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(USA Today)   "Funky Winkerbean" takes a break from cancer and soul-crushing depression to send a couple of boys to the prom together   (usatoday.com) divider line 45
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2012-05-01 12:43:27 AM  
Tony Perkins is not going to like this. Not. One. Bit.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-05-01 12:45:48 AM  
And the Christian Taliban will be outraged in 3...2...1....
 
2012-05-01 12:53:04 AM  
David Willis, creator of 'Shortpacked!' often mocks Funky Winkerbean with satire strips. I have to say him and joshreads led me to disgust newspaper comics. Though Doonesbury is still good.

Funky Winkerbean has laid off controversial issues for a while. Still I prefer Zits since it doesn't focus on these hot topic issues.
 
2012-05-01 12:58:42 AM  
I vaguely remember when Funky Winkerbean used to be kind of clever.

I remember some strips about Cindy Summers senior pics, but we're talking like 20 years ago.
 
2012-05-01 01:08:21 AM  
5 gets you 10 that this arc of Funky Winkerbean ends with one of the kids getting curb-stomped to death.

There is no joy in the Funky Winkerverse. Only PAIN.
 
2012-05-01 01:12:00 AM  
While the Medina, Ohio, native make his viewpoint clear, he does show both sides of the argument. "I didn't want to demonize anybody

Ah, the NPR/CNN method of "balance". It's unfair to the side that's ethically and factually incorrect to to call them on it.
 
2012-05-01 01:19:56 AM  
Holy crap, Funky Winkerbean still exists?
 
2012-05-01 01:28:35 AM  
I sure Batiuk will find a way to muck this up somehow. Reading his strips is like watching a box of puppies die of rabies.
 
2012-05-01 01:40:05 AM  
Funky? Isn't that a 70's thing? Like Go for it, or Keep on truckin'?
 
2012-05-01 01:45:26 AM  

katerbug72: Holy crap, Funky Winkerbean still exists?


Holy crap, print newspapers still exist?
 
2012-05-01 02:09:34 AM  
I don't read my local paper very often, but when I do, Funky Winkerbean is nearly always in a state of enhanced melancholy.
 
2012-05-01 02:31:56 AM  

MBK: And the Christian Taliban will be outraged in 3...2...1....


Kowtowing to the Liberal Taliban in 3....2....oh wait...already been done.
 
2012-05-01 02:42:31 AM  
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2012-05-01 02:47:26 AM  
Don't worry. They'll probably get hit by a bus. Or one of them will wind up getting mugged. That comic strip can't spend more than a week without something depressing happening.
 
2012-05-01 03:18:46 AM  

MBK: And the Christian Taliban will be outraged in 3...2...1....


Can't seem to remember Christians rioting and threatening people when a cartoonist drew something they didn't like.

/if THIS is obscure you need to DIAF
 
2012-05-01 04:10:39 AM  
Kaybeck: 500 gets you 10 that this arc of Funky Winkerbean ends with one of the kids getting curb-stomped to death.

There is no joy in the Funky Winkerverse. Only PAIN.


FTFY
 
2012-05-01 04:39:02 AM  
Strongbeerrules: Funky? Isn't that a 70's thing? Like Go for it, or Keep on truckin'?

Yup. That's why it's so depressed/ing: it just wants to be over, but they just won't let it.
 
2012-05-01 06:04:38 AM  

Trackball: MBK: And the Christian Taliban will be outraged in 3...2...1....

Kowtowing to the Liberal Taliban in 3....2....oh wait...already been done.


peterthx: MBK: And the Christian Taliban will be outraged in 3...2...1....

Can't seem to remember Christians rioting and threatening people when a cartoonist drew something they didn't like.

/if THIS is obscure you need to DIAF


Large quantities of sand detected in rightwing vaginas.
Cry, little biatches, cry.
 
2012-05-01 06:40:35 AM  
"There's still a certain audience out there that prizes the definition of comics - they're only supposed to be funny, which is wrong, of course," Batiuk explains.

ahhh, that explains why it's some completely un-funny crap, then. Carry on.
 
2012-05-01 07:57:59 AM  

peterthx: Can't seem to remember Christians rioting and threatening people when a cartoonist drew something they didn't like.


