Mostly Dead Is Still Slightly Alive

The year still has a week left in it, as does Funky Winkerbean.

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Tom Batiuk called on his old friend John Byrne to draw the last week of Funky Winkerbean. John was last seen drawing a Charlton backup feature called Rog-2000. Though he did continue his career on such lesser titles as X-Men, Fantastic Four, Superman, and a few other best sellers.

John and Tom partnered on Funky in 2003, then in 2007, and in 2017. Now we have John drawing the last 2022 week (will it be all week?) of Funky Winkerbean.


Also recalling auld lang syne is J. C. Duffy in The Fusco Brothers.

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Thiiiiis close to Dave Berg‘s Lighter Side character from MAD magazine.

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Not done with the holidays for 2022.

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Ray Billingsley celebrates the week-long Kwanzaa with a celebratory tale in Curtis.


Photo Finish.

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Comic strip history shows that using photographs as part of a comic strip wasn’t a good idea as the reproduction wasn’t great to begin with and got worse later in 20th Century as newspapers went for cheaper paper and production methods.

Now, since most people read the funnies online, incorporating photos into comic strips is more feasible. Case in Point: today’s Frank and Ernest by Tom Thaves.


Not a feature, believe it or not.

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After finishing last week with the Friday and Saturday panels incorporating the famous phrase into the feature itself I thought maybe that would become standard. But Kieran Castano didn’t continue the practice in today’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not.



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It looks like Henry Barajas will be giving us chapter titles for his Gil Thorp.

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