Speech to Text

Link to today’s strip.

The signs are in; this is going to be a s-l-o-o-o-w week.  Today we have another sit-com level gag, although I think even the laugh-track would refuse to perform for this one.

I can see how this one was constructed–Holly’s last line is supposed to be the punchline, and Batiuk just worked backward from there (assuming I can use the word “worked”).  But Funky’s dialogue in panel one, and particularly the emphasized word “you” seems to imply that Funky’s the one doing all the texting, while Holly’s riposte–again with “you” emphasized–implies that she’s been doing all the texting.  Which is it?

I mean, if you cannot establish a simple premise (who does all the texting) in a single comic strip without stepping all over said premise, well, then it’s no wonder continuity, character and history are such a tangled, unaddressed mess in this strip.

I do appreciate the attempt at humor, though.  It’s not funny, but the fact that there’s a joke lurking in here is at least an improvement worth acknowledging.


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18 responses to “Speech to Text

  1. Epicus Doomus

    In panel three we abruptly cut to a confused Cody, staring at his phone and wondering aloud why Mrs. Winkerbean keeps sending him texts. Now that would be funny. There’s no background here to explain WHY Cory never replies to Holly’s texts. The idea of a son never returning his mom’s messages isn’t funny in and of itself, the REASON has to be funny in order for it to work as a gag. Otherwise it just creates more questions. Where does Cory live now? He never visits Montoni’s? If so, why? There’s story potential there but it’s a certainty that BanMot will waste that potential, as usual assuming that it’s funny enough as it is. And as usual he’s wrong.

  2. The Dreamer

    Let me guess, when they plan the wedding lists they do not invite Cory’s biological father. Because once Cory got the Winkerbean name, you aren’t supposed to remember that Holly’s divorced or that there is a third parent involved in his life

  3. Jimmy

    In Soviet Union, phone texts YOU!

    • billytheskink

      Many people are surprised to hear that we have comic strips in Russia, but they are there. They are Funky Winkerbean, but they are there…

      In Russia we only had two comic strips. One was Funky Winkerbean. The other consisted of KGB officer telling you: Go back and read Funky Winkerbean.

      In every country, they make fun of city. In U.S.A., you make fun of Westview. in Russia, we make fun of… Westview.

      Westview women: At 20, they look 40. At 40, they look 60. At 60… don’t look.

      They have saying in Westview: “Women are like buses.” That’s it.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Why is this any of their business? Do they think Cory and Rocky will just forget to get married, because they’re lazy millennials, despite the fact that they’re literally combat veterans?

  5. billytheskink

    Eh, why not? Funky does all of the rest of the work depicted happening in this strip so he may as well be the one to do this too.

  6. Epicus Doomus

    Again, the joke here is that Cory doesn’t return his mom’s messages. Is it supposed to be a “these kids today” kind of thing or is there some sort of underlying tension between them that we don’t know about yet thanks to the day after day of sub-sitcom level imbecilic banter?

    Not only that but not responding to his mother’s messages is out of character for the Corporal, who returned from the army ramrod straight and unfailingly polite. Is he slipping back into his surly hooligan ways or what? Again we have no idea because Batiuk isn’t capable of narratives, he’s mostly concerned with awful puns and goofy reaction shots.

    • hitorque

      I just got some ugly flashbacks to Les Moore’s “crusade” against copier paper rations and Batiuk still never explained if the machine counter was off, of if some unauthorized person got access to Les’ account or if Les was making way more copies than his colleagues…

  7. Meanwhile in the vintage strips … this might be the first mention of comic books in Funky Winkerbean. And yes, it’s Funky who’s eagerly getting a comic book. And Les who’s being Les.


  8. Watch this. It’ll turn out that Holly doesn’t know how to hit “send” and Cory never got the things in the first place.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      That is Holly? I thought it was fat blob of talking pizza dough and Funky was losing his mind again.

  9. bobanero

    Well, Cory has always been the go-to guy for slacker millennial jokes. Hilarity will ensue when they find out that the reason he didn’t return the texts is that he’s dead in a ditch somewhere, or he dropped his phone in the garbage disposal. Anyway, how long ago did Cory pop the question, anyway? Why are they just now getting around to thinking about wedding planning? Obviously, Cory must have moved out of Chez Winkerbean and is shacked up with Rocky somewhere. What is he doing for a living? Is he still living off the comics proceeds?

    And the clear alternative is for Holly to send a text to Rocky, if Cory isn’t responding. Unless of course Rocky has Holly’s number blocked.

  10. Le Chat Bleu

    BanTom has maybe the easiest job in the comedy – coming up with one z-grade sitcom joke a day. Even with such a low bar to clear, the amount of times he totally botches his jokes is ridiculous.

  11. hitorque

    I got a better suggestion – How about the both of your mind your own goddamn business?

  12. bayoustu

    In panel 3, it would appear that Holly is auditioning for the role of the Cowardly Lion in the Westview Community Theatre Group’s revival of “The Wizard of Oz”…

  13. The Dreamer

    Also Holly won’t want to invite Cindy, because even though they are the exact same age, Cindy hasn’t gone through menopause, hasn’t gotten any gray hair or gained a pound since high school, and can still wear a bikini, and has a stud movie star BF, while Holly has the old broken down Funky. why invite comparisons? although they could do a week of strips before the wedding with Holly and Cindy where Holly is having more hot flashes and Cindy goes ‘what are those?” 🙂