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October 3, 2007


Filed under: Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, death, Funky Winkerbean, Lisa Moore — Cidu Bill @ 4:19 am


Umm… yes she did?

The bigger question here is, in whose mind is this scene taking place?

Or perhaps it should be, Since when is the Angel of Music moonlighting as the Angel of Death?


  1. And, YES, she did miss the leaves. We learned Monday that she couldn’t even see them.
    From the side, the Angel of Death looks more like the Phantom of the Opera.

    Comment by Jim — October 3, 2007 @ 5:36 am

  2. Oh, sorry. My original comment was that Batuik is leaving it an open question as to whose mind is this taking place in: is it Lisa’s, since she’s dying? or is it her husband’s, since it is a sweet, metaphorical way for her to go?
    The real question, as you’ve all mentioned earlier, is “who cares?”
    Obviously, Batuik has been committed to this storyline for months, but we didn’t have to be…

    Comment by Jim — October 3, 2007 @ 5:36 am

  3. We’re on the same page here, Jim: The Angel of Music is what the Phantom calls himself.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 3, 2007 @ 5:44 am

  4. Bill, your link doesn’t link to anything. [Now it does -Bill]

    Comment by Carl — October 3, 2007 @ 7:19 am

  5. I’m assuming it’s Lisa’s mind. This transformation also happened when her father was talking to her. I don’t think Les is planning on seeing any musicals anytime soon, so the Phantom is in Lisa’s mind also.
    I don’t know about the rest of you, but we know the Angel of Death as Azrael (yes, Gargamel’s cat’s name also).

    Comment by Rasheed — October 3, 2007 @ 7:59 am

  6. Doesn’t look quite like the mask from Phantom of the Opera:

    Personally, I like the imagery.

    Comment by Blinky the Wonder Wombat — October 3, 2007 @ 8:15 am

  7. Clearly, the “Angel of Death” is actually Marcel Marceau, the French mime who died a little over a week ago. This is further evidenced by the fact that he isn’t saying anything, communicating only in gestures.

    (Yes, I am joking.)

    – Kef

    Comment by furrykef — October 3, 2007 @ 8:33 am

  8. As far as I remember, the papers where I have lived throughout my life have never carried Funky Winkerbean, but I had at least seen it a few times. I thought it used to be a harmless comic about kids in high school. When did it turn into a more serious version of FBOFW?

    Comment by Jeff S. — October 3, 2007 @ 10:25 am

  9. Blinky, I figure that since Lisa’s a lawyer, she knows better than to have a Manifestation of Death that looks exactly like a trademarked character.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 3, 2007 @ 11:11 am

  10. My question is, why is he expecting a tip?

    Comment by brien — October 3, 2007 @ 11:43 am

  11. Charon expected to be tipped, so I guess it does make sense.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 3, 2007 @ 11:56 am

  12. Must be Lisa’s mind . . . she didn’t miss the leaves because Les told her about them, so she could imagine them. At least we didn’t get 3 more panels of deathbed, so that’s a plus.

    Comment by Kit — October 3, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

  13. I’m with Jeff- last time I read Funky Winkerbean (apart from CIDU), it involved a guy who played frozen pizzas on his record player.

    I’d assume it’s the girl’s mind. He’s not looking for a tip, he’s offering to take her arm, as a gentleman should when accompanying a lady.

    Comment by Madalch — October 3, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

  14. I think the ‘didn’t miss the leaves’ is a comforting fib her husband told her.

    I want to see Les tackle the ‘Phantom’ and beat the cr@p out of him…

    Comment by Brian Leahy — October 3, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

  15. Jeff S, if I remember correctly, 1992 was the so-called time warp “4 years after graduation” and the characters started aging. I was in 7th grade at the time and though Curtis was the greatest strip in the comics. So you can see my frame of mind at the time.

    Comment by Rasheed — October 4, 2007 @ 1:41 am

  16. The tuxedoed gentleman who escorted Lisa to the next life is not Azreal or the Phantom of the Opera. Look closely – it is the ONLY person Lisa has known that would stay with her through thick and thin, and who she would want to be there to make it easier for her to make that transition. The hair and body size are a dead giveaway (no pun intended). It is a netherworld Les.

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 7, 2007 @ 1:29 am

  17. I was thinking that myself, Dan: The problem is, it’s hard to say whether he looks like Les because he’s supposed to “be” Les, or because Batuik, like most cartoonists, draws a finite number of body types.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 7, 2007 @ 1:49 am

  18. I think the “Les lookalike” was intentional. really, as finite as cartoonists tend to be, TB has a few head and body types that are unique within the strip. From Day One, nobdy has looked like Les, and if you recall, it took a few years for his heads and hair to mold into something besides a fancy basketball with glasses.

    Going back to the romance of life (and death) I’ve mentioned in a few blogs, there’s reallynobody else Lisa would be more comfortable with than Les. Taken a step further, this unnamed character could be capable of morphing into whomever would make the final transition less fearsome.

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 8, 2007 @ 4:26 am

  19. One more thing – I’m pleased and glad Batuik didn’t go with some cold, morbid passing, with shake lines indicating a death rattle, followed by a silhouetted Les in a dimly-lit room in the lsat panel, or something along that line. The storyline, and the way it unfolded, and the way Les and Lisa’s characters developed, alone and together, deserved and demanded nothing less than what he gave.

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 8, 2007 @ 4:32 am

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