Link to today’s strip.
Monday’s strip, like Sunday’s before it, was not available for preview.
Why not enjoy some Pringles while we wait?
Filed under Son of Stuck Funky
Tagged as awards, Becky, Harry Dinkle, Westview High School, Westview HS Band
Are you wanting something to read? Why not read Funky Winkerbean.
It’s Pulitzer nominated. Come on in and and enjoy these puns. Come enjoy
What’s that? You’re going to read Zits instead? Really now. You think you have the audacity to read another comic strip? You will regret that decision.
If this is what Westviewans cook, how is Montoni’s the only restaurant open in this town?
I hate Lefty and her whole “when life gives ya lemons, rub the rinds in your eyes” outlook on life. Based on what little we know about her she’s a somewhat inept malcontent who’s lucky to have a job at all give her lackadaisical and wry too f*cking wry approach to her current one.
I’m still dazed and disoriented by that AK ultra-mega fiasco so I’m not complaining but dropping the Holly arc right as Funky gets the text is sort of jarring and strange. As is BatHoot’s entire body of work. But WTF, a band banquet arc now? Why?
Note how there’s nothing holding that banner up. That’s right, a hand-lettered sign with no haphazardly-placed strips of tape anywhere to be seen. Are we to believe this is some sort of “magical” hand-lettered sign or something?
But seriously, look how shitty that banner is. Why even have a banner at all if THAT’S the best you can do. And the New Guy cheated there in panel three, no way the Q and the U are both going to fit there behind her annoyingly dated head.
But it’s not the new guy. This is another Batiuk/Ayers strip. Is Batiuk cleaning out odds and ends of that collaboration that didn’t run?
Is that supposed to be Dinkle on the stage next to her? What the hell? HE RETIRED.
I bet Becky’s just serving to introduce Dinkle. It’s really sad how Batiuk made a big deal about moving on in his strip and aging his characters and just keeps going right back to how things use to be. Not every former educator constantly hangs around schools, Batiuk.
He is kind of stuck since none of his newer characters are as enduring as the old ones were. Might be funny to see the one armed lady with a bad haircut try to hold the mic and try to shake Dinkle’s hand after she introduces him.
It’s another way Tom Batiuk is like real comic books: every time he tries to refresh the product with a new generation, 95% of the newly introduced stable of characters are gone within a couple years, replaced by their predecessors. Pete and Darin are basically the equivalent of Harley Quinn, the rare ‘new’ character that actually becomes important.
That’s because his new characters either become carbon-copy clones of his earlier ones, or he doesn’t care about them at all. Batiuk isn’t a very ambitious or agile storyteller. He only has a set number of band jokes that he can tell, and for most of those, the punchline would only work for Dinkle or someone exactly like Dinkle. So why bother underscoring how derivative you are? Just bring Dinkle back and have him make the jokes.
In situations where it isn’t possible to do so, he instead just clones his old characters. Witness how Mopey/Darin and Cody/Owen are both simply Les/Funky copies.
Another boring week watching Batiuk remind us that he has no idea how awards ceremonies and pot luck dinners work. I’d rather watch Holly stick her fat head in the oven because she’s told she has to leave the planning to Rocky’s mother.
Cauliflower jello is a good simile for this strip. While both are unpalatable the creator either doesn’t realize it or doesn’t care, but they’re going to force it on us anyway.
Since this was a potluck, then a single individual, probably a parent, was responsible for bringing the Veggie/Jello abomination. Ol’ One Arm calling that person out for bringing terrible inedible food in front of the entire assembly is bullying of the first degree.
I suppose it’s too much to hope that it was the contribution of John and Becky.