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Comic strip to feature homosexual ‘prom’ date
Life Site News ^ | 4/24/2012 | Ben Johnson

Posted on 04/26/2012 5:00:57 AM PDT by IbJensen

MEDINA, OHIO, April 24, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A long-running, nationally syndicated comic strip will feature a homosexual couple holding hands and attending the prom together.

“Funky Winkerbean” will depict two men holding hands as they buy tickets at the fictional Westview High School.

“So, who are you guys taking to the prom, anyway?” asks a young female ticket seller. “Uh, that would be each other,” they reply.

The comic is featured in 400 newspapers nationwide.

“Dealing with intolerance is something I’ve dealt with many times before. Adding the gay angle is just a twist to the topic,” said strip creator Tom Batiuk (pronounced “Battick”), 63.

However, in December 2009, Batiuk featured six comic strips about the “bullying” of homosexual character Cody.

“I’m not trying to shock anyone,” Batiuk stated. “I’m just telling a story.”

The strip, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last month, joins a growing number of homosexual characters in juvenile literature.

Archie comic book character Kevin Keller “married” his boyfriend in the January 2012 issue.

Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater said the introduction of the first openly homosexual character into the world of Jughead, Betty, and Veronica in September 2010 was “just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie’s hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone.”

One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association, asked for members to contact Toys ‘R’ Us stores to prevent the issue’s display in front of an impressionable young audience. “Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store,” the organization’s press release said. “This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children” about sexual orientation.

The homosexual teen storyline was opposed by co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit, a former third grade teacher. She and Goldwater are locked in a legal battle for control of the comic empire.

Jon Goldwater – who is distantly related to Barry Goldwater – wants to “update” the message to expand its earnings potential. He has discussed creating a Hollywood film about Archie with help from Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Ari, a Hollywood “super agent” who called for a Hollywood boycott of Mel Gibson in 2006.

The comic book’s new direction is a far cry from the example of Jon’s father and company founder John L. Goldwater, who reveled in the comic’s wholesome image. Although Jewish, he allowed the Archie characters to be used in Christian-themed comic books for a fee. Christian Spire Comics created 18 faith-themed Archie issues from 1973-1982. “That was a really nice piece of business for a long time,” said Michael Silberkleit, who ran the company from 1983 until his death in 2008.

A Christian Archie comic from the 1970s.

Neither Archie nor “Funky Winkerbean” is the first comic strip to feature an LGBT character. In 1993, Lynn Johnston’s “For Better or Worse” revealed the character Lawrence was a homosexual.

Batiuk said “the younger generation’s attitudes toward gays,” though “not perfect,” are “more open and accepting than their predecessors.”

“It shows promise for an emerging generation that will bring this issue [of acceptance of open homosexuality in high schools] to an end.”

“This [strip] is a pretty straight-forward expression of how I feel about the subject,” he said.

The comic strip featuring the couple will run on April 30.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: comicstrip; culturewars; homosexualagenda; liberalmedia; winkerbean
I grew up with Archie comic books in the 40's and couldn't wait to spend my allowance on the latest issues. I am greatly saddened that this is what it has come to and the only Archie comic books my grandchildren will ever see will be vintage ones.

what is meant by the comment that young people's attitudes towards gays aren't "perfect"? I suppose the only acceptable thing would be for all teens to love and embrace the gay lifestyle for them to be satisfied with the young people's attitudes? Ain't gonna happen, so forget it. No matter how it is pushed in our faces, it will never be a societal "norm".

The only reason these people think the youth is more "open and accepting" is because its been crammed down there throats and if you don't validate and EMBRACE this perverted lifestyle, you are nothing but a low life "homophobe". Homosexuality will eventually be the downfall of this once great nation. It is all predicted in the Bible. This country is in a very sad, bad place in history.

1 posted on 04/26/2012 5:01:00 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

depraved


2 posted on 04/26/2012 5:05:16 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: IbJensen
I grew up with Archie comic books in the 40's and couldn't wait to spend my allowance on the latest issues.


