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The glowing blue face of terror

Funky Winkerbean, 5/7/11

You know, despite all the jokes I make about it, I’ve always assumed that the ghost of dead Lisa who lovingly watches Les and Cayla do it was, you know, a metaphor for Les’s inability to let go of the memory of his wife and commit whole-heartedly to his new relationship. But today’s strip reveals that spectral Lisa is all too real, and, moreover, that her glowing blue form is visible reflected in Les’s eyes while Cayla and he have sex. The fact that this didn’t result in her running screaming into the night, but instead just caused her to become even more grimly determined to screw the ghost away, pretty much means that she and Les deserve each other, forever.

Barney Google and Snuff Smith, 5/7/11

A lot of luddites will try to tell you that simple country folk have more meaningful interpersonal interactions because they don’t spend all day uploading adorable cat photos and emo song lyrics to their Tumblrs or whatever. But if today’s Snuffy Smith is correct, what they do instead is taunt each other by nailing signs to trees, which fails to impress me.

42 responses to “The glowing blue face of terror”

  1. Uncle Lumpy
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:00 pm [Reply]

    How is that different from Facebook?

  2. Aviatrix
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:02 pm [Reply]

  3. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:05 pm [Reply]

    (Re: Sheila Roo) Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport:

  4. pugfuggly
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    “Yes, this is the first time we’ve had sex where you weren’t thinking of your dead wife, so I thought for a change that I would bring her up….so, are you thinking of her now…?”

  5. Steve L
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    Wow, you sure are late there buddy.

  6. ElkMeadow
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    I am impressed that my thread-killing post made yesterday’s total for the board an even 280.

    @Aviatrix (#2):

    Thank you, Aviatrix, for your support.

  7. S. Stout
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    I’m pretty sure it’s an unwritten rule to not talk about sex and dead wives in the same sentence.

  8. Lesser Whark
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#6): Oops, sorry. Looks like I’ll have to third your suggestion instead.

  9. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    For years, Les has tried to exorcise the spirit of Lisa. Which is to say, he’s tried to lay her ghost.

    @Rocky Stoneaxe (#3): I just got a good Japanese cover of that song, thanks (yet again) to the wonderful folks at the WFMU blog. They sing “Tie me Kangaroo Down, Sport” in English, and the rest in Japanese. It’s like they did it just for me.

  10. Rusty
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:22 pm [Reply]

    Had Cayla said it was the first time you hadn’t called out Lisa’s name when climaxing the strip would pretty much have the same impact. I do hope this was the first time the two got busy, but probably not. Also, how could she see Lisa in his eyes when Les insists on making love in total darkness?

  11. Rusty
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    I assumed Snuffy, (as well as probably everyone else in Hootn’ Holler) was illiterate.

  12. Faoladh
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:25 pm [Reply]

    I love the sad, sad picture of Snuffy on that poster. He took his hat off and Lukey took a picture of his hangdog expression to commemorate the occasion. Lukey is kind of a dick.

  13. Esther Blodgett
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:29 pm [Reply]

    Cayla, I don’t know much about you, but I’m pretty sure you can do better than Les.

  14. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:34 pm [Reply]


    Harsh words on Cayla, Josh. Not that I dispute them.

    Ziggy: Thank God Sunday Ziggy starts with a bird’s eye view of our hero. If we were looking up at him we’d get a better look at the no-pants area, and you don want that.

    RMMD: You can read it on Rex’s face. “They call this bitchiness? Pah! Amateurs!”

    SFx: So one of the Bear Brothers is Jesus Christ? That’s one major twist!

    OBH: No, Joe. A girl who goes out with you because you give her candy is called a sugar whore. Try to learn this by SAT time.

    JP: Constance called the right person for the job of talking the Weapons Diva down from the ledge. A man who can call Sam Driver “one cool dude” without breaking down in hysterical giggles is a man with a silver tongue.

  15. Esther Blodgett
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    I’d like to amend my comment. I just clicked on Josh’s link to the Funky strip with Cayla kissing Les as DeadLisa looked on. If Cayla has waited two years almost to the day to do the nasty with Les – with Les! – sans the smirking ghost of his dead wife looking on, then she deserves his smug, barely adequate attentions and whatever emotional toll comes with them. There aren’t enough sassy cornrows in the world to turn you into someone who is above this sad loser.

  16. doug rogers
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:39 pm [Reply]

    Looks like Lukey zipped out to the nearest Quikky Print to get that poster typeset. No denizen of Hootin Holler noze how to read an’ rite. Paper? Markers? Wuzzat?

  17. Aviatrix
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#6): I’m glad there was someone to confirm I wasn’t just exulting at being the number two poster on the new thread.

  18. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    Spider-Man: All hail Martine! Plumbers apprentice to Dracula!

  19. Just some guy
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:52 pm [Reply]

    WHOA big revelation:
    Snuffy is the Smoke Monster

  20. Bud
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:54 pm [Reply]

    Uh, Cayla? Looks like you have a little leftover Les-stache stuck – oh I can’t even finish this thought. Blechh…

  21. KarMann
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#17): Could be worse. At least you weren’t the number two commenter on a Marvin post.

