I Thought I Heard Cats Howling

Link to today’s strip.

Oh good, Dinkle again. Like Les, a character where “a little” is “way too much.”

I assume that we’re going to get full on Dinkle until the Rose Bowl parade, where he’s going to be given a middle-finger salute. Oh…I can just feel the joy oozing out of me.

Another assumption is that the Hanna-Barbera character appearing here is the Minister or Reverend or Priest of this parish. If so, Dinkle will not be asked for “a favor.” He’ll be asked to do his damned job the way the M/R/P wants it done, or he’ll be hurled into the sun.

This is one of the reasons that I loathe Dinkle more than Les. He’s always assumed to be completely in charge of whatever situation he finds himself, with full control of every resource. And he then turns those situations into a celebration of his ego. No doubt, the Rose Bowl parade will suffer the same fate, as he’s called on to direct it in its entirety, rather than appear as a guest.

Hurling into the sun is too good for him. What’d the sun ever do to us?

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22 responses to “I Thought I Heard Cats Howling

  1. William Thompson

    “No, I was hoping you’d croaked and the angels were rejoicing as Satan took you home to meet his family.”

    • billytheskink

      Dinkle’s met them. In fact, he has lessons with Satan’s family on how to be more evil. I don’t know what he charges them…

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Sorry, BC. It’s almost as if BatYam has cracked the guest host cycle and is deliberately giving you Dinkle arcs, just out of spite. I can’t even imagine what this is gonna be, but I’m pretty sure it’ll somehow involve a parade, a float or even a parade float. Or some sort of stupid fund-raiser involving turkeys or candy or mattresses or something. Seeing Dinkle on a Monday is just so deflating.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Look at him there in the banner, selling a band turkey to what appears to be Loretta Brown from Family Guy. What a phony, used car salesman smile he has. For as much as Funky Winkerbean wants to like Dinkle, it’s amazing how well the art captures his worst qualities.

      • Sourbelly

        It’s true. The artwork really does ramp up the loathsomeness of the characters.
        Artwork aside, I still can’t think of a single reason why we should find Dinkle tolerable.

  3. Gerard Plourde

    “Another assumption is that the Hanna-Barbera character appearing here is the Minister or Reverend or Priest of this parish.”

    Probably true but for some reason TomBa hasn’t put him in a clerical collar that would give the reader the context to know that. As presented, this could be a random person who wandered into the church and Dinkle’s snarky remark wouldn’t be wildly inappropriate.

    But the omission of necessary information or context is a regular feature of the strip.

  4. J.J. O'Malley

    My first thought upon seeing today’s art was, “What is Joe Flynn from ‘McHale’s Navy’ doing in the St. Spires choir loft?”

    • be ware of eve hill

      Lillian in panel two resembles Richard Belzer in a white wig. Her appearance is completely different from the beaky Lillian in panel one.

      Today’s strip appears to be another rush job. Ayers must be paid by the strip, not the hour.

      • Y. Knott

        I can’t really bring myself to criticize Ayers. He’s got, what, 337 “regulars” to draw? And it’s clear the guy sending him the daily written material just goes with whatever thought pops into his head that day, and doesn’t pay any real attention to keeping any story or character details straight….

        Under the circumstances, I think Ayers is putting much more time, effort and talent into it than almost anyone else would.

        • Banana Jr. 6000

          If anything, Ayers is too good for Funky Winkerbean. He’s talented, and good at showing the emotions of the characters. And the Sunday strips have a lot of nice shading and texture. Too bad it’s wasted on such poor writing.

          Remember the “nice purse” strip a couple weeks ago, when Holly had just broken her ankle? You could see the fear, pain, and apprehensiveness in her face. If you look at that strip again, your eye is drawn to Holly, not Funky’s stupid joke. Batiuk should have given him a note along the lines of “hey, don’t upstage me.” But it never enters Batiuk’s mind that he could be upstaged.

          Like I said above, Ayers does such a good job of capturing the characters’ worst qualities that I wonder if he’s doing it passive-aggressively. Look at all three faces in the banner. Left to right, you’ve got condescending self-satisfaction (the priest), unearned smugness (Pete), and self-serving insincerity (Dinkle).

  5. be ware of eve hill

    Dinkle: What are you doing here, clergyman? Don’t you know churches are for choir practice?

  6. be ware of eve hill

    No small ego on Dinkle, huh?. The reverend pays them a compliment and Dinkle immediately questions his motivation?

    Dinkle Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?

    • Y. Knott

      Funky Winkerbean Readers: Will no one rid us of this meddlesome band leader?

    • Anonymous Sparrow

      Sorry, Harry, but Reginald fitzUrse, Hugh de Morville, William de Tracy, and Richard le Breton are busy taking care of Thomas Becket. Maybe later…

  7. sgtsaunders

    “Favor? Oh, gracious sakes no. I’ve come to slaughter the lot of you.”

  8. be ware of eve hill

    Under the circumstances, I think Ayers is putting much more time, effort and talent into it than almost anyone else would.

    Oh, I completely agree. Quite a few times in the past, I’ve joked the material Batty sends to Chuck Ayers pushes him past his breaking point (i.e. Ayers quitting in frustration, “I’m not paid enough to draw this shit!”). If Ayers wasn’t friends with Batiuk, I seriously doubt he’d be drawing this strip.

    Rick Burchett replaced Chuck Ayers as the artist on Funky Winkerbean for a period of time. Burchett is also a talented artist, but his artwork similarly declined as his stint went on. Eventually, Burchett quit, and I’ve always wondered the cause.
    Rick Burchett: Sorry Tom, I’m too embarrassed to put my name on this schlock anymore. I have a reputation to maintain. I quit.

    On the other hand, Chuck Ayers is a professional. You put your work out for everyone to see and put your name on it. If it’s substandard and inconsistent, you deserve the criticism. If I half ass my job, my boss is going to chew me out or fire me.

    I have to confess that I sometimes resort to mocking the artwork because I don’t understand that particular day’s strip. Today, I didn’t understand the strip. How can I snark on something I don’t understand?

    I also didn’t understand yesterday’s strip, but the artwork was beautiful, as it is most Sundays.

    Maybe I’m suffering from some sort of Batiuk induced mental trauma. My Batiuk comprehension synapses have overloaded. Too many “Batty blows.”
    Boxing Announcer: Batty blow! Batty blow! Eve Hill is down for the count!

    • be ware of eve hill

      This response was supposed to be sent in reply to @Y. Knott, who replied to my post criticizing the artwork of Chuck Ayers in the thread started by @J.J. O’Malley.

      The first time it hit “post comment”, my post didn’t go through, and I received an error that the website was unreachable. I hit the back button and saw that my comment was still there and hadn’t been submitted yet. I hit “Post Comment” again without noticing the “Leave a Reply” box had moved to the bottom of the page.

      My home Wi-Fi has inconvenient drop-outs at the most inconvenient times. My internet provider has a monopoly in the area, so I’m kind of stuck with them.

  9. hitorque

    Dear God, please make it stop