3 posted on 04/26/2012 5:05:24 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: IbJensen

Funky Winkerbean turned into a soap opera strip about ten years ago and now it looks like Archie is following suit. In each case it’s about creatively bankrupt ‘creators’ trying to generate cheap drama and headlines because thats easier than making people laugh.


4 posted on 04/26/2012 5:09:00 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: IbJensen

Never heard of it. 400 newspapers and it isn’t in NYC? Odd.


5 posted on 04/26/2012 5:13:38 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: IbJensen

The Gaystapo is powerful. Sickening beyond any doubt.

How ironic, I remember outrage over MAD Magazine’s parody of Riverdale, “Starchie Standrews” where the 1950’s hero indulged in smoking, hinted at drinking, bullied freshmen & sold them school `passes’, then bumped off his rival Wedgie Van Smelt. His girlfriends Salonica & Biddy shot heroin and had zit ridden faces. Of course, Starchie paid for his crimes with life imprisonment in reform school.

Even that’s mild compared to today’s forced gay acceptance.


6 posted on 04/26/2012 5:14:01 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: IbJensen

Next we will see Batman having sex with Robin.

And Wonder Woman dining at the Y.


7 posted on 04/26/2012 5:27:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: IbJensen

Calvin and Hobbes
Peanuts
Bloom County
Dilbert
Far Side

No one make humorous and quality strips like this anymore.

All the rest are complete garbage, with far too many of them trying to sneak in crap like “gay prom dating”.


8 posted on 04/26/2012 5:31:40 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
My little hometown paper carries it. For them to run it Creators Syndicate must be paying papers to take it. ;-)

I haven't read theat strip in a decade at least. Then again, I don't read the paper anymore, either. We only get it so my mom can read the obituaries.

9 posted on 04/26/2012 5:31:43 AM PDT by jboot
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To: IbJensen

“Dealing with intolerance is something I’ve dealt with many times before”

It doesn’t sound like that he is tolerant of intolerance


10 posted on 04/26/2012 5:38:26 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Venturer

11 posted on 04/26/2012 5:38:45 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: IbJensen

this would be a significant news item if anybody out there still read the funny pages in dead-tree newspapers...


12 posted on 04/26/2012 5:57:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: IbJensen

Amazing the lengths a comic strip with with the word “Funky” in the title will go to to seem current......


13 posted on 04/26/2012 6:07:36 AM PDT by massmike (Massachusetts: If they had just kept hanging witches a bit longer...........)
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To: VanDeKoik
The Far Side is my favorite...


14 posted on 04/26/2012 6:13:10 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (We can't have economic progress...there is a slug somewhere that needs to be saved. MP)
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To: IbJensen

Does anyone read Funky Winkerbean? I never understood the strips that give you three seconds of dramatic content per day (like Apartment 3-G, FW, etc.)


15 posted on 04/26/2012 6:19:58 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Venturer

Speaking of Wonder Woman, Superman was flying all around, looking for something to do. Using his superpower vision, he could see Wonder Woman sunning herself nude by her swimming pool. He thought, “I can make myself invisible, pay her a visit and be gone in a flash and she won’t know what hit her.”

So he did it. Wonder Woman’s eyes flew open and said, “My word! What was that??!!”

The Invisible Man said, “I don’t know, but my hiney sure hurts!”


16 posted on 04/26/2012 6:37:46 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: IbJensen

17 posted on 04/26/2012 6:38:15 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (We can't have economic progress...there is a slug somewhere that needs to be saved. MP)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Never heard of it. 400 newspapers and it isn’t in NYC? Odd.

NYC is a poor market for comic strips. First, the New York Times doesn't even HAVE a comics section. Second, tabloids in general and the Post and Daily News tend to have a leaner comics section (two half pages or so). A notable exception is the Boston Herald. Third, the comic strips that are run in a paper often have to do with the relatonship of the syndicate that distributes the comic strip with the paper. For instance, Gasoline Alley was distributed (and might still be) be Chicago Tribune. Peanuts is United Features. Beetle Bailey is King Features. It is no coincidence that the same papers that carry Beetle Bailey also carry Hi & Lois (another King features strip). The same papers that carry Funky Winkerbeam are more likely to carry Batuik's other comic strip, Crankshaft.