  22. Lorne
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:56 pm [Reply]

    Oh sick. Les and Cayla are making a Viagra commercial!
    (Front porch swing is universal old people code for “doing it”.)

  23. Artist formerly known as Ben
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:02 am [Reply]

    @John C Fremont (y213): Yes, Manos hurts even with Joel and the ‘bots. But I’d also give a wide berth to the non-MSTed version of The Sidehackers. That one is just about watchable with the SOL crew, but they had to cut out a lengthy and graphic rape-murder scene, which could probably ruin your whole day.

    I’m a little surprised the video store had Overdrawn at the Memory Bank to begin with.

  24. Maggie the Cat
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:04 am [Reply]

    After reading Cayla’s take on the “very special afternoon” I can only assume the previous times Cayla and Les got it on it was sort of a supernatural threesome. I’m not sure what I think of that idea.

  25. Rocky Stoneaxe
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:05 am [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#17):

    @ElkMeadow (#6): I’m glad there was someone to confirm I wasn’t just exulting at being the number two poster on the new thread.

    That thought never entered my mind… I thought you were doing a riff on Avis Rent A Car!

  26. Neigedens
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:06 am [Reply]

    If the tongue-waggin’, droopy boob scenes we see in Snuffy Smith are representative of the strip’s whole universe, then I doubt that there are any cute cat uploaders because there is nothing cute whatsoever in the poorly-drawn dystopia that is Hootin’ Holler. Even a baby seal’s mouth would become a yawning maw from which no adorableness can escape when it laughed.

  27. ElkMeadow
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:13 am [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#17):

    Perfect timing!

    And speaking about timing,

    Rex is going to go check up on things in his office. I call that safecracker has been the only one in this take-forever story line and is either done or is in the middle of the job and is discovered by Rex. Storyline takes another two weeks to cover one hour. Police show up after lottery ticket goes through the shredder.

  28. ElkMeadow
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:14 am [Reply]

    I call that Liza is already in Drew’s apartment. I have no idea when he got his own apartment, as the last we saw of him, he was still living in the guest room of his dad’s condo.

  29. Alan's Addiction
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:14 am [Reply]

    “Les, today is the first day I haven’t seen the tortured, screaming ghost of your wife trapped behind your eyes.” Also, it’s worth noting that after taking their relationship to a new level of intimacy and gaining carnal knowledge of one another, Les and Cayla look about as happy as someone getting 10% off of their pizza. Those are smiles of vague satisfaction; but the characters’ hearts are filled with dread for they know that, like Icarus, they have flown too close to the sun; they have dared to flirt with mild contentment and their vengeful creator will shower cancer down upon them.
    Of course the folks in “Snuffy Smith” are all about trash-talking their opponents. After all, if they lose 15 games in a row, they are deemed to be weak and are ritualistically killed and cannibalized. Don’t look at me like that; this is the only strip I know that goes out of its way to invoke the spirit of “Deliverance.”

  30. MyUsernamesMud
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:17 am [Reply]

    It’s also the first time I noticed Cayla had a Django Reinhardt ‘stache.

  31. Doctor Handsome
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:26 am [Reply]

    I think printing up posters to mock a guy you beat in checkers makes sense. The weird part is hanging up a scrap of paper with a nail. They don’t have tape in Hootin’ Holler? Thumbtacks? Staples?

  32. Lukey
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:37 am [Reply]

    @Doctor Handsome (#31):

    Tape don’t hold to no tree, flatlander! And that’s the tauntin’ tree, it’s had the same doggone nail in it fer years an’ years. My own grandpappy used that very nail to hang posters pokin’ fun at his ol’ checker buddy, Festus. We hillfolk don’t need no stinkin’ staples or thumbtacks.

  33. Poteet
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    I’m a simple-enough country person that I don’t know what a Tumblr is, though I suspect it has something to do with the internets. Those of us here are not quite as simple as the folks in Hootin’ Holler, though, because when we tack up weird signs, we don’t do it on random trees. We do it on posts along roads. We have roads.

  34. Patrick
    May 9th, 2011 at 7:08 am [Reply]

    Given the generally peppy tone of every Funky Winkerbean, I expected the conversation to continue as such:

    “It’s the first time I didn’t see Lisa in your eyes.”

    “That’s because I’ve gone blind, Cayla.”

  35. Mike
    May 9th, 2011 at 8:04 am [Reply]

    Shouldn’t that scene with Les and Cayla taken place in matching bathtubs thile they looked out at the horizon?

  36. OKStan
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    FW: Count your blessings, Cayla. Much better to see an undead zombie Lisa in the eyes of Les then to see those creepy vampire bats in the eyes of S-M’s Morbius and Martine.

  37. Roktober
    May 9th, 2011 at 3:42 pm [Reply]

    ” I could have done without hearing you scream apologies to her as we made love, but not seeing her in your eyes is still nice.”

  38. Handsome Paddy
    May 9th, 2011 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    “Screw the ghost away” will now be my go to term for all vigorous sexual activity.

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    May 10th, 2011 at 8:30 pm [Reply]

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  42. Duane
    May 11th, 2011 at 8:38 pm [Reply]

    it’s the first time I didn’t see Lisa in your eyes

    That’s because her face was in the pillow while Les was behind her

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