History ComicStrip / FunkyWinkerbean

1st Oct '17 12:14:35 PM XenMon2
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* TheLastDJ: Les Moore is apparently the only person in the entire world who does anything for the sake of artistic expression. Everybody else is twaddle created by money-grubbing weasels. Taken to absurd lengths in the ''Lust For Lisa'' storyline, where Les's film script is rejected for being "a beautiful work of art." Really.
20th Sep '17 1:44:41 AM Anddrix
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->''"This month, Batiuk took to the page to chronicle a few things that, if you werenít familiar with how this strip actually worked, would seem to be a few of lifeís happier moments: Thereís a marriage for Wally and Rachel, a trip out west for Les to work on the movie based on his most successful book [...] If, however you are familiar with how this strip works, then youíll know that this is all pretty much just setup for misery, hatred, and '''''the actual wrath of God Himself'''''. In other words, itís business as usual in Westview."''
-->-- '''[[http://comicsalliance.com/funkywatch-junes-most-depressing-funky-winkerbean-and-crankshaft-strips/ Chris Sims]]'''

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->''"This month, Batiuk took to the page to chronicle a few things that, if you werenít familiar with how this strip actually worked, would seem to be a few of lifeís happier moments: Thereís a marriage for Wally and Rachel, a trip out west for Les to work on the movie based on his most successful book [...] If, however you are familiar with how this strip works, then youíll know that this is all pretty much just setup for misery, hatred, and '''''the actual wrath of God Himself'''''. In other words, itís business as usual in Westview."''
-->-- '''[[http://comicsalliance.com/funkywatch-junes-most-depressing-funky-winkerbean-and-crankshaft-strips/ Chris Sims]]'''
19th Sep '17 8:22:21 PM Angeldeb82
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** Likely as a result of the above, this has now become the norm in Act III. Plots tend to have very long, drawn out introductions and are then just abruptly dropped. The [[ShowWithinAShow Starbuck Jones movie arc]], for example, has ''years'' of build-up, but as soon as it reaches the premiere it (and its twenty or so subplots) are immediately forgotten and buried.

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** Likely as a result of the above, this has now become the norm in Act III. Plots tend to have very long, drawn out introductions and are then just abruptly dropped. The [[ShowWithinAShow Starbuck Jones movie arc]], for example, has ''years'' of build-up, but as soon as it reaches the premiere it (and its twenty or so subplots) are is immediately forgotten and buried.
18th Sep '17 4:57:47 AM XenMon2
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** Batiuk has acknowledged that Lisa's story had a major one. Rather than follow the effects her death had on her friends and family, it's promptly dropped in the form of a ten-year TimeSkip. This abandoned a potential gold mine of material, and foreclosed on the opportunity to flesh out the supporting cast who now had to carry the strip themselves.

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** Batiuk has The Lisa's Story one was a particularly tragic example (as acknowledged that Lisa's story had a major one. by Batiuk himself). Rather than follow the story through to its end and explore the effects her death had on her friends and family, it's promptly dropped in the form of a ten-year TimeSkip. This abandoned a potential gold mine of material, and foreclosed on the opportunity to flesh out the supporting cast who now had to carry the strip themselves.



** The most severe example is the "Lisa's death" arc itself.
15th Sep '17 3:33:46 PM mlsmithca
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* AbortedArc: Batiuk has acknowledged that Lisa's story had a major one. Rather than follow the effects her death had on her friends and family, it's promptly dropped in the form of a ten-year TimeSkip. This abandoned a potential gold mine of material, and foreclosed on the opportunity to flesh out the supporting cast who now had to carry the strip themselves.

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* AbortedArc: AbortedArc:
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Batiuk has acknowledged that Lisa's story had a major one. Rather than follow the effects her death had on her friends and family, it's promptly dropped in the form of a ten-year TimeSkip. This abandoned a potential gold mine of material, and foreclosed on the opportunity to flesh out the supporting cast who now had to carry the strip themselves.



