Cartoonist Tom Batiuk’s syndicated Funky Winkerbean comic stip, created over 45 years ago, runs in over 400 newspapers nationwide, including the Seattlepi.com. He was named a finalist in the cartooning category of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize awards and honored by the American Cancer Society for his Winkerbean character featured in Lisa Crawford’s story series, which includes her illness and death from breast cancer.
Today he’ll speak about this story, which first appeared in the strip and is now collected in three books: Prelude: Lisa’s Story Begins; Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe and The Last Leaf: Lisa’s Story Concludes (Kent State University Press). Crankshaft, his related long running strip (with Chuck Ayers) appears in The Seattle Times and other papers, and features a bus driver, his bookstore owner friend Lillian and other characters. Roses in December: A Story of Love and Alzheimer's is a collection of strips related to Alzheimer’s Disease, collected from Crankshaft.