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Smitty Bullying Arc 1

posted on September 7, 2020

One of the themes in Funky from day get-go was dealing with bullying. It’s something I’ve written about and tried to understand for a long time. So imagine my surprise when, during my sojourn through the New York Sunday News comics sections from the early fifties, when I came across cartoonist Walter Berndt dealing with the subject in his charming Smitty strip. It’s a thoughtful introspective take on the subject that Berndt runs over four consecutive Sundays, which I’ve never seen him do. The quartet of Sundays are quietly impactful and powerful and I was impressed with them. So much so that I’ll be running them here over the next four days. Considering the era and the venue, I think you’ll find that it’s very interesting work that deserves another turn.

 

Emitt Rhodes – Rainbow Ends

posted on July 23, 2020

I bought this album when I was living in my first apartment and wore it out. Emitt Rhodes, like all good artists, let you know through inspiration and solace that you were sharing the same road. The song Live was my anthem. His anti-war song Tame the Lion has never been bettered, and his liner notes on Farewell to Paradise are the saddest ever written. He deserved a better shake from Fate. Rest.

Denny O’Neil

posted on June 16, 2020

I just heard from a friend about the passing of Denny O’Neil. His topical and relevant approach to story telling in Green Lantern hit the stands just as I was about to start my journey with Funky Winkerbean, and it became lodged in the back of my mind. It was impressive work. As my friend also pointed out, the above panel is as meaningful and on point today as the day it first appeared. How sad.