** The most severe example is the "Lisa's death" arc itself. Lisa

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** The most severe example is the "Lisa's death" arc itself. Lisa



* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Pretty much ''everything'' relating to the storyline with Wally is a slap in the face to anyone who has even a smidgen of knowledge of the military, [=POWs=], and basic procedures for declaring a soldier killed in action (hint: they tend to involve ''identifying the body'' and not grabbing random corpses without even the most basic of forensics testing)
** This may have been inspired by the controversy some years back over the deliberate misidentification of skeletal remains recovered in Southeast Asia. (A forensic scientist claimed that he had positively identified fragmented skeletal remains from a crashed bomber when in reality it was impossible to tell whether the specific remains sent to each family were actually from their loved one, from one of his comrades, or even from an animal.)

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Pretty much ''everything'' relating to the storyline with Wally is a slap in the face to anyone who has even a smidgen of knowledge of the military, [=POWs=], and basic procedures for declaring a soldier killed in action (hint: they tend to involve ''identifying the body'' and not grabbing random corpses without even the most basic of forensics testing)
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testing) This may have been inspired by the controversy some years back over the deliberate misidentification of skeletal remains recovered in Southeast Asia. (A forensic scientist claimed that he had positively identified fragmented skeletal remains from a crashed bomber when in reality it was impossible to tell whether the specific remains sent to each family were actually from their loved one, from one of his comrades, or even from an animal.)



* TheChewToy: Lisa never could catch a break. Even Batiuk admitted in an interview during the second cancer storyline that he didn't quite understand why she was always getting so much drama.

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* TheChewToy: TheChewToy:
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Lisa never could catch a break. Even Batiuk admitted in an interview during the second cancer storyline that he didn't quite understand why she was always getting so much drama.



* ComicBookTime: started off this way, then went to real-time progression (or maybe slowed-down time progression) after the first TimeSkip, then... well, it's hard to tell now. Both time skips seemed to take the strip from the present day to... still the present day but with everyone being older.
** In the original timeline, the characters were ca. 15 years old in 1972, which presupposes a birth year of roughly 1957. The first timeshift had them graduate in 1988, implying that they were born in 1970. The third timeshift has them at roughly 46 years of age in 2010, giving them a birth date of about 1964.
* CrapsackWorld: And the characters clearly are aware of it. Hell, Funky even described life as a curse.
** Les appears to be the most aware, and at all times seems to be merely waiting his turn, if only to be with Lisa again. A 2012 strip had him openly admit to not wanting to appear too happy lest the universe conspire against him.
* {{Crossover}}: Oddly [[http://joshreads.com/?p=23932 one just started ]] with ComicStrip/DickTracy.
* DeusAngstMachina: ''Especially'' the cancer plots, but pretty much ''everyone'' has had a pile-up of horrible events.
** Poor Les, what the heck is he going to do with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro? (the critics admit that it is a rather daunting "vacation") He'd rather just go to Disney World.

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* ComicBookTime: started Started off this way, then went to real-time progression (or maybe slowed-down time progression) after the first TimeSkip, then... well, it's hard to tell now. Both time skips seemed to take the strip from the present day to... still the present day but with everyone being older.
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older. In the original timeline, the characters were ca. 15 years old in 1972, which presupposes a birth year of roughly 1957. The first timeshift had them graduate in 1988, implying that they were born in 1970. The third timeshift has them at roughly 46 years of age in 2010, giving them a birth date of about 1964.
* CrapsackWorld: And the characters clearly are aware of it. Hell, Funky even described life as a curse.
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curse. Les appears to be the most aware, and at all times seems to be merely waiting his turn, if only to be with Lisa again. A 2012 strip had him openly admit to not wanting to appear too happy lest the universe conspire against him.
* {{Crossover}}: Oddly [[http://joshreads.com/?p=23932 one just started ]] with ComicStrip/DickTracy.
With]] ComicStrip/DickTracy in 2015.
* DeusAngstMachina: ''Especially'' the cancer plots, but pretty much ''everyone'' has had a pile-up of horrible events. \n** Poor Les, what the heck is he going to do with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro? (the (The critics admit that it is a rather daunting "vacation") "vacation".) He'd rather just go to Disney World.



