Since 1972, Medina resident and Kent State University grad Tom Batiuk has brought the adventures of Funky Winkerbean and his friends to the comic pages. What began as a daily strip about the awkward high school years has developed into much more as the characters aged and were affected by "real life." In 1999, Lisa Moore found out that she had breast cancer. Her journey through surgery and into remission was captured in the book Lisa's Story. Seven years later, the cancer returned. This time, there was no happy ending.
The strips covering Lisa's final battle with breast cancer are now in a new book, Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe from The Kent State University Press, with proceeds going to Lisa's Legacy Fund. Throughout October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Batiuk will be presenting excerpts of the book at signings, beginning with a book launch at Akron's Luigi's Restaurant (the model for the strip's Montoni's) on Oct. 6.