History ComicStrip / FunkyWinkerbean

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.
15th Dec '15 10:40:04 AM StFan
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* 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 ''MyCage.''

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* 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 ''MyCage.''ComicStrip/MyCage.''



** ''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''.

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** ''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''.
20th Nov '15 6:48:57 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* {{Crossover}}: Oddly [[http://joshreads.com/?p=23932 one just started ]] with ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.

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* {{Crossover}}: Oddly [[http://joshreads.com/?p=23932 one just started ]] with ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.ComicStrip/DickTracy.
20th Nov '15 2:46:06 PM StFan
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* {{Crossover}}: Oddly [[http://joshreads.com/?p=23932 one just started ]] with DickTracy.

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* {{Crossover}}: Oddly [[http://joshreads.com/?p=23932 one just started ]] with DickTracy.''ComicStrip/DickTracy''.
20th Nov '15 11:50:02 AM StFan
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* SpinOff: Two in ''John Darling'' and ''{{Crankshaft}}''.

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* SpinOff: Two in ''John Darling'' and ''{{Crankshaft}}''.''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}''.



* TakeThatCritics: Batiuk has used this comic and his other strip, ''{{Crankshaft}}'', to dish out some lumps of his own over criticism that the strip was overly dramatic.

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* TakeThatCritics: Batiuk has used this comic and his other strip, ''{{Crankshaft}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'', to dish out some lumps of his own over criticism that the strip was overly dramatic.
20th Nov '15 11:41:09 AM StFan
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** What would be a mild retcon - Jeff from ''{{Crankshaft}}'' being revealed as Jess Darling's maternal uncle in 2013 - turns into this as this reveal was in furtherance of retconning Darrin's conception into outright rape.

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** What would be a mild retcon - -- Jeff from ''{{Crankshaft}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'' being revealed as Jess Darling's maternal uncle in 2013 - -- turns into this as this reveal was in furtherance of retconning Darrin's conception into outright rape.
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