* DiabolusExMachina: Ever since the first time skip. One of the worst being Wally being declared AWOL because his discharge papers were filed ''one day too early'' (and not by him), and sent back for an entire year of active duty in Iraq. Did we mention that this is also how he ended up missing for ten years and declared KIA, thus spending years in captivity and returning home to his wife having remarried and his son never knowing his face? Oh, and developing ''serious'' PTSD that prevents him from going out in public and holding steady work? Yes, this is a typical life for a Funky Winkerbean cast member.
** For just one example, one week in 2009 covered an entire miserable day for the middle-aged Funky. This started with him facing laying off employees, progressed to his wife getting involved in a car wreck, to his father falling and breaking his hip, to him picking up his son from detention, and ending with the revelation that ''all this happened on his birthday''. Oh, and while at the hospital, listening to the TV blare on about the horrible economy, Funky gets an e-mail warning him of elevated PSA levels - meaning he's also looking at the threat of prostate cancer. About halfway through the day, he even got upset at ''God'' for his string of failure. Regular readers simply wondered why more characters don't curse out [[RageAgainstTheAuthor the malevolent deity]] that controls their universe..
* DrowningMySorrows: An entire week in late 2009 depicted Wally doing this as a response to the complete implosion of his entire life. It ended with him talking to his adopted daughter ''while hiding a gun behind his back''.

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* DiabolusExMachina: Ever since the first time skip. One of the worst being Wally being declared AWOL because his discharge papers were filed ''one day too early'' (and not by him), and sent back for an entire year of active duty in Iraq. Did we mention that this is also how he ended up missing for ten years and declared KIA, thus spending years in captivity and returning home to his wife having remarried and his son never knowing his face? Oh, and developing ''serious'' PTSD that prevents him from going out in public and holding steady work? Yes, this is a typical life for a Funky Winkerbean cast member.
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member. For just one example, one week in 2009 covered an entire miserable day for the middle-aged Funky. This started with him facing laying off employees, progressed to his wife getting involved in a car wreck, to his father falling and breaking his hip, to him picking up his son from detention, and ending with the revelation that ''all this happened on his birthday''. Oh, and while at the hospital, listening to the TV blare on about the horrible economy, Funky gets an e-mail warning him of elevated PSA levels - meaning he's also looking at the threat of prostate cancer. About halfway through the day, he even got upset at ''God'' for his string of failure. Regular readers simply wondered why more characters don't curse out [[RageAgainstTheAuthor the malevolent deity]] that controls their universe..
* DrowningMySorrows: DrowningMySorrows:
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An entire week in late 2009 depicted Wally doing this as a response to the complete implosion of his entire life. It ended with him talking to his adopted daughter ''while hiding a gun behind his back''.



* TheGrimReaper: Appears in a dream sequence as [[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.''
** Lisa as well, or at least her memory, seems to haunt Les. (As of the December 2010 strips, this seems to have become literal. Though, knowing Batiuk, this could turn out to be the beginning of Les' actual mental breakdown instead of the year's second ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' ripoff.)
*** Given the real phone call and the aircraft mechanics' discussion about it, it doesn't seem to be all in his head.

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* TheGrimReaper: TheGrimReaper:
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Appears in a dream sequence as [[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.''
** Lisa as well, or at least her memory, seems to haunt Les. (As of the December 2010 strips, this seems to have become literal. Though, knowing Batiuk, this could turn out to be the beginning of Les' actual mental breakdown instead of the year's second ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' ripoff.)
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) Given the real phone call and the aircraft mechanics' discussion about it, it doesn't seem to be all in his head.



* [[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.

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* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]: HideYourLesbians:
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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.



* {{Irony}}: A current storyline is making major [[TakeThat take that's]] towards the internet. Despite the internet is where the comic is most accessible, thus gets most of his viewers.
* {{Jerkass}}: Funky had an abrupt change post time-skip into an unabashed selfish, greedy jerk. Then again, this is a CrapsackWorld, it's enough to turn even the most idealistic heart to stone.

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* {{Irony}}: A current storyline is making major [[TakeThat take that's]] towards the internet. Despite the internet is where the comic is most accessible, thus gets most of his viewers.
* {{Jerkass}}:
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Funky had an abrupt change post time-skip into an unabashed selfish, greedy jerk. Then again, this is a CrapsackWorld, it's enough to turn even the most idealistic heart to stone.



* LoveTriangle: Between the post-TimeSkip II Les, his former suicidal student-turned-colleague Susan, and fellow post-TimeSkip II teacher Cayla. It eventually ended with Susan causing a scandal by being seen kissing Les and her departure from the strip, leaving Cayla the winner to eventually marry Les. At least she had the approval of Les' dead wife's ghost!

