Funky Winkerbean takes on ID

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Here.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out over time. (I don’t know how long that archive will last. If it slides out of view I’ll look for a deeper archive.)

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RBH

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This "Funky Winkerbean" strip brings up one aspect of politically-defined science curriculum content: science classes may end up teaching popular science fiction. See also the comments on this at the Panda's Thumb. Read More

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FW’s creator, Tom Batiuk, is a fellow Ohioan, which probably figures in his cognizance of this issue.

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RBH

Weird… Mr. Winkerbean was always such a banal, inoffensive fellow. I don’t envy the person who answers Tom Batiuk’s fan mail right now…

Yes, Tom shouldn’t have insulted science fiction by comparing it to “intelligent design”…

Michael Wrote:

Yes, Tom shouldn’t have insulted science fiction by comparing it to “intelligent design” …

I would say he should have compared it to fantasy, but that insults the many excellent works in the fantasy genre in print and on the screen. It is bad fantasy.

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It worked! Delightful! :) I never taught high school biology (only 4th grade special ed) but evolution/creationism in public schools is my chosen dissertation topic. Surfed in here just today and found Funky’s words o’ wisdom… hehehe…

Out of curiosity, how does one (can one) contribute to this blog? I’d love to share some of the stuff I’ve found/continue to find re stuff in public schools if it’s appropriate for this forum.

Thanks. And I’m glad to learn I’m not alone. :)

By the way, in case anyone missed it, the “Johnny Hart” reference in the strip is a nod to the writer of BC.

RBH

And an addendum to the Johnny Hart reference: I’m told by a correspondent on another list that BC occasionally slants in the creationist direction. I have no direct knowledge of that – I don’t follow the strip.

RBH

RBH Wrote:

And an addendum to the Johnny Hart reference: I’m told by a correspondent on another list that BC occasionally slants in the creationist direction. I have no direct knowledge of that — I don’t follow the strip.

Slants? It’s more like a right angle to reality. Some of Harts strips are little more than 4 panel Jack Chick tracts.

How many cartoonists use their medium to insult Islam, liberals, the government, and atheists? I’ve seen Hart do all those things, before I quit reading in disgust.

steve Wrote:

How many cartoonists use their medium to insult Islam, liberals, the government, and atheists? I’ve seen Hart do all those things, before I quit reading in disgust.

You can add Jews to the list, too. A few years ago – around Easter, I think – Hart published a strip that showed the branches of a menorah falling off until the menorah became a cross, which appeared as part of a crucifixion/resurrection scene in the last panel. I never read B.C. regularly before then, but now I don’t read it at all…

The strip today (9/1/04) takes a strange slant, with a fish flopping out of the sea and up on the beach. The beach says “Hi, it’s Sandy Beach. And here comes a fish which has just evolved from the sea and is now hoping to continue the evolutionary process on land.”

The last panel has a second fish with lipstick and eyelashes flopping up on the beach, saying “Hey there, big boy.”

The Beach comments “Okay … now we’re rolling.”

RBH

How many cartoonists use their medium to insult Islam, liberals, the government, and atheists? I’ve seen Hart do all those things, before I quit reading in disgust.

Whoever draws Mallard Fillmore would fit the bill…

How many cartoonists use their medium to insult Islam, liberals, the government, and atheists? I’ve seen Hart do all those things, before I quit reading in disgust.

Whoever draws Mallard Fillmore would fit the bill…

Good point. MF is also a lousy comic.

I don’t know where Batiuk is going with this Funky Winkerbean story, but I note that these last few (puzzling) installments have been in the “strip within a strip” mode - I think as if appearing in the school newspaper of the school in which “intelligent design” is supposed to be taught.

Russell wrote

I don’t know where Batiuk is going with this Funky Winkerbean story, but I note that these last few (puzzling) installments have been in the “strip within a strip” mode - I think as if appearing in the school newspaper of the school in which “intelligent design” is supposed to be taught.

Yup, that’s what’s going on – note the author squib in the “fish” panels: it’s the students in the outer level panels.

RBH

In today’s episode of the strip within a strip, the Beach is ruminating to itself:

“Well, I’m all alone in the dark again. The two fish who had recently evolved from the sea are gone. President Bush came by and threw them back.”

RBH

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