An Akron native, Tom Batiuk graduated from Kent State University and debuted his comic strip Funky Winkerbean in 1972. Funky Winkerbean is now syndicated in over 400 newspapers nationwide and Batiuk was a 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist for the storyline about character Lisa Moore’s battle with breast cancer. Batiuk also writes the comic strip Crankshaft. He lives in Medina.
THE COMPLETE FUNKY WINKERBEAN VOLUME 9 (2020)
Funky Winkerbean, a newspaper staple since 1972, is one of the few comic strips that allows its characters to grow and age. With this ninth volume of the collected Funky Winkerbean, containing strips from 1996–1998, time continues to pass and events take place that will forever alter the lives of the core characters, even as new characters take the stage with stories to tell.
Tom Batiuk’s narrative humor style now grows to encompass such diverse events as retirement, weddings, the treatment of immigrants, dating abuse, and post office bombings. Some of the stories can be told over a cup of coffee, while others require a full-on Roman feast. As the stories become more universal, the humor in Funky continues to become an integral part of the ongoing narrative.
LISA’S LEGACY TRILOGY (2017)
The slip-cased “Lisa’s Legacy Trilogy” contains all three volumes in hardcover.
“Prelude” is a collection of the early comic strips that bring Lisa and Les together and takes fans from the early days of their deep friendship through the birth of Lisa’s baby and the baby’s adoption.
“The Last Leaf” is volume three, after Lisa’s death from breast cancer chronicled in the second volume, “Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe.” “The Last Leaf” recounts how Les and family cope with Lisa’s death and continue their lives. Creator Tom Batiuk brings Lisa back in Les’ imagination, and she helps him work out difficulties and decisions in his life and in the life of their daughter Summer. Fans will recognize Batiuk’s gentle mix of humor and more serious real-life themes.