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* LoveTriangle: LoveTriangle:
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Between the post-TimeSkip II Les, his former suicidal student-turned-colleague Susan, and fellow post-TimeSkip II teacher Cayla. It eventually ended with Susan causing a scandal by being seen kissing Les and her departure from the strip, leaving Cayla the winner to eventually marry Les. At least she had the approval of Les' dead wife's ghost!



* ParentWithNewParamour: TimeSkip II finds Becky married to John, the comic book store owner; the reappearance of her first husband Wally after years of captivity in Iraq has made her life somewhat awkward.

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TimeSkip II finds Becky married to John, the comic book store owner; the reappearance of her first husband Wally after years of captivity in Iraq has made her life somewhat awkward.



* PunnyName: Les Moore

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* PunnyName: PunnyName:
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Les MooreMoore.



* PutOnABus: Most of the high school students from the first time skip, despite the second time skip ostensibly being to pass the torch to the younger generation. Then despite a great deal of build up to said generation of students, they were ''also'' PutOnABus to largely focus on Les' daughter Summer Moore[[note]]who has ''also'' been put on a bus, only reappearing for things involving Lisa[[/note]].
** Funky's stepson Corey recently joined the army...without really resolving any of his own open storylines.

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* PutOnABus: PutOnABus:
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Most of the high school students from the first time skip, despite the second time skip ostensibly being to pass the torch to the younger generation. Then despite a great deal of build up to said generation of students, they were ''also'' PutOnABus to largely focus on Les' daughter Summer Moore[[note]]who has ''also'' been put on a bus, only reappearing for things involving Lisa[[/note]].
** Funky's stepson Corey recently joined the army...without really resolving any of his own open storylines.



* ShellShockedVeteran: The latest plot twist involving Wally is that he stopped going to his therapy sessions so he can sit in a crappy apartment and drink to forget; given that a recent strip had his ex [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Becky whine about how destructive]] he was, it's obvious that we're about to see a massacre that is All Wally's Fault for not Getting With The Program.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: The latest plot twist involving ShellShockedVeteran:
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Wally is that he stopped going to his therapy sessions so he can sit in a crappy apartment and drink to forget; given that a recent one strip had his ex [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Becky whine about how destructive]] he was, it's obvious that we're about to see a massacre that is All Wally's Fault for not Getting With The Program.



* ShoutOut: In real life, Batiuk is a huge fan of comics and has a few friends in the comic book industry, such as his neighbor Tony Isabella and Creator/JohnByrne, who once drew ''Funky Winkerbean'' for ten weeks while Batiuk recovered from foot surgery. This has manifested itself in other ShoutOut moments during the strip.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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In real life, Batiuk is a huge fan of comics and has a few friends in the comic book industry, such as his neighbor Tony Isabella and Creator/JohnByrne, who once drew ''Funky Winkerbean'' for ten weeks while Batiuk recovered from foot surgery. This has manifested itself in other ShoutOut moments during the strip.



* StrangerInAFamiliarLand / YouCantGoHomeAgain: Funky's reaction when he discovers he's back in 1980 and it's just as bewildering and strange as 2010.
* StrawCritic: The parents who don't like the drama class performing the play ''Wit'' because "School plays are for fun and relaxation, not [[TrueArtIsAngsty art]]."
** The snarking blogs and readers' comments note that ''Wit'' wouldn't be easy to mount with teen performers and would risk losing the school's money if their peers and families don't come to see it -- not a smart move at a time when arts programs are suffering due to a recession. All things considered, the StrawmanHasAPoint. Other critics noted that a logical response to the Straw Critic's suggestion of doing ''Spamalot'' would have been to point out the prohibitive costs of licensing and producing a currently running musical versus the small cast and minimal set needed for ''Wit'' - but the comic naturally featured a pretentious lecture about the arts instead.
*** Also, good luck finding a female high school drama student [[TraumaticHaircut willing to shave her head]] for a school play.
* TakeThat: To fellow cartoonist Johnny Hart, for using ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' as a [[AuthorTract medium to share his Christian beliefs]]. Which, given Batiuk's tendency to go into comic-tantrums when someone speaks out against his cancer-centric plotlines (see above, and below) is like a cannibal mocking someone for being a vegan.

