Tom Batiuk, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and creator of the popular Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft comic strips, captured the attention of the nation a decade ago when one of his central characters, Lisa Moore, died of breast cancer. The strip was credited with raising breast cancer awareness around the country. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Lisa’s death. To commemorate the anniversary, Batiuk, who grew up in Akron and now lives in Medina, Ohio, will unveil his three-volume set, Lisa’s Legacy Trilogy. The three books, produced by Kent State University Press, are Prelude, Lisa’s Story, and The Last Leaf.
“When writing a story there are certain beats that will occur. They can represent a peak moment in the action, a change in a protagonist or any key rise and fall in the narrative. When writing a comic strip story arc such as Lisa’s Story where the telling stretched over several years, the beats are more easily discernible and obvious in nature. They were the moments I could see in the distance as I wrote her story. In putting together these daily and Sunday strips from the work, I tried to concentrate on the key moments in the telling that seemed to be most descriptive of what the narrative was all about, so that when someone is viewing this collection, they’re witnessing the heart of Lisa’s Story.” – Tom Batiuk
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