Hollow E’en

Link to today’s strip (eventually).

Today’s strip was not available for preview, but thanks to Fearless Leader’s diligence, we got a tiny glimpse of it.  Looks like the pizza monster has obtained his yearly token of appreciation and left in a hurry.   And there’s some speculation as to the identity of the fiend, with guesses of Crazy Harry and John, and a request for the monster operator’s initials.

Again, presented sideways–because Art has to Hurt or it isn’t REAL Art.

Looks (from the “preview”) like tomorrow’s episode will show Funky exerting himself, and…that’s all my eyestrain can take.  Seriously, I already have ailments, I don’t need vision-related ones based on a gag.  A gag, I note, that started out with a bit of promise, but as always with this strip, soon succumbed to the author’s inexplicable need to lower all standards.  Can’t he tell a single stupid joke?  Apparently, at one time, he was able to, but that ability was traded away for some magic beans labelled “Respectability.”   And we all know what beans are best at producing.

Happy Halloween, everyone!  Here’s hoping you enjoyed the holiday.  It’s sometimes fun to be scared, but never fun to fear what comes next in Funky Winkerbean.  Because the abyss is always looking back.

(I bet trick-r-treaters have learned to avoid the Batiuk house, since all he gives out are copies of Lisa’s Story.  With the flourish of a felt-tip and an offer of an autograph.)


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31 responses to “Hollow E’en

  1. William Thompson

    The saddest thing is that this pizza-haunting is a genuine “tradition” at Luigi’s. It’s so lame there isn’t even a children’s rhyme about it.

    • erdmann

      “1, 2, Batiuk’s coming for you. 3, 4, gonna tell you ’bout Lisa some more…”
      “No! No! Stop! It’s too horrible to contemplate!”

  2. William Thompson

    When Satan wants take-out, he sends his own delivery boy! Yes, Satan celebrates Halloween with Hell’s favorite food, Montoni’s!

  3. CRM114

    “…Funky exerting himself…” I think I’m gonna hurl.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    As mentioned in yesterday’s comments this is all just a dumb inside joke between BatGab and that stupid pizza place he’s sort of immortalized and, as also mentioned in yesterday’s comments the overall effect is weird and jarring, coming as it does on the heels of two different arcs centered around dead characters. Then again, there’s no predictable pattern to BatYak’s peculiar flights of whimsy, I don’t think even he knows what he’ll do next. Which is totally plausible, as he obviously just makes most of this crap up as he goes along.

    • spacemanspiff85

      Coming tomorrow: Pizza Monster gets hit and killed by a drunk driver. You thought the specter of death had left?

      • comicbookharriet

        A very special strip about the importance of Halloween costume safety. Peripheral vision is not a joke!

      • AmigoLupus

        Oh, so you mean Pizza Monster gets run over by Crankshaft? I can see that.

      • William Thompson

        Drunk driver, hell. Let’s start a new Funkyween tradition: the Pizza Monster is the first victim run over by the ghost of Bull Bushka.

  5. billytheskink

    Maybe this is homeless alcoholic Wade Wallace’s new ploy to get free pizza, since Funky caught him in the act in his previous grift of fishing his un-picked up order out of the dumpster. That sounds more like the Funky Winkerbean I know. Then again, this story arc is incredibly boring, which also sounds like the Funky Winkerbean I know.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    If this arc really is, as it appears, a reprint of placemat art that he did for Luigi’s in Akron, we have reached a whole new level of nonwork.

  7. CRM114

    BTW Happy 6 foot under decaying St. Lisa Halloween.

  8. Paul Jones

    So….we’re exchanging “waiting for a dumb-ass in a stupid costume” for “sitting on our asses watching the Scapegoats lose” as a fall tradition. To-may-to, To-failure.

  9. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    I stuck my head into Luigi’s tonight about 8:30, but they told me the pizza monster had been there about 6 pm, the height of dinner time.
    Sorry, Funksters. I’m sure that if I had been there on time I could have followed the pizza monster back to his car and had a conversation with TB himself. It’s only about 5 miles away from me, but I failed you.

    I did have multiple drinks tonight

    • Rusty Shackleford

      We didn’t make it down to Akron last night. We met friends for dinner near Highland Square, then took off for home. Had to get up early for work today. Was going to pop in to Luigis to see the pizza monster, then back to Highland Square Tavern to see the costumes.

  10. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    At one bar tonight a beautiful young woman won first prize, dressed as the lamp from “Christmas Story”. She only had one leg, which made it even cooler. For the judging, she hopped around on one leg, and then she unfolded a prosthetic leg to walk off stage. Brava!

  11. ComicTrek

    If this is the zombie-ghost of Bull, then the CTE arc was all for nothing. More so than it was, at least.

  12. William Thompson

    A demon who wears sneakers? Solomon never mentioned that one!

  13. AmigoLupus

    That’s it? Three or four strips of absolutely nothing happening? Then what was even the point of this little Halloween trip???

    If Batiuk really wanted to write genuine horror, then he should just go back to discussing how Funky’s dad fucks.

  14. Banana Jr. 6000

    We’re not going to find out who’s in the suit, are we? That’s literally the only interesting thing about this character.

  15. Count of Tower Grove

    This arc has a beginning, middle and end. See? That’s what a storyteller does!
    My apologies. This is the best I could come up for this sorry strip without too much thought.

  16. Professor Fate

    This arc has been as whimsical as a brick to the face

    • William Thompson

      Careful about giving Batiuk ideas about his beloved bricks. There’s only one thing he should do with them, and it doesn’t involve whimsy or other people’s anatomies.

  17. Banana Jr. 6000

    “How about your initials?” How about you go out and stop him, stupid, he can’t possibly run or drive in that thing.