Finally, Funky Winkerbeam is even more suburban/small town than Archie, so it doesn't necessarily appeal to the same demographic.
18 posted on 04/26/2012 6:42:35 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: IbJensen

That’s so gay.


19 posted on 04/26/2012 6:43:19 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Obama ate his own dog as a child in Indonesia??)
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To: dangus
Does anyone read Funky Winkerbean? I never understood the strips that give you three seconds of dramatic content per day (like Apartment 3-G, FW, etc.)

Some are better than others. Mary Worth is extremely painful. One of the artists, Joe Giella, used to be a backbencher on the Superman comic books (he never really improved his technique).

On the other hand, Dick Tracy and Gasoline Alley were pretty good when in the hands of Chester Gould and Dick Moores, respectively.

This format of strip began when comic strips were MUCH larger, and sometimes had as many as six full panels. Some of today's gag strips started out as serials. Blondie and Nancy (as Fritzie Ritz) are two notable examples.


20 posted on 04/26/2012 6:55:47 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: elcid1970

Young people are not more accepting. This is why we are bombarded by these stupids ads about not using “gay” to mean stupid or dumb. Young people have come up with that one all by themselves.


21 posted on 04/26/2012 6:59:41 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: Dr. Sivana

Yes. What’s odd is that FW started out as a gag strip, and then became a serial. “For Better or For Worse” was a strip that may have been created by a liberal who occasionally let her liberalism slip through, but at least was quality, and usually managed to both be serial AND funny. FW tried to upgrade bottom-of-the-barrel characters created for cheap gags into serious social commentary, and just can’t pull it off. I suspect editors keep it alive because leftists support it, but I wonder how many of its liberal supporters actually read it.

Someone once called Pogo, “the most beloved comic strip no-one actually ever read.” But my sense is that Pogo’s readership, even after several decades of decline, dwarfed FW’s.


22 posted on 04/26/2012 7:29:58 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Dr. Sivana

Well one could view the entire New York Times as one big comics section.


23 posted on 04/26/2012 7:39:43 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Venturer

Well, it wasn’t Wonder Woman, but the reboot they did back in the late 80’s had some of the Amazons in lesbian relationships with each other.


24 posted on 04/26/2012 7:55:15 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: dangus
(regarding Funky Winkerbeam) I suspect editors keep it alive because leftists support it, but I wonder how many of its liberal supporters actually read it.

It probably costs less than Hagar the Horrible, the artwork is tolerable. Most important . . . inertia.

Just think of the the comic strips that have recycled the same content for decades, and have neither interesting chacters nor artwork. "Tiger" comes to mind. There are others that seem to have worn out their welcome, but still have a loyal following despite running the same joke for eons. I have run into people, and not necessarily oldsters, who just LOVE the Lockhorns, They'll Do It Every Time and Cathy.

Some of course, lost "it" after the author died or retired. Al Capp, Charles Schulz, Bill Watterson and Gary Larson had it right. Not only did those strips (Li'l Abner, Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side) benefit from ending gracefully, Abner and Peanuts were spared the indignity of being adapted to a time for which they were no longer suited.

In a sense, comic strips are the most conservative of all popular culture media. The truly iconic ones suffer with major plotline or even stylistic changes. Compare today's Blondie with Chic Young's, not even a pale imitation. (Dagwood acknowledging that his one big button is strange or that Blondie is unbelievably curvy undoes the whole joke of the strip.)

Even mundane comic strips that were never rip-roaring funny or engaging have a stake on venerability. Beetle Bailey and Andy Capp are eternal characters that we would miss if they changed noticeably. If "Bringing Up Father" were still around, could you even imagine Jiggs dressed in 21st century clothes?! He was wearing spats well into the '80s, for heaven's sake. Mutt and Jeff ditto (gloves instead of spats). Take off the spats and gloves, and they are unmade.
25 posted on 04/26/2012 8:16:33 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

>Some of course, lost “it” after the author died or retired. Al Capp, Charles Schulz, Bill Watterson and Gary Larson had it right. Not only did those strips (Li’l Abner, Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side) benefit from ending gracefully, Abner and Peanuts were spared the indignity of being adapted to a time for which they were no longer suited.

