By Chris Sims
Over the past 40 years, Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean has transitioned from a gag-a-day comic strip about a high school to an ongoing chronicle of pure, abject misery. Thanks to the ongoing commentary on Josh Fruhlinger’s Comics Curmudgeon, I am now completely obsessed with it, which is why I spend a little time every month rounding up its finest examples of crushing despair.
I can’t really put my finger on why, but this month seems like a pretty good time for things that you thought were gone to come back in full force, which is exactly what happens in this month’s Funky Winkerbean. The entire month is given over to a story of greed, abandonment and pure, unadulterated rage. Which, now that I think of it, actually makes it pretty pleasant when you compare it to the usual Funky melodrama. Let’s get to it.
Check out last month’s FunkyWatch HERE!
By Andy Khouri
Viral video makers Front Page Films have been mining Christopher Nolan’s ultra-serious Dark Knight trilogy for comedy for a while now in an ongoing series of “Badman” shorts that have parodied everything from Batman Vs. the Scarecrow to Batman vs. Two-Face, Batman Vs. The Riddler, Batman Vs. an Innocent Clown, Batman Vs. Sex and Batman Vs. Suicide. Their latest effort casts comedian Patton Oswalt as a real-world, sort of Nolan-esque version of The Penguin, who confronts the Dark Knight with some compelling questions about his “no killing” rule.
Ten New Year’s Resolutions From Your Favorite Superheroes
By Chris Sims
We are once again on the cusp of a new year,and that means that it’s time for the regular yearly round of societally mandated self-improvement, the New Year’s Resolution. But while you and I might resolve to get out more, lose a little weight, or drop a few bad habits, our favorite superheroes have made mistakes over the past year that have been just a little bit bigger.
As a result, their shots at bettering themselves tend to be a little bigger, too. So today, we’re checking in with a few characters to find out about our favorite superheroes’ New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!
Check it out on ComicsAlliance!
The Supervillain Handbook
The book in the middle of that picture,The Supervillain Handbook, is a book I wrote. It came out a couple weeks ago.
Let me tell you a few things about it:
- It’s got everything a person aspiring to professional super-evil could want in a guide: How to get motivated, what goals to set, how to pick a name and costume, what powers you need, guidelines for planning dastardly plots, warnings about how often you’ll get punched, a supervillain glossary, training exercises, and more.
- Inside you’ll find more than 40 illustrations by the amazing Adam Wallenta.
- People who aren’t me think it’s funny. See?
- Print editions are available at lots of bookstores (like Barnes & Noble, which is where the above picture was taken) and on Amazon.
- It’s also available at some comic book stores. If your local comic shop doesn’t have it, tell them it wasn’t solicited in Previews, and that they should order it through Ingram or Baker and Taylor. They can also order directly from the publisher, Skyhorse. Tell them to email me at the.mwb at gmail.com for more info.
- You can buy it on the Kindle, too.
- To everyone who has already gotten the book and/or said nice things about it, thank you.
- To everyone who has not gotten it, remember: These are people with rayguns. Ignore them at your peril.
By Caleb Goellner
Whether you’re a longtime fan of Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead comic book series or a more casual fan of general zombie fare, when it comes to AMC’s TWD TV series, chances are you have … opinions. The Laughing Dead has taken it upon itself to aggregate some of the funniest fan commentary we’ve seen so far on Tumblr.
Yo dawg, we heard you like zombies and memes …
By Chris Sims
If you’re not already familiar with @Horse_ebooks, a Russia-based spam account lifts phrases from ebooks about horses to get around spam filters, the bizzarre combination of sentence fragments and horses might sound annoying, but it’s a formula that somehow led to comedy gold.
We like this.
I’ve been working with my friend Austin (http://hideousenergy.blogspot.com/) on a comic series that we are starting. It’s based in the near future and revolves around the interaction of humans with humanoid robots who live freely in the community; think Blade Runner but even more excepted. So far we have compiled a 16 page introductory story. Here are the first 3 pages of that collective for you to enjoy. Please spread them around, share them, and build the anticipation; we’d love to see it all develop fully and come to fruition. Thanks again for your support. -L