Link To Today’s Strip
Sigh. Nothing like two days of gags about the pin on a weightlifting machine. Killing time in an arc that itself exists to kill time…the Batiukian Paradox. Thank God it’s Saturday.
Filed under Son of Stuck Funky
Tagged as Africa-American Fitness Bro, arcs where nothing happens, Funky, gym, Montoni's T shirt, tedium
I have to say, I do like the facial expressions of Unnamed Gym Member in today’s strip…particularly the way he changes in each panel from enthusiastic exercise buddy to confused acquaintance to utterly depressed “please, someone get me way from this bozo.”
Not only faking the appearance of exercise, but getting someone to fake it for him? Oh, ha, ha, what a loser is Funky! Won’t he richly deserve that eventual heart attack? Which will probably happen when Batiuk gets a real artist to draw it in a Sideways Sunday panel.
Trying, after the fact, to make it look like your work is more substantial than it actually is… yet another incredibly apt metaphor for TB’s “important” writing.
THIS is the “story” that’s supposed to sustain us? And I thought Charles Schulz was a narcissist…
“I like to move the pin lower when I’m done.” Then why don’t you know how to do it?
Exactly! Has Batiuk ever used weight machines like this? Moving the pin is easier than wiping your butt. My 97 year old Grandma who can hardly walk would still be able to do it.
We can add working “Working Out at the Gym” to the encyclopedic list of “Things TomBa Doesn’t Understated.” (If it’s not there already.)
“”Understand” Autocomplete strikes again!
I’ve seen clickbait articles on “5 Things to Never Do at the Gym” and plenty of videos of weird/stupid gym behaviour, but man, this one is too stupid even to feature in those collections.
This joke could be made passable.
PANEL 1: Funky pulling weight pin out. Other exerciser looking away.
PANEL 2: Funky inserting weight pin lower. Other exerciser looks at Funky, asks “Are you doing another set?”
PANEL 3: Funky: “No, I’m embarrassed how little weight I was doing.”
This arrangement doesn’t explain the joke, doesn’t make Funky too stupid to remove a pin, sounds like actual human dialogue, and taps into a real insecurity about exercising in public.
The writing in Funky Winkerbean is just atrocious.
If you’re going to cheat, the smart thing to do is not announce it to someone who might object to it.
It almost seems to me that he’s used this gag before. Anyway, for the character who’s the front man for the comic strip, he certainly is not treated well by his creator. He’s been jogging regularly with Les for 20 years and going to the gym regularly – with a trainer – for at least 2 years, and is still too weak to pull the pin out of a stack of weights.
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