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FunkyWatch: November’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 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've been doing these monthly roundups of Batiuk and Ayers's particular brand of smirks and sorrows for over four years now, but this month, I actually forgot I had to do it. I'm not sure if it was just the post-Thanksgiving food coma or the hectic transition into December, but for a few days, I was free. And then I remembered, and it all came crashing down. Which, coincidentally, is exactly what happens in this month's strips, so take a deep breath and read on for October's most soul-crushing newspaper strips.

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Under Armour Releases Superhero-Themed Football Cleats Which We Assume Are Great For Kicking Murderous Clowns In The Face

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We've all been there, right? You're trying to buy a new pair of kicks, but you just can't find one that'll give you the support your need to excel on the gidiron and fit thematically with the imagery you chose to adopt when you made that vow to avenge the murder of your billionaire parents by making war on all criminals. It's probably the single most common problem that I have when I go shoe shopping, and now, a solution has finally been offered.

This week, Under Armor rolled out its new "Alter Ego" line of superhero-themed football cleats, meaning that you can finally deck out your feet in officially licensed cleats featuring Batman, Captain America, Superman, Flash and the Hulk. Amazingly, NFL SuperPro was not included, leading to what is unquestionably the biggest missed opportunity in marketing history.

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Pixar Animator Recaps The NFL Season In The Best Way Possible [Art]

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Like a huge chunk of America, I am fairly depressed that the football season is over. Austin Madison, an animator at Pixar and occasional comic book cover artist, is also in mourning, but found a pretty impressive and imaginative way to look back on the year. Madison has created more than 20 images that each recap the result of a different NFL game this season,

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Link Ink: Megatron’s Nikes, ‘One Piece’ Armani And Ware On MSNBC

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Fashion: Nike teams up with Calvin Johnson for a very stylish collection honoring the Transformers villain Megatron.

Fashion: One Piece's Straw Hats rock Armani in a new Japanese A|X ad campaign.

Interviews: Chris Ware's MSNBC interview on

‘Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!’ Pits Iron Man and Cap on Opposing Super Bowl Sides

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There are many reasons why conventionally athletic and competitive super heroes might latch onto the Super Bowl (or in Marvel's more neutral words, "The Big Game"), but the latest episode of Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! capitalizes on the cultural event's ability to bring the tights crowd together in a spirit of harmony. In the Avengers' case, however, Iron Man

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Superhero Super Bowl: Marvel Vs. DC

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The Super Bowl is almost upon us, and you can practically feel the rustle of energy in the air. For many nerds, though, this Sunday's matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts means absolutely nothing. Whil

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End of the Week Explosion #14

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It's the end of the week explosion! For a weekly column that's part of a comic book themed blog, we sure don't talk about comics very often. This week we may not even talk about comics at all! This is only because Seacord knows so many interesting things about gambling, prison and fighting. At thi

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