'Funky' Comic's Lisa Character Will Reportedly Die This Year

By: E&P Staff The Lisa Moore character in "Funky Winkerbean" will die this year, according to an article in the Cleveland Free Times.

In a story line that began last month, Ohio-based cartoonist Tom Batiuk has shown Lisa dealing with a worsening case of breast cancer.

James Renner's Free Press piece also noted that Batiuk this year will age his "Funky Winkerbean" cast a decade. The cartoonist had previously aged his characters in the early 1990s, turning them from high school students into young adults while introducing a new group of high school students.

"Funky Winkerbean," launched in 1972, appears in more than 400 newspapers via King Features Syndicate.

The Free Times piece -- much of which is a profile of Batiuk and a history of his comic -- was mentioned today on the Comics Journal, Daily Cartoonist and Comics Reporter blogs.


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