Where did _Baby Blues_ go? How can I express my anger at _Funky Winkerbean_?

And, heck, here’s a couple small comic strip bits of news. The first is that Jerry Scott and Rick Kirkman’s very popular longrunning comic strip Baby Blues changed syndicates this week. As the Daily Cartoonist reports, they moved from King Features Syndicate over to Andrews McMeel Syndication. The actual change happens the 1st of February.

The part that affect readers is that since the strip is leaving King Features, it has already left Comics Kingdom. And, as is Comics Kingdom’s way, they’ve removed the strip from their web site. GoComics has put Baby Blues up here, with strips starting from this Wednesday the 12th already in place. Jerry Scott said, on Daily Cartoonist, that they are working to get their archive of strips on GoComics. I don’t have information whether that means going back to the comic’s start in 1990, or “only” strips going back to when Comics Kingdom (and before that DailyInk) got organized.

And if you’re like me, you’ve been angry at Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean this past year, but can’t remember what specifically for. Oh, yeah, it was Les Moore. The Son of Stuck Funky snark blog is having its first Funky Awards, with voting through to the 16th of January. You can cast you Google Forms vote here. Among the many categories are Best Strip, Worst Strip, Story Arc of the Year, Standout Unnamed Character, and Most Punchable Les Moore. That last is a prank, of course, since every Les Moore is more punchable than every Les Moore before.

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 “Where did _Baby Blues_ go? How can I express my anger at _Funky Winkerbean_?”

  1. I forgot all about Winkerbean. And…..I just forgot about him again. I do feel like Crankshaft has become less of a jerk and more of Mr Malaprop, which is a humor stream I appreciate. My dad would have liked him now (always complained about the complaining old man, which is a real old man thing to complain about)


    1. I would agree Crankshaft’s been becoming a gentler character, and more of a source of malapropisms than anything too biting or malicious. I’m not sure how much of this is that being the center of a long-running comic strip forces you to make the character gentler and more likable. It may be a conscious choice to be a gentler comic given the roughness of the times.

      I’m also a little surprised there isn’t a dedicated snark blog for Crankshaft. Son of Stuck Funky often mentions the other strip, though usually in relation to commenters talking about how they don’t understand the time gap between that strip and Funky Winkerbean, rather than about the particular merits or problems of the strip itself. There’s a similar partial attention paid by the Comics Curmudgeon bunch.


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