History ComicStrip / FunkyWinkerbean

26th Mar '17 3:48:29 PM Angeldeb82
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* CerebusSyndrome: Possibly the biggest example, short of the TropeNamer (and that's debatable).

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* CerebusSyndrome: Possibly the biggest example, short of the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} (and that's debatable).



* TheGrimReaper: Appears in a dream sequence as [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera a man in a suit and tails with a strange white mask on his face]]. ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' parodied this almost a year later, as did ''ComicStrip/MyCage.''

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* TheGrimReaper: Appears in a dream sequence as [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera a man in a suit and tails with a strange white mask on his face]]. ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' parodied this almost a year later, as did ''ComicStrip/MyCage.''



** ''ComicStrip/MyCage'' did a parody of this plotline in late 2009, in which Jeff's son portrays Masky McDeath in a school play based on the (once-) popular newspaper comic "[[LawyerFriendlyCameo Groovy Blinkerlegume.]]" This is likely also a dig at the ''Funky Winkerbean'' musical that was once popular as a high school production, and the then-recent ''Funky Winkerbean'' plot about the school doing a production of ''Wit''.
* HideYourGays: After the principal's speech about no sexual discrimination in the student handbook, he's later seen talking to someone who's very awkwardly hidden by props in the foreground. Speculation is that it's either a known character or the personification of closeted gay teens everywhere (but just the light-skinned ones), but the plot point remains unresolved.

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** ''ComicStrip/MyCage'' did a parody of this plotline in late 2009, in which Jeff's son portrays Masky McDeath in a school play based on the (once-) popular newspaper comic "[[LawyerFriendlyCameo Groovy Blinkerlegume.]]" Blinkerlegume]]". This is likely also a dig at the ''Funky Winkerbean'' musical that was once popular as a high school production, and the then-recent ''Funky Winkerbean'' plot about the school doing a production of ''Wit''.
* HideYourGays: [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]: After the principal's speech about no sexual discrimination in the student handbook, he's later seen talking to someone who's very awkwardly hidden by props in the foreground. Speculation is that it's either a known character or the personification of closeted gay teens everywhere (but just the light-skinned ones), but the plot point remains unresolved.
4th Mar '17 1:58:04 PM nombretomado
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** One of Les' former students (during the post-TimeSkip I era), Pete, went on to become a writer for MarvelComics after the second TimeSkip.

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** One of Les' former students (during the post-TimeSkip I era), Pete, went on to become a writer for MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics after the second TimeSkip.
13th Feb '17 6:34:43 AM Briguy52748
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* AllJustADream:
** Funky's accident storyline from 2010, where he flashes back to 1980 after being involved in a serious car accident and rendered unconscious.
** In 2015, the present-day incarnations of the Westview gang meet up with their teen-aged selves during a class reunion. There, a teenaged Lisa is upset that her adult self is absent from the reunion ... and then learns why, after seeing a table with photographs of classmates who had since died, and a display calling for contributions for breast cancer research and the local chapter in Lisa's name. In the end, the trope kicks in when it is revealed ... that Les, who helped organize the event, had passed out during the reunion (for unexplained reasons) and was having a dream.
13th Feb '17 6:28:31 AM Briguy52748
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* CellPhonesAreUseless: For unknown reasons, Les never bothers to use a cellphone (or ''any'' phone, for that matter) to call home and check and see how his teenage daughter is doing. Nor do people at home call him. This results in bizarre situations like the February 6th, 2011 strip, where for for some reason he's completely shocked that his daughter got injured.

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* CellPhonesAreUseless: CellPhonesAreUseless:
** In 2010, a storyline involving Funky being involved in a car accident (caused by a young woman whose car veers into the path of Funky's car while she was talking on a cellular telephone while driving) sees Funky be knocked unconscious and drift back to the year 1980. During the flashback, Funky is seen in his present-day self, having been involved in an accident where he was forced off the road to avoid a collision; he has his phone with him but is unable to call for help (since cell phones as we know them today were things of the future).
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For unknown reasons, Les never bothers to use a cellphone (or ''any'' phone, for that matter) to call home and check and see how his teenage daughter is doing. Nor do people at home call him. This results in bizarre situations like the February 6th, 2011 strip, where for for some reason he's completely shocked that his daughter got injured.
31st Jul '16 10:39:34 AM nombretomado
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** From time to time, Batiuk will devote an entire Sunday strip to a replica of a Silver Age DCComics cover, usually with a single panel tying it into whatever is going on with the characters' lives. Sometimes he parodies it by inserting his own characters into the cover, but other times the only appearance of Funky cast members is in the tie-in panel.

