Twenty Twenty One may be just getting blessedly underway, but Our Winter Band Banquet is drawing to a close. I’m praying for Covid to finally reach Westview, Ohio soon, so that all those dopey, knowing smirks will be obscured by masks. This Golden Dinkle “Award” appears to be a silly bit of Scapegoat Band tradition, not a genuine award such as might have been given out earlier in the banquet. This least coveted prize is not a miniature statuette of Dr. Harry Dinkle, but rather a large wall plaque, to which has been mounted a gilded, actual size, band shoe. I guess the product placement check arrived from Up Front Footwear, LLC. They’re the makers of DINKLES® full line of (very reasonably priced!) marching shoes, boots and band essentials. When yours truly was in high school band, shoes were the only uniform item we had to buy. So to me it seems odd that the trophy should resemble a shoe. And an untied shoe at that.
Hey, readers: I hope everyone’s enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday after the insane year of 2020. If coming to SoSF to hate on FW has in any way helped you get through These Challenging Times, know that the web’s premiere source of Funky Winkerbean snark will continue for at least the next 449 days: Funky‘s fiftieth anniversary will be Sunday, March 27, 2022. Will Medina’s own Storyteller accept his Gold T-Square*, walk away, and free up some newsprint at last for some comics talent from this century? The declining quality of the strip over recent years would point to yes. But while I consider all of us here to be some of FW‘s most devout…well, if not fans, then followers…somebody out there must be buying those Complete Funky Winkerbean books (he’s now up to Vol. 9). King Features Syndicate seems happy enough to keep paying him, and it’s enough for his kooky editorial director that “Tom is seriously one of the most earnest people alive.”
In any event, SoSF is here for the duration. Also, today (Sunday) is my birthday. We turn it back over to Epicus tomorrow, and on his behalf and on behalf of everyone at Team SoSF, thank you for reading and being part of the conversation. Into the new year we go. Excelsior! –TFH
*I knew that the “Gold T-Square” is awarded for 50 years as professional cartoonist, but was surprised to learn that so far, only three have been presented: Rube Goldberg (1955), Mort Walker (1999), and Arnold Roth (2018). “Sparky” Schulz was active for less than fifty years (if you don’t count the last 20 years that Peanuts has run posthumously). This opportunity to surpass one of his idols ensures that the awards-happy Batiuk, God willing, will stick it out.