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None of the local papers carry Funky Winkerbean any more ... I haven't seen it in years. But I have to agree that it hasn't been much fun ever since Tom Batiuk move the strip forward in time so all the main characters are middle-aged rather than high schoolers.
What's the 900 number? I want to vote!
That's just depressing. Funky is definitely in a funk. Batiuk needs to get his groove back.
And last year he moved it forward again...for extra depression potential....

ClarkKent_DC said:
None of the local papers carry Funky Winkerbean any more ... I haven't seen it in years. But I have to agree that it hasn't been much fun ever since Tom Batiuk move the strip forward in time so all the main characters are middle-aged rather than high schoolers.
I have never understood what Funky Winkerbean...is. It's never been in any newspaper I've gotten regularly, so I've only read the occasional strip, and I've never been able to make sense of it: not the premise, or the intent (comedy? serial? satire?), or...well, anything, really.
I think it was supposed to be documentary comic...follow a group of people thru life...but somewhere along the line it became a slo-mo tragedy.

Alan M. said:
I have never understood what Funky Winkerbean...is. It's never been in any newspaper I've gotten regularly, so I've only read the occasional strip, and I've never been able to make sense of it: not the premise, or the intent (comedy? serial? satire?), or...well, anything, really.
I don't know if Batiuk is having much fun at all these days. I stopped reading Tank McNamara when it became obvious that it wasn't funny and that he really didn't like sports at all.
I subscribe to the Dallas Morning News Sunday edition. I was recently informed that the Wednesday paper will now be included in my subscription, so I've been following Funky et al on Sundays and Wednesdays. that makes it difficult to keep up with the serial elements, especially on strips such as Funky Winkerbean and Doonsebury. Luckily, collections such as "Tee Time in Berzerkistan" keep me up-to-date with the ongoing narrative of the characters I've been following for so long. But I digress...

Alan, Funky started as a gag-a-day strip set against a high school backdrop, but Batiuk aspired to tell ongoing continuities with deeper meaning and when he jumped the strip ahead it became more serious in tone. I think his intention is for Funky to be more like Gasoline Alley. I would have once counted For Better of for Worse among that ever-decreasing number, but when Lyn Johnston reset the clock I lost interest in the characters. But again, I digress...
Randy Jackson said:
I don't know if Batiuk is having much fun at all these days. I stopped reading Tank McNamara when it became obvious that it wasn't funny and that he really didn't like sports at all.

That is why I quit reading comic strips in general, the not funny part, I don't if every artist dislikes sports as well. The ones in the paper anyways, there are a few online that I really enjoy.
When it was in my local papers, I grew up reading it. It was a strip about teenage life, very much in the Archie mode, featuring Funky and his friends, and the teachers and staff at his high school. I guess creator Tom Batiuk lost interest in those kinds of stories.
I can't hold it against the guy for wanting to tell stories about his own age group, that he can relate to. And as much as I think, ideally, he should make another strip to do that, he'd of course have a much easier time continuing Funky than pitching something all-new to the syndicate, and then to the newspapers. The reality is, if it wasn't Funky, it very likely wouldn't get made.

But nuFunky just makes me sad. Which is okay, I guess. I don't see why there shouldn't be a place for sadness, grief and heartsickness on the comics pages. Strips can tell all sorts of stories, and hopefully Funky speaks to people who are looking for that.

But man... if ever a comic strip has outgrown its goofy title, this is it.

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