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FunkyWatch: March’s Most Depressing ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Crankshaft’ Strips

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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'll admit it, folks. I did not think it was possible. After February rocked through the month with an actual appearance by Death itself, I did not think that things could get any darker. Oh, what a fool was I. Not only do things get darker this month, but they go with a full-on body count of 16 people, plus the potential for even more cancer than before. And that's before we get to the torturous pain of Crankshaft. I'll warn you now, everyone:this is not the day to stop sniffing glue.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 16: ‘A’ [Spoilers]

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Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series launched by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and now drawn by Charlie Adlard, has finally reached its end. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker has been

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Like the Fire, BaneCat Rises on YouTube [Video]

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This latest attempt at Bane's unique speech pattern stars a cat. Folks, meet BaneCat.

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Bootleg Batman Toy Beats Off Opponents With Strong Muscles

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If there are two things in this world that I love looking at pictures of, it's Batman and bootleg toys, and today, my two greatest loves have come together in a truly beautiful way: Over at WeirdoToys.com, they are shining the spotlight on two amazing vintage Batman figures that are unlicensed as all hell, and they are amazing.

The figures were recently unearthed from a storage bin, and from the bright red costume (with a handy label across the chest letting you know who it is) to a description of "Space Flyman" that is simply magical, these are some of the most hilariously delightful knockoffs I've ever seen. Check 'em out below!

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War Rocket Ajax Early Edition: Manhattan Projects, Ghost Rider, And Real Heroes [Podcast]

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Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes up at

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Recap, Episode 17: ‘Birds of Prey’

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The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson will be following along to see how he fares.

This week, The Huntress returns (ugh) and kidnaps Laurel (double ugh). Also: Heroism is sort of weirdly defined.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Inspired Beer Has Actual Brains In It. This Seems Like A Fine Idea, Just Fine

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If you had told me yesterday that there were people who read and/or watched The Walking Dead and came away from it thinking "you know, we should try eating brains, I bet that is a really good idea," then I would have called you a dope and walked away from that conversation as soon as I could. And yet, the Internet has proven, as it always does, that I am the real dope here. Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewing Co. has created a new beer flavored with brains. Actual brains. Actual, literal, roasted brains.

To be fair, they're goat brains and not human, but I'm not actually sure that makes it a whole lot better. Besides, there's cranberry in this stuff, and that's just gross.

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We Are The Misfits, Our Movie’s Better: Comics Alliance Pitches The Jem Movie, Part One

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Last week, Hasbro announced that a movie based on Jem, the classic 1980s animated series about the glamour, glitter, fashion and fame of a rock star with a secret identity, was in development, helmed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. Since this is literally the most important thing that has ever happened, ComicsAlliance has cleared its schedule to allow for that most fun pastime for writers on the internet: Rampant speculation about what we would do if we were in charge of bringing Jem and the Holograms to the big screen.

Today, CA Senior Writer Chris Sims takes a shot at what he thinks a truly, truly, truly outrageous (whoa-oh-oh-oh) Jem movie should be.

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99 Things You Missed in the ‘X-Men: Days of Future’ Past Trailer

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The new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is out, and it's full to the brim with exciting surprises and hidden clues. Other websites didn't spot them, because those guys are not real fans. You probably didn't spot them either, so you should probably feel really embarrassed.

But we spotted them all, because we're amazing, and we're sharing our observations with you, because we're generous too. True fandom is all about spotting minor trivia and lording it over the heads of other people! Hurray! So here are X things we spotted that you didn't, you goon.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ in ‘(Co)Mixology’: Cocktails Inspired By Your Favorite Comics

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate passes on some comics-themed cocktail recipes with the help of video blogger Danni Danger.

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