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I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful to have made it nearly to the end of this calamitous year. Whatever else can be said about the distortion of time in the Funkiverse, the holidays usually coincide with our own, and Thanksgiving brings the Scapegoats’ annual fall fundraiser. I didn’t call it the “band turkey sale” because, in addition to turkeys and “rand curdy“, Becky and Dinkle have gone door-to-door peddling non-comestibles, like mattresses, and indigestibles (volume 3 of Dinkle’s autobiography).

(This time last year)

COVID-19 has yet to arrive in Westview, and depending on how you reckon strip time, it might yet take place ten years before or hence (yours truly is betting that the characters in FW will finally begin sporting masks sometime in March 2021). But you have to give Becky credit for having the foresight to take the whole thing “totally online” via Bandigogo™ a year ago. She showed this accomplishment off to Dinkel, who either didn’t comprehend or care; that is, until Becky got to the part about never having “to actually touch a turkey.” Looking at today’s strip, we can understand why this resonated with so strongly with Harry. “Why, when I was band director,” Dinkel himself would show up at your door, proffering an unfrozen, unwrapped, whole uncooked turkey. In his bare hands. This is about as far as you can get from today’s “contactless delivery.”

When Batiuk inserts flashback scenes showing the casts in their Act I & II iterations, those scenes usually employ the sepia tones and photo album corners. I’m wondering if that visual shorthand only applies when it’s a conscious flashback and not a dream? At any rate, contrast young Harry the Hat’s nearly featureless mug with his exquisite, old man grimace in panel 3.


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18 responses to “TurDinken

  1. Banana Jr. 6000

    Somebody please tell Mr. Quarter Inch From Reality that nightmares are SUPPOSED to be weird.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Oh, he’s going to LOVE having all the characters wearing masks. No more pesky facial continuity AND tons and tons of expository dialog so we know who’s who.

    “Hello Les!”
    “Hi, Funky!”
    “So Les, want some pizza?”
    “Thanks, Funky!”

    Sigh. It’s band fund raiser time again. Other than Jeffy’s (Family Circus) continued idiocy it’s probably the least-anticipated running comic strip gag of them all. Seriously, they should have that kid checked out. But anyhow, why is Funky dreaming about band turkeys? He graduated from high school like ten billion years ago. These losers just can’t let it go.

    • J.J. O'Malley

      While Jeffy’s perpetual melonheadedness (melonheadiocity?) is indeed an FC hallmark, I propose that strip’s most unwelcome and laugh-deprived leitmotifs are the quarterly or so times when “Bil” goes on vacation and Billy takes over with crudely-drawn, juvenile puns.

      Also, the music note PJs are indeed the only way to tell that it’s Dinkleberg having the band turkey nightmare and not Funky, Funky’s dad, a guest starring Crankshaft or J*ff, or one of the other indistinguishable old men showing up more and more in TB’s strips. And who, exactly, is Dream Dinkleberry talking to in panel three?

  3. Gerard Plourde

    Is the resfusnik in panel two a relative of Pete? Is the green plaid shirt the object of some kind of analogue to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? Or does the last remaining Hill.’s cater is 1970’s ware hope Westview.

    And I never expected to see a “Satanic cult” reference in FW.

  4. billytheskink

    I particularly enjoy the website, funkywinkerbean.com/books, wedged there between panels 1 and 2 like anyone would ever read this and think “I must read more jokes about these band turkey sales, but WHERE could I possibly do that?”

  5. William Thompson

    Westviewians may wear masks starting next Mach? At last a reason to make t through this year alive! I look forward to seeing everyone at Montoni’s eat pizza while wearing a mask.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      I can just see see Tom Batiuk announcing his COVID prestige arc the day COVID is finally cured and nobody wants to hear about it ever again.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      For a supposed master story teller, he is sure wasting a unique opportunity to tell a story.

      I can think of a ton of possibilities. Teachers struggling to use Zoom. Kids struggling with social distancing. Les hoarding toilet paper and other essentials.

  6. Mr. A

    Dinkle dreams a fairly standard Funky Winkerbean strip, and reacts with intense, shattering anguish? Um…I know this is rich coming from a SoSF commenter, but that seems…disproportionate.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      It needs context. Why is Dinkle dreaming of such an ordinary event from his own life? Why is it so upsetting to him? You could build a horror story around this scene.

      • Epicus Doomus

        I really thought that was Funky doing the dreaming, which says more about the artwork than it does about me, I think.

    • William Thompson

      The first character to appear after the credits bears a striking resemblance to an infamous Westviewian, right down to his laugh:

  7. batgirl

    Surely someone with nothing to celebrate or give thanks for is the archetypal Westviewian?