Room /Z/

Link To Today’s Strip

See, if you never fully commit to the crossover it’s not shameless self-promotion, it’s just wry Tomfoolery. Everyone remembers the psychotic old school bus driver but no one in the Funkyverse can remember his name…which is Ed. Har-dee-f*cking har-har. After Mindy (shudder) marries Pete and they rent some “young couple just starting out” shitbox in the Montoni’s district will she still remember her grandfather’s (Ed, BTW) name or will she refer to him as “that grandfather guy”? Will Pete call him “your grandfather guy”? The mind reels.



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19 responses to “Room /Z/

  1. “I’d like to do something for that cranky guy,” said no one ever. Seriously, why would you want to do a favor for someone who holds you in contempt? To get him to change his attitude? The guy’s in his, what, 90’s? The only thing he’ll change is his depends, and someone else will do that.

    I’m thinking this is Tom Batiuk asking his critics to do something nice for him. I mean, after insulting us constantly and belittling any and all criticism, who wouldn’t want to send him a rare comic book or some damned thing?

    Let me be the first to raise my hand and say “Not me.”

  2. Jimmy

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one to read the room number as /z/.
    I may the only one, however, who wants to see where this “Mort tries to score” story arc goes.

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Oh, come on, he’ll be referred to as her “mother, Pam Murdoch’s father, Ed Crankshaft” every single time.

    • Epicus Doomus

      “Want to go visit the cranky guy at Bedside Manor who fathered my mother?”

      “Why sure, let’s visit the cranky guy who fathered the woman who birthed you, my girlfriend!”

      Or how about ol’ Ed’s obit when he finally croaks?

      Local Insane Crank Dies, Age Indeterminate

      Local Westviewian legend, the cranky ill-tempered lout who used to drive the WHS school bus has passed away at Beside Manor care center. He was debatable years old. He is survived by a cast of dozens and is distantly and tangentially related to Jessica’s father John Darling as well. Services will be private and largely ignored.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      The depth and richness of this strip is incredible. How does he do it?

      Either way, we know Lisa would have loved it.

  4. billytheskink

    The world is not ready for lecherous Mort Winkerbean and it, hopefully, never will be. But we’re getting him anyways… it’s called “writing”.

  5. I wonder if he’s thought through the broader implications of a sort of amnesia settling over the disappearance of a local scourge. People SHOULD be swapping horror stories about Crankshaft for decades to come but it’s like they’ve agreed to forget him. This bodes ill for Batiuk because he is probably going to leave a legacy of “minor annoyance who didn’t understand what he was good at.”

  6. Chyron HR

    Bantom: “If you read this week’s Funky Winkerbean closely, you might notice a cameo from a CRANKY sort of guy! Wink, wink.”

  7. This week in Funky Winkerbean: Mort and Connie Make a Porno!

  8. bobanero

    Crankshaft has had one wheel in the grave for the entire time that Mort has been at Bedside Manor. We never saw him doing anything but sit in his room with his oxygen bottle. So how the fuck does anybody even have enough interaction with him to even notice that he’s cranky? And furthermore, why in the world would anybody want to do anything nice for this asshole, especially something that will cost a lot of money, when there’s an even chance that if they purchase this catalog collection online, he’ll be dead by the time it gets delivered.

  9. I just want to say, there’s one word describing someone trying to use his rapidly deteriorating comic strip to promote his other, already moribund and ignored comic strip. And that word is “pathetic.”

    No one is ever going to read Shankcraft. It will never become popular and, I hate to say this, it’s never going to win any awards either.

  10. Here’s where Morton buys the rare 1952 Beans End catalog for an undisclosed amount (re: very expensive) from Hagglemore to give to Crankshaft who smiles to see his prized catalog again and dies happy. Mindy get the valuable book and Pete uses it to launch his own comic book empire. Just another day in TB’s world.

  11. Professor Fate

    I wish the conversation had gone more like this:
    “I to do something for that cranky guy in 121”
    “oh Mort not another smother party. It’s too soon”
    “Trust me, nobody will question this…even if we bashed his head in with his oxygen tank they wouldn’t care.”

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    The John Darling strip posted today at the FW blog is funny—and it really represents the behavior of Cleveland weather people. Now it’s two daily strips featuring old people doing unfunny things.