Monkey Winkerbean

Making their first appearance since January 2016 are Summer and Keisha. I’m sure the sounds of one-on-one basketball right outside his door do wonders for the terminally distractable Les’ writing process.

If “see you later, alligator” is good enough for Cliff and Vera, I don’t know why Les and Cayla feel the need to “update” it. Let’s not get started on Les calling his black wife a monkey. Instead let’s examine Batiuk’s tendency to take a feeble but acceptable joke and proceed to stretch it ’til it breaks. He could have left it at “they’re working on an update blah blah blah.” But, because it’s Sunday and he still has two panels to fill, he’s gotta drop in the stuff about going “viral” and “beta testing”.

It’s all well and good that Batiuk recruited a couple comic book pros to draw Crankshaft and Funky Winkerbean. But the draughtsmanship, maddeningly inconsistent as it is, isn’t the problem with these strips, it’s the writing.


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14 responses to “Monkey Winkerbean

  1. spacemanspiff85

    How is this going to go viral? Does Les have a webcam going in the garage? Is he tweeting out all his thoughts? The idea of Les Moore on Twitter is horrifying to me. I’d have to imagine it would be him constantly correcting other people’s grammar in tweets, insulting his close friends, and criticizing classic literature. His username would either be @TajMooreHal, @LisasLover, @MoreLesMoore, @ThisChildWasn’tLeftBehind, or @SmirkJerk.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    TFH: nailed it, once again Batiuk can’t leave well enough alone and just has to wedge some clumsy “pop culture” reference in there, presumably to remind us that Summer (ugh) and Keisha are young and “with it”. Whatever they’re “with”, I want no part of it.

    “Write the goddamned book already, f*ckface”…there you go, the perfect Les-centric catchphrase. No need for racially insensitive blather or overreaching, it’s straight to the point.

  3. 1966tvbatman

    Punchable in the Sunday masthead

    TFH sez: Never moreso.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Batiuk just spent a week (man, I hope it’s just a week) giving “writing advice” in Crankshaft. I’ve got to think at some point in his life he heard the tip, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, refer to a black character as a primate. Especially by someone who’s supposed to love her, and is your hero, and actually your avatar”.

  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Crankshaft: one big advertisement for Batty’s new book. I can’t wait.

  6. bayoustu

    Wait- Cayla’s black?!

  7. Rusty

    Well, now we know why Summer always has a shag haircut with bangs: it hides her receding hairline. Keisha has no such luck.

  8. Jimmy

    How high is that hoop? 14 feet? Either that, or Summer and Keysha are around 5 feet and too short to play D1 basketball.

  9. Don

    So, one of the few women in the world who could dunk a basketball didn’t get drafted by the WNBA? (And Keisha didn’t, either?)
    Speaking of which, did a Kent State women’s basketball game even get mentioned, much less shown, in the strip in the five years they’ve been there?

  10. Jeez, that plug in the Crankshaft masthead is just shameless.

    TFH sez: Holy smokes, really!

  11. Rusty Shackleford


    I can hear Batty complaining to his friends about the crass, commercial cultural we live in…but then he plugs his books in his strips.

    He just can’t let go of Lisa. My question: Who buys these books? If you have cancer, does it help to read a comic strip about a character with cancer?

  12. Charles

    Adding to the appalling nature of having Les call his black wife a macaque, we can see that spending the last 4+ years at college have done absolutely nothing for Summer’s and Keisha’s development. They’re the same damn kids they were five years ago. They’re even wearing the same clothes and doing exactly the same things they used to. And since it’s mid-April, what are they even doing hanging around Les’s dank house?

    Apparently they came home for no other reason than to allow Les to set them up for this dumb punchline. And why did Cayla leave the door open to Les’s hole? Is she hoping that when he stands up to close it, he might actually have to talk to his daughter that he would otherwise not do?

  13. Jimmy

    @RustyShackleford: I really wish I knew how to insert the Charlie Brown “I can’t stand it” image into this.