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FunkyWatch: February’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.

You might think that February might not lend itself all that well to the Funkyverse's usual brand of complete and utter soul-crushing despair. I mean at the very least, there's Valentine's Day, and we should at least get a few strips about lovey-dovey romance and happiness, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. February may be the shortest month, but that just means that Batiuk and Ayers have to work even harder to cram every ounce of existential dread into their comics -- and just in case you think I'm exaggerating, consider that DEATH ITSELF MADE AN APPEARANCE last month, and that's not even the weirdest part.

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FunkyWatch: December’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.

One of my Christmas gift this year came from devoted FunkyWatch reader and radio DJ Evan "Funk" Davies, who gave me a year-long membership to King Features' Comics Kingdom website. Not only does this give me access to an archive of high-res Funky and Crankshaft strips, but it also means that I can have those strips emailed to me so that they're the very first thing I see when I wake up every single day for the entirety of 2014. Maybe "gift" is not the right word, but "Christmas horrifying curse" doesn't really sound right. Either way Batiuk and Chuck Ayers closed out this past year with all the uplifting joy you'd expect from a month marked by bitter cold and seasonal depression. Let's get to it!

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Deadpool Annoys Cable And Takes Out Foes In New Video Game Stills, Concept Art

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Weaker first-person shooter video games can confine players to unremarkable corridors and tight environments in the name of economy, but judging from new location concept art and stills, it seems that High Moon Studios is building on the kind of sprawling maps seen in their Transformers games to deliver a suitably massive Marvel Universe for Deadpool to saunter about (and kill enemies)

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‘Deadpool’ Videogame To Include Cable And More Rob Liefeld Creations

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Rob Liefeld fans have even more reason to be excited about the upcoming Deadpool video game than they may have initially thought, with the revelation that another of the creator's signature Marvel characters will be showing up to co-star in the game. Hint: He's a time-traveling cyborg with a glowing eye and bad attitude.

Liefeld excitedly shared the news -- via scans of Xbox

DC Collectibles Solicitations For January 2013

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A new year means new action figures, busts and statues from DC Collectibles, although official solicitation listings indicate the company will kick off 2013 with a relatively conservative amount of merchandise. In January DCC will roll out a new Death statue, a Frank Miller-style Superman statue, a Boost

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Death-Tastic Ankh Jewelry For An Endless Night [Fashion]

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Ankh jewelry will always remind me of Death, the inescapably cute (and just plain inescapable) and always fashionable older sister of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. Jamie Carr -- designer of Neighborhood Story and creator of a numbe

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Best Buy ‘Darksiders II: Angel of Death’ Pre-Orders to Come With Bonus Comic From Dark Horse

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THQ and Vigil Game's Darksiders series is known for creator Joe Madureira's bright and bulky figures and an overall aesthetic that pulls straight from the longtime comic book artist's illustration work. The franchises comic book ties resulted in two projects back when the first game dropped in 2010, and now Dark Horse Comics

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Catwoman, Death and the Riddler Swing Into the ’60s with Gene Gonzales [Art]

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A great cartoonist and illustrator whom we've featured before, Gene Gonzales has been kicking out the jams lately with some inspired 1960s-inspired redesigns of Catwoman, Death and the Riddler. Gonzales couldn't have picked a better time to publish these stylish images, what with Matthew Weiner's Mad Men finally returning to AMC just the other night. If you'

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Marvel Reveals ‘Ultimate Death of Spider-Man’ in Mainstream Media [Spoilers]

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Echoing the media full-court press that Marvel employed with the death of Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four #587, Marvel has released big news about the conclusion of the "Death of Spider-Man" storyline in USA Today, the New York Post and the Associated Press. Br

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The Best, Worst and Weirdest Alternate Universe Superhero Deaths In Comics

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For the past few months, Marvel's advertising department has been doing their level best to get readers psyched up about the impending "Death of Spider-Man" (buy digital) in various Ultimate comics, and if you ask me, it's working: The death of an alternate universe version of a character? Who wouldn't be excited about that?

But really, killing off characters left and right is exactly what Alternate Universes are for. Creators might not be able to ever really off any heroes in the main-line stories of serialized fiction, and even if they do, it doesn't tend to stick -- just ask Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- but in alternate universes, you can go for a full-on slaughter. That's why today, in honor of the Ultimate Death of Ultimate Spider-Man, I've sifted through a stack of What Ifs, Elseworlds and time-travel tales to bring you The Best, Worst and Weirdest Alternate Universe Deaths!

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