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post #151 of 359
There's been divorce, alcoholism, suicide, land-mine accidents, adoption. All the good stuff.

Whoa, I'm late to the party. Didn't the band teacher go deaf or something?
post #152 of 359
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Yeah, the band teacher has slowly been losing his hearing. Which falls into the "just mean" category.
post #153 of 359
More rape, please!
post #154 of 359
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Funky's Greatest Hits:

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That led to the creation of "Funky Winkerbean" in 1972. Students in his art class helped him come up with the name.

At a young 25 years of age, Batiuk held a viewpoint close to that of his subjects and so could identify with his young readers.

In 1986, he endeavored to capture the struggles of real teenagers to cope with the most sensitive of issues. It was with more than a little trepidation that Batiuk set out to explore the issue of teen pregnancy, a subject never before tackled in comic strips.

I was concerned that perhaps a comic strip wouldn't be considered the proper place for such a topic," he said. Batiuk added, "I finally decided that I shouldn't let fear of controversy keep me from discussing a topic that deserved continued attention." His courage paid off, as the story line received widespread public support, generating more than 60,000 requests for reprints from teens, parents, teachers and community groups all across the country.

In 1987, Batiuk did a story on two students with dyslexia. Batiuk relied on the assistance of the prestigious Gow School for Dyslexia, and managed to bring national attention to the often-misdiagnosed reading impairment.

Batiuk continued to stretch the boundaries of comic strips in 1995, when he created a special series in which Susan Smith, an A-plus student at Westview High, discovers that her love for teacher Les Moore is unrequited. Despondent, Susan attempts suicide. The series generated tons of mail, including this comment from a New Jersey reader: "You did an extraordinary job of leveraging characters and creating a story line so compelling that (while traveling) I'd call ahead to ensure the availability of a newspaper that featured Funky Winkerbean."

The suicide story inspired other news media across the country to address the sensitive subject, offering advice and local resources to help troubled teens and their families.

In 1994, Batiuk addressed the frightening issue of guns in the classroom.

In 1996, Batiuk created a special reality-based series in which one of the strip's characters is critically injured when a bomb explodes at a post office. The timing of the series was particularly poignant, as the nation expressed its collective grief that July over the tragic crash of TWA Flight 800 and the bombing that marred the Olympics in Atlanta.

In 1997, Batiuk read a local newspaper article about the struggle the owners of his favorite Chinese restaurant faced in starting a new life in America, and created a series about racial discrimination.

In 1998, Batiuk confronted the issue of teen-dating abuse in another "Funky" storyline featuring Susan Smith. When she begins dating Matt Miller, "a big man on the high school campus," she is abused physically by him, and she is caught in a cycle of violence and then lying to cover up the violence.

In 1999, Batiuk introduced one of his most definitive series when one of Funky Winkerbean's main characters, Lisa, discovered she had breast cancer...
Did they ever do a rape storyline?
post #155 of 359
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson
I remember when Funky Winkerbean was wacky high school hijinks like Zits is now. Wasn't necessarily better, but it at least wasn't so damn morose.
Well, Zits is actually funny whereas Funky never was.
post #156 of 359
I hope that Les, in his grief, seeks out Susan Smith and rapes her. That would bring this thing full-circle.

Also, from Rath's article:

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Batiuk has created other strips as well. In 1979, he launched into syndication "John Darling," the adventures of a fictional talk-show host featuring celebrity caricatures. Batiuk co-created the strip with Tom Armstrong, who continued to draw the comic until 1985, when artist Gerry Shamray took over. Batiuk literally killed off "John Darling" in 1991, when the talk-show host was shot in the final strip!
post #157 of 359
Shit, at least Darling got to die quick. He didn't drag out his death over years of cancer.
post #158 of 359
I just found this on Wikipedia:

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Probably the strangest school staff member in the strip's early years was its Computer, which developed a mind of its own and became a fan of Star Trek. It even organized Star Trek fan conventions to be held at the school and had a teleporter with which it would "beam" students and teachers around as it wished. In another strip, Mr. Burch was informed that the Computer was playing Star Trek games; when he asked how that was evident, he was told that there were several Klingons now signed up for a Math class.
Is this true? If so, it's quite a leap from doing a strip featuring a wacky, Star Trek-obsessed sentient computer to cancer, teen pregnancy, suicide, etc.
post #159 of 359
Thanks to my daily visits to mainleyurns.com I'd say the box is the urn and it wasn't lost by the airport.





