History Headscratchers / FunkyWinkerbean

20th Mar '14 12:34:29 PM BatLesMoore
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**The characters don't usually graduate within four years' worth of comics. Wally Winkerbean was a freshman in 1992 but he and his class graduated in 1998. Darin Fairgood's class started high school in 1998 but their class didn't graduate until 2007. And of course Funky's class went from 1972 to 1992 (or rather 1988 despite 90's anachronisms).
19th May '13 12:15:18 AM GrantMK2
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\n* ''Why'' was Wally's capture kept secret? Here's a fun fact about militants fighting U.S. soldiers. ''They don't keep it a secret''. They get any information they can out of the soldier and announce the capture to the world because they know it's a propaganda victory for them. We can't even assume that the military and reporters kept it quiet (as they sometimes do) to make it easier to negotiate his release because the military had already declared him KIA.
31st Mar '13 4:25:58 PM PuffyTreat
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\n* Cody and Owen were introduced as Freshman in fall of 2009. It became a running gag that they looked forward to the annual senior trip as a rare period free of wedgies and food fights, including this year, when they really would be going on said trip themselves. Time Jump confusion? Or does Tom not want to write out his only remaining named teen characters?

8th Apr '12 4:28:06 PM Freezer
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\n** One could make the argument that Susan wanted out once she made her move and Les didn't respond. That, plus Susan's having been established as not-exactly stable, it makes sense. Of course, it only really makes sense if you had been a long-time reader, knew about Susan's history with Les and knew about the LoveTriangle between her, Les and Cayla. So yeah...

8th Feb '12 12:03:57 PM MagBas
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* Here's something I don't understand. Why do some people criticize his 'cancer' storylines?
** Because when it's happened to damn near every character thus far, it's hard to keep caring.
*** I don't know about "damn near every character"; I only know about Lisa Moore. The others have had plenty of other misfortunes: Alzheimer's, alcoholism, loss of a limb, unemployment, near death experiences, PTSD, deafness, and more. But I understand your point: It's too much. Also, "Funky" started out as a lighthearted high school strip. The relentless gloom and doom feels like a bait and switch. It's tough for cartoonists, I admit--keep the characters ageless and recycle the same running jokes, and people snark about that. Age the characters and change the tone, and people complain about that. But there ought to be some middle ground, to let the characters change but keep it mostly humorous.

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* Here's something I don't understand. Why do some people criticize his 'cancer' storylines?
** Because when it's happened to damn near every character thus far, it's hard to keep caring.
*** I don't know about "damn near every character"; I only know about Lisa Moore. The others have had plenty of other misfortunes: Alzheimer's, alcoholism, loss of a limb, unemployment, near death experiences, PTSD, deafness, and more. But I understand your point: It's too much. Also, "Funky" started out as a lighthearted high school strip. The relentless gloom and doom feels like a bait and switch. It's tough for cartoonists, I admit--keep the characters ageless and recycle the same running jokes, and people snark about that. Age the characters and change the tone, and people complain about that. But there ought to be some middle ground, to let the characters change but keep it mostly humorous.



* The story about the vending machines being removed seemed quite biased in favor of the anti-vending machine faction. The "debate" was essentially the equivalent of a CurbStompBattle; whenever one of the kids raised a protest, a teacher would respond without the students getting a counter-argument, and the students as a whole were portrayed fairly unsympathetically. As someone who likes the taste of soda, but enjoys it in moderation, is it too much to ask for a strip that argues in favor of the right to choose instead of dismissing soft drinks and the like as unhealthy?

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* The story about the vending machines being removed seemed quite biased in favor of the anti-vending machine faction. The "debate" was essentially the equivalent of a CurbStompBattle; whenever one of the kids raised a protest, a teacher would respond without the students getting a counter-argument, and the students as a whole were portrayed fairly unsympathetically. As someone who likes the taste of soda, but enjoys it in moderation, is it too much to ask for a strip that argues in favor of the right to choose instead of dismissing soft drinks and the like as unhealthy?
30th Jan '12 7:17:44 AM Valiona
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* Admittedly this troper isn't very knowledgeable about average school workplace policies, but was a photo of Susan kissing Les really grounds for her to retire? For that matter did nothing ever happen to the girl who took the photos? It just feels like the author wanted to end the love triangle as quickly as possible.

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* Admittedly this troper isn't very knowledgeable about average school workplace policies, but was a photo of Susan kissing Les really grounds for her to retire? For that matter did nothing ever happen to the girl who took the photos? It just feels like the author wanted to end the love triangle as quickly as possible.possible.

* The story about the vending machines being removed seemed quite biased in favor of the anti-vending machine faction. The "debate" was essentially the equivalent of a CurbStompBattle; whenever one of the kids raised a protest, a teacher would respond without the students getting a counter-argument, and the students as a whole were portrayed fairly unsympathetically. As someone who likes the taste of soda, but enjoys it in moderation, is it too much to ask for a strip that argues in favor of the right to choose instead of dismissing soft drinks and the like as unhealthy?
1st Dec '11 10:00:46 PM Grant
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*** I don't know about "damn near every character"; I only know about Lisa Moore. The others have had plenty of other misfortunes: Alzheimer's, alcoholism, loss of a limb, unemployment, near death experiences, PTSD, deafness, and more. But I understand your point: It's too much. Also, "Funky" started out as a lighthearted high school strip. The relentless gloom and doom feels like a bait and switch. It's tough for cartoonists, I admit--keep the characters ageless and recycle the same running jokes, and people snark about that. Age the characters and change the tone, and people complain about that. But there ought to be some middle ground, to let the characters change but keep it mostly humorous.

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*** I don't know about "damn near every character"; I only know about Lisa Moore. The others have had plenty of other misfortunes: Alzheimer's, alcoholism, loss of a limb, unemployment, near death experiences, PTSD, deafness, and more. But I understand your point: It's too much. Also, "Funky" started out as a lighthearted high school strip. The relentless gloom and doom feels like a bait and switch. It's tough for cartoonists, I admit--keep the characters ageless and recycle the same running jokes, and people snark about that. Age the characters and change the tone, and people complain about that. But there ought to be some middle ground, to let the characters change but keep it mostly humorous.humorous.

* Admittedly this troper isn't very knowledgeable about average school workplace policies, but was a photo of Susan kissing Les really grounds for her to retire? For that matter did nothing ever happen to the girl who took the photos? It just feels like the author wanted to end the love triangle as quickly as possible.
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