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* StrangerInAFamiliarLand / YouCantGoHomeAgain: StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Funky's reaction when he discovers he's back in 1980 and it's just as bewildering and strange as 2010.
* StrawCritic: The parents who don't like the drama class performing the play ''Wit'' because "School plays are for fun and relaxation, not [[TrueArtIsAngsty art]]."
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" The snarking blogs and readers' comments note that ''Wit'' wouldn't be easy to mount with teen performers and would risk losing the school's money if their peers and families don't come to see it -- not a smart move at a time when arts programs are suffering due to a recession. All things considered, the StrawmanHasAPoint. Other critics noted that a logical response to the Straw Critic's suggestion of doing ''Spamalot'' would have been to point out the prohibitive costs of licensing and producing a currently running musical versus the small cast and minimal set needed for ''Wit'' - but the comic naturally featured a pretentious lecture about the arts instead.
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instead. Also, good luck finding a female high school drama student [[TraumaticHaircut willing to shave her head]] for a school play.
* TakeThat: To fellow cartoonist Johnny Hart, for using ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' as a [[AuthorTract medium to share his Christian beliefs]]. Which, given Batiuk's tendency to go into comic-tantrums when someone speaks out against his cancer-centric plotlines (see above, and below) plotlines, is like a cannibal mocking someone for being a vegan.



* VerySpecialEpisode: After 16-plus years of following the tried-and-true gag-a-day format, Batiuk began a recurring story arc to address teen pregnancy. Lisa Crawford, a mousy outcast of a student who was butt ugly, had somehow caught the eye of all-star wide receiver Francis "Frankie" Pierce ... only for the relationship to go straight downhill after the two get drunk at a party and have sex. Frankie reveals his true colors and beats up Lisa after learning she got pregnant; her parents at home are zero help, leaving Lisa to turn to her only friend left ... the even worse outcast named Les Moore. Ultimately, Lisa gives birth to a baby boy and gives him up for adoption (unknown to her, the parents are her high school principal and his wife, Fred and Ann Fairgood, who give baby Darin the stable environment he needs).

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After 16-plus years of following the tried-and-true gag-a-day format, Batiuk began a recurring story arc to address teen pregnancy. Lisa Crawford, a mousy outcast of a student who was butt ugly, had somehow caught the eye of all-star wide receiver Francis "Frankie" Pierce ... only for the relationship to go straight downhill after the two get drunk at a party and have sex. Frankie reveals his true colors and beats up Lisa after learning she got pregnant; her parents at home are zero help, leaving Lisa to turn to her only friend left ... the even worse outcast named Les Moore. Ultimately, Lisa gives birth to a baby boy and gives him up for adoption (unknown to her, the parents are her high school principal and his wife, Fred and Ann Fairgood, who give baby Darin the stable environment he needs).



* WouldHitAGirl and [[YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses Would Hit a Girl With Glasses]]:

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* WouldHitAGirl and [[YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses Would Hit a Girl With Glasses]]:WouldHitAGirl:



* WriterOnBoard: A plotline in which angry parents protest a school play about cancer and death and Les gets to defend it. Golly, that couldn't possibly be related to anything that happened in Batiuk's career that he's still pointlessly bitter about, right?

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* WriterOnBoard: WriterOnBoard:
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A plotline in which angry parents protest a school play about cancer and death and Les gets to defend it. Golly, that couldn't possibly be related to anything that happened in Batiuk's career that he's still pointlessly bitter about, right?



* [[YouLookLikeYouveSeenAGhost You Look Like You've Just Seen a Ghost]]: When Funky encounters his pre-TimeSkip I self.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Despite looking old enough to be his son's grandfather, Funky is only 46 years old. This could be applied to everyone, since they share the same world-weary appearance whether they're elderly or in high school.
** From internal evidence (the day his birthday party ran in the papers), Funky was born on March 29, 1964 and is therefore the same age to the day as [[Creator/ElleMacPherson Elle [=MacPherson=]]]. He looks like Elle [=MacPherson's=] father.

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* [[YouLookLikeYouveSeenAGhost You Look Like You've Just Seen a Ghost]]: YouLookLikeYouveSeenAGhost: When Funky encounters his pre-TimeSkip I self.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Despite looking old enough to be his son's grandfather, Funky is only 46 years old. This could be applied to everyone, since they share the same world-weary appearance whether they're elderly or in high school.
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school. From internal evidence (the day his birthday party ran in the papers), Funky was born on March 29, 1964 and is therefore the same age to the day as [[Creator/ElleMacPherson Elle [=MacPherson=]]].Creator/ElleMacPherson. He looks like Elle [=MacPherson's=] father.
13th Sep '17 9:34:44 AM XenMon2
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** 2016 had a zany arc about Pete and Derin sneaking onto a cargo ship to steal some pens, which, this being ''Funky Winkerbein'', ends with [[CruelTwistEnding Derrin getting shot to death]]. Fortunately, it turns out to be a dream.