To be fair, in much of the western world, and especially the United States, the Christianists have a stranglehold on the reins of government. They don't need to riot or threaten- they just get laws passed that forbid speaking the word "homosexual" in schools and deny women access to birth control and protect their right to abuse their peers over sexual behavior.
 
2012-05-01 08:07:14 AM  
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Mary Worth not sure if she approves....
 
2012-05-01 08:17:40 AM  

TV's Vinnie: I sure Batiuk will find a way to muck this up somehow. Reading his strips is like watching a box of puppies die of rabies cancer.


FTFY
 
2012-05-01 08:28:25 AM  
I just remember Les as the high school hall monitor, sitting at the classroom desk mounted with the machine gun.

We actually did a mock-up of that for the yearbook staff (fired suction-cup darts!).

when "Funky Winkerbean" quit being funny, I stopped reading it
 
2012-05-01 08:43:18 AM  
Stinky Wizzleteats?
 
2012-05-01 08:52:15 AM  
It's Funky Winkerbean. One of the kids will announce at prom that he's HIV positive and will be dead before the next school year.
 
2012-05-01 09:32:13 AM  
I don't always read Funky Winkerbean, but when I do, I read it at The Comics Curmudgeon
 
2012-05-01 09:39:59 AM  
Bloom County
Far Side
Calvin and Hobbes

What happened, comics? You use to be cool.
 
2012-05-01 09:49:14 AM  
 
2012-05-01 09:49:45 AM  
Didn't For Better or Worse do a similar story line 10-plus years ago sparking much Christian butthurt?
 
2012-05-01 09:56:01 AM  
lambiek.net

Wow, I had no idea it had changed so much. This is how I remember Funky Winkerbean.
 
2012-05-01 10:50:43 AM  
Comic strip... I thought Funky Winkerbean did the Happy happy joy joy song.
 
2012-05-01 11:36:17 AM  
Why is this even an issue? A couple of gay guys went to the high school prom in my town 25 years ago. Given one of them was a flamboyant instigator playing the Priscilla Queen of the desert stereotype to the hilt, they were received with a great big "meh".

They were actually pretty disappointed no one cared. We figured they were just confident in their personalities a little earlier than most of us who figure all that out while in college.

Am I showing my age--has the world really gone from "who gives a crap" to BURN THEM!"?
 
2012-05-01 11:46:36 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: While the Medina, Ohio, native make his viewpoint clear, he does show both sides of the argument. "I didn't want to demonize anybody

Ah, the NPR/CNN method of "balance". It's unfair to the side that's ethically and factually incorrect to to call them on it.


Glad I wasn't the only one who caught that. I see no point in pretending like there are two sides to the issue of bigotry.
 
2012-05-01 11:51:59 AM  

Funk Brothers: David Willis, creator of 'Shortpacked!' often mocks Funky Winkerbean with satire strips. I have to say him and joshreads led me to disgust newspaper comics. Though Doonesbury is still good.

Funky Winkerbean has laid off controversial issues for a while. Still I prefer Zits since it doesn't focus on these hot topic issues.


At the same time I never would have known about Pearls Before Swine if not for joshreads (The Comic Curmudgeon.) So while he may have changed how I view bad comics he also introduced me to my favorite one.
 
2012-05-01 12:10:28 PM  

katerbug72: Wow, I had no idea it had changed so much. This is how I remember Funky Winkerbean.


Back in the mid-90s, Batiuk aged all the characters so that they were now set in their careers. Shortly thereafter it turned into Funky Cancercancer. Batiuk decided that since the characters weren't in high school any more, they should deal with life's problems.

All of life's problems.

All at once.

All the time.

Then, a few years ago, he did it again, advancing them into middle age. And Funky is an alcoholic. And Les is a perpetually-grieving widower. And so on, and so on, and so on.

It's one thing to have a dramatic story arc from time to time if you think a point has to be made. It's another thing entirely to have your characters know nothing but sorrow and pain for decades on end. Batiuk seems to have forgotten that, sometimes, personal tragedies actually turn out OK.
 
2012-05-01 12:15:37 PM  

BKITU: It's one thing to have a dramatic story arc from time to time if you think a point has to be made. It's another thing entirely to have your characters know nothing but sorrow and pain for decades on end


But that's the funny part!
 
