Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Preview

Link to today’s strip.

Well, so far Pete’s learned absolutely nothing of value from John, which isn’t even a little bit surprising.  I’m guessing that in today’s episode we learn even less, but as it wasn’t available for preview, we can all be disappointed together.

By the way, did any of you notice that Chester has a mutant super-power?  I’m a bit red-faced that I only recently saw this.  Observe:

He has the power to hitchhike whenever he wants!

Actually, let’s improve this.

Much, much better.

A couple of days ago, commentor Charles asked this:

“And why does it always have to be someone like Crankshaft and his daughter? I swear to God when I first made the observation that “There are 200 people in the Funkyverse and they’re all within two degrees of separation” I was joking.”

Many others have asked the same.  (And it’s almost always Crankshaft characters appearing in Funky Winkerbean, rarely the reverse–though I do remember Les showing up the used bookstore.  Les Moore?  Double-yuck!)

My own theory is that Tom Batiuk is trying to create some kind of Funky Winkerbean Extended Universe; the idea being that someone reading this would learn of Crankshaft and think, “Wait, there’s MORE like this?  Wow, I have to find that!”

Which is exactly the reaction he gets nowadays.  Oh, except the word “find” is replaced by “avoid.”



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13 responses to “Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Preview

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    As much as I hate this Hagglemore nonsense, I’m dreading the Rana arc even more.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    If you didn’t see this one coming you just haven’t been paying enough attention. Does the New Guy draw a really poor Boy Lisa or what? I can’t wait to see his Mason Jarre. If they’re ever in the same strip together we’ll need footnotes to tell them apart.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      That’s a Mr PeanutButter look in panel 2. Be nice if he made an appearance now that Bojack Horseman is on hiatus.

  3. DOlz

    “My own theory is that Tom Batiuk is trying to create some kind of Funky Winkerbean Extended Universe;”

    More like a Funky Winkerbean Imploding Universe. The way he keeps dropping characters down the memory hole reminds me of the STNG episode, “Remember Me”. Of course if he follows that story we’ll be left with only Les or Lisa and they will have been the only character ever in the strip.

  4. Gerard Plourde

    So is Chester planning on relaunching Batom Comics in Ohio and on hiring Pete and Darin as the create team, with The Author conveniently abandoning the entire Starbuck Jones movie storyline?

    • Pester will probably say that the rousing success of the SJ movie means it’s time to revive Batom Comics. Then Batty can take Pete and Dullard out of Hollywood, where they don’t do anything but whine, and bring them back to Westview, where they won’t do anything but whine.

    • DOlz

      Considering how long it took these dimwits to finish their work (did they ever finish?) on Starbuck Latte, we can expect them to deliver the first comic a year after dear author retires.

  5. spacemanspiff85

    I have the feeling that the only thing most readers would think when seeing “Mr. Crankshaft” mention is “wow, that’s a dumb name for a character”.

  6. billytheskink

    Nice look at Komix Korner’s trademark fallout shelter sign today. A great reminder that there is one place in Westview that is safe from nuclear devastation… and it is filled with comic books.

  7. He’s got another mutant superpower: the power of looking like the Strawman With A Point Editor. Not only are Pete and Derpwood going to whine about things, they’re going to whine that their art has been corrupted by commerce and competence.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Aggggggghhh, get to the point already!! Tomorrow, a sideways cover about “time bandits”

  9. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Okay, faceless black guy. Thanks for robbing us. Here’s a taped up envelope with the five dollars we’ve made this year. Lemme write down your address, and I’ll mail you more if we ever make any more sales.”

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