A couple more strips about Funky being fat and old; Becky presides over the winter band banquet.
Komix Korner hijinks and a couple Funky/Holly throwaway gags; Sunday with Mr. Kablichnick.
Funky goes to the eye doctor and is scheduled for cataract surgery.
Becky, Dinkle, and for some reason, the band students, attend the Ohio Music Education Association conference.
January 31-February 14
Funky goes into the hospital for his cataract procedure.
Dinkle substitute teaches Mrs. Howard’s band class.
Funky and Holly have their kitchen and bathroom remodeled.
Les does yet another book signing.
Jess overhears a conversation between Darin and Pete that makes her suspect her husband is cheating on her.
March 16-April 4
Harry Dinkle answers a newspaper classified ad for a church organist at Centreville’s St. Spires.
“World Famous Cartoonist” Batton Thomas visits Komix Korner.
The ladies of St. Spires turn to Harry Dinkle for fundraising advice; he sends them door to door selling candy.
April 19-May 2
Funky, at an AA meeting, describes his experiences during “the pandemic,” and regales the room with a story about a treadmill mishap.
Dinkle meets “Bingo,” the St. Spires choir loft cat. When the door to door candy sales fundraiser turns out to be “a flop,” one of the choir ladies posts a video featuring Bingo to a crowdfunding site, and it instantly raises a huge amount of money.
Funky’s kitchen and bathroom “reno” is finally completed.
Mindy listens to more tales of Ruby’s days as a woman working in the mostly male golden/silver age of comics, and shares with Ruby that she’s been harrassed too, only online.
May 31-June 6
Another comic book relic, “Flash” Freeman, hangs around the Atomik Komix office. Mindy persuades Pete to have Flash and Ruby honored at Comic-Con.
Harry Dinkle plans on march as one of 300 band directors in the Tournament of Roses parade, and sells band candy door to door to cover travel expenses for himself and Harriet.
Funky monopolizes another AA meeting moaning about the effect of the pandemic on his restaurant business.
Batton Thomas stops by Komix Korner to regale Dead Skunk Head John with stories about the days when comic books cost a dime.
June 28-August 1
The Atomik Komix “bullpen” flies to San Diego for Comic-Con, where Flash and Ruby are to be inducted into their Hall of Fame. During their panel, Flash is heckled by a mysterious, cigar smoking midget in a Darth Vader helmet. This heckler turns out to be Flash’s old Batom Comics partner Phil Holt, who faked his own demise several years earlier so he could “work without being bothered.” Everyone is invited to Phil’s studio, where he reveals he’s been working on “The Subterranean,” the project which led to the pair’s falling out decades ago.
Les and Cayla jet to Hollywood for the Lisa’s Story wrap party. Mason previews the movie trailer for them, and Les is moved to a single tear. The “party” takes place on the movie set, where Cliff and Vera are among the guests. Everyone takes turns lathering Les’ luminous ass. Marianne tells Les that during filming, she discovered a lump in her breast, and credits Lisa’s Story and Les with raising her awareness and encouraging her to seek treatment. On the flight back home, Les looks wistfully out the plane window at the Hollywood sign.
August 30-September 5
The first day of school triggers Les’ anxiety. He talks with students and fellow staff about the changes brought by “the coronavirus.”
“Flash” Freeman and the Phil “The Undead” Holt share the outline a new superhero team called The Elemental Force. Sunday comic book cover: Doctor Atmos.
September 13-October 17
Holly and her mother Melinda look at old photos and reminisce about Holly’s majorette days. The two decide to organize a performance of the band alumni at the homecoming. Melinda browbeats her daughter as Holly practices her baton routine. Naturally, it’s pouring rain for the event, and Holly slips on the wet turf, breaking her leg. Funky cares for his injured spouse at home.
Les is philosophical about Lisa’s Story’s terrible box office performance.
October 25-November 1
The Pizza Monster returns to Montoni’s via helicopter.
Holly’s convalescence continues.
The pastor of St. Spires approaches Dinkle to arrange a “New Orleans style” funeral. Dinkle enlists the choir as well as the Bedside Manor orchestra.
The Dinkles celebrate Thanksgiving at home with daughter Halle and like two dozen other people.
November 29-December 5
The Atomik Komix crew bring forth the final Elementals Force member, the Oceanaire.
Pete and Mindy, with Skyler in tow, are confronted by a harsh komix kritik at the Komix Korner. Skyler thinks Crazy Harry in a Santa hat is Santa Claus.
Funky and Holly arrive to pick up Morton for Christmas dinner, and learn that he and the Bedside Manorisms are “playing a gig” with the St. Spires Church choir.
December 26-January 8
Dinkle travels to Pasadena to march in the Rose Parade with a band consisting of fellow band directors.