Lions And Funky And Holly…Oh My

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One wonders why they’d go through the trouble of moving what appears to be a huge stone lawn ornament all the way to Ohio from Florida, but then again expecting this to suddenly start making sense now is just plain foolish. The stone lion sure is oddly specific, though. I assume it has to have some tenuous connection to BatHack’s “real” life, so to speak. Hopefully he just keeps that info to himself.

Coming tomorrow: Melinda’s in-ground swimming pool arrives, followed by the water on Sunday. It’ll be an Atomik Komix cover, of course…”Oceania”, the superhero who can move entire huge bodies of water by himself. The reality bubble will feature Funky and Melinda standing next to a large tanker truck as she complains about Ohio’s “hard water” as Funky looks on stupidly.

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27 responses to “Lions And Funky And Holly…Oh My

  1. Jimmy

    Most people’s life accumulations fit into one large moving truck, not three. And how the hell are you going to fit three large trucks into your garage? It’s unpossible!

    The move would have cost north of $30,000 in this scenario. This should have been “A Very Special Funky Winkerbean: Hoarders”

    • comicbookharriet

      Especially when you consider that she moved to Florida from Ohio to retire initially. Most people use a retirement move to pare down the possessions, since they usually move into smaller houses/condos.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Batty just loves stuff….collecting stuff, buying stuff, talking about stuff…

  3. spacemanspiff85

    Okay, so clearly Batiuk was going for some “poignant”/”deep”/”somber” musing about how you can fit your entire life in a small space, but because he half-asses things so much, he completely undermines it with the “three enormous trucks” crap. Like, earlier in the week “an old lady has lots of stuff in her house!” was apparently comedy gold so he just went with that, even though it makes today’s strip nonsensical.

    • Charles

      Well, if he wants to go deep or poignant, I’d tell him to not start with the assumption that you are the sum of your possessions.

      So if I buy another house and fill it up with crap, I’ve become a more significant person? Does having more than I need make me a person more worthy of remembrance?

    • Buckeye Feculence

      Fitting one’s entire life into a single box or suitcase may be poignant. Three truck loads is a significant lifetime achievement in collecting junk .

  4. It’s easier to imagine Batiuk thinking this strip is one more day on the way to that 50th than it is to imagine him thinking this will entertain anyone.

    • spacemanspiff85

      I think it’s easier to imagine this is what the not very bright or talented kid across the street from Batiuk came up with in exchange for a dollar a month.

  5. By the way, I can’t believe the 47th anniversary passed without anyone seeming to take note.

    • Epicus Doomus

      FW’s lack of a pop-culture footprint is amazing. You’d figure that at least one FW character would have managed to have woven him or her self into our shared pop-cultural heritage over the course of that forty-seven year span, a la Snoopy, Calvin or Jeffy from Family Circus. But the closest thing to a truly iconic character FW has is a wacky band director with a minor cult following among marching band directors of a certain age, maybe a few dozen people at most. If you asked one hundred random adult Americans to name a favorite FW character ninety-eight of them would reply “Funky what? Get away from me” and the other two would punch you.

      • Paul Jones

        This is why it was so easy to make Marge Simpson the only person in America who actually cared about the blasted thing. She wouldn’t know fun if it bit her on the ass and she digs that the most.

      • The thing is, he abandoned character when he abandoned gag-a-day. His focus (such as it is) on “issues” means that the issues take center stage, and the “characters” (such as they are) are made more cookie-cutter same so that any of them can be plugged into an issue at any time. The exceptions to this are his most loathsome creations–Les, Dinkle, etc. And they’ve been made far too toxic to ever have an impact on the public.

        • Gerard Plourde

          “the “characters” (such as they are) are made more cookie-cutter same so that any of them can be plugged into an issue at any time.

          Exactly. He’s created marionettes that act as mouthpieces for whatever issue he wants to pontificate about.

      • Jimmy

        Thanks for making us realize we’re part of the sad .05% of the population who can name not one, but many FW characters.

  6. Paul Jones

    The odd thing here is that the person that isn’t supposed to have the good point actually has the good point. Holly is clearly trying to be wistful and wise but Funky hits the mark better when he says that horrible people gravitate towards obsessing over horrible things. We can all name a comic strip creator just like that, can’t we?

  7. Ray

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think Holly is being lightweight passive/aggressive when she uses the word “sobering” when talking to Funky?

  8. comicbookharriet

    Well that’s one way to smuggle drugs from Florida to Ohio… giant lawn ornaments.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Anyone else having issues with Comics Kingdom after the redesign?

  10. billytheskink

    Nobody buys stuff like that, Funky, they inherit it from (soon-to-be) dead relatives and eventually burden the next generation with it.

  11. It’s called stuffing!

  12. Ernie Bushmiller could get more yuks with concrete lawn statuary.

    • Ernie Bushmiller knew that his strip had to do one thing–appeal to the public. And he knew how to draw beautiful women.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        So true. Unlike Batty who draws most women like dudes, Bushmiller appreciated the female form.

        Yeah, back then was a different time, when beautiful women were, well, beautiful. And real men appreciated this.