Funky Pops

So we’re now in day two of Young Harry being baffled that a thing such as “comic book store” exists. And we also have Old Harry naming John Howard to someone in the past, which is extra funny because he still hasn’t mentioned having a wife or daughter.
And it’s also just a terrible thing to do if you’ve travelled back in time to the past. I expect tomorrow that he’ll tell his young self about the collapse of the USSR, 9/11 and COVID-19. Who am I kidding, I doubt Harry cares about those or even noticed they happened. This week will probably just end with the two of them hugging and consoling each other about the Death of Superman.

I feel like Batiuk missed a major setup for a Funko Pop related joke, given that one of Harry’s closest friends is named Funky.



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33 responses to “Funky Pops

  1. Epicus Doomus

    “And John Howard will marry a woman named Becky, who will lose her arm when Funky’s nephew gets loaded and crashes his car, thereby ruining her promising trombone career. Funky’s nephew will then join the army, where he’ll be held captive in Afghanstan for years. Then he’ll escape with help from a guy named Khan, who’ll later open a short-lived deli near Montoni’s.”

    (Young Crazy slowly backs away to the door, then breaks into a full sprint)

    • Charles

      Damn it, man! You missed the chance to clown on Batiuk by switching Wally from Funky’s nephew in paragraph 1 to Funky’s cousin in paragraph 2.

      They’re definitely cousins though, because otherwise Funky would have a sibling who we’ve never seen and who played no role whatsoever in their son’s reintegration into society after returning as a POW *twice*.

  2. billytheskink

    Komix “Corner”?!


    You know, I can’t even feign surprise for humorous effect any more…

  3. Y. Knott

    I’m sure I’ll regret this, in that pointing this out will only lead to me reading another boring day of this lousy Funky Winkerbean plot … but there doesn’t seem to be a link to today’s strip.

  4. What a bizarre, terrifying silhouette of Old Crazy Harry in panel 1!

  5. William Thompson

    Oh, ha-ha, confusion over how a word can have different meanings in different eras. A splendid example is from the 1929 talkie “Broadway Melody,” where Bessie Love tells an annoying character “Screw!” Back then it meant “Scram!”

    But I’m sure we could all say that word in both the 1929 and modern sense.

  6. The Dreamer

    Wait, doesnt young Crazy already know John? Don’t they go to high school together?

    • Gerard Plourde

      I wondered the same thing, but I think John appeared during Wally’s first MIA experience and that his origin before owning the comics store has never been addressed.

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        The mold in his Batman t-shirt became sentient. That’s why he can never take it off.

      • ComicBookHarriet

        DSH John seems to be of an age with Becky, who would be a generation younger than Crazy and crew. Not sure when he showed up in Act II, but it was before Wally left the first time.

  7. Hitorque

    1. And here I was foolishly hoping this arc wouldn’t have anything to do with comic book geekdom… At the bare minimum I was thinking Harold would tell himself about the advances in video gaming but that’s never been Batiuk’s forte…

    2. In addition to lacking ambition, Young Harold is surprisingly indifferent about knowing anything of his future…

    3. Why even place this flashback in Montoni’s on April 15, 1980 if no other characters show up and the specific date has nothing to do with anything? Batiuk could have just drawn the entire scene in a cloudy void instead of wasting time establishing the “scenery”

  8. Banana Jr. 6000

    “Day two of being amazed that comic books exist”? Like the entire week isn’t going to be this.

    Get help, Tom.

  9. The Dreamer

    So this is what happens. Young Crazy thinks having a comic book store above Montoni’s is a great idea. So after old Crazy leaves, he starts plotting to get the store for himself before John gets it Years later he does So when Old Crazy is horrified to find that the store is now called ‘Crazy’s Comics’ and he now owns it! He has unintentionally changed history by going to the past and giving his younger self John’s idea Old Crazy is overcome with guilt and sets out to find whatever happened to John

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      Yeah really. Last week was nothing but Harry worrying “oh no, will I cause a temporal anomaly?” when he now seems to be actively trying to cause one.

    • Anonymous Sparrow

      Deutscher defeats Eckels, and there’s a sound of thunder. Holy Ray Bradbury, Batman!

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    And what’s with Crankshaft today? A watering ban in April? It’s been raining nonstop here for days. I think this strip should have been scheduled for August.

    • billytheskink

      Perhaps a product of TB moving Crankshaft forward in time to match Act II FW… Who knows what month it is in Centerville anymore?

  11. Banana Jr. 6000

    On the Funkyblog today, Tom Batiuk is having his “On 9/11, I had finally reached people” moment. Read this to yourself in Tim Negoda’s voice and try not to laugh.

    • Gerard Plourde

      “And then the darkness flew in like the Nazgûl of Sauron on 9/11.”

      Except that in LOTR Mordor has been a known direct threat to all of Middle Earth for some time. The shock of 9/11 was the unexpected coordinated attack on New York and DC.

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        And the strip itself is just as vacuous and self-aggrandizing as Tim Negoda’s “imagine all the people” strip:

        I don’t know how soon this ran after the attacks and what we knew about the attackers by then, but this hasn’t aged well.

    • Epicus Doomus

      He was finally talking about what HE wanted to talk about.

    • Maxine of Arc

      I actually cracked myself up just remembering that bit while I was making dinner last night. We miss you, Dan Ronan.