Wow, it is always intimidating to follow up the amazing CBH! If Kent State University wants to start offering courses on “The History of Funky Winkerbean” I know who should teach it. Not for long, sadly, since that would probably mean the school was about to go out of business, but it would still be the right choice.
I was kind of glad to see I wouldn’t have to deal with the continuing adventures of old people complaining to each other about how all they somehow felt out of place and left out even though they were essentially their own entire social group, but more John Darling isn’t much of an improvement. I really don’t know why Batiuk keeps coming back to the Darling well. I can’t believe he really thinks people miss the character. I feel like every time he’s mentioned, 99.999% of the readers (everyone who doesn’t read this blog, basically-although I think we probably make up the majority of the readership now) has no idea who he is. Playing off of nostalgia doesn’t really work if nobody knows who or what you’re referring to. I feel like it’s probably just that it’s easier for Batiuk to keep repeating the same things over and over than coming up with new storylines and characters, which is just kind of sad.
Oh, also, we have the latest installment of “man says something and his wife/girlfriend gets furious at him” in this strip. Darrin’s question is totally legitimate, considering local TV stations never just air a decades-old local show. I do feel like there would be some serious contract issues with this. I’m also a little curious about how Jessica knows they’re airing them “24/7”. Has she been sitting there watching for a week, or did someone else tell her this? Did she just wait to mention this to Darrin?