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John Darling – Take 46

posted on January 22, 2017

Match to Flame 38

posted on January 21, 2017


Harry had become the first true breakout character from Funky. Now I’m not saying that Harry was anything like a mass market phenomenon, but among the musical cognoscenti, he totally rocked. He was the kind of character that you’re hoping to create when you begin your cartooning journey. It was a journey that took me from Medina to Mobile and to countless experiences, honors, and friendships along the way for which I’m forever grateful. I’m also grateful that on that soft summer evening way back when, I didn’t chuck the writing and go watch TV. You never know what the Muse has waiting for you.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Two


Match to Flame 37

posted on January 19, 2017


It wasn’t long before the Scapegoats went national and marched off to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as seen in the week of November 22, 1976, starting on page 314. This was followed eventually by Harry marching into real life and lending his name to the Harry L. Dinkle March, a line of Dinkles band shoes, actual band candy, and a series of books collecting his exploits. He even showed up on scoreboards at college football games. A little further down the line, an actor dressed like Harry would march in the actual Tournament of Roses Parade next to a float that was the same as the one appearing in that New Year’s Day Funky Winkerbean strip.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Two