O Little Town Of Memphis

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Man, Funky sure is aging (even more) poorly…the New Guy added a solid ten to fifteen years to his already-decrepit character. Soon he’ll just be a skeleton…a big fat skeleton. Obviously it’s seems HIGHLY unlikely that his father went all the way to Memphis to record a CD without him knowing about it but by the standards of the Funkyverse it’s sort of believable. I mean just last week some guy bought “Lisa’s Trilogy” as a Xmas gift for his dead wife, so this seems rather innocuous in comparison.

“Greetings From Memphis”…wow what a shitty title, they only recorded in Memphis, they don’t live there. “Hits From The Oxygen Bottle”…”Over The Hills And Warfarin Away”…”Nights in White Pravastatin”…”(Let’s Get) Physical (Therapy)…”Stairlift To Heaven”…”Code Blue Christmas”…”Fractured Hippy Shake”…”Like A Rolling Kidney Stone”… “Stray Cataract Blues”…”The Grandkids Are Alright”…”(Do You Remember) AM Talk Radio”…”Every Assisted Breath You Take”…”Walker This Way”…”We (Medi)Care A Lot”…now THOSE are titles befitting the Bedside Manorisms. “Greetings From Memphis” will just confuse people, or it would if anyone actually cared.



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15 responses to “O Little Town Of Memphis

  1. spacemanspiff85

    Holy crap, this art is unbelievably terrible. Mort doesn’t even look human in that third panel. And that really look like the kind of kiss someone should give her father-in-law.

  2. billytheskink

    Looks like Mort found the perfect way to get back at his son for not visiting him at the nursing home.

  3. Snifit

    Mrs. Winkerbein (does she have a name? I don’t remember.) is apparently some sort of human-shaped abomination, if Mort slowly melting upon her touch is any indication. At least his content expression suggests that he doesn’t feel any pain as he dissolves into a puddle of goo.

    • comicbookharriet

      I think Mort has become some kind of lifeforce vampire, sucking youth from his son and daughter-in-law. Soon father and son will be identical.

  4. This idiocy would have been avoided if Funky and Dinkle were in the habit of talking to one another about Mort. Since it would never occur to either of them to talk about what’s going on, we get crap like this.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    Since it appears that the driving concept of FW has done a 180 from tragedy, sadness and depression to wish-fulfillment, unicorns, and rainbows, Mort’s early Act 3 catatonia has been totally retconned out of existence. Also, it takes a Tommy Westfall level of fantasy to believe that a nearly 1500-mile round trip by elderly nursing home residents would go unnoticed.(Side note – has Bedsied Manor been retconnned into an assisted living facility or some sort of 55+ retirement community? If so, I suppose next we’ll see Crankshaft bounce back to not only pitch for the Manor’s slow-pitch softball team but also to go on to a career with the Cleveland Indians, becoming their 20+ wins-per-year star starter.)

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      I’ve been expecting Bull to coach a Bedpan Manner football team that would challenge other nursing homes. They’d play in tournaments in Texas. Bull would drive them there in the nursing home bus! They’d win the tournament, then surprise all their relatives with the news after they got back.

      I can hear Batty writing all this down.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Ho ho ho. The ghosts are making an appearance in Crankshaft today.

    • Hannibal's Lectern

      I have a metaphysical Funkyverse/Crankyverse question for those who are paying more attention than I am: the ghosts in today’s Crankshat strip are clearly material objects–notice how you can’t see the background through them. Their ectoplasmic status appears to be conveyed solely by their lack of color saturation (must make the black-and-white newspaper version of the strip incredibly confusing to the three people who still read it). I don’t have a Dead St. Lisa appearance to compare, but my vague memory is that she was sorta more translucent. Izzat so, or was I just not paying enough attention (that is, paying the strip the level of attention it deserves)? If they are different, what does this imply about the metaphysics of the two universes? Did all the time-jumping screw up the underlying nature of time, space, and post-demise limbo? Enquiring minds want to know…

      On second thought, maybe they don’t.

      • Double Sided Scooby Snack

        I don’t know about all that, but you can tell they’re fake ghosts. REAL ghosts live on top of clouds, and wear white robes and rope belts.

      • comicbookharriet

        Obviously he printed out lifesize cutouts of him family by blowing up old photographs. That explains the sepia tones. Probably got some weird looks at the Wal-Mart though.

  7. What kills me is the combined combined arrogance, insecurity, and cluelessness on display here – and I’m not even talking about Funky. On the one hand TB has him call Mort “my dad,” to make sure the readers know who they are. This despite the fact that no one would ever say anything but “dad” to a family member; even a first time reader would understand if Funky simply called him Dad. But heaven forbid TB risk even the tiniest misunderstanding among that ever growing readership. Meanwhile, a week doesn’t go by when some random past character surfaces with no narrative exposition attached, and no good purpose except to be in the scene for some funksplaining from a central character about something that just happened off camera – because, of course, this strip is so beloved and with such a deep bench of readership that of course they automatically know all characters big and small here. Merry Christmas, TB, you’ve even managed to turn a perfectly warm, wry situation into a study in ludicrousness. For that, your snark legions truly appreciate the gift that keeps giving day in, day out, this godforsaken strip. The year is almost up, Tom, stick a fork in the strip and take it out of the oven on Dec. 31.

  8. Don

    Want to make Funky’s life worse? Make him play the CD…

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    You can find the nursing home band CD in the “comedy” section of your local record store.