I’m 4K, You’re 4K

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Well, at least we’re not at the Korner anymore. Small blessings and all. BatHam has apparently become aware of 4K TV, which is very interesting and all, at least to him. The rest of us, not so much. “Heh, you know, I think it’d be very, very funny if someone thought “4K” meant how much it cost, tee hee!”. He really needs to learn how to self-edit better (ha).

I was going to remark on how unusual it is to see Crazy Harry on consecutive days, then I remembered that he was just in an arc about salad dressing just a few weeks (or was it years) ago. I’d COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN all about it already. It’s incredible how that works, you know? Some FW moments are just forever indelible, like Les making out with himself or the “Black Panel” or Bull driving through that guardrail or Buddy being scared shitless on the Ferris wheel. Then there are the other ones, the ones you forget immediately and totally. Like this one, which reads like Batom forgot it halfway through.

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23 responses to “I’m 4K, You’re 4K

  1. Jimmy

    I don’t recall ever having a TV with a plug that high in the panel. It’s inefficient.

    When was the last time a high-resolution TV for regular folks cost more than a few hundred bucks? 2005?

  2. J.J. O'Malley

    Two 60-plus guys on the sofa watching football, an invisible wife, probably making snacks in the kitchen; an unfunny wordplay punchline…did Battyuk accidentally put one of his “Crankshaft” strip ideas in the “Funky” file on his computer?

    • ComicBookHarriet

      The line between Crankshaft humor and Winkerbean humor has become so faint it can only be seen with an electron microscope.

  3. bayoustu

    The part of Funky Winkerbean is being played by the late Bull Bushka today.

  4. Jimmy

    It’s worse than I thought in the Big Ten.

    Let’s investigate panel one:

    That poor Northwestern player is about to get his clocked cleaned by a (Penn State?) lineman. He’s smiling, but that’s probably because he’s already concussed while not wearing a helmet with a facemask.

    Also, why did the conference let both teams wear solid colors? Was it Confuse a Ref day, or did the B1G decide it wanted to emulate the terrible NFL Color Rush experiment? Either way, it’s a bad idea.

    This panel also leads me to believe they’re watching some 4-bit video game rather than actual football.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Doesn’t look very Big Ten to me. The green team could be Michigan State, but they don’t wear white helmets often. That blue/gray color of the opponent is hard to place. No school has that as a major color, but a lot of schools do steel gray alternates nowadays (Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, the service academies.)

      I did find a school with a similar uniform. You’ll never guess who it is!

      It’s Kent State! Because who else would anyone be watching in Funky Winkerbean? That would make Ohio University the opponent. That’s almost exactly OU’s shade of green, and white with green stripe is their most common helmet style. Eastern Michigan is also a possibility. But, you know, Ohio.

  5. billytheskink

    Carl Hurley might have been able to pull this joke off, but TB, you are no Carl Hurley. Likewise, 1977 TB might have been able to pull this joke off (is your TV black and white? No, it’s more of a silver with some woodgrain…), but alas TB isn’t him either.

  6. The thing is, “4K” would be a selling point for TVs. “Why not this one? It has 4K resolution!” This is like someone selling stereo TVs and have the clod ask, “Whoa, stereo! Are there TWO of them?”

    I seriously doubt there’s a consumer level television in the world that costs $4000. (Keep in mind I said “consumer level” i.e., what they’d sell in Best Buy. Not what Tony Stark would buy.)

    Also, what would the Batiukverse version of Best Buy be called? “Worst Cost”? “Best Profit”?

    • Epicus Doomus

      In keeping with John’s idea to call Komix Korner “My Wife Made Me Sell My Comic Books”, I think it’s be called “I Overpaid For My Consumer Electronics And All I Got Was This Lousy Service Plan”. On sale: 4K TV, $3,995.

  7. William Thompson

    What’s the joke tomorrow? “Funky, this is the first modern TV I’ve seen with vertical hold!” “Huh?” “Those handles on the sides!”

    • ComicBookHarriet

      TV is mounted on the wall, as opposed to on the table.
      “That is SOME VERTICAL HOLD.”

      • Epicus Doomus

        “It’s nice, but it’s just not the same.”

        (Cut to sepia-toned flashback panel where young Funky is sitting two inches away from the screen of Morton’s old RCA “Radiation King” B&W set.)

  8. Mr. A

    I’ll admit it: I found this strip mildly amusing. Not because of the punchline per se, but because it reminded me of this exchange from Arrested Development.

