I don't know how many of you read the comic strips these days, but for some reason I still read a few of them. Some that I read are fun (Pearls Before Swine, and Pickles to name a couple), some are old habits that die hard (Prince Valiant), but others must be some type of penance or masochism (Sally Forth).
One of my self-inflicted wounds is Funky Winkerbean. For those unaware of it, it is a long-running strip that began when the characters were in high school. In Doonesbury-style (no, I'm not so self-destructive that I read that one), the characters have aged over the years, so that the main characters are now adults.
One thing that distinguishes Funky Winkerbean from many is its crushingly depressing subject matter. A summary of the fun topics can be found here. Suicide, land mines, alcoholism, date rape, to name a few. A real morning pick-me-up. Worst of all, the story is set in Ohio. ;-)
The more pertinent topic to this blog, however, is about the character Les Moore (the guy on the left in the strip below.)
Over the years, readers of this fine comic strip enjoyed following Les's (first) wife, Lisa, as she struggled with breast cancer and eventually died in the comic strip in 2007. But Les is an English teacher who was also a frustrated author. Sure enough, empowered by the death of a loved one, Les wrote a book entitled Lisa's Story, chronicling his brave wife's battle.
Hmm, that resembles a current topic for readers of this blog. Let's see if there are any other similarities between author Les Moore of Funky and Our Hero:
- hipster goatee (check)
- glasses (not as trendy, but OK)
- pretentious (see the above comic strip -- I'd say yes)
- bullied in high school (oh yeah, mercilessly -- see the Wikipedia entry)
- book tour! (Bingo! In Texas, no less)
But Les is a bit ahead of Dreher in the promotional department. He's already got a movie deal!!
Straight-to-cable movie, but one can't be too fussy. The creator then tries to get a couple of chuckles from the situation:
As one astute reviewer of comic strips says about that installment:
Ha ha, Les got a big check because his sad book about his dead wife is going to be turned into a movie on basic cable, and then he got a boner! This plot is already so much more traumatizing than I could have possibly imagined.
Sounds like something you'd read around here!
Anyhoo, if y'all will keep me posted on Dreher's hijinks (so I don't have to), I'll warn you of any more premonitions from the frames of Funky Winkerbean.