We All Scream

J.J. O’Malley
February 26, 2021 at 11:43 pm
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I almost want there to be a complete tour of the new and “improved” Chateau Winkerbean tomorrow, just so our six days of sloughing through (apparently) one very repetitive day-long conversation won’t have totally been in vain.

Hate to spoil it for ya, J.J., but I have a feeling that today’s strip is about as close as we’re gonna get to seeing the actual reno in progress. Throwaway panel 1 is a lovingly detailed rendering of a gutted kitchen, chock full of the kind of details–the orange extension cord, discarded sheetrock and wood, exposed studs and electrical–that have me thinking Batty snapped some reference pix during the real-life reno of his own kitchen that inspired this arc.

Also in panel 1, to the left of the FW text, we see Holly’s profile, which tells us that they’re sitting in a room that’s just off the kitchen. Which makes me wonder how she could forget that the ice cream and everything else has been moved to another location.

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17 responses to “We All Scream

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Hey look, it’s a reno gag without using the word “reno”. So it CAN be done! That BatYam, always chock full of wacky surprises. This is the third strip of 2021 so far that didn’t immediately sicken and or enrage me, which is unquestionably some sort of milestone. Three for fifty-nine, that’s .051, which would be a dismal, dismal average in pretty much any other situation, but for FW it’s downright stratospheric. If he can continue at this pace all year Bil Keane’s single-season record could very well be in jeopardy.

    And it’s not me, as I’m just as cynical as ever, maybe even more so. It’s just not that bad of a gag by normal FW standards. Again, if he continues at this pace he’d finish 2021 with EIGHTEEN reasonably palatable strips, which is so laughably implausible it’s beyond even considering. But when you consider that in 2020 there wasn’t even one, well, it’s definitely noteworthy.

  2. Definitely a weird one. If this was your first “Funky Winkerbean” you’d be completely baffled.

    It’s not my first “Funky Winkerbean” and I’m mostly baffled.

  3. J.J. O'Malley

    Well, I guess that will teach me to keep my big mouth shut. Thanks for the mention, TF.

    “All the kitchen utensils are somewhere in the basement”? This is clearly a multi-day renovation, and it didn’t occur to you to leave some silverware in the dining room or living room, or perhaps, I don’t know, bring some utensils and paper plates home from the freakin’ RESTAURANT that you numbskulls own? And is the refrigerator really outside or just in the garage (I guess we should be glad they didn’t call it the “refrigo”)?

    Looks like Battyuk thinks this is a plot worthy of at least a second week. I hope his homelife was disrupted at least as long as it’s apparently going to take us to have to read about his newsprint avatars going through same.

  4. billytheskink

    Feel like some ice cream? Funky looks like some ice cream.

  5. Banana Jr. 6000

    Sure, let’s talk about the renovations some more while still not addressing a single plot point. Why not.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    The first panel reminds me of highly detailed interiors he’s done in the past (I remember one in particular that depicted the boiler room at Westview – I think it was early in Act 3). If only his storytelling skills matched.

  7. J.J. O'Malley

    Hey, gang, you know what’s hilarious (No, not today’s “joke,” obviously)? On the CK site today–and, I imagine, several newspapers across the country–there’s no title panel showing the torn-up Winkerbean kitchen in mid-“reno.” All readers get is six panels of some middle-aged couple who seem to be suffering from early onset dementia, because their kitchen utensils are in the basement and their refrigerator is outdoors, with no explanation as to why that is. A casual or non-weekday reader will have no idea what’s going on.

    Way to go, Tommy boy.

  8. Charles

    You know, I’ve hired my share of people to renovate kitchens and bathrooms (and I’m going to have to redo two bathrooms in my mother’s house thanks to some burst pipes), and none of them would have left the room in question like that when they went home for the day. They’d clean the place up, put things away and off the floor and certainly not leave their tools lying around everywhere. They’re supposed to be professionals, for Christ’s sake. Why on earth would you leave garbage on your client’s floor when you could sweep it up in less than a minute?

  9. Mr. A

    Holly: “Let’s just bag the ice cream.”
    Me: They’re going to put the ice cream in a bag? The ice cream they don’t have yet? Or did they mean…oh, I see.

  10. Count of Tower Grove

    I did a kitchen reno a few years back. We put some flatware in the dining room.

  11. Westview Radiology

    Flunky took a three pound dump.

  12. batgirl

    I see on TB’s blog that he still hasn’t figured out what #MeToo is – or how to spell it.