December 27, 2022 at 10:48 pm
Of course, he has to end this with one last shill for “Lisa’s Story.” That is 100% on brand.
Back at their futuristic pad, Summer’s daughter (whose name we are destined never to know) admonishes her “sweetie” that it’s bedtime. Again, how old is this kid, that she needs to be told it’s time for bed? I’m thinking about ComicBookHarriet’s comment the other day about how “John Byrne, famously, struggled with drawing children.” Something else Byrne struggles with today is making Summer’s daughter appear feminine. Look at that man-face in panel 2. Jhayzus. Has Byrne inscribed some secret, hidden text in those weird, script-y eyebrows?
“It’s time to retire,” all right. In panel 3, the lighting has gone from warm tones to cool blues; no doubt because the House of the Future knows too that it is bedtime, and adjusts the lights to soothe. Lisa of the Future glances back at The Book, as she walks with her mom, who in her white robe resembles a man-faced angel, one arm around the child’s shoulder, and the other pointing to the tombatiuk.com/books URL in the margin. “The books will still be there tomorrow,” she intones, paraphrasing what St. Lisa told her Sparky when he fretted endlessly about turning Lisa’s Story into a movie.
Something else that will still be t/here tomorrow is this blog, though it won’t be updated every day. I’ve had a month and a half to prepare for Funky Winkerbean‘s finale, but I never imagined I’d feel anything besides relief that it’s coming to an end. It’s been incredibly gratifying to read in the comments how much it’s meant to many of you to have this forum; I’m happy to have been a part of bringing it to you. My most heartfelt thanks once again to all of you, to Epicus and the team. Please do continue to come back here and find out what’s happening. Act IV starts now…