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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
This strip is #57 in a series dating from my university days. Puck ran weekly for three full years in the Silhouette, McMaster University’s student newspaper.
This strip heralded the start of a new school year, and tried to start things off with a bang. It failed. This is one of those strips that I cringe to look at now. The drawings in panels one and two are terrible – rush jobs that I regret. Panels three and four almost save it, but not entirely.
For the record, no complaints were ever really received in response to Puck’s portrayal of women. This was published at a point of heightened feminist sensibilities, though (in the late nineties), and so I thought it would make a funny joke. Looking back on the whole Puck series, I think it was largely quite respectful of women. It had a number of female fans; girls seemed to like it. The humour was always very character-based, and I think that nullified any kind of possible objectification.
Okay, maybe I need context, but I've never heard the word "funk" being used in the context that Phoebe is using it in this comic. I'd wager it's something good, but I've never heard it used like that. Was it just some regional slang for your area or something?
I realize that this comic is 11 years old at this point, but I'm curious.
@Hitokiri Akins: You haven't heard the word "funk" being used in that context because it's never really used like that by real people. In the original strip, I sort of designated 'funk' as Phoebe's official word, sort of like 'smurf' for our little blue friends. I'm not really sure why I did this; the reasoning is lost to the mists of time now. I did listen to a lot of 70's funk at the time, though, and it seemed like an odd, stupid sort of thing to say - which fits Phoebe to a 't'.