Give the governor “HRRUMMPF!”

Believe it or not, today’s strip IS different from yesterday’s strip.

Well… I mean, some of the words are different between the two strips, that is all. It isn’t really different in tone or subject, the “gag” is derived from the exact same idea as yesterday’s strip, the artwork features the same characters in the same poses from nearly the same angles (what is this, Garfield?). It begs the question, did TB hatch this story arc because he decided that writing unpleasant elderly people is his wheelhouse (he wouldn’t be entirely wrong) or did he honestly believe that Funky Winkerbean was lacking in unpleasant elderly people (self-awareness is not a TB hallmark)?

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31 responses to “Give the governor “HRRUMMPF!”

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Mrs. Budd had better watch it with the attitude, as the last shrill sneering harpy in the strip was forever abandoned on Becky’s scissor lift and never heard from again. This is just interminably bad. Lord knows I’ve seen thousands of crappy FW story arcs in my day but this one is just so soul-murderingly boring it’s sucking the will to keep going right out of me. I have often theorized that The Author actively seeks to drive readers away, preferring to remain as discreet, under-the-radar and un-scrutinized as possible and this story might be proof, as no one can possibly like or enjoy something like this on any level whatsoever. It’s not even good enough to snark on properly, which might be the point, as perhaps he’s finally realized we’re the only ones still reading this every day. Think about it.

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Agreed. He’s VERY aware of us and is attempting to snark-proof his work.

      • Yeah, I’ve long held this theory that if he simply removes all content from his work, then it cannot be criticized. Of course, every now and then he slips up and nominates “Les” for an award. Or he’ll otherwise shower praise on one of his other avatars.

        • Epicus Doomus

          If no one reads it, he can continue to coast on “reputation” forever. “Oh yeah, FW…that’s the comic strip that courageously tackles real-life issues, isn’t it?”. No one knows any differently, it’s just assumed at this point.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Did anyone else notice, on Batiuk’s blog, the agreement he signed with the syndicate that they would never exercise any kind of editorial control over his work? That goes a long long way towards explaining crap like this arc.

    • Gerard Plourde

      I did see that. I can’t believe that the syndicate’s legal counsel let that get through.

      This takes marking time to a whole new level. Epicus may be onto something with his theory that TomBa is actively attempting to shed readers.

      • spacemanspiff85

        My theory is that Batiuk pawned off the writing to someone else. That person secretly hated him, and is just trying to wreck his legacy. And Batiuk isn’t paying attention anymore, or just doesn’t care, as long as the new writer mentions Batom Comics enough.

  3. erdmann

    Holly’s mom is no Imogene Coca, but let’s hope she shares her fate.

  4. billytheskink

    Holly’s mother is John C. Calhoun? Who knew?

  5. countoftowergrove

    FYI, Burchett is guest artist for Dick Tracy for two weeks. When not in the Fungyverse he draws quite well.
    Sadly, I fear the Fungyverse is infecting the rest of the comics. This Tracy arc has to do with cosplay and Sally Forth spent a month at Comic-Con.

    • William Thompson

      “Hey, if Batiuk can get away with slacking off, why can’t we? Schedule me for an earlier tee-time!”

    • hitorque

      Even though Sally Forth’s comics fandom wanker is still millions of miles better than Batiuk on a good day, that Comicon storyline got dragged out to torturous lengths…

  6. It explains a lot about Holly that her mother is the sort of irrational, ill-tempered and ill-mannered old shrew looking to blame the nearest warm body for things beyond human control. If she can’t get her own way, she cam make someone feel like shit and that’s enough for her. In Canada, we call that Elly Patterson.

    • Double Sided Scooby Snack

      Lynn Johnston = Tom Batuck with a vagina.

      Tom Batyuck = Lynn Johnston with a vagina.

  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Writing about the elderly is Batty’s wheelhouse for sure. But like always, someone else did it better. Namely, Mike Judge’s King of the Hill. One of the old ladies is crabbing in the car and Hank tells her “I could have you committed like that”. He snaps his fingers and she shuts right up.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0620220/

    • billytheskink

      King Of The Hill is probably one of the best examples of TB’s so-called “1/4 inch from reality” concept, certainly it fits that idea far better than FW ever does.

      KOTH mined humor from the mundane, exaggerating it just enough to enhance the humor. FW wallows in the mundane, it even finds mundanity in the unrealistic (*cough* Starbuck Jones *cough*), but it never stretches the mundane enough to be funny. Heck, even The Lockhorns has some fun crafting creatively-worded complaints…

      That KOTH episode that you reference is full of exactly what today’s strip contains, old women complaining unreasonably. While today’s strip simply has Holly’s mom grumbling and Holly grimacing, KOTH finds Hank reacting befuddled and exasperated by the old women complaining at him, complaints that manifest into such ridiculousness as being angry with him for not liking cucumber sandwiches or for mistaking a ceramic otter for a seal (“seals are trash mammals, everyone knows that!”).

  8. The Nelson Puppet

    We need to cheer Professor Batiuk up! He made a muck of the Eisner Awards and he’ll probably never win a Harvey Award. Could we collectively come up with some variant of the “Razzie” Awards and send it to him?

  9. bobanero

    The saddest thing I’ve seen in the comics pages was the last few months of A3G. This story arc is a close second.

    • Professor Fate

      I remember that – yes it was very painful.

    • hitorque

      I’ve only ever known the “bad” A3G until I stumbled upon some classics from the 50s and 60s… Young, sexy, witty, confident, unapologetically independent women? It’s like I was reading an entirely different strip…

  10. timbuys

    I just realized that if every strip from here on out until the fiftieth is another variation on these three poorly drawn blobs grousing at each other in a nondescript car it wouldn’t change my opinion of the strip at all other than to be thankful for the absence of Les and St. Lesa, to say nothing of Dinkle.

  11. Professor Fate

    And that all of this painful arc is leading us to a – god help us – Band Alumni something or other were no doubt the loathsome Dinkle will be given free reign to be as awful as he can be just makes it that much more depressing.

    He does seem to have a bit of thing about mothers yes? Saints or Harpies not a human being among them.

  12. Le Chat Bleu

    Holly’s mom’s expression in panel two is the look on my face every morning when I read Funky Winkerbean.

  13. Carrie Kube

    What is it with Batiuk’s need to make the elderly either senile or insufferable?

  14. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Mom, how about if we just sing a song. C’mon, let’s sing! OOOOOH THERE AIN’T NO HAIR ON A BILLYGOAT’S ASS! DOO DAH! DOO DAH!”