: switching to Geico can save you money.

  14. What it all means, man: switching to Geico saves you money. Hey, it’s as good as any. I realize that TB thinks all this faux existential drama is deep and profound and intended to represent an aging man’s quest for life’s truths amid a random world, but all this implied symbolism is just plain pretentious. He may think he’s writing a Russian novel here, but it’s actually more like an episode of Blues Clues. Maybe not even up to that level.

  15. billytheskink

    For that strip where Les asks Lisa to the prom, did that happen before or after the teenage pregnancy storyline?

    It happened before. Lisa and Les were subsequently broken up when Lisa transferred to Big Walnut Tech the next school year following prom. Frankie was a football star/BMOC at BWT.

    Lisa essentially disappeared from Act I after the pregnancy story arc, sent to live with her grandparents.

  16. Great. He’s about to commit petty larceny because Batiuk was interested in this painting. Typical.

  17. @Fred Blurt–At least BLUE’S CLUES has makes sense. This so far has not.

  18. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    I think TB must have visited a museum or cracked open an art book and decided to pay homage to the paintings he saw. When Funky peeked through the window (it took 3 panels) it looked like a poor man’s Andrew Wyeth. Remember when Bart Simpson was an exchange student in France? Driving in from the airport he passed through landscapes by Van Gogh, Seurat, Monet…That was a funny episode, unlike FW.


    Man, Panel 1 is the worst attempt at the “Frye Meme” yet!


    Also how the hell is the painting not yet been stolen?

  21. Doghouse Reilly

    At least he doesn’t have to worry that an army of school kids will bust in and disrupt whatever this is.

  22. batgirl

    I’m going to guess that the reason the painting is still in the house is that it isn’t an original, but a cheap print not valuable enough to pack or to steal. Being someone who does like to poke around deserted buildings, I can agree that stuff does get left behind – there could be an interesting story of why once-loved things are abandoned, but hey, who has time for that?
    What surprises me more is why Funky waited that long before exploring? I would have been up there the first or second time I saw it, and he had to trip over the same stone howevermany times before he even looked at the house.
    I’m hoping it’s a Salem’s Lot scenario, and the master vampire has just moved into the basement and is luring those who won’t be missed.