‘Fraid New World

January 1, 2018 at 9:44 am
Why does it have to be a stupid acronym like ARID? Why not just use the real AA? You could publicize an organization that has actually done some good.

I suspected ARID’s clubhouse might be another Real Place in Ohio. When I Googled “ARID twelve and twelve,” the first result linked to a very outdated site, hosted at tripod.com and apparently the work of someone with a serious axe to grind with Alcoholics Anonymous. I won’t bother linking to it, out of my personal respect for AA and other twelve step programs (which the “ARID Site” dismisses as “recovery cultism”). A little more searching turned up the “Akron Arid Club”, an AA group which according to the Beacon Journal closed in 2011. The location still can be seen in Google Street view; other than being made of bricks, the building bears no resemblance to Monday’s exterior.

Now that we’ve cleared that up…Funky frets that his son and prospective daughter-in-law, two Army vets who met while clearing landmines in Afghanistan, may have difficulty dealing with today’s political climate. He should be more concerned about Cigarette Guy, whose plume of smoke threatens to cloud the whole room.


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20 responses to “‘Fraid New World

  1. billytheskink

    For Westview residents, panel 2 has been applicable for years.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    A guy who spends significant time ranting against people who critique his work online, and computer song suggestions, does not get to criticize others for being fearful.

  3. Epicus Doomus

    Ugh, Preachy Batiuk is Worst Batiuk. He’ll never mention anything specific, of course, as FW avoids “controversy” like Batiuk avoids jokes, stories and continuity. “The world” is “all screwed up” and etc., just dumb generalizations and platitudes that mean nothing. What a phony.

    Re; Cory and Sylvester…err, I mean Rocky. How long have they been engaged? That had to be at LEAST three years ago, wasn’t it?

    • Seems like it, but the betrothal took place in November 2015 (still a pretty lengthy engagement)

      • Epicus Doomus

        Wow, in Funkytime the years just trudge right by, ya know? I like how anyone younger than the original Act I crew is always a “kid just starting out”. Cory has to be at least twenty-five and he spent his hitch in the Army in Afghanistan defusing bombs, I think he’ll manage to survive “this crazy world” just fine. Of course his best bet would be to get the hell out of Westview as soon as possible lest it infects his blood too. But that’ll never happen.

  4. I’d like to tell Batiuk, “Why don’t you stick to cartooning and telling jokes?” but he’s clearly capable of neither, so that would just be mean.

    • Epicus Doomus

      It’s all so gutless too. If he has a point to make here then just make it, the vague generalizations about “this world today” just come across as the ramblings of a boring slow-witted grandpa. I mean what does he have to lose, no one actually reads this drivel. So he takes a swipe at a “timely” topic, what’s the worst thing that could happen? That someone notices and dashes off a letter to the editor about how “the comics page should be an escape” and etc.? I mean he once slowly killed his female lead with cancer, you’d figure he’d be immune to criticism by now. But nope, it’s all just cowardly platitudes, meaningless whining.

      • bobanero

        To be fair, if he’s writing the strip a year ahead of time, so he kind of has to work with vague generalizations. You didn’t need to be Nostradamus a year ago to predict that the world was going to get weird this year. I just think it’s kind of pointless to have Funky go on about it like he’s saying something poignant.

        • Epicus Doomus

          True, but he’s been doing this for years. “The world”…”this economy”…generic complaints that could apply anytime. I’ve always hated the way he pretends to be “tackling issues” when he’s actually doing anything but.

  5. I’m not a drinking man myself but the idea of having that fat mushhead deliver an incoherent screed about Those Fat Cats In Washington makes me wanna dive into a bottle of Stoli for the duration.

  6. Rusty Shackleford

    Looks like Batty is going to get political. I never thought I would say it, but please Batty, go back to Starsux Jones, or even bring Dinkle back.

  7. It will be all generalizations and stereotypes. Cigarette Guy is pathetic.

  8. Hannibal's Lectern

    I can’t wait to find out how Funky’s fear is actually related to comic books. “We’re cowering in terror when we should be going after the Xanaxians!”

  9. sgtsaunders

    Just look at those fragile souls in P2 and P3 – just-quit-drinkers with DT’s aplenty and the just-quit-smokers are blazing up at a record pace. “I was told the speaker was to be Harry S. Dinkle on Band Tactics – who is this monster?”

  10. bobanero

    He gets a point for actually acknowledging the existence of his son and future daughter-in-law, I guess.
    Unless he’s time-jumped back to the 80s, there’s no fucking way anybody is smoking like that in an inside meeting room.

  11. Hitorque

    Isn’t Funky Jr. well past the other side of 30? I’m pretty sure he knows what kind of world he’s a part of…

    Nevermind the fact that Funky Jr. looks awfully similar to one of those tough guy Nazi-lites marching around Charlottesville last summer

  12. It’s like the Simpsons bit about inane, generic “political humor”: “Those clowns in Congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns!”

  13. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “My son, or actually step-son I guess — whose name escapes me at the moment — is getting married to this terrific girl — crapsticks, what was her name… oh, never mind… I think she used to be a guy… anyway… I’m really scared. I’m scaaaaaaaaaaared! I’m just so flippin’ SCAAAAAAAARED! And my beloved Cleveland Browns, I’m scared they’ll never win another game! It’s all so… so… so SCARY! Anyhoo, I finished off an entire case of Bud Lite in one sitting before staggering down here. So don’t gimme any crap about that. I was SCAAAARED!! Oh great, I just pissed myself.”

  14. comicbookharriet

    Great now Tom Bat is stealing from the themes of Aristophanes ‘The Wasps” Old people complaining about how the world has gotten SOOO SCARY, when really it was scary before, they were just too wrapped up in their lives to notice. This doesn’t seem like a guy who grew up during Vietnam, Gulf War I, Afghanistan I, Somalia, and stagflation.

  15. I have a question: how old are the first generation characters supposed to be? I’m guessing late 40s to early 50s. Yet they (except Les and Cayla) look and act like haggard seniors.