Dread Head

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How sad. Mort’s successful attempt to (ahem) cheer Crankshaft up is apparently bringing the old coot no joy or pleasure at all, as in today’s installment he laments the inevitable death of the universe and…oh, I see. It’s actually Funky. For a second there I thought we were seeing a FW character displaying a secondary emotion beyond their default one and I became all disoriented. Plus it’s, you know, tough to distinguish between Funky and his old man these days. One of them is a frisky, vibrant old guy who’s experienced miraculous health and well-being gains over the last few years and the other one is Funky.

Anyhow, it looks like Funky’s neck experienced a “big rip” of its own there in panel four, the one featuring his aborted attempt at drinking from a glass. It could explain his posture in panel five as well. I would assume that Funky would probably welcome some sort of apocalyptic scenario. Like maybe an asteroid strike or something, but the total atomic collapse of the universe would work too, plus there’d be no chance Les could somehow survive that.

But alas, no. He’s just complaining about it, as usual. No wonder he’s such a wildly popular and universally beloved title character who everyone’s heard of, there’s something about that hilariously morose-yet-whiny demeanor of his that really strikes a chord with so many tens of people. You can easily imagine that weird reclusive neighbor of yours who never leaves the house cutting this one out and displaying on the refrigerator door, you know?

billytheskink heroically throws himself on the FW grenade beginning tomorrow!

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14 responses to “Dread Head

  1. spacemanspiff85

    This is one of those strips that makes me wonder whether the artist has ever actually seen a human before. It’s obvious every single day that Batiuk hasn’t.

  2. Jimmy

    Is this Mort or Funky? I honestly can’t tell.

  3. billytheskink

    “Big Rip” is a more apt name for this thing my local newspaper does where they take my hard-earned money and print Funky Winkerbean on the comics page.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    If I ever was in someone’s house and saw Funky Winkerbean on their fridge, I’d try to get the hell out of there before they could lock me in their basement with the rest of their victims.

  5. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    In panel #5, Phunky suits the action to the words, and lets loose a big rip of his own.

    In the last panel, he stews in his own juice and laments the fact that he’s soiled himself again.

    • ian'sdrunkenbeard

      Is it just me or my computer, or have the rating buttons disappeared from this site? For more than a week I have not been able to up vote some great comments. All I see after the comments is the “reply” button.

      • I’m still seeing ‘em.

      • Epicus Doomus

        It’s some sort of browser/ad block/Java issue as far as I can tell. I was seeing them on Firefox, then there was an update, now they’re invisible again. They show up fine on Chrome, though.

  6. Weird how he is that morose and self-absorbed that he doesn’t notice more immediate concerns like a father blowing his dough on old catalogs for people he doesn’t know.

  7. DOlz

    Way to stay on top of things TB. The Big Rip hypothetical cosmological model was first published in 2003, only 15 years ago.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Rip

    Not to worry though if it happens it will be so far in the future that your strip will be long forgotten. Although to be fair your strip could be forgotten tomorrow (one can dream).

  8. Thank you @DOlz for the context. I’m trying to keep the Sabbath by not expending effort to make sense of today’s strip. Is he watching The Physics Channel? Dark energy? “Controversial” phantom energy?

    I just want to know if this theory helps explain why Funky and Mort’s heads appear even more elongated than usual in the Sunday panels.

    • DOlz

      Well in astrophysics the effect of falling into a black hole is called spaghettification. Considering this strip has become a black hole not even humor can escape perhaps that’s why their heads are stretching.

  9. countoftowergrove

    *sigh* everything in the Fungyverse isn’t funny.

  10. Hitorque

    What the fuck kind of news broadcast is this??