How Angry Should You Be About the _Crankshaft_ and _Funky Winkerbean_ Stories Not Being Done YET?


I’m not sure if I’m more angry or exhausted by both of Tom Batiuk’s comic strips. In Funky Winkerbean we’re entering the 412th week of a story where Holly Budd Winkerbean tried to do her old flaming-baton-trick at homecoming, only to get injured. Unlike in the classic wacky days of the comic strip, where she’d get set on fire, this time she slipped on the rain-slicked grass. So she’s being treated for all the fun injuries you get when you fall and are 300 years old. That thing where it turns out if you did slapstick in reality it would hurt. Great revelation there.

Meanwhile in Crankshaft a reporter we’ve seen, like, once before is asking the vulture capitalist firm that took over his paper sold off all the assets while laying off all the employees, leaving behind something unable to function. This story of a reporter unaware of what vulture capitalist firms are for is being treated like it’s this era-defining story in which the thing we’ve all known is wrong finally gets a name and a face.

I try and read the comic strips I like, and stop reading the ones I don’t. And I just don’t know how these stories are still going on. I’m having a hard enough time. If they want to do stories I don’t like they can at least get done faster, so we have more of them.

Anyway so, without knowing anything specific about you, I recommend being angry at some level between 4.75 and 5.45. I’d like to think either story will be finished soon. But the ending of any Funky Winkerbean opens a chance for a Les Moore story to start.

In short, harrumph.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

3 thoughts on “How Angry Should You Be About the _Crankshaft_ and _Funky Winkerbean_ Stories Not Being Done YET?”

  1. Well TB took months/ years to get us to hate Les Moore and Ed Crankshaft, so I guess his ability to make us hate Skippy in just a matter of weeks shows an increase in writing skills(?)

    By the way, you didn’t get a harrumph from that guy. (Mel Brooks reference)

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    1. Oh, I am just amazed that Tom Batiuk has me not just accepting of the idea of getting a new Les Moore story, but also kind of rooting for the vulture capitalist company shown destroying the Crankshaft Daily Times.

      I guess Batiuk did get around to justifying why Crankshaft and Skippy drove to another town to get a pizza, if they were going to be paying for it with a sock of pennies. I wouldn’t want to pull that stunt on any restaurant staff I was ever going to let handle my food ever again. It’s a wonder they stayed in the same time zone.

      And, good Mel Brooks reference, too.

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