Every once in a while a work of art comes along that completely encapsulates the very act of experiencing it. Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you panel one, the work that every FW strip parodist has been striving for since Photoshop 1.0. IMO it’s easily the pinnacle of Act III thus far. If BatYam’s entire career is remembered only for this, it was all worth it. When they someday build the FW Hall Of Fame panel one will be hanging in the entrance foyer. If he made T shirts of this I’d definitely buy one.
14 responses to “The Entire Funky Winkerbean Experience In One Panel”
Huh? Wha . . . ? Did something happen in Funky Winkerbean? Why didn’t anyone wake me up?
Calling that “funny” is a real stretch.
Since Lardass is actually paying for a trainer, who’s the butt of the joke, again?
If this is the quintessential Todd Battocks offering, it’s kind of fitting that it evokes the universal New Yorker caption of “Christ, what an asshole!”
It would be perfect if tomorrow’s strip was one black panel with the text “Goodbye, readers! Thanks for 40 some years! Stay Funky!”
Nah, he is going to go kicking and screaming. He will kill off everybody. If I have to go, then they are coming with me!
If TB intended this as a metaphor for his own imagination… then it is utter genius.
Seriously. He needs to get this on some mugs and T shirts as soon as possible. Forget that crappy dead tree and bald Lisa, THIS is the iconic imagery he’s been building toward since 1972.
With Son of Stuck Funky’s 10th anniversary drawing nigh…I felt like it was a good time to bring back Punching Kaz.
I don’t know. That first panel is way, way too active to be representative of this strip as a whole. He’s stretching his arm! Seeing that you’d think this strip is far more of a thrill ride than it is. The panels where it’s just Funky and Holly slouching in front of a TV in the dark are more appropriate, I think.
I agree. I’m thinking a hastily written sign that says “Lisa” taped to a wall is a better representation of this strip.
At least he can climb up a rope without getting stuck.
What strikes me is the amount of effort and detail that went into this drawing. The angle of Funky’s outstretched hands, the curvature of his nose and eyes, the details of his shirt, the aggressive indifference of his yawn, the gradient background, the slouch in the second panel. It’s honestly very well done. It reminds of the Simpsons episode where Marge does the award-winning painting of Homer sleeping on the couch:
Usually the drawings in FW are so slapdash, they look like rough drafts. Compare the Feb 27 strip, for example. Especially the last panel. Funky’s eyes are in the wrong place, the wrinkles in his shirt seem to be fighting each other for space, his pose is unnatural, you name it.
Again, we see where Batiuk’s priorities are: depicting boredom and contemptuousness. Like he’s trying to prove he can do good artwork, he just chooses not to most of the time.
C’mon trainer. This was actually smirk worthy.