Sporto Hall of Fame

Okay, so a few things about today’s strip.

  1. It’s not terrible, especially by Batiuk standards.  It’s two people happy about something, and has a little charm to it, which honestly puts it in the top 1% or so of Funky Winkerbean strips.  The problem is it’s mired in with all the rest of them, so I can’t help but think of how Batiuk portrays CTE or PTSD or how lazy and self-indulgent his writing can be, which makes it hard to enjoy on its own terms.
  2. Speaking of lazy, this exemplifies one of the biggest things that annoys me about Batiuk Sunday strips: it’s a total waste of space.  Did we really need four wordless panels to establish these two are walking?  So many of these Sunday strips just seem to obviously like they were intended to be three panels and then Batiuk added a couple of silent panels to fill it out.  In this instance I think one single, large panel with a pretty snow scene would’ve been very nice, and it would’ve been entirely possible to fit the two lines of dialogue in there.
  3. Batiuk really should not draw attention to Charlie Brown.  It’s like Stephanie Meyer referencing Shakespeare, or a Sci-Fi Original movie referencing Star Wars.  Don’t remind your audience there is far, far better material out there.  And also Batiuk is in nowhere near the same league as Charles Schulz.
  4. Wherever Holly and Funky are going, it sure isn’t to visit Bull.


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17 responses to “Sporto Hall of Fame

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Agreed on all fronts. This might have made a pretty decent holiday strip, but in any event it’s better than a comic book cover or more Bull and Buck, so there’s that.

  2. billytheskink

    I can see why Funky was thinking of Charlie Brown, as Holly has been borrowing Sally Brown’s haircut for the last 5 years.

  3. Paul Jones

    At least we haven’t seen Les Moore for quite a long while. There is that consolation…..

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    I have no complaints about today’s strip, but nobody does a winter scene like Watterson. He was a master.

  5. Like a lot of us who still read the funnies, Batiuk does indeed have a warm spot in his heart for “Sparky” Schulz.

  6. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    Flunky’s wool cap used to have a Cleveland Browns logo on it. Probably got a Cease And Desist order from the Brownies law department.

    “We don’t want to be associated with LOSERS like Tommy Batyuck and Flunky Wankerbean!”

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    “Isn’t it pretty?”

    “Yep… Charlie Brown snow flakes.”

    “What? BROWN snow flakes…? Where do you see brown snow flakes??”

    “No, CHARLIE Brown snow flakes.”

    “Oh. What’s that supposed to mean? The snow flakes are unremarkable losers?”

    “No, they…”

    “Are you saying that when they fall, you hear waaaa waawaa WAAAA waa waaaaa…?”

    “No, I mean that they…”

    “If you tried to kick a football now, you’d slip and fall… because of all the snow?”

    “No, the snow is…”

    “This snow reminds you of some of the great comics over the years, and not the crappy one we’re in now?”

    “No, this snow just…”

    “Look, forget it. You’re not making any sense. As soon as we find our way back to the house in this blizzard, I’m calling Bedside Manor again. I’m checking you in. You and your crazy father can go spread disease together.”

  8. louder

    Here’s the thing: When fans of FW complain about the criticism FW receives, this is a prime example of what we’re criticizing. A nice pictorial set-up, even the entry line is good, “Isn’t it pretty?” And what’s the payoff? Charlie Brown. That comes off as lazy. Is it too much to expect for a writer to come up with his own line of thought? something that is in the character that’s speaking? When has Funky ever mentioned Charlie Brown before this? All BatHack had to do is to come up with one original thought, but we get this instead. What should have happened, and what an editor is there for, is to make this comment: “‘Charlie Brown snowflakes’, that’s a good first thought, and how would Funky express that image in his character? in his own language?” You can get good writing, but it has to go beyond the first, easy thought.

  9. Funky could have said, “Yeah, the snowflakes are pretty…” then show him catching them on his tongue. “…and they’re the one thing I can eat that won’t make me fat!”

  10. The Dreamer

    Its time for Funky and Holly to retire to Florida and take over the apartment at the seniors home that Holly’s mother is giving up. Like Max Montoni, he can start only coming up in summers. Funky and Holly are getting old! time to retire!