  9. Banana Jr. 6000

    The sad thing is, this is about as good as Act III gets. There’s an actual joke, that depends on multiple meanings of a word, and flows somewhat naturally from a conversation. There’e no character shilling, and even references modern technology. Honestly. this is probably a “Top 10%” effort.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I agree. Not too bad for Batty.

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        And the last two days would have been okay, if Batiuk didn’t leave out the middle part of the joke. And if not for the insane hypocrisy of Skunk Head and Harry, the two biggest comic book-addled idiot man-children in a town full of them, mocking a walk-on character.

        Which ties into why that “Match to Flame 138” blog entry pissed me off so much. First, Batiuk gets all coy about the idea of a grown man (himself) reading comic books. Give me a break, Tom. Your whole Funky Winkerbean universe revolves around middle-aged men who have unhealthy relationships with fandoms they should have outgrown long ago. I can name EIGHT examples: John, Harry, Chester, Darren, Pete, Dinkle (for his workaholism), Jeff (for getting himself killed over The Phantom Empire only to be rescued by bad writing), and Les (the Cult of Dead Lisa he’s built might as well be a comic book franchise at this point).

        This of course segues into Batiuk’s usual whine of “why can’t newspaper comic strips do serious stories?” And that little two-day arc is a perfect example of why. Batiuk took a serious problem that his regular characters have in spades, and assigned it to a passerby, so his regulars could make 50s sitcom jokes about it.

        Good writers make their characters face tough choices. Tom Batiuk avoids this at all costs. Here he passed on a chance to point out that his own characters are much worse examples of comic books interfering with a relationship. His “gay prom” arc involved nameless characters whose faces we never even saw. Lisa’s death saw him skip over the next ten years, during which time Les would have had to actually cope with her death. The CTE “prestige arc” was a stupid joke that barely touched on the problem. Every time he has a chance to do a serious story, he cuts away from it or botches it entirely.

        And then spends huge amounts of time and drama on the most inconsequential things. Like Les finally coming to terms with letting Marianne Winters watch his damned Lisa tapes. When the only reason for her doing so was to portray Lisa more accurately, which is what Les was demanding all along! You’ve got to a love a character who won’t let you do what he wants you to do.

        You CAN tell serious stories in the funny pages. For Better Or For Worse did. Calvin & Hobbes did. Peanuts did. Nobody complained about it. But Tom Batiuk’s writing style makes it impossible for him to do it well. You can’t tell serious stories when your cast is an army of self-insertion characters who are never wrong, never held accountable, never question anything they’re doing, and never in conflict with each other. And when every plot is a shameless plug for comic books, Luigi’s Pizza, Dinkle’s marching shoes, Kent State University, the Lisa’s Legacy book trilogy, or the Ohio Music Educators Association.

        You want a serious story? Becky makes John sell his comic book store, because they can’t afford to keep running it at a loss. There is canon for this: Becky is on record saying she can’t lose her band director job because John’s salary can’t support them. And from what we saw of the store interior this week, that Iron Man statue was their only saleable item. This would force John to choose between his marriage and his love of comic books, and also face having to eliminate his friend Harry’s job. Would be a great arc in the right hands.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          And here I thought his Jan 7 blog entry was cringeworthy. This is even worse. I do hope he gets audited though. How much R &D does he write off?

          Bottom line: For all his bragging, just look at the finished product. It speaks for itself.

          • Banana Jr. 6000

            That’s a good question. If he’s really buying comic books for the purposes of finding new talent – which is gob-smackingly dumb by itself, but never mind that – then those costs should be negligible. Because he’d be buying new, common mass-produced, inexpensive comic books. But I’d wager his “research” involves upgrading his 1978 The Flash collection from Very Good to Fine. And that he isn’t looking for new talent in My Little Pony comics, or anything else outside his very narrow preferences.

        • Gerard Plourde

          This is really great analysis and gets to why, even though this installment is inoffensive, it doesn’t make up for the overall shortcomings of the strip.

  10. Don

    I didn’t get “Funky thinks 4K is the cost” as being the joke. Maybe it’s from watching too many episodes of The Price is Right, but larger 4K TVs can be quite expensive, and maybe Funky thinks that’s the only way he’ll know if it’s a 4K or not. Then again, name brand 50″ 4K TVs are readliy available for under $400 now – a quick check on the Best Buy website shows a Samsung 40″ for $349.

    • I’m sure one could pay $4000 for a TV, but a person doing that would know they are paying a lot for an uncommon television.

      But then, this is a world where Holly can pay $50,000 for a comic book collection and just gift it to John.

  11. billytheskink

    4K was Funky’s favorite character in Toy Story 4

  12. ian'sdrunkenbeard

    It warms the heart of this native Clevelander to see that they’re drinking POP brand pop.