Also, The Entire Rest of the Team

Hey, guess what! Bull has a non-ethnic daughter! She’s a chick, and she once kicked a football! Crazy, huh? I can’t remember her name though, because she’s incredibly worthless and unimportant, even for a Funky Winkerbean character, which is saying something.  Also, that isn’t the only championship team Bull coached, but given how rarely Summer appears anymore I have a feeling Bull doesn’t remember that.
You know what would’ve been the icing on the cake of this hideous week? If the third panel was Bull putting his arm around Nameless Son-In-Law, because Bull’s brain is mush and he forgot his own daughter was his kicker.

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23 responses to “Also, The Entire Rest of the Team

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Mickey appeared a few years ago, October 2014 to be exact, under similar circumstances. He brought her out before some “big game”, reminded everyone about her historic field goal and that was that. I don’t remember her initial FW run at all, I assume it happened during one of those swaths of Act II I missed. Fortunately he keeps re-running it for my benefit, I guess. Note to Tom: you can stop doing that now.

    One again Bull’s big moment gets glossed right over because God forbid the character ever has a semi-human or relatable moment. I don’t know what the f*ck he’s trying to prove here but IMO he would have been way better off just letting Bull go when the opportunity presented itself.

  2. billytheskink

    Mickey is “ethnic” in that she is Latina, she is Linda’s daughter from a previous relationship and was a teenager when Bull and Linda began dating.

    I’m surprised the flashback scene in Panel 1 isn’t Mickey scoring her “famous” game-winning, championship-clinching touchdown while wearing her prom dress.

    Also, Canadian football sighting!

  3. Wait a minute, isn’t this Jinx? The forgotten Jinx??

    • spacemanspiff85

      Jinx is the one standing silently off to the side. Batiuk calls that “pulling a Cayla/Becky/Jessica/Mindy/Holly/Cindy/Wally’s Wife Whose Name I Forget Which Kind Of Makes My Point”.

  4. spacemanspiff85

    Some observations from Batiuk’s blog:
    1. In his latest Flash blog, which goes without saying everyone has read, printed out, and framed, Batiuk just flat out copies a (long) letter to the editor from a random Flash comic. I mean, I think someone has to notice your work to care about copyright infringement, but that’s just bad.
    2. “Plus, quite frankly, I think it’s my most danceable book yet. Check it out!” is the line right above the picture of the back cover of the newest Complete FW book, which has a strip about a school shooting, apparently. Definitely dance-worthy material. (Side note-what in the hell is a “danceable book”? I’ve got to think that’s some kind of typo or autocorrect mishap, or quite possibly Batiuk attempting to be funny).
    3. That picture of the back cover has a blatant typo. Unless “Los Angles Times” is a newspaper.
    4. “It’s where the work starts to transcend my influences and sources.” Um, I’m starting to think Batiuk thinks highly of himself and his work.
    5. “Others just abhorred any kind of change and wanted me to go back to the way the strip was in the beginning. What they failed to grasp is that the beginning strips were just that, only a beginning.” Or maybe they actually prefer funny, entertaining comics, and not your crappy melodrama.
    6. “Someone once said that you have to challenge your audience a little. You can’t give them what they think they want, because that’s not what they really want. You have to give them something they don’t know they want but will once they see it. I think that’s true, but that’s a very thin and a very high wire to walk.” We might think we don’t want Atomik Comics and hilarious CTE hijinks, but we’re apparently wrong.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Oh that BatNom, always flying too close to the revisionist history sun on his wings of lofty self-opinion. Yes Tom, you replaced your satirical gags with edgy, topical premises and now you’re challenging FW readers by walking the thin high-wire line between reader expectations and the craft you single-handedly invented and (zzzzzzzzz). BatWad’s been on a victory lap ever since the first Lisa pregnancy arc wrapped up, waving at the assembled crowd with one hand and half-assing thirty-five years worth of strips with the other. Perhaps he should think about focusing some of this blog post energy into the strip itself, if he still remembers how, that is.

    • Saturnino

      “3. That picture of the back cover has a blatant typo. Unless “Los Angles Times” is a newspaper.”

      No, it’s a town where everybody is just turning a corner to a new life.

      Sort of like in Pottsylvania where the newspapers are printed in invisible ink.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      This is why Batty deserves the constant criticism. This arrogant boasting about the crap he puts out.

      As for his strange use of English as in “danceable book”. I think it refers to his practice of doing a happy dance when he gets good news, such as getting a syndication deal, publishing a book, finding a mint condition comic book, etc.

      He wants to play up being this humble artist who loves people, but he is really just a mediocre artist who got a luck break.

    • Gerard Plourde

      Does “danceable book” translate to “runs imaginary bases”?

    • gleeb

      No force in Heaven or Earth can make me read Batiuk’s blog. And, as the King Syndicate are giving us the ‘Bean from the beginning, that should put the lie to the idea that anyone would want the strip to go back to the beginning.

  5. erdmann

    Who and what exactly are his “influences and sources?” I’m guessing John Broome and Carmine Infantino rank up there near the top, but I don’t see the transcendental part. Perhaps he has the ability to eat way more cold, soggy pizza than they ever could.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Based on his blog and this strip, his only influence and source is Silver Age Flash. Which he doesn’t so much transcend that as “crap all over what made it fun and entertaining”.

  6. Paul Jones

    Of course he says shit like that. He doesn’t want to admit that he took a horribly wrong turn because he has a stupid kid’s idea of what being legitimate is or (as today’s exercise in revisionist history indicates) that he can’t have his cake and eat it too. If he wanted to be taken seriously, he should have stuck to his strength: doing gag a day humor about marginally competent people who are too stupid to escape their not very interesting lives.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Well he was beaten out by guys like Watterson and Breathed who could combine politics, current events, etc, and still come up with something funny. It’s tough work for sure, which is why I can’t blame them for bowing out. But they did so graciously as they did not want get stuck putting out crap just run out the clock—like some others have done and continue to do.

  7. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    I see. The guy who uses female characters as silent background smirkers and fetchers of white mugs of cocoa figures he can balance all of that by having a Dumb Ol’ Gurl play for the football team — AND score a touchdown as a kicker, cuz that happens fairly often. Oh, wait — or did she kick a field goal?? Maybe she kicked a touchdown. Meh, how would BattyBoy know what those Sportos and Bully Jocks do in their silly games? They’re just playing.

  8. Double Sided Scooby Snack

    I see. The guy who uses female characters as silent background smirkers and fetchers of white mugs of cocoa figures he can balance out all of that by having a Dumb Ol’ Gurl play for the football team — AND score a touchdown as a kicker, cuz that happens fairly often. Oh, wait — or did she kick a field goal?? Maybe she kicked a touchdown. Meh, how would BattyBoy know what those Sportos and Bully Jocks do in their silly games? They’re just playing.