2012-05-01 12:17:03 PM  
I always suspected that "Funky Winkerbean" was a euphemism. Now we know.
 
2012-05-01 12:31:23 PM  

BKITU: katerbug72: Wow, I had no idea it had changed so much. This is how I remember Funky Winkerbean.

Back in the mid-90s, Batiuk aged all the characters so that they were now set in their careers. Shortly thereafter it turned into Funky Cancercancer. Batiuk decided that since the characters weren't in high school any more, they should deal with life's problems.

All of life's problems.

All at once.

All the time.

Then, a few years ago, he did it again, advancing them into middle age. And Funky is an alcoholic. And Les is a perpetually-grieving widower. And so on, and so on, and so on.

It's one thing to have a dramatic story arc from time to time if you think a point has to be made. It's another thing entirely to have your characters know nothing but sorrow and pain for decades on end. Batiuk seems to have forgotten that, sometimes, personal tragedies actually turn out OK.


Well that's depressing. Should we call them The Depressing Pages now? That's worse than when For Better or Worse killed off Farley.
 
2012-05-01 02:21:24 PM  

Confabulat: BKITU: It's one thing to have a dramatic story arc from time to time if you think a point has to be made. It's another thing entirely to have your characters know nothing but sorrow and pain for decades on end

But that's the funny part!


makes me laugh!
 
2012-05-01 07:20:14 PM  

Jake Leg: Didn't For Better or Worse do a similar story line 10-plus years ago sparking much Christian butthurt?


I think it's been more like 20 years ago now. It seems like I remember being in elementary or middle school when they did that storyline. I think it was that Michael's friend came out.
 
2012-05-01 07:24:22 PM  

rynthetyn: Jake Leg: Didn't For Better or Worse do a similar story line 10-plus years ago sparking much Christian butthurt?

I think it's been more like 20 years ago now. It seems like I remember being in elementary or middle school when they did that storyline. I think it was that Michael's friend came out.


I should have checked wikipedia before I posted, that story was in 1993, so it was almost 20 years ago now.
 
2012-05-01 10:26:28 PM  

rynthetyn: rynthetyn: Jake Leg: Didn't For Better or Worse do a similar story line 10-plus years ago sparking much Christian butthurt?

I think it's been more like 20 years ago now. It seems like I remember being in elementary or middle school when they did that storyline. I think it was that Michael's friend came out.

I should have checked wikipedia before I posted, that story was in 1993, so it was almost 20 years ago now.


Damn, I am old. Still getting over Farley's death.
 
2012-05-02 03:06:12 PM  

BKITU: It's one thing to have a dramatic story arc from time to time if you think a point has to be made. It's another thing entirely to have your characters know nothing but sorrow and pain for decades on end. Batiuk seems to have forgotten that, sometimes, personal tragedies actually turn out OK.


But that's what makes it HIGH LITERATURE! Suffering and pain and no one ever really winds up happy and all is tragedy! That makes it REALISTIC!

/No, wait, that was my high school reading list, now that I think of it.
//I think the constant litany of depressing stories in high school kinda turned me off to books/movies with downer endings. Bittersweet is fine, "Almost everyone died and no one was happy" is not.
 
2012-05-02 06:24:41 PM  

katerbug72: [lambiek.net image 450x280]

Wow, I had no idea it had changed so much. This is how I remember Funky Winkerbean.


Relevant review of early Funky Winkerbean strip collection in today's A.V. Club.
 
2012-05-02 10:46:12 PM  

BKITU: katerbug72: Wow, I had no idea it had changed so much. This is how I remember Funky Winkerbean.

Back in the mid-90s, Batiuk aged all the characters so that they were now set in their careers. Shortly thereafter it turned into Funky Cancercancer. Batiuk decided that since the characters weren't in high school any more, they should deal with life's problems.

All of life's problems.

All at once.

All the time.

Then, a few years ago, he did it again, advancing them into middle age. And Funky is an alcoholic. And Les is a perpetually-grieving widower. And so on, and so on, and so on.

It's one thing to have a dramatic story arc from time to time if you think a point has to be made. It's another thing entirely to have your characters know nothing but sorrow and pain for decades on end. Batiuk seems to have forgotten that, sometimes, personal tragedies actually turn out OK.


So it's like reading Spider-man?
 
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