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* ChangingOfTheGuard: Each Act has a different central character: Funky in Act I, Lisa in Act II, and Les in Act III.
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* AbortedArc: Batiuk has acknowledged that Lisa's story had a major one. Rather than follow the effects her death had on her friends and family, it's promptly dropped in the form of a ten-year TimeSkip. This abandoned a potential gold mine of material, and foreclosed on the opportunity to flesh out the supporting cast (which includes less) who now had to carry the strip themselves.

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* AbortedArc: Batiuk has acknowledged that Lisa's story had a major one. Rather than follow the effects her death had on her friends and family, it's promptly dropped in the form of a ten-year TimeSkip. This abandoned a potential gold mine of material, and foreclosed on the opportunity to flesh out the supporting cast (which includes less) who now had to carry the strip themselves.
13th Sep '17 9:23:49 AM XenMon2
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* AbortedArc: Batiuk has acknowledged that Lisa's story had a major one. Rather than follow the effects her death had on her friends and family, it's promptly dropped in the form of a ten-year TimeSkip. This abandoned a potential gold mine of material, and foreclosed on the opportunity to flesh out the supporting cast (which includes less) who now had to carry the strip themselves.
** Likely as a result of the above, this has now become the norm in Act III. Plots tend to have very long, drawn out introductions and are then just abruptly dropped. The [[ShowWithinAShow Starbuck Jones movie arc]], for example, has ''years'' of build-up, but as soon as it reaches the premiere it (and its twenty or so subplots) are immediately forgotten and buried.
** The most severe example is the "Lisa's death" arc itself. Lisa
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* NewMediaAreEvil: Batiuk clearly has a problem with the Internet ([[SarcasmMode wonder why?]]), so in his WishFulfillment universe thatís the consensus re: the Internet, everyone hates it and are always totally outraged and disgusted by it. This occasionally gets to the point where the story and characters bend around it and work it in at completely random moments, such as one particularly strange strip where an actor gets angry over bloggers suggesting his movie could win an Oscar. What actor would get upset at seeing his earning potential rise?
One who got the news via the evil Internet, thatís who.

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* NewMediaAreEvil: Batiuk clearly has a problem with the Internet ([[SarcasmMode wonder why?]]), so in his WishFulfillment universe thatís the consensus re: the Internet, everyone hates it and are always totally outraged and disgusted by it. This occasionally gets to the point where the story and characters bend around it and work it in at completely random moments, such as one particularly strange strip where an actor gets angry over bloggers suggesting his movie could win an Oscar. What actor would get upset at seeing his earning potential rise?
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rise?One who got the news via the evil Internet, thatís who.
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* NewMediaAreEvil: Or at least stupid, as parodied [[http://weblogtoolscollection.com/b2-img/Funky_Winkerbean.gif in this strip]].

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* NewMediaAreEvil: Or Batiuk clearly has a problem with the Internet ([[SarcasmMode wonder why?]]), so in his WishFulfillment universe thatís the consensus re: the Internet, everyone hates it and are always totally outraged and disgusted by it. This occasionally gets to the point where the story and characters bend around it and work it in at least stupid, completely random moments, such as parodied [[http://weblogtoolscollection.com/b2-img/Funky_Winkerbean.gif in this strip]].one particularly strange strip where an actor gets angry over bloggers suggesting his movie could win an Oscar. What actor would get upset at seeing his earning potential rise?
One who got the news via the evil Internet, thatís who.


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* TheBusCameBack: The ''Starbuck Jones'' film arc brought back the sentient WHS computer (now named "Holtron") from the wackier days of Act I. Problem is that thereís absolutely no frame of reference at all, meaning one has to be familiar enough with the comic to both remember a side character that hasn't appeared in thirty years AND the fact that the ''Starbuck Jones'' team re-appropriated that old computer to use as a prop in the film. Most readers just expressed confusion at a talking computer appearing out of nowhere.
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