Not that it wouldn't have been 10x funnier if the urn had been lost. Sorry to be a spoilsport.
post #160 of 359
In it's early years there was a character called The Defender who wore a space helmet that completely obscured his head and could communicate with the video games he was playing. In the later years they reintroduced The Defender and he was a SHE! Gasp!
There was also a storyline that exploited Columbine. Two geeky, troubled students tried to burn the school down. Now they write and draw comic strips for the school paper.
As much as I make fun of it, I must admit the trainwreck allure of Funky keeps me reading.
post #161 of 359
Oh, the wacky madcap irony.

post #162 of 359
Not sure if this has been pointed out yet or not, but the character who stepped on a landmine had already lost an arm in a car accident. I wonder if the strip is some sort of voodoo conduit where Batiuk wishes tragedies upon his enemies by harming their cartoon analogues.
post #163 of 359
Relaunch!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Funky_Next_Gen.jpg
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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
On October 21, 2007, Funky Winkerbean will undergo its second "time warp," this time jumping ahead to a point ten years following Lisa's death and aging the cast of characters accordingly; those that were children will now be of high school age, and the original cast will be in their mid-40s. Readers actually got a small "preview" of the new-look feature starting in the October 5 strip, in which a now middle-aged Les talks to an unseen psychologist about events that immediately followed Lisa's passing, which are then depicted in flashback form.

The relaunched Funky, Batiuk claims, "is going to be a different strip, a little bit quieter." He also promises that despite Lisa's death, she will remain a presence in strip through flashbacks, rememberances, and a series of videos she recorded for daughter Summer just before she died.[5] Montoni's will have opened several locations, including in New York City, Summer will have grown into a popular 15-year-old basketball star (in contrast to her geeky father), and Bull's adopted daughter, as well as Becky's daughter Rana, will also be high-school aged. Batiuk explained that he wanted the comic to move so far ahead in order to prevent it from being an extended grieving process, to ensure that the next generation of students he followed were related to the original cast of characters, and that he wanted to bring the ages of his original characters closer to that of his current target audience. After the flash forward, Funky will be 46 years old.[6]
post #164 of 359
It's Crisis on Infinite Comic Strips!!!
post #165 of 359
Vegas has officially closed the betting on "Summer is involved in an eating disorder storyline." Sorry, folks.
post #166 of 359
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Originally Posted by Brad Millette
More rape, please!
It's not rape per se but, soon after discovering his wallet missing, in a chilling yet laugh-through-the-tears look at the correlation of poverty and crime and the inherent inequality of our justice system, the following week's story will see our protagonist making his way through the NYC penal system after getting busted sucking cock for bus fare home.
post #167 of 359
Lisa should appear Family Circus-style as a ghost named Had Cancer.
post #168 of 359
Soooo, the comic will now take place in the future?
post #169 of 359
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Originally Posted by RathBandu
Anyway, I don't know if whoever linked to the "Least I Could Do" strip is a fan of that or not, but I read most of the strip's archives last night and I thought it was pretty good.
I'm on and off with LICD-- it's exhibiting growing pains right now. The current artist (de Souza) has great technique but I think Chad Porter's style fit the strip's sensibility better.

For the record, no comic strips break my heart with more sincerity than Schulz' Peanuts stories from the 60s. 'Joe Shlabotnik Gets Sent To The Minors' is just amazing.
post #170 of 359
Even Curtis is just barely remembering to put a joke in there:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/fun/curtis.asp
post #171 of 359
Curtis corrects his barber.
Curtis tries to get his dad to quit smoking.
Curtis makes fun of the ladies in church.
Curtis likes to eat.
Curtis is black.
post #172 of 359
Curtis isn't funny.
post #173 of 359
Racist. You must be from the South.
post #174 of 359
If funny funnies aren't your bag, just read this every day and you're done in one.
post #175 of 359
Wee Pals is picking up where the Boondocks left off-
post #176 of 359
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Originally Posted by Joe LeFors
Racist. You must be from the South.
See, now, I always thought that Curtis has a weird inclination toward racism (or at least a disinterest in an accurate, if funny, portrayal of urban culture). The blacks and their thumpy hippity-hop and their poor grammar! And the big, fat church ladies! Don't forget the big, fat church ladies!
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post #178 of 359
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Originally Posted by MissZooey
And the big, fat church ladies! Don't forget the big, fat church ladies!
With their hats! How are you supposed to see over such great big hats?
post #179 of 359
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Originally Posted by MissZooey
See, now, I always thought that Curtis has a weird inclination toward racism (or at least a disinterest in an accurate, if funny, portrayal of urban culture). The blacks and their thumpy hippity-hop and their poor grammar! And the big, fat church ladies! Don't forget the big, fat church ladies!
He also wears his hat sideways!