Actually I would argue that Schulz lost it before he died. His original strips were excellent, and had more appeal than just childish humor. In the later stuff it became very simplistic with worn out gags used again and again. The last 10 or 15 years of Peanuts were pretty bad.

I never read Lil’ Abner, but I fully agree that Calvin and Hobbes and the Far Side got out at just the right time. They new when their tank was empty and didn’t drive off a cliff.


26 posted on 04/26/2012 8:51:30 AM PDT by drbuzzard (different league)
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You are right about Peanuts. It actually started going downhill in the 70s, marked by a sad stock of new characters (e.g. Molly Volley). I allow Schulz a grace period for it because I can’t imagine the man without the strip, or vice versa. My children are being raised on the early 60s book compilations. Good stuff.


27 posted on 04/26/2012 9:06:53 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: GSWarrior

28 posted on 04/26/2012 9:13:06 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Dr. Sivana

Not sure what you mean by “ending gracefully,” but Schulz and Capp continued to create their strips until just before their deaths. And I’m grateful for it. Conversely, “Cathy” was retired in 2010, long before Cathy Guisewite reached retirement age.


29 posted on 04/26/2012 9:43:56 AM PDT by dangus
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To: IbJensen

Funky Winkerbean has been reset several times. Now it is trying to be “socially relevant” in the same way an aging ‘B quality’ rock and roll band makes a desperate effort to get publicity before they are forgotten.

Trouble is that it is as relevant as Garfield, or maybe even Marmaduke. Ziggy? Love is?


30 posted on 04/26/2012 9:49:22 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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31 posted on 04/26/2012 9:55:16 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: dangus
Not sure what you mean by “ending gracefully,” but Schulz and Capp continued to create their strips until just before their deaths. And I’m grateful for it. Conversely, “Cathy” was retired in 2010, long before Cathy Guisewite reached retirement age.

I meant that Schulz and Capp didn't hand it off like Chic Young and Ernie Bushmiller (or their syndicates) did. I don't think that Mort Walker still does the strips, but he continues a long tradition of keeping the name on at least for as long as he draws air (like Reg Smythe and Hank Ketcham).

I know that Cathy ended a little while ago, but it had gotten pretty redundant only 15 years into the strip. The marriage to Irving added a little time, but it was never a stellar strip; like Family Circus, those who love it, love it. I am amazed that Scott Adams still has some stuff left in his tank. Dilbert is still a good strip. I regret that I cannot let my children look at a modern comics page.
32 posted on 04/26/2012 9:56:10 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

When I was a youngun, my favorite characters were those incorrigible troublemakers The Katzenjammer Kids. Virtually every strip ended with the Kids getting their behinds whacked. Imagine the outrage from the usual suspects if they did that now. I still laugh when I think the of Hans and Fritz lying across Der Mama’s lap getting theirs.


33 posted on 04/26/2012 12:49:33 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Dr. Sivana

Best case of a comic author timing his retirement right: The legendary Johnny Hart. Died at the story board, finishing up what would be his final comic. (Probably went straight to Heaven, too.)


34 posted on 04/27/2012 5:57:52 AM PDT by dangus
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To: driftless2
Virtually every strip ended with the Kids getting their behinds whacked. Imagine the outrage from the usual suspects if they did that now. I still laugh when I think the of Hans and Fritz lying across Der Mama’s lap getting theirs.

I haven't seen that in years. The legendary Boston Herald (with TWO Sunday inserts) carried them, along with "Barney Google", "Bringing Up Father" and Al Smith's OTHER strip "Cicero's Cat".

Unfortuantely you are right about the kids' outcome. The spankings have gone with Andy Capp's and Cookie's cigarette butt, Mark Trail's pipe and Andy and Flo's brawls, and the entire Ching Chong comic panel.

From Wikipedia:

Notable features of the modern version include a more constructive relationship between the Captain and the boys, who sometimes have friendly conversations instead of fights. The King and his people are now Polynesian rather than African.
35 posted on 04/27/2012 6:25:36 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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