Okay, so a few things about today’s strip.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wherever Holly and Funky are going, it sure isn’t to visit Bull.