Personally, I'm waiting for a dogfighting arc.
post #180 of 359
If this has turned into the comic page:



Sally Forth is down with what the cool kids listen to!
post #181 of 359
Way to be a ballbuster, Grandma.
post #182 of 359
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Originally Posted by bendrix
Not sure if this has been pointed out yet or not, but the character who stepped on a landmine had already lost an arm in a car accident. I wonder if the strip is some sort of voodoo conduit where Batiuk wishes tragedies upon his enemies by harming their cartoon analogues.
Wally was the one who lost a leg on a landmine. He joined the army after he got into a car accident with Becky. The accident caused Becky to lose an arm. She and Wally are now married, and they adopted an Afghani orphan on some land mine mission.

I think.
post #183 of 359
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Originally Posted by BobClark
Way to be a ballbuster, Grandma.
No shit. "And You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Bread" is a great band name.
post #184 of 359
No, it's not. Nor do I believe that 12-year-old girls listen to Trail of Dead no matter how "punk rock" the one girl's hair might be.
post #185 of 359
Way to be a ballbuster, MissZ.
post #186 of 359
That's me. Sucking the fun out of everything since 1979.
post #187 of 359
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Originally Posted by MissZooey
No, it's not. Nor do I believe that 12-year-old girls listen to Trail of Dead no matter how "punk rock" the one girl's hair might be.
http://cms.pitchforkmedia.com/images...yforthfood.jpg

Zooey, it's not her hair that makes her punk, it's her PAIN.
post #188 of 359
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Originally Posted by BobClark
Wee Pals is picking up where the Boondocks left off-

What the hell is going on in that second panel? Or is Wee Pals subject to random action panels?
post #189 of 359
They are being chased by the cartoonist's signature.
post #190 of 359
This is the best thread in ages.



After the old god has been assassinated, I am ready to rule the world
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post #191 of 359
funky

adjective
1. offensively malodorous; "a foul odor"; "the kitchen smelled really funky" [syn: fetid]


Not the first definition to come up, but that's pretty accurate.
post #192 of 359
Jesus Christ! Wee Pals is still around??
post #193 of 359
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Originally Posted by Ryan S~
What the hell is going on in that second panel? Or is Wee Pals subject to random action panels?
I sincerely thought he was violently chasing down the kid for refusing to answer questions about Obama.

That would've made the strip a lot better.
post #194 of 359
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Originally Posted by Soul Ahn Ice
What else happened? Child molestation? Suicide? Euthanasia? One of the characters became homeless?
I have fifty dollars riding on the probability that Funky Winkerbean's pending "flash-forward" will put us in a world where three-quarters of the population was felled by Ebola.

In the strip's new setting, the survivors live in airtight bubble cities, sealed away from the Death Zone outside. Every now and then, though, one of the central characters gets a random whiff of leftover virus, and spends a week of strips shitting out a semi-vital organ in a straining, groaning spray of blood and lymph.

After a couple of years of this, Batiuk will get bored again, and the plot will shift: the Ebola incidents will suddenly cease, suggesting either that the virus has become dormant or everyone who's left has acquired immunity, and the world will brighten with hope and possibility. In the light of the new optimism, couples will find each other, and love will flourish, and everyone will look to each dawn with growing anticipation.

At least, until the incipient baby boom is interrupted on one single horrific day, when the gestating fetuses simultaneously claw their way out of their mothers' wombs and feast on the testicles of their fathers.

The strip will then flash forward again, and we will be in a world populated primarily by cockroaches.

Really depressed cockroaches.

I'm sure of it. You watch.
post #195 of 359
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post #196 of 359
I like how he conveniently wandered into a part of town with barbed wire fences and the Sunshine hotel. Who called "sucking cock for bus fare home?" Whoever it was, you sir, are a prophet.
post #197 of 359
Les is like the Urkel of Funky Winkerbean. He's taken over the whole comic.
post #198 of 359
So wait, he just wandered the streets of New York and forgot he was supposed to go home?
post #199 of 359
Yeah, I just high-fived myself. Nice one, Cassandra.
post #200 of 359
I love that he's so distraught that he completely forgot he had a daughter.
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