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** From time to time, Batiuk will devote an entire Sunday strip to a replica of a Silver Age DCComics Creator/DCComics cover, usually with a single panel tying it into whatever is going on with the characters' lives. Sometimes he parodies it by inserting his own characters into the cover, but other times the only appearance of Funky cast members is in the tie-in panel.
31st May '16 2:27:16 AM erforce
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-->--'''[[http://comicsalliance.com/funkywatch-junes-most-depressing-funky-winkerbean-and-crankshaft-strips/ Chris Sims]]'''

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-->--'''[[http://comicsalliance.-->-- '''[[http://comicsalliance.com/funkywatch-junes-most-depressing-funky-winkerbean-and-crankshaft-strips/ Chris Sims]]'''



** This is veering sharply into UnreliableNarrator territory as of February 2011, with Les reminiscing about his grad-student days to an old schoolmate and blatantly re-casting the gag-strip period of his life as a bleak, existential affair where he and his friend would dream of escaping their small-town life and doing Big Things (complete with visuals ''in no way reminiscent'' of ''OnTheWaterfront'''s famous "contender" scene, no less!) Not to mention the visuals reinventing his old dorky young-adult self as looking more like a beat poet.)

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** This is veering sharply into UnreliableNarrator territory as of February 2011, with Les reminiscing about his grad-student days to an old schoolmate and blatantly re-casting the gag-strip period of his life as a bleak, existential affair where he and his friend would dream of escaping their small-town life and doing Big Things (complete with visuals ''in no way reminiscent'' of ''OnTheWaterfront'''s ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'''s famous "contender" scene, no less!) Not to mention the visuals reinventing his old dorky young-adult self as looking more like a beat poet.)
5th Mar '16 10:27:40 PM Mdumas43073
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In 1992 Batiuk, figuring that two decades in high school was long enough, quite deliberately decided to initiate CerebusSyndrome (not that it was called that then): he ran a graduation storyline, and to indicate and hammer in the change of tone, he had the class overachiever commit suicide in the yearbook room after hearing that the position of valedictorian would be chosen by popularity, and after a brief standoff. Then we got Les Moore's valedictorian speech (which is universally considered underwhelming), and then there was a TimeSkip...

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In 1992 Batiuk, 1992, Batiuk -- figuring that two decades in high school was long enough, enough -- quite deliberately decided to initiate CerebusSyndrome (not that it was called that then): he ran a graduation storyline, and to indicate and hammer in the change of tone, he had the class overachiever commit suicide in the yearbook room after hearing that the position of valedictorian would be chosen by popularity, and after a brief standoff. Then we got Les Moore's valedictorian speech (which is universally considered underwhelming), and then there was a TimeSkip...
5th Mar '16 10:27:11 PM Mdumas43073
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In 1992, Batiuk quite deliberately decided to initiate CerebusSyndrome (not that it was called that then): He figured that 17 years in high school was long enough. He ran a graduation storyline, and to indicate and hammer in the change of tone, he had the class overachiever commit suicide in the yearbook room after hearing that the position of valedictorian would be chosen by popularity, and after a brief standoff. Then we got Les Moore's valedictorian speech (which is universally considered underwhelming), and then there was a TimeSkip...

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In 1992, Batiuk 1992 Batiuk, figuring that two decades in high school was long enough, quite deliberately decided to initiate CerebusSyndrome (not that it was called that then): He figured that 17 years in high school was long enough. He he ran a graduation storyline, and to indicate and hammer in the change of tone, he had the class overachiever commit suicide in the yearbook room after hearing that the position of valedictorian would be chosen by popularity, and after a brief standoff. Then we got Les Moore's valedictorian speech (which is universally considered underwhelming), and then there was a TimeSkip...
5th Mar '16 10:23:54 PM Mdumas43073
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A long-running NewspaperComic strip, written and drawn by Tom Batiuk since 1972.



In 1992, Tom Batiuk, the creator of the strip quite deliberately decided to initiate CerebusSyndrome (not that it was called that then): He figured that 17 years in high school was long enough. He ran a graduation storyline, and to indicate and hammer in the change of tone, he had the class overachiever commit suicide in the yearbook room after hearing that the position of valedictorian would be chosen by popularity, and after a brief standoff. Then we got Les Moore's valedictorian speech (which is universally considered underwhelming), and then there was a TimeSkip...

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In 1992, Tom Batiuk, the creator of the strip Batiuk quite deliberately decided to initiate CerebusSyndrome (not that it was called that then): He figured that 17 years in high school was long enough. He ran a graduation storyline, and to indicate and hammer in the change of tone, he had the class overachiever commit suicide in the yearbook room after hearing that the position of valedictorian would be chosen by popularity, and after a brief standoff. Then we got Les Moore's valedictorian speech (which is universally considered underwhelming), and then there was a TimeSkip...
5th Mar '16 10:19:55 PM Mdumas43073
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* ArtEvolution: Batiuk's drawings have gotten less cartoony and more realistic to coincide with the strip's shift in tone.
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